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UPDATED: Winter Storm Warning for Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

Drivers are advised there could be road closures for avalanche on Kootenay Pass.

Environment Canada has ended its Snowfall Warning, but drivers can still expect hazardous winter conditions on Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

On its website, Environment Canada said a Pacific frontal system will track across southern B.C. today bringing heavy snow Tuesday and tonight giving 30 to 50 cm.

“Total accumulations near 70 cm is likely by Wednesday morning” Environment Canada said. “Snow will ease Wednesday morning as the system exits the province.”

UPDATED: Environment Canada issues Special Weather Statement

The Kootenay Pass is expecting to again see more snow with the arrival of another winter storm.

Environment Canada said another strong winter storm will impact the BC interior with snow beginning this Thursday evening.

“The approaching storm will give widespread snow into the interior this evening,” the Environment Canada said.

Maintaining Nelson’s ophthalmology services 'top priority' says Mayor

Nelson Mayor John Dooley says Nelson health services will be well maintained with eye expert’s pending retirement early in New Year.

Following a story in The Nelson Daily regarding changes to eye surgery or eyecare treatment once the local Nelson-based ophthalmologist retires, the City of Nelson issued a press release explaining how the municipality and Interior Health is working to ensure the city’s ophthalmology services are maintained.

Nelson’s only Ophthalmologist Dr. Neville Maytom plans to retire in February 2020.

Dr. Phillip Malpass recognized at BC Cancer Summit Awards

Dr. Phillip Malpass of Nelson, second from left, receives the Patient Care Champion Award as nominated by patients during the BC Cancer Summit Awards Dinner held last month at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver. Also pictured, from left, Heather Findlay, Chief Operating Officer BC Cancer; Debra Walker, Patient Partner, BC Cancer and Dr. Kim Nguyen Chi, Chief Medical Officer, BC Cancer. — Submitted photo

Dr. Phillip Malpass of Nelson was recognized at the BC Cancer Summit Awards Dinner held last month at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver.

Malpass, an internist / geriatrician and part of the Community Oncology Network at Kootenay Lake Hospital, received the Patient Care Champion Award as nominated by patients.

The BC Cancer Excellence Awards give us an opportunity to shine a light on some of the inspiring people and teams at BC Cancer.

Special Public Avalanche Warning for Mountains Across Southern BC, Alberta

Avalanche Canada said at issue is a persistent weak layer within the snowpack of these highlighted regions. — Submitted

Avalanche Canada, in partnership with Parks Canada and Alberta’s Kananaskis Country, is issuing a Special Public Avalanche Warning for recreational users of backcountry and front-country avalanche terrain, in effect immediately.

The warning is widespread and applies to the following forecast regions:

Truck accident west of Nelson slows early morning commute

First responders work quickly to remove the driver from the pickup truck. — The Nelson Daily photos

Highway 3A/6 approximately 10 kilometers west of Nelson was reduced to single-lane traffic early Saturday morning after a pickup truck left the road near Taghum Shell Convenience Store.

The truck with at least one occupant skidded off the highway before 6 a.m., ending up in the ditch at the base of the rock bluff.

First responders from Beasley Fire Rescue were joined by Nelson Fire Rescue, BC Ambulance and RCMP attended the accident scene.

Application for cannabis cultivation inside city limits receives council approval

Kootenay cannabis is the product ready to begin cultivation in the Heritage city as the Nelson Cannabis Collective received an indoor cannabis operation use designation at 45 Government Road on the edge of the city. — Photo: City of Nelson report

The first legitimate green business has been given the go light from the city.

Nelson Cannabis Collective has been approved for a zoning amendment to allow for cannabis operation at 45 Government Road after city council finally adopted an amendment to the Zoning Bylaw.

With the purchase of the industrial property, the purpose of the project is to build an indoor cannabis cultivation facility, licensed by Health Canada to supply the legal cannabis market.

Castlegar Mounties continue to spread holiday cheer one family at a time

(left to right) Castlegar RCMP officers Cst. Travis Harkness, Cpl. Jason Olney, Cst. Kyle Mylrea and Sgt. Monty Taylor stand alongside a Castlegar RCMP Tahoe covered in wrapped gifts for a local family.

Castlegar RCMP officers and employees open up about their annual holiday gift basket initiative in hopes of inspiring others in the Kootenay’s to give back to their community, especially around the holiday season.

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