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'Pool area heater' cause, origin of Villa Motel fire

Nelson Fire Rescue said video evidence shows visible flame at least 30 minutes prior to the fire being noticed by a motel guest. — The Nelson Daily photo

A heater in the pool area has been determined as the cause, and origin, of a fire in early November at the Villa Motel near the North Shore entrance to the Big Orange Bridge on Highway 3A said Nelson Fire Rescue in a media release Monday.

Located at 644 Highway 3A, the fire, which was reported at 4:5'5 a.m., caused extensive damage to the motel’s Pool Building.

Tentative agreement reached in Kootenay Lake Ferry dispute

Kootenay Lake ferry boats should be back on schedule after a tentative agreement was arrived between the two parties on Tuesday, November 26th.

In a media release Thursday, the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) said ferry workers and their employer, Western Pacific Marine reached a tentative agreement in a contract dispute that caused disruptions to communities on both sides of Kootenay Lake for the past three months.

The union said the tentative agreement was arrived between the two parties on Tuesday, November 26th after 13 days of intensive bargaining and more than five months after the negotiations reached an impasse.

December is provincial CounterAttack Impaired Driving month in BC

While police will be on the lookout for drunk drivers they are also fully prepared to enforce the federal Cannabis Act and BC’s Cannabis Control and Licensing Act.

RCMP would like to remind the public that, while everyday drivers should not operate a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, police will be out in full force beginning Sunday, December 1 as part of month-long provincial CounterAttack program to stop impaired drivers this holiday season.

The CounterAttack program includes the National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day and a one-day provincial blitz (Friday, December 6th) when motorists can expect to see a heightened police presence in many areas of the province targeting impaired drivers.

Greening Up — What Is the Best Available Science?

Throughout history the Earth’s climate has changed. But now – according to the National Space and Aeronautics Administration (NASA)– climate emergency evidence is compelling.

“What we need is for our politicians and the people in power start to listen to the current, best available science.” – Greta Thunberg, age 16

“We cannot leave it to young people to fight this fight for their future by themselves.” – Jane Fonda, age 81

The word science comes from the Latin scientia meaning knowledge, especially knowledge based on verifiable and reproducible data.

Fridays for Future Nelson organizing Black Friday Climate Strike

Fridays for Future Nelson is organizing another climate strike, complete wtih clothing swap for Friday, to bring awareness to the massive environmental impacts of consumerism and the fast fashion industry. — The Nelson Daily photo

Days after the United Nations raised yet another red flag in the climate change crusade, Fridays for Future Nelson will hold a rally, complete with clothing swap and march through the downtown core, Friday, November 29th.

The event set is for the streets of Nelson on Black Friday, the day after American Thanksgiving where retailers, both in Canada and U.S., offer deep discounts on a limited supply of products.

Organizers are planning to include a clothing swap to highlight the massive environmental impacts of consumerism and the fast fashion industry.

Interview: Meet a new Rosslander -- the new CEO of KC Recycling

Photo: Pete Stamper

Pete Stamper is the new Chief Executive Officer of KC Recycling, and he moved to Rossland with his family in July of this year.  I learned this after receiving his press release announcing that KC Recycling is making significant investments to expand its capacity and will be able to recycle all of Canada’s cathode-ray-tube (CRT) glass.

Police report missing woman has been located

NPD would like to thank everyone who assisted with this file.

Nelson Police would like the publlic for assistance in locating a woman missing since Friday, November 22, 2019.

Police would like to inform the public the 32-year-old woman has been found.

NPD would like to thank everyone who assisted with this file.

NPD need public assistance in locating missing woman

Nelson Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a woman last seen in the city on Friday, November 22, 2019.

Rare rash of rats rocks reaches of city

Rat sightings have been reported on an ever-increasing basis in several areas of the city within the last year, compared to no prior sightings in Nelson. — Photo: WildsafeBC

A rat epidemic has bit the Heritage city.

Rat sightings have been reported on an ever-increasing basis in several areas of the city within the last year, compared to no prior sightings in Nelson.

David White from WildsafeBC has informed City Hall of the proliferation of the rodent, and has been fielding calls from Nelsonites searching for rodent remedies to rid themselves of the unwanted pests.

Castlegar says yes to 100 per cent renewable energy transition

Castlegar’s City Council and residents celebrate Castlegar’s commitment to the 100 per cent renewable energy transition.

Half of the Canadian municipal governments that have committed to transitioning onto renewable energy are in the West Kootenays.


Castlegar City Council voted last night to be part of the 100 per cent renewable energy transition by 2050 in all energy use sectors in the community, including heating and cooling, transportation, electricity and waste management, becoming the seventh local government in the West Kootenays and the 15th in Canada to pass such a council resolution. 

Weekend blitz targets impaired drivers in Nelson area

Officers from Nelson Police Department, Nelson RCMP and West Kootenay Integrated Road Safety Unit work together to check up to 300 vehicles during the weekend.

A weekend blitz by local police resulted in seven drivers being removed from the road due to alcohol impairment said RCMP in a media release Monday.

The blitz involved officers from Nelson Police Department, Nelson RCMP and the West Kootenay Integrated Road Safety Unit work together targeting impaired drivers in the Nelson area. Officers checked between 200 to 300 drivers.

‘Those drivers lost their drivers licences ranging from 3 to 90 days and their vehicles impounded ranging from 3 to 30 days for varying degrees of impairment,” the media release said.

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