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KAST, Selkirk College Release Kootenay Technology Sector Assessment 2020

This report provides vital information on the economic impact analysis and outlook, which will help guide future economic and community development strategies that strengthen and expand the regional tech sector.

The Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST) and Selkirk College’s Applied Research and Innovation Centre (ARIC) have been working together to measure the tech sector’s impact and its economic health within the region. KAST is thrilled to present the Kootenay Technology Sector Assessment 2020, the first of its kind in the region.

Public assistance required to count bats and find roosts

A bat is seen emerging from a bat box. — Photo courtesy J Saremba, BMN.

Spring is here and bats are returning to summer roost sites.

Which is why the BC Community Bat Program is requesting colony reports and volunteer assistance for this citizen-science initiative that encourages residents to count bats at local roost sites.

“The counts are a wonderful way for people to get outside, respect social distancing guidelines, and be involved in collecting important scientific information,” says biologist Elodie Kuhnert, coordinator of the Kootenay Community Bat Program. 

Vehicle stop leads to man charged with drug trafficking

Nelson Police said the search resulted in finding a considerable amount of cash and a late model vehicle, that was seized by police.

Nelson Police is recommending drug trafficking charges after a man was stopped for a vehicle inspection Tuesday.

In a media release Wednesday, Nelson Police said officers, with the assistance of officers from the Nelson detachment of the RCMP, conducted a vehicle stop of a male known to the police.

“The vehicle stop was made in connection with a drug investigation that had been initiated by the Nelson Police Department,” Nelson Police said.

“As a result of the stop a search of the vehicle being driven by the man was conducted. 

New COVID-19 cases for Kootenay Boundary continues to decrease

Fernie had the highest number of cases at 11 while with Castlegar reporting six, Nelson five and Cranbrook and Trail each with four.

According to the Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence map updated Wednesday on the B.C. Centre of Disease Control website, COVID-19 cases in the Kootenay Boundary region continue to decrease.

The update graphic, from May 9-15, 2021, shows new cases spiralling downward in most health districts.

The Local Health Area of Case Residence map shows Fernie with the highest number of cases at 11.

Castlegar with six has the next highest number of COVID-19 cases, followed by Nelson with five and Cranbrook and Trail with four.

Special weather statement in effect for Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

The public driving the Kootenay Pass and Paulson Summit can expect to see snowfall amounts of 5 to 10 cm thanks to a low pressure system passing over the region.

The unpredictable weather is once again, unpredictable.

Environment Canada issued a Special Weather Statement for the West Kootenay, Boundary and Kootenay Lake regions Thursday.

Environment Canada said Thursday morning that travellers of the Kootenay Pass and Paulson Summit can expect to see snowfall amounts of 5 to 10 cm thanks to a low pressure system passing over the region.

Rossland Arts Community aims for home in historic Drill Hall

The Rossland Arts Centre Society has submitted an application to lease the historic Drill Hall building on the corner of Monte Christo Street and 1st Avenue. — Submitted

Artists and supporters of the arts will soon have a new collective space for the community to learn, connect, and create art together in Rossland.

The Rossland Arts Centre Society has submitted an application to lease the historic Drill Hall building on the corner of Monte Christo Street and 1st Avenue. The application is now in process with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, and is expected to take up to 10 months before the group will get the keys.

Interior Health calls for #journey2immunity influencers

Interior Health is calling on private sector employers, coaches, faith leaders, service groups, tourism operators, and more, to encourage their networks to register and schedule their immunizations.

Interior Health’s #journey2immunity has reached the 385,000 dose milestone of COVID-19 vaccine administered throughout the Interior.

Now, there's a call for local influencers to help get people registered for their COVID-19 vaccines as our #journey2immunity continues.

“In every community throughout the Interior region community leaders have been supporting and reassuring their networks for over almost a year and a half,” said Interior Health president and CEO, Susan Brown.

Grand Forks doctor takes over ownership of Border Bruins

Dr. Mark Szynkaruk and family said it comes with an immense amount of pride to be involved with something that has been run successfully for that long. — Submitted photo

By Emanuel Sequeira, Director of Communications

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League has approved the sale of the Grand Forks Border Bruins to local physician Dr. Mark Szynkaruk, who assumes ownership of the club from the community-owned Grand Forks Border Bruins Association.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Dr. Szynkaruk to the KIJHL and excited by his plans for the franchise,” says league commissioner Jeff Dubois.

Kootenay Boundary COVID-19 cases on downward trend

The Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence map, for May 2-8, 2021, is released every Wednesday.

New COVID-19 cases in Kootenay Boundary have decreased according to the release Wednesday of the B.C. Centre of Disease Control website of the Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence map.

The map, one of the many graphics on the BC Centre of Disease Control website, shows the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases in Golden (12) and Nelson (10).

The Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence map, for May 2-8, 2021, is released every Wednesday.

MISSING: Keremeos man may be heading toward Nakusp

The Chrysler Dynasty Bell is believed to be driving, beside Nathan Bell, a missing man from Keremeos.

The Keremeos RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing 38 year-old man, Nathan Bell, who was last seen on April 29th, 2021.

It is believed Bell left Keremeos in a white 1991 Chrysler Dynasty bearing BC licence plate ME3 27K and may be travelling to either Vancouver Island or the Nakusp area.

Description of Bell

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