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BC Hockey Hall of Fame wants help showcasing province’s rich history

COVID-19 allows Hall to shift focus toward creating a new exhibit showcasing BC’s rich and diverse hockey history.

The BC Hockey Hall of Fame is asking the public to rummage through garages, basements and attics to help showcase the province's rich and diverse hockey history.

Due to COVID-19, the Hall was forced to cancel the annual summer induction event.

However, the downtime has given Hall staff the opportunity to shift their focus toward creating a new exhibit.

New Fireboat for Christina Lake

Before the ceremonial launch members of the RDKB, Christina Lake Firefighter Society and Ross Glanville posed for a team photo. — Photo courtesy RDKB Facebook

Christina Lake became a little safer after the recent launch Friday of the Fire Rescue fire engine on pontoons.

Christina Lake Fire Rescue's fireboat is a community effort between Christina Lake Firefighter Society, Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Area C/Christina Lake Director Grace McGregor, Chief Joe Geary and his fire rescue crew.

A special shout out goes to Ross Glanville for his generous donation that covered two thirds of the cost of this beautiful 30K fire rescue boat that will help keep Christina Lake residents and visitors safe for years to come.

Rossland's Wetland Specialist

Eva Cameron at King George Provincial Park; submitted photo

By Nicole Trigg, for Kootenay Conservation

Wetlands are continuing to disappear at an alarming rate, and Eva Cameron is determined to turn back the tide on this trend, at least in the Lower Columbia region, one wetland at a time.

Heritage City benefits from BC Government long-term care bed announcement

The BC Government announced Monday that Nelson will be receiving 75 longterm care beds similar to those at Mountain Lake Seniors Community facility in Fairview. — Screenshot photo

The Heritage City is one of five communities in the BC interior to benefit from a long-term care bed announcement Monday by the Provincial Government.

In a media release Monday, the Province and Interior Health announced that Nelson, Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon and Kamloops will receive 495 new long-term care beds with the largest one-time increase in the region in more than 15 years.

Greening Up — Believing In Change

One of the powerful lessons we have learned from the collective experience of the coronavirus pandemic is that governments are capable of acting swiftly, both in terms of regulations and spending, when they put human lives above all else.

“I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.” – Aldous Huxley 

We humans too easily turn wants into needs and now we are struggling collectively with the problem of excessive wants.

For many decades, human activity has been intensifying the negative effects on Earth’s water, air, soil, and climate.

These are the elemental building blocks of our lives and we are ravaging their gifts.

UPDATED: Interior Health identifies two additional COVID-19 exposure locations in Kelowna

The two locations are Discovery Bay Resort and Boyce Gyro Beach Lodge in Kelowna.

Interior Health in a media release Sunday said further testing of individuals who gathered at various Kelowna locations between June 25 and July 6 has identified additional locations in Kelowna where individuals may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Interior Health said individuals who visited the two other locations on the dates noted are asked to self-monitor themselves closely for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested if they have those symptoms:

Castlegar couple praises extraordinary effort of helpful RCMP officer

Felecia McIntyre-Macready and Daniel Gagnier were robbed within hours of becoming engaged.

An Alberta police officer wowed a local couple with her caring, kindness and assistance last week while coping with the aftermath of a nighttime robbery.

Castlegar's Daniel Gagnier is accustomed to service – not only are both of his parents well-known volunteers in the community, he has also served the past year and a half as a Private in the Canadian Armed Forces in Petawawa, Ont.

What was new for Gagnier was being the recipient of above-and-beyond-the-call-of-duty service from a Lake Louise RCMP officer who went out of her way to help out during an emergency.

Covid-caused transit ridership drop not nearly as much as provincial average: BC Transit

Chelsea Mossey, government relations manager for BC Transit, said transit ridership in the Heritage city has dropped by 47 per cent compared to this time last year. — Photo courtesy BC Transit

Transit ridership is down in a covid-19 infused world in Nelson but not nearly as drastic as most areas of the province, noted a BC Transit official.

Chelsea Mossey, government relations manager for BC Transit, said transit ridership in the Heritage city has dropped by 47 per cent compared to this time last year.

However, that pales in comparison to the 60 to 80 per cent drop in ridership in most transit systems in B.C., she told city council recently during its committee-of-the-whole meeting.

It's finally here — Nelson Innovation Centre opens July 14th

Present for the unofficial opening of the the Nelson Innovation Centre, from left, Rose Hoher (NAEDP), Karen Kornelsen (Nelson Innovation Centre Manager), City of Nelson Councillor Keith Page, City of Nelson Manager Kevin Cormack, Kailyn Skuban (KAST Interim Executive Director), City of Nelson Councillor Jesse Woodward, Andrea Wilkey (CFCK), Tom Thomson (Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce). Front Row: City of Nelson Councillor Brittny Anderson, Lorri Fehr (KAST Board Chair), Ramona Faust (RDCK), City of Nelson Mayor John Dooley. — Submitted photo

Following years of planning, funding applications, feasibility studies and community engagement, the Nelson Innovation Centre, managed by KAST (Kootenay Association for Science & Technology), is set to open in the Chamber of Commerce building at the foot of Baker Street on, Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

Transformative Beginnings in Selkirk College’s Rural Pre-Medicine Program

Raised in Nelson, Rebecca MacLeod returned to the classrooms of Selkirk College after an outstanding decade of academic and professional experience in music. A graduate of the three-year Rural Pre-Medicine Program based on the Castlegar Campus, MacLeod has been accepted into the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. — Submitted photo

Rebecca MacLeod’s passion for the violin has taken her around the world, but the Selkirk College Rural Pre-Medicine (RPM) Program graduate’s burning desire to help people brought her home.

Raised in Nelson, MacLeod attended the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh on full scholarship and went on to achieve her Master of Violin Performance from the University of Toronto. An award-winning classical musician, her dynamic resume includes solo, chamber and orchestral performances across North America and internationally.