The BC Coroners Service has published updated reports on illicit drug toxicity deaths and fentanyl-detected drug deaths for the first six months of 2020, with 175 illicit drug toxicity deaths reported in June.
For the second straight month, B.C. is reporting the highest monthly total for deaths due to illicit substances.
To The Editor:
The BC government is asking for public input on how to set priorities for our province over the coming months. At the core of the discussion is how the $1.5 billion Economic Recovery Fund will be spent, as well as plans for next year’s budget.
Wildsight encourages all to fill out the government survey and participate in the upcoming Kootenay virtual town hall meeting on July 14th to advocate for a recovery that builds sustainability across our province.
A Trail man has now been charged criminally following his arrest on Tuesday related to an assault investigation in the Castlegar area.
On July 14, at approximately 7:30 a.m., Castlegar RCMP responded to a report of an assault that just occurred. The male suspect had fled on foot prior to police arrival at the scene. Front line RCMP officers conducted patrols of the immediate area, which led to the eventual arrest of the suspect.
Ed. Note: The following is a press release issued by Trail top cop RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich:
On July 11 at 4:24 p.m., the Trail and Greater District RCMP received a report that a naked man had tried to approach three teenage girls who were swimming at the beach area in Gyro Park located at 1090 Charles Lake Drive in Trail.
On July 10 at 4:49 a.m., the Trail and Greater District RCMP responded to 911 reports of a break and enter and shooting in progress at a home located along Birch Avenue in West Trail, according to RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.
"Police were told that two masked men were breaking down the front door of the home and allegedly shooting at the residence," he said. "Front line RCMP officers attended the scene, however the suspects had already fled. The Nelson RCMP Integrated Forensic Identification Section (IFIS) attended and conducted a thorough examination of the scene."
The Province and the Ktunaxa Nation Council have been working together to conserve wild huckleberry and important grizzly bear habitat.
As a result, the Province is restricting commercial-scale huckleberry harvesting to protect grizzly bear habitat in the Kootenay Boundary region.
From July 15 to Oct. 15, 2020, commercial-scale picking of huckleberries is prohibited in some areas of the region. Maps identifying the closed areas are available online.
The BC Hockey Hall of Fame is asking the public to rummage through garages, basements and attics to help showcase the province's rich and diverse hockey history.
Due to COVID-19, the Hall was forced to cancel the annual summer induction event.
However, the downtime has given Hall staff the opportunity to shift their focus toward creating a new exhibit.
The Province of BC has opened its Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) program to individuals and local governments in Regional District Kootenay Boundary Electoral Areas C/Christina Lake, D/Rural Grand Forks and E/West Boundary who have incurred uninsurable losses from landslides and overland flooding due to the 2020 freshet.
Christina Lake became a little safer after the recent launch Friday of the Fire Rescue fire engine on pontoons.
Christina Lake Fire Rescue's fireboat is a community effort between Christina Lake Firefighter Society, Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Area C/Christina Lake Director Grace McGregor, Chief Joe Geary and his fire rescue crew.
A special shout out goes to Ross Glanville for his generous donation that covered two thirds of the cost of this beautiful 30K fire rescue boat that will help keep Christina Lake residents and visitors safe for years to come.
The Heritage City is one of five communities in the BC interior to benefit from a long-term care bed announcement Monday by the Provincial Government.
In a media release Monday, the Province and Interior Health announced that Nelson, Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon and Kamloops will receive 495 new long-term care beds with the largest one-time increase in the region in more than 15 years.