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UPDATED: Another Snowfall Warning for Boundary, West Kootenay

Kootenay Pass is expected to receive total accumulations of 15 to 20 cm are expected before the system moves east Sunday evening. — DriveBC photo

Environment Canada has issued another Snowfall Warning for Boundary, West Kootenay Sunday, including Highway 3 Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass with total amounts of 15 to 20 cm is expected.

“A strong frontal system moving in from the Pacific will bring snow to parts of interior British Columbia (Sunday),” the Environment Canada website said.

“Snow will become heavier for Highway 3 - Hope to Princeton via Allison Pass and Highway 3 - Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass this morning.

Interior Health investigates cluster of COVID-19 cases in Salmo

Interior Health said the investigation in the Village of Salmo is ongoing with active cases self-isolating and public health following up with any close contacts.

Interior Health said Tuesday staff is investigating a cluster of COVID-19 cases in the greater Salmo area after it was confirmed by the village that nine (9) cases have been confirmed.

“The investigation is ongoing, so we are unable to provide a specific number at this time,” Interior Health said in an emailed statement.

“Identified active cases are self-isolating and public health is following up with any close contacts to ensure they are receiving appropriate guidance and follow-up.”

Face coverings now mandatory in City of Nelson buildings, facilities

Mayor John Dooley, wearing a face mask, said it has become clear we need to take additional steps to ensure the safety of the public and our staff as they do business in our buildings. — Submitted photo

The City of Nelson has decided to adopt a “face-covering or mask” policy inside city-owned buildings and facilities.

In a media release Tuesday, the City of Nelson said the decision to move to the next level of response in our COVID-19 Safety Plan was due to the increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the immediate region.

BC RCMP notify IIO BC of Cranbrook incident

The BC RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident which has resulted in injury to a man and a woman.

Just before 5 p.m. on Nov. 9, frontline officers of the Cranbrook RCMP responded to firearm complaint at a residence in 200-block of 16 Ave N, in Cranbrook. Officers observed a man and woman leave the residence and get into a vehicle. During the course of an attempt to arrest a male and female there was contact between police and civilian vehicles which culminated in the police discharging their weapons.

UPDATED: Nine confirmed COVID-19 cases in Salmo

The release said the Village office will remain closed to appointments for the next two weeks, at which time the situation will be re-assessed.

The Village of Salmo said on its website Monday that there are nine (9) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the village.

The announcement comes a few days after Salmo Community Services said (see story below) that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19.

“Village staff have tested negative for COVID-19,” the Village of Salmo, with a population of 1,141, release said.

October sees early shot of accumulating snow

Drivers also got an early message from Mother Nature more snow in one day than the total monthly average. — The Nelson Daily

The month of October surprised everyone with the first snowfall of the season said the Weather Services department at the Southeast Fire Centre.

The snowfall was just one of the weather events that saw a rollercoaster rise and fall of temperatures on the thermometer throughout the month.

“The most notable event of the month was the early shot of accumulating snow on October 23rd,” the Southeast Fire Centre media release said.

Wolverine research boosted by citizen science

Wolverine -- photo by Gordon MacPherson, Kootenay Connect

Faces & Places: Doris Hausleitner

Story by Nicole Trigg, Kootenay Conservation Program

Wildlife biologist and Selkirk College ecology instructor Doris Hausleitner has always had a penchant for species that are considered something of an underdog, those without champions to promote their cause. It’s no wonder then, that the elusive wolverine captured her imagination years ago when she was approached by friend and colleague Andrea Kortello to start the South Columbia Mountains Wolverine Project.

IH declares outbreak at Village at Mill Creek care home and La Casa resort

Interior Health reported Wednesday a total of 15 additional COVID-19 cases in the region with 102 cases active and on insolation and no one in hospital.

After reporting 15 additional COVID-19 cases in the region for a total since the start of the pandemic to 803, in a prepared statement Wednesday, Interior Health (IH) declared an outbreak at the Village at Mill Creek long-term care home following a thorough public health investigation.

“Two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19,” the IH statement said.

BC committed to regional environmental assessments, but experts warn they might never happen

Regional assessments will look at the cumulative impact of industrial development in a region on vulnerable species such as sockeye salmon. Photo: J Armstrong / University of Washington

COVID-19 has delayed the Environmental Assessment Office’s work on establishing regulations for regional assessments, which will look at the cumulative effects of all past, present and future industrial projects

By Matt Simmons, for The Narwhal