Local Journalism Initiative

West Kootenay municipalities want to run their own internet. File photo

Municipal-run Slocan Valley internet service plan takes step forward

Nakusp, New Denver, Silverton and Slocan want to run their own internet

West Kootenay municipalities want to run their own internet. File photo
Image courtesy Creative Outlet

Nova Scotia man pleads not guilty to promoting hatred with noose sign

Sign outside of a cottage read Redneck Hangout and had an image of a noose

Image courtesy Creative Outlet
A doctor draws out vaccine during a drive-through COVID-19 vaccine clinic at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ont., on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Will B.C. be rolling up its sleeves for a fourth vaccine dose?

Officials still undecided on whether that is a necessary step in province’s pandemic-fighting path

A doctor draws out vaccine during a drive-through COVID-19 vaccine clinic at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ont., on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
Citizen scientists in the Gulf Islands are worried humpback whales are being stressed by too much time with whale watching vessels. (Black Press Media file photo)

Citizen science whale observers worry humpbacks being harassed

One mother whale and her calf followed for upwards of 5 hours a day recently, says volunteer group

Citizen scientists in the Gulf Islands are worried humpback whales are being stressed by too much time with whale watching vessels. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Regional District of Central Kootenay board office in Nelson. File photo

RDCK board roundup: Slocan fire halls, Nakusp marina to be repaired

All the news from the April 21 meeting

The Regional District of Central Kootenay board office in Nelson. File photo
Peggy Ife poses with George, one of her prized birds, in happier times. George was one of dozens of Ife’s birds that succumbed to avian flu in April. Photo: John Boivin

Deadly avian flu wipes out West Kootenay poultry flock

Peggy Ife lost 70 chickens to the virus in Burton

Peggy Ife poses with George, one of her prized birds, in happier times. George was one of dozens of Ife’s birds that succumbed to avian flu in April. Photo: John Boivin
The Regional District of Central Kootenay’s Nelson office. File photo

More climate action, less planning: RDCK board

Directors want to see their plans acted on rather than develop new ones

The Regional District of Central Kootenay’s Nelson office. File photo
This is an updated concept drawing of Campbell Field showing the outdoor facilities residents have shown a preference toward. Illustration courtesy Cover Architecture

Outdoor sports win out in poll to set future for Campbell Field

The multi-sport facility between Nelson and Castlegar is still in the early stages

This is an updated concept drawing of Campbell Field showing the outdoor facilities residents have shown a preference toward. Illustration courtesy Cover Architecture
Nelson’s Trafalgar Middle School. School District 8 says it will lose funding due to a drop in students next year. File photo

Enrolment projected to drop in School District 8 for next school year

The district expects to lose 43 full-time equivalent students

Nelson’s Trafalgar Middle School. School District 8 says it will lose funding due to a drop in students next year. File photo
Appledale, Caribou Point, Perrys, Ross Spur, Salmo and Silverton all have internet speeds below the advertised rate. File photo

Report finds six areas in RDCK with service gap for high-speed internet

Appledale, Caribou Point, Perrys, Ross Spur, Salmo and Silverton were below the advertised speeds

Appledale, Caribou Point, Perrys, Ross Spur, Salmo and Silverton all have internet speeds below the advertised rate. File photo
The Akokli Creek fire on the east shore of the south arm of Kootenay Lake in July 2021. Photo: BC Wildfire Service

Cultus Creek wildfire risk report shows potential for damage to CP Rail line near Nelson

The wildfire burned about 7,589 hectares in the summer of 2021

The Akokli Creek fire on the east shore of the south arm of Kootenay Lake in July 2021. Photo: BC Wildfire Service
Pre-pandemic the Kaslo Jazz Fest, drew huge crowds to this small Kootenay town. Photo: KasloJazzFest.com

Kaslo Jazz Fest looking for camping areas after record-speed ticket sales

Village council wants to know where spectators will be staying

Pre-pandemic the Kaslo Jazz Fest, drew huge crowds to this small Kootenay town. Photo: KasloJazzFest.com
The Council of Forest Industries says they are working on ways to mitigate climate change. File photo

A healthy forest helps battle climate change: forest industry reps

Council of Forest Industries representatives took questions from Nelson City Council

The Council of Forest Industries says they are working on ways to mitigate climate change. File photo
Terran Ambrosone of Castlegar shows a copy of the long-lost letter she received from family friends. The letter gave her clues that helped her track down her relatives in Ukraine. Photo courtesy Terran Ambrosone

Ukrainian invasion impact comes home to West Kootenay woman through long-lost letter

A letter written in the 1970s helped Castlegar’s Terran Ambrosone find her family

Terran Ambrosone of Castlegar shows a copy of the long-lost letter she received from family friends. The letter gave her clues that helped her track down her relatives in Ukraine. Photo courtesy Terran Ambrosone
The Nature Conservancy of Canada now officially owns 49 hectares of land in the vicinity of Cottonwood Lake. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Cottonwood Lake land transfer nearly complete

49 acres of the park will be protected from logging

The Nature Conservancy of Canada now officially owns 49 hectares of land in the vicinity of Cottonwood Lake. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Kokanee spawning at Meadow Creek Spawning Channel. Photo: Jim Bailey

Stocking alone won’t save kokanee population in Kootenay Lake: forest ministry

Biologists say it has to be a multi-tiered approach

Kokanee spawning at Meadow Creek Spawning Channel. Photo: Jim Bailey
The Kootenay Climbing Association is looking for a location to build a $4.2-million indoor climbing facility. Illustration: City of Nelson agenda

Kootenay Climbing Association pitches Nelson city council on locations for new home

The organization says it has outgrown the Cube Climbing Gym

The Kootenay Climbing Association is looking for a location to build a $4.2-million indoor climbing facility. Illustration: City of Nelson agenda
A CN Rail locomotive moves through the rail yard in Dartmouth, N.S. on Thursday, March 29, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

CN train derails in North Van near Squamish Nation Eslha7an

Leak of solid sulfur contained to CN property, no danger to public safety

A CN Rail locomotive moves through the rail yard in Dartmouth, N.S. on Thursday, March 29, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
The Kokanee population in Kootenay Lake is nearly non-existent, but predator numbers are also dropping. Photo: Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

Kokanee population ‘collapsed’ in Kootenay Lake but unlikely to disappear

Predators, however, are becoming less abundant

The Kokanee population in Kootenay Lake is nearly non-existent, but predator numbers are also dropping. Photo: Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Mike Yip photo SNACK TIME: Marine wildlife of all kinds enjoyed a smorgasbord as the herring run arrives off Parksville’s shore last weekend. Here, photographer Mike Yip captures a sea lion getting in on the buffet.

Pacific herring spawn spectacle surfaces along West Coast

Seabirds and sea lions cry and bark while feasting on abundant herring return

Mike Yip photo SNACK TIME: Marine wildlife of all kinds enjoyed a smorgasbord as the herring run arrives off Parksville’s shore last weekend. Here, photographer Mike Yip captures a sea lion getting in on the buffet.