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Environment Canada issues Special Weather Statement for Boundary, Kootenay Lake, West Kootenay

The spell of hot weather associated with the ridge will continue through Thursday. — The Nelson Daily photo

Environment Canada issued a Special Weather Statement Wednesday for the Southern Interior, including the Boundary, Kootenay Lake and West Kootenay regions.

Environment Canada said a ridge of high pressure originating from the desert U.S. has set up shop over the BC interior.

“The spell of hot weather associated with the ridge will continue through Thursday,” Environment Canada said on its website.

At this time Environment Canada doesn’t expect to issue a widespread Heat Warning for the southern interior.

RCMP search turns up large quantities of drugs, cash, weapons

Two people from Grand Forks were arrested after police executed a search warrant at hotel room in downtown Grand Forks.

In a media release, RCMP in Grand Forks said officers executed a search warrant on a hotel room in the downtown area and seized large quantities of drugs, cash, and weapons.

The search warrant was executed on Friday, August 2, 2019 at a hotel room in the downtown area of Grand Forks.

During the search, Terrance “Buck” Fiolleau, a 46-year-old Grand Forks man was arrested and charged with two counts of possession for-the-purpose of trafficking, two counts of unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon, and three counts of failing to comply with an undertaking.

BC Court of Appeal deals blow to Jumbo Glacier Resort

Environmentalists are cheering the decision, keeping Jumbo Valley its very special place. — John Bergenske, Wildsight Photo courtesy

Environmentalists are breathing a sigh of relief after the BC Appeal Court upheld a provincial government decision that Jumbo Glacier Resort no longer has a valid environmental certificate and the resort cannot be built until re-assessed.

Two of three BC Appeal Court Judges ruled that a decision by the Ministry of Environment four years ago was valid.

Smoke seen coming from mountainside north of Nelson

Smoke coming from the mountainside north of the Big Orange Bridge could be seen from Nelson. — The Nelson Daily photo

BC Wildfire helicopters and North Shore Fire Department crews attended the scene of a fire north of Nelson on the mountainside above Highway 3A approximately two to three kilometers from the Big Orange Bridge.

BC Wildfire Service said reports the fire started after a tree hit the power line. 

There was a severe gust of wind over the Nelson area at approximately 3 p.m. A short time later smoke could be seen from Nelson.

‘Lack of public interest’ given as reason for dropping of charges against six MMJ employees

The location where MMJ dispensary has been vacant since a police raid on the morning of March 20, 2018. — The Nelson Daily photo

Charges against six employees of a marijuana dispensary in Nelson following a raid by City Police on the morning of March 20, 2018 have been dropped said Chief Constable Paul Burkart in a media release Friday.

Chief Burkart said NPD received written communication on July 30, 2019, from the Public Prosecutors Service of Canada confirming that the charges against the six employees of MMJ would not be approved. 

Chief Burkart added the document confirmed that the reason for no charge approval was the lack of public interest.

July averages out to be near normal

The month of July was filled with precipitation as well as sunshine, which combined gives us a rainbow to observe. — The Nelson Daily photo

Following two years of hot, dry weather to begin summer holidays, July returned to relatively cool, showery month said Ron Lakeman, meteorologist at the Southeast Fire Centre in the monthly weather synopsis.

Lakeman said July averaged out to be near normal as far as the total amount of rain and the mean monthly temperature.

“The average daily high temperature was 1 (one) degree cooler than normal and even though the amount of rain was near normal the number of days in which measurable rain fell was greater than normal,” Lakeman explained.

Help prevent wildfires on the B.C. Day long weekend

BC Wildfire encourage everyone to enjoy the outdoors responsibly to ensure their activities don't trigger new fires to fight.— Photo courtesy Madeline Guenette

With increasing temperatures and drier conditions in many parts of the province, British Columbians are urged to do everything they can to prevent wildfires on the B.C. Day long weekend and in the weeks ahead.

City snuffs out variance permit for non-medical cannabis store

Grand Forks city council narrowly voted against approving the development variance permit application recently to reduce — from 100 metres to 36 m. — the setback distance from a building or structure in the Community Use Zone at 7500 Donaldson Drive for Weeds Glass and Gifts. — Photo courtesy City of Grand Forks

The city slammed the door on another non-medical cannabis retail licence application for Grand Forks, denying a development variance deemed for Donaldson Drive in the old Greyhound Bus depot.

City council narrowly voted against approving the development variance permit application recently to reduce — from 100 metres to 36 m. — the setback distance from a building or structure in the Community Use Zone at 7500 Donaldson Drive for Weeds Glass and Gifts.

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