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Drug Alert for Grand Forks

IH said this alert is localized only to the community of Grand Forks.

In a media release Friday afternoon, Interior Health said it has been notified of recent DAS Health Canada lab findings that have cause for concern in the City of Grand Forks.

The IH release said:

Thoughtexchange surges ahead

Photo courtesy of Thoughtexchange

Rossland-based crowdsourcing intelligence platform, Thoughtexchange, announced on December 5, 2019, that it has secured a $20M Series B financing in an oversubscribed round led by Information Venture Partners (Toronto) with participation from existing investor Yaletown Partners (Vancouver) and new investor Voyager Capital (Seattle). 

New GPS technology helps minimize interactions between caribou, snowmobilers

The new approach is a result of a stewardship management agreement between the B.C. government and Trout Lake Recreational Club and the Arrow Lakes Ridge Riders.

A new way of using GPS tracking data will help minimize interactions between a herd of caribou and snowmobilers in the British Columbia Interior.

By tracking the herd's location using data transmitted by GPS collars worn by some of the caribou in the Central Selkirk herd, provincial biologists can now keep some parts of the Central Selkirk Snowmobile Management Area closed to snowmobiling, while keeping other parts that contain no caribou open.

November half degree warmer than average

The high winds experienced in the latter part of November left this sailboat on the rocks near the Prestige Inn. — The Nelson Daily photo

November lacked its usual share of precipitation due to a ridge of high pressure early in the month and a drier upper flow later in the month said Jesse Ellis, Fire Weather Forecaster in the monthly weather synopsis.

“No temperature or precipitation records were broken this month,” Ellis said. “The mean monthly temperature was a half degree warmer than average.”

Ellis said a ridge of high pressure stalled near the BC coast to help keep a dry northwesterly flow in place over the region for the first third of November.

Logging truck accident slows traffic on Kootenay Pass

The empty logging truck was pulled up the steep bank by a wrecker following the accident Wednesday on Highway 3 east Salmo. — Submitted photo

The driver of a logging truck was taken to hospital with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries following a single-vehicle accident on the Kootenay Pass Wednesday afternoon.

The accident happened on Highway 3, a few kilometers west of the Kootenay Pass Summit, when the empty logging truck lost control on slushy roads after passing a YRB (Yellowhead Road & Bridge) plow truck.

The truck hit rocks before the trailer flew off the unit and ended up down the steep bank.

Police asking for public assistance in locating missing Nelson woman

Heather Gunderson has not been heard from since the afternoon of Sunday, December 1, 2019.

Nelson Police is asking the public for assistance in finding a 35-year-old Nelson woman.

Police said Heather Gunderson has not been heard from since the afternoon of Sunday, December 1, 2019. 

Gunderson, known to occasionally wear glasses, is 5’3” and weighs approximately 110 pounds with dark hair and blue eyes. 

She was last seen wearing a grey hooded jacket and dark pants.

Nelson Police and friends are concerned for the well-being of Gunderson and wish to locate her as quickly as possible.

Snowfall warning for Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

Heavy snow continues today with further 10 to 15 cm of snow falling before ending this evening on the Paulson Summit and Kootenay Pass. — DriveBC photo

Well, Old Man Winter finally arrived.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall Wednesday for some parts of the Boundary and most of the West Kootenay region, including Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass — with total accumulation of about 20 cm.

“Heavy snow continues today,” the Environment Canada website said. “A further 10 to 15 cm of snow will fall before ending this evening.

Environment Canada said the public should be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

Rossland Range Rec Site: Fall 2019 update -- AND CAUTION

Booty's Cabin, fall 2019; photo by Sara Golling

UPDATED DECEMBER 4, 2019, 9:30 pm

There are always changes going on in Rossland Range Recreation Site – whether it’s more logging by Atco, or volunteers improving cabins, or replacing of old cabins with newer cabins, or thinning or glading, or doing FireSmart work to reduce fire hazard, or filling woodsheds with firewood for the winter season … and more.  Here are the main things you need to know now, or might want to know even if you don’t need to:

'Pool area heater' cause, origin of Villa Motel fire

Nelson Fire Rescue said video evidence shows visible flame at least 30 minutes prior to the fire being noticed by a motel guest. — The Nelson Daily photo

A heater in the pool area has been determined as the cause, and origin, of a fire in early November at the Villa Motel near the North Shore entrance to the Big Orange Bridge on Highway 3A said Nelson Fire Rescue in a media release Monday.

Located at 644 Highway 3A, the fire, which was reported at 4:5'5 a.m., caused extensive damage to the motel’s Pool Building.

Tentative agreement reached in Kootenay Lake Ferry dispute

Kootenay Lake ferry boats should be back on schedule after a tentative agreement was arrived between the two parties on Tuesday, November 26th.

In a media release Thursday, the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) said ferry workers and their employer, Western Pacific Marine reached a tentative agreement in a contract dispute that caused disruptions to communities on both sides of Kootenay Lake for the past three months.

The union said the tentative agreement was arrived between the two parties on Tuesday, November 26th after 13 days of intensive bargaining and more than five months after the negotiations reached an impasse.