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Environment Canada issues Snowfall Warning for Boundary/West Kootenay

Environment Canada said the public should consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve and be prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions.

Environment Canada has issued a Snowfall Warning for the Boundary, West Kootenay, Slocan and Arrow Lakes and Kootenay Lake regions, with accumulations between 10 to 15 cm for the region and 25 to 40 cm for Highway 3 — Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

Environment Canada said a long period snowfall event is expected beginning Wednesday night and into Friday.

“An intense winter storm is forecast to move into southeastern B.C. overnight tonight and bring a prolonged period of snowfall to the highway and (Boundary) West Kootenay region,” Environment Canada said.

Ice jam causes flooding in basements for Six-Mile residents, Snowfall Warning issued for region

Several residents in the Lower Six-Mile area experienced flooding due to an ice jam in Duhamel Creek. — Submitted photos

A potential disaster may have been averted after some residents of the Lower Six-Mile area, north of Nelson, experienced flooding in their basements Tuesday due to an ice jam in Duhamel Creek that caused water to rise.

“Quite a few folks’ basements have flooded and this morning the lower (Six-Mile) road had a huge ice pond and stream running across it,” a reader told The Nelson Daily Tuesday.

“Apparently it happened once before about 30 years ago.”

Regional transit concerns from city unmet by RDCK board

In a letter sent to the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) board of directors on Nov. 10 for its Dec. 9 meeting, Nelson Mayor John Dooley asked the board to reverse the revisions proposed for Bylaw 2707 — file photo

The City of Nelson could be threatening a service review of the Kootenay Lake West Transit Service if its questions and demands over the cost apportionment of regional transit are not met.

In a letter sent to the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) board of directors on Nov. 10 for its Dec. 9 meeting, Nelson Mayor John Dooley asked the board to reverse the revisions proposed for Bylaw 2707.

Kootenay Lake Hospital welcomes first newborn of 2022

A baby boy was born to Sarah and Brad Wick of Riondel at 5:39 p.m. at KLH on Sunday, January 2, 2022.

Interior Health said Monday the Kootenay Lake Hospital welcomed its first baby of the New Year at 5:39 p.m. on Sunday, January 2, 2022.

The baby boy was born to Sarah and Brad Wick of Riondel.

The Wick baby was 9 pounds, 13 ounces at birth.

Att Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital, the first baby came as twins to Jenneka Plug and Matthew Chessor of Rossland. Twin baby boys Dawson and Harvey Plug were born January 5, at 4:01 a.m. and 4:46 a.m.

Local SAR teams respond to pair of avalanche calls, minor injuries reported

Nelson SAR was kept on New Year's Eve, dealing with avalanche calls near Evening Ridge and Kootenay Pass. — Photo courtesy Nelson SAR Facebook

Search and Rescue teams from Nelson and Castlegar were kept busy over the New Year’s holiday, responding to a pair of calls for service near Evening Ridge near Whitewater Ski Resort and Kootenay Pass a Facebook post by Nelson SAR said.

Nelson SAR said both calls occurred on New Year’s Eve — an avalanche on the ‘Whales Back’ of Evening Ridge near Whitewater Ski Resort and an SOS call from Kootenay Pass.

Movement to protect old-growth forests in region, province gains some traction

With the province announcing its intention recently to work in partnership with First Nations to defer harvest of ancient, rare and priority large stands of old growth — within 2.6 million hectares of B.C.’s most at-risk old-growth forests — the central Kootenay desire to save its old-growth forests could be realized — Province of B.C. photo

The remains of old growth forests in the region are protected, for now.

With the province announcing its intention recently to work in partnership with First Nations to defer harvest of ancient, rare and priority large stands of old growth — within 2.6 million hectares of B.C.’s most at-risk old-growth forests — the central Kootenay desire to save its old-growth forests could be realized.

In August the Regional District of Central Kootenay passed a resolution requesting the remaining old-growth forests and significant old trees in the central Kootenay region be preserved.

UPDATED: Environment Canada issues for Snowfall Warning for Highway 3 — Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

Highway 3 - Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass could see upwards of 60 cm hit the pavement.

 

Environment Canada upgraded its Weather Alert to a Snowfall Warning Sunday for the West Kootenay region, including Kootenay Lake.

A Weather Alert remains for Boundary region, including Highway 3 — Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass — that could see upwards of 60 cm hit the pavement.

“A weather system will bring an extended period of heavy snow the (West Kootenay) region starting this afternoon and continuing until Monday night,” Environment Canada said on its website.

Curbside collection costs could climb in new year

In its budget discussions Dec. 17 it was revealed that city council will likely be bumping the cost for curbside waste recovery in 2022 by $25 to fund the organics diversion program.

The cost of curbside waste recovery in the city is likely to be going up in the new year.

In its budget discussions Dec. 17 it was revealed that city council will likely be bumping the cost for curbside waste recovery in 2022 by $25 to fund the organics diversion program.

That means the estimated cost per household for curbside service (including organics) in 2022 will be $105 (not including the capital costs).

Interior Health issues Drug Alert for Nelson area

Interior Health said the overdose risk is very high when stimulant samples are contaminated with fentanyl.

Interior Heath has issued a DRUG ALERT for the Nelson area after a sample believed to be cocaine tested positive for fentanyl. 

Interior Health said in a media release Wednesday, the overdose risk is very high when stimulant samples are contaminated with fentanyl.

More hydro-electric power generation needs to be sought by city: councillor

Keith Page said — during a city council budget meeting Dec. 17 — that, after spending a few years studying the potential for more hydro-electric power generation on its water sources, the time has come for the city to move those ideas to the front burner — city council agenda screenshot.

More power generation must be made in-house in Nelson and to develop more hydro-electric possibilities around city sooner, rather than later, says one city councillor.

Keith Page said — during a city council budget meeting Dec. 17 — that, after spending a few years studying the potential for more hydro-electric power generation on its water sources, the time has come for the city to move those ideas to the front burner.

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