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By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Jul 01 2021

An interface wildfire near Castlegar has grown to seven hectares and is zero per cent contained, according to BC Wildfire Service, but the City of Castlegar Emergency Operations Centre says the blaze within city limits is contained.

Twenty-five firefighters, two airtankers and two helicopters are attacking the fire.

"At 5:20 p.m., the City issued an Evacuation Alert for the following:

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Wednesday Jun 30 2021

There has been another discovery of remains linked to the former residential school system, this time in the Kootenays.

In a media release Wednesday, the Lower Kootenay Band says a search using ground-penetrating radar located 182 human remains in unmarked graves of a site near the former St. Eugene’s Mission School outside Cranbrook.

The St. Eugene’s Mission School, known as the Kootenay Indian Residential School, was operated by the Catholic Church for almost 100 years from 1873-1970.

By Province of British Columbia on Tuesday Jun 29 2021

In a government media release Tuesday, Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, released a statement on the 10-year anniversary of the line-of-duty passing of Sheilah Sweatman, ground search-and-rescue volunteer:

"Exactly 10 years ago today, on June 29, 2011, British Columbia's search-and-rescue community lost one of their own when Nelson Search and Rescue's Sheilah Sweatman tragically lost her life during a search-and-recovery call on the Goat River near Creston.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Monday Jun 28 2021

Columbia Valley RCMP is releasing images of a suspect in connection to the armed robbery of a local pharmacy in an effort to identify the individual and advance its criminal investigation.

On June 27, 2021, just minutes after 12 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP responded to a report of an armed robbery just committed at the Invermere Pharmasave, situated on 10 Avenue in Invermere BC.

Police have learned that the yet to be identified suspect entered the pharmacy, displayed a firearm to an employee and demanded narcotics.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Saturday Jun 26 2021

The Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP (PSOSRD) have opened an investigation after two more churches were destroyed by fire early Saturday (June 26) morning.

In a media release Saturday, the Princeton RCMP received a call at 3:52 a.m., the St. Ann's Catholic Church on the Upper Similkameen Indian Band (USIB) near the small community of Hedley was on fire.

Hedley is located approximately 74 kilometers southwest of Penticton and 38 km southeast of Princeton on Highway 3.

By The Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Jun 24 2021

BC Wildfire Service crews in the Southeast Fire Centre were busy Wednesday responding to a wildfire north of Balfour.

BC Wildfire Service said on Twitter that the Knob fire is burning four kilometers north of Balfour.

“The fire is about 0.5 (hectare) and is lightning caused,” BC Wildfire Service said.

BC Wildfire Service said personnel and aircraft are responding and the fire was visible from Nelson, Highway 31 and communities in and around Balfour.

“No structures (are) threatened at this time,” BC Wildfire Service said.

By Interior Health Authority on Tuesday Jun 22 2021

With temperatures across our region soaring this week — Environment Canada is forecasting temperatures in the high 30s into the weekend — Interior Health reminds everyone that too much heat can be harmful to your health.

"Excessive heat exposure can lead to weakness, disorientation and exhaustion," the Interior Health media release said.

"In severe cases, it can also lead to heat stroke, also known as sunstroke. Heat stroke can be a life-threatening medical emergency."

Who is most at risk?

By The Nelson Daily Sports on Monday Jun 21 2021

Traction on Demand in Nelson is partnering with Kootenay Mountain Biking and Cycling BC iRide to offer a summer camp like no other — Bikes’n Bytes.

The camp, which runs from August 16-20, 2021, is the best of both worlds for youth between the age of 9-12 in Nelson and area.

“By 2030, the demand for advanced IT and programming skills is expected to grow by 90%,” a spokesperson for the camp said.

By The Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Jun 17 2021

Nelson Police said four students were arrested and released following graduation prank gone wrong Sunday night at L.V. Rogers High School in Nelson.

In a media release Thursday, Nelson Police said few students broke into LVR school afterhours before opening the building for numerous others to join them inside the school.

“What seems to have been intended as a graduation prank soon got out of hand,” Nelson Police said.

By Castlegar Source on Thursday Jun 17 2021

The RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit (MCU) is looking to advance the criminal investigation into the homicide death of a 26-year-old Creston man, whose body was located inside a residence near Creston in 2015.

Click here to view the original news release published on June 3, 2015