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UPDATED: Nine confirmed COVID-19 cases in Salmo

The release said the Village office will remain closed to appointments for the next two weeks, at which time the situation will be re-assessed.

The Village of Salmo said on its website Monday that there are nine (9) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the village.

The announcement comes a few days after Salmo Community Services said (see story below) that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19.

“Village staff have tested negative for COVID-19,” the Village of Salmo, with a population of 1,141, release said.

October sees early shot of accumulating snow

Drivers also got an early message from Mother Nature more snow in one day than the total monthly average. — The Nelson Daily

The month of October surprised everyone with the first snowfall of the season said the Weather Services department at the Southeast Fire Centre.

The snowfall was just one of the weather events that saw a rollercoaster rise and fall of temperatures on the thermometer throughout the month.

“The most notable event of the month was the early shot of accumulating snow on October 23rd,” the Southeast Fire Centre media release said.

Wolverine research boosted by citizen science

Wolverine -- photo by Gordon MacPherson, Kootenay Connect

Faces & Places: Doris Hausleitner

Story by Nicole Trigg, Kootenay Conservation Program

Wildlife biologist and Selkirk College ecology instructor Doris Hausleitner has always had a penchant for species that are considered something of an underdog, those without champions to promote their cause. It’s no wonder then, that the elusive wolverine captured her imagination years ago when she was approached by friend and colleague Andrea Kortello to start the South Columbia Mountains Wolverine Project.

IH declares outbreak at Village at Mill Creek care home and La Casa resort

Interior Health reported Wednesday a total of 15 additional COVID-19 cases in the region with 102 cases active and on insolation and no one in hospital.

After reporting 15 additional COVID-19 cases in the region for a total since the start of the pandemic to 803, in a prepared statement Wednesday, Interior Health (IH) declared an outbreak at the Village at Mill Creek long-term care home following a thorough public health investigation.

“Two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19,” the IH statement said.

BC committed to regional environmental assessments, but experts warn they might never happen

Regional assessments will look at the cumulative impact of industrial development in a region on vulnerable species such as sockeye salmon. Photo: J Armstrong / University of Washington

COVID-19 has delayed the Environmental Assessment Office’s work on establishing regulations for regional assessments, which will look at the cumulative effects of all past, present and future industrial projects

By Matt Simmons, for The Narwhal

UPDATED: IH recommends nine additional members of Dynamiters organization self-isolate for 14 days

Kimberley's games Friday and Saturday against Fernie and Creston were canceled as a result of the Nitro player testing positive for COVID-19.

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League has provided an update regarding the positive COVID-19 test result by a member of the Kimberley Dynamiters on Friday, October 30th.

The Interior Health Authority has completed the process of contact tracing following identification of the positive test case and recommended that nine additional members of the Dynamiters organization self-isolate for 14 days.

The Dynamiters have followed this guidance, and the quarantine period for those individuals will end on Wednesday, November 11th.

Selkirk College Formalizes Plan for the Campus Vision

Student housing is addressed in the new Campus Master Plan 2020- 2035 as an essential element to future growth at Selkirk College. The regional post- secondary currently has two student housing projects—Castlegar and Nelson—before the Provincial Government. The rendering for the Nelson student housing would be at the Silver King Campus in the Rosemont neighbourhood. — Submitted

Future capital planning at Selkirk College is focused on offering a range of amenities, services and experiences that contribute to a vibrant post-secondary learning environment.

Presented at the Selkirk College Board of Governor’s October meeting, the Campus Master Plan 2020-2035 is a detailed document that sets out a roadmap for the institution’s short and long-term outcomes. The 75-page plan is a framework for creating a lively community and preparing for future growth at all locations throughout the West Kootenay and Boundary regions.

B.C. still not ready to switch to permanent Daylight Saving Time

The exception to the "Spring Forward, Fall Back" rule in Canada is Fort St. John, Charlie Lake, Taylor and Dawson Creek and Creston in B.C. and most of Saskatchewan.

Unfortunately, it’s something that even COVID-19 can’t stop it from happening — the Daylight Saving Time switch.

Sunday, at 2 a.m., British Columbians will fall back one hour, ending Daylight Saving Time.

The move back to Standard Time comes while the BC Government remains committed to implementing year-round Daylight Saving Time.

Last year, the province ‚ after 93 per cent in a survey approved of ending seasonal time change — passed legislation guiding the move to “Pacific Standard Time” in line with western United States — Washington State, Oregon and California.

Interior Health urges Halloween celebrations indoor, small groups

Ghosts and goblins should take note that the Provincial Health Officer has issued a new order on household visitors, which means households cannot have more than six people of any age visit at one time. — The Nelson Daily file photo

As people celebrate Halloween, Interior Health is urging the public to be cautious as BC moves through the second wave of COVID-19.

Interior Health said the rise in cases is reflected across B.C. and it is important everyone does their part to reduce the risk of further exposures in our communities.

“I join with Dr. Bonnie Henry in encouraging those of you who wish to celebrate Halloween to do so outdoors, in small groups and safely,” said Dr. Albert De Villiers, chief medical health officer for Interior Health in a statement.