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Investigation into acquisition of Krestova private land for park purposes has begun

The Regional District of Central Kootenay staff have taken up the mantle of exploration into the potential acquisition of 134 acres of land in Krestova — located in electoral Area H — to be used as regional parkland for outdoor recreation — RDCK screenshot.

An analysis has been launched into the merit of adding a chunk of private land into the regional parks system.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay staff have taken up the mantle of exploration into the potential acquisition of 134 acres of land in Krestova — located in electoral Area H — to be used as regional parkland for outdoor recreation.

Area H director Walter Popoff said the land has already been used by people in the region to recreate.

BC reports 2,090 new weekend cases of COVID-19; 404 in Interior Health

In the past 96 hours, 28 new deaths have been reported, for an overall total of 2,029.

As of Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, 88.8% (4,117,400) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 82.6% (3,830,063) received their second dose.

In addition, 89.3% (3,862,332) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 83.3% (3,604,199) received their second dose.

Over a four-day period, B.C. is reporting 2,090 new cases of COVID-19, including four epi-linked cases, for a total of 194,581 cases in the province:

Mammogram Tests A Must, Even During COVID-19

Cheryl Trevison, with husband Lance, suggests that women not use COVID-19 as an excuse not to get a mammogram. — Submitted photo

You've likely heard about the backlog across the country in diagnostic testing — like mammograms — due to COVID-19.

But you might not have heard about Cheryl Trevison, a Nelson retiree who learned she had breast cancer during COVID-19 and is now fighting it as you read.

Trevison, who has live in the Heritage City area for most of her life, almost didn't get a recent mammogram due to being worried about going to the hospital and risking COVID-19 exposure.

Piece of the billion-dollar film production pie sought for region by new Kootenay film commissioner

The $4-billion current of the Hollywood North economy could be rippling into the Kootenay region at a steady stream very soon, and the conduit for that flow is the newly appointed Kootenay Regional Film Commissioner, John Wittmayer — Timothy Schafer photo.

The $4-billion current of the Hollywood North economy could be rippling into the Kootenay region at a steady stream very soon.

And the conduit for that flow is the newly appointed Kootenay Regional Film Commissioner, John Wittmayer.

A veteran of the film industry in Vancouver — but born and raised in the Slocan Valley — Wittmayer has the contacts, the background and experience in one of the largest industries the province has to offer.

#BuyBasin Festival is back showcasing Columbia Basin businesses

Kootenay Crate Co. co-owner Jennifer Leschuk is excited to be part of the #BuyBasinFestival. — Submitted photo

It’s back . . . and even better.

The #BuyBasin Festival, featuring musical performances, local artisans as well as numerous other businesses, has returned following a successful spring event to take consumers live to local shops around the Columbia Basin beginning in mid-October.

Beware of scams using false CBSA credentials

The Canada Border Services Agency never initiates a request for social insurance number and credit card number by telephone or email.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is warning the public about ongoing email, web, text messages and telephone scams in which people posing as officials from the CBSA are asking for payment or personal information, including Social Insurance Number (SIN).

The methods and messages used by the scammers are varied and ever-changing, but always designed to demand money and lure the public into providing personal information.

All Together Now!: A Global Event Celebrating Local Theatre

All Together Now! features a fantastic selection of songs from MTI’s beloved catalogue of musicals including Rent, Into the Woods, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Frozen, Guys and Dolls, Company, Mamma Mia! (see photo), Les Misérables, and many more. — 2019’s Mamma Mia by Emilee Wheeler of Electrify Photography

Black Productions announced that they will be joining thousands of theatrical organizations around the globe by producing their own local production of Music Theatre International’s All Together Now!: A Global Event Celebrating Local Theatre.

Theatrical licensor Music Theatre International (MTI) created this musical revue for theatres across the globe to use as a local fundraising event performed over the same weekend of November 12, 2021. Black Production’s performances are scheduled for in person shows on November 13th & 14th, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre.

Environment Canada issues snow warning for Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

The Environment Canada website said a frontal system moving across the British Columbia Interior will give snow to most southern highway passes for the Thanksgiving long weekend.

Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement for Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

The Environment Canada website said a frontal system moving across the British Columbia Interior will give snow to most southern highway passes for the Thanksgiving long weekend.

“Precipitation from the system will start as rain (Saturday) afternoon, and then as snow levels drop, it will change to snow on (Saturday) night or Sunday morning,” Environment Canada said.

“The snow is expected to continue through Sunday evening.”

Growth comes at a cost as RDCK approves transit rate hike

An increase in ridership and the demand for more services precipitated an increase to the RDCK requisition for the Kootenay Lake West Transit Service — BC Transit file photo.

In order to support growth of the Kootenay Lake West Transit Service it will cost taxpayers up to five per cent more to operate over the next five years, after the Regional District of Central Kootenay board of directors approved an amendment to transit delivery Sept. 23.

An increase in ridership and the demand for more services precipitated the increase, the board learned during the (Zoom) meeting through a report from RDCK staff.

Council call for cash comes in support of climate change action and Nest Lab

Several councillors recently called for immediate financial support of Nest Lab — the city’s social innovation lab for climate solutions — at the conclusion of a presentation by Natalie Douglas, the climate change planning assistant for Nelson.

Just where the municipal money is in relation to the mouth on climate change action will be known once the next round of Nelson city budget discussions begin later this year.

Several councillors recently called for immediate financial support of Nest Lab — the city’s social innovation lab for climate solutions — at the conclusion of a presentation by Natalie Douglas, the climate change planning assistant for Nelson.

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