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By City of Castlegar on Friday May 29 2020

Air Canada has extended the suspension of its West Kootenay Regional Airport passenger flights until at least Sept. 8, 2020.

The extended suspension includes flights to and from Calgary and Vancouver.

This is the third time since the COVID-19 pandemic began that Air Canada has announced changes to flights in and out of Castlegar as a result of financial uncertainty caused by COVID-19.

“We know this creates inconvenience for travelers and it has a significant impact on the City’s finances,” says Mayor, Bruno Tassone.

By RDKB on Thursday May 28 2020

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has been working very closely with the City of Grand Forks and other regional partners to prepare for possible moderate to high levels of flooding early next week. Current river forecasts show the Kettle River at typical freshet levels for the next 48 hours, then rising to moderate flood levels on Sunday, May 31 through Tuesday, June 1 depending upon rainfall location and amounts.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday May 28 2020

RCMP in Nakusp said in a media release Thursday that officers executed a search warrant in the village that netted a large quantity of drugs.

Police said Wednesday (May 27), officers conducted a search warrant in the 300 block of 8th Ave NW in Nakusp. During the search police located a large quantity of Methamphetamine.

Police said charges will be recommended for the offence of Possession For the Purpose of Trafficking.

The investigation is ongoing.

The Nakusp RCMP will continue to actively target drug dealers in the local community.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday May 28 2020

The Valhalla Wilderness Society said in a media release a local runner got more than he bargained for during an afternoon jog through the Rail-Trail in the small West Kootenay community of Hills, BC, during the Victoria Day long weekend.

Francis Levasseur was jogging on the railbed trail near a friend’s farm when he came into contact with a less-than-hospitable black bear.

Initially, there was no interaction between the bear and Levasseur.

By RDKB on Wednesday May 27 2020

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) issued two more evacuation alerts on May 27 bringing the total number of properties on evacuation alert in the Grand Forks area to sixteen.

By Contributor on Wednesday May 27 2020

The BC Coroners Service has published updated reports on illicit drug toxicity deaths and fentanyl-detected drug deaths to the end of April 2020.

The reports show an average of 3.2 illicit drug toxicity deaths per day in the first four months of this year.

“We remain in a public health emergency, with more than three British Columbians dying each day from illicit drug toxicity deaths,” said Lisa Lapointe, chief coroner. “Illicit drug toxicity death rates in B.C. are still the highest for any jurisdiction in Canada. Every region in B.C. has been impacted.

By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday May 27 2020

While police are calling a violent home invasion last Friday "very rare", they are also cautioning residents to be mindful of security in their homes, vehicles and properties.

Trail RCMP top cop Sgt. Mike Wicentowich said the situation Friday appears to have been a case of mistaken identity.

By Castlegar Source on Wednesday May 27 2020

After more than five years, jury selection is finally slated for Sept. 8 in Nelson for a Castlegar RCMP officer charged with manslaughter.

Castlegar RCMP Const. Jason Tait has elected for trial by jury to face charges stemming from the Jan. 29, 2015 shooting death of Waylon Jesse Edey of Yahk, B.C. during an attempted traffic stop on Kinnaird Bridge (Hwy 3) heading toward Columbia Avenue.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday May 26 2020

ANKORS (AIDS Network Kootenay Outreach and Support Society) in Nelson issued a New Drug Alert Tuesday after samples sold were found to contain a toxic combination of benzodiazepines and fentanyl.

In a media release Tuesday, ANKORS spokesperson said there have been recent reports of overdose associated with the use of this substance as described in the Nelson area.

“Benzodiazepines are depressants and increase the likelihood of overdose when mixed with toxic fentanyl or fentanyl equivalents,” the ANKORS release said.

By Bob Hall on Monday May 25 2020

It started with an instructor’s challenge to look at climate change on a personal level and ended with a creative outburst by students that breaks down walls to better understanding the future of the forest industry.

In November, Forest Technology Program instructor Jesper Nielsen spurred his second-year students with a contest focused on thinking about their future in the industry. “It Starts With Me” set very few parameters on the final product other than wanting learners to think about the marketplace differently than how it is generally perceived.