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Electric rates are set to increase Jan. 1.

FortisBC increasing electricity rates by almost 4% in January

Get ready to pay almost four per cent more on your hydropower bill next month

Electric rates are set to increase Jan. 1.
Katrine Conroy is the new provincial finance minister. Photo: Government of B.C.
Katrine Conroy is the new provincial finance minister. Photo: Government of B.C.
Susan Faye took this photo of a mother bear with cubs in her yard in Uphill in Nelson on Sept. 7.

Bear Smart status helps, but two West Kootenay communities still struggled last summer

Nelson council will decide in the new year whether to join the provincial program

Susan Faye took this photo of a mother bear with cubs in her yard in Uphill in Nelson on Sept. 7.
The Village of Silverton is enhancing the playground in Dewis Memorial Park with support from the Columbia Basin Trust. Photo: Submitted

West Kootenay outdoor recreation facilities receive CBT funding

The Village of Slocan is restoring its soccer field with $169K

The Village of Silverton is enhancing the playground in Dewis Memorial Park with support from the Columbia Basin Trust. Photo: Submitted
Royal Theatre owner Lisa Milne is appreciative of all the support she has received following traumatic incidents at theatre. Photo: Jim Bailey

Trail theatre owners thankful for support after series of traumatic events

Royal Theatre owners Jason and Lisa Milne considered selling the heritage landmark

Royal Theatre owner Lisa Milne is appreciative of all the support she has received following traumatic incidents at theatre. Photo: Jim Bailey
The Regional District of Central Kootenay board office in Nelson. File photo

RDCK board roundup: Busy inaugural meeting for new directors

All the news from the Regional District of Central Kootenay’s Nov. 17 meeting

The Regional District of Central Kootenay board office in Nelson. File photo
Photo: Sheri Regnier

Nursing program begins at Trail college campus next month

LPNs scope of practice is geared towards stable patients and predictable outcomes

Photo: Sheri Regnier
Heritage Credit Union Interim CEO Doug Eveneshen presented the case for the institution’s merger with East Kootenay Community Credit Union to members in Slocan Park on Nov. 24. Photo: John Boivin

Slocan Valley residents express concerns over Heritage Credit Union merger plans

The credit union is considering a merger with East Kootenay Community Credit Union

Heritage Credit Union Interim CEO Doug Eveneshen presented the case for the institution’s merger with East Kootenay Community Credit Union to members in Slocan Park on Nov. 24. Photo: John Boivin
Members of the Castlegar Ukrainian community and their supporters gathered in front of Castlegar City Hall on Holodomor Memorial Day to remember those who perished in the man-made Ukrainian famine of 1932-1933. Photo: Terran Ambrosone
Members of the Castlegar Ukrainian community and their supporters gathered in front of Castlegar City Hall on Holodomor Memorial Day to remember those who perished in the man-made Ukrainian famine of 1932-1933. Photo: Terran Ambrosone
Whitewater Ski Resort is seen here Dec. 2 from its lodge’s webcam. The mountain has already received plenty of snow ahead of opening day.

West Kootenay ski hills anticipate early start to the season

Conditions are looking good at Whitewater, Red and Summit

Whitewater Ski Resort is seen here Dec. 2 from its lodge’s webcam. The mountain has already received plenty of snow ahead of opening day.
Nine black bears were destroyed in the Castlegar area in 2022. Photo: Submitted

Nine bears destroyed in Castlegar this year

Wildsafe reported to Castlegar council last week

Nine black bears were destroyed in the Castlegar area in 2022. Photo: Submitted
The Regional District of Central Kootenay board office in Nelson. File photo
The Regional District of Central Kootenay board office in Nelson. File photo
Nelson students enrolled in the ATLAS outdoor education program relax during a backcountry trip in early 2022. School District 8 is moving the avalanche training part of the program out of what it deems is dangerous terrain. Photo: Sam Kitch

Changes to Nelson high school’s avalanche training course criticized

The district says moving the course out of dangerous terrain complies with WorkSafeBC regulations

Nelson students enrolled in the ATLAS outdoor education program relax during a backcountry trip in early 2022. School District 8 is moving the avalanche training part of the program out of what it deems is dangerous terrain. Photo: Sam Kitch
Dr. Marian Berry, back in Nelson after attending a week at the COP27 U.N. climate summit in Egypt in November. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

‘It was transformative’: Nelson residents reflect on attending COP27

Gideon Berry and mother Marian Berry spent a week at the U.N. climate summit in November

Dr. Marian Berry, back in Nelson after attending a week at the COP27 U.N. climate summit in Egypt in November. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Kimberley Alpine Resort provides update on the rebuild project of their Northstar Chairlift which was rendered inoperable by an arsonist on opening day last season. KAR photo.
Kimberley Alpine Resort provides update on the rebuild project of their Northstar Chairlift which was rendered inoperable by an arsonist on opening day last season. KAR photo.
Adult zebra and quagga mussels are approximately 3 cm in length. Photo courtesy of Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society
Adult zebra and quagga mussels are approximately 3 cm in length. Photo courtesy of Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society
SAR warns of ice safety.

SAR warns Kootenay residents to check ice thickness before venturing out

Kimberley Search and Rescue has provided information on ice safety as we…

SAR warns of ice safety.
Black Press Media file image

Heavy snowfall alert for Kootenay Lake

Environment Canada is calling for up to 25 centimetres

Black Press Media file image
An emergency exercise took place at the West Kootenay Regional Airport on Nov. 23. Photo: Betsy Kline

Mock bombing exercise prompts fast response at Castlegar airport

Emergency exercise at West Kootenay Regional airport

An emergency exercise took place at the West Kootenay Regional Airport on Nov. 23. Photo: Betsy Kline
The C Prosecution Service announced no charges in Grand Forks RCMP non-fatal shooting last week.

No charges in Grand Forks RCMP non-fatal shooting in 2018 incident

On November 25, the BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) said no charges have…

The C Prosecution Service announced no charges in Grand Forks RCMP non-fatal shooting last week.