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New resource assists cannabis producers to enter legal market

From left, Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall, Paul Kelley, Cannabis Business Transition Initiative Program, Community Futures Central Kootenay, Che Leblanc and staff tour an outdoor cannabis operation in Salmo. — Submitted photo

Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall said a step-by-step online guide that helps simplify and streamline the licensing process will benefit small scaled producers in the area, and throughout the province.

A BC Government media release said the Cannabis Production Regulatory Navigator has been created to help prospective cannabis cultivators and processors work their way through the steps required to get their regulated and approved products to market.

Two Rossland students, one from Montrose and one from Crawford Bay awarded Neil Muth Memorial Scholarships

Ayla von Diebitsch from Rossland is a recipient of the 2020 Neil Muth Memorial Scholarship. Submitted photo

Ayla Diebitsch from Rossland, Jay Maloney from Rossland, Nigel Burk from Montrose and Joli Mwinyi from Crawford Bay will each receive a $2,500 Neil Muth Memorial Scholarship to continue their education.

“We were so moved and inspired by all of the applicants who shared their stories with us,” said Cathy Muth, Neil’s wife.

Mount Sentinel Grad awarded Beedie Luminaries Scholarship

Freya Emery will received $10,000 CAD per year for a bachelor degree program, tenable for up to four years of funding. — Submitted photo

Finally, some good news for a graduating student in Kootenay Lake School District during the final high school term interrupted by the — COVID-19 — pandemic.

Mount Sentinel Grad Freya Emery was recently selected to receive a 2020 Beedie Luminaries Scholarship.

The Beedie Luminaries Scholarship Program is aimed at giving promising BC students the opportunity to advance their education, achieve their dreams and inspire others.

One man to appear in court following executed search warrant of Salmo residence

Salmo RCMP seized more than 200 marihuana plants as well as packaged marihuana from the residence on Liness Road.

RCMP in Salmo said Monday in a media release, officers from the detachment executed a search warrant Sunday (June 14) issued under the Cannabis Act at a residence on Liness Road.

Police said officers seized 220 marihuana plants and packaged marihuana from inside the residence.

“One male was located inside the growing operation when members entered the residence and a charge of Production of Marihuana Cannabis will be recommended,” RCMP said.

Police said the male will be appearing in Nelson Court in October relating to this charge.

BC River Forecast Centre issued High Streamflow Advisory

BC Wildfire crews help to take down Tiger dams and remove anchors between 2nd and 3rd streets in the City of Grand Forks. With lower flood risks predicted, protective works in and around the City of Grand Forks are gradually being removed. — Submitted photo

Residents can expect to see a rise in river levels with rain forecast across the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary this weekend, with flows are expected to remain between a one- to five-year return, or a just above a normal freshet flow. Environment Canada has forecasted scattered showers this weekend with variable rainfall amounts ranging from ten to 40 millimetres across the Boundary.

The BC River Forecast Centre issued a High Streamflow Advisory for Friday, which means river levels will rise or are expected to rise rapidly.

Josephine Street fire causes major damage to Nelson businesses

Firefighters battled the blaze at Josephine Street in Nelson Thursday from the rear of the building. — Photo courtesy Nelson Fire Rescue Services

Nelson Fire Rescue Services continued to deal with a very busy week deluged with calls, including another structure fire Thursday (June 11) in a building at 602 Josephine Street filled with local businesses.

The Josephine Street call came at 5:21 p.m. of a fire report in the ceiling area of a bathroom located in one of the businesses in the building, which housed a tattoo parlour, restaurant, dry cleaner and pottery shop.

UPDATED: Flames seen coming from roof of Josephine Street fire

Flames have not burns through the roof of the building at the corner of Josephine and Victoria Street in Nelson. — Photo courtesy Nick Diamond

Nelson Fire Rescue continues to battle a structure fire in the 600 Block of Josephine Street.

Flames from the fire, starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., have now blown through the roof of the building the houses Divine Alchemy Tattoos, Busaba Thai Cafe and Aldo's Cleaners and Laundry Service.

More coverage as soon as it becomes available.

Nelson Fire Rescue on scene of blaze at 600 Josephine Street

BCIHL delays start of upcoming season due to COVID-19

Fans are going to have to wait until at least the New Year of 2021 before getting a chance to cheer on the Saints. — Selkirk College Saints photo

The BC Intercollegiate Hockey League announced Thursday that the 2020-21 regular season won't start any sooner than January 15, 2021 due to safety concerns relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"We are working closely with BC Hockey, our member institutions, our home arenas and our travel partners to ensure we return to action safely when the current restrictions are lifted," said BCIHL President Chris Munshaw.

"We now know that these restrictions will prevent us from starting on time for the fall semester."

Thunderstorm warning for Boundary, West Kootenay

Environment Canada said severe thunderstorms may develop south of the international border this afternoon and could move northward across the border late this afternoon or early this evening.

Environment Canada issued a Severe Thunderstorm warning for Boundary, West Kootenay, Kootenay Lake and Okanagan Valley Thursday.

Environment Canada said conditions are favourable for the development of dangerous thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and torrential rain.

“Severe thunderstorms may develop south of the international border this afternoon and could move northward across the border late this afternoon or early this evening,” Environment Canada said.

Province takes action to support return to sport

The BC Government announced Wednesday the creation of a ministerial order that protects amateur sport organizations, their employees and volunteers from liability.

British Columbians will be able to get back to playing sports sooner with the Province’s action to protect amateur sport organizations from COVID-19 liabilities, provided they are complying with public health orders and provincial sport guidelines.

Government has created a ministerial order that protects amateur sport organizations, their employees and volunteers from liability. 

“We want to make sure children and their families can get the benefits of physical activity and get back to playing the sports they love,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.