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Communities receive funds to assist Emergency operations

The Ymir Community Hall, built in the 1950s, is undergoing several enhancements to ensure it can aid the public in emergencies like forest fires, severe weather and floods. — Submitted photo

Whether residents need shelter from intense heat, or emergency personnel need to communicate during disasters, communities must prepare to cope with extreme events like wildfires and floods. Ten projects are helping to ensure that locations within the Columbia Basin are well equipped to do so, with support from Columbia Basin Trust.

“Basin residents have emphasized the need for their communities to become more climate resilient,” said Will Nixon, Senior Manager, Delivery of Benefits, Columbia Basin Trust.

Live grenade dropped off at Grand Forks RCMP station

RCMP said that on December 2 in the mid-afternoon, EDO members attended and confirmed that the grenade was in fact real and not inert.

Normally, at this time of the year RCMP in Grand Forks are dealing with impaired drivers or accidents on slippery highways and streets.

However, during the afternoon of Thursday, December 1, 2022, a person came by the RCMP Detachment in Grand Forks to turn in some firearms and ammunition that they did not want — a realistic looking grenade. 

"This grenade was immediately seized and safely secured and stored," Detachment Commander Sergeant Darryl Peppler said in a RCMP media release.

New start time proposed for city meetings to improve ‘openness’

City council passed third reading on a proposed amendment to change the monthly regular and committee-of-the-whole meeting time from 7 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. — screenshot

You will likely have to hustle out of work a little early to catch the start of city council meetings after the elected officials voted to begin moving to an earlier start time.

City council passed third reading on Nov. 22 on a proposed amendment to the Council Procedure Bylaw that will change the monthly regular and committee-of-the-whole (COW) meeting time from 7 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Council’s previous practice has been to include a special meeting with an in-camera session before every regular and committee-of-the-whole meeting.

Water, sewer utilities slated to increase further for 2023: city Finance

A report from the city’s Finance department is suggesting a two per cent increase to the water rates charged city residents — along with a similar two per cent rise in sewer fees — city agenda photo.

Gravity could be forgiven as water and sewer rates could continue to climb uphill after a city report on the proposed utility budget has recommended another annual increase to the services.

A report from the city’s Finance department is suggesting a two per cent increase to the water rates charged city residents — along with a similar two per cent rise in sewer fees — to help pay for the costs related to several major projects on the horizon in 2023.

Bear facts: highest human-bear activity in seven years in Heritage city

There were over 400 black bear “sightings,” with at least seven bears having been destroyed as a result, the highest recorded season since 2016 — Creative Commons photo.

The bear season in Nelson was ‘unprecedented,’ according to preliminary findings by the WildsafeBC Nelson community coordinator.

Lisa Thomson delivered the first glimpse of her annual report on human-wildlife conflict to city council Nov. 22 and — although the official report isn’t due out until later this year — the news wasn’t great.

She related that there were over 400 “sightings,” with at least seven bears having been destroyed as a result — a number higher than in recent years.

Nelson recognizes National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

The public is invited to view the The Clothesline, an interactive display to honour women who’ve experienced violence in front of the Courthouse on Ward Street. — The Nelson Daily photo

Tuesday, December 6th is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

The Nelson Violence Against Women in Relationships (VAWIR) Committee invites the public to join for a virtual candlelight vigil to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

December 6th, marks the anniversary of Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique massacre when 14 women were murdered, because they were women.

Celebrate with Rossland Heritage

Rossland’s Heritage Commission’s recently released its Rossland’s Built Heritage publication.

Have yourself a heritage holiday with Rossland’s Heritage Commission’s newly released Rossland’s Built Heritage.

This is the newest publication to join the Heritage Commission’s growing book collection and features all the historic details about Rossland’s heritage commercial buildings, neighbourhoods and sites.

In addition to compiling all the Statements of Significance for the buildings on the Rossland Heritage Register, including their defining characteristics and history, Rossland’s Built Heritage provides many historic facts including:

Environment Canada issues Snowfall Warning for Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

Environment Canada said total snowfall amount near 25 cm for the Kootenay Pass before snow eases Wednesday evening.

And the Snowfall Warnings just keeping coming.

Residents in the Southern Interior are advised to brace for another Snowfall Warning after Environment Canada issued the alert for Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass Tuesday afternoon.

Environment Canada said snowfall amounts of 25 cm is expected beginning Tuesday and into Wednesday with heavy snow leading to poor travel conditions.

Avalanche Canada’s new forecasting system more accurately reflects variations in snowpack, weather conditions

The new flexible forecast system provides information in the forecasts is now more tailored to expected conditions. — Screenshot photo

Avalanche Canada is pleased to introduce a new flexible forecast system that makes it easier for users to get the information they need to plan safe trips into the backcountry.

With the new system, forecast regions are dynamic, with boundaries that change in response to localized conditions.

This allows forecasters to communicate variability more effectively. For example, regions impacted by weather systems or existing avalanche problems can be separated from areas that are not affected.

From the frying pan to the fire: viral heat still turned up but on a different channel

Although the number of COVID-19 cases has been on the decline, infection rates remain high with other respiratory viruses like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) — Creative Commons photo.

The song might remain the same but the tune has changed as COVID-19 cases decrease in Nelson and area but another fall virus is making its way through the population.

Although the number of COVID-19 cases has been on the decline, infection rates remain high with other respiratory viruses like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

The increase of the virus isn’t a cause for alarm in Nelson and across the region, said Ashley Stewart, Interior Health A/team lead, communications and engagement.

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