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Kootenay real estate sales fall 18.7% in July

The number of residential properties that changed hands in the Kootenays last month was down 18.7 per cent compared to the same time last year. The Association of Interior Realtors said in a news release that 274 units sold in the region in July. Prices, however, saw double-digit increases across...

Kootenay unemployment rate 3.9% in July

The Kootenay unemployment rate was below four per cent again last month. Statistics Canada pegged the local jobless figure at 3.9 per cent, which was up slightly from 3.8 per cent in June, but down from 5.8 per cent in July 2021. There were 83,100 people working and 3,400 people looking...

Area restriction in effect for Briggs Creek wildfire

The BC Wildfire Service is asking you to stay out of the area where the Briggs Creek wildfire is burning, about 11.5 kilometers west of Kaslo. They've implemented an area restriction order, which they say "reflects the continued need to protect the public in areas where ongoing fire suppression activities...

Searchers still looking for Harsha Paladugu

Searchers looked unsuccessfully for a man missing since Shambhala but they will be back at it again today and tomorrow if necessary. In a Facebook post, South Columbia Search and Rescue said 28 members from their organization along with Rossland and Castlegar spent almost 10 hours looking for Harsha Paladugu,...

Kaslo-area fire shows little growth

Although it's now estimated at 1,680 hectares, the BC Wildfire Service says the Briggs Creek fire near Kaslo has not grown significantly in the last 24 hours. Nor do they expect it to grow much today. The latest size estimate, which is up from 1,500 hectares, is due to more...

UPDATED: Over $5M in energy upgrades coming to Nelson Civic Centre

Federal and provincial dollars are coming to improve the energy efficiency of Nelson's 87-year-old Civic Centre. According to a news release the building, which is home to the Civic Theatre, an ice arena, and a gymnastics club, will receive upgrades to its envelope, roof, windows, doors and mechanical systems. "This grand...
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