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Community rallies to support West Kootenay family

Donations continue to be received through a GoFundMe campaign to support the family of Joe Leblanc.

Donations for a GoFundMe page continue to pour in for a West Kootenay man killed in a snowmobile accident last week near Kaslo.

Kaslo RCMP said that local Search and Rescue were called to an avalanche accident on the afternoon of Thursday, March 4 in the Antoine Basin area.

Cricket anyone?

Nelson native Landon Veregin, after spending 15 years overseas, is eager to start up the Nelson Cricket Club in the Heritage City. — Submitted photos

Cricket anyone?

Seems like an unrealistic request, but if Landon Veregin gets his way the game of cricket may join the likes of soccer, tennis and slopitch as summer activities enjoyed in Nelson.

“Nelson is an active city . . .. The people here love the outdoors and finding unique ways to enjoy our amazing nature,” said Veregin, who is spearheading the drive to include the sport in the makeup of summer activities played in Nelson.

Manslaughter charges approved in death of Abbotsford Police Officer

Castlegar resident Alex Willness, 26, has been arrested by police and remains in custody pending a court appearance on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.

Nelson Police said in a media release Sunday that the man involved in a street incident that cost the life of an Abbotsford Police Officer in July 2020 in the Nelson downtown has now been charged with Manslaughter.

Nelson Police said Sunday that 26-year-old Castlegar resident Alex Willness has been arrested by police and remains in custody pending a court appearance on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.

Cold in the Koots fundraiser nets more than $10,000 for BC Special Olympics

Three Chiefs, from left, Nelson Police Department Paul Burkart, Nelson Fire Rescue Len MacCharles and Deb Morris of BC Ambulance Services, quickly race for the towels after a cool plunge into Kootenay Lake Saturday morning to raise money for BC Special Olympics.

Local Chiefs from the various first responder units in Nelson went over and above the call of duty Saturday morning at Lakeside Park to raise more than $10,000 for BC Special Olympics as part of the BC FreezinforaReason Campaign.

Led by retiring Nelson Police Chief Paul Burkart, the cast, including Nelson Fire Chief Len MacCharles, Chief Deb Morris of BC Ambulance Services and Regional District of Central Kootenay Regional Fire Chief Nora Hannon, raised $10,300 during the Cold in the Koots fundraiser.

Greening Up: Are Fossil Fuels Doomed?

The evidence is mounting in the courtroom of public judgment; a verdict could be delivered soon.

“Just, (screw) the whole fossil fuel industry. They need to be nationalized as we transition completely from fossil fuels to preserve what is left of a livable planet.” Peter Kalmus

The evidence is mounting in the courtroom of public judgment; a verdict could be delivered soon.

Fossil fuels stand accused of death, destruction, deception, denial, and dishonesty.

ERT deployed to deal with distraught woman in Kaslo

Police said ERT deployed tactics caused the woman to safely exit the home before being apprehended under the Mental Health Act and transported to hospital for treatment.

RCMP said Emergency Response Team (ERT) was deployed in Kaslo Monday to deal with a distraught woman.

RCMP said the incident began Sunday, February 28, 2021 when officers were informed of using written communication alluding to potential future harm to individuals, such as lethal action and the taking of hostages.

Police said the author of the communication is known to have medical issues that are of concern for their wellbeing.

Police attended the residence, however, were unable to locate the individual.

Interior Health adds youth substance use treatment beds in Kelowna

The Bridge Youth & Family Services Society in Kelowna has been awarded a contract for 10 substance use treatment beds for youth. — Submitted

In a media release Wednesday, Interior Health announced the awarding of a contract for 10 substance use treatment beds for youth to The Bridge Youth & Family Services Society in Kelowna.

“So that young people and their families get the mental health and substance use care they need, our government is bringing new youth addictions beds to the Okanagan, the first of many we’re establishing across the province this year,” said Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions.

New CBT projects support biodiversity, improve basin ecosystems

A partnership that includes the Okanagan Nation Alliance is enhancing habitats for at-risk species and improve threatened ecosystems with support from Columbia Basin Trust. — Submitted

Columbia Basin Trust is providing $1.35 million to three new, large-scale projects that will improve ecosystems in the Elk Valley and Lower Columbia sub-regions, benefitting locally significant species including northern rubber boas, bull trout and Rocky Mountain elk among others, and their habitats.

The Ecosystem Enhancement Program is a five-year initiative that aims to maintain and improve ecological health and native biodiversity in the region through large-scale, on-the-ground projects with significant and measurable impacts.

Police arrest three suspects following chase through Nelson

Members of Nelson Police and RCMP arrested three individuals behind a business at the foot of Ward Street following a chase of a van Sunday afternoon. — Submitted photo

Three suspects remain in custody following a police takedown at the foot of Ward Street Sunday afternoon in Nelson.

The incident began Sunday afternoon when Nelson Police officers located a rental van that had been involved in two police incidents in Castlegar and Trail earlier in the day.

“Upon seeing NPD vehicles at Nelson City limits, the driver of the van sped up and entered the City of Nelson,” the Nelson Police Department media release said.

RDCK, Whitewater Ski Resort partner to receive funding from Province's Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program

Whitewater is receiving $1 Million in CERIP funding for the development of the first phase of creating a new summer operations/tourism and hospitality business centered on mountain biking, hiking, and climbing.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay, in partnership with Whitewater Ski Resort, is receiving a funding grant under the B.C. Government’s Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program (CERIP) destination development stream worth $1 Million.

The BC Government announced last week that 54 new tourism projects throughout the province is receiving funding, which is investing in implementation-ready tourism infrastructure and amenities projects that support the recovery and resilience of tourism.