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ERT deployed to deal with distraught woman in Kaslo

Police said ERT deployed tactics caused the woman to safely exit the home before being apprehended under the Mental Health Act and transported to hospital for treatment.

RCMP said Emergency Response Team (ERT) was deployed in Kaslo Monday to deal with a distraught woman.

RCMP said the incident began Sunday, February 28, 2021 when officers were informed of using written communication alluding to potential future harm to individuals, such as lethal action and the taking of hostages.

Police said the author of the communication is known to have medical issues that are of concern for their wellbeing.

Police attended the residence, however, were unable to locate the individual.

Interior Health adds youth substance use treatment beds in Kelowna

The Bridge Youth & Family Services Society in Kelowna has been awarded a contract for 10 substance use treatment beds for youth. — Submitted

In a media release Wednesday, Interior Health announced the awarding of a contract for 10 substance use treatment beds for youth to The Bridge Youth & Family Services Society in Kelowna.

“So that young people and their families get the mental health and substance use care they need, our government is bringing new youth addictions beds to the Okanagan, the first of many we’re establishing across the province this year,” said Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions.

Columbia Basin Culture Tour 2021 puts out call for applicants

Ryan Bavin of Bavin Studios at work. — Submitted

Columbia Basin – Call for entry: registration is now open for artists/venues in the Columbia Basin to participate in the Columbia Basin Culture Tour (CBCT), a celebration of culture taking place August 7 & 8, 2021, from 10 am to 5 pm. Help us make the 13th anniversary tour the best yet!

New CBT projects support biodiversity, improve basin ecosystems

A partnership that includes the Okanagan Nation Alliance is enhancing habitats for at-risk species and improve threatened ecosystems with support from Columbia Basin Trust. — Submitted

Columbia Basin Trust is providing $1.35 million to three new, large-scale projects that will improve ecosystems in the Elk Valley and Lower Columbia sub-regions, benefitting locally significant species including northern rubber boas, bull trout and Rocky Mountain elk among others, and their habitats.

The Ecosystem Enhancement Program is a five-year initiative that aims to maintain and improve ecological health and native biodiversity in the region through large-scale, on-the-ground projects with significant and measurable impacts.

Police arrest three suspects following chase through Nelson

Members of Nelson Police and RCMP arrested three individuals behind a business at the foot of Ward Street following a chase of a van Sunday afternoon. — Submitted photo

Three suspects remain in custody following a police takedown at the foot of Ward Street Sunday afternoon in Nelson.

The incident began Sunday afternoon when Nelson Police officers located a rental van that had been involved in two police incidents in Castlegar and Trail earlier in the day.

“Upon seeing NPD vehicles at Nelson City limits, the driver of the van sped up and entered the City of Nelson,” the Nelson Police Department media release said.

RDCK, Whitewater Ski Resort partner to receive funding from Province's Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program

Whitewater is receiving $1 Million in CERIP funding for the development of the first phase of creating a new summer operations/tourism and hospitality business centered on mountain biking, hiking, and climbing.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay, in partnership with Whitewater Ski Resort, is receiving a funding grant under the B.C. Government’s Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program (CERIP) destination development stream worth $1 Million.

The BC Government announced last week that 54 new tourism projects throughout the province is receiving funding, which is investing in implementation-ready tourism infrastructure and amenities projects that support the recovery and resilience of tourism.

Stabbing suspect to be held in custody pending Mar 17 court appearance

A local woman made her first court appearance Feb. 23, after the alleged home invasion/dual stabbing of two teens in a Castlegar home Sunday.

The two teens are recovering, but there is a ban on the publication of information that could identify the victims, according to Daniel McLaughlin, Communications Counsel with the BC Prosecution Service.

Snowfall Warning issued for Highway 3 — Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

The start of the Paulson Summit at Christina Lake is expecting high amounts of snow Thursday. — DriveBC photo

Environment Canada has issued a Snowfall Warning Thursday for  Highway 3 — Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass — with total snowfall amounts of 15 to 20 cm expected.

“A frontal system will move across the B.C. interior today,” Environment Canada website said Thursday. “Snow heavy at times will persist through this evening.”

New food hub to strengthen food security in Rock Creek

The Saffron Guild, owned by Susan Charnell since 2018, is one local business looking forward to using the new food hub. — Screenshot photo

Food and beverage producers will soon have more opportunities to grow their businesses while increasing food security in the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary with the development of a new food hub with locations in Rock Creek and Greenwood.

"B.C. food hubs create new opportunities for small- and medium-sized businesses and strengthen food security, so British Columbians can rely on locally grown and processed food now and for generations to come," said Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries.

UPDATED: Protesters rally outside MLA offices to challenge COVID-19 restrictions

Protesters stood outside the office of Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson Monday morning to protest the provincial health restrictions instituted by the BC Government to help stop the spread of COVID-19. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

Approximately 40-50 people stood outside the office of Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson Monday morning carrying signs to protest the provincial health restrictions instituted by the BC Government to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The protesters were waiting for the MLA office to open to present a document outlining how the Public Health restrictions are hurting people and the economy in BC.