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Kootenay Lake Ferry terminal improvements to begin

Improvements to the Kootenay Lake Ferry terminals, including the location in Balfour, are expected to begin in the next few weeks.

Work to upgrade the Kootenay Lake Ferry terminals begins in the coming weeks, with improved amenities, more parking and better access for people who rely on the ferries.

Construction on the new electric-ready ferry for the crossing will begin this summer.

"The Kootenay Lake Ferry Service improvements are good news for users and will have a positive impact on all nearby communities," said Patrick Weiler, MP for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country on behalf of Catherine McKenna, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

It’s All About Women Entrepreneurship at the next Kootenay Pitch Competition Event

Host Karen Kornelsen welcomes Kootenay Pitch Competition contestants Terry Van Horn, Sarah Hobbs and Adele Hills. — Submitted

Since its launch in August 2020, the first ever Kootenay Pitch Competition has helped nine entrepreneurs and startups from across the Kootenay region become investor-ready and take their businesses to the next level.

Get a Trout with the Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program

Guy Rook, February winner of $1,000 worth of gift certificates was drawn from the Wynndel Foods & Outdoor depot. — Submitted photo

The Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program is designed to help the iconic kokanee salmon population recover after their collapse in 2013. In 2017, only 12,000 spawners were estimated in the main lake. Conservationists have been trying to reverse the decline by conducting kokanee egg plants and fry release for the past five years.

Single-vehicle accident slows traffic west of Nelson Wednesday morning

The badly damaged pickup truck lays in the ditch on Highway 3A one kilometer west of Nelson following the single-vehicle accident Wednesday morning. — The Nelson Daily photos

Highway 3A approximately one kilometer west of Nelson was reduced to single-lane traffic Wednesday morning while first responders dealt with a truck accident.

Initial reports indicate the driver of a white pickup, heading westbound on Granite Road, veered off the secondary road through the brush before sliding over a rock face and ending up in the ditch on Highway 3A.

Nelson Police, Nelson Fire and Rescue, BC Ambulance and KERPA (Kootenay Emergency Response Physicians Association) all responded to the accident scene.

LETTER: Challenging current regime's old-growth-forest policy

Open letter to Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

I am deeply distressed with the decisions your government has made and is continuing to make on old growth logging in BC. Fairy Creek is currently the contentious area, but other areas have and will follow.

Main Street Diner owner makes tough call due to pushy customers not following COVID-19 protocols

Restaurant owner Nick Diamond decided to shut the doors to the Baker Street restaurant Saturday afternoon due to influx of out of town visitors, many who were pushy, rude and not following basic health orders or advisories. — Facebook photo

Main Street Diner owner Nicholas Diamond decided enough was enough, closing the doors to his Baker Street restaurant Saturday afternoon after numerous visiting patrons were ignoring COVID-19 safety protocols.

In a Facebook post, Diamond said he made the incredibly tough call Saturday afternoon during tremendously busy day for what he felt was in the name of community health and safety.

“At lunch today (Saturday) we had an incredible influx of out of town visitors moving thru my business,” Diamond’s Facebook post said.

Basin Stories: Procter’s Delicious Community Asset is Reborn

Lisa Norris, Vice-President of the Procter Community Society, says the Society and community benefit directly from the restoration of the Procter Village Café in the century-old Procter Schoolhouse. — Submitted photos

At the Procter Village Café, the swirly cinnamon buns are topped with sweet, gooey icing — and are in very high demand.

When the café opened in August 2020, almost two years after Procter’s previous bakery had shut down, the excitement was immediate, with a socially distanced lineup stretching outside.

Lisa Norris says, “The cinnamon bun craziness — it was insane!”

Norris is Vice-President of the Procter Community Society, which spearheaded the effort to bring a bakery back to the community.

Nelson Police issue tickets following Saturday's Freedom Rally

There was another Freedom Rally against COVID-19 provincial health order restrictions Saturday afternoon outside Nelson City Hall. — The Nelson Daily photos

Nelson Police identified, and issued violation tickets, to three people following a Saturday afternoon Freedom rally against COVID-19 provincial public health orders outside City Hall.

In a media release, Nelson Police said a 58-year-old female from Winlaw, a 42-year-old man from Halfmoon Bay on the Sunshine Coast and a 41-year-old man from Vancouver, were all issued $2,300 Violation Tickets for their participation in the rally that attracted approximately 150 participants.

Interior Health Advisory for Big White Mountain

After a Monday night party, Interior Health said those who attended the event may have have put themselves at risk of contracting COVID-19.

In a letter to Big White Mountain posted on the company website, Interior Health said it is advising anyone who attended a congregate event at Big White Ski Resort on March 29 that they have put themselves at risk of contracting COVID-19 and should monitor themselves closely for symptoms of COVID-19.

Wearing masks now required for Grades 4-12 in Kootenay Lake School District

Perkins said this mask policy change is for at least the next three weeks while the province goes through its “Circuit Breaker” process while trying to contain the increase in COVID-19 cases.

Kootenay Lake School District Superintendent Christine Perkins said Wednesday masks are now “required” to be worn for all students Grades 4-12 attending school.

In an email statement to Kootenay Lake District Parents Advisory, Perkins also said the wearing of masks is “highly recommended” for students in Kindergarten to Grade 3.