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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.

Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall joins list of BC cabinet ministers not seeking re-election

The Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness wants to spend more time with family. — Facebook photo

Another cabinet minister in the John Horgan BC New Democrat Party has decided not to seek re-election in the next provincial election.

Nelson-Creston MLA and Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness, Michelle Mungall, has decided to take a step back from politics.

“I am announcing today (Wednesday) that I will not be seeking re-election in B.C.’s next provincial election,” Mungall said in a media release.

UPDATED: RCMP confirm the missing Nelson man has been located

The RCMP thanks the media and public for assisting in bringing this file to a satisfactory conclusion.

In a recent media release, the Nakusp RCMP confirmed that the 54-year-old man reported missing has been located, and he is safe and sound.

The RCMP thanks the media and public for assisting in bringing this file to a satisfactory conclusion.

RCMP launch search for missing Nelson man

Nakusp RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing Nelson resident, whose vehicle was discovered abandoned in the line up to the Upper Arrow Lake Ferry at the Galena Bay ferry terminal in Galena Bay, 57 kilometers north of Nakusp on Highway 23.

COVID-19 forces venue change of manslaughter trial to Capitol Theatre

The Capitol Theatre on Victoria Street in Nelson will be transformed from a cultural and entertainment venue into a court room for a judge and jury trial. — The Nelson Daily photo

The Capitol Theatre in Nelson will soon provide the backdrop, not for a usual musical performance by local actors, but, instead, for a criminal jury trial involving a Castlegar RCMP Constable.

The region's premier cultural and entertainment venue was found to be the best possible location during the COVID-19 pandemic for a manslaughter trial by judge and jury of Castlegar RCMP Const. Jason Tait.

Greening Up — Clean Air as Zeitgeist

Children, the elderly and pregnant women should avoid spending too much time outdoors to protect their health. Even healthy adults are encouraged to reduce strenuous outdoor activities, especially if you experience symptoms such as coughing and throat irritation.

“Every breath is a sacrament, an essential ritual.” – David Suzuki

Heard any good jokes about clean air lately?

How about clean air portrayed in novels, plays, movies, television, paintings, or songs?

Given how important breathing is to humans, isn’t it strange that clean air gets so little exposure in our popular culture?

An adult breathes an average of fourteen times a minute, exchanging about seven and a half litres of air in that time.

Explainer: What’s in wildfire smoke, and why is it so bad for your lungs?

Image by Patrick Perkins via Unsplash

By Luke  Montrose, for The Conversation

If I dare to give the coronavirus credit for anything, I would say it has made people more conscious of the air they breathe.

A friend texted me recently after going for a jog in the foothills near Boise, Idaho, writing: “My lungs are burning … explain what’s happening!!!”

UPDATED: Environment Canada expects improvements to air quality due to weather change

Most of BC, including Nelson, can expect smoke blocking out the sun for at least the next few days. — The Nelson Daily photo

Environment Canada said Regions of BC highlighted on the map below, including the West Kootenay, Boundary, are being impacted or are likely to be impacted by wildfire smoke over the next 24 to 72 hours.

Environment Canada said smoke impacts will continue but improve across southern regions of the province today.

Environment Canada said by late Wednesday-early Thursday, smoke from the wildfires in the United States is expected to return to the southern third of the province.

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