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By Nelson Daily Staff on Friday Sep 01 2017

The Regional District of Central Kootenay Emergency Operations Centre said in media release that BC Wildfire Service reports no significant growth in the Harrop Creek wildfire overnight.

“The fire is approximately 4.5 km upslope of the community and wildfire crews are engaged in containment operations as part of a contingency plan,” the RDCK release said.

“Evacuation Alerts were issued door to door (Thursday) evening to the affected areas including Harrop, Procter, Sunshine Bay and Kootenay Lake Village.”

By Castlegar Source on Friday Sep 01 2017

This, from Trail RCMP Acting Sgt. Devon Reid:

On Aug. 21, Trail RCMP located and arrested a 30-year-old male for at least six offences stemming from the theft of items from unlocked motor vehicles in the Trail, Fruitvale and Montrose areas. The offences include Possession of Stolen Property, Theft of a Credit Card, Use of a stolen Credit Card and Theft Under $5000.

Police are seeking to hold the male in custody for court on Tuesday, Aug. 22. In each case, the suspect entered an unlocked vehicle and removed items that were left in the vehicle.

By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Aug 31 2017

There have been eight new wildfires in the Southeast Fire Centre today, and four yesterday, according to Fire Information Officer Carlee Kachman.

“Most of them are in the Cranbrook area – none are near here (Castlegar/Trail),” Kachman added.

By Southeast Fire Centre on Thursday Aug 31 2017

In the interest of public safety, the Regional District of East Kootenay has implemented an evacuation alert for the Moyie Lake area, effective at 8 a.m. on Aug. 31.

The Lamb Creek wildfire is located about five kilometres northwest of the community of Moyie and 18 kilometres southwest of Cranbrook. This 60-hectare wildfire is in difficult terrain, containing volatile fuel types that will challenge fire suppression operations. Today, there are 35 personnel on site building fireguards with the aid of airtankers, five helicopters and six pieces of heavy equipment.

By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Aug 31 2017

A two-vehicle collision caused a brief closure of Hwy 3A this morning, according to Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Brett Turner.

“A vehicle was turning left onto Hwy 3A off of Glade Ferry Road toward Castlegar, and was struck by a northbound vehicle, resulting in a T-bone collision,” Turner said. “It caused extensive damage to the vehicles, both of which had to be towed.”

There were no passengers involved. One driver was transported to hospital by BCAS, and the other went to hospital of his own accord, both suffering only minor injuries.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Aug 31 2017

Smoke from wildfires in BC and south of the 49th parallel has forced Environment Canada to amend the area covered by the Smoky Skies Bulletin that was last updated on Monday August 28 due to changing conditions.

By Contributor on Wednesday Aug 30 2017

Join Robson Fire Fighters on Labour Day Long Weekend, Sept. 2 and 3, as they host the fourth annual Firefighter Games in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada.   Be sure to attend this FREE family friendly event that will kick off with opening ceremonies at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Pass Creek Regional Exhibition Fairgrounds.

By Contributor on Monday Aug 28 2017

The Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy, in collaboration with the Interior and Northern Health Authorities has amended the area covered by the Smoky Skies Bulletin that was last updated on Sunday August 27 due to changing smoke conditions.

By Eileen Delehanty Pearkes on Sunday Aug 27 2017

Eileen Delehanty Pearkes has been researching and writing about the history and politics of water in the upper Columbia Basin since 2005. 

Her book on the Columbia River Treaty, A River Captured, was released in 2016. Recently, her travelling exhibit on the Columbia River Treaty, curated for Touchstones Nelson, won a national award from the Canadian Museum Association.

Pearkes has agreed to help readers understand the importance of the Columbia River Treaty to the region with another edition of River Talk.

By Contributor on Sunday Aug 27 2017

The West Kootenay EcoSociety is hosting the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Conference in Castlegar at the Community Complex on (Thursday to Saturday) September 7-9.

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