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UPDATED: IH recommends nine additional members of Dynamiters organization self-isolate for 14 days

Kimberley's games Friday and Saturday against Fernie and Creston were canceled as a result of the Nitro player testing positive for COVID-19.

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League has provided an update regarding the positive COVID-19 test result by a member of the Kimberley Dynamiters on Friday, October 30th.

The Interior Health Authority has completed the process of contact tracing following identification of the positive test case and recommended that nine additional members of the Dynamiters organization self-isolate for 14 days.

The Dynamiters have followed this guidance, and the quarantine period for those individuals will end on Wednesday, November 11th.

Selkirk College Formalizes Plan for the Campus Vision

Student housing is addressed in the new Campus Master Plan 2020- 2035 as an essential element to future growth at Selkirk College. The regional post- secondary currently has two student housing projects—Castlegar and Nelson—before the Provincial Government. The rendering for the Nelson student housing would be at the Silver King Campus in the Rosemont neighbourhood. — Submitted

Future capital planning at Selkirk College is focused on offering a range of amenities, services and experiences that contribute to a vibrant post-secondary learning environment.

Presented at the Selkirk College Board of Governor’s October meeting, the Campus Master Plan 2020-2035 is a detailed document that sets out a roadmap for the institution’s short and long-term outcomes. The 75-page plan is a framework for creating a lively community and preparing for future growth at all locations throughout the West Kootenay and Boundary regions.

B.C. still not ready to switch to permanent Daylight Saving Time

The exception to the "Spring Forward, Fall Back" rule in Canada is Fort St. John, Charlie Lake, Taylor and Dawson Creek and Creston in B.C. and most of Saskatchewan.

Unfortunately, it’s something that even COVID-19 can’t stop it from happening — the Daylight Saving Time switch.

Sunday, at 2 a.m., British Columbians will fall back one hour, ending Daylight Saving Time.

The move back to Standard Time comes while the BC Government remains committed to implementing year-round Daylight Saving Time.

Last year, the province ‚ after 93 per cent in a survey approved of ending seasonal time change — passed legislation guiding the move to “Pacific Standard Time” in line with western United States — Washington State, Oregon and California.

Interior Health urges Halloween celebrations indoor, small groups

Ghosts and goblins should take note that the Provincial Health Officer has issued a new order on household visitors, which means households cannot have more than six people of any age visit at one time. — The Nelson Daily file photo

As people celebrate Halloween, Interior Health is urging the public to be cautious as BC moves through the second wave of COVID-19.

Interior Health said the rise in cases is reflected across B.C. and it is important everyone does their part to reduce the risk of further exposures in our communities.

“I join with Dr. Bonnie Henry in encouraging those of you who wish to celebrate Halloween to do so outdoors, in small groups and safely,” said Dr. Albert De Villiers, chief medical health officer for Interior Health in a statement.

Interior Health reports third COVID-19 related death

President and CEO Susan Brown said in a media release Wednesday the person was a man in his 70s.

Regrettably, Interior Health reported its third COVID-19 relate death in the region, President and CEO Susan Brown said in a media release Wednesday.

Brown said the person was a man in his 70s.

“Today (Wednesday), Interior Health reported the third COVID-19 related death in our region since the beginning of this challenging pandemic – a man in his 70s who died in hospital,” Brown explained.

Border Patrol Agents in Idaho seize cocaine, meth near Canadian border

The duffel bags were found to contain 84 pounds of cocaine, valued at approximately $1.2 million and 198 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at approximately $960,000. — Photo courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Bonners Ferry Station seized five duffel bags of narcotics valued at approximately $2.16 million just south of the United States/Canada border on Friday a news release on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website said.

The media release said Border Patrol agents were alerted to suspicious activity on a remote forest service road near the Canadian border with the responding to the area locating two individuals who were concealing themselves.  

Elections BC releases preliminary voter turnout estimate

Elections BC said 670,324 voters voted in their electoral district during the advance voting period, and 546,877 voters voted on Election Day at their assigned voting place.

Elections BC announced Monday that it estimates at least 52.4% of registered voters voted in the 2020 Provincial General Election.

In a media release, Elections BC said 670,324 voters voted in their electoral district during the advance voting period, and 546,877 voters voted on Election Day at their assigned voting place.

Elections BC said this is a preliminary estimate of voter turnout based on the following:

Op/Ed: Message to NDP Government — Fix systems to make clean air to breath, clean water to drink, healthy food to eat for everyone

The West Kootenay EcoSociety has been working with Castlegar, Kaslo, Nelson, New Denver, Rossland, Slocan, Silverton, Warfield and the Regional District of Central Kootenay to build a plan to transition these communities to 100% renewable energy across community energy uses no later than 2050 that is affordable for the people of these communities. — Facebook photo

The NDP is projected to form a majority government following Saturday's provincial election, with Katrine Conroy being re-elected in Kootenay West by a landslide, and Brittny Anderson, NDP has been declared the provisional winner in Nelson-Creston. The West Kootenay EcoSociety congratulates our local elected MLAs and wants to work together on the following priorities.

Putting People First in the Energy and Climate Crisis