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RDCK activates Emergency Operations Centre — Deer Park Road Closed

Problems are starting to occur on area roads as snowmelt begins to overwhelm stream channels. — Photo courtesy BC Transportation

Heavy water flow forced the closure of the Deer Park Forestry Service Road northwest of Castlegar said the Regional District of Central Kootenay in a media release Tuesday.

The heavy water flow caused part of the road to slide into the lake at kilometre 7.2. The road has been deemed unsafe for travel by a geotechnical expert.  

 “We expect the road to be closed for at least the next couple of days,” said Andrew Bellerby, EOC Director and General Manager of Fire and Emergency Services.

Council makes amendments to Waste Management and Wildlife Attractant Bylaw

City has heard concerns from residents and will allow containers to be used to store garbage before pickup.

It was announced by the City of Nelson in a media release Monday that council met to review amendments to the Waste Management and Wildlife Attractant Bylaw that were first introduced on December 19, 2016.

Balfour drinking water system project gets green light under CWWF

Balfour water system part of $373.2 million allotted for 144 new projects.

The community of Balfour, located 40 kilometers north of Nelson, is one of 144 new projects in British Columbia through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF).

Recently, Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, announced a combined $373.2 million for 144 new projects.

The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding — more than $186.6 million — and the Province is investing nearly $123.2 million.

UPDATED: Mudslides slow traffic on Highways 3, 6, & 31

Highway 3 west of Creston is now open to single-lane traffic. — Photo courtesy WK District MOTI

DriveBC is now reporting a mudslide on Highway 6 south of New Denver Sunday afternoon.

Traffic has been reduced to single alternating with information that motorists can expect delays.

Mudslides slow traffic on Highways 3, 31

DriveBC reporting that Highway 3, 10 kilometers west of Creston, is now open to single lane alternating traffic following a mudslide Saturday.

The mudslide happened three kilometers west of Kootenay Pass east gate.

The deluge of precipitation during the past 48 hours also caused a mudslide 12 kilometers north of Coffee Creek Bridge.

West Kootenay Fly Fishing Symposium goes this weekend

Pictured, L-R, John Jenner of Columbia Power, symposium organizer and West Kootenay Fly Fishing Club president, Rod Zavaduk and club vice-president, Steve Sandesky. — Submitted photo

Columbia Power is a sponsor of the 18th annual West Kootenay Fly Fishing Symposium taking place Saturday and Sunday (March 25-26), at the Castlegar Recreation Complex.

The event is free to the public and includes a variety of activities for young and old including casting demos, kids’ fly tying, a speaker series and displays including the Ministry of Environment’s mobile inspection and decontamination unit for invasive mussels.

Selkirk College students launch campaign to mobilize youth vote

The main entrance at Selkirk College in Castlegar was a beehive of activity as students signed up in the Students Are Voting provincial campaign. —Submitted photo

The pending provincial election in BC has college students taking a firm interest in who will form the next government.

Selkirk College students are part of the movement, joining the Students Are Voting provincial campaign.

This initiative, being implemented on campuses, including Selkirk College, across the province, aims to educate and empower youth to get to the polls May 9.

RDCK Boards adopts 2017—2021 Financial Plan

 Total taxation for the District is approximately $25.7 million.

Regional District of Central Kootenay Board adopted its 2017—2021 Financial Plan Friday with the total taxation for the district checking in at approximately $25.7 million

In a media release the RDCK said taxation in the General Administration service will not change from 2016.

However, the release said Rural Administration service would increase by 28%, which translates into an extra $9 on a $300,000 home.

The increase is due to the hirig of a part-time bylaw officer and the expansion of the RDCK FireSmart program.

BC Search and Rescue Warns of Another Scam

BC Search and Rescue Warns of Another Scam

Be aware:  if anyone phones you and asks for funds for a Search and Rescue group, it's a scam.  " We cannot state clearly enough, not one of the 80 recognized SAR groups in British Columbia, ask for donations by phone.  And neither do any of the recognized air or marine search and rescue groups in BC.  Simply put, if you receive a phone call asking you to donate to search and rescue, it is not us," says a news release from the BC Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA), an umbrella group representing the volunteer ground search and rescue groups in BC recognized by Emergency Management BC (EMBC).

Red and Black Jack excelled at Slopes For Hope fundraising

Photo by Lawrence Wright

The Rossland version of the Mount Everest challenge, hosted at Red Mountain Ski Resort and Black Jack Ski Club Feb. 19, exceeded its $25,000 goal with a whopping $36,500 contributed to the total -- over $100,000 -- raised for the Canadian Cancer Society by the six participating locations across the province.

Nelson Hydro power outage Monday for parts of Carbonate, Stanley, Mill and Silca Streets

The latest power outage by Nelson Hydro is Monday in the lower Uphill area. — Nelson Hydro Graphic

Nelson Hydro is advising customers in the in lower Uphill of a planned power outage for Monday, March 20 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The outage is for system maintenance.

The streets affected include 300 Block of Carbonate Street, the west side of the 700-800 Block of Stanley Street and parts of 300 Blocks of Mill and Silca Streets in Nelson.

Nelson Hydro regrets any inconvenience this outage may cause to customers.

For more information customers can contact 1-877-324-9376.

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