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Hunter rushed to hospital following grizzly bear attack near Fernie

A grizzly bear attack a man Sunday near Fernie.

Ministry of Environment media spokeperson David Karn said a male hunter was transported to Calgary hospital by STARS helicopter after being attacked by a grizzly bear Sunday morning.

Karn said the attack happened at approximately 9 a.m. near Fernie.

“One male victim was injured in the attack by a boar grizzly bear,” Karn explained in an emailed statement.

“During the attack, the victim's hunting partner shot at the bear killing the bear.”

Karn said Conservation Officers responded immediately along with other first responders.

Police make appeal to DeGroot in Slocan, 'Come in, let's talk'

Police make appeal to DeGroot in Slocan, 'Come in, let's talk'

RCMP continue their search efforts but are issuing an appeal directly to Peter DeGroot: come in and let's talk.

Police have searched a number of areas, including some that have been identified through tips received from the public, however Peter DeGroot T has not been located. Officers have encountered rugged terrain around the somewhat remote, rural town, along with other challenges in this dynamic and evolving event. The land and air search efforts continue with the intent to locate Peter and to peacefully resolve the situation.

LETTER: Friend of Slocan's DeGroot calls for calmer heads and fewer rumours

LETTER: Friend of Slocan's DeGroot calls for calmer heads and fewer rumours

Dear Editor,

It turns out that the man being hunted in Slocan is a person whom I know. He is actually a very good friend of (my partner’s). I have heard some ludicrous statements regarding this "psychopath" and the events over the past twenty-four hours, in fact I was one of the people spreading the rumours. I may not have made a huge deal out of it like I have read in some places, but I still posted that people should be aware that there had been "a shooting" based off of something I read in a thread that was local to the scene. Then today I heard that this "mentally unstable person was former special ops"... this coming from a neighbour of his. This is how things go bad REALLY quickly.

Police urging continued vigilance in Slocan

Police urging continued vigilance in Slocan

RCMP continue to search for Peter DeGroot and are urging residents to remain indoors, respect the restrictions, and to stay vigilant.

The search for the suspect in an area just west of Slocan remains active and ongoing. That area remains subject to police containment which affects only a few rural homes and a vast wooded landscape. Police are conducting a methodical search of the area and want to ensure the community remains safe. Our hope is that DeGroot can be found quickly and without incident.

Two vehicle accident slows Friday afternoon traffic in Nelson

Nelson Fire Department and Nelson Police responded to a two-vehicle accident Friday afternoon in front of the Hume Hotel. — Submitted photo

Rush hour traffic in Nelson slowed to a crawl Friday afternoon following a two-car, fender-bender in front of the Hume Hotel.

Nelson Police, Nelson Fire Department and BC Ambulance responded to the accident that happened in the mid-afternoon at the corner of Ward and Vernon Streets, thought to be the busiest corner in the Heritage City.

No one was injured in the accident by BC Ambulance attendants took one person to hospital.

Traffic was re-routed around the accident until tow trucks arrived to remove  both vehicles.

 

Municipal election candidates confirmed

Municipal election candidates confirmed

The nomination period for municipal elections closed today at 4 p.m., and Trail’s chief electoral officer Michelle McIsaac has released the names of fully four candidates wanted to replace Trail’s retiring leader, Dieter Bogs: Doug Jones, Roger Catalano, Mike Martin and Ian McLeod.

The election will be held Nov. 15.

Municipal election candidates confirmed

Municipal election candidates confirmed

The nomination period for municipal elections closed today at 4 p.m., and Castlegar’s chief electoral officer Carolyn Rempel has released the names of the people running in our Nov.-15  election.

Running for mayor will be incumbent Lawrence Chernoff and regional district director Gordon Zaitsoff (who is also running again for his seat with the RDCK, against RIck Smith).

Police release description of suspected gunman in Slocan

Police have released this photo of Peter DeGroot, the subject of a massive manhunt in Slocan right now.

Police have now used Twitter to send out a description of the armed suspect sought near Slocan City: 45-year-old Paul DeGroot is a Caucasian male, 6-foot-1-inch (185 cm), 170 lbs (77 kg), short brown hair, appears to be balding, blue eyes, glasses.

Otherwise, as of 4 p.m. Friday, the alarming status quo remains, with the city under lockdown and police asking residents to remain indoors while the search continues for a man alleged to have fired shots at police Thursday.

Concrete makes Jumbo Resort a reality, but opponents plan to keep up the fight

 Glacier Resorts Limited posted a sign at the site of a bridge over Jumbo Creek. The trailhead to Jumbo Valley also begins here. — Submitted photo

Despite the best efforts of those opposed, cement has been poured for the day lodge of the Jumbo Glacier Resort project – making a concrete reality out of a long-fought project both by those who loathe it and those who want to see it happen.

Opponents to the Jumbo project held a rally on the Jumbo FSR last weekend as concrete trucks were expected to show up and pour a foundation for the resort’s day lodge building, but according to Jumbo Wild Facebook page, they were turned away due to unsuitable road conditions.

BREAKING: Police name Slocan gunman, use armoured vehicle to extricate residents

BREAKING: Police name Slocan gunman, use armoured vehicle to extricate residents

Police have released the name of the gunman who has inspired a manhunt so intense as to draw ERT teams, police service dogs and even an armoured vehicle to the tiny village of Slocan City (pop. about 330).

Forty-five-year-old Peter DeGroot, of Slocan, is still at large and considered armed and dangerous, but police have established a containment area and are asking the public not to venture into any cordoned-off area, but instead to remain indoors. If anyone sees DeGroot they are cautioned against approaching him - call 9-1-1 instead.

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