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New CBT projects support biodiversity, improve basin ecosystems

A partnership that includes the Okanagan Nation Alliance is enhancing habitats for at-risk species and improve threatened ecosystems with support from Columbia Basin Trust. — Submitted

Columbia Basin Trust is providing $1.35 million to three new, large-scale projects that will improve ecosystems in the Elk Valley and Lower Columbia sub-regions, benefitting locally significant species including northern rubber boas, bull trout and Rocky Mountain elk among others, and their habitats.

The Ecosystem Enhancement Program is a five-year initiative that aims to maintain and improve ecological health and native biodiversity in the region through large-scale, on-the-ground projects with significant and measurable impacts.

Police arrest three suspects following chase through Nelson

Members of Nelson Police and RCMP arrested three individuals behind a business at the foot of Ward Street following a chase of a van Sunday afternoon. — Submitted photo

Three suspects remain in custody following a police takedown at the foot of Ward Street Sunday afternoon in Nelson.

The incident began Sunday afternoon when Nelson Police officers located a rental van that had been involved in two police incidents in Castlegar and Trail earlier in the day.

“Upon seeing NPD vehicles at Nelson City limits, the driver of the van sped up and entered the City of Nelson,” the Nelson Police Department media release said.

RDCK, Whitewater Ski Resort partner to receive funding from Province's Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program

Whitewater is receiving $1 Million in CERIP funding for the development of the first phase of creating a new summer operations/tourism and hospitality business centered on mountain biking, hiking, and climbing.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay, in partnership with Whitewater Ski Resort, is receiving a funding grant under the B.C. Government’s Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program (CERIP) destination development stream worth $1 Million.

The BC Government announced last week that 54 new tourism projects throughout the province is receiving funding, which is investing in implementation-ready tourism infrastructure and amenities projects that support the recovery and resilience of tourism.

Snowfall Warning issued for Highway 3 — Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

The start of the Paulson Summit at Christina Lake is expecting high amounts of snow Thursday. — DriveBC photo

Environment Canada has issued a Snowfall Warning Thursday for  Highway 3 — Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass — with total snowfall amounts of 15 to 20 cm expected.

“A frontal system will move across the B.C. interior today,” Environment Canada website said Thursday. “Snow heavy at times will persist through this evening.”

UPDATED: Protesters rally outside MLA offices to challenge COVID-19 restrictions

Protesters stood outside the office of Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson Monday morning to protest the provincial health restrictions instituted by the BC Government to help stop the spread of COVID-19. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

Approximately 40-50 people stood outside the office of Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson Monday morning carrying signs to protest the provincial health restrictions instituted by the BC Government to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The protesters were waiting for the MLA office to open to present a document outlining how the Public Health restrictions are hurting people and the economy in BC.

Ojibwe Author Tanya Talaga Joins Selkirk College’s Truth & Justice Series Conversation

Tanya Talaga is Ojibwe with roots in the Fort William First Nation in Ontario. A former journalist for the Toronto Star, award winning author and president of her own production company focused on Indigenous storytelling, Talaga will be featured in the March 4 virtual Truth & Justice Speaker Series presented by Selkirk College. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

Veteran journalist and acclaimed Ojibwe author Tanya Talaga will discuss the current state of Indigenous resurgence in Canada on March 4 as part of Selkirk College’s Truth & Justice Speaker Series.

Interior Health says Fernie COVID-19 community cluster now contained

Interior Health said the final tally had 97 cases connected to this cluster declared January 31, with all confirmed cases now recovered.

Interior Health said in a media release that the COVID-19 community cluster in Fernie has been contained.

Interior Health said the final tally had 97 cases connected to this cluster declared January 31, with all confirmed cases now recovered.

“Interior Health is thankful for the support of local physicians, health care staff, elected officials, community leaders and residents who pulled together to limit further COVID-19 exposures after the cluster was declared in late January,” the Interior Health release said.

Location of ferry construction on waterfront approved despite reservations and concerns

The approval requires Western Pacific Marine Ltd (WPM) to develop a traffic management plan for truck traffic and workers in the northeast area of the city near John’s Walk.

Environmental concern from elements of city council was not enough to block approval of a temporary use permit for the construction of the latest ferry for Kootenay Lake.

Several councilors had major concerns about the location of the ferry build, increased traffic in the area and why the application for the temporary use permit came so late to council. The project location is on lands that are not zoned for the purpose of “ship building,” therefore, a temporary use permit (TUP) is required.

Virtual town hall to provide Columbia River Treaty updates

Discussions will include the current Canada-U.S. negotiations, ongoing Indigenous Nations ecosystem studies, Local Governments’ Committee updated recommendations and work underway domestically to address interests related to the treaty.

An upcoming virtual town hall will give people from across the Columbia Basin and beyond a chance to touch base with Canadian negotiators, Indigenous Nations, local government representatives and others involved in current efforts to modernize the Columbia River Treaty.

The event will take place on Feb. 24, 2021, from 6 to 8 p.m. (Pacific time). It is open to anyone interested in the Columbia River Treaty.

During this virtual session, negotiators and others will provide the latest updates about the treaty, after which there will be opportunities to ask questions.

Cool send off for retiring Nelson Police Chief Constable

Nelson Police Chief Constable Paul Burkart is getting a cold send off after 20 years of service in Nelson.

After 20 years of service, retiring Nelson Police Chief Constable Paul Burkart is going out in style.

The Chief Constable is being sent off into the frigid waters of Kootenay Lake from the end of the Hall Street dock as Burkart, takes the plunge to raise money for BC Special Olympics FreezinforaReason Campaign with the Cold in the Koots fundraiser.