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UPDATED: RCMP dive team recover body from Kootenay River

At approximately 3 p.m. Monday, the RCMP dive team, along with the assistance of Castlegar Search and Rescue, recovered the body of a male in his 50's who drowned in the Kootenay River Sunday.

RCMP said the provincial dive team recovered the body of a male believed to have drowned in the Kootenay River near Shoreacres Sunday afternoon.

Cpl. Derek Pitt told The Nelson Daily that RCMP divers made the recovery of a 51-year-old Slocan Valley man at approximately 3 p.m. Monday.

"It didn't take long for RCMP divers to locate the body of the male thanks to some assistance from witnesses," Cpl. PItt said.

Virtual open house on Zincton goes green in theme as approval process continues

Although the question-and-answer period during the Thursday night online open house for Zincton was brief — with less than 12 questions fielded by the panel — it did have a green theme — screenshot.

The environmental question took the centre stage recently during the virtual public open house for the region’s potential newest ski hill.

Although the question-and-answer period during the Thursday night online open house for Zincton was brief — with less than 12 questions fielded by the panel — it did have a green theme.

BC Games announces proof of vaccination required for 2022 Greater Vernon Winter Games

The BC Games Society Board of Directors has announced the proof of vaccination requirement to help maximize the safety of athletes, coaches, officials, staff, volunteers, and spectators.

Everyone participating in the Greater Vernon 2022 BC Winter Games next February will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 said a Friday a news release from the BC Games .

The BC Games Society Board of Directors has announced the proof of vaccination requirement to help maximize the safety of athletes, coaches, officials, staff, volunteers, and spectators.

Woman’s lawsuit against city upheld and new trial for damages pending

Taryn Joy Marchi sued the City of Nelson for negligence following an injury in 2015 and could have the eyes of the nation on her when her case returns to the Supreme Court of Canada — screenshot photo.

A Nelson woman is proving that you can fight city hall.

Taryn Joy Marchi sued the City of Nelson for negligence following an injury in 2015 and could have the eyes of the nation on her when her case returns to the Supreme Court of Canada.

The higher court judges ruled Thursday that the city owed Marchi a “duty of care” with its snow removal practices at the time, and that a new trial is now required to assess if the city had “breached that duty of care and, as a result, whether it should pay damages to Ms. Marchi.”

Zincton prepares to take centre stage as it seeks approval for backcountry ski hill status

Zincton will host the open house with formal proposal presentations from the province and Team Zincton starting at 5 p.m. tonight.

The region’s potential new backcountry skiing destination will reveal all in a virtual open house Thursday night.

Zincton will host the open house (register online at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_o8qxMOrcQTa8QRpc2umQDw) with formal proposal presentations from the province and Team Zincton starting at 5 p.m.

COVID-19 cases on the decline in West Kootenay/Boundary

A crowd against vaccine passports in BC protested Monday outside the office of NDP MLA Brittny Anderson. — The Nelson Daily photo

Cases are declining in the West Kootenay/Boundary according to the weekly BC Centre of Disease control Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by local health area of case residence graphic.

Between October 10-16, 2021, the high for the West Kootenay/Boundary region was Trail with 16 new COVID-19 cases.

Earlier this month, the Silver City area reported 74 COVID-19 cases.

Both Grand Forks and Nelson areas reported 10 cases while Castlegar had seven and Kootenay Lake four.

Kettle Valley reported one case while Arrow Lakes had zero cases.

Tree logging beside Apex Loop has left Nelson Nordic Ski Club with loss of part of the loop

When the trees siding a one-kilometre section of the Loop that resided on private land were logged by the landowner, the Nelson Nordic Ski Club (NNSC) approached the owner with questions of access and safety, with the exposed hillside now creating an avalanche zone for the trail below, and did not receive an answer — Nelson Nordic Ski Club website

A decision to log trees near part of the popular Apex Loop cross country skiing trail has the region’s Nordic ski club searching for answers for the coming season.

When the trees siding a one-kilometre section of the Loop were logged by the landowner, the Nelson Nordic Ski Club (NNSC) approached the owner with questions of access and safety. The exposed hillside now creates an avalanche zone for the trail below, the NNSC feared, but they did not receive an answer.

BC reports 560 new COVID-19 cases; 79 in Interior Health

During the weekend, BC reported 1,846 new cases of COVID-19.

As of Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, 89.2% (4,136,000) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 83.5% (3,870,709) have received their second dose.

In addition, 89.7% (3,879,091) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 84.2% (3,640,757) have received their second dose.

B.C. is reporting 560 new cases of COVID-19, including eight epi-linked cases, for a total of 198,838 cases in the province.

Local kids win big in Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program

Ty Walker of Fruitvale won a kid-sized kayak in the Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program contest. —Submitted photo

Several local youngersters won great prizes in the fall kids’ derby draw of the Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program (KLAIP). 

The youngsters submitted Rainbow or Bull trout heads that they caught on the main body of Kootenay Lake and were eligible to win Pelican Magna kayaks, Kokanee Mountain Zipline Tour packages, or fishing equipment. 

Ty Walker of Fruitvale, who fishes with his grandfather, won a kid-sized kayak.

Province updates progress on Kootenay Lake Ferry Services Improvements Project

Ferry traffic at the Balfour terminal waits for the next boat to arrive while work continues on the Kootenay Lake Ferry Services Improvements Project. — DriveBC photo

In its most recent update, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said construction at both the Balfour and Kootenay Bay Terminals this summer has progressed significantly is on track to be completed by the end of 2021.

This works comes following a summer of challenging summer of wildfires, extreme heat, and the ongoing pandemic for the Kootenay Lake Ferry Services Improvements Project.

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