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Nelson Fire and Rescue officials investigate blaze at Superstore Mobil gas station

The fire destroyed a storage shed at the rear of the Superstore Mobil gas station on Lakeside Drive in Nelson. — Nelson Fire and Rescue Services photo

Residents near the 500 block of Lakeside Drive received an early wakeup call Monday when Nelson Fire and Rescue Services responded to a fire at the rear of the Superstore Mobil gas station.

Nelson Fire and Rescue Services said in a media release the call came in at 4:49 a.m. of a fire to a structure at the rear of the gas bar at 502 Lakeside Drive.

“Upon arrival, the first arriving crew found heavy fire at the rear of the structure,” the Nelson Fire and Rescue Services media release said.

City sights set on rate rise as BCUC ponders process for Nelson Hydro

Nelson Hydro is proposing to move forward with a 2.5 per cent general rate increase to its residential urban rates, and is applying to the B.C. Utilities Commission (BCUC) for a similar increase to rural rates, with an effective date of implementation of Jan. 1 — Nelson Hydro photo.

A power play to move the onus for rising power rates down the line is being generated by the city’s utility.

Nelson Hydro is proposing to move forward with a 2.5 per cent general rate increase to its residential urban rates, and is applying to the B.C. Utilities Commission (BCUC) for a similar increase to rural rates, with an effective date of implementation of Jan. 1.

Effect of Octopus Creek wildfire to be felt for years: report

A Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development report for the Michaud Creek and Octopus Creek wildfires (Van Houten pictured) said the risk of waterborne hazards will be so high that it recommended recreational closures for the next three years — BC Wildfire Service report photo

The closure of recreational areas affected by one of the biggest wildfires in the history of the regional district is being recommended by a provincial report.

A Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (MFLNRORD) post wildfire risk analysis reconnaissance report for the Michaud Creek and Octopus Creek wildfires said the risk of waterborne hazards will be so high that it recommended recreational closures for the next three years.

Highway 7 opens to essential travel

Highway 7 near Hope courtesy DriveBC

Highway 7 to Hope is open for essential travel, which will help people reach their homes and the movement of goods and services.

Drivers can expect single-lane alternating traffic and significant delays due to congestion. 

Crews are working to remove debris on Highway 3. The opening of this corridor is expected at some point this weekend, for essential travel only.

Highway 5 eastbound of Hope remains closed.

Highway 1 to from Hope to Boston Bar is open for emergency access only. 

Leafs climb into top spot in Murdoch Division, Castlegar's Lawczynski earns KI First Star

Nelson Leafs lead the Murdoch Division standings over Beaver Valley 15 games into the 2021-22 KIJHL regular season.

The Nelson Leafs have climbed to the top of the Neil Murdoch Division of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League with nine wins, including an 8-0 victory over the Grand Forks Border Bruins on Tuesday.

Rookie defenceman Bryce Sookro now leads the team with 13 points in 14 games. Sookro enjoyed a two-goal, three-point performance against the Border Bruins. The Leafs have improved to 6-2 when scoring first.

Close behind the Leafs is rival Beaver Valley Nitehawks, with eight wins in 15 games. The Nitehawks lost both their games last weekend.

BC reports 1,270 new COVID-19 cases over weekend, 275 in Interior Health

In the past 72 hours, 16 new deaths have been reported, for an overall total of 2,273.

As of Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, 90.7% (4,203,257) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 86.8% (4,021,455) have received their second dose.

In addition, 91.1% (3,940,151) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 87.3% (3,776,870) have received their second dose.

Over a three-day period, B.C. is reporting 1,270 new cases of COVID-19, including 10 epi-linked cases, for a total of 213,020 cases in the province:

Ogilvie, Posnikoff big winners in Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program

Larry Posnikoff and Gordon Ogilvie are presented with their prizes at Main Jet Motorsports in Nelson. From left, Aaron Seminoff and Kevin Westerhaug of Main Jet Motorsports, Larry Posnikoff (ATV prize winner), Gord Grunerud (West Arm Outdoors Club), Gordon Ogilvie (Coastal Springs Fishing trip prize winner), Matt Neufeld (Ministry of Forests Lands Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development). — Photo courtesy Whitelight Photography

On Friday, November 12 the West Arm Outdoors Club and B.C. Wildlife Federation announced the winners of the Grand Prize draw of the Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program at Main Jet Motorsports in Nelson.

The grand prize winners are Gordon Ogilvie of Wynndel and Larry Posnikoff of Crescent Valley. 

Ogilvie has won a Fishing Lodge package from Coastal Springs Float Lodge in Knight Inlet. The package includes four nights and three days of guided fishing for two people, including float plane transportation from Vancouver.   

Weather Alerts for Kootenay Lake, Arrow/Slocan Lakes, Boundary regions

The inclement weather has prompted Environment Canada to issue a Rainfall Warning for Kootenay Lake, Arrow Lakes and Slocan Lakes as well as a Special Weather Statement for the Boundary Region.

Environment Canada said the atmospheric river that hammered most of BC Sunday will continue to produce heavy rains for Monday.

The inclement weather has prompted Environment Canada to issue a Rainfall Warning for Kootenay Lake, Arrow Lakes and Slocan Lakes as well as a Special Weather Statement for the Boundary Region.

For most of Monday, Environment Canada said the heavy rain, with amounts expected between 10 to 25 mm, will ease to scattered flurries or rain showers this evening.

SD8 board to determine mandatory vaccination policy for employees

The trustees of School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) are tasked with the responsibility to establish the policy, but it must be voted on in a closed (in camera) meeting of the board, noted SD8 superintendent of schools — SD8 Communicable Disease Plan COVID-19.

With no provincial health order mandating teachers and school district employees to be vaccinated the SD8 Board of Education is slated to make a decision on its own.

The trustees of School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) are tasked with whether or not to have a mandatory vaccine policy, but it must be voted on in a closed (in camera) meeting of the board, noted SD8 superintendent of schools, Trish Smillie.

New National Report on Hunger: How does Nelson Stack Up?

The Nelson Community Food Centre serves low-income people a variety of healthy and fresh food options through their Good Food Bank. — Submitted photo

A new report, HungerCount 2021, from Food Banks Canada, says food banks have seen a significant surge in visits throughout the pandemic nationwide.

Further, the high cost of living and ongoing economic disruption threatens to create countless new clients in the months ahead.

The Nelson Community Food Centreserves more than 1,200 low-income people every month through their Good Food Bank. At the height of the pandemic, there were occasional increases of around 50%.

But the numbers stabilized.Some clients stopped coming for a time, and some have now returned.

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