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Logging truck accident slows traffic on Kootenay Pass

The empty logging truck was pulled up the steep bank by a wrecker following the accident Wednesday on Highway 3 east Salmo. — Submitted photo

The driver of a logging truck was taken to hospital with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries following a single-vehicle accident on the Kootenay Pass Wednesday afternoon.

The accident happened on Highway 3, a few kilometers west of the Kootenay Pass Summit, when the empty logging truck lost control on slushy roads after passing a YRB (Yellowhead Road & Bridge) plow truck.

The truck hit rocks before the trailer flew off the unit and ended up down the steep bank.

Police asking for public assistance in locating missing Nelson woman

Heather Gunderson has not been heard from since the afternoon of Sunday, December 1, 2019.

Nelson Police is asking the public for assistance in finding a 35-year-old Nelson woman.

Police said Heather Gunderson has not been heard from since the afternoon of Sunday, December 1, 2019. 

Gunderson, known to occasionally wear glasses, is 5’3” and weighs approximately 110 pounds with dark hair and blue eyes. 

She was last seen wearing a grey hooded jacket and dark pants.

Nelson Police and friends are concerned for the well-being of Gunderson and wish to locate her as quickly as possible.

Snowfall warning for Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

Heavy snow continues today with further 10 to 15 cm of snow falling before ending this evening on the Paulson Summit and Kootenay Pass. — DriveBC photo

Well, Old Man Winter finally arrived.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall Wednesday for some parts of the Boundary and most of the West Kootenay region, including Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass — with total accumulation of about 20 cm.

“Heavy snow continues today,” the Environment Canada website said. “A further 10 to 15 cm of snow will fall before ending this evening.

Environment Canada said the public should be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

Rossland Range Rec Site: Fall 2019 update -- AND CAUTION

Booty's Cabin, fall 2019; photo by Sara Golling

UPDATED DECEMBER 4, 2019, 9:30 pm

There are always changes going on in Rossland Range Recreation Site – whether it’s more logging by Atco, or volunteers improving cabins, or replacing of old cabins with newer cabins, or thinning or glading, or doing FireSmart work to reduce fire hazard, or filling woodsheds with firewood for the winter season … and more.  Here are the main things you need to know now, or might want to know even if you don’t need to:

'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.

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