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RDCK plans more runs, one zone for bus fares

Route 10, North Shore, is getting another run during morning peak hours every weekday. The Nelson Daily photo

Transit users in the West Kootenay will soon be able to travel from one end of the region to the other for the price of a single bus ticket.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay has approved changes to simply the transit system’s structure, bringing in a single-zone system. While the price of a single ticket is going up slightly, it makes figuring the cost of getting from one point to another a lot simpler.

River Talk — Truth, Reconciliation and Columbia River Treaty

Eileen Delehanty Pearkes has been researching and writing about the history and politics of water in the upper Columbia Basin since 2005. 

Her book on the Columbia River Treaty, A River Captured, was released in 2016. Recently, her travelling exhibit on the Columbia River Treaty, curated for Touchstones Nelson, won a national award from the Canadian Museum Association.

Pair charged with trafficking cocaine, MDMA

Nelson Police charged man from Nelson and woman from New Denver with three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Two West Kootenay residents are facing charges for trafficking after Nelson Police found drugs in a vehicle during the execution of a traffic stop in the downtown core Tuesday (March 28) Sergeant Dino Falcone said in a media release Thursday.

Falcone said the arrest began when police officers pulled over a vehicle at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday with a male driver and female passenger.

"The 25 year-old male from Nelson was charged with three (3) counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking with what police believe is cocaine and MDMA," Falcone said.

Commercial vehicle damages Shell gas station canopy

Nelson Fire Rescue members tape off the area around the gas pumps after a Ryder rental truck became lodged under the canopy at the Shell Station on Nelson Avenue Wednesday. — Photo courtesy Nelson Fire Rescue

The overhead canopy at the Shell gas station across from Hume School in Fairview was damaged Wednesday when a commercial vehicle became lodged under the structure said Nelson Fire Rescue Assistant Fire Chief Michael Daloise in a media release.

Daloise said Nelson Fire Rescue was dispatched at 2:10 p.m. Wednesday to attend the scene of the accident at the corner of Anderson Street and Nelson Avenue.

Daloise said both on-duty members responded, immediately assessing the situation after arriving.

Balfour residents turn back on nearly $3 million in funds

Besides metering, citizens said they thought other parts of the project were non-essential, like upgrading power systems - and that’s why they voted against it.

Balfour residents worried about smart water meters in their homes might end up costing local taxpayers a lot of money.

A handful of residents voted against a proposal for the Regional District of Central Kootenay to borrow nearly $600,000 to upgrade the area’s creaking water system.

By rejecting the proposal, they’ve turned their back on nearly $3 million in matching federal and provincial funds to pay for the project.

RCMP catch break in jewelry store heist

Grand Forks RCMP were able to locate some of the items stolen from Florences Jewellery and Gifts during a theft in December 2016.

Detachment Commander at Grand Forks RCMP, Sgt. Jim Fenske said in a media release during the early morning December heist, an unknown suspect entered the store, stealing approximately $100,000 worth of jewelry.

At the time RCMP Forensic Identification members attended and recovered some evidence and video surveillance images.

Motorcyclist loses bike after only 20 kilometers of riding

A man in his 40s will now need to wait until summer before mounting his motorcyle for a second time after losing his license for 90 days under the Immediate Roadside Prohibition program Sergeant Chad Badry of the West Kootenay Traffic and Integrated Road Safety Unit said in a media release Monday.

Badry said the incident happened Sunday afternoon near Thrums when a member of the West Kootenay Integrated Road Safety Unit came across a 43-year-old male motorcyclist driving his brand new Harley Davidson in excess of 127km/h in an 80km/h zone on Highway 3A near Thrums.

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