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Grants will reduce wildfire risks in Southeast Fire Centre

A key component of the program is that it lets communities apply for funding to cover up to 100% of a wildfire risk reduction project.

In a media release, the B.C. government said it has allocated another $1,413,349 in Community Resiliency Investment program grants to eight local governments and First Nations communities in the Southeast Fire Centre to help support wildfire risk reduction projects.

These grants are part of a second round of 44 grants distributed province-wide from the program's first application intake.

They are in addition to the more than $6 million in funding provided to 85 municipalities, regional districts and First Nations throughout British Columbia in May 2019.

Council to deliberate buy out policy direction for more than 100 properties

espite only receiving funding for the post flood value, the City is considering what in-kind support it can give to the residents struggling to relocate.

In a media release, the City for Grand Forks said City Council will discuss the mitigation project buy outs and policy direction at the 9 a.m. July 15th Committee of the Whole.

The meeting will hopefully give more information to residents about the process and in-kind support under consideration.

Severe thunderstorm watch for Boundary/West Kootenay

The thunderstorm watch is for the Southern Interior of BC. — Screenshot photo

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Boundary/West Kootenay regions.

Environment Canada said conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing large hail and heavy rain.

“An upper low-pressure system over Vancouver Island will result in a southerly flow of moist, unstable air over the southern interior today,” the Environment Canada website said.

Nelson Fire Rescue responds to house fire

The fire was contained to the original suite with a relatively minor amount of smoke making its way into the upstairs. — Nelson Fire Rescue photo

Nelson Fire Rescue responded to its second fire in a week after crews were called to a house fire located between Victoria and Silica Street in Nelson Wednesday afternoon.

Fire dispatch received the call at 5:34 p.m. Wednesday from a woman who said, “her house was on fire and full of smoke.”

Nelson Fire Rescue, which dealt with a fire at the Alpine Motel last week, immediately dispatched the day crew as well as all off-duty members who were able to attend.

RDCK to review policy after controversial conference

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) will be reviewing its procedures for the booking and use of regional facilities for events. This action is being taken in response to concerns expressed by the public about a controversial speaker who headlined a recent event at the Pass Creek Exhibition Grounds. The RDCK owns the land, which is managed by the Pass Creek Regional Exhibition Society.

June — lack of precipitation continues

Late month storms pelted the region but that was not enough to see precipitation decline for the fourth straight month said the Southeast Fire Centre. — The Nelson Daily photo

For the fourth consecutive month, there was a lack of precipitation said Ron Lakeman, Weather Forecaster for the Southeast Fire Centre, in his monthly synopsis.

Lakeman said the deficit of precipitation continues, with June checking in as another month with a below normal amount of precipitation.  

“The June rainfall was two thirds of normal,” Lakeman explained. “The March through June 30th total amount of precipitation is 54% of normal.”

Lakeman said the dry westerly flow prevailed for unseasonably warm temperatures during the initial four days of the month.

Significant damage after explosion, fire at motel in Nelson

Nelson Fire Rescue responded to an explosion and fire at Alpine Motel Friday evening. — Nelson Fire Rescue photos

No injuries were reported but damage was significant following an explosion and fire at the Alpine Motel Friday evening Nelson Fire Rescue said in a media release.

Nelson Fire Rescue received a call at 7:49 p.m. Friday that an explosion had occurred at the motel, located at 1120 Hall Mines Road in Nelson.

Fire crews arrived shortly after the call was received to see bystanders forced to flee from the location after fire proved to be too large for two portable extinguishers.

School District in damage control after students given explicit sex guide

Students at Erickson Elementary in Creston were exposed to book intended for adults.

Kootenay Lake School District is in damage control after elementary students in the Creston school were exposed to an explicit sex guide during a sex education class taught by a public health nurse and trainee.

The incident happened on June 20th when copies of a 47-page book, that was intended to be used by adults, was taken home by students according to the district.

The school quickly received complaints from various parents.

Grand Forks finally to receive flood aid from Feds, Province

Politicians stand on the banks of the river outside Grand Forks for the major funding announcement Wednesday. — Facebook photo

More than a year after Grand Forks experienced a flood of the century, federal and provincial governments have stepped up to the plate with $50 million for an important flood mitigation project in the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary community of Grand Forks.

Wednesday, Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Jennifer Rice, B.C.’s Parliamentary Secretary Responsible for Emergency Preparedness, joined hands to offer support to the hundreds of residents in the flood-stricken Ruckle area.

BC Government adds to Gladstone Provincial Park

Nanaimo MLA Sheila Malcolmson makes the announcement of the Gladstone Provincial Park addition on the shores of Christina Lake. — BC Government photos

The Government of British Columbia is adding land to two provincial parks – Gladstone and Garibaldi – to protect ecologically sensitive areas, promote biodiversity and enhance recreation opportunities.