There’s only a few more sleeps before car buffs open presents for the fifth annual Grand Forks Park in the Park Show in the Boundary City, August 18-20.
“Grand Forks Park in the Park is very happy to be going in to its fifth year of hosting a car show in the picturesque Grand Forks, BC City Park,” said organizers.
“ . . . with three days of show related events as well as lots of camping and other activities, makes this an ideal destination for the whole family.”
Southern Interior RCMP are warning the public of telephone solicitations in the name of Cops for Kids that could be circulating throughout the Southeast District and other parts of the province.
The RCMP report separate calls are being received of suspicious phone soliciting in addition to aggressive and high pressure type phone soliciting.
The Regional District of Central Kootenay Emergency Operations Centre has placed 135 properties between Sitkum Creek and the Crescent Bay area on the North Shore on Evacuation Alert following the report of two wildfires north of Nelson Saturday afternoon.
The McCormick Creek wildfire burning 20 kilometers south of Salmo in the Pend O’reille region has forced the Shambhala organizers to close down the 20th annual electronic music festival one day early — a decision that could cost upwards of $500,000..
The decision was made following extensive consultation Saturday between the Regional District of Central Kootenay Emergency Operations Centre, BC Wildfire Service, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, RCMP and, of course, Shambhala organizers.
In a media release late Friday, the Southeast Fire Centre said effective immediately, the BC Wildfire Service is restricting boat access on the Pend D'Oreille River due to boaters interfering with firefighting aircraft.
As well, public access is restricted along the Pend D'Oreille Road from the Seven Mile Dam at Waneta - east to the international border.
In a media release Friday afternoon, the Southeast Fire Centre reports personnel have been responding to 43 active wildfires throughout East and West Kootenays.
These fires include the following:
West Kootenay region
In a media release Saturday morning, the Regional District of Central Kootenay Emergency Operations Centrel reports that BC Wildfire said the McCormick Creek wildfire has jumped the Salmo River toward the Shambhala Music Festival and is also moving in an easterly direction towards the community of Nelway.
“The fire is now approximately 250 hectares in size and is behaving unpredictably,” the RDCK EOC release said.
There are currently 46 wildfires burning in the Southeast Fire Centre, according to Fire Information Officer Karlie Shaughnessy.
That brings the number of fires-to-date in the centre to 238 blazes burning approximately 13,138 hectares. Of those, 176 were lightning caused, and the rest were human caused. This, compared to the five-year average of 232 fires burning 4,074 hectares.
The Shambhala Music Festival issued a statement on its website to its guests and public of an evacuation alert near the festival grounds due to the McCormick Creek wildfire 20 kilometres southwest of Salmo.
“In the interest of public safety, we would like to inform our guests and the public, that there is an evacuation alert near the festival grounds,” the statement said.
With an eye on returning a league championship to the West Kootenay, the Selkirk College Saints now have roadmap of what it will take to come out on top in the upcoming 2017-2018 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season.