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LIVING HERE: More than just a pretty fascia: Why Castlegar believes community is the best foundation

Tammy in front of the existing Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Centre (Photo courtesy of Anna Dulisse)

The Visitors’ Centre in Castlegar, is your typical, volunteer-built building.

In the 1980s, locals came together, donating material, time and sweat to raise the chocolate-malt coloured building. And during last June’s heat dome, the space was a significant point of contact.

“That was a big deal for us to ensure we had a lot of water and supplies to keep people hydrated,” says Tammy Verigin-Burk.

Transit ridership will take time to recover from pandemic

Public transit ridership is still in recovery mode and it could be four years before ridership in the region returns to pre-COVID ridership levels — TND file photo.

It could be four years before public transit ridership in the region returns to pre-COVID ridership levels, according to a regional district report.

Public transit ridership is still in recovery mode, noted Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) research analyst Tom Dool in his annual operating agreement report to the board of directors.

“Depending on the route and time of day current ridership levels fluctuate between 60 per cent to 80 per cent of pre-COVID levels,” he said. “Current forecasts do not expect a return to pre-COVID ridership levels until 2025.”

Early morning fire guts outbuilding on Morgan Street in Nelson

Fire damage to the Electric Cedar Sauna outbuilding is estimated at $15,000. — Photo courtesy Nelson Fire and Rescue Services

Nelson Fire and Rescue Services had an early start to Monday, responding to an early morning structure fire in the 200 block of Morgan Street.

In a media release Monday, Nelson Fire and Rescue Services said it was a maximum response as crews worked diligently to prevent the fire from spreading to adjacent homes.

“Both on-duty members responded immediately with 16 additional members responding from home,” the Nelson Fire and Rescue Services media release said.

Daily Dose — Nelson Filmmaker continues to make his mark Internationally

Nelson-based filmmaker Jeremy Grant is making big waves in the international film circuit with his latest short film. — Photos courtesy Griffin Kerwin

Like many, the pandemic affected Jeremy Grant’s career, and he spent much time at home with his three kids.

"I did a year, almost two of stay-at-home dad, homeschooling," says Grant. "The pandemic was so particularly slow that filmmaking in general, especially adventure travel filmmaking, was the furthest thing from an essential service. The whole industry slowed down, and nothing happened."

With the Covid slowdown, his filmmaking focus shifted, and he started doing scripted work and shot short narrative pieces locally.

City steps to national forefront of embodied carbon reduction research

City climate resilience planner Natalie Douglas said people are tuning into the research and the new reports outside of the communities of Nelson and Castlegar to see what ground breaking ideas the city has come up with on reducing embodied carbon — screenshot.

With the release of a new report the city has become one of the leading municipalities in the nation when it comes to addressing embodied carbon in the building of residential homes.

People are tuning into the research and the new reports — the Material Carbon Emissions Guide and the Benchmarking Report — outside of the communities of Nelson and Castlegar to see what ground breaking ideas the city has come up with on reducing embodied carbon, said Natalie Douglas, the city’s climate resilience planner.

New energy storage system has city put chips on the table

A grant application to CleanBC requires the city to fund its share of the project if the grant application is successful.

The city could be on the hook for $4.6 million if it lands a bigger federal fish.

A grant application to CleanBC — to add a battery energy storage system (BESS) to the Nelson Hydro Grid — requires the city to fund its share of the project if the grant application is successful.

The city’s share of the project would be $4.6 million and would be drawn from the Nelson Hydro capital reserve — reallocating forecasted costs from projects that will be deferred or displaced by the BESS project.

RCMP arrest two individuals for violating a court-ordered injunction near Argenta

Two local elders — legends of the resistance to environmental destruction — sat in front of the gate at Salisbury Forest Service Road to block industry from accessing the cutblocks and were charged by police for Civil Contempt of Court. — Photo courtesy Last Stand West Kootenay Facebook page

Kaslo RCMP said in a media release Wednesday that two more individuals have been arrested for violating a court-ordered injunction granted to Cooper Creek Cedar Ltd.

RCMP said Cooper Creek Cedar Ltd (CCC) was granted a court-ordered injunction on August 27, 2019, to conduct logging operations in an area known as Salisbury Creek near Argenta, located approximately 41 kilometers north of Kaslo.

An earlier RCMP media release said:

First Nations highlight 2022 version of mural festival in Nelson

Emma Noyes of the Sinixt/Arrow Lakes Band of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville and local resident Damian John of the Tl'azt'en will be this year’s lineup for the Nelson International Mural Festival.

First Nations artists will dominate the 2022 version of the Nelson International Mural Festival, with Sinixt/Arrow Lakes band and the Tl'azt'en being represented.

Emma Noyes of the Sinixt/Arrow Lakes Band of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville and local resident Damian John of the Tl'azt'en — a First Nation located in the Stuart Lake area north of Fort St. James — will be this year’s lineup for the festival, which gained approval from council on Tuesday night.

'Broad trough' causes unseasonably cool temperatures for May

Warmer temperatures were limited as not since 1977 did temperatures fail to reach 25 degrees at some point during the month of May.

The Southeast Fire Centre monthly weather synopsis said that a “broad trough”dominated the upper flow pattern for most of May causing temperatures to remain unseasonably cool for most days. 

The monthly weather synopsis said mean monthly temperature was more than two degrees below normal and was the coolest mean monthly temperature since 1996. 

“Not since 1977 did temperatures fail to reach 25 degrees at some point during the month of May,” the monthly weather synopsis said.

Research finds government inaction on climate major contributor to extreme levels of anxiety in youth

Kaitlyn Taburiaux conducted the study as part of a year three research project in the Rural Pre-Med program at Selkirk College. — Photo courtesy Youri Taburiaux

As the climate crisis intensifies, climate anxiety is becoming more common —  especially for youth — a research project by a local third-year Rural Pre-Medicine found.

The study discovered the high level of youth climate anxiety in our local area has not been known until recently.

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