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By Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Jul 20 2020

The Shambhala Electronic Music Festival was forced to cancel its 2020 event at its wilderness location outside Salmo due to the novel coronavirus — COVID-19.

Now the popular festival has hit the pause button on its 2020 virtual event, set for July 23-25 after several women recently came forward on social media to make sexual assault allegations against one of its artists.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Saturday Jul 18 2020

The Abbotsford Police Department confirms that one of their off-duty police officer intervened in a disturbance incident in Nelson, BC on July 16, 2020, and, as a result of this incident, the officer remains in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

This information was released Sunday by Nelson Police Department in a media release.

"We will not be releasing the officer’s name at this time so that the family can have privacy," the Abbotsford Police Department said in the NPD media release.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Friday Jul 17 2020

Interior Health is reporting Friday that as part of the ongoing investigations, six cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among employees at Kelowna General Hospital (KGH).

In a media release, IH’s investigation indicates these cases are connected to the cluster of cases in the community from early July.

Interior Health said at this time there are no impacts on our services at KGH and we have no indication that any patients have been exposed to the disease.

By Nelson Daily Sports on Friday Jul 17 2020

In a media release appearing on the league's website, the BC Hockey League announced Friday that it is planning to start the 2020-21 regular season on Dec. 1, pending approval from the Provincial Health Office (PHO).

“We’ve been having discussions with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture since March around a safe return to play,” said BCHL Commissioner Chris Hebb in the media release.

By Boundary Sentinel on Thursday Jul 16 2020

The Province of BC has approved the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary to receive just under $150,000 to complete a Boundary region flood and geohazard risk assessment.

The project will cost $163,000 in total with $13,000 funded in kind by the RDKB.

By Contributor on Thursday Jul 16 2020

RCMP in the BC Southern Interior is cautioning residents to avoid falling victim to the Fake Gold Scam, a recurring seasonal crime series that is on the rise once again in the region.

The implementation of COVID-19 restrictions by British Columbia public health officials likely contributed to the reduced number of occurrences in the early portion of 2020.

However reports of the scam that have been received in Kelowna, Cranbrook, Penticton, Kamloops and the North Okanagan, in both June and July, is an indication that offenders are once again travelling the region.

By Province of British Columbia on Thursday Jul 16 2020

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.

By Letters to the editor on Thursday Jul 16 2020

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.

By Castlegar Source on Wednesday Jul 15 2020

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.

By Trail Champion on Tuesday Jul 14 2020

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.