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UPDATED: PRT Harrop Nursery fire under control

Regional District of Central Kootenay fire departments combined forces to bring the fire at the PRT Harrop Nursery under control. — Submitted photo

Regional District of Central Kootenay fire crews from North Shore, Beasley Fire Rescue and Crescent Valley worked feverously to bring a fire at the PRT Harrop Nursery under control.

Crews responded to a report of a fire at the PRT Harrop nursery shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Initial reports had the fire starting in a building beside the nursery. Black smoke could be seen from across the West Arm of Kootenay Lake and from neighbouring Balfour and Kokanee Park Provincial Campground.

SFU retires its varsity athletics team name

SFU Athletics and Recreation will launch a process this fall to choose a new varsity team name.

Simon Fraser University is retiring its varsity athletics team name, the Clan, effective Wednesday the university said on its website.

The university initiated a stakeholder engagement process of the team name in January after a poll of student athletes last year indicated strong support for a name change.

Interior Health COVID-19 update

Interior Health said people who visited the Cactus Club, #1-1370 Water St., between 5 p.m. and midnight on Saturday, August 8 are asked to self-monitor themselves closely for symptoms of COVID-19 and to get tested if they begin to exhibit symptoms.

Recent testing of individuals has allowed Interior Health (IH) to identify an additional date for people who may have been at the Cactus Club on Water Street and potentially exposed to COVID-19 Interior Health said in a media release Tuesday.

Interior Health said individuals who were at the bar of the Cactus Club, #1-1370 Water St., between 5 p.m. and midnight on Saturday, August 8 are asked to self-monitor themselves closely for symptoms of COVID-19 and to get tested if they begin to exhibit symptoms.

IH provides regional update on large algal bloom in Shuswap Lake

Although the water is visually not appealing, it remains safe for all recreational activities, as well as for public drinking water system, which uses the lake as its primary drinking water supply.

SALMON ARM – Interior Health, the Ministry of the Environment and the First Nations Health Authority are working with the City of Salmon Arm, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, and Fraser Basin Council to monitor a large, algal bloom that has filled most of the Salmon Arm of Shuswap Lake.

This algal bloom was first detected on July 22, 2020. At this time, on-site environmental testing indicates this bloom is primarily non-harmful green algae with very low numbers of cyanobacteria or blue-green algae and the risk to the public remains low.

New Selkirk College Board Chair Places Focus on Optimistic Future

ATCO Wood Products CEO Scott Weatherford at his mill in Fruitvale where the family-owned business is a foundation of the regional forest industry. Weatherford is the new chair of the Selkirk College Board of Governors. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

Scott Weatherford’s crash course in rural post-secondary began when he was appointed to the Selkirk College Board of Governors in 2017. Ivy League educated, the chief executive officer of Fruitvale’s ATCO Wood Products jumped at the chance to help strengthen the region through governance work at the board table.

After two years as the vice-chair, Weatherford has now shifted to the role of Chair and will help lead Selkirk College through the challenges of moving forward in these pandemic-riddled times. He’s enthusiastically up to the task.

Southeast crews respond to wildfire near Kimberley

Residents are being advised that air tankers may be using St. Mary’s Lake for skimming, the BC Wildfire Service asks that anyone recreating in the area be aware of their surroundings and to be mindful of aircraft working in the area.

The BC Wildfire Service is responding to a suspected human-caused wildfire, Stirton Road (N11005), near the community of Kimberley. The fire is approximately two hectares in size and is being actively actioned by initial attack and unit crews, with aerial support from air tankers, and ground support from the Kimberley fire department. 

BC Transit to mandate use of face coverings

Mandatory use of face coverings on buses in BC Transit communities across the Province will begin as of August 24, 2020.

In a media release Thursday, BC Transit, in alignment with TransLink and other transportation agencies, are proceeding with mandatory use of face coverings on buses in BC Transit communities across the Province as of August 24, 2020.

Accommodations will be permitted for children under the age of 5 and those that cannot wear a face covering for health reasons.

RCMP seek witnesses to Slocan drowning

The Slocan Lake RCMP is asking anyone who may have witnessed a drowning in the Slocan River on the evening Aug. 5 to contact them.

On August 5, 2020 at approximately 5:40 pm, Slocan Lake RCMP responded to a complaint of a person drowning in the Slocan River, roughly 1.5 km North West of Winlaw, BC.

A 35-year old man was swimming with an acquaintance when he went under and did not resurface.

Summer weather heats up in July

A prevailing dry upper flow dominated the weather pattern for most of July leading to amazing morning photos for early risers in the region. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

The West Kootenay/Boundary experienced some of the warmest temperatures of the year during the latter stages of July said Jesse Ellis, Weather Forecaster at the Southeast Fire Centre.

In the monthly weather synopsis, Ellis said the last week of July was hot, but not a record-breaker.

“The hottest temperature of the month was recorded on (July) 30th at 38.3 degrees which is about 1.5 degrees short of the record set in 2003,” Ellis said.

“The mean temperature of the month — average of the highs and lows each day — was spot-on normal.”

Targeted COVID-19 testing in response to Kelowna cluster

Interior Health said it is taking a different approach and trying something new at the Community Health and Services Centre.

Interior Health (IH) is opening a new COVID-19 testing and assessment centre in downtown Kelowna today, providing more access for testing to people who may have been exposed to positive cases in the community.

Interior Health said in a media release Tuesday that the temporary COVID-19 Testing and Assessment Centre is located at Interior Health’s Community Health and Services Centre (CHSC), 505 Doyle Avenue, and open for testing during evening hours, 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., seven days per week.