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UPDATED: Crews continue to battle Slocan Park wildfire; evacuation alert remains

Helicopters continue to drop water on the Slocan Park wildfire. — Photo courtesy Jenn Bayes

Unit crews and air support continue to battle the Slocan Park wildfire located approximately two kilometers north of Highway 6 Southeast Fire Officials said Monday.

"Unit crews establish hose-lay on 3/4 of the west flank," the Southeast Fire Officials said.

"They are continuing to work on the east and south flanks of the fire. Eight helipads have been established and a ninth is being constructed to provide better access to the fire."

Sixty firefighters and eight helicopters continue to battle the estimated 120-hectare interface wildfire.

Mount Polley mine disaster update

The damage to Vancouver-based Imperial Metals, Mount Polley mine tailings pond dam is massive. — Photo courtesy Huffington Post

Government and Cariboo Regional District (CRD) officials continue to work together to address the breach at the Mount Polley tailings pond, to test the local drinking water to determine if it is safe for locals to drink or bathe in, and to help ensure the safety and well-being of local residents.

This factsheet will be updated daily with the latest information available.

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In and Out: The politics of water storage on the Canadian Columbia River system

In and Out: The politics of water storage on the Canadian Columbia River system

Since 2005, Eileen Delehanty Pearkes has researched and explored the natural and human history of the rivers of the upper Columbia River Basin. 

She speaks frequently at conferences and symposia throughout the Basin on the history of the Columbia River Treaty and its effects on Basin residents.  She has recently completed a manuscript titled A River Captured – history and hydro-electricity in the upper Columbia Basin

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Grown up - or out of touch?

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Grown up - or out of touch?

I had an interaction with a reader in the past week or so, and I went back and read through it, and realized my whole argument boiled down to, “You hurt my feelings.”

Are you KIDDING me?!?!

How unprofessional. Way to have an appropriately thick skin. Although I maintain his response to me was unfair and dehumanized me, holy cow, Kyra, GET A GRIP!

"Honey, that's your JOB," I said to myself.

Ponderosa festival ready for second year of music

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All across BC there is outdoor adventure, stunning scenery and amazing communities awaiting discovery. Now, take one of those small communities and add a riverside campground, arts and tonnes of music. This is the making of one incredible summer weekend.

Nestled on the banks of the Kettle River sits the small farming community of Rock Creek.

It is in this sleepy little town that two BC boys, Kris Hargrave and Kia Zahrabi, had the big dream of starting a music festival. That dream developed into the Ponderosa Arts and Music Festival, now in its second year.

Smoky sky advisory issued for region as fires blaze on

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Forest fire smoke in the area has caused the Ministry of Environment to issue a smoky skies advisory for Thompson, Shuswap, Okanagan, Similkameen, Nicola, Boundary and Fraser Canyon regions.

According to the Ministry, smoke concentrations can vary depending on the winds, fire behaviour and temperature fluctuations.

They recommend avoiding strenuous outdoor activities and that vulnerable people like infants, the elderly and those with medical conditions stay inside.

LETTER: Gov't to blame for Mount Polley disaster

LETTER: Gov't to blame for Mount Polley disaster

Dear Editor,

I read with horror the article Mount Polley Disaster published in the The Boundary Sentinel on August 6, 2014.

I have been following the news on the Fraser River Imperial Mines tailing pond contamination. I see that the government treated this toxic tailings pond with the same the extreme carelessness I have observed for the last 30 years while protecting wild salmon from disease.

Staff shortage means truncated hours for Castlegar health centre lab

Staff shortage means truncated hours for Castlegar health centre lab

The following is a press release issued by Interior Health:

Due to temporary limited staffing availability, the Castlegar and District Health Centre lab will close an hour early next week.

Out-patient (drop-in) lab services will be available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Aug. 11 to 14.

Alternate out-patient laboratory services are available in Nelson and Trail at the following locations:

Police update on two recent area deaths

Police update on two recent area deaths

Police continue to actively investigate the deaths of two local people, one in Rossland and one in Ross Spur, according to Trail RCMP Sgt. Darren Oelke.

Rossland resident Thomas Feeney, 75, was discovered murdered in his home on June 5 of this year, and Oelke says the investigation is still very much ongoing.

BC Firefighter Games in Pass Creek this month to be public for first time

BC Firefighter Games in Pass Creek this month to be public for first time

This summer will end in a blaze of glory and fire - and we don't mean forest fires.

Pass Creek Park will host the first annual firefighter games on August 30 and 31. Eighteen firefighter teams from all over B.C. will compete in nine events which focus on teamwork, strength, endurance and skill.

“[Firefighter games] is not really a new concept but it’s a refreshed one.... we've added a new twist to it, making it not just for firefighters and their families but for the general public,” said Dustin LePage, event co-ordinator and Robson firefighter.

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