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Basin Stories — Refreshed Future for a Local Brewery

When Kate and Matt Walker purchased the Nelson brewing Company, they brought lots of enthusiasm and diverse skill sets.

Epic — that’s the word the Nelson Brewing Company uses to describe its organic beers, and it could be used to describe its accomplishments, too.

For 29 years, the brewery has been operating out of an 1897 building in Nelson that once housed the city’s original brewery. It introduced craft beer to the Kootenays.

People can now enjoy products like Harvest Moon Kolsch Hemp Ale and Bent Pole Northwest IPA in restaurants and bars throughout the Kootenays, or buy them in liquor stores in BC and Alberta.

CKCA opens nominations for Steering Committee

CKCA is particularly interested in new members that represent youth and / or cultural diversity.

The Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA) invites members of the arts and culture community in the Columbia Basin to join its volunteer Steering Committee.

The CKCA is a representative body of the arts and culture communities across the Basin and manages and administers arts and culture funding programs on behalf of Columbia Basin Trust (CBT).

The CKCA Steering Committee consists of 12 members: six from the West Kootenay, five from the East Kootenay, and one from the Valemount area.

KAST's Digital Transformation assists Kootenay Business impacted by COVID-19

Tech Resiliency Program contractors could relate to the people they were helping. — Photos courtesy KAST

Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST) said in a media release the organization one year into the pandemic has helped hundreds of businesses in the Kootenays impacted by COVID-19 get help with digital transformation.

Partnering with the BC Tech Association was the first step in providing crucial 1:1 support free of charge to non-tech businesses in the Kootenays.

Rossland speed trap shows reliable residents following the rules

RCMP were out conducting speed enforcement in Rossland near the Rossland Summit School. — Submitted photo

Police conducted a quiet speed trap in a Rossland school zone Thursday, and were gratified at the level of compliance shown by local motorists, according to Trail RCMP top cop Sgt. Mike Wicentowich,

"On March 12, 2021, Cpl. Splinter conducted school zone speed enforcement in Rossland near the Rossland Summit School. Trail RCMP Cpl. James Splinter used a handheld laser to measure the speed of vehicles travelling through the school zone.

Long serving Commissionaire celebrated for his dedicated service with the Mounties in the Kootenays

RCMP Cpl. Darryl Orr presents Thomas Peter Robinson, a Commissionaire, with a special plaque recognizing 16 years of dedicated professional service to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in both Salmo and Nelson. — Submitted photo

It is not every day a Detachment Commander has the honour of recognizing the long service of an employee. Last Friday Salmo RCMP Cpl. Darryl Orr had the pleasure of doing just that.

On March 5, 2021 Cpl. Darryl Orr presented Thomas Peter Robinson, a Commissionaire, with a special plaque recognizing 16 years of dedicated professional service to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in both Salmo and Nelson BC.

RCMP execute second drug warrant at same local hotel in just over a year

Police said this same hotel unit was the subject of another investigation in January of 2020 where investigators also seized illicit drugs.

Grand Forks RCMP recently executed a search warrant at a local hotel where police recovered various quantities of suspected fentanyl, methamphetamine, and cocaine.

The search happened on Saturday, March 13, 2021, when investigators from the Grand Forks RCMP executed a warrant on a hotel unit on the 7400-block of Donaldson Drive.

RCMP said a 46-year-old Grand Forks man was arrested at scene without incident. Police said this same hotel unit was the subject of another investigation in January of 2020 where investigators also seized illicit drugs.

RDKB Board Meeting Highlights — Search for Human Resources Advisor

Board members approved the hiring of a full time human resources advisor in 2021.

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) Board of Directors held meetings for February, discussing several items to report.

The next board meeting is March 31, 2021 at 1 p.m. on Zoom.

New Human Resources Advisor to be Hired

Rossland Arena Society waits on Kraft Hockeyville 2021 judging

Rossland Arena Society president Ona Stanton said the four finalists in the Kraft Hockeyville 2021 contest will be announced March 20th.

The Rossland Arena Society continues to play the waiting game as judges make the final tally to see which city proceed to the next round of the Kraft Hockeyville 2021 contest.

Rossland Arena Society president Ona Stanton said the four finalists in the Kraft Hockeyville 2021 contest will be announced March 20th.

“A HUGE thanks to everyone who supported the campaign, helped us get the word out and all who shared their stories, photos and memories through the Kraft Hockeyville Rossland Rally page,” Stanton said.

FortisBC advises fishermen to watch out for tagged Rainbow Trout

Starting this spring, FortisBC said the company is studying the migration patterns and habitat use of Rainbow Trout in the lower Kootenay River. — FortisBC photo

To better protect aquatic species around hydroelectric dams, FortisBC said the company is undertaking research projects on their behavior and habitat.

Starting this spring, FortisBC said the company is studying the migration patterns and habitat use of Rainbow Trout in the lower Kootenay River.

“The three-year study starts in March as members of the FortisBC environment team will be implanting sonic transmitters into 30 Rainbow Trout – a process also known as tagging,” FortisBC said in a media release.

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