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U.S. lawmakers call for termination of parts of Columbia River Treaty

The Duncan Dam, located at the north end of Kootenay Lake, was one of the dams constructed as part of the Columbia River Treaty. — Submitted

Lawmakers south of the border are sounding alarm bells with respect to the Columbia River Treaty.

Last week, Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), and Greg Walden (R-OR) introduced a resolution to encourage the Trump Administration to immediately issue a notice of intent to terminate the commercial and power coordination provisions of the Columbia River Treaty.  

The House Representatives said the United States has been unfairly burdened by the outdated CRT, and the terminations notice would stop the weather transfer by the USA to Canada.

Improvements to Balfour, Kootenay Bay ferry terminals set to begin in New Year

This artist's rendering shows the improvements coming to the Balfour Terminal area. The MOTI said tree clearing and other construction activity near the Balfour and Kootenay Bay ferry terminals is expected to commence this winter as part of the project to improve Kootenay Lake ferry service. — Submitted photo

In a media release Tuesday, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is advising the public to expect to see tree clearing and other construction activity near the Balfour and Kootenay Bay ferry terminals this winter as part of the project to improve Kootenay Lake ferry service.

UPDATED: Environment Canada said 20 cm of snow expected by Thursday morning

Environment Canada said he second Pacific front will approach the Kootenays Wednesday with snow from the system beginning in the afternoon before intensifying tomorrow night.

Environment Canada said a Pacific frontal system that brought nearly 10 cm of snow to Highway 3 - Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass Tuesday is expected to be joined by another front that will bring further accumulations of 10 cm tonight.



Environment Canada said the second Pacific front will approach the Kootenays Wednesday with snow from the system beginning in the afternoon before intensifying tomorrow night with up to 20 cm of snow expected by Thursday morning.

ICBC basic rate application paves way for Enhanced Care savings

ICBC will apply to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, for a significant decrease to basic insurance rates.

With the introduction of ICBC's new Enhanced Care coverage next spring, drivers will save on average 20%, or approximately $400, on their full basic and optional vehicle insurance.

As a key part of these savings, ICBC will apply to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, for a significant decrease to basic insurance rates.

Greening Up — Our Children Are Watching Us

Today’s children have given up watching and waiting. Their patience has run out. They are demanding the law recognize their right to a future that won’t become a climate catastrophe.

“Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” – Robert Fulghum

In 1790, Irish statesman and philosopher Edmund Burke wrote that society is “a partnership not only between those who are living, but between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born.”

Balmy weather leads to lack of precipitation in November

The lack of precipitation allowed for quite a few sunny days during the month of November.

November usually brings the greatest total monthly precipitation of the year. 

However, 2020 November saw an increase in precipitation-free days said the Southeast Fire Centre in its monthly weather synopsis.

Weather Services at the Southeast Fire Centre said number of precipitation-free days increased from 13 to 18 in November.

“Fewer frontal waves in the prevailing westerly flow resulted in a total monthly precipitation roughly 30% below average,” said the Southeast Fire Centre.

NPD said suspect in custody awaiting bail hearing following stabbing at Chalko Mika Mall

NPD was called to a stabbing Saturday evening at the Chalko Mika Mall.

Nelson Police said there is no further risk to the public following a stabbing incident Saturday evening at the Chalko Mika Mall.

Nelson Police said Saturday evening at 7:12 p.m. the department received several 911 calls for a disturbance at the mall involving three people.

When police arrived, officers determined that a suspect had attempted to steal a female’s purse and the female’s partner sustained a non-life-threatening stab wound during the struggle.

Interior Health declares Revelstoke COVID-19 community cluster contained

Interior Health said Friday a total of 50 COVID-19 cases were connected to this cluster.

In a media release Friday, Interior Health said the COVID-19 community cluster in the Revelstoke area has been declared contained.

Interior Health said a total of 50 COVID-19 cases were connected to this cluster.

“This remains a time for caution and vigilance with the overall cases we are seeing in Interior Health, but it is important to recognize Revelstoke residents, businesses, elected officials and health care teams for their collective efforts in reducing local spread and containing this cluster,” said Interior Health president and CEO, Susan Brown.

Police Seek information on fleeing driver

Police are asking for information from the public regarding the driver of a red coloured Mini Cooper who may have been observed driving erratic west of Nelson on Highway 3A, Friday, December 4, 2020, at 3:22 p.m. — Photo submitted

The West Kootenay Integrated Road Safety Team is seeking information regarding a driver who failed to stop and fled police RCMP said in a media release Tuesday.

RCMP said on Friday, December 4, 2020, at 3:22 p.m., shortly after police across British Columbia kicked off a month-long counterattack impaired driving campaign, police responded to a report of an erratic driver heading west from Nelson on Highway 3A. Police said the vehicle a distinctive looking red Mini Cooper.

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