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Kootenay Lake seen from Gyro Park in Nelson. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Kootenay Lake seen from Gyro Park in Nelson. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
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)
Transit ridership is down in the Regional District of Central Kootenay. File photo

Transit ridership may need 4 years to recover from pandemic: RDCK

A report says transit use is 60-80 per cent of what it was pre-pandemic

Transit ridership is down in the Regional District of Central Kootenay. File photo
The Emergency Room entrance at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. (John McKinley file)

B.C. Indigenous family files complaint for mistreatment at Vancouver Island hospital

Island Health said it acknowledges man did not receive culturally safe care

The Emergency Room entrance at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. (John McKinley file)
Sunny days are back again for businesses feeding off Ucluelet’s Wild Pacific Trail and the other attractions of Vancouver Island’s Pacific Rim. (John McKinley photo)

`Life is getting back to normal’ for tourism on Vancouver Island’s Pacific Rim

Residents remain cautious with COVID as businesses struggle with staffing as visitors flood back

Sunny days are back again for businesses feeding off Ucluelet’s Wild Pacific Trail and the other attractions of Vancouver Island’s Pacific Rim. (John McKinley photo)
Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns addresses the House of Commons during Question Period on Feb. 3, 2022. Credit: Christian Diotte, House of Commons Photo Services

Pressure mounts for Liberals to back bill decriminalizing drug use

Gord Johns gaining support from mayors and advocates in his bid to address overdose crisis

Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns addresses the House of Commons during Question Period on Feb. 3, 2022. Credit: Christian Diotte, House of Commons Photo Services
West Kootenay municipalities want to run their own internet. File photo

Municipal-run Slocan Valley internet service plan takes step forward

Nakusp, New Denver, Silverton and Slocan want to run their own internet

West Kootenay municipalities want to run their own internet. File photo
Image courtesy Creative Outlet

Nova Scotia man pleads not guilty to promoting hatred with noose sign

Sign outside of a cottage read Redneck Hangout and had an image of a noose

Image courtesy Creative Outlet
A doctor draws out vaccine during a drive-through COVID-19 vaccine clinic at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ont., on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Will B.C. be rolling up its sleeves for a fourth vaccine dose?

Officials still undecided on whether that is a necessary step in province’s pandemic-fighting path

A doctor draws out vaccine during a drive-through COVID-19 vaccine clinic at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ont., on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
Citizen scientists in the Gulf Islands are worried humpback whales are being stressed by too much time with whale watching vessels. (Black Press Media file photo)

Citizen science whale observers worry humpbacks being harassed

One mother whale and her calf followed for upwards of 5 hours a day recently, says volunteer group

Citizen scientists in the Gulf Islands are worried humpback whales are being stressed by too much time with whale watching vessels. (Black Press Media file photo)
Peggy Ife poses with George, one of her prized birds, in happier times. George was one of dozens of Ife’s birds that succumbed to avian flu in April. Photo: John Boivin

Deadly avian flu wipes out West Kootenay poultry flock

Peggy Ife lost 70 chickens to the virus in Burton

Peggy Ife poses with George, one of her prized birds, in happier times. George was one of dozens of Ife’s birds that succumbed to avian flu in April. Photo: John Boivin
This is an updated concept drawing of Campbell Field showing the outdoor facilities residents have shown a preference toward. Illustration courtesy Cover Architecture

Outdoor sports win out in poll to set future for Campbell Field

The multi-sport facility between Nelson and Castlegar is still in the early stages

This is an updated concept drawing of Campbell Field showing the outdoor facilities residents have shown a preference toward. Illustration courtesy Cover Architecture
Appledale, Caribou Point, Perrys, Ross Spur, Salmo and Silverton all have internet speeds below the advertised rate. File photo

Report finds six areas in RDCK with service gap for high-speed internet

Appledale, Caribou Point, Perrys, Ross Spur, Salmo and Silverton were below the advertised speeds

Appledale, Caribou Point, Perrys, Ross Spur, Salmo and Silverton all have internet speeds below the advertised rate. File photo
The Akokli Creek fire on the east shore of the south arm of Kootenay Lake in July 2021. Photo: BC Wildfire Service

Cultus Creek wildfire risk report shows potential for damage to CP Rail line near Nelson

The wildfire burned about 7,589 hectares in the summer of 2021

The Akokli Creek fire on the east shore of the south arm of Kootenay Lake in July 2021. Photo: BC Wildfire Service