Local Journalism Initiative

School District 57 headquarters in Prince George. (Mark Nielsen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter)

Prince George school district settles with sexual abuse victim

Terms were part of an out-of-court settlement reached with Michael Bruneau, nearly four years after he filed a lawsuit

School District 57 headquarters in Prince George. (Mark Nielsen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter)
A new video from NCCIH and BC Northern Health titled ‘Healing in Pandemic Times: Indigenous Peoples, Stigma and COVID-19’ was animated by Joanne Gervais. (Photo Provided By: NCCIH Archives)

VIDEO: Stigma against Indigenous people is a ‘social sickness’

A new short animated video is aiming to educate the public on the stigmatization

A new video from NCCIH and BC Northern Health titled ‘Healing in Pandemic Times: Indigenous Peoples, Stigma and COVID-19’ was animated by Joanne Gervais. (Photo Provided By: NCCIH Archives)
The British Columbia Hotel Association (BCHA) sent out a sharply worded release late last week, in which it noted that the Tourism Industry Association of BC recently obtained a ‘legal opinion’ on the matter (Alex Passini photo)

Hotel associations push back against any potential ban on inter-provincial, non-essential travel restrictions

B.C. Premier John Horgan is seeking legal advice on banning non-essential travel

The British Columbia Hotel Association (BCHA) sent out a sharply worded release late last week, in which it noted that the Tourism Industry Association of BC recently obtained a ‘legal opinion’ on the matter (Alex Passini photo)
Summit Ski Hill had a delayed start to the season because of warm temperatures. Photo: Summit Ski Hill

Late season start frustrating for Nakusp ski hill

Summit Ski Hill only just opened Jan. 14

Summit Ski Hill had a delayed start to the season because of warm temperatures. Photo: Summit Ski Hill
Four friends were heading to their home on Highway 6 just south of Silverton on the evening of Dec. 25, 2020, when the people in the front of the vehicle saw what looked like a “huge, man-like figure” on the side of the road. (Pixabay.com)

Possible Bigfoot sighting shocks, excites Silverton residents

‘I didn’t see the creature myself, I saw the prints’

Four friends were heading to their home on Highway 6 just south of Silverton on the evening of Dec. 25, 2020, when the people in the front of the vehicle saw what looked like a “huge, man-like figure” on the side of the road. (Pixabay.com)
The Regional District of Central Kootenay has agreed to help a couple remove their home from a slide zone in the Slocan Valley. Photo: Connor Trembley
The Regional District of Central Kootenay has agreed to help a couple remove their home from a slide zone in the Slocan Valley. Photo: Connor Trembley
Indigenous families are grossly overrepresented in birth alerts in B.C. Photo of reporter Anna McKenzie and her daughter taken by Captured Memories Photography.
Bayleigh Marelj, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

B.C. ministry warned birth alerts ‘illegal and unconstitutional’ months before banning them

Indigenous families are grossly overrepresented in birth alerts in B.C.

Indigenous families are grossly overrepresented in birth alerts in B.C. Photo of reporter Anna McKenzie and her daughter taken by Captured Memories Photography.
Bayleigh Marelj, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Regional District of Central Kootenay office in Nelson. File photo

RDCK roundup: Planning for 2021

The last board meeting of the year was preoccupied with the coming year

The Regional District of Central Kootenay office in Nelson. File photo
Zincton Mountain Resort would be built along the slopes of Whitewater Mountain near New Denver. Photo: Brent Harley and Associates

Feedback shows wide range of concerns about Zincton ski resort proposal

The resort is planned to be built between New Denver and Kaslo

Zincton Mountain Resort would be built along the slopes of Whitewater Mountain near New Denver. Photo: Brent Harley and Associates
The former South Slocan schoolhouse, built in 1929 and seen here in 2000, will be torn down next year. Photo: Greg Nesteroff

Old South Slocan schoolhouse slated for demolition

The 91-year-old schoolhouse will be taken down next year

The former South Slocan schoolhouse, built in 1929 and seen here in 2000, will be torn down next year. Photo: Greg Nesteroff
Cannabis growers in the Slocan Valley are forming a co-op with plans to build a processing facility. Photo: Community Futures Central Kootenay

Processing co-op planned for Slocan Valley cannabis growers

Nearly 50 growers are banding together

Cannabis growers in the Slocan Valley are forming a co-op with plans to build a processing facility. Photo: Community Futures Central Kootenay
Slocan Valley communities struggling with the need for high-speed internet should consider Kaslo’s model, according to the Kaslo infoNet Society. Photo: Black Press

Follow Kaslo’s lead for fibre service, says proponent

Tim Ryan of Kaslo infoNet Society says bringing high-speed internet to rural homes is possible

Slocan Valley communities struggling with the need for high-speed internet should consider Kaslo’s model, according to the Kaslo infoNet Society. Photo: Black Press
Communities like Nakusp are grappling with the challenge of hooking high-speed internet up at individual homes. File photo

‘Last mile’ debate a Gordian knot in Slocan Valley’s fibre-optic cable plans

How do you bring high-speed internet not just to communities, but individual homes?

Communities like Nakusp are grappling with the challenge of hooking high-speed internet up at individual homes. File photo
A UBC study says community forest organizations need more funding to prepare for wildfires. Photo: Phil McLachlan

Support for community forests seen as key to wildfire prevention efforts

A new report calls for more funding, resources

A UBC study says community forest organizations need more funding to prepare for wildfires. Photo: Phil McLachlan
The RDCK is upgrading air systems at 17 fire halls. File photo

RDCK spends on upgrades to fire halls in area

Seventeen fire stations are receiving new air systems

The RDCK is upgrading air systems at 17 fire halls. File photo
Gibson Lake is seen here near Kokanee Glacier Park. A local group has cleared a trail into the park. Photo: Sandy Leonard

Road access to parks worries local Kootenay volunteer group

The Friends of West Kootenay Parks Society has opened a trail to Kokanee Glacier Park

Gibson Lake is seen here near Kokanee Glacier Park. A local group has cleared a trail into the park. Photo: Sandy Leonard
A West Kootenay medical transport company says it can provide the same service as Interior Health for much cheaper. Photo: Interior Medical Transport

New Kootenay service aims to cut cost of medical transportation

Interior Medical Transport says it can save Interior Health on expensive trips

A West Kootenay medical transport company says it can provide the same service as Interior Health for much cheaper. Photo: Interior Medical Transport
A plan to bring high speed internet to the Slocan Valley has been delayed three years. Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View

Delivery of fibre-optic service for Slocan Valley pushed back three years

Silverton mayor calls news ‘frustrating’

A plan to bring high speed internet to the Slocan Valley has been delayed three years. Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View
A view up the Slocan Valley. Photo: Connor Trembley

RDCK working to help couple losing home in landslide

Landslides have caused a major part of the Passmore property to erode into river

A view up the Slocan Valley. Photo: Connor Trembley
Internet service in the West Kootenay is improving thanks to provincial government grants. File photo

COVID-19 support program brings faster internet to rural communities

The province has provided grants to local internet providers

Internet service in the West Kootenay is improving thanks to provincial government grants. File photo