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Special weather statement for Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

Environment Canada said heavy rain is expected, with snow accumulations near the summit for Highway 3 Friday morning.

Environment Canada has issued a Special weather statement Friday for Highway 3 — Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

Environment Canada said heavy rain is expected, with snow accumulations near the summit for Highway 3 Friday morning.

“A weather system continues to give heavy rain over Kootenay regions — snow level is currently near 1700 meters,” Environment Canada said.

The rain has changed to snow at Kootenay Pass.”

New COVID-19 Provincial Health Order restrictions hit minor sports the hardest

According to a new Provincial Health Order regarding COVID-19 restrictions announced Wednesday, an adult must now have received two doses of vaccine if the adult is “leading, supervising or assisting with a program for children or youth, whether the program takes place inside or outside.” — Creative Commons photo.

The noose has been tightened yet again as the province has increased restrictions on what unvaccinated families are able to do in order to boost the rates across the province and the Interior Health region.

According to a new Provincial Health Order regarding COVID-19 restrictions announced Wednesday, an adult must now have received two doses of vaccine if the adult is “leading, supervising or assisting with a program for children or youth, whether the program takes place inside or outside.”

Dangerous speed prompts residents to petition province

More than 100 residents of Passmore and Vallican are asking the province to reduce the speed along a stretch of the highway in Passmore — located 35 kilometres north of Nelson — from 90 kilometres per hour to 60 km/h — Wikimedia photo.

The excessive speed of vehicles along part of Highway 6 has some residents turning to the province for help.

A petition to lower the speed limit through the community of Passmore in the Slocan Valley has been delivered to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

Over 100 residents of Passmore and Vallican are asking the province to reduce the speed along a stretch of the highway in Passmore — located 35 kilometres north of Nelson — from 90 kilometres per hour to 60 km/h.

Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance announces 2021-22 funded projects

CKCA funding helps individuals and organizations realize arts and cultural projects across all arts disciplines, including visual art, theatre, music, dance, media, literature and inter-arts. — Submitted photo

More than 110 arts and culture projects — including the Columbia Basin Culture Tour — have received a total of $750,000 in funding support for the 2021-22 season through the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA), in partnership with Columbia Basin Trust.

Low vaccination rates hamper releasing brakes on restrictions: chamber executive director

Chamber executive director Tom Thomson said that low vaccination rates — around 78 per cent with the first dose — have excluded Nelson along with the West and East Kootenay and the Okanagan in a return to full capacity (with the proper protocols) — file photo.

While the rest of the province might be enjoying full capacity in its restaurants, theatres and sporting events, the Kootenay along with the rest of Interior Health region are still restricted, the chamber executive director says.

Tom Thomson said that low vaccination rates — around 78 per cent with the first dose — have excluded Nelson along with the West and East Kootenay and the Okanagan in a return to full capacity (with the proper protocols).

Resident concerns over North Shore manufacturing project halts regional district rezone application

Regional District of Central Kootenay board of directors voted last week during their regular monthly meeting to approve a staff recommendation that no further action was to be taken on the bylaw to amend the Official Community Plan for Area F to allow Valid Manufacturing to exist in the North Shore neighbourhood.

A proposal to rezone a former North Shore school property for industrial use as a new manufacturing company has been denied by the regional district board after overwhelming resistance was received from the neighbourhood.

UPDATED: RCMP dive team recover body from Kootenay River

At approximately 3 p.m. Monday, the RCMP dive team, along with the assistance of Castlegar Search and Rescue, recovered the body of a male in his 50's who drowned in the Kootenay River Sunday.

RCMP said the provincial dive team recovered the body of a male believed to have drowned in the Kootenay River near Shoreacres Sunday afternoon.

Cpl. Derek Pitt told The Nelson Daily that RCMP divers made the recovery of a 51-year-old Slocan Valley man at approximately 3 p.m. Monday.

"It didn't take long for RCMP divers to locate the body of the male thanks to some assistance from witnesses," Cpl. PItt said.

Virtual open house on Zincton goes green in theme as approval process continues

Although the question-and-answer period during the Thursday night online open house for Zincton was brief — with less than 12 questions fielded by the panel — it did have a green theme — screenshot.

The environmental question took the centre stage recently during the virtual public open house for the region’s potential newest ski hill.

Although the question-and-answer period during the Thursday night online open house for Zincton was brief — with less than 12 questions fielded by the panel — it did have a green theme.

BC Games announces proof of vaccination required for 2022 Greater Vernon Winter Games

The BC Games Society Board of Directors has announced the proof of vaccination requirement to help maximize the safety of athletes, coaches, officials, staff, volunteers, and spectators.

Everyone participating in the Greater Vernon 2022 BC Winter Games next February will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 said a Friday a news release from the BC Games .

The BC Games Society Board of Directors has announced the proof of vaccination requirement to help maximize the safety of athletes, coaches, officials, staff, volunteers, and spectators.

Woman’s lawsuit against city upheld and new trial for damages pending

Taryn Joy Marchi sued the City of Nelson for negligence following an injury in 2015 and could have the eyes of the nation on her when her case returns to the Supreme Court of Canada — screenshot photo.

A Nelson woman is proving that you can fight city hall.

Taryn Joy Marchi sued the City of Nelson for negligence following an injury in 2015 and could have the eyes of the nation on her when her case returns to the Supreme Court of Canada.

The higher court judges ruled Thursday that the city owed Marchi a “duty of care” with its snow removal practices at the time, and that a new trial is now required to assess if the city had “breached that duty of care and, as a result, whether it should pay damages to Ms. Marchi.”

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