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Cool send off for retiring Nelson Police Chief Constable

Nelson Police Chief Constable Paul Burkart is getting a cold send off after 20 years of service in Nelson.

After 20 years of service, retiring Nelson Police Chief Constable Paul Burkart is going out in style.

The Chief Constable is being sent off into the frigid waters of Kootenay Lake from the end of the Hall Street dock as Burkart, takes the plunge to raise money for BC Special Olympics FreezinforaReason Campaign with the Cold in the Koots fundraiser.

Rosslanders rally behind Arena Hockeyville 2021 Nomination

On the way to another hockey game at the Rossland Arena. — Submitted photos

The Rossland Arena Society said in a media release that supporters stepped up in a "huge" way this past weekend and rallied behind the rink’s Kraft Hockeyville 2021 nomination.

President of the Rossland Arena Society Ona Stanton said by 9 p.m. on Sunday February 14, deadline for entries, supporters submitted an amazing 611 heartwarming stories, photos and notes to the arena rally site and also doled out hundreds of emojis and a great many shares to Twitter.

“We are humbled by and grateful for the overwhelming support”, says Stanton.

Kootenay Lake – Good Things Come to Those Who Bait

January’s lucky $1,000 gift certificate draw winner was Kip Lippa of Nelson, with an entry at Gill & Gift depot. — Submitted

The Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program (KLAIP) continues until June 2021, when the $50,000 Kingfisher boat package grand prize winner will be drawn.

The four depots receiving the rainbow and bull trout heads have seen a total of 8,910 entries, which will give the juvenile kokanee a chance to grow.

The program is designed to help the iconic kokanee salmon population to recover. Kootenay Lake's adult kokanee populations collapsed in 2013.

Letter: Open Letter to Minister Conroy

An Open Letter to Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Katrine Conroy:

Dear Minister Conroy,

Congratulations on your appointment as Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. We hope you will usher in considerable change from the former destructive practices of that Ministry.

Bent On Art returns to Kootenays as a Virtual Festival

The festival was founded by Samonte Cruz in 2018 & is now delivered in partnership with Samonte Cruz Studios and the West Kootenay Regional Arts Council.

Sorely missed in 2020, Bent On Art: Kootenay Queer & Trans Art Festival returns for 2021 in an online format.

The public is urged to join virtually for a series of events designed to promote the work of LGBTQ+ artists in the Kootenays — and across British Columbia — while creating educational opportunities, fostering community connection & promoting resilience through the arts.

The festival was founded by Samonte Cruz in 2018 & is now delivered in partnership with Samonte Cruz Studios and the West Kootenay Regional Arts Council.

Rosslanders come together for unique opportunity to help provide dementia support at virtual breakfast

Organizations from across the province, including the BC Notaries Association, have come together to support the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s virtual Breakfast to Remember fundraiser on March 4. Funds raised through the event help provide direct dementia support and resources, including tools for legal professionals. — Submitted

This March, people in Trail, Rossland and across the Kootenays will take action and change the future for the estimated 70,000 people living with dementia in B.C. at Breakfast to Remember, the Alzheimer Society’s of B.C.’s virtual fundraiser. It features a keynote address and live Q&A with astronaut Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to walk in space.

Rossland Arena Nominated For Kraft Hockeyville 2021 – Help is Needed

To get to the finals, the Friends of the Rossland Arena’s asking for public assistance to get to the finals.

Super exciting news - the Rossland Arena’s been nominated for Kraft Hockeyville 2021 and has a chance to win $250,000 in arena upgrades and the opportunity to host a preseason NHL game.

However, in order to rally to the finals, the Friends of the Rossland Arena’s asking for help from EVERYONE – with only 3 days left in the rally phase, we could use ALL the help we can get!

Ike Barber Scholarships Keep Selkirk College Transfer Students On Track

West Kootenay High School grad Jacob Erickson started his post-secondary journey at Selkirk College (seen here pre-COVID). After a successful first year at the Castlegar Campus, he is one of 26 former Selkirk College students to secure a $5,000 Ike Barber Transfer Scholarship and is now working towards his degree at Simon Fraser University. — Selkirk College photo

Beginning their post-secondary journey in a rural setting, 26 students from Selkirk College are carrying on their education at university with a financial boost from the Ike Barber Transfer Scholarship Program.

Offered by the Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society, each year up to 160 transfer students from smaller institutions across British Columbia are provided $5,000 each to help with the next step of their education. The scholarships are awarded to successful applicants who demonstrate academic merit and significant community involvement.