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Editorial UPDATE: Elections Canada has not lost its marbles after all, and we're relieved.

Some (non) 'partisan' information from NASA

UPDATE:  Canada's Chief Electoral Officer, Stephane Perrault, issued a public statement today, clarifying that environmental groups can say "whatever they want" during the election period, subject to the usual rules. There had been a rash of reports and opinion pieces, including this one, and a fine piece in The Beaverton, following advice given to environmental groups by Elections Canada staff, indicating that climate change had been classified as a "par

24th annual ride for Kootenay Pride

The weekend concludes with Kootenay Pride Parade Sunday, September 1. — Submitted photo

Kootenay Pride is gearing up for the 24th Annual Pride celebration coming up at the end of the month.

Over the years, this celebration has grown to include community events all week long culminating in the Pride Parade on Sunday, September 1st on Baker Street.

This year we kick off the week by raising the Pride and Trans flags in front of City Hall on Monday, Aug 26th at 11 a.m.

Police continue to search for missing man

Christopher Sanford is a 36-year-old male who was last seen on August 4, 2019 in Nakusp. — RCMP photo

The Nakusp RCMP is once again seeking public assistance in locating Christopher Sanford who was reported missing on August 5, 2019.

Christopher Sanford is a 36-year-old male who was last seen on August 4, 2019 in Nakusp, at that time his plan was to travel to Kelowna. Sanford’s vehicle was located abandoned in Fauquier, BC on August 5, 2019.

Extensive search in the area his vehicle was located has not been successful in locating him.

Sanford’s family has not had any contact from him which is very unusual.

UPDATED: Driver facing meth charges following single-vehicle accident in Rosemont

Police said a quantity of suspected methamphetamine was located inside the vehicle during the search.

Following a single-vehicle accident early Friday morning that sent the driver to hospital with minor injuries, Nelson Police has recommended charges of Possession of Methamphetamine against the 25-year-old male driver in this incident.

In a media release Friday, Nelson Police added that a female associated with the male driver is also facing charges.

“As a result of the investigation conducted, police have also identified a 29-year-old female who was determined to be associated to the male driver,” Nelson Police said.

'A real step backward' — Recreation Groups blast plan to remove trail designation from Columbia, Western Rail Trail

The rail bridge on the Columbia and Western Rail Trail is popular for off-road riders from spring through until fall. — Photo courtesy Trails Society of BC

Concern is growing for recreation groups in the Boundary, West Kootenay after Recreation Sites and Trails BC with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development proposed cancelation of trail designation for the former Canadian Pacific Railway line route between Castlegar and Christina Lake.

Recreation Sites and Trails BC is proposing to turn the 67 kilometer section of the Columbia and Western Rail Trail — formally known as the Trans Canada Trail — into a road tenure.

Control, management of invasive species in region urged by CKISS

Approximately 750 lakes throughout the West Kootenay and British Columbia are currently monitored annually by organizations including CKISS, in order to detect and hopefully prevent similar problems in the area. — BC Government photo

This isn’t your typical mussel beach.

One of the greatest current threats to the region’s watersheds and beaches is the Zebra and Quagga mussels, according to the Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society (CKISS).

The mussels — only the size of a fingernail — are being monitored in approximately 750 lakes throughout the West Kootenay and across North America, said CKISS development coordinator Laurie Carr in a recent presentation to the Regional District of Central Kootenay board of directors.

Oasis pickleball courts celebrate Grand Opening

Grand opening has led to informal league and spike in players. — Submitted

The Oasis Recreation Committee has seen a summer wish come true. At their June grand opening they gave away free burgers, smokies and pickleball paddles with the hope that the nearly 100 people who turned up would keep on coming to the Oasis Community Park to play pickleball— one of the fastest growing sports in Canada. And they have.

UPDATED: Evacuation Alert removed for Morley Creek

YRB crews have been busy clearing mud and debris from Highway 3A, approximately 10 kilometres north of Nelson. — Courtesy YRB Facebook

The Regional District of Central Kootenay issued a media release Monday afternoon regarding the mudslide at Morley Creek, north of Nelson.

Upon recommendation by subject matter experts (SMEs) from the Province, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is removing the Evacuation Alert issued yesterday for properties in the Morley Creek area at 10 Mile, north of Nelson on Highway 3A, effective immediately. The Evacuation Alert had been issued for about 30 properties in the area due to a debris flood.

Truck carrying milk crashes south of Nelson

The truck carrying milk to be delivered to local businesses lost control on Highway 6 south of Nelson Friday morning. — Nelson Fire Rescue photo

A truck carrying milk crashed south of Nelson Friday morning Nelson Fire Rescue reported in a media release.

Nelson Fire Rescue were alerted at 6:55 a.m. Friday a serious motor vehicle incident by Nelson Police Department on Highway 6 just south of Nelson.

The two NFRS members on duty responded to what turned out to be a five-ton refer truck that had lost control resulting in a rollover and crash into the ditch, damaging another vehicle and telephone pole.