UPDATED: Kootenay Pass open to traffic

The intersection of Highway 6 and Whitewater Ski Resort road was busy Monday with many people taking a snow day after the overnight snow dump.

Avalanche control near summit of Kootenay Pass has been completed the DriveBC website said.

Kootenay Pass closed for avalanche control

DriveBC has issued a road warning for Highway 3 in near the summit of the Kootenay Pass.

Snow accumulation during Monday's snowfall warning has forced closure of the Kootenay Pass near the summit in both directions for avalanche control from Noon until 2 p.m.

Traffic is being diverted via Highway 3A on the Kootenay Lake Ferry. Next update is slated for 2 p.m.

Fatal accident on Hwy 3B

Fatal accident on Hwy 3B

West Kootenay Traffic Services Cpl. Phil Mager is reporting another fatality on West Kootenay roads:

B.C.'s propaganda department cranks up production

Dawson Creek Secondary School – in Minister Mike Bernier's riding – is getting new floors.

It's official.

After hitting send to more than 2,680 news releases this year, the B.C. government's Communications and Public Engagement Office is now scraping the bottom of the barrel for an excuse – any excuse – to trumpet the government's prowess.

If you're not on the distribution list, you may not appreciate the leave no stone unturned – Todd or otherwise – gusto they bring to the job.

Scammers now using pet purchases to steal from unsuspecting buyers

Scammers now using pet purchases to steal from unsuspecting buyers

A new scam making the rounds involves people selling pets online, taking the buyer's money, then never sending the animal (if, indeed, there ever was one to begin with), according to RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew.

Food bank frantic for donations as need outstrips food stores for Christmas hampers

Despite the hard work and generosity of many locals (such as the Robson Fire Department, members of which are pictured here with Robson's donations, the food bank is falling short this Christmas.

Some local residents will be having a very lean Christmas this year if the rest of us don't rally for them, according to Castlegar Harvest Food Bank manager Deb McIntosh.

She said it's been a particularly lean year, especially without the CP Rail Holiday Train making tracks here in 2016.

That doesn't make for less need, though – McIntosh and her roughly 20 volunteers are trying to assemble 233 hampers for families with as many as seven people ... and finding themselves running short of food.

City police agree to new contract after almost four years without

The police union reached a deal with the city on Dec. 1, with the Nelson Police Association (NPA) members voting to accept the proposed contract on Dec. 6.

One down two to go.

The city has finally reached a contract agreement with its unionized municipal police force, with only firefighters and members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) remaining without contracts.

The police union reached a deal with the city on Dec. 1, with the Nelson Police Association (NPA) members voting to accept the proposed contract on Dec. 6, ending a reign of almost four years without a contract for the NPA.

City’s infrastructure replacement ‘one third’ complete: Kozak

Mayor Deb Kozak gave the mayor's address at the City Annual Reception Monday night at the Prestige Lakeside Inn before 150 people. —Timothy Schafer photo, The Nelson Daily

Years of work are finally bearing fruit for the city of Nelson, but at a cost.
After laying the groundwork and planning, securing funding and building innovation, and successively raising taxes, much of what city council has been crafting for years is beginning to take effect.

Handful of West Kootenay communities receive grants-in-lieu of property taxes

The City of Nelson received $176,528 as part of the grants-in-lieu of property taxes distributed by the BC government.

A handful of communities in the West Kootenay were recipients of the nearly $16 million in compensation for municipal property taxes distributed by the B.C. government.

Nelson, Rossland, Castlegar and Nakusp received grants-in-lieu of property taxes that are distributed every November and reimburse municipalities for services that benefited government properties, such as municipally run sewers, roads and fire protection.

COLUMN: Tread Lightly

Too much stuff?

How much stuff will you give and receive this holiday season? Add it to the growing pile — the 30-trillion-tonne pile. That’s how much technology and goods humans have produced, according to a study by an international team led by England’s University of Leicester. It adds up to more than all living matter on the planet, estimated at around four trillion tonnes.

The Rec Site: Free Public Recreation, or For-Profit Business?

Snow-covered Igloo cabin and a portion of Mt. Plewman.  Photo by Sara  Golling

With seven billion and counting on this little planet, space in some places is at a premium.  We're so lucky here in BC's southern interior -- we aren't overly crowded.  And yet, we still compete for space.  Space for recreation in the back-country in some areas is highly contentious, with horse-back riders, hikers, skiers, snowshoers, sledders, dirt bikers, mountain bikers (including fat bikers in the winter) and others fighting to occupy the same hills and valleys with their favourite activity.  Some of those activities don't mix very well.

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