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From the frying pan to the fire: viral heat still turned up but on a different channel

Although the number of COVID-19 cases has been on the decline, infection rates remain high with other respiratory viruses like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) — Creative Commons photo.

The song might remain the same but the tune has changed as COVID-19 cases decrease in Nelson and area but another fall virus is making its way through the population.

Although the number of COVID-19 cases has been on the decline, infection rates remain high with other respiratory viruses like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

The increase of the virus isn’t a cause for alarm in Nelson and across the region, said Ashley Stewart, Interior Health A/team lead, communications and engagement.

RCMP seeking public's assistance in locating person of interest in suspicious death investigation

Michael Mawley has Brown hair, Brown eyes, 5’10 and 150 pounds. — Submitted photo

The BC RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit (SED MCU) is seeking public assistance in locating Michael Mawley, who is a person of interest in a suspicious death investigation.

RCMP said that human remains were located after a suspicious fire on Saturday November 19, 2022, in the community of Kingsgate, BC at Mawley’s family residence.

Police said residents are asked to report any suspicious activity in that area to police immediately. and are requesting any dash cam or video footage from that area on November 19, 2022 between 5:30 p.m – 8:30 p.m MST.

KIJHL gets upper hand on Pacific Junior Hockey

The KIJHL Top Prospects edged the PJHL 4-3 in the BCHC Prospects Game at the Sardis Sports Complex in Chilliwack. — KIJHL photo

When Ryan Larsen was added to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Top Prospects team late due to an injury/illness to another player, that gave the Kamloops Storm three players in the B.C. Hockey Conference Prospects Game, which started with Owen Aura and Jake Phillips-Watts.

Larsen ended up with a goal and two assists, including helping set up the winning goal in a 4-3 KIJHL Top Prospects victory against the Pacific Junior Hockey League Top Prospects.

RCMP search for four suspects after rifle discharged near Rover Creek

RCMP said one of the suspects pointed the rifle at one of the complainants and discharged the weapon as a scare tactic.

Nelson RCMP is currently searching for four suspects who fired a rifle at a person Wednesday night near Rover Creek Service Road in Blewett.

In a media release Thursday, Nelson RCMP said officers are trying to identify the four suspects who were seen leaving the crime scene in a white coloured pick-up truck with a plow attached.

RCMP said officers received a complaint at approximately 7:13 p.m. Wednesday that four unknown male suspects were seen near a white camper trailer on Rover Creek Road armed with a rifle.

Selkirk College Honours Role Models for Commitment to Learners

Ktunaxa Nation Elder Anne Jimmie (left) has been honoured with an Honorary Diploma in Human Services as part of the annual Board of Governors awards. Retired Nursing Program instructor Joanne van der Ham is the other 2022 recipient, receiving the Distinguished Educator honour

A successful post-secondary journey requires an inspiring beginning. Two women who have assisted learners through early steps at Selkirk College are being recognized with Board of Governors awards for their efforts to help build remarkable futures.

Ktunaxa Nation Elder Anne Jimmie and retired Nursing Program instructor Joanne van der Ham are the 2022 recipients of the annual honours. Jimme is the recipient of an Honorary Diploma in Human Services and van der Ham is being recognized as a Distinguished Educator.

New credit on electricity bills set to take effect in new year

Nelson Hydro is extending a credit on electricity bills as part of a Province of B.C. initiative to address the impacts of global inflation on families and small businesses — Nelson Hydro photo.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, thanks to a one-time cost-of-living rebate through Nelson Hydro.

The city-owned utility is extending the credit on electricity bills as part of a Province of B.C. initiative to address the impacts of global inflation on families and small businesses in B.C. 

What it means is that people who are customers of the local utility will receive a $100 credit on their first electricity bill in the new year. However, only one credit is available per residential customer, regardless of the number of accounts each customer holds.

Meadow Creek man arrested following police chase

RCMP said the Meadow Creek man is facing several charges and will appear in Provincial Court on November 29, 2022.

A Meadow Creek man is facing numerous charges following a police chase Monday in the North Kootenay Lake community Kaslo RCMP said in a media release Wednesday.

The incident started in the early hours of Friday, November 18th when RCMP received a call of a person pouring a substance from a jerry can into vehicles parked in their driveway.

The local couple observed the person on their surveillance camera, who appeared to be wearing a respirator and HAZMAT suit.

Snowfall Warning for Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

Environment Canada said an intense frontal system will move across the BC interior Tuesday and into Wednesday morning.

Environment Canada has issued at Snowfall Warning Tuesday for Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

Environment Canada said heavy snow is forecast for Paulson Summit and Kootenay Pass as well as Coquihalla Summit, Rogers Pass, North and West Columbia including Blue River and Revelstoke especially to the west of Revelstoke.

Environment Canada said snowfall accumulations of 15 to 20 cm with low visibility in heavy snow is expected from now through early Wednesday.

Making the connection: active transportation route to be studied for Nelson to Castlegar

A feasibility study for an active transportation route that connects two of the West Kootenay’s biggest communities is being supported by the RDCK — Creative Commons.

A new 45-kilometre active transportation route between Nelson and Castlegar will be investigated at the regional district level.

The latest model of the Regional District of Central Kootenay board of directors approved a feasibility study at its Nov 17 meeting for the route — through five electoral areas — that connects two of the West Kootenay’s biggest communities, as well as “parks, college campuses, schools, places of employment, goods and services and various neighbourhoods.”

Deer shot with arrow in Grand Forks

Grand Forks RCMP along with the BC Conservation Services continue to investigate this file.

The Grand Forks RCMP dealt with many calls for services during the past week.

Here are a few of the highlight calls from RCMP Detachment Commander, Sgt. Darryl Peppler.

Deer shot with arrow in residential area

On November 16, 2022, Grand Forks RCMP along with the BC Conservation Services began investigating an early morning incident in the 7600 block of 17th St in Grand Forks where a deer was shot with an arrow. An arrow was recovered from scene and officers from both agencies continue to investigate this disturbing incident.

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