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Nelson Library cancels Drag Story Time following threats, online intimidation

Nelson Public Library has decided to cancel Saturday's Drag Story Time after threats and online intimidation to staff and storytellers were received.

A Drag Story Time scheduled for Saturday at the Nelson Public Library has been canceled after staff and storytellers received threats and online intimidation Nelson Pride said in a media release Thursday.

Nelson Pride (formally known as Kootenay Pride) said it stands with Nelson Public Library and understands the library was put in an impossible situation after receiving threats of violence against staff along Drag storytellers for an upcoming Drag Story Time.

“We recognize the rights of individuals to protest,” Chief Librarian Tracey Therrien said in a media release.

Celebrating a historic $100M in B.C. watershed protection

In Budget 2023, the provincial government has committed $100 million to protecting BC watersheds including Duncan Lake north of Kaslo. — Photo courtesy Travis Adams

Living Lakes Canada is celebrating the BC Government’s decision to invest a historic $100 million into safeguarding the province’s watersheds.

This unprecedented investment, announced as part of Budget 2023, will go towards the establishment of a long-term Watershed Security Fund that will be co-managed by B.C. First Nations and support communities to increase their adaptation options in anticipation of continuing climate change impacts.

West Kootenay Crusaders off to BC Hockey Provincials

The West Kootenay Crusaders took to the ice for a team photo after capturing the BC Zone League Tier 1 AA Playoffs this past weekend in Kamloops. — Submitted photo

The West Kootenay Crusaders are off to the BC Hockey U15 AA Championships March 19-22 in Fort St. John.

The Crusaders defeated East Kootenay Avalanche 4-2 in the in the BC Zone League Tier 1 AA Playoffs this past weekend in Kamloops.

The teams were tied 2-2 heading into the third period before West Kootenay scored twice to secure the victory and the zone top seed at the upcoming provincial tournament.

Impaired drivers still causing problems on the roads — RCMP

Detachment Commander Sergeant Darryl Peppler said it is still very disappointing the amount of impaired drivers we are finding.

Grand Forks RCMP said the first of three impaired drivers taken off the road by local police happened on Wednesday evening, March 1, 2023 just after 7 p.m.

Mounties were called to a report of an accident on the 11500 block of Highway 3 where they found a 48-year-old man from Chilliwack behind the wheel of his vehicle off the highway, down a small hill and resting in a snow drift.

The driver was arrested for Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle and brought back to the Grand Forks RCMP Detachment where samples of breath was taken.

NPD request public's assistance regarding two-vehicle accident at Vernon and Baker intersection

Anyone with information regarding the collision should please contact the Nelson Police Department at 250-354-3919.

Nelson Police is asking anyone witnessing an accident at the intersection of Vernon and Baker Streets Saturday to come forward to speak with police.

Nelson Police said on Saturday, March 4, 2023, officers from Nelson Police and BC Highway Patrol responded to a two-vehicle collision.

Nelson Police said early findings of the investigation revealed that both vehicles were travelling west along Vernon Street when the first vehicle, a white 2010 Subaru Forrester, came to a stop at the intersection.

Snowmobiler near Vernon rescued after eight hours missing

Vernon SAR said due to the current winter conditions, members delayed responding and spent considerable time pre-planning as the risk of avalanche that was considerable. — Vernon SAR photo

Vernon SAR report that a snowmobiler was found after being missing for more than eight hours.

Vernon SAR, along with Vernon North Okanagan RCMP, were called out Friday at 6 p.m. after the snowmobiler was separated from his party and had become lost and then got stuck.

At this time he activated his iPhone SOS and his SPOT device.

Vernon SAR said due to the current winter conditions, delayed responding and spent considerable time pre-planning — utilizing an avalanche safety officer to review the terrain and the risk of avalanche that was considerable.

Six NPD officers found to have 'committed discreditable conduct' by VPD following WhatsApp investigation

The VPD said that both current and retired Nelson Police Department members facing allegations of Discreditable Conduct have had these allegations substantiated and one of the officers also had a Neglect of Duty allegation substantiated.

Six Nelson Police officers will have the opportunity to prepare a defence after being found to have committed discreditable conduct following an investigation by Vancouver Police Department  into messages sent in a WhatsApp chat group.

The VPD, on behalf of the Office of the Public Complaints Commissioner (OPCC), released findings of its investigation on February 9 into the 'WhatsApp' chat group matter relating to the alleged posting of inappropriate messages and memes by some members of the NPD between 2018 - 2020. 

RCMP investigate fatal collision south of Moyie on Highway 3

Police said the collision between a Subaru and a commercial Tractor Trailer happened Sunday afternoon south of Moyie.

BC Highway Patrol Cranbrook is looking for Dash Cam video following a collision near Moyie that left one passenger deceased at the accident scene.

RCMP said that on Sunday, February 26, 2023, at 4:45 PM, officers received a report of a collision between two vehicles on Highway 3 south of Moyie, which is located approximately 31 kilometers from Cranbrook.

RCMP said BC Highway Patrol, along with Cranbrook RCMP, responded to the collision between a Subaru and a commercial Tractor Trailer.

West Kootenay Officials call fouls on cancer during Pink Whistle Legacy Fund campaign

Joe Moreira (left) and Steve Mota of the West Kootenay Basketball Officials Association get ready to officiate a high school basketball game in Castlegar sporting the pink whistles and jerseys. — The Nelson Daily photo

Basketball Officials in the West Kootenay are once again joining with their provincial colleagues to raise money and awareness in the 14th Call a Foul on Cancer — Pink Whistle Legacy Fund — which strives to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society — B.C. and Yukon Division.

Elevated levels: analysis of economic impact of Kootenay Lake flooding studied

BGC Engineering provided the RDCK with an analysis of economic losses that may result from elevated lake levels in Kootenay Lake — Creative Commons

A small amount of residential properties distributed around Kootenay Lake are expected to suffer the highest proportion of economic losses if the lake were to flood, a study commissioned by the regional district found.

According to the BGC Engineering study — Kootenay Lake Flood Impact Analysis — a disproportionate amount of the losses due to flooding would be concentrated in a small number of properties distributed around the lake.