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Organizers postpone Shambhala Music Festival to 2022

After B.C. Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that large events are “unlikely” to proceed this summer, Shambhala Music Festival organizers decided to postpone the event until 2022. — Facebook photo

In a media statement Monday, organizers of the Shambhala Music Festival said the 2021 event has been postponed until 2022.

The decision comes more than a week after B.C. Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that large events are “unlikely” to proceed this summer, in addition to a number of other obstacles the festival has faced such as border closures and the ongoing public health order. 

“We are beyond devastated to postpone for a second time,” said Shambhala Music Festival Founder, Jimmy Bundschuh in a prepared statement. 

Two people dead following suspected illicit drug overdoses in Nelson

Nelson Police is reminding the public of current high dangers in the local illicit drug supply which may draw a nexus to these events.

Nelson Police is advising the public the ongoing dangers of the local illicit drug supply following two separate, and unrelated reports, of suspected illicit drug overdoses happening last week in the Cottonwood Falls and Rail Town area of Nelson.

In a media release Monday, Nelson Police said dispatch was contacted by BC Ambulance Service Thursday, March 25th, requesting police to attend.

Sunday, March 28th, a member of the public called Nelson Police to attend.

COVID-19 forces cancellation of Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament

For the second year in a row, the Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament has been cancelled.

For second time in as many years, the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has forced organizers to cancel the Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament.

Tournament organizers said recent decisions by the Province and Health Authorities have indicated that it will not be possible to hold large gatherings and events throughout summer 2021 in BC.

Like most events held throughout the province, the pandemic cancelled the GFI tournament in 2020.

RCMP urges motorists to remain vigilant after police impersonator pulls over vehicle

RCMP said although the victim was ordered to exit his vehicle during the interaction, he trusted his instincts, distracted the suspect and managed to flee towards Kelowna.

RCMP said in a media release that motorists in the Boundary region are urged to be vigilant, after Midway RCMP responded to a report of a suspicious occurrence that took place Sunday evening on a back country provincial highway.

RCMP said on Sunday, March 21, 2021, shortly after 8:30 p.m., Midway RCMP received a third party report after a suspicious occurrence in which a yet to be identified suspect allegedly conducted a traffic stop with a motorist travelling between Rock Creek and Kelowna along Highway 33.

Basin Stories — Refreshed Future for a Local Brewery

When Kate and Matt Walker purchased the Nelson brewing Company, they brought lots of enthusiasm and diverse skill sets.

Epic — that’s the word the Nelson Brewing Company uses to describe its organic beers, and it could be used to describe its accomplishments, too.

For 29 years, the brewery has been operating out of an 1897 building in Nelson that once housed the city’s original brewery. It introduced craft beer to the Kootenays.

People can now enjoy products like Harvest Moon Kolsch Hemp Ale and Bent Pole Northwest IPA in restaurants and bars throughout the Kootenays, or buy them in liquor stores in BC and Alberta.

CKCA opens nominations for Steering Committee

CKCA is particularly interested in new members that represent youth and / or cultural diversity.

The Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA) invites members of the arts and culture community in the Columbia Basin to join its volunteer Steering Committee.

The CKCA is a representative body of the arts and culture communities across the Basin and manages and administers arts and culture funding programs on behalf of Columbia Basin Trust (CBT).

The CKCA Steering Committee consists of 12 members: six from the West Kootenay, five from the East Kootenay, and one from the Valemount area.

KAST's Digital Transformation assists Kootenay Business impacted by COVID-19

Tech Resiliency Program contractors could relate to the people they were helping. — Photos courtesy KAST

Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST) said in a media release the organization one year into the pandemic has helped hundreds of businesses in the Kootenays impacted by COVID-19 get help with digital transformation.

Partnering with the BC Tech Association was the first step in providing crucial 1:1 support free of charge to non-tech businesses in the Kootenays.

Long serving Commissionaire celebrated for his dedicated service with the Mounties in the Kootenays

RCMP Cpl. Darryl Orr presents Thomas Peter Robinson, a Commissionaire, with a special plaque recognizing 16 years of dedicated professional service to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in both Salmo and Nelson. — Submitted photo

It is not every day a Detachment Commander has the honour of recognizing the long service of an employee. Last Friday Salmo RCMP Cpl. Darryl Orr had the pleasure of doing just that.

On March 5, 2021 Cpl. Darryl Orr presented Thomas Peter Robinson, a Commissionaire, with a special plaque recognizing 16 years of dedicated professional service to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in both Salmo and Nelson BC.

FortisBC advises fishermen to watch out for tagged Rainbow Trout

Starting this spring, FortisBC said the company is studying the migration patterns and habitat use of Rainbow Trout in the lower Kootenay River. — FortisBC photo

To better protect aquatic species around hydroelectric dams, FortisBC said the company is undertaking research projects on their behavior and habitat.

Starting this spring, FortisBC said the company is studying the migration patterns and habitat use of Rainbow Trout in the lower Kootenay River.

“The three-year study starts in March as members of the FortisBC environment team will be implanting sonic transmitters into 30 Rainbow Trout – a process also known as tagging,” FortisBC said in a media release.

BCHL receives approval to play shortened season beginning in April

The league will operate in a “pod” model where three to four teams will play each other in five different locations across the province.

The BC Hockey League has been granted permission by the Provincial Health Office (PHO) to play a shortened 2020-21 season beginning the first week of April.

The PHO said it has approved the BCHL’s proposal for a safe return to play under its COVID-19 Safety Plan.

The league will operate in a “pod” model where three to four teams will play each other in five different locations across the province.

The five cities where games will be played include Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Penticton, Port Alberni and Vernon.

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