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Man dies after falling into Columbia River in Golden

RCMP said criminality is not suspected in the man’s death.

Despite the live saving efforts of first responders, a Golden man has died after falling into the Columbia River last week.

At approximately 5:20 p.m. MST on Friday Aug. 6, frontline officers from the Golden-Field RCMP were called to a report that a man, who had been riding his bicycle across the bridge on Kicking Horse Drive, had crashed his bike over the side of the bridge and fallen into the Columbia River.

Unemployment rate drops for Nelson, Kootenay region

The Kootenay unemployment rate is 5.8 per cent — below the provincial average of 6.6 per cent — and its post third-wave pandemic job recovery rate is second highest in the province at 105.3 per cent.

The Kootenay region’s economy and employment numbers are at the head of the recovery in B.C., according to the latest figures released by Statistics Canada.

The Kootenay unemployment rate is 5.8 per cent — below the provincial average of 6.6 per cent — and its post third-wave pandemic job recovery rate is second highest in the province at 105.3 per cent, a Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey for July 2021 has revealed. The Cariboo region was first at 107.4 per cent while the provincial job recovery rate was 100.5 per cent.

Interior Health warns of unusual rabies activity detected near Nelson

Interior Health said from July 1, 2021 forward, anyone bitten or scratched by a skunk in the region should visit a primary care provider.

Interior Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) confirmed a case of rabies in a Kootenay Lake region skunk.

In a media release Saturday, Interior Health said it is very unusual for a land-dwelling animal to contract rabies in B.C. and therefore, enhanced rabies surveillance is occurring in the region.

Interior Health said from July 1, 2021 forward, anyone bitten or scratched by a skunk in the region should visit a primary care provider and any domestic animals or pets bitten or scratched by a skunk should be seen by a veterinarian.

Interior Health announces additional COVID-19 restrictions for Central Okanagan

During the last week of July, the Central Okanagan saw new COVID-19 cases spike to 450. — BCDCD image

In a media release Friday, Interior Health said it is upping the ante in a response to slowing the outbreak of new COVID-19 cases in the Central Okanagan.

Interior Health said it is managing the central Okanagan COVID-19 outbreak declared on July 28, 2021, by implementing additional restrictions to reduce transmission.

Nelson Police warn public about fake gold alert in the West Kootenay

The public is cautioned about purchasing any precious metals from 37-year-old Jordan David Shepherd. — Submitted photo

Nelson Police issued a warning to the public Thursday about an increase fraudulent precious metals in the area.

Nelson Police said in a media release that with the increase in gold prices, officers have identified several incidents in which fraudulent gold bullions have been sold in the West Kootenay area.

“The Nelson Police Department would like to make the public aware of caution in dealing with, but not limited to, PAMP Swiss gold bullions and Perth Gold bullions,” the media release said.

Province extends state of emergency order for region, rest of province

On Thursday the provincial government’s Department of Public Safety and Solicitor General added more days to the current state of emergency order existing province-wide — screenshot.

The heat is still on in the kitchen as the state of emergency in the region and across the province has been extended.

On Thursday the provincial government’s Department of Public Safety and Solicitor General added more days to the current state of emergency order existing province-wide.

Continued hot and dry weather bumped the order to Aug. 18 as 254 wildfires burn across B.C., with 60 burning in the Southeast Fire Centre, which includes Nelson.

Idea of creating a virtual industry in the rural world launched by Traction on Demand

The seed of Traction on Demand’s Small Town Initiative has been sown in the Heritage city and looks further afield to germinate in areas that have historically been devoid of the technology sector, says Greg Malpass, CEO and founder of Traction on Demand — submitted photo.

The idea of building community through the tech world in a rural context is gaining traction in Nelson.

The seed of Traction on Demand’s Small Town Initiative has been sown in the Heritage city and looks further afield to germinate in areas that have historically been devoid of the technology sector.

The initiative addresses a need to establish tech employment opportunities where people want to live, Traction on Demand’s (ToD) chief executive officer and founder Greg Malpass said, not where tech companies are often located.

Nelson Police begin investigation after deceased man found at Lakeside Park

The boat launch parking lot at Lakeside Park was taped off and police were on the scene after a deceased man was found Thursday morning. — Submitted photo

Nelson Police have started an investigation after human remains were found near the boat launch at Lakeside Park early this morning.

Nelson Police said officers responded to a report of a man down at Lakeside Park early Thursday morning.

Nelson Police and BC Ambulance Services as well as the BC Coroner Services responded and confirmed the male was deceased upon arrival. 

The male has been identified as a local Nelson male in his 50’s. The family of the deceased has been notified. 

The file remains under investigation. 

Grant money props up ailing non-profits but surplus funds still pending

Nine Kootenay organizations have incurred operating losses of $196,613 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Operating losses due to COVID-19 have impacted several city non-profit organizations to the tune of nearly $190,000.

Nine Kootenay organizations have incurred operating losses of $196,613 since the beginning of the pandemic, including the Nelson Civic Theatre Society at $54,074, Glacier Gymnastics with $34,025 and Nelson Curling Club with $34,651.

But the province recently disbursed a Covid Recovery Grant Program — vetted through the city locally — helping to offset some of the debilitating impacts of restrictions imposed by management of the pandemic.

Heritage City sees sharp spike in COVID-19 cases

Some businesses were forced to close this past weekend in Nelson due to positive COVID-19 cases. — The Nelson Daily photo

The Heritage City saw a sharp spike in new COVID-19 cases during the last week of July the BC Center of Disease Control Graphic Distribution by Local Health Area of Case Residence map released Wednesday showed.

The graphic showed Nelson more than doubled its COVID-19 cases from 13 between July 18-24 to 38 from July 25-31.

The increase in cases forced a few businesses to close during last weekend as some staff members were forced into self-isolation due to positive COVID-19 tests.

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