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Three arrested, 560 plants seized in Salmo grow-op raid

Three people have been arrested after police raided a large marijuana grow op, according to Salmo top cop RCMP Cpl. Darryl Orr.

"On June 22, members of the Salmo RCMP Detachment executed a search warrant issued under the Cannabis Act at a residence on Vector Road in Salmo," Orr said. "Three adults were located inside a large (marijuana) growing operation at the residence.

"Police located and seized 560 Marihuana plants from inside the residence. Charges of Production of Cannabis will be recommended against all three individuals arrested.

ANKORS Nelson concerned contaminated drugs may turn up in West Kootenay/Boundary

Know the signs of someone overdosing on drugs.

Staff at ANKORS (AIDS Network Kootenay Outreach and Support Society) in Nelson is concerned that contaminated drugs found in the Kamloops area may have made its way to Nelson, Castlegar and Grand Forks.

ANKORS issued the Drug Alert Monday after contaminated cocaine turned up in the Kamloops region, prompting Interior Health to issue an overdose alert for North Thompson City after results showing powder cocaine laced with Fentanyl and Phenacetin.

Police seek witnesses to fatal MVI near Thrums Saturday

A local woman has died after a head-on collision near Thrums Saturday, According to RCMP West Kootenay Traffic Services Sgt. Chad Badry.

Badry said police responded to a call just after 3 p.m.

"A Toyota Corolla and a Mazda Protege collided after the Corolla crossed the centre line," Badry said, adding the driver of the Corolla, an elderly local woman, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Badry said the two occupants of the Protege were sent to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Male taken to hospital following early-morning drug overdose

Nelson Police said person consumed an unknown street drug.

Emergency responders were pressed into action dealing with a drug overdose during the early hours of Sunday Nelson Police said in a media release.

Police received a call at 12:02 a.m. Sunday of male in medical distress in the 400 block of Vernon Street.

Police said when officers arrived, the unresponsive male was located with another male who was performing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

“Police noted the unresponsive male did not have a pulse and was not breathing,” the NPD media release said.

Human/Grizzly Bear Coexistence Project in Kootenays receives funding

Through cooperation the project is able to study of grizzly bear mortality in the Kootenay region.

The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) in media release Thursday announced $9.2 million in funding for more than 180 individual wildlife, freshwater fish, and habitat conservation projects across British Columbia this year.

“This is no small feat,” said Dan Buffett, CEO of HCTF.

“It reflects a diversity of funding from our core contributors [hunters, anglers, trappers and guides], court awards, provincial government contributions and endowments, and our partners such as the Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC).”

New resource assists cannabis producers to enter legal market

From left, Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall, Paul Kelley, Cannabis Business Transition Initiative Program, Community Futures Central Kootenay, Che Leblanc and staff tour an outdoor cannabis operation in Salmo. — Submitted photo

Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall said a step-by-step online guide that helps simplify and streamline the licensing process will benefit small scaled producers in the area, and throughout the province.

A BC Government media release said the Cannabis Production Regulatory Navigator has been created to help prospective cannabis cultivators and processors work their way through the steps required to get their regulated and approved products to market.

Two Rossland students, one from Montrose and one from Crawford Bay awarded Neil Muth Memorial Scholarships

Ayla von Diebitsch from Rossland is a recipient of the 2020 Neil Muth Memorial Scholarship. Submitted photo

Ayla Diebitsch from Rossland, Jay Maloney from Rossland, Nigel Burk from Montrose and Joli Mwinyi from Crawford Bay will each receive a $2,500 Neil Muth Memorial Scholarship to continue their education.

“We were so moved and inspired by all of the applicants who shared their stories with us,” said Cathy Muth, Neil’s wife.

Mount Sentinel Grad awarded Beedie Luminaries Scholarship

Freya Emery will received $10,000 CAD per year for a bachelor degree program, tenable for up to four years of funding. — Submitted photo

Finally, some good news for a graduating student in Kootenay Lake School District during the final high school term interrupted by the — COVID-19 — pandemic.

Mount Sentinel Grad Freya Emery was recently selected to receive a 2020 Beedie Luminaries Scholarship.

The Beedie Luminaries Scholarship Program is aimed at giving promising BC students the opportunity to advance their education, achieve their dreams and inspire others.

One man to appear in court following executed search warrant of Salmo residence

Salmo RCMP seized more than 200 marihuana plants as well as packaged marihuana from the residence on Liness Road.

RCMP in Salmo said Monday in a media release, officers from the detachment executed a search warrant Sunday (June 14) issued under the Cannabis Act at a residence on Liness Road.

Police said officers seized 220 marihuana plants and packaged marihuana from inside the residence.

“One male was located inside the growing operation when members entered the residence and a charge of Production of Marihuana Cannabis will be recommended,” RCMP said.

Police said the male will be appearing in Nelson Court in October relating to this charge.

BC River Forecast Centre issued High Streamflow Advisory

BC Wildfire crews help to take down Tiger dams and remove anchors between 2nd and 3rd streets in the City of Grand Forks. With lower flood risks predicted, protective works in and around the City of Grand Forks are gradually being removed. — Submitted photo

Residents can expect to see a rise in river levels with rain forecast across the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary this weekend, with flows are expected to remain between a one- to five-year return, or a just above a normal freshet flow. Environment Canada has forecasted scattered showers this weekend with variable rainfall amounts ranging from ten to 40 millimetres across the Boundary.

The BC River Forecast Centre issued a High Streamflow Advisory for Friday, which means river levels will rise or are expected to rise rapidly.