On February 12,, at approximately 3 a.m., frontline officers with the Castlegar RCMP were conducting patrols at the summit of Bombi Pass, on Hwy 3, where they located a grey Volkswagen with two male occupants. Officers confirmed the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Trail on November 26th, 2022. Both men were subsequently arrested for possessing stolen property. A search of the vehicle resulted in officers seizing a cordless cutting tool, a catalytic converter, and a large quantity of suspected illegal drugs.
An environmental group in the East Kootenay, Wildsight, strongly supports a recent fine of Teck Coal Limited for failure to construct a water treatment facility by the required permit data, along with fines for exceedances in selenium and nitrate.
Teck Coal Limited was fined $16.5 million by the BC Government.
The love for the city’s waterfront Hall Street Pier project is expected to be shown in a regular council meeting on Valentine’s Day.
City council is expected to hear back from city staff during the meeting on how it can afford continuing with the project and the $860,000 needed to finish it as planned with a canopy.
There had been some debate on how to finish the project — that began last year — during a Feb. 3 special council meeting on the budget. The costly canopy has not been approved for the coming budget that council was still deliberating on.
Interior Health has issued the following statement in response to the verdict regarding Interior Health’s former chief medical health officer:
"Interior Health is now aware of the guilty verdict issued (Feb. 7) regarding Dr. Albert de Villiers.
"Given the leadership and public-facing role of the chief medical health officer, and the critical importance for the incumbent to comply with all respects of professional standards, it is Interior Health’s position that a person convicted of criminal charges of this nature is unable to fulfill the duties of the position.
Foggy conditions are making driving even more hazardous in the Boundary, West Kootenays and Kootenay Lakes region this morning.
Visibility can decline in seconds – Highway 3 is already at near zero -- increasing the risk of crashing.
“Even creeping along at 10 to 15 km/h can be dangerous,” says Trace Acres, spokesperson for the annual Shift into Winter campaign.
“Whether we drive for work or for pleasure, we all need to adjust our driving in the fog.”
Environment Canada issued an alert Tuesday for Highway 3, Kootenay Pass to Paulson Summit.
Environment Canada said hazardous winter conditions are expected beginning today and into Tuesday evening with total snowfall accumulations of 25 cm.
“A frontal system moving across the BC Interior will give heavy snow to southern highway passes,” Environment Canada said.
“Light snow this morning will intensify later in the today.
The nation’s Species at Risk Act is no law at all, says a local environmental group.
The Valhalla Wilderness Society contends that the Species at Risk Act (SARA) does not provide protection under the law for the endangered mountain caribou and its habitat, 30 years after Canada signed an accord — at the UN Convention on Biodiversity in Rio De Janeiro — to protect biodiversity, which spawned the enactment of SARA.
The regional transit service has been suffering and the community is stepping up with solutions, noted a member of the West Kootenay Transit committee.
Rik Logtenberg said the contract the Regional District of Central Kootenay — along with the City of Nelson — and BC Transit has with NextGen has struggled with a lack of bus drivers on some routes, causing the cancellations on certain days.
The school district is going where no (local) school district has gone before.
As a now certified Provincial Online Learning School (POLS), School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) has taken its quality brand of education to online learners in the region but now also across the province.
Grand Forks RCMP said Friday night, February 3, 2023 at just past 9 p.m. Ryan Harp was apprehended by police.
Grand Forks RCMP said police officers from both the Grand Forks and Midway Detachments responded to a tip from the public that Ryan Harp, a male who was at large and wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant was seen near Phoenix Road and Marshall lake Road between the two communities.
RCMP said that officers from both jurisdictions attended and were able to arrest Harp without incident.