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Nelson gets its 15 minutes of rain

Noon time shoppers ducked for cover during the brief rainstorm. — The Nelson Daily photos

Nelson received 100 percent of forecasted rain from a thunderstorm Monday afternoon.

Afternoon shoppers witnessed the downpour that was once again too much to handle for catchbasins at the corner of Ward and Baker Streets.

City crews needed to be called to unclog the drains so the puddles that formed from the rain could flow into the storm drains.

Forecast for today is the chance of a thunderstorm with a 60 percent chance of rain into the night.

Selkirk College bids adieu to chair of board of governors

Selkirk College bids adieu to chair of board of governors

As chair of the Selkirk College Board of Governors, Bruce Morrison embraced the opportunity to help guide post-secondary education in the West Kootenay-Boundary. With passion for lifelong learning that meshes perfectly with the Selkirk College vision, the well-respected community leader has now passed the torch after four years in the top post.

In late-June, Morrison presided over his last board meeting at the Castlegar Campus. The board chair since December 2011, Morrison is moving on as former Vice Chair Sharel Wallace takes his place.

Community welcomes new medical trainees

Community welcomes new medical trainees

Members of the Health and Hospital Committee of the LCCDTS were just some of the community members on hand to welcome seven new medical trainees to the Lower Columbia recently. The medical students and residents are part of two growing programs that are expected to have a positive, long term impact on recruiting new doctors to the region.

UPDATED: Southeast Fire Centre says Sitkum Creek wildfire 30 percent contained; Mount Aylwin 10 percent

Air tankers hammered the Mount Aylwin wildfire with retardant Saturday. — Photo courtesy Isaac, ICandyFilms
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Southeast Fire Centre are beginning to get a handle on the two major wildfies in the region.

Southeast Fire Centre said Sitkum Creek and Mount Aylwin interface wildfires are 30 percent and 10 percent contained, respectively, as of Monday morning.

"The primary objective of BC Wildfire Service Crews is to limit the fire spread down slope towards the identified values," said the Southeast Fire Centre website regarding the estimated 450 hectare Sitkum Creek Wildfire.

48 new wildfires in BC yesterday; 251 active wildfires burning in province

48 new wildfires in BC yesterday; 251 active wildfires burning in province

With a significant number of wildfires burning around B.C., the Province continues to caution all British Columbians to be diligent with fire safety and to report all wildfires to authorities.

New today:

* The Cariboo Regional District (CRD) has expanded an Evacuation Order & Alert for the Puntzi Lake area due to the expansion and aggressive behaviour of the Puntzi Lake wildfire.

* A Smoky Skies Advisory has been issued for the Northeast Region of B.C., particularly the North Peace and Northern Rockies Regional Municipality.

Fishing closures part of comprehensive drought response

Angling has been suspended in streams and rivers throughout the South Okanagan.

Responding to dry conditions, the Government of B.C. has announced a Level 3 drought rating for the South Thompson, Nicola, Similkameen, Okanagan-Kettle and Skagit regions, and taken the additional action of suspending angling in streams and rivers throughout the South Okanagan due to ongoing low stream flows and warming water temperatures.

Effective July 15 through Sept. 15, 2015, all streams and rivers in the Similkameen drainage as well as the Kettle and West Kettle Rivers, and all tributary streams in these areas will be closed to angling.

New Guidebook for Managing Bats in Buildings

Local resident, Saxon Bowick, builds a bat-house for his property. — Photo courtesy of Erica Konrad

Summer is the season when property owners notice bats in their buildings. They may find guano on the deck, hear bats in the walls, or smell a build-up of guano.

The Kootenay Community Bat Project, funded by the Columbia Basin Trust, has received numerous calls with these issues. In many cases, landowners are happy to leave bats where they are.

However, for landowners who would like to have bats move out of their buildings, a new resource guide is available.

B.C. GETS BOOST IN FIGHT AGAINST INVASIVE MUSSELS

Photo includes, Jennifer Vogel, Cent. Kootenay Invasive Species Society; Khaylish Fraser, Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society; Robyn Hooper, Manager, Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society; Allana Oestreich and Randy Harris,  Board members, East Kootenay Invasive Plant Council; Sheila Street, Environment Program Lead, FortisBC; Ember Heidt, CO Compliance and Enforcement Officer; Bill Bennett, MLA Kootenay East; Krista Watts, Environmental Manager, CPC; Tim Hicks, CBT and Greg Deck CBT.

Columbia Basin Trust is helping the province to double the number of mobile decontamination units aimed at stopping invasive mussels from entering British Columbia waterways, thanks to $360,000 in new funding.
 

UPDATED: Lightning caused Mount Aylwin wildfire near Silverton new hotspot for Southeast Fire Centre

 A photo from a plane of the Sitkum Creek Wildfire taken by Southeast Fire Centre crews shows the fire in its earlier state. — Photo courtesy Southeast Fire Centre

The BC Wildfire Service is working hard to contain the Mount Aylwin wildfire, located two kilometres south of Silverton and east of Highway 6.

The lightning caused interface wildfire, near the base of Mount Aylwin, was discovered Friday (July 10).

Currently there are 20 firefighters on the ground battling the blaze with the assistances of two helicopters and multiple air tanker groups.

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