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More than double snow accumulation for February

Mountain highways, including the Kootenay Pass between Salmo and Creston, are expecting 20 to 30 cm today.  — Photo courtesy DriveBC

February saw almost 2.5 times the normal monthly snowfall for the West Kootenay region said Ron Lakeman, Weather Forecaster for the Southeast Fire Centre in Castlegar in the monthly synopsis.

Lakeman said even though there was a general trend towards drier conditions during the second half of February, the month end snowpack of 40 centimetres is much deeper than normal. 

Carfentanil presence confirmed in Interior Health

Carfentanil presence confirmed in Interior Health

On the heels of information released by Nelson Police Department Wednesday, Interior Health officials are confirming the deadly drug carfentanil is now present in the region.

IH made the announcement Thursday following a positive carfentanil drug test in the Kootenay region reported by Health Canada and a positive carfentanil urine test in the Thompson Cariboo Shuswap region reported by LifeLabs.

Neil Muth Memorial Scholarship established

Neith Muth by the Columbia River in 2016.

The family of Neil Muth and Columbia Basin Trust are pleased to announce a new scholarship for people who have triumphed over adversity and want to pursue post-secondary education.

The Neil Muth Memorial Scholarship honours Neil Muth, the Trust’s president and chief executive officer from 2005 through 2016, who passed away last November. Neil valued and supported perseverance and continuous learning. He encouraged his children, staff and others to be curious, to seek their own path, and to never give up.

BYSA registrants get short reprieve on fees to encourage enrolment

BYSA registrants get short reprieve on fees to encourage enrolment

The Boundary Youth Soccer Association (BYSA) is dropping its registration fee back to the early bird rates, in an attempt to boost enrolment before the snow melts. 

“Historically, BYSA registers approximately 270 players in the U7 to U16 divisions. Right now we are around 155,” said executive director Jeff Olsen. 

This causes problems for the volunteers that run the organization, as they learned last year, when they received an onslaught of late registrations and had to create new teams, rearrange existing teams and rework all the rosters. 

Local teen sells paintings for college funds

Local teen sells paintings for college funds

While many students don't start thinking about their college plans until they are well into their high school years, Grand Forks' Grace Rolston (13) not only has plans, she's already getting her finances in order.

Carfentanil on Nelson’s streets, cops warn

Carfentanil, one of the deadliest synthetic opioids and fentanyl analogs, has been found on the streets of Nelson.

One of the most dangerous illegal drugs in the world has been found on the streets of Nelson, police say.

Carfentanil, a synthetic drug suspected in the deaths of hundreds of people worldwide, was found in suspected counterfeit oxycodone tablets seized from a subject during a recent arrest.

“The Nelson Police Department received the notification of the presence of Carfentanil from Health Canada, a federal agency which analyses drugs seized by police for criminal prosecution,” said Detective Constable David Laing in a news release issued Wednesday.

EDITORIAL: My insidious wardrobe

synthetic fleece, and nore fleece -- fleece is everywhere, even in the fish we eat

What next?  It seems that everything we do is an environmental problem.  Triclosan in "anti-bacterial" soaps and toothpastes and so on just contributed to developing antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria and was bad for people who used the products, too.  Microbeads in toothpaste and various cosmetics built up astonishing levels of micro-bead plastic pollution in waterways, oceans and marine life, including our food.  Fossil fuels that get us and our products around so effortlessly are disrupting our climate, apparently uncontrollably.  Other oil industry products such as plastic nets, bags and other trash, and fertilizers used to excess, are building up in the oceans and fresh-water sources with deadly results.  NOW what?

Museum looks to add major collection in 2017

Grand Forks Volunteer Fire Department attended to discuss the possibility of displaying their five restored antique fire trucks and other apparatus at the museum. — Screen Shot photo

One of the region’s most prized historical collections could find its way into the halls of the Boundary Museum and Interpretive Centre soon.

At the November Boundary Museum Society board meeting two members of the Grand Forks Volunteer Fire Department attended to discuss the possibility of displaying their five restored antique fire trucks and other apparatus at the museum.

Request that will increase revenue for GFI approved by city council

Grand Forks International baseball tournament is set for June 26-July 3.

A request for extra camping space next to one of the city’s biggest summer events was given approval recently.

The city will be allowing the Grand Forks International baseball tournament organizers to provide recreational vehicle parking at nearby Dick Bartlett Park during the 2017 event (June 26-July 3), with the permission to charge the campers a fee.

Nelson SAR kept busy with three callouts in as many days

Nelson SAR used a helicopter to assist in the rescue of some missing outdoor enthusiasts during the past few days. — Photo courtesy Nelson SAR

Nelson Search and Rescue members were kept busy the past few days with three calls since Sunday.

The influx started Sunday (February 26) morning at 1:20 a.m. when NSAR were paged to assist South Columbia colleagues after two snowmobilers were reported overdue following a trip into the backcountry in the Bombi Summit south of Castlegar Saturday.

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