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Kaslo council re-inserted itself into the vaccine mandate debate on July 26. File photo

Kaslo Council to send anti-vaccine mandate letter to province

Council wants mandates lifted for health care workers

Kaslo council re-inserted itself into the vaccine mandate debate on July 26. File photo
Southern resident orcas off the shores of Tofino. (Photo credit: John Forde and Jennifer Steven)

$3.1 million pumped into B.C. marine noise reduction as advocates call for targets

Efforts underway to help protect endangered killer whales from increased traffic

Southern resident orcas off the shores of Tofino. (Photo credit: John Forde and Jennifer Steven)
The Kootenays continues to have a higher unemployment rate compared to the provincial average. File image

Unemployment numbers in Kootenay region drop compared to rest of B.C.

Statistics Canada is reporting a 3.9 per cent unemployment rate for the region

The Kootenays continues to have a higher unemployment rate compared to the provincial average. File image
A new report says cannabis isn’t treated like other crops. File photo

Kootenay cannabis industry growth stymied by unfair regulations, report says

How cannabis is classified and zoned is not consistent with other agriculture

A new report says cannabis isn’t treated like other crops. File photo
A giant Pacific octopus shelters on a reef near Campbell River, awaiting the return of the tide. Alistair Taylor photo

Drastic fluctuations turning B.C. West Coast intertidal zone into ‘murder scene’

Rare tides, climate change occuring at a faster rate than intertidal animals can evolve or adapt to

A giant Pacific octopus shelters on a reef near Campbell River, awaiting the return of the tide. Alistair Taylor photo
Port McNeill Hospital. (Gazette file photo)

Primary health care `collapsing’ in B.C. rural communities, critics say

ER closures on northern Vancouver Island called a symptom of larger problem

Port McNeill Hospital. (Gazette file photo)
A group created to develop the economy in the Slocan Valley is running out of operational funds. File photo

As funding dries up, Slocan Valley economic development group plans ahead

Funding for the group’s two employees runs out in October

A group created to develop the economy in the Slocan Valley is running out of operational funds. File photo
A momma bear is going to teach her young ones how to forage for food. Bears have found a reliable food source at Rosebery’s transfer station. Photo: Ross Davies/Special to Black Press

Hungry bears a headache for RDCK’s Rosebery transfer station

Security upgrades are being made to discourage the bears

A momma bear is going to teach her young ones how to forage for food. Bears have found a reliable food source at Rosebery’s transfer station. Photo: Ross Davies/Special to Black Press
A nurse administers the coronavirus vaccine last year. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Boost now or wait? What you should know as B.C. counts down to its next COVID shots

B.C. is only officially recommending second boosters now for older and extremely vulnerable people

A nurse administers the coronavirus vaccine last year. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital still offers cancer treatments despite a shortage of oncologists in the West Kootenay. File photo

Doctor shortage prompts changes to West Kootenay cancer care

Family doctors are being asked to fill in more with oncologists scarce

Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital still offers cancer treatments despite a shortage of oncologists in the West Kootenay. File photo
Kootenay Lake seen from Gyro Park in Nelson. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Kootenay Lake seen from Gyro Park in Nelson. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
A house stands amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. Photo: Jenna Hauck

RDCK takes steps to protect new development from wildfires

Developers will be required to meet certain standards to mitigate fire damage

A house stands amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. Photo: Jenna Hauck
The RDCK’s Grohman transfer station near Nelson. A Kaslo business owner says there’s no recycling options for rural businesses. Photo: Submitted

Kaslo business owner impatient on why ICI recycling material still going into landfill

Ace Building Supplies says there are no recycling options for rural businesses

The RDCK’s Grohman transfer station near Nelson. A Kaslo business owner says there’s no recycling options for rural businesses. Photo: Submitted
The Canadian Coast Guard ship called John P. Tully has been used to bring scientists to the Explorer Seamount — Canada’s largest underwater mountain. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

West Coast expedition off B.C. explores never-before-seen deep-sea habitat

‘We are going to habitats that nobody’s mapped before, that nobody’s seen before’

The Canadian Coast Guard ship called John P. Tully has been used to bring scientists to the Explorer Seamount — Canada’s largest underwater mountain. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Wildlife veterinarian Amélie Mathieu prepares the next meal for the caribou at Nakusp’s maternity pen. The animals are fed a daily ration of lichen and a nutritious dry kibble. The first calf was born May 24. Photo: John Boivin

Content caribou mothers bring hope for caregivers at Nakusp maternity pen

The first calf was born last month, providing optimism for the herd’s future

Wildlife veterinarian Amélie Mathieu prepares the next meal for the caribou at Nakusp’s maternity pen. The animals are fed a daily ration of lichen and a nutritious dry kibble. The first calf was born May 24. Photo: John Boivin
Municipal leaders want to team up to bring high-speed internet connections to Slocan Valley residents. File photo
Municipal leaders want to team up to bring high-speed internet connections to Slocan Valley residents. File photo
West Kootenay’s snowpack is 215 per cent of what is normal for this time of the year. Here’s what Gray Creek Pass east of Balfour looked like last week. Photo: Tom Lymbery

Snowpack in West Kootenay backcountry climbs to 215 per cent of normal

The snowpack has increased 128 per cent of usual levels since May 15

West Kootenay’s snowpack is 215 per cent of what is normal for this time of the year. Here’s what Gray Creek Pass east of Balfour looked like last week. Photo: Tom Lymbery
BC Transit routes are back to normal service in Nakusp and the Slocan Valley after months of cancellations. Photo: Jenna Hauck

BC Transit back to full service in Slocan, Nakusp with new hires

Routes in Nakusp and the Slocan Valley had been disrupted for months

BC Transit routes are back to normal service in Nakusp and the Slocan Valley after months of cancellations. Photo: Jenna Hauck
Save Old Growth demonstrators blocked the northbound Pat Bay Highway early in the morning on June 13. (Courtesy of Save Old Growth/Twitter)

Save Old Growth protester shatters hip during B.C. highway blockade

Campaigners say they will continue actions until old growth logging is halted in B.C.

Save Old Growth demonstrators blocked the northbound Pat Bay Highway early in the morning on June 13. (Courtesy of Save Old Growth/Twitter)
A critical part of Campbell River Estuary restoration is the planting of native species like sedge grass to prevent erosion. (Binny Paul, Campbell River Mirror)

B.C. estuary a showcase for the reclamation of ruined habitat

Sterile former industrial wasteland in Campbell River e being restored as prime fish habitat

A critical part of Campbell River Estuary restoration is the planting of native species like sedge grass to prevent erosion. (Binny Paul, Campbell River Mirror)