by Shara JJ Cooper on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 11:23am

It's been almost three weeks since the Rock Creek fire flared up, sending campers fleeing from the Kettle River Provincial Park, and forcing hundreds of residents to leave their homes. ...

by Contributor on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 10:55am

As most residents who were impacted by the Rock Creek/Westbridge wildfire have now met with support agencies, the Midway Resilience Centre will be closed at ...

by Kyra Hoggan on Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 4:45pm

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has lifted the Evacuation Alert for areas of Electoral Area D south of the Kettle River, Industrial/Ruckle area of the City of Grand Forks, and the...

Recent News

New Kootenay plan secures quality fishing for all anglers

The main change is implementation of a booking system for non-resident anglers.

Regulatory changes to Kootenay angling management announced Thursday will help ensure a quality fishing experience, reduce crowding on popular rivers and support trout conservation.

The main change is implementation of a booking system for non-resident anglers on three “classified waters” in the Kootenays: the Wigwam River, Skookumchuck Creek and Michel Creek.

All three of these fisheries have seen non-resident, non-guided angler use exceed targets, creating overcrowding on the river as well as pressure on fish populations.

Four new human caused fires prompt officials to ask for greater public diligence

Four new human caused fires prompt officials to ask for greater public diligence

On the August 29-30 weekend, the BC Wildfire Service responded to four new human-caused wildfires in the Cariboo Fire Centre. One of those wildfires was sparked by an abandoned campfire.

Regional News

NPD report of Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes scam

NPD report of Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes scam

Nelson Police would like to remind the public of a scam making its rounds in the Heritage City.

NPD Sergeant Corey Hoy said in a media release a local resident had received a suspicious letter Wednesday (September 2) advising her that she had won the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes.

"(The letter said) she would be responsible for paying the associated taxes and fees," Hoy said.

"The letter further detailed that the recipient keep the attached cheque and letter confidential."

Extras needed for pro video shoot in Castlegar, no auditions required

Extras needed for pro video shoot in Castlegar, no auditions required

It’s not often Castlegar gets to play host to a professional video shoot, but that’s exactly what’s happening at the Element on Tuesday, Sept. 8 from about 8:30 – 11 p.m. – and you are cordially invited to be an extra in the video.

Castlegar’s own Reiss Zibin, 21, will be performing a song she wrote herself, called ‘I Should've Know’, and backed up by Supercats Studio players Yanive Feiner, Colton Low and Cameron Low.  But don’t think the preponderance of local talent means this is amateur hour – there will be no buddy holding a camcorder at this shoot. Zibin has a producer, director, two professional cameramen and high-end gear to ensure professional level recording values.

“I released my EP album in 2014, and we knew that this (a video) was kind of the next step,” she said, adding she’s hoping for at least 75 (ideally more) energetic, fun-loving locals to come down and serve as extras. “It’ll be like any night at the club – there will be music and dancing, and we have some prize give-aways, too.”

Provincial & National

Preventing suicide by reaching out

Preventing suicide by reaching out

Overall, an estimated 3,900 Canadians and 800, 000 people worldwide die by suicide each year, yet it remains a taboo subject that is often not openly discussed.
 
Here in B.C. we lose an average of 500 people a year to suicide. The effects can be devastating to our families and our communities. Suicide prevention is a shared responsibility - we all have the potential to make a difference and save a life.
 

The Team is getting bigger on fighting distracted driving

The results can be catastrophic in seconds. Do yourself a favour by focusing on the road.

Every year, on average, 32 people are killed in distracted driving-related crashes in the Southern Interior.

While government reviews B.C.'s distracted driving penalties, ICBC, police and the B.C. government are teaming up to launch a month-long distracted driving campaign across the province.

One in four deaths on B.C. roads involves distracted driving. It's time we all commit to leaving our phones alone and avoiding other forms of distraction when we're behind the wheel.