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by Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Aug 03 2017

Environment Canada has issued a Special Air Quality Statement for most of the southern areas of BC, including the Kootenays, Boundary, Arrow and Kootenay Lake regions.

"Smoke is causing poor air quality and reducing visibility. Smoke is expected or occurring," the Environment Canada Statement said.

"The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, in collaboration...

by Boundary Sentinel on Thursday Aug 03 2017

The City issued notice Wednesday for the soup kitchen, emergency shelter and thrift store to cease operations by Friday August 4th, 2017 at 5 p.m. and to vacate the building within thirty days.

A media release on the City of Grand Forks website said this action follows dozens of complaints from the public and thousands of dollars spent by the City in repairing vandalism in...

by Contributor on Thursday Aug 03 2017

Agricultural producers in the region now have access to a new service offering technical support and expertise to help them succeed.

Kootenay and Boundary Farm Advisors is a free service that is launching this summer.
 
The regional districts of Central Kootenay, Kootenay Boundary and East Kootenay have partnered with Columbia Basin Trust to provide the service. The new...

by Timothy Schafer on Thursday Aug 03 2017

The possibility of an evacuation in Nelson this summer due to the threat of wildfire is very real, with the city situated next to arguably one of the greatest fire risks in the province.

West Arm Provincial Park forest east of the city could set the stage for the next big B.C. blaze — and subsequent evacuation — as hot and dry conditions persist in the region with no sign of abating,...

by Contributor on Wednesday Aug 02 2017

The record-breaking heat expected in the coming days could cause an increase in energy use as cooling systems work harder to keep up with demand.  
 
FortisBC finds that demand on its system typically peaks between 5 and 7 p.m. on weekdays when people are returning home from activities.  
 
Which is why we’re encouraging customers to find fun ways to stay cool....

by Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Aug 02 2017

To protect the public and to aid in fire suppression, BC Wildfire Service has closed the Harrop Mainline Forest Service Road and the East Harrop Mainline Forest Service Road.

The closure was announced in a Southeast Fire Centre media release Wednesday.

The Harrop Creek wildfire once again increased in size Tuesday night, going from 655 hectares to an estimated size now of 1,000...

by Charles Jeanes on Wednesday Aug 02 2017

The muggle problem

Anyone familiar with the Harry Potter universe knows what a muggle is: a human being without magical ability. The word communicates a depth of low valuation, a dismissive judgement of people who cannot do what Harry and his ilk can do [though the better sort of magic-endowed feel responsible for protecting muggles from evil magicians].
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by David Suzuki on Wednesday Aug 02 2017

Governments change — along with laws, regulations and priorities. It’s the nature of democracies. In Canada, we’ve seen environmental laws implemented, then weakened or overturned, then strengthened and re-instated. But the basic necessities of health, well-being and life shouldn’t be subject to the shifting agendas of political parties. That’s why Canada should recognize the right to a...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Aug 01 2017

The RCMP has been called into investigate theft of equipment that has hindered the fighting the Harrop Creek wildfire the Southeast Fire Centre said in a media release Tuesday.

The BC Wildfire Service Southeast Fire Centre said one water pump and 10 100-foot lengths of hose went missing during the night of July 31-Aug. 1, 2017.

"The theft of a water pump and hoses being used by...

by Eileen Delehanty Pearkes on Tuesday Aug 01 2017

This weekend, Graeme Lee Rowlands reached the end of an impressive six-week journey across the Columbia Basin.

Calling himself “the anadromous cyclist”(in reference to the Columbia River’s spawning fish), the 22-year-old university student has spent the past month cycling up the river – from its mouth near Portland, Oregon, to the source at Columbia Lake. The...

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