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Interior Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at Kamloops group home

Interior Health said public Health contact tracing has contacted anyone potentially exposed to COVID-19 and they are now self-isolating and monitoring for symptoms.

Interior Health said Tuesday that COVID-19 outbreak has been declared in a Kamloops group home known as Highridge Home and Singh House, respectively. 

Interior Health said six staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. Public Health contact tracing has contacted anyone potentially exposed to COVID-19 and they are now self-isolating and monitoring for symptoms.

"Highridge Home and Singh House are privately operated by Prima Enterprises for people who require 24-hour support," the IH media release said.

Search and Rescue locate three lost fishermen on Kootenay Lake

South Columbia Search and Rescue Jet boat was on Kootenay Lake to assist Kaslo Search and Rescue in finding three lost fishermen Sunday morning. — South Columbia Search and Rescue Facebook

Three fishermen were rescued Sunday by Search and Rescue after being stranded overnight on Kootenay Lake.

South Columbia Search and Rescue said the three men in their late 40s were not injured and were located Sunday morning.

“South Columbia's Jet boat located the three overdue fisherman late this morning all in good health and escorted them back to the boat launch with their watercraft for safety,” the South Columbia Search and Rescue Facebook page said.

“It was a cold breezy night and morning but they made it through,” the Facebook posted added.

Salmo resident thought $50K Scratch & Win Prize was a mistake

After winning $50K playing a Scratch & Win ticket, Jonna Madsen said it really hasn’t sunk in yet.

Salmo resident Jonna Madsen had one of those surprises she thought was too good to be true.

Madsen, playing a Scratch & Win ticket,  was convinced her win was too good to be true after scratching her Chinese Checkers ticket before realizing she scored the game’s top prize of $50,000.

“It doesn’t seem real,” a beaming Madsen told the B.C. Loteries Corporation. “I’m waiting for someone to tell me it’s a big mistake.”

Greening Up: Jumping to Conclusions

The survey, which drew respondents through the use of popular online games like Angry Birds and Dragon City, ranked Canada seventh out of 50 countries in its perception of the importance of responding to the changing climate.

“We're blind to our blindness. We have very little idea of how little we know. We're not designed to know how little we know.” – Daniel Kahneman

All of us, and especially experts, are prone to an exaggerated sense of how well we understand the world.

Most of our judgments and actions are appropriate most of the time. (Note that the word most is repeated twice here.)

But even with adequate information, some people often jump to a wrong conclusion. Unfortunately, many of those jumping to such conclusions about climate change are Canadian men.

Revelstoke Grizzlies cease operations due to COVID-19

Last week, the Grizzlies, after having received multiple positive COVID-19 test results, had to make another hard decision to cease operations for the remainder of the KIJHL 2020/21 season.

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s (KIJHL) Revelstoke Grizzlies have ceased operations for the remainder of the 2020/21 season after members of the organization tested positive for COVID-19.

On Tuesday, January 26th, the Grizzlies became aware of a potential COVID-19 contact that occurred through a team player’s place of employment. In accordance with KIJHL Return-to-Play protocols, the club immediately consulted with Interior Health and instituted a mandatory self-isolation for athletes and staff.

Winter Storm Warning for West Kootenay, Boundary

Winter Storm Warnings are not all bad as this Nelson business took advantage of the dump to get in some turns at the local ski hill. — The Nelson Daily photo

Environment Canada issued a Winter Storm Warning Thursday for the Boundary, West Kootenay and Kootenay Lake, including Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass, due to a frontal system moving into southern interior B.C.

Environment Canada said significant amounts of snow are expected.

“ Ten to fifteen cm of snow has already fallen across the region,” Environment said on its website Thursday.

“Further snowfall accumulation of 10 to 15 cm is expected before the snow tapers off late this evening.”

UPDATED: Interior Health identifies more COVID-19 cases in Fernie

Interior Health urges all residents to maintain their efforts to prevent community transmission of COVID-19 following an outbreak. — City of Fernie

Interior Health has identified an additional ten cases of COVID-19 linked to a community cluster in the Fernie area since the cluster was declared on Jan. 27.

Since Jan. 1, 2021, a total of 91 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in this region and 60 cases are currently active.

Most of the transmission occurred at recent social events and gatherings.

Everyone is reminded that socialization must be limited to immediate household bubbles. Please do not invite friends or extended family to your residence for a visit or gathering.

Nelson's Lynda Cavanaugh named Interim BCLC President & CEO

A graduate of L.V. Rogers in Nelson, Lynda Cavanaugh served as Assistant Deputy Minister in the Ministries of Attorney General and Public Safety and Solicitor General between 2011 and 2020.

Effective January 22, 2021, Nelson native Lynda Cavanaugh will assume the role of BCLC’s Interim President & CEO while Jim Lightbody continues his medical leave to undergo cancer treatment and recovery a BC Lottery Corporation media release said Wednesday. 

In November 2020, Greg Moore, serving Interim President and CEO, provided notice of resignation to pursue a new opportunity in the private sector.

Kid sport advocate stages one-person protest outside Civic Centre Arena

Bill McDonnell staged his one-person protest outside the Civic Centre Arena entrance on Vernon Street Tuesday, protesting closure later this month of the ice facilities. — Submitted photo

A former senior hockey player and long-time advocate for kid sports began conducting his own one-person protest outside the Civic Centre Arena after the Regional District of Central Kootenay announced it was closing the ice facility at the end of January.