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Local kids win big in Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program

Ty Walker of Fruitvale won a kid-sized kayak in the Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program contest. —Submitted photo

Several local youngersters won great prizes in the fall kids’ derby draw of the Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program (KLAIP). 

The youngsters submitted Rainbow or Bull trout heads that they caught on the main body of Kootenay Lake and were eligible to win Pelican Magna kayaks, Kokanee Mountain Zipline Tour packages, or fishing equipment. 

Ty Walker of Fruitvale, who fishes with his grandfather, won a kid-sized kayak.

Province updates progress on Kootenay Lake Ferry Services Improvements Project

Ferry traffic at the Balfour terminal waits for the next boat to arrive while work continues on the Kootenay Lake Ferry Services Improvements Project. — DriveBC photo

In its most recent update, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said construction at both the Balfour and Kootenay Bay Terminals this summer has progressed significantly is on track to be completed by the end of 2021.

This works comes following a summer of challenging summer of wildfires, extreme heat, and the ongoing pandemic for the Kootenay Lake Ferry Services Improvements Project.

Proposal for activity in Kenville Mine will not affect aquifer, domestic wells: report

Ecoscape Environmental Consultants Ltd had been contracted by Ximen Mining Corp. — which owns the Kenville Mine — to undertake a hydro-geologic assessment of the 1,200-metre decline proposal (and extraction of a 10,000-tonne bulk sample) — Creative Commons photo.

A new underground decline being proposed for the Kenville Mine west of the city won’t affect domestic wells in the region, a consultant report has concluded.

Ecoscape Environmental Consultants Ltd had been contracted by Ximen Mining Corp. — which owns the Kenville Mine and other mineral rights in the area — to undertake a hydro-geologic assessment of the 1,200-metre decline proposal (and extraction of a 10,000-tonne bulk sample).

Highway Alert for Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

Environment Canada said snowfall total amounts of about 15 cm is expected on Paulson Summit and Kootenay Pass.

 — DriveBC photo

Environment Canada has issued a Snowfall Warning Friday for Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

Environment Canada said snowfall total amounts of about 15 cm is expected.

“A Pacific frontal system is giving snow heavy at times to Kootenay Pass this morning,” Environment Canada said.

“The snow is expected to continue through today with total accumulations up to 15 cm near the pass before the snow changes to rain this evening.”

Selkirk College adds student housing in Castlegar, Nelson

Castlegar will be getting 112 new beds, while Nelson gets 36 new beds.

Selkirk College students in Castlegar and Nelson will have more access to student housing as provincial funding for 148 beds in two new buildings has been approved.

These new buildings will provide more on-campus housing options, while helping to reduce rental-market pressure in both communities.

Affordable housing fund could arise out of permissive tax exemption policy

City staff will be digging deep during the 2022 budget planning process to find some funding alternatives to allow permissive tax exemptions (PTE) to operate as a tool to support the supply of affordable housing in Nelson — TND file photo.

 

The city will be turning a sow’s ear of permissive tax exemptions into a silk purse of affordable housing as it charts a course on a new financial policy.

City staff will be digging deep during the 2022 budget planning process to find some funding alternatives to allow permissive tax exemptions (PTE) to operate as a tool to support the supply of affordable housing in Nelson, noted city chief financial officer Colin McClure in his report to council at the last regular council business meeting.

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.

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