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Interior Health investigates COVID-19 cluster at Merritt Tim Hortons, 155 new cases in BC

Interior Health said the owner of the Tim Hortons in Merritt has voluntarily closed the restaurant.

In the daily COVID-19 media release Friday, Interior Health said the authority is investigating a cluster of cases of associated with the main Tim Hortons at 3340 River Ranch Road in Merritt.

Interior Health said as a result of the cluster, the owner has voluntarily closed the restaurant. Interior Health said it appreciates Tim Hortons efforts and co-operation in managing this situation.

New Program Helps Kootenay Businesses Enter & Expand into the Digital Economy

DER3 will help Kootenay businesses shift their business approach to be more profitable, expand into new markets or opportunities and respond to new challenges associated with COVID-19. — Submitted

Small and medium sized businesses in the Kootenays do not need to navigate the digital world alone, thanks to a new program that launched recently by KAST (Kootenay Association for Science and Technology)

Grand Forks party host fined for failing to comply with COVID-19 measures

Police said officers are investigating the party host for mischief and will submit the findings of the completed investigation to BC Prosecution Services for charge assessment.

RCMP said in a media release that man who allegedly hosted a party in Grand Forks during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend has been fined and mischief offences are being investigated.

RCMP said that after 7:30 p.m. on Saturday October 10, frontline officers from the Grand Forks RCMP were dispatched an on-going noise complaint at a residence in the 4900-block of Vernon Street.

RCMP said several callers reported hearing a live band that had reportedly been playing for several hours.

Elections BC issues Vote By Mail update

It is possible that voters, especially those who request a voting package this week, will receive their vote-by-mail package after the recommended deadline to return it by mail on October 17.

In a media release, Elections BC said it is busy processing an unprecedented number of vote-by-mail package requests this election.

Elections BC said as of October 13, 680,000 voters have requested vote-by-mail packages. In the 2017 provincial election, 6,517 voters voted by mail.

Elections BC said in total, 670,033 vote-by-mail packages have been issued to voters — issued packages include those that have been sent to voters or are being prepared to be mailed.

UPDATED: Snowfall Warning for Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

Environment Canada said the Kootenay Pass could get up to 15 cm of snow today. — DriveBC photo

Environment Canada updated its website Tuesday to say that snowfall with total amounts of about 15 cm is expected at the higher elevations of Highway 3, Kootenay Pass and Paulson Summit.

Environment Canada  said snow, heavy at times, is expected over the Pennask and Kootenay Pass summits today.

“A frontal system will cross the province (Tuesday),” Environment Canada said. “Snow will taper off this afternoon with 15 cm expected.”

Nelson Minor Hockey grad signs with NHL's Arizona Coyotes

Dryden Hunt signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Coyotes. — Submitted

Nelson Minor Hockey grad Dryden Hunt has switched National Hockey League teams, recently signing a one-year, two-way contract with the Arizona Coyotes.

Coyotes General Manager Bill Armstrong made the announcement as NHL teams continue to scan the free-agent market to bolster rosters for the upcoming season.

Hunt, 24, played last season in the Florida Panthers system, splitting time with the NHL club and the Springfield Thunderbirds of the American Hockey League.

Hunt registered four assists and 24 penalty minutes in 21 games with the Panthers in 2019-20.

Southeast Fire Centre to rescind open burning prohibitions

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of up to $100,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to up to one year in jail.

The BC Wildfire Service said in a media release, fffective at noon on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, Category 3 open burning, as defined in the Wildfire Regulation, will once again be permitted throughout the Southeast Fire Centre's jurisdiction due to a decreased wildfire risk.

The BC Wildfire Service said campfires and smaller Category 2 open burning is already allowed within the same jurisdiction. Local governments may still have burning restrictions in place, so people should check with local authorities before lighting any fire of any size.

Nature Conservancy of Canada encourages the public to forget about those dreaded leaves

The not-for-profit land conservation organization says leaving fallen leaves like these in Lakeside Park in Nelson is a small act of nature conservation that can support backyard biodiversity in many ways. — The Nelson Daily photo

The changing colour of leaves is one of the most beautiful aspects of the fall season, but it comes with an onerous task: raking them up once they’ve fallen.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), however, has some green advice for people wishing to avoid back-breaking yard work: leave the rake in the shed and the leaves on the ground. And if someone accuses you of being lazy, you can say you are helping the environment and being a conservationist.

‘Extinct’ Sinixt Hunter heads to Supreme Court of Canada

Rick Desautel, in Ottawa, has been quarantining in British Columbia since mid-September to allow for travel to be present for this historic moment. — Submitted photo

The latest chapter in the sn̓ʕaýckstx (Arrow Lakes/Sinixt) people to reclaim status in Canada will play out beginning Thursday (October 8, 2020) at the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa.

The nine justices of the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the landmark appeal case of R v. Desautel beginning at 9:30 a.m. EST.