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The West Kootenay Regional Airport during the time of year when it can tend to be unreliable. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Castlegar airport reliability upgrade ‘at a standstill’

A year after its $260,000 report, the regional airport is no closer to shaking Cancel-gar reputation

The West Kootenay Regional Airport during the time of year when it can tend to be unreliable. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Dr. Nic Sparrow. Photo submitted

Interactive map documents accidental deaths in Kootenay Boundary

Research hopes to save lives in motor vehicle, recreational and drowning accidents

Dr. Nic Sparrow. Photo submitted
Dr. Nic Sparrow. Photo submitted

Interactive map documents accidental deaths in Kootenay Boundary region

The research hopes to save lives in motor vehicle, recreational and drowning accidents

Dr. Nic Sparrow. Photo submitted
“Everyone who meets her wants to help,” said one Kamloops city councillor of Katherine McParland, the founder of A Way Home Kamloops. McParland spoke to a gathering in Nelson last week about youth who become homeless after aging out of the foster care system. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Foster care is ‘superhighway to homelessness,’ B.C. youth advocate says

Katherine McParland grew up in foster care and lived on the streets

“Everyone who meets her wants to help,” said one Kamloops city councillor of Katherine McParland, the founder of A Way Home Kamloops. McParland spoke to a gathering in Nelson last week about youth who become homeless after aging out of the foster care system. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Jim Leslie of the Kootenay Medicine Tree told council on Monday that the cancellation of medical cannabis business licences will cause an “access crisis in the community.”                                Photo: Nelson city council video screenshot

Nelson council relents on medical cannabis licences

Dispensaries will remain licensed until Dec. 31

Jim Leslie of the Kootenay Medicine Tree told council on Monday that the cancellation of medical cannabis business licences will cause an “access crisis in the community.”                                Photo: Nelson city council video screenshot
Organizers of the proportional representation event at Lakeside Park last weekend.                                Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Pitching proportional representation

Advocates say about half of population is aware of referendum

Organizers of the proportional representation event at Lakeside Park last weekend.                                Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The town of Renata in 1965, since flooded by the Keenleyside Dam as a result of the Columbia River Treaty. Photo: Arrow Lakes Historical Society

U.S. payment to Canada a focus at Columbia River Treaty negotiations

Next session is in Portland in October

The town of Renata in 1965, since flooded by the Keenleyside Dam as a result of the Columbia River Treaty. Photo: Arrow Lakes Historical Society
Nelson council gives next council a raise

Nelson council gives next council a raise

Size of increase disregards advice of appointed committee

Nelson council gives next council a raise
The Front Street side of the proposed building. Illustration: City of Nelson

Four-storey development slated for Hall-Front intersection in Nelson

Building will be mixed commercial and residential

The Front Street side of the proposed building. Illustration: City of Nelson
Solar panels on the clubhouse at the Balfour Golf Course. Photo: Dandelion Renewables

Balfour buildings go solar

Panels have been installed at golf course, seniors’ centre and community hall

Solar panels on the clubhouse at the Balfour Golf Course. Photo: Dandelion Renewables
Christina Benty spent 12 years on Golden’s city council including two terms as mayor. She and co-facilitator Caleb Moss will present a workshop in Castlegar on Aug. 27 on what it takes to be a municipal or regional district politician. Photo submitted

Former mayor to advise would-be West Kootenay politicians

Christina Benty will lead a candidate workshop on Aug. 27 in Castlegar

Christina Benty spent 12 years on Golden’s city council including two terms as mayor. She and co-facilitator Caleb Moss will present a workshop in Castlegar on Aug. 27 on what it takes to be a municipal or regional district politician. Photo submitted
Solar panels on the clubhouse at the Balfour Golf Course. Photo: Dandelion Renewables

Balfour buildings go solar

Panels have been installed at golf course, seniors’ centre and community hall

Solar panels on the clubhouse at the Balfour Golf Course. Photo: Dandelion Renewables
Susan Musgrave participated in the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival in July, a month after the death of her husband, Stephen Reid. They had been invited to take part in the festival’s literary couples theme. Photo submitted

Q&A: Author Susan Musgrave interviewed at literary festival

The Globe and Mail’s Marsha Lederman talked with Musgrave before a live audience

Susan Musgrave participated in the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival in July, a month after the death of her husband, Stephen Reid. They had been invited to take part in the festival’s literary couples theme. Photo submitted
The contract will cover ten full time fire fighters. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Arbitrator decides Nelson fire fighter labour agreement

Increase will be 19.5 per cent over six years

The contract will cover ten full time fire fighters. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The ferry landing at Kootenay Bay. Photo: Bohdan Doval

Province announces dredging and new vessel for Kootenay Lake Ferry

Plans include improvements to ferry terminals

The ferry landing at Kootenay Bay. Photo: Bohdan Doval
Small tarn north of Gray Creek Pass, in the proposed back-country recreation tenure area. The deadline for public comments to the provincial government is July 15. Photo: Terry Turner

East Shore Kootenay Lake residents concerned about back-country proposal

But the proponents call the project “innovative, diverse, and sustainable”

Small tarn north of Gray Creek Pass, in the proposed back-country recreation tenure area. The deadline for public comments to the provincial government is July 15. Photo: Terry Turner
Fire Chief Len MacCharles and his 72-hour evacuation kit that he recommends for all households in Nelson during fire season in case of an evacuation. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

VIDEO: Develop a personal wildfire plan, B.C. fire chief says

72-hour evacuation kit recommended

Fire Chief Len MacCharles and his 72-hour evacuation kit that he recommends for all households in Nelson during fire season in case of an evacuation. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Mel Reasoner (centre), on a panel with Greg Utzig (left) and Mike Flannigan, answers an audience member’s question at the Kootenay Wildfire and Climate Change Conference. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Past Kootenay weather extremes will become new normal, scientist says

Mel Reasoner spoke at a Nelson conference this week

Mel Reasoner (centre), on a panel with Greg Utzig (left) and Mike Flannigan, answers an audience member’s question at the Kootenay Wildfire and Climate Change Conference. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Rural recycling: Nelson puts RDCK on notice

Rural recycling: Nelson puts RDCK on notice

City wants to stop paying for rural recycling

Rural recycling: Nelson puts RDCK on notice
City hall received 135 responses to a survey on how the short term rental regulations are working. See a summary of the results in a chart below the attachment at the end of this story. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson to revise short term rental rules

Changes are based on a recent public survey

City hall received 135 responses to a survey on how the short term rental regulations are working. See a summary of the results in a chart below the attachment at the end of this story. Photo: Bill Metcalfe