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Truck accident west of Nelson slows early morning commute

First responders work quickly to remove the driver from the pickup truck. — The Nelson Daily photos

Highway 3A/6 approximately 10 kilometers west of Nelson was reduced to single-lane traffic early Saturday morning after a pickup truck left the road near Taghum Shell Convenience Store.

The truck with at least one occupant skidded off the highway before 6 a.m., ending up in the ditch at the base of the rock bluff.

First responders from Beasley Fire Rescue were joined by Nelson Fire Rescue, BC Ambulance and RCMP attended the accident scene.

Application for cannabis cultivation inside city limits receives council approval

Kootenay cannabis is the product ready to begin cultivation in the Heritage city as the Nelson Cannabis Collective received an indoor cannabis operation use designation at 45 Government Road on the edge of the city. — Photo: City of Nelson report

The first legitimate green business has been given the go light from the city.

Nelson Cannabis Collective has been approved for a zoning amendment to allow for cannabis operation at 45 Government Road after city council finally adopted an amendment to the Zoning Bylaw.

With the purchase of the industrial property, the purpose of the project is to build an indoor cannabis cultivation facility, licensed by Health Canada to supply the legal cannabis market.

Castlegar Mounties continue to spread holiday cheer one family at a time

(left to right) Castlegar RCMP officers Cst. Travis Harkness, Cpl. Jason Olney, Cst. Kyle Mylrea and Sgt. Monty Taylor stand alongside a Castlegar RCMP Tahoe covered in wrapped gifts for a local family.

Castlegar RCMP officers and employees open up about their annual holiday gift basket initiative in hopes of inspiring others in the Kootenay’s to give back to their community, especially around the holiday season.

UPDATED: Winter storm warning for Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

Environment Canada has said alerts continue for many of the Southern Interior highway passes, including Paulson Summit.

Environment Canada continued its Snowfall Warning for Boundary, West Kootenay for Friday.

Environment Canada said a strong Pacific frontal system continues to hammer the interior highway passes with heavy snow.

“Snow at times heavy will continue today, tonight, and into Saturday,” Environment Canada said  said. A”dditional snowfall amounts of 20 to 60 cm can be expected by Saturday afternoon.”

The public is urged to drive with caution as weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.

Selkirk College Nelson welcomes new campus-based child care centre

Nelson Creston MLA Michelle Mungall and Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development, hold the sign during the team photo following the announcement of the new child care centre that will provide 24 much-needed spaces for children at Selkirk College in Nelson.

Students, parents, children, instructors, politicians, staff and the public joined together Wednesday afternoon to welcome a new campus-based child care centre at Selkirk College in Nelson.

Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development made the announcement of the new child care centre that will provide 24 much-needed spaces for children, allowing parents attending the college to focus on their school work.

Career pick-up player Paul Major ready to take the ice at Montreal Canadiens Alumni Make A Change Canada Charity Game

A career pick-up hockey player, Paul Major will lace up the skates with legends of the game from the Montreal Canadiens and the local Kootenay Patricks in the Make A Change Canada charity hockey game that takes place at the Nelson & District Community Complex on January 23, 2020. — Submitted photo

When the Montreal Canadiens Alumni Team visits Nelson in late-January to take on the Kootenay Patricks for the Make A Change Canada charity game, a career pick-up hockey player will have the best seat in the house.

On January 23, Paul Major will celebrate his 70th birthday in memorable fashion when he pulls on the fabled Canadiens jersey and joins the alumni squad on defence. Signed up as one of the game’s “thrill of a lifetime” participants, Major will take a regular shift with former stars of the NHL.

Nelson to lose only Ophthalmologist in 2020

The IH said it is exploring the possibility of an outreach service in Nelson when the Ophthalmologist, who works in the annex building adjacent Kootenay Lake Hospital, retires in February 2020.

By Jesse Cole, Nelson Daily Reporter

Those requiring eye surgery or eyecare treatment in Nelson will have to travel a little further in the New Year, as Nelson’s only Ophthalmologist plans to retire.

Dr Neville Maytom, who has spent the past 30 years practicing in the Kootenays, will be retiring from the Kootenay Lake Hospital (KLH) in February of 2020. Maytom will not be replaced but rather Ophthalmological services will be entirely based out of Trail, B.C.

Kootenay Lake Ferry communities 'relieved' for labour peace

From left, Gauri Taylor-Topp of Yasodhara Ashram & Kootenay Lake Chamber of Commerce, Janet Wallace of Barefoot Handweaving/Artisans of Crawford Bay & Kootenay Lake Chamber of Commerce and Megan Rokeby-Thomas of Ladybug Coffee were all smiles at the Kootenay Bay Ferry landing now that there is labour peace with the Kootenay Lake Ferry System. — Submitted photo

Communities on both sides of Kootenay Lake are once again rolling out the "Welcome Mat" after Western Pacific Marine and BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) recently inked a tentative agreement to end the long running labour dispute that crippled the Kootenay Lake Ferry.

Our Ferry Matters, a local grassroots group advocating for safe, reliable and sustainable ferry service on Kootenay Lake during the three-month labour disruption, are excited an official agreement was reached that ended the labour dispute.

Selkirk Paving Ltd receives Award of Excellence

Selkirk Paving Ltd. was recently saluted by the BC Government at the BC Highways Awards ceremony for its positive contributions to the communities the company serves. — Screenshot photo

Selkirk Paving Ltd. is proving it’s more than just a paving company.

The Crescent Valley based company recent received the Community Service Award of Excellence 2019 by the BC Government at the BC Highways Awards ceremony for its positive contributions to the communities the company serves.

“Congratulations to Selkirk Paving on the outstanding community service they have provided to their community,”  a BC Government spokesperson said.