July 2015

Fishing closures part of comprehensive drought response

Fishing closures part of comprehensive drought response

Responding to dry conditions, the Government of B.C. has announced a Level 4 drought rating for Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, and taken the additional action of suspending angling in streams and rivers throughout southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands due to ongoing low stream flows and warming water temperatures.

At Level 4, conditions are extremely dry. Further declines in stream, lake and aquifer levels could lead to water shortages and affect people, industry such as agriculture, wildlife, and fish stocks.

RDCK advises evacuation alert remains as Sitkum Creek wildfired continues to burn

The RDCK wants to advise boaters, swimmers and other recreational lake users of aircraft scooping water out of the lake for firefighting efforts. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

The Regional District of Central Kootenay in a media release said residents of the Duhamel and Sitkum Creek area are still on evacuation alert as a wildfire continues to burn.

"Weather conditions are forecast to be better tonight as crews continue to attack the (now 300) hectare blaze on both the ground and from the air," the release said.

"Crews will be onsite throughout the night. Currently, there is no immediate threat to structures."

Spokane deals with threatening wildfires

Washington State is also dealing with uncontained wildfires this summer.

Spokane is the latest city in the Pacific Northwest to experience concern over uncontrolled wildfires.

Parts of the Washington State City has been threatened due to a growing trend of wildfires that have burned through brush, forest and grassland amid 37 C plus (100 F-degree) heat.

Saturday, northwest of Spokane just off on Highway 395 to Chewelah, a 325 hectare blaze remains uncontained. Fifty homes have been evacuated, and a Red Cross shelter has been established at a high school in Springdale to help residents.

UPDATED: Sitkum Creek wildfire forces RDCK EOC to keep evacuation alert in place

The RDCK is asking the public using the lake around Nelson for recreation use to be aware of the Air Tractor AT-802F "Fire Boss" amphibious air tankers which are scooping from Kootenay Lake to fight the Sitkum Creek wildfire. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

Not much has changed for residents of the Duhamel and Sitkum Creek area as the Regional District of Central Kootenay Emergency Operations Centre continues to keep an evacuation alert in place due to the estimated 300-hectare Sitkum Creek wildfire. 

Residents in the area between Sitkum Creek South and Willow Point (Six Mile Lakes Road) are affected by this precautionary measure, due to erratic wind conditions.

Should the fire, located approximately four kilometers north of Nelson and highly visible from the City of Nelson, worsen, residents will be notified.

Taking a Look at Post-Secondary Education from a North/South Perspective

Leaders from Community Colleges of Spokane and Selkirk College met along the banks of the Columbia River in late-June to explore a new north-south post-secondary relationship. The two-day meetings included an evening dinner at the Castlegar Campus and day-long workshop at the Mir Centre for Peace. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

Community college leaders from both sides of the Canada-United States border gathered at the Selkirk College Castlegar Campus last month to embark on a new north-south relationship aimed at enhancing opportunities for both students and educators.

Administrative and academic leaders from Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) and Selkirk College met on June 24-25 to forge the new partnership. An evening dinner meeting and facilitated day-long workshop helped identify specific areas where collaboration can benefit programming, student learning and professional development.

Nelson Assistant Fire Chief reminds public to keep yards clean during fire season

Nelson Assistant Fire Chief reminds public to keep yards clean during fire season

Nelson Assistant Fire Chief Michael Daloise would like to remind citizens to be vigilant that property is kept clena and fire safe as per the FireSmart Canada recommendations, especially in light of the Sitkum Creek wildfire.

"The Sitkum Creek fire is the closest one to the City of Nelson, but is not currently threatening any structures in the City limits or it’s infrastructure," Daloise explained.

Kootenay paddlers take to water at Nelson 'kayaktivism'

The flotilla paddled along the waterfront Saturday at part of Nelson’s “kayaktivism”. — Submitted photo

A flotilla of more than 50 paddlers in 30 boats took to Kootenay Lake on Saturday July 4 to join in a national day of action for jobs, justice and climate action, sponsored by 350.org.
 
“It was a great way to keep cool, have fun, and speak out for a clean energy future for Canada,” said Montana Burgess of the West Kootenay EcoSociety.

RCMP report legal aid lawyer scam making the rounds

RCMP report legal aid lawyer scam making the rounds

Nelson RCMP is warning the public about a new scam plaguing residents in the area.

Cst. Stathis Dimopoulos said local residents are receiving calls from unknown person(s) perpetrating to be legal aid lawyers acting on behalf of a family member.

"The caller advises that their family member (generic: son, daughter, niece, and or nephew) is being held in custody and that bail money is required to ensure they are released," Cst. Dimopoulos explained.

"Amounts requested have ranged from $995 to $3000."

SCOTIA BANK STEPS TO THE PLATE FOR STUDENT ATHLETES:

Left to right in the picture are, Austin Tambellini, Emily Duggan, Kim Ogston (lead Scotia Bank staffer for the bombers), Karly Jeffries and Reese Tambellini.— Submitted photo

The Nelson/Trail Scotia bank has been a strong supporter of the L. V. Rogers High School baseball program for the past couple of years.

Again this year they stepped up to help the team with their fundraising, seen here are members of the Scotia Bank team giving a cheque to two Bomber players, the cheque matched the amount raised by the team during two fund raisers.

The Bomber Baseball program is very thankful for the efforts of the Scotia Bank Team helping to keep the cost of playing reasonable for the student athlete.