On May 22, the Castlegar RCMP Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) executed a search warrant on a residence situated in the 600-block of 11th Avenue of Castlegar B.C. The search warrant was authorized as part of an active police investigation into suspected drug trafficking in the Castlegar area.
Two men were taken into police custody during the execution of the warrant.
The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) continues to monitor the flood situation in Johnson Flats near Grand Forks, and has made the decision residents can return to their homes.
In a media release Friday, the RDKB EOC said residents will remain on evacuation alert and must be ready to leave again at any time if the river rises through Sunday causing more flooding in the area.
COVID-19 has obviously changed our lives in the short term, and now there is a growing consensus that the pandemic will also bring more long-lasting changes to our society—how we value workers, how we treat our seniors, how we house the homeless, how we protect the environment, and more.
One topic that is surfacing more and more often is the idea of a basic income. One of the first things we learned when the pandemic began was that Employment Insurance was completely inadequate to protect workers from lost income. Sixty percent of workers do not even qualify for EI.
BC Parks should be a lot easier to book this summer for locals after the BC government announced the closing of campsites to out of province residents.
The decision by BC Parks was made as public health officials adjust rules to deal with ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
Non-residents of BC, who have made reservations, must call before June 15 to cancel and receive a full refund.
Reservations made by non-residents after Monday, May 25, will be subject to immediate cancellation without refund.
In an emailed release, Interior Heath has issued an overdose alert for Nelson due to recent reports of people passing out for an extended period of time after using a yellow granular substance contaminated with a toxic combination of benzodiazepine and fentanyl.
Substance tested at ANKORS drug checking service.
"There have been recent reports of people passing out for an extended period of time after using a yellow granular substance contaminated with a toxic combination of benzodiazepine and fentanyl," the release said. "Substance tested at ANKORS"
Environment Canada said a weather system over southern BC will bring showers to the region Friday with snow levels lowered to 1200 to 1400 metres during the morning. Those snow levels are forecasted to rise to near 1700 metres Friday afternoon.
"Snowfall amounts of 5 to 10 cm are expected this morning over highway 3 - Paulson summit to Kootenay Pass and over the Okanagan Connector. Lesser amounts of 2 to 4 cm are possible over Allison Pass and Coquihalla Highway - Hope to Merritt," Environment Canada said.
The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is monitoring river levels for the next 48 hours to ensure conditions are safe before Beatrice Street residents in Johnson Flats near Grand Forks can return to their homes.
Six properties on evacuation order and one on alert in Johnson Flats and eight properties on evacuation alert in Manly Meadows in rural Grand Forks will remain in place for now.
Following social distancing practices and allowing a crowd size of no more than 50 people as ordered by provincial public health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, Riondel citizens flocked to downtown core last Friday to protest the site of a proposed cell tower by TELUS.
“When you have a town of 250 people that can get 50 people out to a protest, there certainly is a problem with the process,” said Ben Johnson of the Riondel Cell Tower Urgent Relocation Group.
Early Tuesday morning at approximately 1:30 a.m., the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Emergency Operations Centre ordered six properties to evacuate when the Kettle River breached an illegally constructed berm, cutting off access to six homes in Johnson Flats near Grand Forks, possibly damaging some structures.
The RDKB said high rainfall in areas in the Boundary on May 17 and 18 led the Kettle River to peak overnight on May 18.