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Tighter rules for Alaska-bound travellers transiting through Canada to Alaska

The border crossing at Nelway will not be accepting Americans transiting through Canada to Alaska for a non-discretionary purpose.

No more going-through-the-Canada/U.S.-border-and-zigzagging-through-the-Great-White-North for Americans after Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is announced Thursday that as of July 31, 2020, at 12:01 am PDT stricter rules and additional entry conditions will be imposed on travellers transiting through Canada to Alaska for a non-discretionary purpose.

Nelson Police Board responds to West Kootenay People for Racial Justice

Nelson Police Board said as a Board, we acknowledge that systemic racism is wide-spread in our society, including the justice system.

In response to the July 21, 2020 presentation by West Kootenay People for Racial Justice, the Nelson Police Board issued the following statement:

As a Board, we collectively believe in the inherent dignity of every person and are committed to our mission in providing independent civilian oversight, governance and strategic leadership to the NPD in order to reflect the needs, values, and diversity of our communities.

COVID-19 notification for Liquid Zoo in Kelowna, 23 new cases in BC

IH said people who visited Liquid Zoo, 74 Lawrence Ave. in Kelowna, from July 15-18 are asked to self-monitor closely for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days and to get tested if they begin to exhibit symptoms.

COVID-19 notification for Liquid Zoo, Kelowna

Interior Health said in a media release Tuesday that further testing of individuals has identified an additional location in Kelowna where individuals may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Interior Health said individuals who visited Liquid Zoo, 74 Lawrence Ave. in Kelowna, from July 15-18 are asked to self-monitor closely for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days and to get tested if they begin to exhibit symptoms.

Decorative globe, sun's rays blamed for Fairview deck fire

Nelson Fire & Rescue said the fire was contained to the exterior of the house in Fairview. — Nelson Fire & Rescue photo

Nelson Fire & Rescue said a decorative globe concentrating the sun’s rays onto the wooden railing was the cause of a small fire in Fairview Sunday afternoon.

In a media release, Nelson Fire & Rescue responded to the fire at 3:25 p.m. after it was reported that flames and smoke coming from a Fairview house. 

“The fire originated on the deck, burning parts of the wooden railing, as well as some extension to the wooden siding and trim,” Nelson Fire & Rescue said in the release.

Grand Forks RCMP outlast border jumper, make arrest after two-plus hour water chase

A Washington State man decided to try to use the Kettle River to make his escape after illegally entering Canada Friday, July 24. — RCMP photo

BC RCMP officers in Grand Forks arrested a Washington State man, who led police on a two and a half hour float chase, down the Kettle River Friday.

"This was an exceptional response from many involved including the Grand Forks and Midway officers who tracked the male for 2.5 hours, the Grand Forks Fire Department, BC Emergency Health Services and local search and rescue personnel," said Sergeant Darryl Peppler. 

UPDATED:Remains of missing Alberta man located near Yahk

RCMP said at this time here is no evidence to suggest that criminality was involved in Mr. White’s sudden death.

Creston RCMP and the BC Coroners Service are now investigating after the remains of a missing Lethbridge Alberta man were located in the Moyie River late Monday morning.

Lewis White was last seen on July 23, 2020 in Lethbridge Alberta. He was travelling to a destination in BC, however he never arrived as scheduled. His motor vehicle was located on July 26 near the small community of Yahk, situated in southeastern British Columbia.

Statement from Interior Health regarding Flu Shots

IH wants to apologize for any concerns and confusion a recent letter to our community vaccine providers has created.

Please see statement below regarding Interior Health’s 2020/21 Seasonal Influenza Campaign:

Interior Health (IH) needs to clarify that influenza immunizations will continue to be available through IH and our community partners this fall.  We apologize for any concerns and confusion a recent letter to our community vaccine providers has created.

We agree that it is even more important for people to get immunized this year given the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Sentences handed down in crimes that shocked Nelson

Miles Halverson was sentenced to 5-1/2 years in federal prison for killing of Matt Reeder in June 2018 while Fiona Coyle was found not criminally responsible for the stabbing that happened on Baker Street in September 2019.

Two major crimes that shocked the community during the past few years were concluded in Nelson Court Friday.

The first happened when Miles Halverson was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in a federal penitentiary for the killing of Matt Reeder in June of 2018 outside the Pharmasave Drug Store on 600 Baker Street.

Halverson, 55, pleaded guilty in 2019 to manslaughter for the killing of Reeder with a single kick to the head.

Both Halverson and Reeder knew each other.

UPDATED: Heat Wave continues through Friday

No doubt beaches, like the one at Lakeside Park in Nelson, will be popular as the public looks to cool off during the first heat wave of the summer season. — The Nelson Daily photo

Environment Canada is continuing its Heat Warning for the Southern Interior of BC, with temperatures reaching 35 degrees Celsius, combined with overnight lows near 18 degrees Celsius, through Friday.

"A strong ridge of high pressure remains over the southern interior of British Columbia leading to hot conditions," Environment Canada said.

"On Friday, temperatures will begin to moderate as the ridge of high pressure weakens beginning in the Fraser Canyon. The Kootenays will see temperatures moderate on Saturday."