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Energy-efficiency upgrades to make affordable housing more sustainable in Basin communities

The Kootenay Region Association for Community Living will upgrade five units—including those in Archibald House — with support from the Trust. — Submitted photo

From upgraded insulation to new heat pumps, 41 buildings with affordable rental housing will see their energy efficiency improve with nearly $6.1 million from Columbia Basin Trust’s Energy Retrofit Program.

This will benefit 659 units in 18 communities in the region, making the units more energy efficient, sustainable and comfortable for tenants while helping to create a region that is more resilient to climate change.

KIJHL announces fines, suspensions for alleged hazing incident

KIJHL Commissioner Jeff Dubois said what happened in Creston was unacceptable, and the discipline imposed against the Thunder Cats’ organization and members of the team reflect our zero-tolerance approach to these types of incidents

With the start of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League just days away, the league announced Monday that two players on the Creston Valley Thunder Cats have been suspended for an alleged hazing incident.

As well, the Thunder Cats have been fined and placed on two years probation by the KIJHL following a week-long investigation into hazing allegations.

City reserves sit snug despite inflation pressures: city chief financial officer

Inflation might be wreaking havoc on personal and business budgets in Nelson but the municipal one is weathering the storm, says the city’s chief financial officer.

Chris Jury said the city has done a “good job” of putting together its numerous reserves in its 10- to 15-year financial plans, he said recently during a second quarter update at City Hall during the monthly city council meeting.

Coun. Jesse Woodward had asked if the pressures of inflation had negatively affected the city’s reserves.

NPD deals with variety of calls during Summer of 2022

NPD said the Darwin Award goes to the man who made a poor decision and subsequently set his shirt on fire.

Nelson Police recently completed a very busy summer for services, responding to more than 1,800 calls a NPD said in a media release.

A summary of the 1,839 calls for service had officers responding to incidents from a man brandishing a knife following a multi-day drug induced bender to complaints of noise from water bombers fighting area wildfires to a man lighting his shirt on fire after depositing a lit cigarette into his pocket.

Suspect apprehended following drug induced bender

Team Bourchier/Wayling capture Pickleball Gold at BC Senior Games

Tanis Bourchier of Nelson and Christine Wayling of Castlegar receive Gold Medals during the BC Senior Games award presentation Thursday following the Women’s 55-plus 3.0 Doubles Pickleball competition at the University of Victoria. — The Nelson Daily photo

Results are slowly trickling in from the BC Senior Games in Victoria with sisters from the West Kootenay Boundary Zone capturing center stage in Pickleball played on the campus of the University of Victoria.

Tanis Bourchier of Nelson and Christine Wayling of Castlegar combined to claim the Gold Medal in the Women’s 55-plus 3.0 Doubles competition.

The first-year players, originially from Rossland, blazed through the round robin undefeated before advancing to the final with a convincing victory.

A NIGHT OF BOWIE — coming to Capitol and Bailey Theatres

Syl Thompson and his band embodies Bowie’s musical style and persona; in fact, he has been acclaimed as providing the most credible and realistic Bowie experience in North America. — Submitted photo

David Bowie is one of music history’s most praised and successful artists, with a career that spanned four decades.

Bowie continuously sought to reinvent himself, while selling an estimated 140 million albums. His genre-defying journey through a vast array of musical styles, from rock to funk, dance to ballad, always kept fans guessing what he would do next.

NDAC secures finances for future festivals in foundational funding

NDAC executive director Sydney Black requested and received a guarantee of $25,000 in funding from the City of Nelson to NDAC to continue the International Mural Festival in 2023 — city council meeting screenshot.

A good foundation for the city’s international mural festival has been secured for the next five years.

The Nelson and District Arts Council (NDAC) requested and received a guarantee of $25,000 in funding from the City of Nelson to continue the International Mural Festival in 2023, as well as ongoing funding of the same annual amount until 2027.

NBC gains approval for ‘neighbourhood pub’ in Uphill

The Nelson Brewing Company (NBC) is amending its current liquor license to a lounge license which would essentially allow them to sell more than beer samplers from its 514 Latimer Street location — city agenda screenshot.

The city’s most famous brand of beer is looking to up its game on its home turf.

The Nelson Brewing Company (NBC) is amending its current liquor license to a lounge license which would essentially allow them to sell more than beer samplers from its 514 Latimer Street location.

City council approved the company’s temporary use permit to allow NBC to operate a neighbourhood pub — under the city’s Zoning Bylaw — in the existing 30-person tasting room space, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.

More acclaimed candidates than not as RDCK prepares for Oct. 15

Six of the 11 electoral areas in the RDCK will not have a vote on Oct. 15 2022 chief election officer Tom Dool said.

Over half of the electoral area directors in the Regional District of Central Kootenay will be placed on the board without an election.

Six of the 11 electoral areas in the RDCK will not have a vote on Oct. 15 when B.C. municipalities, regional districts and school districts hold their collective elections, the 2022 chief election officer Tom Dool noted in an email Tuesday morning.

Southeast Fire Centre updates fire situation in region

The wildfire season continues in the Southeast Fire Centre with crews working on several fires in the region. — Submitted photo

Southeast Fire Centre said Monday that crews continue to several fires in the area this week.

In a media release, the Southeast Fire Centre said that Saturday morning, a blanket of thick smoke settled over most of the fire centre.

"While local fires are contributing, the majority of the smoke is coming from large fires that are burning in western Washington, Oregon, and the south coast of British Columbia," the Southeast Fire Centre said.

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