In a media release Thursday, Interior Heath issued a DRUG ALERT for Nelson, Trail and Castlegar after confirmatory drug checking results on a sample were found to contain Fentanyl, Fluorofentanyl (Fentanyl analogue), and Bromazolam (Benzodiazepine).
Interior Health said that the Fluorofentanyl potency is not well understood and can be more potent than standard fentanyl.
"This means this drug could be very strong, increasing the risk of overdose and risk of fatal overdose as well as loss of consciousness," the Interior Health media release said.
Smoke that is highly visible from the City of Nelson, surrounding communities, and Highway 3A is from the Monument Creek Wildfire the Southeast Fire Centre said in an emailed statement Thursday.
The Southeast Fire Centre said that the fire activity increased because of the cold front moving through the region.
"While fire behaviour and smoke did increase, it is burning at high elevation in steep, unworkable terrain that is a significant safety hazard for crews," the Southeast Fire Centre statement said.
Difficulties and frustrations have arisen for regional district staff in the last year when user groups acquire insurance from outside providers for non-contact sports.
A report from Tia Wayling, regional programming supervisor in Community Development for the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK), to the board of directors said other insurance providers view non-contact sports as medium risk and “therefore are not issuing the correct risk level of insurance that the RDCK policy indicates,” because of the intended non-contact activity.
With school starting this week and fall’s cold and flu season on the way, the pandemic and its resultant restrictions might not be a thing of the past, according to the IHA.
An Interior Health Authority media spokesperson said the cases of COVID-19 have never completely abated in Nelson and across the health region, despite the easing of restrictions and the drop in cases at the outset of summer.
Nelson Fire & Rescue Services is advising the public to be extra cautious with all ignition sources after a grass fire started near City Hall Friday afternoon.
In a media release, Nelson Fire & Rescue Services said at approximately 1:15 p.m. Friday, dispatch received multiple 911 calls for a grass fire burning at the foot of Stanley Street next to the parking lot at City Hall.
Nelson Fire & Rescue Services said two duty members responded immediately with two additional members responding from home with prominent white smoke visible in the lower downtown area.
The current number of vacant positions in Interior Health Association is about three times higher than it was before the pandemic and the current staff are “burning out,” according to an IHA official.
An inquiry to IHA media relations confirmed that the staffing shortages plaguing healthcare facilities across the country are also crippling West Kootenay locations, causing reductions in the emergency room hours and redeployment of staff from other departments and centres.
An International Overdose Awareness Day event and vigil took place at Cottonwood Falls in Nelson on Wednesday, August 31st.
The annual event is to honour loved ones who have died due to drug overdose and to raise awareness about the provincial overdose crisis.
More than 70 people attended.
The province is sinking over $500,000 into the local school system to help offset the costs of education.
A total of $553,554 will be given as one-time funding to School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) in order to help families struggling with rising costs of living due to global inflation.
Under the Student and Family Affordability Fund, the money will allow the school district to feed students and purchase the school supplies students need this year.
Nearly $1 million will be injected into the local economy through a provincial program aimed at reducing wildfire risk in the communities around Nelson.
The province will be offering cash to fund five West Kootenay projects to not only reduce wildfire risk but also to enhance wildlife habitat, reduce greenhouse gas emissions from slash pile burning and foster the development of forest recreation and ecological resiliency.
Officers from both the Grand Forks and Midway RCMP combined resources to catch suspected truck thief Tuesday said Detachment Commander, Sergeant Darryl Peppler in a media release.