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Advertorial — Postech Piles West Kootenay hits the ground running in Nelson

There are many ways Postech Screw Piles can make a project cheaper and faster to build.

Imagine constructing a house without worrying about building a concrete foundation.

Anyone who have ever been involved in a construction project,  probably knows what a massive, time-consuming expense that building a foundation can be.

But now there is an alternative out there called Postech Screw Piles.

Postech piles are geared toward residential consumers for foundations, fences, and solar systems. A new company is distributing this innovative product in the West Kootenays.  

RCMP investigate stolen pickup truck

The stolen truck and suspect was later seen local gas station. — RCMP photo

The Grand Forks RCMP is asking for public assistance in helping solve the theft of a pickup truck.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, May 21, 2023, RCMP received a report of a theft of a truck from a residence in the 5600 block of Como Road, in Grand Forks.

The victims reported that they were in the process of selling the truck and had earlier made arrangements with someone to view the vehicle later that day.

Summer Basketball Camp coming to Heritage City

The Heritage City basketball camp is scheduled at the LVR Hangar from Tuesday, July 4th to Friday, July 7th. — Screenshot photo

Calling all Nelson Basketball players to take part in the Heritage City basketball camp. 

The camp will offer a fun and unique experience for youth to learn and develop new skills on the court. It will be a great opportunity for players to learn the game, improve their skills and make new friends.

Head coach will be Ryan MacKinnon, a former University of Victoria Vikes and Canadian Inter-university Sport All-Canadian in 2012.

McKinning currently runs the basketball program at L.V. Rogers Secondary and coaches the Senior Boys' basketball team.

No one injured but much damage done during Sunday morning house fire

CFD responded to a residential structure fire the morning of May 21 in the 600 block of 9 Avenue, According to Fire Chief Sam Lattanzio. He said the call came in at 8:00 a.m., and R1, E1, L1, E2 and C1 attended along with 12 members. Upon arrival, Incident Command determined that all occupants and pets were out and accounted for. There were no reported injuries to occupants or firefighters.

B.C. Mother Launches Marathon Across B.C. to Raise Awareness about Toxic Drug Deaths, Increase Access to a Safe Supply of Drugs

Jessica Michalofsky this marathon is not just about my son Aubrey, but about all the lives that have been lost and all the families that have been devastated by toxic drug poisoning. — Photos courtesy Mosang Miles

Sunday, Jessica Michalofsky kicked off a marathon that will take her across B.C. to raise awareness about preventable toxic drug deaths and

advocate for safe supply.

From May 21 to June 25, Michalofsky will run more than 900 km from Nelson to Victoria as part of “Aubrey’s Run Across B.C. to End Toxic Drug Death,” passing through the Okanagan and stopping in communities for rallies and events along the way.

Plea for public process: Neighbourhood group looks to garner say on downtown safe inhalation site

Located on the 800 block of Vernon Street in Nelson, people living in the area have voiced their opinion against the operation of the Interior Health Authority site.

A neighbourhood group that raised concern over the establishment of a safe inhalation site in downtown Nelson is not opposed to the site, but rather is seeking proper process to discuss it, a recently-released organizational brochure claimed.

Called the Neighbourhood Network, the grassroots organization — made up of “affected” residents, families, business owners, community recreation organizations and seniors — have been informally meeting for a few months in order to discuss societal impacts on the eastern end of the city’s downtown.

Let the good times roll: lake levels continue to rise as flood waters surge, but snowpack drops below normal

The snowpack has dropped to 73 per cent of normal for this time of year (as of May 15).

The level of Kootenay Lake could rise as much as five feet within the next two weeks while the snowpack is dropping lower than normal, according to recently released data from FortisBC and the Ministry of Forests.

With unseasonably hot temperatures hovering above 30 degrees Celsius for daytime highs the meltwater flowing into creeks, rivers and Kootenay Lake is higher than normal for this time of the year, according to FortisBC.

Op/Ed: WHY Resources Open-pit Mine Proposal for Record Ridge

West High Yield CEO Frank Marasco at May 18 meeting in Rossland. Photo by Sara Golling

West High Yield (WHY) continues its efforts to further its application for a permit to go ahead with the next phase of its proposed magnesium mine on Record Ridge.  The Ministry has accepted the WHY application for a permit, but has not approved it.  The review process has just begun.

Fear of intimidation causes regional district to postpone climate action open houses

The regional district chief administrative officer, Stuart Horn, said the move to cancel the open houses was made in response to concerns that the open houses would not be a safe.

Citing fear of intimidation a series of open houses planned by the regional district to discuss climate action recommendations has been cancelled.

Announced late on Thursday, the decision was made to provide Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) staff members “with additional time to present recommendations for a revised timeline for public consultation,” noted a press release from the RDCK.

Nakusp RCMP seize enough drugs to dose every member of community

RCMP said the two individuals were released without charges, pending further investigation.

In the early morning of May 17, frontline officers with the Slocan Lake RCMP made a significant drug seizure while en-route to a disturbance call, according to Nakusp RCMP Detachment Commander Cpl. Thomas Gill.

"At approximately 4 a.m., an officer came across a vehicle in a ditch near Silverton. The vehicle's occupants, a male and a female, appeared asleep," Gill said. "The officer stopped to check on their well-being and discovered evidence indicating recent drug activity."