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Transformative Beginnings in Selkirk College’s Rural Pre-Medicine Program

Raised in Nelson, Rebecca MacLeod returned to the classrooms of Selkirk College after an outstanding decade of academic and professional experience in music. A graduate of the three-year Rural Pre-Medicine Program based on the Castlegar Campus, MacLeod has been accepted into the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. — Submitted photo

Rebecca MacLeod’s passion for the violin has taken her around the world, but the Selkirk College Rural Pre-Medicine (RPM) Program graduate’s burning desire to help people brought her home.

Raised in Nelson, MacLeod attended the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh on full scholarship and went on to achieve her Master of Violin Performance from the University of Toronto. An award-winning classical musician, her dynamic resume includes solo, chamber and orchestral performances across North America and internationally.

June was wet, but total rainfall below average

Surprisingly, June's month's total rainfall was 23% below average. — The Nelson Daily photo

Rain, rain and more rain.

The Southeast Fire Centre Weather Service in Castlegar said there were only five days without some form of moisture in June as low pressure system after low pressure system pounded the region.

“A succession of roughly ten low pressure systems and associated waves of Pacific moisture passed over the area within the prevailing westerly flow,” said the monthly synopsis from the Southeast Fire Centre Weather Service.

“Rain fell at some point during all but five days but the month's total rainfall was 23% below average.”

Drug busts remove fentanyl from Nelson streets

Police seized quantities of fentanyl from a home in Nelson and a dealer on the street during two separate incidents this past week.

Nelson Police officers were able to remove a considerable amount of fentanyl from the streets following a series of arrests this past week in the Heritage City.

In a media release Nelson Police said officers made a total of three arrests following two separate incidents Monday and Thursday.

Search warrant leads to seizure significant amount of street fentanyl

Future of Kootenay cannabis looks to regional processing facility: CBTI manager

The Kootenay brand does have cachet worldwide, but what needs to be done to protect that cachet from outside interests is to create processing infrastructure in the region to gather, package and sell what is grown in the region. — Community Futures illustration

Nelson cannabis producers are looking to weed out the competition and nip potential copycat products in the bud by transitioning to legally processing the time-tested Kootenay plant.

For years the Kootenay brand of cannabis has made a name for itself through the high calibre, skillful and prolific work of an underground economy, said the Cannabis Business Transition Initiative (CBTI) program manager, Paul Kelly.

The underground cannabis market in the Kootenay region was well established before the nation legalized non-medical cannabis (October, 2018).

Ministry said access to Idaho Peak closed for indefinite period of time

The plugged culvert inlet forced the stream flow onto the road surface, scouring the road for approximately 375 meters. — Facebook photo John Matthews

The Ministry of Forests, Mines Natural Resources Operations and Rural Development said access to Idaho Peak will remain closed for an indefinite period of time after a part of the forest service road to the popular tourist hiking destination was washed away in May.

In an emailed statement, a ministry spokesperson said staff have been busy assessing the damage and continue to evaluate the next steps to take to remediate the access to the forestry lookout above New Denver.

Local pro climbers raise awareness of racism and violence

Tosh Sherkat bouldering near Pass Creek, BC. Photo by Liam Barnes

Bouldering, a popular form of rock climbing, is trending in the West Kootenays like never before, partly thanks to the release of the area’s first Bouldering Guidebook.

Rossland-born and raised filmmaker Liam Barnes films Nelson rock climbers Tosh and Tula Sherkat as they navigate the area’s biggest and most difficult climbs, including several historic first ascents, but the ten-minute film isn’t available to just anybody – first, Barnes and the Sherkats are directing attention to urgent social issues brought to light by recent and current news.

Columbia Basin Trust continues to adapt during COVID-19

Columbia Basin Trust continues develop a short-term plan to guide activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. — Submitted photo

COVID-19 pandemic has put a major kink in the way operating plans of the community and the Columbia Basin Trust is no different.

The CBT is currently developing a short-term plan to help guide its activities during the next 18 to 24 months.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trust postponed its process to renew the Columbia Basin Management Plan, including public engagement and community meetings.

The CBT said given the extraordinary situation in the Basin and the ongoing public health concerns, the Trust is now moving to develop a short-term plan.

Man charged following report of stabbing in Midway

The suspect was arrested Thursday by Castlegar RCMP.

A man in his 40s was arrested Thursday by police in Castlegar following a stabbing June 1 in Midway RCMP said Friday in a media release.

The incident began on Wednesday, June 1, 2020 when RCMP received multiple emergency calls regarding a man reported to have been stabbed.

RCMP said officers and emergency services personnel immediately attended the parking lot of a local motel where they found the victim sitting on the sidewalk.

Outdoor enthusiasts should watch for ticks — NCC

Ticks hide in the shade, in wooded areas and in long grasses and can be carried from place to place by migratory birds. — Submitted photo

After weeks of being cooped up indoors due to COVID-19, many Canadians are making plans to enjoy the summer outdoors. With tick season running from now until October, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is urging people to take precautions on trails and in forests against little freeloaders.

Blacklegged ticks (also called deer ticks) can carry various bacterial diseases that are harmful to humans. Lyme disease, for example, is an infectious disease spread by blacklegged tick bites. 

SIx men arrested, drugs, gun, cash seized in Castlegar raid

Police officers with the Castlegar RCMP Crime Reduction Unit arrested six individuals during the execution of a search warrant, obtained under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act at a local home on Wednesday.

On June 24, the Castlegar RCMP Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) executed a search warrant on a residence situated in the 3100-block of Columbia Avenue in Castlegar BC. The search warrant was authorized by the courts as part of an active investigation into suspected drug trafficking in the Castlegar area.