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Vancouver company awarded contract to build new Kootenay Lake ferry

Work on replacing the MV Balfour is scheduled to begin later this year. — The Nelson Daily photo

The BC Government announced Thursday that Western Pacific Marine Ltd. of Vancouver has been awarded the contract to build the new new electric-ready ferry for Kootenay Lake.

In a media release, the BC Government said work will begin later this year on a new electric-ready ferry, providing passengers with a larger, cleaner and more accessible vessel.

The contract is worth $62.9-million.

Spokane Chiefs name Nelson native Adam Maglio as head coach of WHL franchise

Nelson native Adam Maglio is the new skipper of the WHL Spokane Chiefs hockey club. — Photo courtesy Larry Brunt, Spokane Chiefs

The Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League announced on Tuesday that Nelson native Adam Maglio will become the organization’s 14th full-time head coach.

Maglio, who grew up in the Heritage City playing minor hockey and with Nelson Leafs of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, served last season as Associate Coach under Manny Viveiros.

The former Spokane skipper accepted the same position with the AHL’s Henderson Golden Knights.

Interior Health declares Kelowna cluster over; new cases spike to 294 from weekend provincially

Since Friday, Interior Health said there were a total of seven new COVID-19 cases reported in the Interior Health region bringing the total number of cases in IH since the start of the pandemic to 440 while BC’s numbers were 294 new cases for a total of 5,790.

As the COVID-19 numbers in BC continue to rise, Interior Health has seen only marginal increases and recently declared the Kelowna cluster over after cases per week remained low for four weeks.

In an emailed statement, Medical Health Officer Dr. Sivina Mema said IH would like to thank local elected officials, businesses, residents and visitors to the Central Okanagan City for their efforts to bring the number of new cases associated with this cluster down during the past month, or so.

Not once, but twice — Creston School Trustee censured, again

The Board of School District No. 8, Kootenay Lake made the decision to censure Trustee Allan Gribbin of Creston during a closed meeting on Tuesday, August 25th.

For the second time in just over a year Trustee Allan Gribbin is facing “censure” by the Kootenay Lake School Board.

The Board of School District No. 8, Kootenay Lake, announced the decision to censure Trustee Gribbin Monday in a media release following a closed meeting Tuesday, August 25th.

Gribbin is a retired school-teacher elected to the Kootenay Lake School Board in the fall of 2018 to serve the Creston area.

Cause of grass fire Sunday in Nelson remains under investigation

Nelson Police monitor traffic in the 200 block of Lakeside Drive as Nelson Fire & Rescue firefighters deal with a grass fire. — The Nelson Daily photo

Nelson Fire & Rescue Services said the cause of grass fire Sunday afternoon on Lakeside Drive near the Nelson Airport remains under investigation.

In a media release, Nelson Fire & Rescue said firefighters responded to numerous 911 calls shortly after 3 p.m. reporting a spreading fire in the grass in the 200 block of Lakeside Drive.

Nelson Fire & Rescue said both on duty members responded immediately with four additional members responding from home.

New information map shows COVID-19 case numbers for West Kootenay/Boundary

Nelson tops COVID-19 case numbers on the Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence map followed by Castlegar, Grand Forks, Trail and Kettle Valley. — BCCDC screenshot

The COVID-19 information most of the public in West Kootenay/Boundary wanted to hear was released Thursday by the BC Public Health Office on the BC Centre of Disease Control website.

During Thursday’s COVID-19 briefing, Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC’s provincial health officer, released the latest information for communities across the province.

NCC’s Big Backyard BioBlitz: Be a biologist for a week

By simply downloading the free iNaturalist app and then going out into their backyards and local green spaces to take photos, Canadians can make a meaningful contribution to conservation and our understanding of species and natural habitats. —Submitted photo

This week, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is holding a virtual event encouraging people to observe nature and learn more about habitats and species in their backyards and neighbourhoods.

NCC’s Big Backyard BioBlitz is part of the non-profit organization’s mandate to connect Canadians with nature.

By simply downloading the free iNaturalist app and then going out into their backyards and local green spaces to take photos, Canadians can make a meaningful contribution to conservation and our understanding of species and natural habitats.

Crews continue to battle Talbot Creek Wildfire

The Talbot Creek wildfire has grown to an estimated size of 323 hectares. — BC Wildfire photo

 The Talbot Creek Wildfire, which has grown to an estimated size of 323 hectares, experienced minimal growth overnight Wednesday the BC Wildfire Service website said.

“The minimal growth occurred within control lines,” BC Wildfire Service said.

“This fire continues to produce smoke and is highly visible from the Slocan Valley as well as surrounding communities.”

More than 95 firefighters are battling the blaze with the assistance of seven helicopters and 17 pieces of heavy equipment.

Op/Ed: Columbia Basin Trust Draft Strategic Plan 2020-2022

Writer Greg Utzig encourages readers to go to and complete the short survey, keeping the climate crisis as our short- and long-term priority.

By Greg Utzig, M.Sc., Nelson, BC

Like many people in the Columbia Basin, I recently received an invitation to comment on the Columbia Basin Trust’s Draft Strategic Plan 2020-2022. As a long-time resident and a scientist who’s worked on climate change-related projects in the Basin, some funded by CBT, I was stunned by what I read. And by what I didn’t read.