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Rec Site cabins closed

Enjoy the trees, avoid the cabins -- for now. Photo by Sara Golling

The District Recreation Officer for Trails and Recreation Sites BC  has ordered that all day use shelters, overnight-use cabins, and other facilities that would make it difficult for users to observe the two-metre social distancing measures, be closed until further notice.

That means that everyone out exercising in the Rossland Range Recreation Site must stay out of the cabins during the COVID-19 emergency. 

UPDATED: KERPA Makes Urgent Call to the Community for N95 Masks

KERPA supports a volunteer emergency physicians to attend the most critical 911 calls in Nelson and surrounding area as seen in this accident near Taghum.

Morrison Insulation in Castlegar donated six cases of 95 masks, making a total of 1,000 masks donated to support Emergency Services so far. However, the need continues, and donations will be most welcome.

Previous coverage:

Dr. Nicholas Sparrow of Kootenay Emergency Response Physician Association is making an urgent call to the community for the donation of N95 surgical masks, as emergency responders face unprecedented demands on skills and equipment in the face of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Castlegar home invasion leads to local man being held in custody

On March 20, at approximately 2 a.m., a Castlegar resident was awakened from his sleep after hearing noises inside his residence. The home owner got out of bed to investigate and encountered an unknown male suspect inside his house. The home owner verbally confronted the suspect who immediately fled from the home.

BC Transit implements changes to enhance social distancing for drivers, passengers during COVID-19 pandemic

Customers will not be required to pay fares in all BC Transit communities for 30 days for all systems including conventional, community, and handyDART.

BC Transit, the Province of BC, our local government partners including West Kootenay Transit — which includes Nelson and Trail Transit as well as Arrow & Slocan Lakes Community Service — are continuing to work to ensure we have service on the road for customers that need to get to work, including health care facilities, and going out for groceries or other needs.

In a media release, BC Transit said it is implementing rear door boarding, where available, across the province to enhance social distancing for drivers and passengers.

Coroner’s inquest into death of Peter DeGroot postponed

DeGroot, 45, was shot by police during an exchange of gunfire following a four-day manhunt in the Slocan Valley in October of 2014.

The BC Coroners Service has postponed the inquest into the death of Peter John De Groot, in response to the provincial public health measures currently in place to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The inquest was scheduled to begin on May 19, 2020, at the Rossland Courthouse.

The BC Coroners Service will reschedule the inquest once all COVID-19 public health measures are no longer required.

BC government suspends K-12 schools indefinitely

Student at South Nelson Elementary in Nelson will not be returning after the BC government decided to suspend schools indefinitely. — The Nelson Daily photo

Students from K-12 in province will receive extended time away from the classroom after Premier John Horgan announced Tuesday that BC elementary and secondary schools in the province will be closed indefinitely due to COVID-19.

Most students had been away from school since Friday due to Spring Break Holiday. The government said any schools not on spring break have been told to suspend classes indefinitely.

Minister of Education Rob Fleming said the COVID-19 pandemic is evolving quickly and is having an impact on BC, which forced the government to act to protect students.

RED closed; closure includes ski touring, snow machines

UPDATED map provided by Red Mountain Resort

UPDATED:  RED Mountain Resort and Whitwater are both closed for the season.

RED is closed for lift skiing -- and also for ski touring and all forms of motorized access.  The area closed to skin-assisted wanderers, snow machines and other motorized vehciles, is shown in the attached map.  RED explains:

"As a reminder, the area is closed to motorized vehicles and ski touring. Avalanche control terminates at season end and staff and equipment continue to work in the Controlled Recreation Area.

Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort decides to close due to COVID-19

Pools will be closed to the public on Tuesday, March 17 and the hotel and restaurant will be closed to all guests effective Sunday, March 22.

Add the popular tourist attraction north of Nelson on Kootenay Lake to the businesses suspending operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort, located approximately 50 kilometers north of the Heritage City, has decided to close the resort until the end of April.

“After careful consideration of growing concerns regarding the Covid-19 Pandemic, management and ownership of Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort announce the closure of the resort until at least until the end of April,” the media release said.