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The Woodbury Glacier, seen here in 2020. A glaciologist says Kootenay glaciers lost millions of tonnes of mass this summer. Photo: Katelyn Hurley

Summer’s extreme heat wave hit Kootenay icefields hard

Kokanee Glacier’s surface lowered around 2.7 metres from 2020 levels

The Woodbury Glacier, seen here in 2020. A glaciologist says Kootenay glaciers lost millions of tonnes of mass this summer. Photo: Katelyn Hurley
RCMP say a hang glider pilot, not pictured here, suffered a hard landing in Slocan Park. Photo: Gary DeVon

Hang glider injured in Slocan Valley accident

The pilot is expected to make a full recovery

RCMP say a hang glider pilot, not pictured here, suffered a hard landing in Slocan Park. Photo: Gary DeVon
NDP MLA Sheila Malcolmson says “we are transforming mental health and substance use care in B.C.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld file

Report ‘confirms’ mental health care is improving in B.C.

But observers skeptical of provincial review of its Pathway to Hope program

NDP MLA Sheila Malcolmson says “we are transforming mental health and substance use care in B.C.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld file
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Program bringing rural nurse training to B.C.’s rural north

University of Northern British Columbia launches first nursing degree program in Fort St. John

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Protesters hold a banner as they stand in front of stacks of lumber during a demonstration against old-growth logging, at Teal-Jones Group sawmill in Surrey, B.C., on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Teal-Jones holds licenses allowing it to log in the Fairy Creek Watershed on Vancouver Island. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Old-growth activists want fewer police powers at Fairy Creek, RCMP asking for more

Teal Cedar Products asks B.C. court for one-year injunction extension at Fairy Creek

Protesters hold a banner as they stand in front of stacks of lumber during a demonstration against old-growth logging, at Teal-Jones Group sawmill in Surrey, B.C., on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Teal-Jones holds licenses allowing it to log in the Fairy Creek Watershed on Vancouver Island. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Visitors have poured back on to the beaches of the Tofino area, but an inability to attract and keep staff is preventing local businesses from being able to take full advantage. (John McKinley file)

Staffing shortages have businesses in B.C. tourist mecca struggling to stay open

As visitors flood back into Tofino, business owners struggle to find people to serve them

Visitors have poured back on to the beaches of the Tofino area, but an inability to attract and keep staff is preventing local businesses from being able to take full advantage. (John McKinley file)
The Regional District of Central Kootenay office in Nelson. File photo
The Regional District of Central Kootenay office in Nelson. File photo
The Skaha Creek fire taken Sunday night, Aug. 29. (Brennan Phillips/Penticton Western News)

B.C. wildfires a `wake-up call’ to return to Indigenous-led fire management

The BCWS should be working with and learning from sqilxw Peoples

The Skaha Creek fire taken Sunday night, Aug. 29. (Brennan Phillips/Penticton Western News)
The Regional District of Central Kootenay is currently struggling with a backlog of building permits waiting for approval. Photo: Pixabay

RDCK building permit frustrations boil over

RDCK officials say they’ve seen record numbers of permits and activity

The Regional District of Central Kootenay is currently struggling with a backlog of building permits waiting for approval. Photo: Pixabay
The Riondel Community Centre. Riondel is one of several communities in the Regional District of Central Kootenay where pre-emptive evacuation planning is underway. Photo: Greg Nesteroff

RDCK to host community emergency planning meetings this fall

Several communities have no evacuation plans

The Riondel Community Centre. Riondel is one of several communities in the Regional District of Central Kootenay where pre-emptive evacuation planning is underway. Photo: Greg Nesteroff
Students in School District 8 will return to class with several new COVID-19 changes in place. File photo

COVID-19 guidelines for the start of school released for School District 8

Masks are mandatory for students Grades 4 and older

Students in School District 8 will return to class with several new COVID-19 changes in place. File photo
BC Transit says it will improve service in the West Kootenay. Photo: Mike Chouinard

With ridership bursting, BC Transit plans new West Kootenay services

Several upgrades are scheduled to be made in 2023

BC Transit says it will improve service in the West Kootenay. Photo: Mike Chouinard
The RCMP use an excavator to extract an old-growth logging protester from a tripod in the Fairy Creek area on Vancouver Island. (Submitted)

RCMP watchdog gets more than 70 enforcement complaints from Fairy Creek blockades

Protesters’ lawyer says 17 complaints fall under the agency’s mandate and will be investigated

The RCMP use an excavator to extract an old-growth logging protester from a tripod in the Fairy Creek area on Vancouver Island. (Submitted)
Demonstrators gathered outside Nelson’s RCMP detachment Aug. 23 to protest the treatment of people blocking roads at the Fairy Creek old growth forest. Photo: Tyler Harper

Parties pledge support for B.C.’s old-growth forests as RCMP crack down on activists

Candidates address battles over the harvesting of B.C. forests against climate change backdrop

Demonstrators gathered outside Nelson’s RCMP detachment Aug. 23 to protest the treatment of people blocking roads at the Fairy Creek old growth forest. Photo: Tyler Harper
Village of Kaslo were forced to apologize after raising the Canadian flag back to full mast. File photo

Kaslo Village staff apologize after flag raised to full mast

Flags are currently half-mast across Canada

Village of Kaslo were forced to apologize after raising the Canadian flag back to full mast. File photo
The Kootenays’ unemployment rate is below the provincial average. File photo

Unemployment rate drops for Kootenay region

The Kootenay unemployment rate is 5.8 per cent

The Kootenays’ unemployment rate is below the provincial average. File photo
Corky Evans was the MLA for Nelson-Creston from 1991 to 2001 and from 2005 to 2009. He’s thrilled by a provincial change to allow more secondary housing on agricultural land reserves. File photo

ALR housing rule changes delight landowners, confound administrators

Farmers can have both a principal residence and small secondary residence on property

Corky Evans was the MLA for Nelson-Creston from 1991 to 2001 and from 2005 to 2009. He’s thrilled by a provincial change to allow more secondary housing on agricultural land reserves. File photo
View of the Columbia River shoreline in Trail. Photo: Jessee Regnier

Canada given top marks for Columbia River Treaty public engagement

Eight American organizations are praising Canadian efforts

View of the Columbia River shoreline in Trail. Photo: Jessee Regnier
The RDCK office in Nelson. File photo

RDCK Roundup: Helicopter noise complaint forwarded to MPs

All the news from the regional district’s June 17 meeting

The RDCK office in Nelson. File photo
Abby and Steve Hardy are turning their Appledale-area property into a tiny-home community that offers a better work-life balance for modern-day knowledge workers. Photo: John Boivin

New Slocan Valley developments see future in tiny homes, communal living

A couple is building a 37-acre development between Winlaw and Slocan City

Abby and Steve Hardy are turning their Appledale-area property into a tiny-home community that offers a better work-life balance for modern-day knowledge workers. Photo: John Boivin