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Nelson Baseball benefits from Blue Jays Field of Dreams Grant

Nelson Baseball will receive $117,000 to assist in the ongoing upgrades to Queen Elizabeth Park.

After Nelson Baseball finishes its renovation of Queen Elizabeth Park in Nelson, the Blue Jays just might want to ditch Buffalo as its minor league affiliate.

The Toronto Blue Jays “Jays Care Foundation” made Queen Elizabeth Park renovations happen a little easier after the Major League franchise announced Nelson was one of 12 recipients of the $1.1 million Field of Dreams Grants.

Interior Health closely monitoring Talbot Creek fire

As the crews fight the Talbot Creek fire, Interior Health is proactively reaching out to the private Passmore Lodge senior’s residence to ensure they have safe evacuation plans in place if necessary. — The Nelson Daily photo

In a media release Sunday, Interior Health said it is closely monitoring the Talbot Creek wildfire near Castlegar in the Slocan Valley. 

Interior Health said, as the wildfire develops, it is ensuring any potentially impacted home health clients are prepared in the event of evacuation.

"We are also proactively reaching out to the private Passmore Lodge senior’s residence to ensure they have safe evacuation plans in place if necessary," the Interior Health release said.

RDCK issues Evacuation Alert for Lebahdo, Little Slocan, Passmore and Vallican

 The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) based on recommendation from the BC Wildfire Service has issued an Evacuation Alert for 305 homes in the communities of Lebahdo, Little Slocan, Passmore and Vallican. All residents must be prepared to leave their homes at a moment’s notice in response to the Talbot Creek Wildfire – N51250. It is located in the Slocan Valley approximately 3.5 km north east of Highway 6 and approximately 30 km north of Castlegar.

BC Wildfire crews continue to face challenges in battling local fires

The Solomon Mountain fire near Beaverdell is now under control. — BC Wildfire Service

BC Wildfire crews continue to battle a fires in the West Kootenay as the region braces for more inclement weather as the day progresses.

The BC  Wildfire Service interactive map shows five fires out of control — four in the Slocan Valley and the other the Woodbury Creek fire near the Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park.

The Woodbury Creek fire, located in the mountains between Ainsworth and Kaslo above Highway 31, is currently listed at 480 hectares.

Selkirk College Adopts Mandatory Face Mask Policy

Selkirk College Electrical Foundation Program students (L-R) Mack Adams, Kolbe Friesen and Landen Horton are currently on Nelson’s Silver King Campus for in-person delivery of curriculum. To ensure the health and safety of their peers and instructors, students have been wearing non-medical face masks when two-metre physical distancing is not possible. The college has now implemented a mandatory face mask policy on all its campuses and learning centres. — Selkirk College Photo

Selkirk College has introduced a mandatory non-medical face mask policy at all of its campuses and learning centres.

In keeping with Provincial Government directions to temper the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the regional post-secondary now requires all students, staff and visitors to don a face mask where physical distancing is difficult to maintain.

“This is an important step that will help ensure the health and safety of our Selkirk College community,” says Vice President of College Services Kerry Clarke.

BC Wildfire crews increase attack on fires in Southeast Centre

Plumes of smoke rising from the Woodbury Creek fire over Kokanee Glacier could be seen from the Chalko Mika Mall Wednesday afternoon. — Submitted photo

BC Wildfire Service stepped up the attack on several lightning-caused fires in the West Kootenay Wednesday, sending in aerial assaults in an effort to halt the progress in the Southeast Fire Centre.

As many as seven fires continue to burn in the Slocan Valley near Winlaw following Monday’s thunder and lightning storm that passes through the region.

Wednesday, four ConAir Fire Boss planes could be seen from Highway 6 scooping up water from Slocan Lake before travelling back to drop 800 or so gallons of aqua on fires in the valley.

Charges sworn after Castlegar RCMP execute search warrant as part of residential break-and-enter investigation

On Aug.16, at 8:31 p.m., Castlegar RCMP responded to a report of a residential break and enter to a Lynnwood Crescent home where the suspect or suspects allegedly stole tools, jewellery and sporting goods.

In order to advance its criminal investigation, Castlegar RCMP executed a search warrant on Aug. 17 to a residence located in the 600-block of 11th Street in Castlegar. During the execution of the search warrant, four occupants were located and arrested inside the residence.

UPDATED: RDKB rescinds evacuation alerts for all properties in West Boundary

The 44 properties near Beaverdell in the West Boundary are no longer on evacuation alert.

In cooperation with BC Wildfire, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has determined the immediate threat from the Solomon Mountain Wildfire has subsided and evacuation alerts are no longer required.

Forty-four properties near Beaverdell in the West Boundary are no longer on evacuation alert. The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary rescinded all evacuation alerts at 9 a.m. Thursday morning.

means no properties in the RDKB are on evacuation alert or order due to wildfire.

The attached map shows the area where this evacuation alert rescind applies.

UPDATED: Lightning sparks wildfires in Slocan Valley

With the Monday evening thunderstorms that passed over the Southeast Fire Center on Monday, the BCWildfire Service has been actively actioning 25 new wildfire ignitions, with the majority of starts in the Arrow and Kootenay Lake Fire zones. — BC Wildfire Twitter

The thunder and lightning storm that flowed over the West Kootenay Monday evening sparked up wildfires in the region, including eight in the Slocan Valley in the mountains surrounding Winlaw.

The Fairful Creek fire, the Watson Creek fire and the Talbot Creek fire, all located southwest of Winlaw, are listed as "out of control" on the BC Wildfire Interactive Map. The Talbot Creek fire is the largest at five hectares.