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UPDATED: Kootenay Pass open to traffic

The intersection of Highway 6 and Whitewater Ski Resort road was busy Monday with many people taking a snow day after the overnight snow dump.

Avalanche control near summit of Kootenay Pass has been completed the DriveBC website said.

Kootenay Pass closed for avalanche control

DriveBC has issued a road warning for Highway 3 in near the summit of the Kootenay Pass.

Snow accumulation during Monday's snowfall warning has forced closure of the Kootenay Pass near the summit in both directions for avalanche control from Noon until 2 p.m.

Traffic is being diverted via Highway 3A on the Kootenay Lake Ferry. Next update is slated for 2 p.m.

GoFundMe campaign created to assist family of Bonnington accident

The Outer Clove Restaurant on 500 Stanley Street in Nelson is accepting monetary donations as well as offering lunchtime special with proceeds going to the Darshan Nickolchuk gofundme campaign. — The Nelson Daily

Monday morning the entire West Kootenay community was shocked to hear the news that a young Nelson girl had died in a two-car accident near Bonnington.

Now the community, after coming to grips with this horrific news, is rallying around the family as more than $16,000 has been raised in a GoFundMe campaign.

“. . . December 12th the world lost one of the most precious little girls you'd have ever met,” the story on the GoFundMe campaign website said.

Drawn & Dangerous: Offering at Selkirk College Delves into Graphic Fiction

Renée Jackson-Harper will teach English 111: Drawn & Dangerous: Graphic Imaginations, in Nelson this winter. The course offered at Selkirk College’s Tenth Street Campus will take students deep into graphic fiction and examine what the genre says about popular culture. — Submitted photo

Delve into the world of graphic fiction as Selkirk College turns the spotlight on the genre in a course being offered this winter.

Once condemned as a dangerous force of moral degradation, comics and graphic novels have come to be recognized as important cultural texts.

The bond between Selkirk College and Rwanda’s Nyundo School of Music

Gilles Parenteau and Jacques Murigande alias Mighty Popo, director of the Nyundo school, share a photo together. — Submitted photo

A visit to Rwanda’s Nyundo School of Music by a group of Selkirk College students has caught the eye of a Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine.

City faces greater wildfire risk than Fort McMurray: consultant

Nearly 900 hectares of forest around Nelson need to be managed for forest fire risk so it won't become another Fort McMurray, says a wildfire protection plan consultation. — Source, City of Nelson

Nelson could be the next Fort McMurray if the risk of wildfire in the forest surrounding the Heritage City is not reduced significantly in the near future, says a wildfire protection plan consultant.

Bruce Blackwell of B.A. Blackwell and Associates Ltd. said the city has the unenviable distinction of being in the top 10 of the most fire-prone communities in B.C. and Alberta, according to his estimation.

Suspect sought after early morning robbery

A servilance camera shows the robbery suspect (facing clerk) wearing hat during the early morning robbery of Mac’s Store in Kelowna. — Photo courtesy RCMP

Kelowna RCMP is asking for public for help to identity of a suspect in an early morning robbery Monday in the Central Okanagan City.

At 12:15 a.m. Monday (December 12), Kelowna RCMP received a report of a robbery that had just occurred at the Mac’s convenience store located in the 2100 block of Richter Street.

Police have learned that a lone male suspect entered the store, brandishing a weapon and demanded that the lone employee open the cash register.

The victim was not injured during the encounter.

UPDATED: RCMP confirm one person killed in two-vehicle accident near Bonnington

Highway 3A was closed Monday morning while RCMP investigated a two-car accident, which claimed the life of a passenger. — Submitted photo

RCMP is reporting one fatality following a two-car accident Monday morning on Highway 3A west of Nelson near Bonnington.

Sergeant Chad Badry of the RCMP West Kootenay Traffic Services said in a media release three people were involved in two vehicle accident that occurred at 8 a.m. and closed the highway for several hours.

Traffic was detoured through the Lower and Upper Bonnington and South Slocan Village roads.

“The driver of one vehicle was air-lifted to Kelowna General Hospital with serious life-threatening injuries,” Badry explained.

Letter: All I want for Christmas is fair voting system for Canada

To The Editor:

The mydemocracy.ca survey that the government has invited all households to take part in, has been designed to confuse and ultimately dodge the vital issue of fair voting (proportional representation) in Canada.

The postcard invites Canadians to take part in the national "conversation" on electoral reform however the survey is the furthest thing from a conversation.

Interior Health year in review: Message from Board Chair Erwin Malzer

Board Chair Erwin Malzer

This is a busy time of year, but I find it’s also a time of reflection, particularly as January marks the end of my two-year term as Chair and my 10 years serving on the Board of Interior Health.
 
In an effort to decrease demand on hospital and residential services, we continue to shift our focus to integrated primary and community care. We are developing new approaches and solutions that will benefit patients while making our health care system more sustainable.
 
There were several other important announcements this year.
 

Nelson Brewing releasing coffee stout to celebrate Christmas

For Christmas we thought, we should do something special, and Oso was the obvious one we wanted to bring for Christmas — NBC Marketing and Sales Manager Al McLeod. — John Boivin photo, The Nelson Daily

There’s a special batch of Christmas cheer fermenting at the Nelson Brewing Company this month.

Next week Nelson’s oldest craft brewery will release “Oso Negro Prince of Darkness Organic Coffee Stout”, a coffee-infused concoction to celebrate the season, and the company’s 25th anniversary of creating unique beers in the Kootenays.

“For Christmas we thought, we should do something special, and Oso was the obvious one we wanted to bring for Christmas,” says NBC Marketing and Sales Manager Al McLeod.

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