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Environment Canada issues Thunderstorm Watch for Boundary, West Kootenay

Environment Canada said an approaching upper level disturbance will bring conditions favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms Saturday afternoon and evening. — Screenshot photo

Environment Canada has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch on top of its recent Special Air Quality Statement for Boundary, West Kootenay, Arrow and Slocan Lakes and Kootenay Lake regions.

Environment Canada said an approaching upper level disturbance will bring conditions favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms Saturday afternoon and evening.

“These thunderstorms are capable of producing frequent lightning, gusty winds and rainfall rates of 15 to 25 mm/hr,” Environment Canada website said.

Police intercept haul of drugs/cash headed to Shambhala

Vehicles seized by Central Saanich Police Service

A shipment of drugs en route to Shambhala has been seized by police, according to a police press release issued Thursday.

“Central Saanich Police have arrested a man in his 20s and are recommending several charges of possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking,” the release said. “The man is the subject of a months-long investigation and the most recent search warrant was executed on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

A truck and travel trailer bound for an electronic music festival was stopped on the way to the Swartz Bay ferry terminal and seized.

Early morning fire destroys downtown house

Photo courtesy CFD.

A fire in downtown Castlegar early this morning has damaged an unoccupied house beyond repair, according to Fire Chief Sam Lattanzio.

He said the call came in at 5:27 a.m. to attend a structure fire in the 400 block of 11 Avenue. Crews, including Ladder One Engine One, a command vehicle and nine firefighters, arrived on scene at 5:39 a.m. to find a fully-involved blaze.

The fire spread to nearby evergreen trees as well, Lattanzio said.

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.

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