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Recording in-camera meetings voted down; Coun. Butler won't stand for 'personal attacks'

There was plenty of emotional discussion on the topic of electronically recording in-camera meetings.

The details and emotion of the proceedings of Grand Forks city council in-camera meetings will continue to remain largely behind closed doors, despite an attempt to get the meetings electronically recorded.

RDCK, New Denver planning boundary-expansion-for-water deal

RDCK directors passed a motion to support Village of New Denver's application for grant money for capital upgrades to the Denver Siding water system.

Residents of a tiny community on the outskirts of New Denver may soon be off their 13-year-old boil water advisory.

But it may cost them their independence.

The directors of the Regional District of the Central Kootenay passed a motion at their May meeting to support the Village of New Denver’s application for grant money for capital upgrades to the Denver Siding water system.

But in exchange, the 25 water users in the community would become part of the Village of New Denver- if the deal goes through.

Southeast Fire Centre conducting prescribed burn

Smoke from this 24.5-hectare controlled burn could be visible from the communities of Duncan Lake, Meadow Creek and Howser.

Southeast Fire Centre is advising the public personnel will be conducting a prescribed for BC Timber Sales in the North Creek area — 40 kilometres north of Kaslo — this week, weather and site conditions permitting.

Southeast Fire Centre said smoke from this 24.5-hectare controlled burn could be visible from the communities of Duncan Lake, Meadow Creek and Howser.

“Trained BC Wildfire Service personnel will carefully monitor the fire at all times,” the release said.

Affordable housing retrofit program providing $2M for energy conservation upgrades

Upgrading roof insulation is a good example of an energy retrofit that will help save money on heating costs and improve the comfort level of a home.

The first intake of Columbia Basin Trust’s new Energy Retrofit Program is now open. The Trust announced the new program in March with a $2-million commitment to help provide energy conservation upgrades for affordable housing in the Basin.

Nelson could see flooding if Kootenay Lake reaches 1754 feet

In 2012, the rise in Kootenay Lake near Nelson flooded the sports fields near the Streetcar Barn. — The Nelson Daily file photo

FortisBC is advising City of Nelson residents that Kootenay Lake levels are expected to reach 1752 feet by the end of May and that depending on weather conditions, levels could reach a height of 1754 feet.

The information, coming after BC Hydro officials said last week they’re not forecasting flooding along the Columbia River system in the Kootenays as they try to manage “unprecedented” runoff, released by Nelson Fire Rescue Monday.

“The City wants to advise residents that if lake levels were to rise to 1754 feet Nelson would experience flooding that would meet or exceed that of 2012,” Nelson Fire Rescue said in a media release.

Thousands flock to Kaslo May Days Celebrations

The heavyweights with the high-powered chainsaws captured center stage Sunday at the Kaslo Logger Sports Show during Kaslo May Days. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

For the first time in years sunshine dominated the Kaslo May Days Celebrations.

The change in the weather pattern saw the annual celebration draw record crowds during the weekend, with Sunday, thousands of people driving to the North Kootenay Village to see the Show 'n' Shine, Chainsaw carver Ryan Cook, Antique Steam Engine display, Logger Sports show, Slopitch Tournament, live music and many artisan craft and food tents.

Monday, the Kaslo May Day Parade was the feature attraction along with Maypole Dance.

 

UPDATED: Coquihalla opens following dangerous goods spill

Smoke could be seen from the Ministry truck following an incident involving a burning semi-trailer truck carrying dangerous goods.

DriveBC is the Coquihalla Highway 5 between Hope and Merritt has opened in both directions Tuesday morning following an incident involving a burning semi-trailer truck carrying dangerous goods.

A hazmat team spent most of the night cleaning the spill.

MOTI reports Coquihalla near Merritt closed in both directions

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure issued a traffic advisory Monday saying the Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Merritt is closed following an incident involving a burning semi-trailer truck carrying dangerous goods.

Kratom Products Recalled: Serious Health Risks

The plant, Mitragyna Speciosa.  Photo by Uomo Vitruviano

Health Canada has announced that a company, Garnoff Botanicals, is voluntarily recalling unauthorized kratom products as they may pose serious health risks.

Haven't heard of kratom?  Don't feel bad -- you're not alone.  Kratom is the plant pictured above, or products derived from it.  What health risks does it pose?  Health Canada did  not specify the risks of the particular products being recalled in its announcement, but a Google search uncovers several known risks of kratom:

Legal ramifications shroud special report on medical cannabis

Grand Forks Mayor Frank Konrad told council it must ultimately abide by federal law in every decision, even though neighbouring communities pass medical cannabis legislation. — Screen Shot photo

In the wake of a special report on the local government role in the regulation of marijuana, the city's mayor was adamant Grand Forks will not be sanctioning what is still an illegal substance.

Mayor Frank Konrad told council during its committee-of-the-whole meeting on Monday the city would not be enacting legislation for a substance that is still considered illegal, and put the corporation of the City of Grand Forks at risk for legal challenges in court.

Look to Kelowna for panhandling example, Nelson Chamber says

Kelowna’s bylaw to clean up the downtown has worked reasonably well, says that city’s communications manager.

Nelson’s Downtown Chamber of Commerce has asked City Council to take steps to address problems caused by street people in the city, saying they are hurting business and the city’s reputation.

In a letter to Council submitted during the May 12 at the Committee of the Whole meeting, Director Cal Renwick called on the city’s government to tackle the problems that are taking away from Nelson’s “clean, welcoming, interesting and unique downtown core”.

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