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By Boundary Sentinel on Tuesday Jul 25 2017

Grand Forks RCMP is issuing a warning to the public about a driveway sealing scam circulating through the Boundary following several complaints from residents in the Kootenay and Okanagan regions.

Sgt. Jim Fenske, Detachment Commander for Grand Forks RCMP, said in media release Tuesday the complaints involve three men believed to be from the United Kingdom.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Friday Jul 21 2017

Cpl Dan Moskaluk said in a media release Friday, a team of RCMP investigators are continuing their investigation into last Saturday’s interface fire which occurred in the Okanagan Centre Rd area of Lake Country.

Moskaluk said a dedicated tip line has been set up to encourage anyone with information to contact police.

“At this time we are treating this fire as suspicious and believe it to be human caused," Moskaluk said.

By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Jul 20 2017

Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue responded to two brush fires in the Champion Lakes area within minutes of each other, according to Captain Grant Tyson.

The call came in at 2:28 p.m. and the incidents were under control by 3 p.m.

“They had it out in short order,” Tyson. “We sent a lot of resources. It's not getting any better out there, so we're on top of things.”

Twelve firefighters responded from Warfield, Montrose, Trail and Fruitvale.

By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Jul 20 2017

Currently in the Southeast Fire District, there are 21 fires actively burning, according to Fire Information Officer John Boivin, all but nine of which are being held or under control (those that are not are way up into the mountains and/or very small).

The closest are two near Hoder Creek in the Slocan (the first is one hectare and is under control, the second is nine hectares and is being held) and one spot fire by Little Slocan Lake (again, under control).

None are threatening communities or structures.

By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Jul 20 2017

The Seventh Annual Kootenay Festival is set to wow the crowds this Saturday at Millennium Park, and is expected to draw upwards of 2,500 celebrants.

“About 2,500 people came last year, and we’re expecting more this year,” said Audrey Maxwell-Polovnikoff of the Castlegar and District Recreation Department. “We have close to 50 vendors, and performers from across the Kootenays.”

The one-day event, running from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

By Contributor on Thursday Jul 20 2017

On Friday, June 30, the federal Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) issued an advisory that essentially banned credit unions from using the term “banking” to describe the services they offer Canadians. Their advisory takes a strict interpretation of the Bank Act, and based on this interpretation, the federal government could lay criminal charges against any credit union that uses the term “bank,” “banker,” or “banking”. 

By City of Castlegar on Thursday Jul 20 2017

On June 9, 2017 the City of Castlegar issued a media release notifying residents that in 2013, the City of Castlegar went out to tender in order to construct the Millennium Natural Swimming Ponds project. This was a complicated project that involved optional pricing scenarios, water act approvals, archeological assessments, First Nation’s approval and monitoring of Columbia River Water levels. As such the City hired a geotechnical engineering firm to help with the tender process. The City made its tender selection under detailed advice from its City lawyers and its consulting engineers.

By Letters to the editor on Thursday Jul 20 2017

Dear Editor,

We live in one of the most beautiful areas in this region and I am in favor of a waterfront trail along the Columbia River! 

I don't feel however, it needs to encroach on private property!

All of the city waterfront trails I have experienced have existed on cit- owned land.

I am one of the waterfront property owners and I feel blessed at the tranquility that the river provides to my space - one of the reasons I chose to live here, and I don't want to lose!

By Kirsten Hildebrand on Thursday Jul 20 2017

Selkirk College is partnering with Purdue University’s Agile Strategy Lab to offer a three-day training course that helps people lead complex collaborations. This Strategic Doing 301 training has inspired hundreds of initiatives worldwide.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Jul 17 2017

The Special Air Quality Statement issued by Environment Canada remains as smoke from the BC wildfires continues to cause poor air quality and reducing visibility.

"Smoke concentrations will vary widely as winds, fire behaviour and temperatures change," the Environment Canada statement said.

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