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Proposal for Lakeside basketball courts bounced through City Hall

The Nelson Hoops Association presented the Lakeside Park outdoor basketball court re-development proposal to council recently to build on the bocce site with the idea of constructing three courts on the site, including one full-sized — NHA illustration.

 

With no proper full sized or level outside basketball court available in the city a grass-roots basketball organization has turned to the bocce lanes at Lakeside to build their hoop dreams.

The Nelson Hoops Association presented the Lakeside Park outdoor basketball court re-development proposal to council recently to build on the bocce site — currently occupied by the Nelson Italian-Canadian Society — with the idea of constructing three courts on the site, including one full-sized.

Interior Health heat warning reminders

Interior Health warns that excessive heat exposure can lead to weakness, disorientation and exhaustion. In severe cases, it can also lead to heat stroke, also known as sunstroke.

Interior Health is advising the public as heat continues to build in the Interior, rising temperatures will increase the potential for heat-related illnesses.

To review current weather advisories, including heat alerts, from Environment Canada, please visit https://weather.gc.ca/mainmenu/alert_menu_e.html

Greening Up — If All Else Fails

The science does say that if we act quickly we can start to reduce impact on the planet and adapt to what is coming. – Alastair McIntosh

“It is into the yawning gap between the urgent response scientists say is needed and the timid measures governments are willing to take that geoengineering has stepped.” – Clive Hamilton

Talk about a diverse range of opinions.

KIJHL partners with InStat Hockey for 2021-2022 season

InStat is used by league and federation offices, coaches, scouts and management as a data and communication tool assisting in coaching processes, player development, statistical analysis and video scouting.

In a media release Tuesday, the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) said the league has come to an official partnership agreement with InStat Hockey for the 2021-22 hockey season.

InStat is used by league and federation offices, coaches, scouts and management as a data and communication tool assisting in coaching processes, player development, statistical analysis and video scouting.

At the team level, coaches and players can receive detailed game-by-game analytical reports, player shifts, and emailed web links all corresponding to data-specific video. 

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.

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