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Kootenay Lake fisherman Rick Taylor November winner in KLAIP

November winner Rick Taylor show shows a catch during a day on the lake in November. — Submitted photo

Rick Taylor has lived on Kootenay Lake for 40 years and has seen some ups and downs in fish numbers and size but commented that the last few years have been catastrophic for the Kokanee numbers.

The Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program (KLAIP) is designed to help the iconic kokanee salmon population recover after their collapse in 2013.

Anglers are encouraged to harvest rainbow and bull trout in the main body of Kootenay Lake, then bring heads to local depots to be entered in the monthly draw for a prize worth $1,000.

Selkirk College students spread sawdust, gratitude during holiday season

While adhering to strict health and safety protocols, students in the Selkirk College Fine Woodworking Program have spent the last four months building skills on Nelson’s Silver King Campus. The cohort of 19 is seen here holding some of the beautiful boxes they created just prior to the holiday break. You can see more detailed photos of the boxes at the program’s Facebook page by searching “Selkirk Fine Woodworking.” — Submitted photo

As the saws stop spinning for winter break at Nelson’s Silver King Campus, students in the Selkirk College Fine Woodworking Program are heading into the holidays filled with gratitude for the chance to learn in the shop environment.

Under strict pandemic protocols, School of Industry & Trades Training shop spaces at the Silver King Campus were the first to reopen for in-person learning back in May.

Canada Summer Jobs 2021 employer application process now open

The employer application period for CSJ 2021 will open on Monday, December 21, 2020, and close on Friday, January 29, 2021.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on young Canadians who are trying to find work. Employers also face challenges when recruiting and hiring workers while adapting to the realities of the pandemic.

UPDATED: Consider postponing non-essential travel — Environment Canada

Environment Canada said snow will continue over southeastern British Columbia and become heavy this evening before tapering off Tuesday morning.

Environment Canada is advising the public to consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve due to a Winter Storm Warning for the Southern Interior of BC.

"A deepening Pacific low will make its way across Washington state during the day then will cross the southeast corner of B.C. tonight," Environment Canada said.

"Abundant moisture associated with the system combined with cold air to the north of its trajectory will produce heavy snowfall across the southern interior of British Columbia."

Interior Health said COVID-19 cases at Big White increases to 76

Friday, Interior Health identified an additional 16 cases of COVID-19 linked to the Big White Mountain community cluster. — Submitted photo

In a media release Friday, Interior Health identified an additional 16 cases of COVID-19 linked to the Big White Mountain community cluster.

The total number of cases identified to date is 76.

Interior Health said the investigation continues to reveal most cases are related to COVID-19 transmission that occurred within group housing, social events and gatherings.

Interior Health said of the 76 known COVID-19 cases linked to this cluster, 44 reside on Big White Mountain. Nineteen individuals have recovered, and no one linked to this cluster is hospitalized.

Selkirk College Alumni Venture Into the Dragons’ Den

Selkirk College alumni Steven Glass (left) and Mitchell Rosko (right) appeared on CBC’s Dragons’ Den on December 17 where they pitched their Saskatchewan-based company Paved To Pines. Though not successful in securing investment dollars, their company did receive a publicity boost. (photo courtesy of CBC)

A pair of Selkirk College alumni were featured on the Dragons’ Den final show of 2020 and despite not slaying the panel for investment dollars, Mitchell Rosko and Steven Glass left the pitch with a significant national awareness boost to their upstart business.

Paved To Pines provides high quality custom school bus/van conversions with individual projects in the range of $100,000 each. Rosko and Glass started the company in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan where they have been has been creating hand-crafted conversions for the last three years.

UPDATED: IH declares COVID-19 outbreak at Teck mining operations near Elkford, community cluster at Big White

Interior Health said the outbreak has 27 confirmed cases and spans three sites operated by Teck Mining Ltd impacting Interior Health and out-of-province residents.

In a media release Wednesday, Interior Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak related to the Teck mining operations near Elkford.

Interior Health said the outbreak has 27 confirmed cases and spans three sites operated by Teck Mining Ltd impacting Interior Health and out-of-province residents.

U.S. lawmakers call for termination of parts of Columbia River Treaty

The Duncan Dam, located at the north end of Kootenay Lake, was one of the dams constructed as part of the Columbia River Treaty. — Submitted

Lawmakers south of the border are sounding alarm bells with respect to the Columbia River Treaty.

Last week, Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), and Greg Walden (R-OR) introduced a resolution to encourage the Trump Administration to immediately issue a notice of intent to terminate the commercial and power coordination provisions of the Columbia River Treaty.  

The House Representatives said the United States has been unfairly burdened by the outdated CRT, and the terminations notice would stop the weather transfer by the USA to Canada.

Improvements to Balfour, Kootenay Bay ferry terminals set to begin in New Year

This artist's rendering shows the improvements coming to the Balfour Terminal area. The MOTI said tree clearing and other construction activity near the Balfour and Kootenay Bay ferry terminals is expected to commence this winter as part of the project to improve Kootenay Lake ferry service. — Submitted photo

In a media release Tuesday, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is advising the public to expect to see tree clearing and other construction activity near the Balfour and Kootenay Bay ferry terminals this winter as part of the project to improve Kootenay Lake ferry service.

UPDATED: Environment Canada said 20 cm of snow expected by Thursday morning

Environment Canada said he second Pacific front will approach the Kootenays Wednesday with snow from the system beginning in the afternoon before intensifying tomorrow night.

Environment Canada said a Pacific frontal system that brought nearly 10 cm of snow to Highway 3 - Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass Tuesday is expected to be joined by another front that will bring further accumulations of 10 cm tonight.



Environment Canada said the second Pacific front will approach the Kootenays Wednesday with snow from the system beginning in the afternoon before intensifying tomorrow night with up to 20 cm of snow expected by Thursday morning.

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