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COVID-19 booster shot clinics set to begin this week in Heritage city

People will be able to get better protection against COVID-19 at the Chahko Mika Mall beginning Sept. 19 — Creative Commons photo.

The next round of COVID-19 immunization clinics begin this week in Nelson and across the Kootenay-Boundary Health Region.

People will be able to get better protection against COVID-19 at the Chahko Mika Mall beginning Sept. 19 — as the province rolls out the bivalent vaccine through its fall booster program — with a clinic for children aged four months to 11 years old beginning Sept. 14 at the Nelson health Centre.

List of candidates for city council and mayor in next Nelson municipal election

The field has been set for the Oct. 15 Nelson municipal election and it will be a five-way race for the mayor’s seat, including the incumbent and a long-time councillor.

Current mayor John Dooley and councillor Janice Morrison will be vying for the city’s top elected position next month, after the final filing of candidacy ended on Friday at City Hall.

There are three others in the mix for mayor, with Tom Prior, Mike Zeabin and John Buffery also on the ballot.

Thousands flock to downtown Nelson as Queen City Cruise returns from pandemic hiatus

Baker Street in Nelson was filled with a sea of spectators who were eager to witness in person the 2022 Nelson Road Kings Queen City Cruise. — Photo courtesy Rob Richardson

The downtown core of Nelson was filled with thousands of spectators Saturday as the Nelson Road Kings Queen City Cruise was welcomed back following a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entrants began arriving Friday for registration and the parade through the downtown core of the city.

Saturday was the big day as Queen City Cruise entrants filled parking spots on Baker Street to display their respective projects to the public.

Ray Campbell of Vernon won the Nelson Road Kings/Nelson Ford Best of the Show trophy.

UPDATED: Full slate of candidates on ballot for municipal election

General Voting Day is Saturday, October 15, 2022.

Voters in Nelson had better take a pen and pencil to the voting booth as the list of candidates for upcoming municipal election ballooned following Friday's nomination deadline.

Sarah Winton, Chief Election Officer for the City of Nelson, released the list showing no less than five candidates for the mayor's seat and 11 for the six council chairs.

Challenging incumbent John Dooley is longtime councillor Janice Morrison and Tom Prior, Mike Zeabin and John Buffery. All of the mayor candidates are from Nelson.

CBT creates new high-speed internet backbone in the region

Columbia Basin Trust celebrates the completion of the 125-km high-speed fibre optic backbone in the Slocan Valley to just north of Nakusp. Pictured here in the Village of Slocan, near where the fibre optic cable leaves the rail trail and enters Slocan Lake, from left to right are: Johnny Strilaeff, President & CEO, Columbia Basin Trust; Councillor John Fyke, Village of New Denver; Walter Popoff, Director Area H, Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK); Mayor Jessica Lunn, Village of Slocan; Mayor Colin Ferguson, Village of Silverton; Mayor Tom Zeleznik, Village of Nakusp; Paul Peterson, Director Area K, RDCK; and Donovan Dias, Chief Operating Officer, Columbia Basin Broadband Corporation — submitted photo.

High-speed internet that is reliable is no longer a luxury in any part of the world.

In most cases it is considered fundamental necessity in order to obtain services and knowledge in order to participate in society.

So when the backbone of the broadband network in the Slocan Valley was broadened, the strength of the entire internet network was significantly increased.

City’s population on the rise and other census snippets

The average size of the census families (2,870) in Nelson was close to the average household size at 2.7, with the average number of children in census families with children at 1.6.

The city’s population has risen to over 11,000 people for the first time in its history.

Recent data from the 2020 Statistics Canada Census has Nelson at 11,106 people, up from 10,572 from the 2016 census, an increase of 5.1 per cent. Within that total, women outnumber the men, 5,760 to 5,345.

The average age of the population of Nelson was 43, while the average Nelson woman was aged 44.3, the Nelson male average age was 41.6.

Teen anglers top a great day fishing by each winning new kayak

Roman van’t Land experienced an amazing day ever at Johnson’s Landing on Kootenay Lake. — Submitted photo

Aidan Burt and Roman van’t Land had one of their best fishing weekends ever at Johnson’s Landing on Kootenay Lake and topped their haul by each winning a new kayak. 

The fishing friends from Nelson each entered trout heads in the Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program Kids’ Derby, which awards more than 30 prizes each season for rainbow and bull trout.  

Fishing from a 16-foot metal skiff at the Burt family cabin, the pair landed a bucketload of trout. 

Interior Health issues DRUG ALERT for West Kootenay Region

Interior Health said that the Fluorofentanyl potency is not well understood and can be more potent than standard fentanyl.

In a media release Thursday, Interior Heath issued a DRUG ALERT for Nelson, Trail and Castlegar after confirmatory drug checking results on a sample were found to contain Fentanyl, Fluorofentanyl (Fentanyl analogue), and Bromazolam (Benzodiazepine).

Interior Health said that the Fluorofentanyl potency is not well understood and can be more potent than standard fentanyl.

"This means this drug could be very strong, increasing the risk of overdose and risk of fatal overdose as well as loss of consciousness," the Interior Health media release said.

Monument Creek Wildfire burning at high elevation in steep, unworkable terrain

Smoke from the Monument Creek Wildfire is highly visible from the City of Nelson and surrounding communities.

Smoke that is highly visible from the City of Nelson, surrounding communities, and Highway 3A is from the Monument Creek Wildfire the Southeast Fire Centre said in an emailed statement Thursday.

The Southeast Fire Centre said that the fire activity increased because of the cold front moving through the region.

"While fire behaviour and smoke did increase, it is burning at high elevation in steep, unworkable terrain that is a significant safety hazard for crews," the  Southeast Fire Centre statement said.

New insurance policy clears up ‘difficulties and frustrations’ for RDCK staff

Difficulties and frustrations have arisen for regional district staff in the last year when user groups acquire insurance from outside providers for non-contact sports.

A report from Tia Wayling, regional programming supervisor in Community Development for the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK), to the board of directors said other insurance providers view non-contact sports as medium risk and “therefore are not issuing the correct risk level of insurance that the RDCK policy indicates,” because of the intended non-contact activity.