Human remains discovered in aftermath of Osoyoos house fire

On Jan. 19,  at approximately 6:30 a.m., Osoyoos Fire Rescue and Osoyoos RCMP supported by other first responders attended to a mobile home fire at the Avalon Mobile Home Park on Main Street in Osoyoos, according to Penticton/South Okanagan/Similkameen RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Jason Bayda  . He said that, although numerous fire crews responded quickly, the […]

Controlled burn above Mountain Station now underway

The long range forecast for Nelson’s skies is cloudy with a chance of snow, and smoke. Smoke in the sky above the city is from phase one of a controlled burn operation — pile burning — above Mountain Station, a process that began Jan. 12. The controlled burns will reduce the accumulation of combustible materials […]

Water, sewer utilities will increase in 2024: City Finance

Contrary to gravity and the laws of plumbing, water and wastewater will be going up this year. Three City utilities will be going up this year — City council decided officially at its Jan. 9 regular meeting — with water and wastewater rates, as well as resource recovery rates, increasing in the utility budget after […]

Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society Celebrates Year Two Achievements in Eco Action Project

This past Fall the Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society (CKISS) concluded another year of the Communities Protect Freshwater Together: Riparian Restoration in the Kootenay Region Eco Action Project, the Society is thrilled to showcase the remarkable accomplishments and community-driven efforts that have shaped the second year of this three-year initiative. Focused on engaging and inspiring […]

Man who killed off-duty Abbotsford Police Department receives five-year sentence

The man convicted in the killing of an off-duty Constable from the Abbotsford Police Department in downtown Nelson has been sentenced to five years in prison for manslaughter. Crown prosecutors confirmed that Alex Willness was sentenced in BC Supreme Court on Thursday after he was found guilty of manslaughter charges in 2023. With credit for […]

Nearly 40 per cent rate rise proposed on parking meters in downtown Nelson

The City is contemplating a 37.5 per cent increase to hourly meter parking rates in the downtown to help bolster an already $1 million revenue generator. City council approved the first three readings of the bylaw on Tuesday night during its first regular council meeting of 2024 to thrust hourly rates from $1.25 to $2 […]

Winter Rescue Near Rossland

On Saturday, December 30, 2023, at 5:20 p.m., Trail and Greater District RCMP, Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue, BC EHS, and Rossland Search and Rescue responded to a report of a 41-year-old Rossland woman who had injured her knee near the Igloo Cabin, in the Rossland Range Recreation Site near Rossland. RCMP said the woman […]

Rossland Winter Carnival 2024: will we have (enough) snow?

Rossland Winter Carnival 2024 is fast approaching, with the event scheduled in Rossland January 26 – 28. The Rossland Winter Carnival Society Board of Directors have exciting news…. The Sonny Samuelson Bobsled Race is back!  The Committee has had a busy off-season working hard to obtain event insurance so the Bobsled event can return, in […]

Interest rates, real estate price drops flatline and dip latest BC Assessment

Drooping real estate prices and high interest rates have pushed down the 2024 assessments for the West Kootenay region, meaning a smaller tax bill for some homeowners this year. When people throughout the region receive their 2024 assessment notices — which reflect market value as of July 1, 2023 by BC Assessment — this month […]

Subsidies offered to offset lifeguard shortage across RDCK

The regional district is floating an idea out to try and encourage more people to join the ranks of lifeguards and fitness instructors. In the wake of an ongoing and growing lifeguard shortage across the region, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is offering a subsidized training opportunity, with courses to support the continued […]