Following Thursday’s light show that saw lighting light up the sky throughout the region, Environment Canada is again issuing a Thunderstorm Watch for most of the southern interior of BC, including Boundary, Kootenay Lake, West Kootenay, East Kootenay and Arrow Lakes – Slocan Lakes areas.
There is reason for optimism in regards to fire season as it relates to the West Kootenay region this August, according to the BC Wildfire Service.
With previous years’ summer slam events in August hitting the canvas with a one-two combination of drought and heat, resulting in a knockout punch of prolific wildfires and smoke, this year an air of uncertainty — with a cooler, wetter spring delaying the fire season — has settled in on the West Kootenay wildfire season landscape.
In a quest for more housing and more housing choices a few bylaw and traffic feathers have to be ruffled as the building lots become increasingly difficult to accommodate projects.
When considering variances for a vacant parcel of land located in the Gyro neighbourhood at 41 Douglas Road — designated multi-unit in the Official Community Plan — city council was divided on what could and should be allowed to happen in the name of development.
There is no free lunch … unless you happen to be a non-profit organization in Nelson.
For the Kootenay Climbing Association (KCA), the city will be handing them a parcel of land at the Tenth Street campus for free for the next 10 years while the club builds a new facility and continues to grow its membership.
Grand Forks RCMP said in a media release that despite there being 4000-5000 people in the Boundary City to enjoy Canada Rock Fest, Mounties not kept overly busy during the festival weekend.
During the four-day period from August 4-7, police officers responded to a total of 50 calls for service, with only a handful generated from the Rock Fest.
There were three people were arrested for alcohol related disturbances, however no charges will be considered in these matters.
The Kootenay region is well ahead of the rest of the province when it comes to unemployment and job recovery, according to recent statistics.
Statistics Canada is reporting a 3.9 per cent unemployment rate for the region, compared to a 4.7 per cent unemployment rate for the province as a whole (behind Manitoba 3.5 per cent, Saskatchewan four per cent and Quebec 4.1 per cent).
The Kootenay region is not the lowest unemployment rate in the province, with the Vancouver Island and Coast region holding the honour at 3.7 per cent.
Over $100,000 of new money could be flowing into the Nelson Public Library in the next two months.
The voting residents of Regional District of Central Kootenay Area E will have their say over drawing the entirety of electoral Area E into the Nelson Public Library service, delivering access that sustains both sides.
RDCK staff have been instructed to obtain approval of electors within Area E to establish the Electoral Area E Library Financial Contribution Service Bylaw.
Former staff member and Christina Lake native James Dergousoff is coming home from the Commonwealth Games with a silver medal.
Dergousoff, 25, swam the breast stroke leg for the Canadian entry in the 4 x 100 meter mixed medley relay that finished in second place.
The team of Dergousoff, Kylie Masse, Maggie Mac Neil and Ruslan Gaziev finished with a collective time of 3:43.98 to earn Canada the silver medal.
Interior Health (IH) clinics are now scheduled for children between the ages of six months and four years old with a COVID-19 vaccine specifically formulated for this age group.
All people over the age of six months can now receive protection against the COVID-19 virus.
“Vaccination against COVID-19 is still the best way to reduce the risk of getting really sick and needing to be hospitalized due to COVID-19,” said Dr. Carol Fenton, medical health officer with IH.
The lightning caused Briggs Creek wildfire located 11.5 kilometers west of the Village of Kaslo has ballooned to an estimated 1,500 hectares since the fire was discovered Monday, August 1, 2022.
The BC Wildfire Service previously estimated at 386 hectares.
Information on the BC Wildfire Service website said the fire is currently burning at high elevation, in steep inoperable terrain.
“Currently, this fire is moving away from properties, into remote areas of Kokanee Glacier Park,” BC Wildfire Service said.