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Phase two project for Hall Street expected to be spread out over two years

The phase two Hall Street design includes “steps” on the waterfront that will allow people to park and sit immediately adjacent to the lake. — Photo courtesy City of Nelson design

Call it a double double, or a win-win.

Phase two of the Hall Street makeover could be chopped into two as the city responds to concerns that have arisen over access to the street and its ancillary businesses for the street-level renovation.

Kelowna’s WSP landscape architecture and urban design team hired by the city to deliver the phase two design revealed in their report Monday night that there has been concern “expressed with vehicle and pedestrian access” during construction.

Selkirk College Valedictorians Help Define Rural Post-Secondary Education

 Brenna Mackay is a member of the first Rural Pre-Medicine Program class at Selkirk College and will represent her peers as one of two valedictorians at the upcoming Graduation 2017 Ceremony at the Castlegar Campus on April 28.

A pair of locally raised Selkirk College students will represent the 50th graduating class as valedictorians at this year’s Graduation 2017 ceremony on the Castlegar Campus.

Charged with delivering the final addresses to their peers, Brenna Mackay and Clara Graves are outstanding students who have made the most of their time at Selkirk College. Both raised in the Rossland area, Mackay and Graves add a touch of symbolism about the core reason Selkirk College was created back in 1966 — to provide inspiring post-secondary close to home.

My message is about opportunity,” says Mackay, who will be graduating with the first Rural Pre-Medicine Program cohort.

Slide closes parts of Galena Trail near New Denver

The trail is closed from Denver Canyon to the Cable Car. — Map photo courtesy RDCK

The Regional District of Central Kootenay continues to deal with landslides in the region as local government officials have now close a section of the Galena Trail near New Denver.

In a media release Monday, the RDCK said parts of the scenic trail has been closed due to a slide.

“A section of the Galena Trail has been closed due to a slide, which occurred at 1.5 kilometres in from the highway yard entrance (300 metres east of Denver Canyon),” the release said.

“The trail is closed from Denver Canyon to the Cable Car (see map).  

Crescent Valley Beach Regional Park Commencing Construction of Final Phase

The map shows the overall park design concept is guided by the Crescent Valley Beach Regional Park Management Plan. — Submitted

Monday (April 24th) marks the beginning of the final phase of the Crescent Valley Beach Regional Park the Regional District of Central Kootenay said in a media release.

The construction will happen during the next two months, hopefully the project will be ready for the busy summer season.

"The first phase which was completed in 2015 developed the entry into the park, 14 front parking stalls and a dropoff/pick-up area," the release said.

RDCK extends State of Local Emergency for Zwicky Road residents

More information regarding the geotechnical engineers report will be made available Monday.

A handful of residents in Kaslo are going to need to wait at least another week before returning home after the Regional District of Central Kootenay decided to extend its State of Local Emergency for another week.

In a media release Sunday, the RDCK said its extending the State of Local Emergency until May 1st for six homes outside the North Kootenay Village.

Law Day comes to Nelson Courthouse

Local elementary students took over the main jobs during a mock trial during Saturday’s Law Day at the Nelson Courthouse. — The Nelson Daily photo

There was a different judge on the bench and lawyers advocating for their respective clients during Law Day 2017 Saturday at the Nelson Courthouse.

The event was part of BC Law Week, a national event celebrating the signing of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Law day was held at courthouses in Victoria and Nelson.

MP Stetski seeks assurances on Lake Koocanusa

Kootenay Columbia MP Wayne Stetski said the expectation at this point is that the lake will reach full pool in July.

Kootenay-Columbia Member of Parliament Wayne Stetski contacted the US Army Corps of Engineers this week to get answers on the low level of water in the Lake Koocanusa Reservoir.

“Each year at this time, residents keep an eye on Lake Koocanusa to ensure that it isn’t getting too low,” Stetski said. “Because the level is controlled by the Libby Dam in the US, I spoke with the Army Corps of Engineers to find out what’s going on.”

Robots Making Their Way to Selkirk College for RoboGames

Sponsors gathered in Castlegar Campus on the eve of the event include, (L-R) Ralph Lunn (Zellstoff Celgar), Brad Pommen (Nelson Tech Club and RoboGames founder), Blair Weston (Fortis BC), Ken Kalesnikoff (Kalesnikoff Lumber), Erin Handy (KAST), Elroy Switlishoff (Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers Association of Pro Engineers & Geoscientists), Stephen Johnson (Columbia Power), Anders Malpass (Drop Designs), Carol Vanelli-Worosz (Teck Operations), and Maggie Keczan (Selkirk College).

The Fifth Annual RoboGames is making the trek from the Heritage City to the Selkirk College Castlegar Campus Gymnasium Saturday (April 29) as more than 80 young people from across the West Kootenay and Boundary region arrive to create and compete.

The RoboGames were formerly held at the Tenth Street Campus in Nelson for the past few years, but is now going more central to attract more competitors.

The event, aiming of promoting science and technology learning, is a partnership between Selkirk College and the Nelson Tech Club.

City’s unveiling of draft downtown redesign draws hundreds to open house

Opinions were mixed as hundreds of people flocked to the Adventure Hotel to gain a first hand look at the city-led draft Downtown Urban Design Strategy. — Tim Schafer, The Nelson Daily

Although opinions vary on what should be done in Nelson’s downtown redevelopment, the idea of creating a revitalized downtown was a unifying force for over 400 people at an open house on the plan Thursday night.

Hundreds of people came and went for three hours at the Adventure Hotel to view preliminary designs and offer comments on what has already been developed as part of the city-led draft Downtown Urban Design Strategy.

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