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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.

Selkirk College Discontinues Men’s Hockey Team

After 15 years of competing at the varsity level in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL), Selkirk College has announced that the men’s hockey team will be discontinued due to budgetary constraints. — Saints Facebook photo

Selkirk College said in a media release Monday the school will no longer ice a men’s hockey team, announcing that the program will be discontinued due to budgetary constraints.

Competing in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) since 2006, the Selkirk College Saints’ current players, coaches and team staff were informed of the decision this week.

With tightening budgets moving forward, focus for Selkirk College athletics will be geared towards overall recreation offerings for the college community.

Organizers postpone Shambhala Music Festival to 2022

After B.C. Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that large events are “unlikely” to proceed this summer, Shambhala Music Festival organizers decided to postpone the event until 2022. — Facebook photo

In a media statement Monday, organizers of the Shambhala Music Festival said the 2021 event has been postponed until 2022.

The decision comes more than a week after B.C. Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that large events are “unlikely” to proceed this summer, in addition to a number of other obstacles the festival has faced such as border closures and the ongoing public health order. 

“We are beyond devastated to postpone for a second time,” said Shambhala Music Festival Founder, Jimmy Bundschuh in a prepared statement. 

Two people dead following suspected illicit drug overdoses in Nelson

Nelson Police is reminding the public of current high dangers in the local illicit drug supply which may draw a nexus to these events.

Nelson Police is advising the public the ongoing dangers of the local illicit drug supply following two separate, and unrelated reports, of suspected illicit drug overdoses happening last week in the Cottonwood Falls and Rail Town area of Nelson.

In a media release Monday, Nelson Police said dispatch was contacted by BC Ambulance Service Thursday, March 25th, requesting police to attend.

Sunday, March 28th, a member of the public called Nelson Police to attend.