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Wild ride on Kootenay Lake Ferry caught on video

It was not your everyday cruise on the Kootenay Lake Ferry during the April 18, 2021 windstorm that whipped through the West Kootenay.

Sunday's wild windstorm was not only a shock to the system for many homeowners dealing with downed trees or lighting candles due to power outages, but also to passengers and staff manning Kootenay Lake Ferry system.

"Yes, it was a wild ride," said a Kootenay Lake Ferry worker who witnessed first hand what a storm can do to Kootenay Lake during a sailing on the MV Balfour.

Updated: Nelson Hydro connects more customers as work continues after Sunday windstorm

Trees fell onto hydro lines on the North Shore near 3-Mile Sunday. — Photo courtesy Stevland Ambrose

Nelson Hydro said that Granite Road residents, near Georama Road, and Balfour Golf Course are the latest to see power restored as crews continue to repair lines following Sunday’s massive windstorm.

Nelson Hydro said the Balfour Golf Course will have power restored by 7 p.m. Tuesday while 20 customers along Granite Road west of Georama Road will be able to cook dinner after power was restored this afternoon.

“Line crews are continuing their work in the Grohman area today and will be in that area until Friday,” Nelson Hydro said.

Grand Forks Mounties nab suspect in recent arrest

RCMP said a suspect with ties to the Grand Forks and Boundary area is facing numerous charges.

Grand Forks RCMP recently made an arrest in connection to a dangerous driving and flight from police incident.

On Thursday, March 25, 2021 a suspect was spotted driving away from Grand Forks on the 6400 - block of Highway 3.

The male is known to the local police and known to be a prohibited driver. Mounties attempted to stop the man, who fled from them.

Kootenay Lake Ferry terminal improvements to begin

Improvements to the Kootenay Lake Ferry terminals, including the location in Balfour, are expected to begin in the next few weeks.

Work to upgrade the Kootenay Lake Ferry terminals begins in the coming weeks, with improved amenities, more parking and better access for people who rely on the ferries.

Construction on the new electric-ready ferry for the crossing will begin this summer.

"The Kootenay Lake Ferry Service improvements are good news for users and will have a positive impact on all nearby communities," said Patrick Weiler, MP for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country on behalf of Catherine McKenna, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

It’s All About Women Entrepreneurship at the next Kootenay Pitch Competition Event

Host Karen Kornelsen welcomes Kootenay Pitch Competition contestants Terry Van Horn, Sarah Hobbs and Adele Hills. — Submitted

Since its launch in August 2020, the first ever Kootenay Pitch Competition has helped nine entrepreneurs and startups from across the Kootenay region become investor-ready and take their businesses to the next level.

Get a Trout with the Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program

Guy Rook, February winner of $1,000 worth of gift certificates was drawn from the Wynndel Foods & Outdoor depot. — Submitted photo

The Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program is designed to help the iconic kokanee salmon population recover after their collapse in 2013. In 2017, only 12,000 spawners were estimated in the main lake. Conservationists have been trying to reverse the decline by conducting kokanee egg plants and fry release for the past five years.

100K to secure 100-year future for Iconic Rossland Church: Community Spirit required!

Carol Hobbs DeRosa (left) and Brenda Hooper (right) outside St Andrew's United Church

For the last eight months, St Andrew’s United Church in Rossland has been undergoing major development works as part of a $344,000 renovation project funded by a Built Heritage Columbia Basin Trust grant. 

Having been unsuccessful in its latest grant bid to finish off the works, it is calling on its community to dig deep and help it raise the 100K shortfall that would complete upgrades and qualify it for occupation.

Single-vehicle accident slows traffic west of Nelson Wednesday morning

The badly damaged pickup truck lays in the ditch on Highway 3A one kilometer west of Nelson following the single-vehicle accident Wednesday morning. — The Nelson Daily photos

Highway 3A approximately one kilometer west of Nelson was reduced to single-lane traffic Wednesday morning while first responders dealt with a truck accident.

Initial reports indicate the driver of a white pickup, heading westbound on Granite Road, veered off the secondary road through the brush before sliding over a rock face and ending up in the ditch on Highway 3A.

Nelson Police, Nelson Fire and Rescue, BC Ambulance and KERPA (Kootenay Emergency Response Physicians Association) all responded to the accident scene.

LETTER: Challenging current regime's old-growth-forest policy

Open letter to Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

I am deeply distressed with the decisions your government has made and is continuing to make on old growth logging in BC. Fairy Creek is currently the contentious area, but other areas have and will follow.

Main Street Diner owner makes tough call due to pushy customers not following COVID-19 protocols

Restaurant owner Nick Diamond decided to shut the doors to the Baker Street restaurant Saturday afternoon due to influx of out of town visitors, many who were pushy, rude and not following basic health orders or advisories. — Facebook photo

Main Street Diner owner Nicholas Diamond decided enough was enough, closing the doors to his Baker Street restaurant Saturday afternoon after numerous visiting patrons were ignoring COVID-19 safety protocols.

In a Facebook post, Diamond said he made the incredibly tough call Saturday afternoon during tremendously busy day for what he felt was in the name of community health and safety.

“At lunch today (Saturday) we had an incredible influx of out of town visitors moving thru my business,” Diamond’s Facebook post said.

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