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CKCA invites artists to apply for funding

The Trust partners with CKCA for the delivery of arts and culture programming, as well as representing the interests of the arts and culture community in the region. — Submitted photo

Artists in all disciplines — as well as arts and culture organizations — are invited to apply for funding through the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA), which delivers the Arts and Culture Program on behalf of Columbia Basin Trust.

The Trust partners with CKCA for the delivery of arts and culture programming, as well as representing the interests of the arts and culture community in the region.

Nelson sees six illicit drug overdoses in past 24 hours

Nelson Police said first responders successfully brought all six cases back from their overdose using Narcan (Naloxone).

Nelson Police is urging the drug using public of a spike in overdose cases in the Heritage City during the past 24 hours.

In a media release Wednesday, Nelson Police advises the public of a serious fentanyl situation in the Nelson area. 

“Police have dealt with six overdose cases in the last 24 hours and are concerned this will continue,” Nelson Police said in the media release.

Student absentee rates double in district schools in last three weeks

SD8 monitors attendance for its schools and the absences at this point have ranged between 24 to 30 per cent since the beginning of January, compared to this time last year when there were around 15 per cent of students absent.

Student absences have nearly doubled in the school district since Christmas, mirroring absenteeism throughout workplaces across the West Kootenay.

School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) monitors attendance for its schools and the absences at this point have ranged between 24 to 30 per cent since the beginning of January, said SD8 superintendent of schools Trish Smillie, compared to this time last year when there were around 15 per cent of students absent.

Wildsight raises concern over deaths of Bighorn Sheep near Radium Hot Springs

Wildsight Conservation Director John Bergenske said the One Mile Hill leading into Radium Hot Springs has long been known as a dangerous spot for both motorists and Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep. — Photos courtesy Pat Morrow

The Conservation Director at Wildsight in the East Kootenay is concerned a lack of action by Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is to blame for at least four dead bighorn sheep during the past week alone

John Bergenske at Wildsight said in an emailed statement that this is the latest in a spate of deaths decimating the Radium bighorn sheep herd that saw an additional 13 highway mortalities in 2021.

City snow removal preparedness comes under scrutiny in wake of ‘snowmaggedon’

The city has had record heat, near record cold followed by record snow in one day, but how it handled the almost 80 centimetres that fell just after New Year’s Day has been criticized by Nelsonites — city council meeting screenshot.

How the city handled ‘snowmaggedon’ left some questions in the community, says one city councillor.

Keith Page said the city has had record heat, near record cold followed by record snow in one day, but how it handled the almost 80 centimetres that fell just after New Year’s Day has been criticized by Nelsonites.

Friends of Bill King donate to Kidsport Nelson

Kidsport Nelson representative, Cathy Potkins receives a donation from friends of Bill King from, left to right, Dave Stadler, Ron Van Zanden and Joe Capriglione. — Submitted photo

Kidsport Nelson along with numerous young athletes in the area just received a major donation in the memory of William (Billy) King in the sum of $2,200.

King was a person who volunteered time on many occasions to assist kids sporting events as a referee, coach and volunteer. 

Funds raised from a memorial golf tournament last fall and donations in Bill’s honour were recently donated to Kidsport Nelson.

Nelson SAR rescue injured skier from backcountry near Whitewater Ski Resort

Nelson SAR was able to perform the rescue with the aid of a helicopter and class D long line. — Nelson SAR photo

Quick action to activate an SOS device by an injured skier in the backcountry near Whitewater Ski Resort is being praised by Nelson Search and Rescue.

Nelson SAR said on social media members rescued an injured skier in the backcountry near Emma Peak, a short distance from the popular ski resort, after being advised of the incident.

“Some key points to note on this rescue are that it was important that the subject used their SOS device as early as possible in the day to send out the notification,” Nelson SAR social media post explained.

Grand Forks police recover stolen truck and trailer full of family’s belongings

RCMP said the family, which includes a one-year old child were in the progress of moving to the East Kootenay, had their entire life packed in the trailer.

A family moving to the East Kootenay can thank a tip from the public for police successfully retrieving a family's belongings said Grand Forks RCMP in a media release Sunday.

Police said the file started sometime early Saturday January 22, 2022 when a Ford F350 truck with an attached 18 foot enclosed cargo trailer was taken from outside a Grand Forks hotel room at  the 2700 block of Central Ave while the family was asleep.

Avalanche Canada issues Special Public Avalanche Warning for backcountry

The Avalanche Canada map shows the affected regions for the Special Public Avalanche Warning.

In a media release Thursday, Avalanche Canada, in partnership with Parks Canada, said it is issuing a Special Public Avalanche Warning for recreational backcountry users across numerous forecast regions in BC and Alberta — including the Kootenay/Boundary regions.

Avalanche Canada said warm temperatures and lots of sunshine are expected for the coming weekend, which will have a destabilizing effect on the snowpack.

This special warning is in effect immediately and will apply through to the end of Monday, Jan 24.

Learn about life during WWII in Dear Bill - The War Years

Wendy Hamilton (right) and sister Cathie Pavlik of Kelowna, are photographed during a recent book launch in the Central Okanagan of Dear Bill - The War Years. — Submitted

A Balfour resident has collaborated with her sister in Kelowna to bring to life in a book seven years of life experiences during World War II, beginning in 1939 until 1945.

Wendy Hamilton and Cathie Pavlik of Kelowna recently completed and published a memoir, Dear Bill - The War Years.

Dear Bill, is a compilation of 141 letters sent to Hamilton’s father, Bill Treadgold, from 32 individuals - mostly friends and family during WWII and brings to life Allied operations in Europe through letters from buddies who were commissioned overseas.

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