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By Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Aug 16 2018

The missing woman from Cranbrook has been found. 

Louise Baxter, 52, who has been missing since Sunday August 12, has been located following an extensive search initiated when she failed to return from a short walk in Jumbo Pass. 

RCMP in the East Kootenay said Baxter had been on a hike with friends and had ventured out with her dog for a break. Police said when she failed to return police were contacted.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Aug 16 2018

Two wildfires in the Arrow region are being closely monitored by BC Wildfire Service crews the Southeast Fire Centre said in a media release Wednesday.

The South of Renata Creek blaze and Santa Rosa wildfire are both being closely monitored as BC Wildfire Service is prioritizing these new fires and responding to them accordingly

The two Arrow fires add to a handful of which are of note in the Boundary, Arrow and Kootenay Lake fire zones.

South of Renata Creek wildfire:

By Boundary Sentinel on Thursday Aug 16 2018

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has added 25 more properties on evacuation alert in the Lynch Creek area of the Granby River Valley on Wednesday, August 15.

This decision, announced Wednesday in a RDKB media release, means a total of 80 addresses or close to 200 people are now on evacuation alert in the RDKB. 

Below are notes on some fires of interest in the region:

By Regional District of Central Kootenay on Wednesday Aug 15 2018

Yesterday, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) issued an Evacuation Alert for nine addresses located south of Renata on Lower Arrow Lake due to wildfires. The community of Shields, located further south along the lake, is now included in the alert area to align with the area identified by BC Wildfire Service.

A map of the amended alert area follows, and it can also be found on the RDCK website here.

By Contributor on Wednesday Aug 15 2018

The BC SPCA is on high alert, bracing for the need to assist animals impacted by the province’s raging wildfires.

This past Friday, an evacuation order was issued for areas that included the BC SPCA’s Quesnel Branch. We’ve also taken the precautionary measure of evacuating animals from our Williams Lake Branch. Staff and volunteers worked quickly to evacuate a total of 60 animals to shelters throughout the Lower Mainland.

By Regional District of Central Kootenay on Wednesday Aug 15 2018

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) has issued an Evacuation Alert for nine addresses located south of Renata on Lower Arrow Lake due to wildfires. A map of the alert area follows, or it can be found on the RDCK website here.

There are three fires currently active in the area, all of which were discovered on Saturday, August 11:

By Trail Champion on Wednesday Aug 15 2018

On Aug. 9, around 6 p.m., the Trail and Castlegar Joint Crime Reduction Unit, Trail General Investigation Section, and Trail General Duty police officers executed a search warrant under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act at a residence on Coleman Street in Trail. A 48-year-old male and a 47-year-old female were arrested and taken into custody by police. Police seized fentanyl, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, drug trafficking paraphernalia, prohibited weapons, and a firearm.

By Contributor on Wednesday Aug 15 2018

The Southeast Fire Centre continues to be in the crosshairs of Mother Nature as the region experienced 85 new wildfire starts since Saturday (August 11, 2018) a media release Tuesday said — with 16 of which are in the Invermere Fire Zone and Cranbrook Fire Zone.

The BC Wildfire Service is prioritizing these new fires and responding to them accordingly.

There are currently six Wildfires of Note burning within these two zones:

Cross River wildfire

By Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Aug 14 2018

In a media release Tuesday, The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) said all public access to its Darkwoods Conservation Area located in the mountains east of Ymir and west of Creston is closed due to a large wildfire on its southern border.

The lightning caused Blazed Creek Fire, which is burning in close proximity to Highway 3 approximately 20 kilometers northwest of Creston, has expanded to over 5,000 hectares as of Tuesday August 14, according to the BC Wildfire Service. 

By Timothy Schafer on Tuesday Aug 14 2018

There was no smoke or fire as the city took its final toke on the document that will legislate the use, production and sale of cannabis in Grand Forks.

City council passed final reading of the Zoning Bylaw amendment late last month that included several points pertaining to cannabis.

However there was no discussion on the bylaw amendment when it finally passed July 23, the final stamp on a piece of legislation that had been several months in the making, including a segment of public consultation.

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