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by Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Jul 20 2017

Thursday’s monthly meeting of the Regional District of Central Kootenay was a light affair as board members gave approval to a Community Wildfire Protection Plan Grant, a new roof for the Riondel Community Centre Auditorium as well as approving Nora Hannon as the Fire Chief of the Balfour Harrop Volunteer Fire Department.

A highlight package of the July meeting includes:

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by Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Jul 20 2017

Crews responding to new fires in Southeast Fire Centre

Southeast Fire Centre is asking the public to be extra cautious as hot, dry conditions continue to plague the region.

Karlie Shaughnessy, Fire Information Officer for the Southeast Fire Centre said in a media release Thursday BC Wildfire Service personnel are responding to 18 active wildfires in the region.

“Although...

by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Jul 20 2017

Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue responded to two brush fires in the Champion Lakes area within minutes of each other, according to Captain Grant Tyson.

The call came in at 2:28 p.m. and the incidents were under control by 3 p.m.

“They had it out in short order,” Tyson. “We sent a lot of resources. It's not getting any better out there, so we're on top of things.”

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by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Jul 20 2017

Currently in the Southeast Fire District, there are 21 fires actively burning, according to Fire Information Officer John Boivin, all but nine of which are being held or under control (those that are not are way up into the mountains and/or very small).

The closest are two near Hoder Creek in the Slocan (the first is one hectare and is under control, the second is nine hectares and is...

by Boundary Sentinel on Thursday Jul 20 2017

The Grand Forks Airshow 2017 has been a hit with the public as crowds lined the airport area to get a glimpse at the many acts on display.

The weather has been nothing short of perfect.

From Bud Granley flying his Harvard Aerobatic Performance to Anna Serbinenko Sky Dancer to the amazing Snowbirds Full Aerobatic Show, the Grand Forks Airshow 2017 gave the airshow enthusiasts...

by Interior Health Authority on Thursday Jul 20 2017

As summer temperatures increase, so does the risk of West Nile virus. The risk of getting West Nile virus is highest from the end of July through August. There are some important measures people can take to reduce their risk of infection.

West Nile virus is a disease that is spread from infected corvid birds (crows, ravens, magpies, and jays) to humans through mosquito bites. It was...

by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Jul 20 2017

The Seventh Annual Kootenay Festival is set to wow the crowds this Saturday at Millennium Park, and is expected to draw upwards of 2,500 celebrants.

“About 2,500 people came last year, and we’re expecting more this year,” said Audrey Maxwell-Polovnikoff of the Castlegar and District Recreation Department. “We have close to 50 vendors, and performers from across the Kootenays.”

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by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Jul 20 2017

Former provincial Green Party candidate (for Richmond) and current minister of the Castlegar United Church Greg Powell is urging both city council and MLA Katrine Conroy to lobby to have Castlegar be the site of a pilot project designed to eliminate poverty by providing a basic income to all residents.

He said the concept was a key plank in the Green platform, and is now part of the...

by Contributor on Thursday Jul 20 2017

On Friday, June 30, the federal Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) issued an advisory that essentially banned credit unions from using the term “banking” to describe the services they offer Canadians. Their advisory takes a strict interpretation of the Bank Act, and based on this interpretation, the federal government could lay criminal charges against any credit...

by City of Castlegar on Thursday Jul 20 2017

On June 9, 2017 the City of Castlegar issued a media release notifying residents that in 2013, the City of Castlegar went out to tender in order to construct the Millennium Natural Swimming Ponds project. This was a complicated project that involved optional pricing scenarios, water act approvals, archeological assessments, First Nation’s approval and monitoring of Columbia River Water levels...

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