Village Council update: New health portal, Sufferfest funding request, Wildsafe bear recommendations

Highlights from the latest village council meeting.

The online and mobile tool MyHealthPortal will be making its debut in Nakusp in May, 2017.

The application enables those registered to securely access their Interior Health patient record from their computer or smartphone, anytime, anywhere.

Features include being able to view lab results, diagnostic imaging reports such as X-ray, CT and ultrasound scans, upcoming appointments, and recent visit history.

Health information remains private and safe on the Interior Health secure network. Passwords are encrypted and the portal page will time-out if a person forgets to log out.

Patients 16 and older are able to sign up for MyHealthPortal access. A person must bring photo ID and their Care Card or B.C. Services Card to their next lab, X-Ray or hospital visit and ask registration to add their email address to their patient record.

 

Kootenay Sufferfest Society makes request for new event

Over the last three years the Kootenay Sufferfest Society has been hosting events in Nakusp, New Denver, Burton, and more. These events start in early spring and end on Labour Day. Now they would like to add one more.

This event, called “Last Man Standing”, is a race that can be run by individuals or teams taking place over roughly 48 hours. It would go from July 1 to 3.

To avoid any kind of disruption of other Canada Day activities the Sufferfest Society proposes to use the playing fields, both soccer and baseball, and possibly a portion of the community park. They would also like to use the beach and waterfront walkway to create a six kilometre race. The society has made a great effort to avoid any kind of disruptions for residents or visitors.

The Sufferfest Society is hoping to attract 110 participants to the event.

 

WildSafe BC community coordinator recommendations

Bree Lillies of WildSafe BC met with Warren Lee, director of operations for the village, after the Oct. 24 council meeting to discuss the high bear activity in Nakusp over the summer, and have come up with some recommendations to potentially reduce attractants for the bears, garbage in particular.

These include mapping out fruit trees in the village and determining if they are contributing to human/wildlife conflict, possibly removing fruit bearing trees and replacing them with non-fruit bearing trees, providing residents with attractant management resources as part of their property tax notice, and providing signs at the campground, playground, and local trail heads regarding how to stay safe in bear country.

Though there have been some bear encounters around the village over the late summer and early fall, conservation officers have never had to euthanize a bear in or around Nakusp.

Other cities haven’t been so lucky.

Around 10 bears were euthanized in Nelson this year, and around 20 were euthanized in Revelstoke because they had become too accustomed to being around humans.