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RCMP, BC Coroners Service investigating sudden death

Nakusp RCMP said a yellow 2004 Ford F150 extended cab pickup truck was recovered December 8 from the Arrow Lake with a deceased single male in his late 60s.

In a media release Tuesday, the Nakusp RCMP and the BC Coroners Service said an investigation has been started after the body of a deceased individual was pulled from a motor vehicle found submerged in Arrow Lakes.

RCMP said on December 7, 2019 at approximately 12:43 a.m., operators aboard the Needles Ferry observed a submerged vehicle off the Needles Ferry Dock on Arrow Lakes, in Needles BC.

National Campaign Nets Impaired Drivers

Police netted 19 drivers for Immediate Roadside Prohibitions ranging from three days to 90 days along with vehicle impounds ranging from three to 30 days.


West Kootenay Traffic, West Kootenay Integrated Road Safety Unit and detachment members from Castlegar, Trail, and Nelson put a target on impaired drivers during Saturday's National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day.

The impaired driver blitz netted 19 drivers receiving Immediate Roadside Prohibitions ranging from three days to 90 days along with vehicle impounds ranging from three to 30 days;  two 24 hour prohibitions in relation to drug impairment as well as another 30 violation tickets and 12 Notice and Orders were issued by Traffic Services. 

CP Holiday Train returns to Nelson, Castlegar

The CP Holiday Train, approximately 1,000 feet in length with 14 brightly decorated rail cars decorated with hundreds of thousands of technology-leading LED lights and holiday designs, will be back in the West Kootenay Tuesday. — Submitted photo

Every year, the Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Trains travels through dozens of communities, raising food and cash donations for local food banks.

This year the CP Holiday Train is back in the West Kootenay after a two-year hiatus, returning to Nelson and Castlegar Thursday, December 12.

Fans of Monty Python, Mr. Bean, and Dr. Seuss — Grab your Teacups

O Christmas Tea promises to bring their unique brand of hilarity to Nelson this holiday season Friday, December 20th at 7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre. — Submitted photo

Buckle your theatre seats and grab your teacups, British comedians James and Jamesy are bringing their unique brand of hilarity to Nelson this holiday season.Reminiscent of classic British pantos, O Christmas Tea is rich with wordplay, comic physicality, and cleverly crafted interactive elements, yet it is the duo’s chemistry and charisma that provide the real magic of this play.

Going green with one of the giants of the West Kootenay forest

Mercer Celgar based near Castlegar is looking to becoming more than just another pulp mill. — Screenshot photo

The story of Mercer Celgar is a growing concern — in a good way.

One of the region’s largest employers is looking to spread its story about the work it is accomplishing in its West Kootenay-based operation — located at the bottom of the Arrow Lakes water system — in order to grow its green energy ideas.

Kootenay players showcase talents at Star Fire tournament

Two teams from the Kootenay Academy program participated in the Star Fire Showcase tournament held recently in Seattle, WA.

The Whitecaps University Prep Academy program sent two teams to participate in the Star Fire Showcase tournament held recently in Seattle, WA.

Despite finishing the tournament with losing record, the players gained valuable experience, plus were able to showcase their talents in front of college and university scouts from both Canada and USA.

“The players performed fantastically well (during the) weekend,” said Brett Adams, head coach of the of the Whitecaps Kootenay Academy Centre.

Drug Alert for Grand Forks

IH said this alert is localized only to the community of Grand Forks.

In a media release Friday afternoon, Interior Health said it has been notified of recent DAS Health Canada lab findings that have cause for concern in the City of Grand Forks.

The IH release said:

Thoughtexchange surges ahead

Photo courtesy of Thoughtexchange

Rossland-based crowdsourcing intelligence platform, Thoughtexchange, announced on December 5, 2019, that it has secured a $20M Series B financing in an oversubscribed round led by Information Venture Partners (Toronto) with participation from existing investor Yaletown Partners (Vancouver) and new investor Voyager Capital (Seattle). 

New GPS technology helps minimize interactions between caribou, snowmobilers

The new approach is a result of a stewardship management agreement between the B.C. government and Trout Lake Recreational Club and the Arrow Lakes Ridge Riders.

A new way of using GPS tracking data will help minimize interactions between a herd of caribou and snowmobilers in the British Columbia Interior.

By tracking the herd's location using data transmitted by GPS collars worn by some of the caribou in the Central Selkirk herd, provincial biologists can now keep some parts of the Central Selkirk Snowmobile Management Area closed to snowmobiling, while keeping other parts that contain no caribou open.

November half degree warmer than average

The high winds experienced in the latter part of November left this sailboat on the rocks near the Prestige Inn. — The Nelson Daily photo

November lacked its usual share of precipitation due to a ridge of high pressure early in the month and a drier upper flow later in the month said Jesse Ellis, Fire Weather Forecaster in the monthly weather synopsis.

“No temperature or precipitation records were broken this month,” Ellis said. “The mean monthly temperature was a half degree warmer than average.”

Ellis said a ridge of high pressure stalled near the BC coast to help keep a dry northwesterly flow in place over the region for the first third of November.