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Ministry aware of the Western Toad’s precarious situation; ensures responsible logging practices near Summit Lake

Concerned citizens of the Western Toad look at where a feller buncher started building road into one of the cutblocks near Summit Lake. — Photo courtesy Craig Pettitt

Logging operations near Summit Lake have many Nakusp residents and biologists concerned about the impact on the Western Toad.

The toads are listed as a species of concern on the provincial Yellow list, meaning that while not endangered, populations are in decline in certain areas.

“Western Toads are relatively common in most of B.C., although population declines are suspected in the southwestern part of the province.

Selkirk College Opens New Applied Research and Innovation Centre

The new Applied Research and Innovation Centre in Castlegar provides Selkirk College students a learning environment equipped with the latest technology. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

Selkirk College has opened up additional classroom space and created the new Applied Research and Innovation Centre (ARIC) in Castlegar.

Before the start of the Fall Semester, the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Program, the Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre (SGRC) and the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute (RDI) moved to the former Professional Aviation Building at the West Kootenay Regional Airport. The new campus facility is located just minutes from the main Castlegar Campus.

Province denies Wildlife Defence League claims

Province says no "Judas Wolf" practice being used in BC Wolf Cull.

It’s Year Two of British Columbia's controversial wolf cull and questions have been raise regarding the techniques used by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO).

The tactic in question is something the BC-based conservation organization, Wildlife Defence League (WDF) is calling a “Judas Wolf”.

IHA wrings out Nelson laundry service and prepares to cut 29 jobs in the city

The province recently provided jobs in Nelson by building a new Emergency Department at Kootenay Lake Hospital. Tuesday, Interior Health elimated 29 positions when it announced the contracting out hospital laundry services. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The fate of Kootenay Lake Hospital’s laundry services has all come out in the wash.

On Tuesday afternoon the Interior Health Authority (IHA) has elected to contract out hospital laundry services for Nelson and four other communities, meaning 29 job losses in the city.

Interior Health’s board of directors and the health authority reached a 20-year agreement with Ecotex Healthcare Linen Service Inc. on Tuesday to provide the majority of linen and laundry services through a centralized Kelowna-based facility, supported by regional distribution centres.

Snowfall Warning called for higher elevation highways

The Kootenay Pass summit is expected to see upwards of 20 centimeters of snow during the night. — Photo courtesy Drive BC

March appears to be arriving like a lion, especially on highways at higher elevations.

Marc Dale, Yellowhead Road & Bridge Ltd. Operations Manager for the Southeast Kootenay region said there is a Snowfall Warning for highway passes.

"It looks like old man winter is still with us," Dale said.

Interior Health issues bulletin after seeing an increase in drug overdose trend

The majority of overdose symptoms are being reported after using opioid drugs such as OxyContin along with heroin.

Interior Health has issued an information bulletin after seeing an increasing drug overdose trend in communities within the region — including Nelson, Trail and Cranbrook.

IH officials and ANKORS said the bulletin is to raise public awareness about the opioid drug use, particularly in light of recent fatal and non-fatal overdoses.

"Interior Health is concerned about drug overdoses and drug related deaths in our communities," IH staff told The Nelson Daily Monday.

NPD looking for public assistance after man taken to hospital

Nelson Police is looking for public assistance after a man was found injured in the Heritage City Thursday.

NPD Sergeant Corey Hoy said police, along with Nelson Fire & Rescue Services and BC Ambulance, attended the 400 Block of Vernon Street for an incident in the evening of Thursday (February 25th) in which a man was found with serious injuries.

Hoy said the man was transported to Kootenay Lake Hospital by EHS for treatment of those injuries.

Florida Panthers win Dryden Hunt sweepstakes, sign Nelson Minor Hockey grad to entry-level deal

The wait is over for Nelson's Dryden Hunt, who inked an entry-level contract with the Florida Panthers Saturday. — Stephen Simon photo

It's a move that slipped under the radar as most teams focus on the pending National Hockey League trade deadline.

However, for Nelson Dryden Hunt it's a day he'll remember for years — the day the 20-year-old sniper signed a contract with an NHL team.

HEU stages rally in Nelson Monday ahead of IH laundry decision

HEU workers will be back in front of the courthouse in Nelson as part of the Leap for Local Laundry rally in support of stopping the privatization of laundry services. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Local Hospital Employees Union workers in Nelson are joining fellow members from other communities in the province as part of the Leap for Local Laundry rally Monday (February 29) in front of the courthouse on the corner of Vernon and Ward Streets.

The day of action happens in the BC Interior as the HEU brings attention to the Interior Health Authority (IHA) decision to possibly contract out in-house hospital laundry services.