Wildsight is seeking to hire a group of young adults in the West Kootenay area interested in tackling unique local projects that address the global climate crisis and support local community priorities.
In order to contain and diminish the wildfire burning northeast of Winlaw another fire will be set.
The BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) will be setting a 50-hectare ignition fire to remove unburned fuel in the path of the Trozzo Creek wildfire, the Southeast Fire Centre announced in a communication Tuesday morning.
The fire will be set at the five km. mark on the Trozzo Forest Service Road, likely adding more smoke to the skies from Winlaw to Slocan, and drifting into Nelson.
By Richard Klafki, Canadian Rockies Program Director, Nature Conservancy of Canada
This summer British Columbians are witnessing an unprecedented wildfire season.
Already, as of late July, we have had over 1,200 wildfires burning on lands and in communities across the province. Smoke-filled skies remind even those far from active fires that for many, the summer of 2021 will not be about beach parties and barbeques, but will instead be about anxious preparation, waiting and worry.
The worst air quality in the nation is available by the lungful in Castlegar and Nelson, according to an international air quality technology company.
The Swiss-based IQAir (https://www.iqair.com/ca/canada) has positioned Castlegar (272) and Nelson (241) at the top of their real-time most polluted city ranking for Canada due to the degree of smoke accumulating from burning wildfires in the West Kootenay. A quality index between 201 and 300 is considered very unhealthy and a health alert.
On Friday, July 23 at approximately 7 p.m., Cranbrook RCMP were called to a local gas station on Cranbrook Street North for a report of multiple people fighting. Front line officers flooded the area and were able to separate the two groups, determined to be rival outlaw motorcycle gangs from Alberta.
Shortly after, officers were called to the local hospital, where a total of five individuals attended with apparent stab wounds. The hospital was temporarily placed under lock down while injured parties were being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
As cases climb the West Kootenay, both in Nelson and in Castlegar, Interior Health declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the Nelson Jubilee Manor long-term care home.
In a media release Friday, Interior Health said as of Thursday afternoon, one patient and two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.
Nelson Jubilee Manor is long-term care home operated by Interior Health, with 39 private rooms.
The Beasley Fire Department, located west of Nelson on Highway 3A, has been rocked by the theft of nearly $40,000 in fire equipment stolen from a trailer outside the fire hall late last week.
It is believed the theft of pumps, generators and chainsaws from an emergency trailer happened on or around July 16. Volunteer firefighters noticed the lock was cut on the trailer parked in the Hall lot during a check of the equipment at the Beasley Fire Hall.
Several statistical findings have painted Nelson in a grey light, according to a community-based initiative.
Together Nelson, launched late last year, was put together to assess and understand what the issue of poverty was in the city, and compile a four-year action plan to address the city’s needs — to be released later this year.
Nelson owns the notoriety of having the highest illicit drug toxicity death rate in the health service delivery region so far in 2021, according to figures recently released by the BC Coroners Service.
At 42.1 (per 100,000 person-years), the city sits just above Castlegar (39.5) in the Kootenay Boundary, and was 27th highest in the province. The overall overdose death rate for the Kootenay Boundary region was 27.2.
Rossland City Council has unanimously approved a motion to call on the BC government to immediately defer logging in all at-risk old-growth forests, including those in the Interior Temperate Rainforest.
With this motion, the City of Rossland calls upon the provincial government to immediately defer logging in all at-risk and old-growth forests, as identified by the independent Old-Growth Strategic Review Panel.