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SD8 class sizes not up to provincial average: superintendent’s report

A report on class size averages for School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) found class sizes were well below the maximum limits for class size requirements — TND file photo.

If you thought the number of students in classes in the school district was too large, think again.

A report on class size averages for School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) found class sizes were well below the maximum limits for class size requirements, up to 10 fewer on average, in some cases.

The report, delivered to the board of education in late November, found that the geography of the district greatly influenced its lower class numbers.

Poverty rate reduction strategy for Nelson will affect surrounding areas: Together Nelson

Rona Park, part of the Together Nelson leadership roundtable, said during the December Regional District of Central Kootenay board of directors meeting that the very specific Nelson problem of a high percentage of people living in poverty did not have a Nelson specific answer — TND file photo.

There will be a ripple effect in the region in trying to reduce the 18.6 per cent poverty rate in Nelson, a member of Together Nelson said recently.

Rona Park, part of the Together Nelson leadership roundtable, said during the December Regional District of Central Kootenay board of directors meeting that the very specific Nelson problem of a high percentage of people living in poverty did not have a Nelson specific answer.

BC weekend update reports 2,550 new COVID-19 cases, 268 in Interior Health

The province will provide an update regarding the Omicron variant of concern Tuesday.

In a media release Monday, the Ministry of Health said as of Dec. 20, 2021, 87.3% (4,352,063) of eligible people five and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 82.6% (4,118,432) have received their second dose.

In addition, 91.7% (4,250,903) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, 88.8% (4,118,375) have received their second dose and 16% (727,761) have received a third dose.

Cell towers proposed for Pass Creek, Crescent Valley area

Two new cellular service towers are being proposed to be built near the southern end of the Slocan Valley, covering the un-serviced areas of Pass Creek and Crescent Valley — free photo, onemillionpics.com

A small piece of the regional district could see a new connection.

Two new cellular service towers are being proposed to be built near the southern end of the Slocan Valley, covering the un-serviced areas of Pass Creek and Crescent Valley.

The $2-million project by Rogers Communications is expected to expand cellular service and coverage, and enhance safety for residents and add in potential for economic development in the Pass Creek Valley area, noted RDCK Area I director Andy Davidoff in a press release.

Snowfall Warning for Kootenay/Boundary regions

Heavy snow is expected for the Kinbasket, Arrow Lakes - Slocan Lakes, West Kootenay and Boundary regions.

The Kootenay/Boundary region can expect a high accumulation of snow said Environment Canada Friday morning as a Snowfall Warning has been issued area.

“A long period of snowfall with total amounts of 15 to 25 cm is expected,” Environment Canada said Friday.

“Snow will begin overnight tonight and become heavy Saturday morning as a strong Pacific frontal system moves across the B.C. interior.”

Heavy snow is expected for the Kinbasket, Arrow Lakes - Slocan Lakes, West Kootenay and Boundary regions.

Updated: City request to bring regional district stipend increases ‘in line’ passed over by board

The RDCK board of directors did not comment or discuss action in its regular meeting on Dec. 9 concerning a letter sent by the City of Nelson noting that the Sept. 23 increase to the director stipend followed a “long, historic pattern” of increases to director stipends — TND file photo.

A request to get remuneration increases for the regional district directors in line with neighbouring boards was ignored during the last board of directors meeting.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) board of directors did not comment or discuss action in its regular meeting on Dec. 9 concerning a letter sent by Nelson Mayor John Dooley on Nov. 22 — on behalf of city council — noting that the Sept. 23 increase to the director stipend followed a “long, historic pattern” of increases to director stipends.

Felix Kuhn the November winner of Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program

Felix Kuhn, of Gray Creek is super stoked to have won the November draw. — Submitted photo

Felix Kuhn, of Gray Creek has won the latest $1000 monthly prize draw in the Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program.

He receives a $500 gift certificate to Gill & Gift in Balfour and a $500 gift certificate to Crawford Bay Market in Crawford Bay. 

“I am super stoked to have won the November draw," Kuhn said.

"It’s exciting to win such great prizes, and also rewarding to know that I’m helping to regulate the fish population of Kootenay Lake.”  

Central Kootenay lakes, rivers remain free from destructive invasive mussels in 2021

ZQM in an aquarium moss ball. — Photo courtesy Lakes Commission

The B.C. Invasive Mussel Defence Program was in full swing in 2021.

The goal of the program is to prevent the introduction of zebra and quagga mussels (ZQM) into B.C.

The program began in 2015 and consists of watercraft inspection stations, an outreach program, and lake monitoring. In 2021, the Central Kootenay Invasive

Species Society (CKISS) collected 267 samples from nine waterbodies in the Central Kootenay region as part of the provinces’ mussel lake monitoring program. The

samples were then sent to a provincial lab for analysis.

Candlelight vigil held outside office of MLA Anderson to remember those affected by Climate-related disasters in BC

Organizers said the event was part of a province-wide campaign, organized by the West Coast Climate Action Network — a group that seeks to commemorate those who died during the Heat Dome, floods, fires, mudslides, and other climate-related disasters this year.

Approximately 70 people gathered in front of Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson’s constituency office Monday evening for a candlelight vigil to remember those who have lost their lives due to Climate-related disasters this year in British Columbia.

Citizens in the province recently suffered through historic flooding during the fall and saw summer wildfires wipe out some communities as the world’s climate changes.

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