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Water activist escapes wrath of courts

There was plenty of support for Water activist Jessica Ogden this week outside the Nelson Courthouse. — The Nelson Daily photos

Water activist Jessica Ogden escaped the wrath of the court system Thursday in Nelson when Madam Justice Jennifer Duncan tossed out a contempt of court charge on a technicality.

Odgen appeared in court after being arrested June 21 by RCMP for disobeying a court order at a logging operation near Balfour.

However, after the arrest and before Thursday’s court hearing, Cooper Creek Cedar failed file the appropriate documentation in the courts, thus forcing Madam Justice Duncan to toss out the case on a technicality.

BC Wildfire Service to prohibit Category 2 open burns Southeast Fire Centre

BC Wildfire Service said it is implementing this prohibition to help prevent wildfires sparked by Category 2 open burns and to protect public safety.

In a media release Friday, the BC Wildfire Service said effective at noon Pacific time on Monday, July 29, 2019, Category 2 open burning will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre's jurisdiction, including the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District and the Selkirk Natural Resource District.

In the release the BC Wildfire Service said it is implementing this prohibition to help prevent wildfires sparked by Category 2 open burns and to protect public safety. It will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.

Fortis offers update on regional outages after electrical storm

FortisBC experienced storm-related damage to its electricity system overnight and this morning and we’re working to restore service to about 1,500 FortisBC customers in the Christina Lake and communities between Nelson, Crawford Bay and Kaslo.

Our crews are committed to restoring power quickly and safely 24 hours a day in all weather. Five crews worked throughout the night to assess damage, remove trees and repair lines. Five additional crews, including one brought in from the South Okanagan, continue to work in the area today.

Port Alberni teens now considered suspects in Northern BC double homicide

Given these latest developments, Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky are no longer considered missing but are now suspects in the double homicide in Northern BC. — RCMP photo

RCMP have issued a warning to the public Tuesday to be on the lookout for two teens from Port Alberni believed to be involved in the double homicide of Chynna Noelle Deese, 24, and Lucas Robertson Fowler, 23 and a suspicious death in northern B.C.

"Given these latest developments, Kam and Bryer are no longer consider missing," the RCMP media release said.

"RCMP are considering Kam McLeod (19) and Bryer Schmegelsky (18) as suspects in the Dease Lake suspicious death investigation and the double homicide of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese."  

Air Ambulance Helicopter attends motorcycle crash in Crescent Valley

The Air Ambulance Helicopter landed at Crescent Valley Fire Department to retrieve the injured man. — Submitted photo

The operator of a motorcycle was medevacked to hospital Monday afternoon following highway accident on Highway 6 in Crescent Valley.

The accident happened shortly after noon when the operator collided with a truck on Highway 6 near the Crescent Valley Fire Department.

Crescent Valley and Tarry’s Fire Departments responded to the accident which slowed traffic to single lane while first responders dealt with the victims’ injuries.

Break and Enter leads to arrest of Castlegar man

On July 19, after 12 a.m., the Castlegar RCMP responded to a break and enter after a Castlegar home owner disrupted a break and enter to their residence. The Castlegar resident was home at the time of the incident when an unknown male attempted to gain entry through an unlocked door. After a brief struggle the suspect departed on foot and the resident was able to lock the door and contact police. Castlegar RCMP arrived within in minutes of the report and arrested the suspect.  The homeowner suffered no injuries during the incident.  

City updates Land Use Regulations to increase resiliency to potential wildfires

The Sitkum Creek wildfire was dangerously close to many residents on the North Shore and is a reminder of Nelson's close proximity to heavily forested areas. — The Nelson Daily file photo

New plantings and building materials have been restricted in the new regulations passed to move the city closer to becoming more resistant to wildfires.

People across the city will no longer be able to plant highly combustible coniferous evergreen trees and bushes within close proximity of their homes as council passed changes last week to its bylaws to improve the city’s resiliency to the effect of wildfire.

Castlegar Sculpturewalk Artist Donates Fitting Piece to Selkirk College

Castlegar Sculpturewalk President Sandy Battista (left) and Selkirk College Vice President of Students & Advancement John Kincaid stand beside Salmon that was donated by artist Christina Nick for permanent display on the Castlegar Campus.

Renowned sculptor Christina Nick has gifted a beautiful welded steel and mixed media piece for permanent display on the Selkirk College Castlegar Campus.

Good Samaritans assist in water rescue on Kootenay Lake

Nelson Police said members of the public on the water at the time were able to assist with removing both kayakers from the water.

An unexpected wind storm is believed to be the blame for two kayakers capsizing their boats Sunday afternoon said Nelson Police in a media release.

Police said dispatched received several 911 calls at 4:49 p.m. reporting that two kayaks had capsized on Kootenay Lake in front of the Chahko Mika Mall. 

Calls added that the two kayakers were in the water struggling to return to shore. 

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