UPDATED: Smoky skies advisory continues; Christina Lake, Grand Forks deals with Evacuation Alert

High winds forecasted are expected to pick up the Stickpin wildfire south of the border. — Photo courtesy BC Wildfire Service

It looks like another day of the smoky skies advisory for the Kootenay/Boundary regions of the province as Environment Canada, in conjuction with Interior Health Authority, to continues the warning.

The advisory is due to smoke blowing north across the border from wildfires in Washington State.

However, according to the Western Canada Smoke Forecast, the Kootenay/Boundary is not the hardest hit.

The East Kootenay and Southern Alberta, including Calgary, should see more smoke.

Smoke advisory issued for Boundary and Kootenay regions

Smoke filled the valley to the east of Nelson Thursday. — The Nelson Daily photo

Evironment Canada has issued a Special Air Quality advisory for the southern areas of the province, including Boundary and Kootenay regions Thursday due to the smoky skies in the area.

The advisory was made in collaboration with the Interior Health Authority and Environment Canada.

"In addition to local smoke from forest fires that continue to burn in the regions, those areas are being affected by transboundary smoke from forest fires south of the border," the media release said.

Possible Staphylococcus bacteria forces Safeway to recall chicken wings

Possible Staphylococcus bacteria forces Safeway to recall chicken wings

Safeway is recalling various store-packaged, cooked Chicken Wings from the marketplace because they may contain the toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria said a release on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website.

Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

Environment Canada/IHA issue smoke advisory for Kootenays

Environment Canada/IHA issue smoke advisory for Kootenays

The Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with the Interior Health Authority, has issued a smoky skies advisory for the southern areas of the Okanagan, Boundary and Kootenay regions, spanning the communities of: Oliver, Osoyoos, Rock Creek, Grand Forks, Castlegar and Creston. These areas are affected by local and transboundary smoke from forest fires burning in the region and south of the border. Smoke concentrations will vary widely as winds, fire behaviour and temperatures change.

Statement of the chief coroner concerning drug-overdose deaths

Chief coroner Lisa Lapointe issued a public statement Tuesday.

Chief coroner Lisa Lapointe Tuesday issued a public statement regarding recent drug-related deaths, reminding drug users of the risks associated with all illicit drug use.

“The recent publicity surrounding drug-overdose deaths in which fentanyl has been detected in post-mortem analyses gives the BC Coroners Service the opportunity to again remind users that it is not possible to be sure of the contents of any illicit drugs,” said Lapointe.

“It is essential that those who use these drugs take all possible steps to minimize their risk.”

Interior Health confirms Broader Horizons to officially re-open operations September 1

Broader Horizons Adult Daycare program will be up and running in the Gordon Road Wellness Centre September 1. — The Nelson Daily photo

A concerned senior population in Nelson can breathe a sigh of relief after Interior Health officially announced that Broader Horizons Adult Daycare Centre will officially re-open operations (Tuesday) September 1.

IH Health Service Administrator for Community Services in Kootenay/Boundary Cheryl Whittleton made the announcement Monday.

“We're pleased to announce that we’ve hired permanent staff and we will be re-opening the programs (at Broader Horizons) September 1st,” Whittleton told The Nelson Daily.

Being Ripped Off by Drug Companies -- and Trade Agreements

Being Ripped Off by Drug Companies -- and Trade Agreements

One way of looking at the current election is to see it as a massive civic literacy test, not just for those who actually intend to vote but for those who mistake cynicism for sophistication and stay glued to their iPads instead.

Interior Health warns whooping cough cases on the increase

IH says the majority of cases currently in the Central Okanagan.

Interior Health is adivsing the public that pertussis cases, also known as whooping cough, is on the rise.

The increase in pertussis cases has IH sending out a reminder parents about the importance of making sure their children’s immunizations are up to date.

Water conservation urged as final Okanagan area increases drought rating

Water conservation urged as final Okanagan area increases drought rating

Responding to continuing dry conditions, the Government of B.C. has announced a Level 4 drought rating for the Okanagan Region, and taken the additional action of suspending angling on the Okanagan River (main-stem only) between Okanagan Lake and Osoyoos Lake due to warming water temperatures.

This brings the Okanagan region to the same drought level classification as the South Thompson, Similkameen, Kettle and Skagit areas, which were raised to Level 4 on July 27.

Rural Family Practice Program aims to draw physicians

Two of Nelson’s longstanding family physicians, Dr. Jim Noiles and Dr. Trevor Janz hosted the new medical residents and students at their homes. Also present, was acting Major of Nelson, Janice Morrison. — Submitted photo

In an attempt to combat a projected doctor shortage local health authorities have banded together to create a new hands on program and it is ready to kick off.

Trail doctor, Cheryl Hume, is the director of the new Kootenay Boundary Rural Family Practice Residency Program that aims to engage future physicians in the lifestyle and practices presented by smaller towns such as Nelson.

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