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Climate change ‘covered’ in new Nelson Hydro asset management plan

A key component of asset management is data collection and analysis so Nelson Hydro can make data-driven decisions going forward.

The far-reaching effects of climate change on Nelson Hydro operations will be governed by a newly-minted asset management plan, says the city owned utility’s general manager.

Scott Spencer replied to Coun. Rik Logtenberg’s question about how Nelson Hydro’s new Hydroelectric Asset Management Policy would help in gaining forecast on climate impacts — such as high intensity rain events, mudslides, wind storms — to avoid the forces of nature from wiping out sections of the city’s grid.

New partner added to push to completion on Cottonwood Lake accessibility project

The Regional District of Central Kootenay board of directors authorized entering into a partnership agreement with the Kootenay Adaptive Sports Association (KASA) for the completion of the Cottonwood Lake Accessibility Project — plan view of the project.

An accessibility project for Cottonwood Lake is being given a boost in order to move it ahead to completion.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay board of directors authorized entering into a partnership agreement with the Kootenay Adaptive Sports Association (KASA) for the completion of the Cottonwood Lake accessibility project.

Environment Canada calls for significant snowfall on Highway 3 — Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

Environment Canada said Sunday that there is the potential of snowfall accumulation of up to 25 cm through Monday afternoon.

Environment Canada is advising the public of the potential for significant snowfall on Highway 3 — Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass — and is issuing a Winter Storm Watch.

Environment Canada said Sunday that there is the potential of snowfall accumulation of up to 25 cm through Monday afternoon.

“An approaching Pacific system will bring heavy snow to higher elevation passes beginning (Sunday),” the Environment Canada website said.

“Snowfall amounts near 25 cm are expected before the heavy snow eases late Monday afternoon.

Grizzlies rally past Leafs to capture Teck Cup Championship

KIJHL Commissoner Jeff Debois, far left, and Deputy Commissioner Larry Martel, far right, presents Grizzlies captain Cole Berg with the Teck Cup and assistant captains with the league banner following the Grizzlies winning the league championships Thursday night in Revelstoke. — Photo courtesy Steve Piccolo

The Revelstoke Grizzlies scored three unanswered third period goals to defeat the Nelson Leafs 6-4 and capture the 2022 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Teck Cup Championship Thursday night at the Forum.

The defending Teck Cup Champions win the KIJHL best-of-seven final series 4-1.

Trailing 4-3 entering the third period, Tyden McWillis got the Grizzlies rally started with a goal less than two minutes into the frame.

Cellular service expanded on Highway 3, but not Kootenay-Boundary stretch

In early February the B.C. Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General denied a combined Central Kootenay and Kootenay-Boundary regional district ask for an increase in cellular infrastructure — towers and, thus, service — along the full length of the Highway 3 corridor.

One month after two local regional districts were denied the creation of cellular service along a stretch of Highway 3 in the Kootenay-Boundary, the province expanded service on the same highway but from Hope to Keremeos.

In early February theB.C. Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General denied a combined Central Kootenay and Kootenay-Boundary regional district ask for an increase in cellular infrastructure — towers and, thus, service — along the full length of the Highway 3 corridor.

Province announces purchase of North Shore Inn

The newly purchased North Shore Inn is located at 687 Highway 3A across the Big Orange Bridge. — Photo courtesy Nelson and Kootenay Lake Tourism

In a media release Thursday, the Province, through BC Housing, said the North Shore Inn in Nelson has been purchased to provide 30 homes with supports for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

The North Shore Inn is located a few hundred meters across the Big Orange Bridge north of Nelson on Highway 3A.

“We know that helping vulnerable people stay connected to supportive housing is essential,” said Brittny Anderson, MLA for Nelson-Creston in the media release.

Cottonwood Lake land transfer begins as 49 ha. is set to shift into nature conservancy

The intent to transfer the land acquired by the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) in 2021— as a result of the fundraising efforts by the Cottonwood Lake Preservation Society (CLPS) — to the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has begun — Creative Commons

The intensive work to save 49 hectares of land near Cottonwood Lake is coming to fruition.

The intent to transfer the land acquired by the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) in 2021— as a result of the fundraising efforts by the Cottonwood Lake Preservation Society (CLPS) — to the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has begun.

With the intent to transfer now being published and all of the related expenses and stewardship endowment to be paid, the only parts of the process left will be to finalize the closing dates and sign the land donation agreement.

Basin programs boost employment while reducing wildfire risk

In 2021, wildfires came dangerously close to Nakusp, so the community is taking a pro-active approach to the future. — Submitted photo

Wildfires have hit rural communities in the Columbia Basin hard, and the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have negatively affected people living here.

To provide employment while taking preventative measures to reduce the risk of wildfires, 12 projects in 10 rural communities are receiving $1.2 million to create 93 jobs that improve community resilience to wildfire.

The program is a partnership between the Province of British Columbia and Columbia Basin Trust. 

Grizzlies edge Leafs 4-3 in triple-OT thriller, take two-game lead in Teck Cup Final

Grizzlies Will McPhee scored in the third OT period to spark visiting Revelstoke to the Game four victory before more than 1,190 fans Tuesday at the NDCC Arena.

The Nelson Leafs were dealt a serious blow to their Teck Cup Championship hopes Tuesday night at the NDCC Arena.

Will McPhee scored at 15:04 of triple overtime period to spark the Revelstoke Grizzlies to a 4-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff victory over the hometown Leafs.

The win gives the Grizzlies a commanding 3-1 advantage in the best-of-seven Teck Cup Final.

The Grizzlies can capture the series, and a berth in the Cyclone Taylor Cup, when the teams hook up for Game five Thursday at the Forum in Revelstoke.

Nelson Library could add revenue, members drawing Area E into service

Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) staff have been instructed to prepare a service establishment bylaw for electoral Area E’s library contribution service “subject to staff conducting a public consultation process.”

A process is underway that could draw the entirety of electoral Area E into the Nelson Public Library service, delivering access that sustain both sides.

Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) staff have been instructed to prepare a service establishment bylaw for electoral Area E’s library contribution service “subject to staff conducting a public consultation process.”

Support for the bylaw — that would allow Area E to help fund the Nelson Public Library — will be will gauged by means of alternative approval process, noted RDCK research analyst Tom Dool.

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