August 2016

Man facing charges in relation to arson-caused wildfires near Stave Lake/Mission

Man facing charges in relation to arson-caused wildfires near Stave Lake/Mission

An investigation into a series of deliberately set fires near Stave Lake has resulted in arson charges against one Lower Mainland man.

Christopher White, 35, has been charged with three counts of arson, damage to property under Section 434 of the Criminal Code of Canada. Mr. White is making his first court appearance today, Aug. 15, in Abbotsford Provincial Court.

Break-and-enter at Castlegar DQ prompts police to ask public for information

Break-and-enter at Castlegar DQ prompts police to ask public for information

A break-and-enter at the DQ last night has police requesting public assistance and information, according to RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew.

Variable rain puts damper on current fire season

The Southeast Fire Centre has been fortunate not to experience the wildfires scares of 2015, but August and September receives the least amount of precipitation meaning the fire season could pick up.— Photo courtesy Ryan Flett

A consistent peppering of precipitation at the right time has put a damper on the current fire season and made it one of the quietest in several years.

The region bounded by the Southeast Fire Centre — which covers the area extending from the U.S. border in the south to Mica Dam in the north and from the Okanagan Highlands and Monashee Mountains in the west to the B.C.-Alberta border in the east — has been experiencing variable precipitation amounts since June, said the centre’s fire information officer, Karlie Shaughnessy.

Moose tick study suggests infestation is widespread, no health risk to humans

The study ran from Jan. 1 to April 30, 2016, and included observations of more than 500 moose.

More than 60% of moose in a provincewide study showed signs of hair loss associated with a potentially deadly tick infestation, according to a report released by provincial wildlife biologists today. 

Last year, 50% of moose observed were infested with winter ticks. The study ran from Jan. 1 to April 30, 2016, and included observations of more than 500 moose.

Byelection dates and nomination deadlines announced

Byelection dates and nomination deadlines announced

Public Notice is given to the electors of the City of Castlegar that nominations for the offices of: Councillor – 1 position, for a two-year term (November 2016 to October 2018), will be received by the Chief Election Officer or a designated person, as follows:

Fatal motorcycle accident between New Denver and Kaslo

Fatal motorcycle accident between New Denver and Kaslo

A 41-year-old Cranbrook man has died after a motorcycle accident Sunday, according to RCMP Inspector Tom Roy.

“On Aug. 14, (the motorcyclist) was travelling westbound on Hwy 31A between New Denver and Kaslo,” Roy said. “He was the lone occupant of the 2007 Yamaha, but was travelling with a friend, who was also driving a motorcycle.

“He approached a corner on the road, and crossed the centre line into oncoming traffic. A couple travelling eastbound in their SUV were struck by the motorcycle as it crossed the centre line.

Police call on residents to be part of the solution

Police call on residents to be part of the solution

Local police are becoming increasingly frustrated with fundamentally preventable crimes that are both victimizing residents and chewing up police resources, according to RCMP Cpl. Darryl Orr.

“RCMP have recently responded to a number of complaints involving thefts from motor vehicles,” Orr said. “In a majority of these investigations, it was determined the vehicles which had items stolen from them were left unlocked. RCMP suggest that in additional to always locking your vehicle, items of any value should never be left inside your vehicle.”

BC man pleads guilty to cocaine smuggling in US court

BC man pleads guilty to cocaine smuggling in US court

U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr, announced Monday that Alvin Randhawa, 35, of British Columbia, Canada, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to export from the United States into Canada five kilograms or more of cocaine, before U.S. Magistrate judge Leslie G. Foschio. The charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $10,000,000 fine.

Think before you drink

If you are planning to consume alcohol at any time, please do so safely and responsibly.

With summer in full swing and more British Columbians and visitors taking the time to enjoy all of our province’s beautiful outdoor offerings, it is important to remember that alcohol should not always be in the mix.

If you are planning to consume alcohol at any time, please do so safely and responsibly.

New Navigation Proposal To Increase Safety and Weather Reliability for Landings at West Kootenay Regional Airport

New Navigation Proposal To Increase Safety and Weather Reliability for Landings at West Kootenay Regional Airport

Mayor Chernoff, City Council and representatives from the Regional Districts of Central Kootenay and Kootenay-Boundary and local business representatives met today to consider a new proposal to improve the regional airport’s landing and departure navigation system.

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