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High lake levels expected over the next few weeks due to La Niña effect

A higher than normal snowpack and a delayed spring freshet could cause flooding in the region, especially along the shores of Kootenay Lake — Creative Commons photo.

La Niña is setting up to wreak havoc on the West Kootenay.

A higher than normal snowpack and a delayed spring freshet could cause flooding in the region, especially along the shores of Kootenay Lake.

Cool temperatures have combined with the above average snowpack (128 per cent of normal) to lay the groundwork for the increased possibility of flooding during late May or early June if temperatures rise substantially.

Planning measures released for Year Three of Kootenay Lake Recovery

April monthly draw winner Marv Fehr of Creston received $1000 in gift certificates for area businesses. — Submitted photo

Since the mid-2000’s, the collapse of the Kootenay Lake fishery has been apparent, and well documented.

Prior to 2012, the Meadow Creek spawning channel has supported an average of 67.7 million kokanee eggs and an average of 693,000 spawners.

Since then, egg numbers have only averaged 7.7 million and spawner numbers have fallen to an average of 28,000. The end result is too many rainbow and bull trout and not enough kokanee - their primary food source - in the lake.

Baker Street water main break creates havoc for downtown traffic

The 500 Block of Baker Street was filled construction vehicles and equipment after the overnight break of a water main.

Downtown Nelson was a maze of construction vehicles and equipment after a water main on the south side of 500 Baker Street experienced a linear break, resulting in a handful of flooded basements of buildings housing some local businesses the City of Nelson said in a media release Thursday.

“For safety reasons, power was turned off on the 500 Block of Baker and the north side of Victoria Street in the early morning,” the media release said.

“As of noon (Thursday), most buildings have restored power, except for the businesses directly impacted by the flooding.

RD, residents react to ‘excessive’ noise, demand federal government action

Noise pollution from logging helicopters was a problem and the board of the RDCK has petitioned federal MPs with a plan — Creative Commons photo.

Smoke was not the only thing that polluted the sky when several wildfires burned in the West Kootenay last summer.

Noise pollution from helicopters was also a problem and — along with several complaints from regional district residents — the board of the Regional District of Central Kootenay has petitioned federal MP’s with a plan.

RDCK board chair Aimee Watson has written a letter to South Okanagan-West Kootenay MP Richard Cannings (NDP), Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison (Conservatives) and Transport Canada about helicopter noise pollution in the regional district.

Kootenay Rockies is third in Canada to achieve biosphere certified destination status

The region — which includes Nelson and the West Kootenay — is a biosphere certified destination, only the third such region in the nation to achieve the honour — Kootenay Rockies Tourism website screenshot

The Kootenay Rockies have achieved yet another level of excellence.

The region — which includes Nelson and the West Kootenay — is a biosphere certified destination, only the third such region in the nation to achieve the honour.

Dispute on beach access has community members questioning rationale

The discovery of painted turtles in the area caused the CBT to impose limits on how the beach was accessed — Creative Commons photo

A dispute over closing road access to a popular local beach has not been resolved and continues to pit community members against each other and the nearby power company.

Although the North Beach property in Glade is owned by Columbia Power and Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) it has been used by residents of the community — located 23 kilometres west of Nelson — for some time, dating back over 100 years to the first Doukhobor settlers in the area.

Woman arrested and charged with multiple counts of arson

A Kamloops woman has been arrested and since been charged with four (4) counts of arson by BC Prosecution Service.

RCMP said a Kamloops woman has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of arson following a joint investigation between the BC RCMP and BC Wildfire Service.

In a media release Monday, police said on April 30, 2022, a resident in the Monte Lake area encountered a suspicious vehicle on a forestry road while investigating some smoke in the hills. The resident took note of the license plate and reported it to the RCMP.

Nelson Police respond to fight involving a knife

Police said both parties involved in fight new each other and were also both known to police.

Nelson Police officers responded to more than 90 calls for service this past week, including a report of a fight involving a person with a knife.

The mid-day call happened on Thursday, May 12 when dispatch was notified of a fight in the 500 block of Vernon Street.

“One of the involved parties was armed with a knife but relinquished the knife prior to police arrival,” the NPD media release explained.

“Members attended and identified both parties who knew each other and were also both known to police.”

Tax Rate Bylaw reveals real picture of tax assessment on Nelsonites

Each year council approves a Five-Year Financial Plan which establishes the annual budget and priorities, with a Tax Rate bylaw also required in order to collect an appropriate amount of funds to finance its activities.

Nelsonites will be paying over five per cent more for their total tax take when compared to last year.

That is slightly higher than the four per cent increase assessed on the municipal tax rate alone, but not including the water, sewer and resource recovery increases, coupled with a jump in Nelson Hydro rates.

Each year council approves a Five-Year Financial Plan which establishes the annual budget and priorities, with a Tax Rate bylaw also required in order to collect an appropriate amount of funds — as determined by category — to finance its activities.

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