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First Ever Kootenay Pitch Competition to be Held at Nelson Innovation Centre

the first ever Kootenay Pitch Competition at the Nelson Innovation Centre, hosted by KAST (Kootenay Association for Science & Technology) and proudly sponsored by the Nelson & District Credit Union. — Submitted photo

For the first time in Kootenay history, entrepreneurs and startups from across the region will go head to head in the first ever Kootenay Pitch Competition at the Nelson Innovation Centre, hosted by KAST (Kootenay Association for Science & Technology) and proudly sponsored by the Nelson & District Credit Union

The competition is made up of three pitch events and a grand finale pitch event.

Angler Incentive program a huge success

From left, Kris Kirkelie, Gill & Gift; July raffle winner, Terry Tagami and Gordie Grunerud of the West Arm Outdoors Club. — Submitted photo

Local anglers continue to be incredibly supportive of the Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program, as evidenced by the high response rate of fish heads being deposited at the four depots.

Anglers who have not fished on the lake in recent years are taking advantage of the great weather and beautiful scenery with family and friends.

This has made a positive impact on local businesses, such as Gill & Gift Depot, one of the four local businesses that established a depot for receiving submissions.

Free rent initiative an attempt to revive downtown Grand Forks

The six-month free rent program for downtown Grand Forks is aimed at new businesses, only.

In an effort to revive a struggling downtown core, the Grand Forks downtown business association is offering new commercial owners six-months free rent on a two-year lease.

The program is aimed at new busineses, only.

The downtown business association is hoping to fill up some of the boarded up building in the downtown core that have left the area due to recent floods, wildfires and, of course, the recent COVID-19 global pandemic.

Interior Health monitors positive COVID-19 tests of staff at Okanagan Correctional Centre

Interior Health announced that three staff members at the Okanagan Correctional Centre (OCC) in the Oliver area have tested positive for COVID-19.

With the provincial government announcing the COVID-19 numbers spiking to 236 cases over the weekend in BC, Interior Health announced that three staff members at the Okanagan Correctional Centre (OCC) in the Oliver area have tested positive for COVID-19.

Interior Health said the individuals are in isolation at home and being supported by Interior Health as we perform contact tracing to identify anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

“There is no evidence of community transmission, and we are closely monitoring the situation,” the IH media release said.

BC RCMP Major Crime assumes investigation after man dies following an alleged aggravated assault

The BC RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit has assumed carriage of a homicide investigation into the death of an Enderby man.

On Aug. 11, shortly before 5 p.m., North Okanagan Rural RCMP was notified by hospital officials of a man in critical condition, after being transported to hospital for medical care earlier that morning from a property along George Street in Enderby.

UPDATED: Smoke from Woodbury Creek wildfire visible from Kaslo, Nelson and surrounding areas

The Woodbury Creek wildfire, located southwest of Kaslo, started by lightning Saturday. — Photo courtesy BC Wildfire Service

In a media release, the Southeast Fire Centre said BC Wildfire Service continues to respond to the Woodbury Creek wildfire (N71114), on the eastern edge of Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, south-west of Kaslo.

The Southeast Fire Centre said the fire is producing a large column of smoke this afternoon which is highly visible from Kaslo, Nelson and surrounding areas.

"The fire is currently estimated to be 150 hectares in size," the media release said.

Interior Health issues Drug Alert

The Drug Alert is for Nelson, Salmo, Castlegar and Trail after after drug checking services tested several samples of "down" found to be contaminated with highly toxic levels of fentanyl and benzodiazepines.

Interior Health has issued a Drug Alert for Nelson, Salmo, Castlegar and Trail after after drug checking services tested several samples of "down" found to be contaminated with highly toxic levels of fentanyl and benzodiazepines.

The drug description is “purple, blue, pink pebbly substance sold as down” the Interior Health release said.

Anyone with drugs that want them tested can do so at ANKORS, located at 101 Baker Street in Nelson.

Reduce the risk:

PRT Nursery fire remains under investigation — RDCK

The thick plumes of black smoke from the PRT fire Thursday forced the RDCK to issue an Evacuation Alert – Shelter in Place for the vicinity of Harrop, Proctor and Balfour. — Photo courtesy Harrop Proctor Community Facebook Page

Regional District of Central Kootenay Regional Fire Chief Nora Hannon said investigators continue to probe a fire that caused extensive damage to a pair of buildings and a neighbour’s shed Thursday afternoon at the PRT Nursery in Harrop.

“The cause of the fire remains under investigation,” Hannon told The Nelson Daily Friday.

“We’re still investigating to determine the damage to the two structures lost at PRT and the outbuilding at the neighbouring property,” Hannon added.

Drug Alert issued for Grand Forks area

Interior Health said two samples believed to be DOWN tested positive for the presence of BENZODIAZAPINES.

Interior Heath issued a DRUG ALERT Thursday for the Grand Forks area after two samples believed to be DOWN tested positive for the presence of BENZODIAZAPINES

  • Yellow down containing benzo’s, fentanyl, caffeine, erythritol
  • Purple down containing benzo’s, fentanyl,  caffeine, erythritol

Everyone using drugs are reminded of the overdose prevention tips and community resources as noted below.

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Making Impressions for 100 years with Hall Printing

Co-owners Ingrid and Mackenzie Hope are excited to celebrate 100 years of Hall Printing. — Photo submitted by Tyler Hadikin of Stacked Films

This years marks Hall Printing’s 100th year in operation inking them boldly into history in the Kootenay region, and like any business that survives 100 years, change and adaption is inevitable and necessary.

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