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New Year's Day Winter Storm Alert for Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

Environment Canada said snow has developed over the Kootenay Pass early (Friday) morning with total snowfall accumulations of up to 50 cm possible through midday Sunday.

Environment Canada has issued a Winter Storm alert New Year’s Day for Highway 3, including the Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

Environment Canada said drivers can expect to see hazardous winter conditions over the next couple of days as a series of disturbances will move across the BC Interior bringing significant snowfall to many mountain passes.

“Snow has developed over the Kootenay Pass early (Friday) morning with total snowfall accumulations of up to 50 cm possible through midday Sunday,” Environment Canada website said.

Interior Health COVID-19 Update: 10 deaths, 239 new cases since Dec. 24

Interior Health president and CEO Susan Brown said she is deeply saddened to report the deaths of 10 more people in the region.

Interior Health announced Tuesday that there are 10 deaths and 239 new COVID-19 cases to report following the Christmas Holiday break.

In a media release, Interior Health president and CEO Susan Brown said she is deeply saddened to report the deaths of 10 more people in the region.

“Our sincere condolences go to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives to COVID-19 and, as well, to the caregivers who looked after them,” said Brown, adding the holiday count brings the total to 28 in Interior Health.

FortisBC warns customers of spikes in energy use with colder than average winter predicted

With a colder than average winter expected, FortisBC said monitoring use and taking steps to avoid heat loss are key to managing energy costs. — Submitted photo

FortisBC is reminding customers to to pay attention to energy use to reduce seasonal spikes with colder temperatures forcasted as the calendar flips 2021.  

FortisBC said in a media release with most of the population spending more time in their homes as a result of COVID-19 safety measures, customers need to watch energy use with La Nina temperature cycle is forecasted this winter and coldest part of the year typically occurring in January.

First COVID-19 U.K. variant case identified in B.C.

B.C.'s provincial health office said the individual, who resides in the Island Health region, returned to B.C. from the U.K. on flight AC855 on Dec. 15, 2020, developed symptoms while in quarantine and was immediately tested.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer (PHO), and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, have issued the following joint statement announcing the first confirmed case of a person in British Columbia infected with the COVID-19 variant first identified in the United Kingdom:

"B.C. has identified the first case of a person in B.C. infected with the COVID-19 U.K. variant. The individual, who resides in the Island Health region, returned to B.C. from the U.K. on flight AC855 on Dec. 15, 2020, developed symptoms while in quarantine and was immediately tested.

Interior Health administers first COVID-19 vaccines in Kelowna, Kamloops

Tuesday, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was administered to long-term care staff and physicians in Kelowna. — Photo courtesy Interior Health

Interior Health administers first COVID-19 vaccines in Kelowna and Kamloops

Interior Health is celebrating a milestone in the fight against COVID-19, the first vaccinations have occurred in Kelowna and Kamloops.

As part of the provincial COVID-19 immunization program, Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been received and is being administered to long-term care staff and physicians.

“You have no idea what this means to me,” said Charmane Lazzarotto, first vaccine recipient in Kelowna.

Interior Health updates COVID-19 case count at Big White Ski Resort

Interior Health said the new cases are related to COVID-19 transmission that occurred within group housing, social events and gatherings.

Interior Health said Tuesday in a media release that there has been an additional 20 cases of COVID-19 linked to the Big White Mountain community cluster.

Interior Health said the total number of cases identified to date is 96.

New cases are related to COVID-19 transmission that occurred within group housing, social events and gatherings.

“These new cases were expected, many of these new cases were on isolation already as they had shared their household with confirmed cases,” said Dr. Silvina Mema, medical health officer.

Kootenay Lake fisherman Rick Taylor November winner in KLAIP

November winner Rick Taylor show shows a catch during a day on the lake in November. — Submitted photo

Rick Taylor has lived on Kootenay Lake for 40 years and has seen some ups and downs in fish numbers and size but commented that the last few years have been catastrophic for the Kokanee numbers.

The Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program (KLAIP) is designed to help the iconic kokanee salmon population recover after their collapse in 2013.

Anglers are encouraged to harvest rainbow and bull trout in the main body of Kootenay Lake, then bring heads to local depots to be entered in the monthly draw for a prize worth $1,000.

Selkirk College students spread sawdust, gratitude during holiday season

While adhering to strict health and safety protocols, students in the Selkirk College Fine Woodworking Program have spent the last four months building skills on Nelson’s Silver King Campus. The cohort of 19 is seen here holding some of the beautiful boxes they created just prior to the holiday break. You can see more detailed photos of the boxes at the program’s Facebook page by searching “Selkirk Fine Woodworking.” — Submitted photo

As the saws stop spinning for winter break at Nelson’s Silver King Campus, students in the Selkirk College Fine Woodworking Program are heading into the holidays filled with gratitude for the chance to learn in the shop environment.

Under strict pandemic protocols, School of Industry & Trades Training shop spaces at the Silver King Campus were the first to reopen for in-person learning back in May.

Canada Summer Jobs 2021 employer application process now open

The employer application period for CSJ 2021 will open on Monday, December 21, 2020, and close on Friday, January 29, 2021.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on young Canadians who are trying to find work. Employers also face challenges when recruiting and hiring workers while adapting to the realities of the pandemic.

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