Local Journalism Initiative

A crew lays fibre-optic cable in Summit Lake as part of the Columbia Basin Trust’s project to bring high-speed internet up the Slocan Valley. Photo: Submitted

Crews completed major sections of Slocan Valley fibre-optic line this season

A 120-kilometre fibre line installed from Playmor Junction to Nakusp.

A crew lays fibre-optic cable in Summit Lake as part of the Columbia Basin Trust’s project to bring high-speed internet up the Slocan Valley. Photo: Submitted
The Whitewater Canyon area of the Selkirk Mountains within the proposed tenure of the Zincton ski resort. Photo: Nicky Blackshaw

Kaslo approves Zincton proposal, with reservations

Zincton is a proposed year-round resort located about 30 kilometres from Kaslo

The Whitewater Canyon area of the Selkirk Mountains within the proposed tenure of the Zincton ski resort. Photo: Nicky Blackshaw
Canada Post mailboxes. Photo: The Canadian Press

Slocan Park postal outlet closes temporarily

The postmaster has retired

Canada Post mailboxes. Photo: The Canadian Press
The Regional District of Central Kootenay office in Nelson. File photo

RDCK roundup: Board endorses Watson’s leadership

All the news from the Nov. 17 meeting

The Regional District of Central Kootenay office in Nelson. File photo
Lawrence Campbell’s father can be seen five soldiers behind the man reaching for his son. He has a gun strap visible across his chest. Photo: Claude P. Dettlof

West Kootenay’s connection to historic wartime picture

Kaslo’s Harry Campbell can be seen in the shot

Lawrence Campbell’s father can be seen five soldiers behind the man reaching for his son. He has a gun strap visible across his chest. Photo: Claude P. Dettlof
Ismalia de Sousa, a nurse and PhD student at the University of British Columbia school of nursing who helped found the Coalition of African, Caribbean and Black Nurses in B.C. (ismaliadesousa.com photo)

Black nurses in B.C. face `entrenched and pervasive’ racism, survey finds

Coalition calling for action to support Black nurses and end anti-Black racism in health care

Ismalia de Sousa, a nurse and PhD student at the University of British Columbia school of nursing who helped found the Coalition of African, Caribbean and Black Nurses in B.C. (ismaliadesousa.com photo)
The first vial of paediatric COVID-19 vaccine used in Toronto. Children who are part of the Hospital for Sick Children family between the ages of 5 and 11 years of age are some of the first to get vaccinated for COVID-19 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, in Toronto, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve Russell, POOL

COVID-19 shots arriving Monday for B.C. 5- to 11-year-olds

About 91,000 of 350,000 eligible children have been registered for vaccination so far

The first vial of paediatric COVID-19 vaccine used in Toronto. Children who are part of the Hospital for Sick Children family between the ages of 5 and 11 years of age are some of the first to get vaccinated for COVID-19 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, in Toronto, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve Russell, POOL
The South Slocan Valley TV Society wants feedback on how its channels are used. Photo: JESHOOTS.com/Pexels

South Slocan TV Society wants to tune in on its audience

The society operates five TV stations and two FM radio stations

The South Slocan Valley TV Society wants feedback on how its channels are used. Photo: JESHOOTS.com/Pexels
The RDCK is considering incorporating amendments to its land use bylaws. File photo

Changes to temporary use permits considered in RDCK areas

It could allow construction on an accessory building before a primary residence

The RDCK is considering incorporating amendments to its land use bylaws. File photo
Exit lanes from Point Roberts, Wash., sit empty at the local Canadian border station, which was shut down to all but essential travel during the pandemic. Richard Read | Los Angeles Times

Unvaxxed students face unwelcome reality when considering travel

As borders open there remains fine print that Canadian families should be aware of

Exit lanes from Point Roberts, Wash., sit empty at the local Canadian border station, which was shut down to all but essential travel during the pandemic. Richard Read | Los Angeles Times
Indigenous families are grossly overrepresented in birth alerts in B.C. File photo of reporter Anna McKenzie and her daughter taken by Captured Memories Photography. Bayleigh Marelj, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Indigenous lawsuit seeks damages from B.C. for disproportionate birth alerts

Suit alleges alerts motivated by discriminatory and harmful stereotypes about parenting capabilities

Indigenous families are grossly overrepresented in birth alerts in B.C. File photo of reporter Anna McKenzie and her daughter taken by Captured Memories Photography. Bayleigh Marelj, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Freshwater variety of kokanee salmon. Local governments are lobbying the province and federal government to do more to protect local fish stocks. File photo

West Kootenay municipalities to lobby upper levels of government over plight of fish stocks

The letter warns the damage could be ‘beyond repair’

Freshwater variety of kokanee salmon. Local governments are lobbying the province and federal government to do more to protect local fish stocks. File photo
Ships work to control a fire onboard the MV Zim Kingston about eight kilometres from the shore in Victoria, B.C., on Sunday, October 24, 2021. The container ship caught fire on Saturday and 16 crew members were evacuated and brought to Ogden Point Pier. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Drifting shipping containers leave Vancouver Island communities with many questions

Containers spotted as far north as Cape Scott, as of Wednesday, none had been retrieved

Ships work to control a fire onboard the MV Zim Kingston about eight kilometres from the shore in Victoria, B.C., on Sunday, October 24, 2021. The container ship caught fire on Saturday and 16 crew members were evacuated and brought to Ogden Point Pier. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Some Passmore residents say traffic speeds should be reduced on a winding section through their community. Photo: Greg Nesteroff

Passmore residents want lower speed limit on Highway 6

Petition calls for limit to be reduced from 90 km/h to 60 km/h

Some Passmore residents say traffic speeds should be reduced on a winding section through their community. Photo: Greg Nesteroff
Kaslo Village Council says it can’t do anything about hate speech displayed inside a business’s window. Photo: Greg Nesteroff

Kaslo council takes no action on ‘hateful’ downtown signage

Village says its hands are tied when it comes to a sign in the window of 423 Front St.

Kaslo Village Council says it can’t do anything about hate speech displayed inside a business’s window. Photo: Greg Nesteroff
The RDCK is investigating acquiring parkland in Krestova. Map: RDCK

RDCK looks at buying Krestova land for park purposes

The 134-acre private parcel has long been used for community recreation

The RDCK is investigating acquiring parkland in Krestova. Map: RDCK
Bear breaks into Edgewood home. (Contributed/Kyle Storie)

Bold bear breaks into West Kootenay family home

The bear was caught, taken away and destroyed by Conservation Officers

Bear breaks into Edgewood home. (Contributed/Kyle Storie)
Storm watchers take in the waves off Ucluelet. (Westerly file photo)

Storm warning: B.C. West Coast prepares as best it can for inevitable rough weather

BC Hydro ready as La Nina returns, with expected intensified winds and rainfall

Storm watchers take in the waves off Ucluelet. (Westerly file photo)
A Beasley Fire Department firefighter puts out a structure blaze in Bonnington in July 2020. Photo: Submitted

RDCK board: High praise for FireSmart projects

All the news from the Sept. 23 meeting

A Beasley Fire Department firefighter puts out a structure blaze in Bonnington in July 2020. Photo: Submitted
The Kootenay Lake West Transit Service will cost taxpayers up to five per cent more to operate over the next five years. Photo: Mike Chouinard

Growth comes at a cost as RDCK approves transit rate hike

It will cost taxpayers up to five per cent more to operate over the next five years

The Kootenay Lake West Transit Service will cost taxpayers up to five per cent more to operate over the next five years. Photo: Mike Chouinard