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First Responders, members of the public attend procession for NPD officer

First Responders, including members of the Nelson Police Department, lined the highway entering Nelson Tuesday afternoon to pay tribute to Const. Mathieu Nolet. — The Nelson Daily photos

Hundreds of first responders, including members of the Nelson Police Department, lined the highway between Kelowna and Nelson for a procession to pay tribute to Const. Mathieu Nolet.

Const. Nolet, 28, died from injuries Saturday morning at Kelowna General Hospital after being caught in an avalanche January 9 while backcountry skiing near Goat Range Provincial Park, northwest of Kaslo.

Scooter ride leads to multiple charges

Grand Forks said the 55-year-old Grand Forks man was seen operating his motorized scooter on Market Avenue in the downtown core.

A Grand Forks resident will be getting his steps in as his motorized scooter has been impounded and he’s facing multiple charges under the Motor Vehicle Act.

On Wednesday, January 18th just after 11 a.m., a 55-year-old Grand Forks man was seen operating his motorized scooter on Market Avenue in the downtown core.

Second NPD officer dies in hospital following avalanche

Nelson Const. Mathieu Nolet was welcomed to the department during the swearing in ceremony by Police Chief Donovan Fisher. — City of Nelson photo

Nelson Police is dealing with another loss to the department after it was announced Saturday that a second officer involved in a backcountry skiing accident has died.

Nelson Police Chief Donovan Fisher said this morning via video release that Const. Mathieu Nolet had succumbed to his injuries and died Saturday morning at Kelowna Regional Hospital.

Chief Fisher said that Nolet’s fiancée, sister and parents were at his side.

“It is hard to fully express the sadness we are feeling here,” said Chief Fisher.

Kootenay River ‘interests’ to take centre stage in upcoming Columbia River Treaty talks

Kinbasket Reservoir in spring drawdown — Columbia River Treaty Local Governments Committee website.

The plight and height of the Kootenay River will be the current of conversation when the Columbia River Treaty talks go virtual early next month.

A virtual information session is slated for Feb. 2 — with another on Jan. 30 on the Columbia River — to provide details and answer questions about the process, with the focus on Kootenay River “interests.”

Those interests — as well as information on the Columbia River Treaty Local Governments Committee’s initiative — will be revealed in the two webinars, along with the performance measures that have been identified to date.

Argenta Man Reels in Dozens of Kootenay Lake Trout, Wins $1000 Title

Carl Johnson said the prize is just a nice bonus, like, welcome to the New Year.

The next time Carl Johnson’s grandchildren come to town, there will be plenty of new gear to take fishing after the Argenta retiree reeled in $1,000 in prizes from the Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program. 

With a little help from his grandchildren, Carl has caught “50 or 60 trout” this season. 

“Whenever they come up from Vancouver, they always say let’s go fishing and it’s still a thrill for them to come home and eat what they caught,” said Johnson, a former government employee. “It gives us some entertainment away from the computer, too.” 

‘Considerable’ avalanche conditions persist, but are slowing: Avalanche Canada

Avalanche conditions are rated as “considerable” at the treeline for the next three days, and also remain considerable into the alpine in the region this Friday.

Although avalanche conditions remain considerable in the West Kootenay backcountry there are reports that show a ‘slowing of avalanche activity,’ according to an Avalanche Canada forecaster.

Colin Garritty, lead field tech and forecaster with Avalanche Canada (AC), said, despite the slowing of activity, there were several significant avalanche incidents within the latest gathering of field information.

Grizzlies, strawberries and the connection to us: Kootenays book tour

Douglas Chadwick is touring the Kootenays and will be in Nelson on February 10th. — Submitted photo

Acclaimed author, naturalist and biologist Douglas Chadwick is touring the Kootenays this February to share his latest book, Four Fifths a Grizzly: A New Perspective on Nature that Just Might Save Us All.

Average annual snow pack down one third compared to last year: report

Over the last eight years the current dip for the West Kootenay is not the most pronounced, with 2017 showing 80 per cent of normal at this same time, and 2018 registering 92 per cent — Snow Survey and Water Supply Bulletin

Despite a steady deluge of precipitation, the West Kootenay currently sits at only 93 per cent of its average annual snowpack and is down 32 per cent from last year, according to a provincial report.

In the Snow Survey and Water Supply Bulletin, issued in early January by the B.C. Ministry of Forests, it was reported that the region is lagging behind its historical pace at accumulating snow in the alpine areas — the reservoir for fresh water in the warmer months.

Family, friends, colleagues gather to remember Nelson Police Const. Wade Tittemore

Nelson Police Chief Donovan Fisher posthumously presents the family of Const. Wade Tittemore with his detective badge during Wednesday’s Celebration of Life at the Capitol Theatre. — Screenshot photo

Family, friends and colleagues of Nelson Police Department Const. Wade Tittemore gathered Wednesday at the Capitol Theatre in Nelson to celebrate the life of the police officer.

Const. Tittemore was killed in an avalanche Monday, January 9, located in the mountains near Goat Range Provincial Park, northwest of Kaslo.

Const. Tittemore, 43, was backcountry skiing with fellow Const. Mathieu Nolet at the time of the avalanche.

No students injured after vehicle collides with School Bus

RCMP said luckily none of the children aboard the bus were injured.

Salmo RCMP said two people were taken to hospital, but no students were injured, following an accident involving a School Bus Wednesday morning on Highway 3.

RCMP said that at 8:44 a.m., officers received a call reporting a two-vehicle collision on Highway 3 just outside of Salmo.

"A school bus was transporting children to the Salmo Elementary School and turning left off Highway 3 to Carney Mill Road when it was struck by a west bound sedan on Highway 3," the RCMP media release said.

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