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PRT Nursery fire remains under investigation — RDCK

The thick plumes of black smoke from the PRT fire Thursday forced the RDCK to issue an Evacuation Alert – Shelter in Place for the vicinity of Harrop, Proctor and Balfour. — Photo courtesy Harrop Proctor Community Facebook Page

Regional District of Central Kootenay Regional Fire Chief Nora Hannon said investigators continue to probe a fire that caused extensive damage to a pair of buildings and a neighbour’s shed Thursday afternoon at the PRT Nursery in Harrop.

“The cause of the fire remains under investigation,” Hannon told The Nelson Daily Friday.

“We’re still investigating to determine the damage to the two structures lost at PRT and the outbuilding at the neighbouring property,” Hannon added.

Drug Alert issued for Grand Forks area

Interior Health said two samples believed to be DOWN tested positive for the presence of BENZODIAZAPINES.

Interior Heath issued a DRUG ALERT Thursday for the Grand Forks area after two samples believed to be DOWN tested positive for the presence of BENZODIAZAPINES

  • Yellow down containing benzo’s, fentanyl, caffeine, erythritol
  • Purple down containing benzo’s, fentanyl,  caffeine, erythritol

Everyone using drugs are reminded of the overdose prevention tips and community resources as noted below.

Reduce the risk:

Making Impressions for 100 years with Hall Printing

Co-owners Ingrid and Mackenzie Hope are excited to celebrate 100 years of Hall Printing. — Photo submitted by Tyler Hadikin of Stacked Films

This years marks Hall Printing’s 100th year in operation inking them boldly into history in the Kootenay region, and like any business that survives 100 years, change and adaption is inevitable and necessary.

UPDATED: PRT Harrop Nursery fire under control

Regional District of Central Kootenay fire departments combined forces to bring the fire at the PRT Harrop Nursery under control. — Submitted photo

Regional District of Central Kootenay fire crews from North Shore, Beasley Fire Rescue and Crescent Valley worked feverously to bring a fire at the PRT Harrop Nursery under control.

Crews responded to a report of a fire at the PRT Harrop nursery shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Initial reports had the fire starting in a building beside the nursery. Black smoke could be seen from across the West Arm of Kootenay Lake and from neighbouring Balfour and Kokanee Park Provincial Campground.

SFU retires its varsity athletics team name

SFU Athletics and Recreation will launch a process this fall to choose a new varsity team name.

Simon Fraser University is retiring its varsity athletics team name, the Clan, effective Wednesday the university said on its website.

The university initiated a stakeholder engagement process of the team name in January after a poll of student athletes last year indicated strong support for a name change.

Interior Health COVID-19 update

Interior Health said people who visited the Cactus Club, #1-1370 Water St., between 5 p.m. and midnight on Saturday, August 8 are asked to self-monitor themselves closely for symptoms of COVID-19 and to get tested if they begin to exhibit symptoms.

Recent testing of individuals has allowed Interior Health (IH) to identify an additional date for people who may have been at the Cactus Club on Water Street and potentially exposed to COVID-19 Interior Health said in a media release Tuesday.

Interior Health said individuals who were at the bar of the Cactus Club, #1-1370 Water St., between 5 p.m. and midnight on Saturday, August 8 are asked to self-monitor themselves closely for symptoms of COVID-19 and to get tested if they begin to exhibit symptoms.

IH provides regional update on large algal bloom in Shuswap Lake

Although the water is visually not appealing, it remains safe for all recreational activities, as well as for public drinking water system, which uses the lake as its primary drinking water supply.

SALMON ARM – Interior Health, the Ministry of the Environment and the First Nations Health Authority are working with the City of Salmon Arm, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, and Fraser Basin Council to monitor a large, algal bloom that has filled most of the Salmon Arm of Shuswap Lake.

This algal bloom was first detected on July 22, 2020. At this time, on-site environmental testing indicates this bloom is primarily non-harmful green algae with very low numbers of cyanobacteria or blue-green algae and the risk to the public remains low.

New Selkirk College Board Chair Places Focus on Optimistic Future

ATCO Wood Products CEO Scott Weatherford at his mill in Fruitvale where the family-owned business is a foundation of the regional forest industry. Weatherford is the new chair of the Selkirk College Board of Governors. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

Scott Weatherford’s crash course in rural post-secondary began when he was appointed to the Selkirk College Board of Governors in 2017. Ivy League educated, the chief executive officer of Fruitvale’s ATCO Wood Products jumped at the chance to help strengthen the region through governance work at the board table.

After two years as the vice-chair, Weatherford has now shifted to the role of Chair and will help lead Selkirk College through the challenges of moving forward in these pandemic-riddled times. He’s enthusiastically up to the task.

Southeast crews respond to wildfire near Kimberley

Residents are being advised that air tankers may be using St. Mary’s Lake for skimming, the BC Wildfire Service asks that anyone recreating in the area be aware of their surroundings and to be mindful of aircraft working in the area.

The BC Wildfire Service is responding to a suspected human-caused wildfire, Stirton Road (N11005), near the community of Kimberley. The fire is approximately two hectares in size and is being actively actioned by initial attack and unit crews, with aerial support from air tankers, and ground support from the Kimberley fire department. 

BC Transit to mandate use of face coverings

Mandatory use of face coverings on buses in BC Transit communities across the Province will begin as of August 24, 2020.

In a media release Thursday, BC Transit, in alignment with TransLink and other transportation agencies, are proceeding with mandatory use of face coverings on buses in BC Transit communities across the Province as of August 24, 2020.

Accommodations will be permitted for children under the age of 5 and those that cannot wear a face covering for health reasons.