On a night when Christy Clark and the BC Liberals were able to hold on to power, albeit, a minority government, not much changed in the BC Interior as most of the incumbents won return trips to represent their respective ridings in the BC Legislature.
Michelle Mungall and Katrine Conroy of the BC NDP Party easily won their ridings in Nelson-Creston and Kootenay West, respectively, while Linda Larson of the BC Liberal Party is back to represent Boundary-Similkameen.
The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary is urging residents of the Boundary region to expect rivers to rise beginning Thursday.
This comes as Environment Canada issued a Special Weather Statement for the Boundary region for Thursday.
Environment Canada is forecasting rain and possible thunderstorms beginning late Thursday over the Southern Interior.
"A developing cold front will stall over the Southern BC Interior late Thursday and begin to transition out of the area on Friday," the statement on the Environment Canada read.
An arrest on an outstanding warrant led police to seize a quantity of drugs said Sgt. Jim Fenske Detachment Commander in a media release Monday.
Fenske the drugs were recovered Saturday (May 6th) when officers arrested a man on an outstanding warrant.
"A search of the male resulted in the seizure of four (4) grams of methamphetamine, five (5) grams of marihuana and over $4000 in cash," Fenske said.
The man was released and will appear at future court date.
On the same day, a routine traffic stop netted Midway RCMP drugs and cash.
The DriveBC website said Highway 3 east of Greenwood is now open to alternating single-lane traffic.
The Highway was closed early Friday morning due to a mudslide.
Mudslide closes Highway 3
The highway between Grand Forks and Greenwood is closed thanks to a mudslide that washed across Hwy. 3, early Friday morning.
The mudslide, located 5 km east of Greenwood, was published on DriveBC at 7 a.m. It is in the process of being evaluated.
Some of the money the sitting Liberal government has been handing out around the province prior to the upcoming election fell into the Kootenay West riding last week as Health Minister Terry Lake announced a new emergency department that will enhance patient care at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail.
This new project follows recently concluded improvements worth $1.77 million to the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU).
The province will be increasing the number of rangers in the field and campsites in the parks of the Kootenay-Boundary region this year, says an Environment department spokesperson.
David Karn said employing more ranger staff will not only improve the ecological integrity and safety in the region’s parks, it will create employment and skills training opportunities in the Kootenay-Boundary.
Last week I decided to write this column about income tax. Not only is it tax time for all of us, but the KPMG tax scam story was in the news, and the Liberals had just voted with the NDP on our opposition day motion to rid Canada of tax measures that benefit only the very wealthy.
As I began to write I had a distinct feeling of déjà vu. I checked my files and sure enough, I had written on exactly this subject last spring. Not just about taxes, but specifically about KPMG and unclosed stock option loopholes. Unfortunately, it seems that little has changed in a year.
A suspected methamphetamine lab operating near Rock Creek (34 kilometres east of Osoyoos) has been shut down and dismantled following a RCMP investigation.
On (Wednesday) March 1, members of the RCMP Federal Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response Team (CLEAR) with the support of other RCMP Federal and Serious Organized Crime teams and regional detachments executed a search warrant on the rural property, seizing a significant quantity of illicit drugs, numerous weapons and arresting two men.
The Charles Bailey Theatre is set to pull back the curtains and welcome to the stage the Youth Arts Festival Third Annual Talent Slam, a display of talent chosen in auditions by youth ranging in age from 15-29, according to Miriam Needoba, director of the Oxygen Arts Centre.
She said there will be two shows – one in Nelson Feb. 23 and another in Trail on March 4.
A fraudster posing as Grand Forks RCMP officer demanded money on behalf of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for back taxes, fines and a fee from a Boundary citizen said Sgt. J.(Jim) Fenske in a media release.
"The scammer told the citizen that the R.C.M.P. would be arresting the person and "seizing" her children if she did not pay her taxes," Fenske explained after a citizen contacted the detachment to report the incident.
"Later the citizen got a phone call using the Grand Forks RCMP phone number on her cell phone," Fenske added.