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Interior Health announces COVID-19 outbreak at Calvary Chapel Kelowna

IH said anyone who attended a morning church service on Sunday, September 13 may have been exposed to COVID-19.

A day after the Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC's provincial health officer province announced 98 new COVID-19 cases in the province, and two more bringing the total in the Interior region to 522, Interior Health sent out a media release declaring an outbreak of COVID-19 at Calvary Chapel Kelowna.

Interior Health said anyone who attended a morning church service on Sunday, September 13 may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Category 2 open burn prohibitions rescinded in Southeast Fire Centre

The BC Wildfire Service said Category 2 open burning prohibitions will be rescinded throughout the Southeast Fire Centre’s jurisdiction (which includes the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District and the Selkirk Natural Resource District), due to decreased wildfire risk.

The BC Wildfire Service said in a media release Thursday, that effective at noon Pacific Time on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, Category 2 open burning prohibitions will be rescinded throughout the Southeast Fire Centre’s jurisdiction (which includes the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District and the Selkirk Natural Resource District), due to decreased wildfire risk.

The BC Wildfire Service said following activities will once again be permitted throughout the Southeast Fire Centre:

Newly Arrived Selkirk College International Students Get Helping Hands from Korean Moms

The We Care K-Moms have been working to ensure incoming international students have a soft landing in their new learning environment. The volunteer group of Selkirk College students includes: (L-R) Yeonmi Lee, Yujin Choi, Eunyoung Ha, Hyejin Lee, Soyun Lee, Seonah Jung, Hyeouju Yang, Mira Jeon, Jeonghee Lee and Wanhee Choi.

They know the feeling of being a long way from home, that’s why a group of South Korean moms who attend Selkirk College are reaching out with kindness to the latest cohort of international students arriving to the West Kootenay.

BC Premier John Horgan announces fall election for October 24th

Premier John Horgan made the snap-election announcement Monday after meeting with Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Janet Austin.

BC voters are going to the polls on October 24th.

Premier John Horgan made the snap-election announcement Monday following a meeting with B.C.’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Janet Austin.

“I have just met with the Lieutenant Governor and she has agreed with my request to hold an election on October 24,” Premier Horgan said in a media release.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything — the people of British Columbia deserve a say in the direction of our recovery and the future of our province.”

Acclaimed Canadian Craft Historian Leaves Legacy at Selkirk College

Dr. Sandra Alfoldy was an award-winning educator and pioneer in the field of Canadian craft history. Her legacy will continue through a memorial scholarship offered to students in Selkirk College’s Kootenay Studio Arts programs. — Submitted photo

The legacy of a trailblazing craft historian who helped shape the field in Canada will live on through the Dr. Sandra Alfoldy Memorial Scholarship that aims to assist Selkirk College students studying in Kootenay Studio Arts programs.

Raised in Creston, Alfoldy was the first person to earn a PhD in Craft History from a Canadian university and co-founded the prestigious Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (NSCAD) Craft Institute, now called the Dr. Sandra Alfoldy Institute of Craft. She lost her battle with cancer in February 2019 at age 49.

EcoSociety community responds to BC government old growth forest management report

Old growth forests in Giveout Creek near Nelson may be saved after the BC Government issued its old growth forests report. — Submitted photo

The BC government released its much anticipated old growth forests report recently, and cautious optimism best describes the reaction to its recommendations from its independent panel.

On the plus side, Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, acknowledges that old growth forest management needs to change.

Excitement Grows Over Fall Fishing in Kootenay Lake

Dale Roberts (center) is the August winner of the Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program draw. — Submitted photo

The BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF) and its local member club, the West Arm Outdoors Club, are thrilled about the angling public’s response to their Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program (KLAIP).

In a media release the BCWF said during July-August more than 5,500 rainbow and bull trout heads had been entered into the draws for monthly prizes of $1,000, in the form of gift certificates at the participating businesses.

The August winner, Dale Roberts spends the summer at his cabin in Crawford Bay.

“I’ve been fishing on Kootenay Lake for 25 years," Roberts said.

UPDATED: Search suspended for overdue boater in Duncan Lake area

RCMP Underwater Recovery Team, along with Kaslo RCMP boat crew assisted in the search for the missing Lardeau man who failed to return from a canoe trip on Duncan Lake. — Screenshot photo

RCMP said the search for a missing Lardeau resident last seen prior to venturing out on a canoe excursion on Duncan Lake in the North Kootenay region has been suspended.

RCMP said in a media release Sunday the going search for 58-year-old Thomas Schreiber, continued on Saturday, September 19, both on land and in the water.

RCMP said members of the Underwater Recovery Team, along with Kaslo RCMP boat crew searched Duncan Lake with negative results.

“Despite extensive efforts, the search has now been suspended,” RCMP said.

UPDATED: Special air quality statement remains for West Kootenay, Boundary

Smoke cleared somewhat Thursday with the sun being able to be seen partially in the morning sky. — The Nelson Daily photo

Nothing new for regions in BC dealing with smoke.

Environment Canada said most regions of BC will continue to be impacted, or are likely to be impacted, by wildfire smoke over the next 24 hours.

“Smoke originating from wildfires in the United States will continue to transport over the southern half of the province,” Environment Canada said Friday.

“Impacts in the south will be greater in magnitude than the north.

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