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Nelson Police to conduct independent investigation into arrest made by Penticton RCMP

The Nelson Police Department has been called into investigate an arrest of a man by RCMP on New Year's Eve in the South Okanagan City of Penticton.

On Saturday, December 31, about 11:30 pm a man allegedly stumbled onto the street in front of a RCMP vehicle.

The police officer stopped to talk to the man, who appeared to be intoxicated. A struggle with police ensued and the man suffered an injury to his leg. He was taken to hospital where it was determined that his leg was broken.

Come one, come all to the 2012 KLHF Polar Bear Dip

There were even a few costumes during the 2011 Polar Bear Dip. — Bruce Fuhr file photo

Now that Santa has come and gone, it’s time for Nelsonites to focus on the next big event — and no, it’s not New Year’s Eve.

Push ahead one more day to New Year’s Day and the annual Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation Polar Bear Dip into Kootenay Lake.

The Foundation welcomes all of Nelson’s swimmers and floaters, young and not so young, to take the plunge for health, personal pride, and appropriately, to raise money to support surgical services at our local hospital with the purchase of an Insufflator, camera system and three high definition monitors.

Red Cross equipment loan program on the move again

The Canadian Red Cross Health Equipment Loan Depot is moving to a new, more convenient home at the Boundary Hospital after a year of uncertainty.

The move, taking the service from the old forestry building back to the lower level of Grand Forks Hospital (just follow the signs once inside), will take place over the holiday season. The depot will be closed Dec. 21 and re-open in the new location on Jan. 2, 2012.

RDCK waste facility user fees to change

Beginning in the New Year, revised user fee schedules will be in effect at Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) landfills and transfer stations.

The changes come as part of the RDCK’s overall update of its resource recovery facilities regulatory bylaw.

Rates for key fee categories are detailed below. Rates are effective Jan.1.

For mixed waste

Central Sub-Region (Marblehead, Kaslo, Balfour, Ymir, Salmo)

Closure of sex infection clinics may leave people at risk

Nurses in BC's Interior are decrying the closure of the five public health clinics that test and treat sexually transmitted infections (STI).

The decision by the Interior Health Authority (IHA) has shocked public health nurses in the region who are struggling to understand how officials could choose to cut these services to already vulnerable populations.

The cuts, for clinics in Grand Forks, Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton and Cranbrook, leave the need for access to services with a gap.

Climate action commitments now focus of future RDCK decisions

A green fleet and green purchasing policy have been adopted at the Regional District level, helping mark another rung up the ladder of the Carbon Neutral Kootenays project.

Sustainable considerations will now come into play when it concerns vehicle acquisition, replacement and usage decisions under the new policy — replacing the existing RDCK Vehicles Policy.

Council moves forward with bylaw for Hydro borrowing

Council has taken the first step in authorizing the City to borrow up to $6 million toward Nelson Hydro infrastructure projects.

The first three readings of the loan authorization bylaw passed at a special Council meeting on Monday afternoon.

This is the first of several steps before borrowing moves forward. Next the bylaw must be approved by the Inspector of Municipalities, then by the community through an Alternative Approval Process and finally by the Regional District of Central Kootenay.

Teen dance sees five kids arrested; two likely to face charges

A teen dance at the Element Sunday night has caused upset in the community after five kids between 15 and 17 years of age were arrested for drug and alcohol offences.

This, during a teen dance that drew as many as 400 kids, according to Element owner Florio Vassilakakis.

Castlegar RCMP Sgt. Laurel Matthew said five kids were arrested at the dance: two for public intoxication and three for drug possession. Police are only recommending charges be laid against two 17-year-olds in the wake of the event.

The figures are in: enrollments slipping in local schools

Enrolments are declining across the region in both School District No. 8 and in Selkirk College’s regional campuses, but respective administrations aren’t ready to push the panic button.

The first enrolment total of the year for SD8 (as of Sept. 30) was 5,086 by a “head count,” a number that was down from initial estimates for the 2011-12 year.

However, some students take more than a full course load, and others take less than a full course load, a situation that makes the numbers misleading, said SD8 superintendent Jeff Jones.

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