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Western Pacific Marine Ltd. issues media release regarding Kootenay Lake Ferry Labour dispute

East Shore residents affected by the recent Kootenay Lake Ferry Labour dispute held a Unity Rally Friday, starting at the Kootenay Bay Terminal. — Submitted photo

Western Pacific Marine Ltd, operators of the Kootenay Lake Ferry system, issued a media release Saturday explaining their side of the ongoing dispute that has caused service interruptions and that has seen regular sailings reduced to a few essential sailings per day during the past few weeks.

UPDATED: RCMP locate person involved in suspicious interaction near Nakusp school

A woman, believed to be in her late 50's or early 60's, grabbed one of the students by the arm which prompted the student to kick the woman in order to get away.

RCMP said they have identified the person involved after four students from Nakusp Secondary School were approached by a suspicious woman in a mini-van Wednesday.

“This situation is still under investigation, however, the evidence gathered does not suggest that this incident was an attempted abduction or involved any other criminal activity,” RCMP said in a media release Friday.

RCMP said officers continue to work with the woman, school officials, students and their parents towards a resolution of this matter.

Peaceful protest planned for Kootenay Lake Ferry terminals

Organizers "Our Ferry Matters" have planned a peaceful gathering to draw attention to the importance of the ferry to the Kootenay region.

There is a peaceful protest planned for Friday at the Kootenay Lake Ferry terminals to raise awareness of the struggles by frequent users of the operation that binds the communities on the West and East shores of Kootenay Lake.

The group called Our Ferry Matters has planned a “peaceful gathering to draw attention to the importance of the ferry to the Kootenay region.”

“We believe the ferry is an integral link that bounds the people and businesses of our communities together,” said a post on the Our Ferry Matters Facebook page.

Plastics free month takes shape for October in Nelson

In that regard several actions have already been undertaken in the pursuit of the eradication of plastics in Nelson, including an open letter to area businesses.

Plastics could be on the endangered species list for October in Nelson.

The city is considering legislation to declare October as a plastics free month, following up on a July city council resolution declaring October to be “Plastics Free Month” and directing city staff to take action to advance and promote the campaign with the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce.

At the request of city council, city staff has met with the chamber of commerce staff late last month to plan to implement the plastics free month and to discuss how to proceed, and a plan is developing.

Grand Forks RCMP officer could face attempted murder charge

The IIO released a media statement Wednesday regarding the May 10, 2018, incident in Grand Forks.

The RCMP officer involved in a shooting that critically injured a man last year in Grand Forks could face a charge of attempted murder following a report by the Independent Investigation Office of B.C. to the B.C. Prosecution Service.

The IIO released a media statement Wednesday regarding the May 10, 2018, incident in Grand Forks.

The IIO release said initial information provided by the RCMP suggests that just before 3:30 p.m. on May 10, 2018, officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop after responding to reports of an erratic driver.

Nelson's Dryden Hunt starts season in NHL

Nelson Minor Hockey product Dryden Hunt will open the season on the roster of the Florida Panthers. — Photo courtesy NHL

When the Florida Panthers take to the ice to open the National Hockey League season Thursday in Tampa Bay against the Lightning, former Nelson Minor Hockey product Dryden Hunt will be in the lineup.

Hunt, who signed as a free agent for the Panthers in 2016, skated on the fourth line for the Panthers Monday with Noel Acciari and Colton Sceviour as Florida prepares to open the season on the road against Tampa Bay.

The 6-foot, 201-pound Hunt signed a one-year, two-way contract in July with the Panthers.

Expect more disruptions to Kootenay Lake Ferry System

The Kootenay Lake Ferry between Balfour and Kootenay Bay was operating during the weekend, but that didn't stop the community from protesting at the terminal in Kootenay Bay. The community has been disappointed with the service interruptions as well as the dredging of the West Arm of Kootenay Lake near the Balfour Ferry terminal. — Submitted photo

People living on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake woke up Monday to more disruption of the Kootenay Lake Ferry system.

DriveBC is reporting the Kootenay Lake Ferry would be out of service from 6:30 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. Monday, except for esstential service sailings at 6:30 a.m. and 8:10 a.m. from Balfour and 7: 10 a.m. and 9 a.m. from the Kootenay Bay terminal.

Priority is given to people with medial appointments, healthcare workers, school staff, students and parents transporting students.

Regular service is expected to return at 2:50 p.m. Monday.

Much to see at 7th Annual Green Home, Energy Show

From electric cars to electric bikes as well as much, much more will be 7th Annual Green Home and Energy Show, set for Wednesday, October 2 at the Prestige Lakeside Resort Hotel in Nelson. — Submitted photo on display at the

Come one. Come All. To the 7th Annual Green Home and Energy Show, set for Wednesday, October 2 at the Prestige Lakeside Resort Hotel in Nelson.

Sponsored by Nelson Hydro’s EcoSave Program and the West Kootenay EcoSociety,  the annual trade show event that features both green and sustainable options for building, renovating, and transportation. The theme of this year’s show is zero waste, with an emphasis on saving energy on building a new home or fixing up your current one.

Upcoming Federal Candidates Forums Focus on Climate Crisis and Solutions

Area youth participated in recent climate strikes in our area, including Caitlin Kellendonk of Castlegar

Federal election candidates will have an opportunity to focus on issues around climate change and creating a healthier and more peaceful future in a pair of all-candidates forums slated for Oct. 7 (Nelson) and Oct. 9 (Castlegar).

The forum, Safe Climate, Clean Energy, and Healthy Communities, is being organized by four non-partisan local organizations -- the Nelson-West Kootenay chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), the West Kootenay EcoSociety, Selkirk College’s Mir Centre for Peace, and the local Fridays For Future team.

There's snow on Paulson Summit, Kootenay Pass

The Paulson Summit received quite a dusting of snow overnight. — DriveBC photo

Thank you, Mother Nature.

Environment Canada said an upper level disturbance has moved from coastal BC south into Washington State bringing a colder airmass to the interior.

The snow level is near 1000 metres this morning bringing the white stuff to many of the southern interior highway passes, including Paulson Summit and Kootenay Pass sections of Highway 3.
Environment Canada said 15 to 20 cm of snow has already accumulated last night and a further 5 to 10 cm is expected through today.