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City entitled to fair and reasonable return, BCUC rules, supporting Nelson Hydro argument for rate rise

The B.C. Utilities Commission approval this week of the City of Nelson-owned utility’s cost of service analysis (COSA) means the commission recognized “rural rates must stand on their own” and the city retained full authority to set urban rates.

A recent approval by the BCUC of a cost of service analysis filed almost two years ago identified that rural residential customers were underpaying for the services they received from Nelson Hydro.

Nelson Mayor John Dooley commented that the B.C. Utilities Commission approval this week of the City of Nelson-owned utility’s cost of service analysis (COSA) means the commission recognized “rural rates must stand on their own” and the city retained full authority to set urban rates.

New review attempting to reverse loss of Kootenay Lake natural shoreline

Last year Living Lakes Canada conducted a foreshore integrated management planning (FIMP) project for Kootenay Lake in order to record any shifts in the ecology since 2012, discovering the loss of natural shoreline — Creative Commons.

Approximately 4.5 kilometres of natural shoreline has been lost around Kootenay Lake in the last nine years, prompting a regional district review of the development activities on shoreline properties.

Last year Living Lakes Canada conducted a foreshore integrated management planning (FIMP) project for Kootenay Lake in order to record any shifts in the ecology since 2012, discovering the loss of natural shoreline — with 91 per cent occurring on residential property.

Interior Health releases advisory for Xylazine

Recent reports of Xylazine was found in samples tested by the UBCO HaRT team in Kelowna on July 4 and confirmatory results from two samples sent from Cranbrook July 12. — Submitted

Interior Health said in an emailed statement released an advisory as below for the region.

Interior Health said an advisory is intended to make our partners aware of a new or novel findings for the area and when present risk is unknown. 

Interior Heath Harm Reduction Team would like to make our community partners aware of recent reports of Xylazine found in samples tested by the UBCO HaRT team in Kelowna on July 4 and confirmatory results from two samples sent from Cranbrook July 12 .

One person injured in single vehicle rollover

A Montrose woman has been taken to hospital after her truck rolled over 360 degrees, according to Trail RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.

"On Saturday, July 16, at 4:15 p.m., Trail and Greater District RCMP, Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue, and Emergency Health Services responded to a single vehicle rollover motor vehicle incident on Hwy 3B near Ritchie Road in Rossland.

Establishment of regional cannabis tourism industry examined and promoted by new report

Called Exploring Opportunities for Cannabis Tourism in the Kootenay Rockies, the report sought to establish a connection between the cannabis products successfully grown in the region for years, and attracting tourists — Creative Commons photo

Defining and refining the Kootenay’s brand of cannabis could be the ticket for growing and fostering the cannabis industry and tourism in the region, according to a new report.

Called Exploring Opportunities for Cannabis Tourism in the Kootenay Rockies — authored by Alicia Rattu, Tracey Harvey and Sarah-Patricia Breen — the report, recently released by Selkirk Innovates (Selkirk College) and Kootenay Rockies Tourism Association, sought to establish a connection between the cannabis products successfully grown in the region for years, and attracting tourists.

Firefighters respond to structure fire in Fairview

Nelson Fire & Rescue Services responded to a structure fire in the 600 Block of Third Street Friday evening. — Photo courtesy Nelson Fire & Rescue Services

A late evening fire in Fairview was quickly extinguished by Nelson Fire & Rescue Services Friday evening.

The structure fire was reported at 9:30 p.m. in the 600 Block of Third Street Nelson Fire & Rescue Services said in a media release Saturday.

“Both on duty members responded immediately with 15 additional members responding from home,” the Nelson Fire & Rescue Services media release said.

“Upon arrival of the first crew, there was visible smoke and flames coming from a basement bedroom window.”

Nelson Health Campus one step closer to reality — construction begins on 75 new publicly funded long-term care beds

People from all walks of life gathered to officially announce the construction of Nelson Health Campus on the site of the former Mount St. Francis Friday afternoon. — The Nelson Daily photos

Politicians, community partners and the public joined hands Friday afternoon across the street from the site of the new Nelson Health Campus to officially announced the construction of 75 new publicly funded long-term care beds.

The new facility will be built at the same location of the recently demolished Mount St. Francis Hospital at 903 Eleventh Street in Fairview.

The announcement concludes almost two years of meetings between the Ministry of Health, Interior Health, Columbia Basin Trust, Golden Life Management and the City of Nelson.

Surplus, reserves increase in 2021 for city despite pandemic pressures

Despite the pervasive economic repercussions of the pandemic the city has managed to pull through and establish a sizeable surplus and rich reserves, according to the city’s annual report.

The 2021 City of Nelson Annual Report detailed several aspects of the last year in review as it pertained to city operations, including a sizeable sum for the surplus.

The total accumulated surplus for the city increased by $9 million in 2021, jumping from $204 million to $213 million in 2021.

BC Greens MLA talks climate, affordability solutions during visit to Nelson

Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, is scheduled to begin the tour in Nelson Friday. — Submitted photo

B.C. Green MLA Adam Olsen will be touring the West Kootenays from July 14-17 to meet with key healthcare professionals and advocates in the area.

The MLA for Saanich North and the Islands will also meet with stakeholders to talk about climate and affordability solutions. 

Olsen’s visit to the region is one leg of the B.C. Green Party Provincial Healthcare Tour to address the continued deterioration of our public healthcare system.

Decommissioning policy looks to return to mural walls to blank state

A policy to return some walls to a blank state — after being used by the Nelson International Mural Festival — is being considered by city council — Creative Commons photo.

Just like it is the silence that makes the music, it is the blank wall that makes the mural.

A policy to return some walls to a blank state — after being used by the Nelson International Mural Festival — is being considered by city council.

Third reading has been given to an amendment of the Murals Development Permit Guidelines — at the recommendation of the Cultural Development Commission — to address the decommissioning of murals.

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