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'Overdose crisis is a public health issue'

Monday’s drug decriminalization pilot project announced Monday is a critical step to end the shame and stigma that prevents the public with substance abuse issues from reaching out for what could be life-saving help. — Submitted photo

Amanda Erickson, Community Action Team Facilitator for Nelson, Castlegar, Grand Forks, said the overdose crisis is a problem that in some form most likely has affected everyone in the province.

Monday’s drug decriminalization pilot project announced by the BC Government, that takes affect Tuesday, January 31, 2023, will take a critical step to end the shame and stigma that prevents the public with substance abuse issues from reaching out for what could be life-saving help.

RCMP continue search for stolen 2001 Ford F350 truck

If anyone has any information on the theft of this truck or knows of its whereabouts, they are asked to call the Grand Forks RCMP at 250-442-8288. —Submitted photo

Grand Forks RCMP continue to be on the lookout for a pickup stolen earlier this month from outside a residence in Christina Lake.

Grand Forks RCMP said in its weekly media release that on January 23, 2023 at 4:30 p.m., police respond to a complaint of a stolen truck from Brown Road in Christina Lake.

Police said a blue, 2001 Ford F350 pickup truck was taken from outside the residence sometime between Sunday morning on January 22nd and when it was discovered missing on Monday afternoon, January 23rd.

Celebration of life for Nelson Police Officer Mathieu Nolet

Friends and colleagues are seen leaving the Nelson Rod and Gun Club following the Celebration of Life for Nelson Police Const. Mathieu Nolet.

On a sunny day in Nelson, family, friends, and first-responders colleagues gathered at the Nelson Rod and Gun Club celebrate the life of Nelson Police Constable Mathieu Nolet.

Const. Nolet died at Kelowna General Hospital ICU after being critically injured following an avalanche Monday, January 9, in the mountains near Goat Range Provincial Park, northwest of Kaslo.

Const. Nolet was surrounded by family when he succumbed to injuries earlier this month in hospital.

Selkirk Innovates Pushes Rural Research Boundaries

With more than $3.7 million in government and private sector funding actioned in the fiscal year ending March 2021, Selkirk College’s arm for research and innovation sits 29th in the latest rankings of Canada’s top research colleges. — Submitted photo

Digging deeper into a multitude of rural issues to establish facts and data-driven evidence for decision-makers, Selkirk Innovates is producing results and helping guide the region into a more informed future.

Environment Canada issues Special Weather Statement

Environment Canada said most of the province can expect a major shift in temperature from the recent mild January starting Saturday. — Environment Canada image

Baby, it’s about to get very cold outside.

Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement for much of BC as a cold spell is forecasted for most of the province.

“Arctic air will spread throughout BC (Saturday) bringing a major shift in temperature from our mild January,” the Environment Canada statement said.

“Temperatures will be 5 to 10 degrees colder than normal for this time of the year in the central and southern interior of BC.”

Celebration of Life announced for NPD Constable

The Celebration of Life for Nelson Police Const. Mathieu Nolet can be seen live on the NPD Facebook Page beginning at 11:30 a.m. — Submitted photo

The City of Nelson announced that a private Celebration of Life service is planned for Nelson Police Constable Mathieu Nolet on Monday, January 30 at the Nelson Rod and Gun Club beginning at 11:30 a.m.

The City of Nelson media release said that the service is for invited guests only and not open to the general public.

Nelson RCMP open investigation into stolen mail

RCMP said it appears that the mail had been stolen from Canada Post Offices in Slocan Park and Ymir, BC.

Nelson RCMP has opened an investigation of theft of mail from Canada Post Offices in Slocan Park and Ymir.

In a media release Thursday, RCMP said the stolen mail was discovered inside a pickup truck following a report of a suspicious vehicle on Giveout Creek Forest Service Road  south of Nelson, on Sunday, January 22, 2023.

“Some of the mail had been burnt in a pile beside the red Dodge 3500 pickup truck,” Nelson RCMP said.

Nelson RCMP said the mail was examined forensic evidence prior to returning it to its owners.

Concern lies thickly over backcountry snow as dangerous conditions persist: Avalanche Canada

Although there have been no avalanches reported in the West Kootenay region for the last two days, dangerous conditions still exist in the backcountry, according to Avalanche Canada (AC) — Province of B.C.

There are deep layers of concern and uncertainty over deep layers of weak snow buried in the West Kootenay backcountry alpine regions that could create large avalanches.

Although there have been no avalanches reported in the West Kootenay region for the last two days, dangerous conditions still exist in the backcountry, according to Avalanche Canada (AC).

Persistent slabs — which are particularly difficult to forecast — permeate the alpine and treeline regions of the backcountry, said AC avalanche forecaster Ross Goddard in his report on Wednesday.

UPDATED: Missing woman located

The missing 33-year-old woman was located Wednesday afternoon.

Nelson Police said the missing woman alert Wednesday has been rescinded. 

Nelson Police said 33-year-old Alissa Kunstmann was located Wednesday afternoon.

Nelson Police thanks the public for assisting in locating Kunstmann

NPD appeal to public to locate missing woman

Nelson Police are appealing to the public for assistance in locating a missing 33-year-old Alissa Kunstmann.

Nelson Police said that Kunstmann was last seen on Sunday, January 15th in the Nelson area, and it believed to have travelled to Trail.

UPDATED: NPD locate missing person

Nelson Police said Thursday that Katherine Rivard, 39, has been located.

Nelson Police said Thursday that a woman missing for a week has been located.

Nelson Police said Katherine Rivard, 39, has been located.

Nelson Police said that Rivard was located safe and sound and thanks the public for their assistance.

Nelson Police appeals for public support in finding missing woman

In a media release Tuesday, Nelson Police said the department is appealing to the public for assistance in locating a missing 39-year-old woman.

Nelson Police said that Katherine Rivard was last heard from approximately 6-8 days ago.

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