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Expect more disruptions to Kootenay Lake Ferry System

The Kootenay Lake Ferry between Balfour and Kootenay Bay was operating during the weekend, but that didn't stop the community from protesting at the terminal in Kootenay Bay. The community has been disappointed with the service interruptions as well as the dredging of the West Arm of Kootenay Lake near the Balfour Ferry terminal. — Submitted photo

People living on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake woke up Monday to more disruption of the Kootenay Lake Ferry system.

DriveBC is reporting the Kootenay Lake Ferry would be out of service from 6:30 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. Monday, except for esstential service sailings at 6:30 a.m. and 8:10 a.m. from Balfour and 7: 10 a.m. and 9 a.m. from the Kootenay Bay terminal.

Priority is given to people with medial appointments, healthcare workers, school staff, students and parents transporting students.

Regular service is expected to return at 2:50 p.m. Monday.

Much to see at 7th Annual Green Home, Energy Show

From electric cars to electric bikes as well as much, much more will be 7th Annual Green Home and Energy Show, set for Wednesday, October 2 at the Prestige Lakeside Resort Hotel in Nelson. — Submitted photo on display at the

Come one. Come All. To the 7th Annual Green Home and Energy Show, set for Wednesday, October 2 at the Prestige Lakeside Resort Hotel in Nelson.

Sponsored by Nelson Hydro’s EcoSave Program and the West Kootenay EcoSociety,  the annual trade show event that features both green and sustainable options for building, renovating, and transportation. The theme of this year’s show is zero waste, with an emphasis on saving energy on building a new home or fixing up your current one.

Upcoming Federal Candidates Forums Focus on Climate Crisis and Solutions

Area youth participated in recent climate strikes in our area, including Caitlin Kellendonk of Castlegar

Federal election candidates will have an opportunity to focus on issues around climate change and creating a healthier and more peaceful future in a pair of all-candidates forums slated for Oct. 7 (Nelson) and Oct. 9 (Castlegar).

The forum, Safe Climate, Clean Energy, and Healthy Communities, is being organized by four non-partisan local organizations -- the Nelson-West Kootenay chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), the West Kootenay EcoSociety, Selkirk College’s Mir Centre for Peace, and the local Fridays For Future team.

There's snow on Paulson Summit, Kootenay Pass

The Paulson Summit received quite a dusting of snow overnight. — DriveBC photo

Thank you, Mother Nature.

Environment Canada said an upper level disturbance has moved from coastal BC south into Washington State bringing a colder airmass to the interior.

The snow level is near 1000 metres this morning bringing the white stuff to many of the southern interior highway passes, including Paulson Summit and Kootenay Pass sections of Highway 3.
Environment Canada said 15 to 20 cm of snow has already accumulated last night and a further 5 to 10 cm is expected through today.

Efforts continue to protect the Argenta/Johnson’s Landing forested watershed

Aerial view of the effect of a forest clear cut. An initial courtroom defeat in the fight against logging in an Argenta/Johnson’s Landing watershed has instead moved the protest from the logging roads of north Kootenay Lake to the roads of the internet. — Photo: courtesy Camp Caribou

An initial courtroom defeat in the fight against logging in an Argenta/Johnson’s Landing watershed has instead moved the protest from the logging roads of north Kootenay Lake to the roads of the internet.

The protest camp, Camp Caribou, set up this summer by Brock Snyder and Mick Grabowski on the Salisbury Forest Service Road in Argenta, was used to call attention to Cooper Creek Cedar’s plan to cut six forest blocks (up to 40,000 cubic metres) on the “Face” near the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy.

En Famille International -- student exchange opportunity

Agnes Hamill's French "sister" exchange student Quitterie Baucher, on top of Kootenay-Columbia

Most of us have heard about the student exchange program operated by Rotary International, for students from 15 to 19.  Now, Rossland is the North American headquarters for another long-established student exchange program:  En Famile International is designed for students as young as 9, up to age 16.

One person dead in single-vehicle accident north of New Denver

Police said the New Denver man was pronounce deceased at the scene.

RCMP is reporting a 62-year-old local man died in a single vehicle accident Sunday afternoon on Highway 6 north of New Denver.

RCMP said in a media release Monday, that Slocan Lake Detachment and West Kootenay Traffic Services responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 6.

“On Sunday, September 22, 2019, at approximately 1:52 pm, RCMP members of the West Kootenay Traffic Services along with South Slocan Detachment attended to a single vehicle crash on Highway 6 North of New Denver,” the media release said.

Suspect charged with attempted murder in Baker Street knife attack

The suspect in now facing charges, including attempted murder.

The 50-year-old female suspect involved in a random stabbing Thursday afternoon near the corner of Stanley and Baker Streets in Nelson is facing a handful of charges according to Nelson Police resulting from the incident.

Nelson Police said the woman has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm.

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