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RCMP are seen here making arrests May 17 near Argenta, B.C., north of Nelson. A group had been camped out protesting a logging company’s plans for the area. Photo: Louis Bockner
RCMP are seen here making arrests May 17 near Argenta, B.C., north of Nelson. A group had been camped out protesting a logging company’s plans for the area. Photo: Louis Bockner
Ben Bullock and his son Eli walk on land Krestova residents want purchased as a regional park. Photo: Submitted

Krestova residents start drive to raise funds for new park

Community must raise money by Oct. 5

Ben Bullock and his son Eli walk on land Krestova residents want purchased as a regional park. Photo: Submitted
Kaslo’s Official Community Plan is getting a rewrite. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Kaslo community plan review turns into complete bylaw rewrite

It’s the first review of the document since it was adopted a decade or so ago.

Kaslo’s Official Community Plan is getting a rewrite. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Rising costs associated with inflation are hampering a project to remediate the banks of the Kaslo River. File photo
Rising costs associated with inflation are hampering a project to remediate the banks of the Kaslo River. File photo
The Slocan Valley. File photo

‘We’re so clean’: Slocan used more than 27 million litres of water in July

That works out to about 3,246 litres of water per person per day

The Slocan Valley. File photo
Six emergency shifts at Port Hardy Hospital remain uncovered in September, according to minutes of a recent Island Health meeting. (Island Health photo)

Health-care crisis poised to escalate on Vancouver Island, leaked documents show

Three doctors expected to be working in September in Port Hardy, a community that needs seven

Six emergency shifts at Port Hardy Hospital remain uncovered in September, according to minutes of a recent Island Health meeting. (Island Health photo)
Jared Towers photographed this humpback whale and four others in 2018 near Port McNeill, Alert Bay, and Hanson Island. JARED TOWERS PHOTO

Discovery Islands resurfacing as a B.C. humpback hot spot

Gentle giants returning to waters of northeastern Vancouver Island and not just passing through

Jared Towers photographed this humpback whale and four others in 2018 near Port McNeill, Alert Bay, and Hanson Island. JARED TOWERS PHOTO
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
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