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Cool weather heats up risk for flooding as snowpack teeters well above normal

It has been 10 years since the province and the West Kootenay has witnessed snowpack levels at the current size — 128 per cent of normal — increasing the risk of flooding across the RDCK — Creative Commons.

Call it the calm before the storm.

A cool and wet spring resulting in an above-average snowpack perched in the alpine has the lowlands primed and poised for flooding when the heat hits.

It has been 10 years since the province and the West Kootenay has witnessed snowpack levels at the current size — 128 per cent of normal — increasing the risk of flooding across the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK).

Robbie Turnbull`s Musical Journey to a Magical Career

A homegrown, self-taught musical artist launched his first complete self-recorded and produced album. Robbie Turnbull is busy stirring up the West Kootenay’s musical scene.

Turnbull, an alumnus of Seven Summits Centre For Learning in Rossland, B.C., is an accomplished singer and songwriter of Canadian folk music. “I would describe my music as a fusion of classic folk, Celtic, and with a touch of jazz. The direction and elements I include depend on the song,” says Turnbull. “The lyrics will direct the instrumentation.”

RDCK brings forward resolution urging province to legislate ‘consistent, fair and equitable home insurance

A resolution has been passed by the RDCK urging the UBCM to petition the province to introduce and adopt legislation “to provide insurance to all homeowners with provisions that are consistent, fair and equitable to all homeowners in the province.”

The regional district board is looking to level the playing field when it comes to homeowner insurance.

A resolution has been passed by the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) board of directors to urge the Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) to petition the province to introduce and adopt legislation “to provide insurance to all homeowners with provisions that are consistent, fair and equitable to all homeowners in the province.”

Kootenay Climbing Association brings Reel Rock 16 to Nelson June 2

Charles Albert in “Barefoot Charles” is one of the Reel Rock 16 lineup set for showing during the fundraiser to build a new Olympic-caliber climbing gym in town. — Submitted photo

On June 2nd at 7:30 p.m., the 16th edition of the Reel Rock climbing film tour will be screening at the Civic Theatre in Nelson.

The Association of West Kootenay Rock Climbers (TAWKROC) and the Kootenay Climbing Association, the non-profit that operates the Cube Climbing Centre, have teamed up to bring the film tour to Nelson as a fundraiser to build a new Olympic caliber climbing gym in town. 

The Reel Rock 16 lineup consists of four films that celebrate the human side of climbing’s latest, greatest adventures and achievements:

Man faces multiple charges following speeding incident on Highway 3A

The 54-year-old Crescent Valley man is facing an impaired driving charge, as well as other offences, following a high-speed incident earlier this month on Highway 3A between Nelson and Castlegar.

A 54-year-old man from Crescent Valley is facing multiple charges following a driving incident between Nelson and Castlegar earlier this month RCMP said in a media release Monday.

Police said the charges stem from a high speed altercation on Thursday, May 19, 2022, after the driver was clocked by an officer with the BC Highway Patrol Integrated Road Safety Unit (IRSU)a driving  almost 40 kph over the posted limit on Highway 3A.

Cap placed on public portion of city council meetings

City council approved a policy that will cap the number of presentations — through the committee-of-the-whole meetings — that will be allowed in future city council meetings — Creative Commons.

How the public portion of city council meetings is handled has been set.

City council approved a policy that will cap the number of presentations — through the committee-of-the-whole meetings — that will be allowed in future city council meetings.

In passing the Council Procedure Bylaw, the city has limited the amount of presentations but also provided clear and transparent guidelines with regard to how presentations will pass through city administration.

RCMP investigate fatal boating accident on Kootenay lake

The Campion Explorer boat ended up on the rocks at Rhinoceros point on Kootenay Lake. — RCMP photo

RCMP continue to investigate circumstances surrounding the death Thursday afternoon of a Boswell man on Kootenay Lake a media release said.

RCMP said on May 26th, 2022, at 2:28 p.m. the Creston RCMP received a report of a boat collision that occurred on the Southwest shore of Kootenay Lake.

“Through investigation it was determined that the boat had (run) aground on Kootenay Lake at Rhinoceros point,” RCMP said.

“At the time of the collision the boat had two occupants, and one received serious injuries from the collision.”

Fundraiser Puts Focus on Human Security in Ukraine

Nelson-based musician Allison Girvan will be the featured performer at a June 4 fundraiser for Ukraine. She will be joined by Dylan Ferris (mandolin), Doug Stephenson (guitar) and Jill McKenna (bass). The fundraiser takes place at the Brilliant Cultural Centre in Castlegar starting at 7 p.m.

Assistance for the catastrophic invasion of Ukraine comes in many forms and on June 4 the community is invited to come together for an evening that features music, dialogue, dessert and hope for peace.

E-Bike Expo to open doors to the future of transportation

The City of Nelson will be hosting an E-Bike Expo on Friday, June 24 aimed at increasing active transportation through the use of the bicycle.

For those considering an E-Bike, there is an opportunity to get a deeper view on the future of transportation.

The City of Nelson will be hosting an E-Bike Expo on Friday, June 24 aimed at increasing active transportation through the use of the bicycle.

The event will be an opportunity to have face-to-face conversations with residents who own and operate an E-Bike, said Cecilia Jaques, City of Nelson climate and energy advisor.

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