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Greening Up — Reimagining Our Plagued Economy – Part 3

We are living through a global confrontation with mortality. Our normal routines have been abruptly stopped. We struggle with loss and impermanence, individually and collectively.

“If the coronavirus crisis has shown us one thing, it is that our society is not sustainable. If one single virus can destroy economies in a couple of weeks, it shows we are not thinking long-term and taking risks into account.” – Greta Thunberg

At the end of Albert Camus’ novel The Plague, the author reveals that Dr. Rieux is the book’s narrator. The doctor relates what he has learned during the pestilence: “that there are more things to admire in men than to despise.”

Woman dies of street drug overdose — NPD

Nelson Police responded to non-responsive woman in the backyard area of a structure in the 800 block of Vernon Street.

Nelson Police are reporting a second drug overdose in the city within the past two months.

Thursday, (June 4, 2020) at 7:07 p.m., NPD dispatch received a complaint of a female that was non-responsive in the backyard area of a structure in the 800 block of Vernon Street. 

When police arrived, they found a female who was non-responsive. Despite all medical efforts, police said the female was pronounced deceased at scene.

Blaze destroys two homes, prompts investigation into 9-1-1 delays

A structure fire on Yew Street this morning has destroyed two homes, one vehicle and many possessions, including a quad, according to Castlegar Fire Chief Sam Lattanzio.

He said the call came in at roughly 11 a.m., while crews were responding to a report of a grass fire adjacent to Fairview along Hwy 22.

No one was injured, but it is believed a pet, a bearded dragon, perished in the blaze. 

In an interview at roughly 6 p.m., Lattanzio said he was turning the properties over to respective representatives (homeowners, insurance companies and RCMP), while crews 

Hockey Canada says regions to determine return

Hockey Canada said each Member’s return to hockey will be different, but will be based on the advice of their government and public health authority.

The following is a statement on behalf of Hockey Canada from Tom Renney, chief executive officer, and Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer, on the return-to-hockey process in Canada.

“On March 12, the decision was made to cancel all Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities across the country. This was a difficult decision, but one made to maintain the health and safety of all participants and the general public amid growing concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

EcoSociety shuffled out of farmer’s market as city deals deck to youth centre

For nearly 20 years, the West Kootenay EcoSociety has organized farmer's markets in Nelson, including the very popular Gardenfest on Baker Street. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The city has elected to hand the operations of the farmer’s markets to another organization less than one month after fielding a request from the West Kootenay EcoSociety for financial help with the markets.

The Nelson and District Youth Centre will assume operations of the Wednesday and Saturday farmer’s markets at Cottonwood Falls Park, a decision that has caught the West Kootenay EcoSociety (WKE) by surprise.

City of Nelson rolls out E-bike Program to residents

The program will provide low interest financing for Nelson homeowners who would like to purchase a commuter bike including electric bikes, do-it-yourself conversion kits and non-electric bikes with the loan applied monthly on the homeowner’s Nelson Hydro electric bill and repaid over the term of the loan. — Submitted photo

In a media release Wednesday, the City of Nelson said on June 1, 2020, Council approved the roll out of a city-wide E-bike Program for residents with the goal of promoting active transportation, community wellbeing and reducing GHG emissions.

The City of Nelson said the program will provide low interest financing for Nelson homeowners who would like to purchase a commuter bike including electric bikes, do-it-yourself conversion kits and non-electric bikes with the loan applied monthly on the homeowner’s Nelson Hydro electric bill and repaid over the term of the loan.

RDKB EOC cautiously optimistic but prepared for possible rain

Flood protection works to stay in place this week until the RDKB and the City of Grand Forks EOC team have more confidence in amount of rain forecast for the upcoming weekend. Residents are asked to keep sandbags in place as well. Photo courtesy Red Dragon Consulting for the RDKB

The RDKB Emergency Operation Centre said Wednesday it will maintain evacuation alerts for 127 properties across the Boundary, and evacuation orders for 13 properties in the City of Grand Forks and Electoral Area D/Rural Grand Forks until at least June 4, when weekend weather forecasts are more certain.

RDKB rescinds majority of evacuation orders in Grand Forks area

Erosion is a major issue during and after any flood. Rural Grand Forks properties continue to be at risk of further erosion from the Kettle River and some evacuation orders will remain in place as a result. — Photo taken by Red Dragon Consulting for the RDKB

The RDKB Emergency Operation Centre has rescinded evacuation orders for 127 properties in the City of Grand Forks and Electoral Area D/Rural Grand Forks, these properties remain on evacuation alert.

Seven properties in Manly Meadows east of Grand Forks and six properties on Beatrice St. in Johnson Flats will remain on evacuation order due to floodwater in the area, existing flood threat or lack of access to homes.

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report

With new protocols in place, Kerry Reed is looking forward to sharing the excitement with clients.

Well it’s been a long haul, but we’re happy to report that starting in June we will begin to take clients out again.  

With new protocols in place and safety as our number one priority, we are all looking forward to it. Small groups is what we specialize in. So this will be right up our alley.

Through all the down time, we still managed to get out and fish a lot on our own and with the family.  So, we know where the fish are and look forward to sharing the excitement with you.

And in saying that, here’s your latest fishing report:

RDCK closes trail between Wildhorse Creek Road, Wesco Road, indefinitely

Salmo River flooding washed out a significant portion of the Nelson-Salmo Great Northern Trail between Wildhorse Creek Road and Wesco Road. — RDCK photo

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is advising the public that a section of the Nelson-Salmo Great Northern Trail between Wildhorse Creek Road and Wesco Road will be closed indefinitely.

The closure is effective immediately.

Recent weather events, and flooding of the Salmo River have washed out a significant portion of the trail.

The RDCK thanks users for respecting posted signage and staying off this portion of the trail. All trail users are being asked to stay away from riverbanks and fast-flowing water.

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