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Local water activist arrested for contempt near Balfour

Jessica Ogden is led away by police after being arrested Friday at the protest camp near Balfour. — Submitted

A woman awaits her day in court after being arrested Friday by RCMP after disobeying a court order at a logging operation near Balfour.

Local water activist Jessica Odgen was taken into custody by RCMP officers for contempt of court charges. Ogden, who remains in police custody, will appear in Nelson Court Monday.

Ogden is part of a protest camp set up at the entrance to the Balfour Transfer Station, at the base of the Balfour Face Forest Service Road.

Largest private land conservation project in Canada just got bigger

Nature Conservancy of Canada adds 7,900 hectares to the Darkwoods Conservation Area in BC’s South Selkirk Mountains. — Photo courtesy Steve Ogle

The largest private land conservation project in Canada just got bigger after the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) announced Friday that it has acquired 7,900 hectares (19,500 acres) of rare inland temperate rainforest in the South Selkirk Mountains.

The new conservation lands, situated in the heart of its Darkwoods Conservation Area, between Nelson and Creston, encompass most of the Next Creek watershed, which is now fully protected within Darkwoods. This brings the area to 155,000 acres protected.

Nakusp woman arrested after police search residence

RCMP also recovered in the search thousands of dollars in stolen property, including a vehicle, an ATV, a dirtbike and other property.

A local woman was arrested following a search of property in Nakusp Monday (June 17, 2019) RCMP said in a media release.

Nakusp RCMP executed a search warrant at a property on 13th Avenue NW in Nakusp to find an assortment of substances which fall under the Controlled Drug and Substance Act.

“Suspected, Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, Methamphetemine, Hash, Fentanyl and Marijuana were seized in amounts indicative of trafficking,” RCMP said.

“A few firearms were seized which were unsafely stored and the resident did not possess a firearms license.”

Police seeking information after mother/son woken by intruder

A bizarre intrusion has police asking for public assistance in identifying a man who frightened a small family early this morning, according to RCMP Cpl. Brett Turner.

"On Tuesday June 18, a Castlegar woman and her son were awoken by an intruder who came into their house at approximately 4:40 am.," said a press release issued today.

Hugh L. Keenleyside Navigational Lock Closure, June 21 to 22

The navigational lock at the Hugh L. Keenleyside Dam will be closed starting at noon on Friday, June 21. The lock will reopen at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 22.   

This closure is necessary to undertake maintenance activities that will ensure the long-term, reliable and safe operation of the navigational lock. We are sorry for any inconvenience that this closure may cause and thank you for your support while this work is completed.

Police seek dirt-biker after near miss with toddler

Police are looking for public tips to help find a man who almost ran down a toddler while fleeing police on a dirt bike this afternoon, according to RCMP. Cpl. Brett Turner.

“I was doing patrols and witnessed what appeared to be an uninsured dirt bike tailgating a car near Columbia Road and Waterloo Road (south side of Hwy 3 in Ootischenia),” Turner said, adding that’s when police activated their emergency equipment in an attempt to pull the dirt bike over.

“The driver then accelerated and sped away, and in the process, almost struck a young child on a tricycle.”

Selkirk College International Alumnus Returns for Visit After Three Decades

Selkirk International alumnus Charles Mak (middle) returned to the Castlegar Campus in mid-June where he reconnected with some of his former teachers and advisors. Included in the group was: (L-R) Philomena Archambault (retired Selkirk International Homestay & Student Coordinator), Rhys Andrews (current Vice-President Academic), John Armstrong (retired Instructor and former Head of Selkirk College International), Shana Rablah (current Chair of Selkirk International), Lola Sherstobitoff (retired Selkirk International Administrative Assistant) and Angus Graeme (current Selkirk College President).

When Charles Mak first arrived to Selkirk College from Hong Kong in late-1986, international education was a virtually unknown post-secondary entity in the West Kootenay. Much has changed over the last 33 years.

Now working for a successful Shanghai-based office furniture company, Mak spends half his year traveling to all parts of the world where his time spent getting an English language education in British Columbia comes in handy. On his way to Chicago from Vancouver in early-June, Mak touched down in Castlegar for the first time since he left in 1989.

Category 3 fires to be prohibited in Southeast Fire Centre

The BC Wildfire Service is implementing this prohibition to help prevent wildfires caused by Category 3 burning and to protect public safety. — BC Wildfire Facebook photo

The BC Wildfire Service is advising the public that effective at noon (Pacific time) on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, Category 3 open fires will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre’s jurisdiction, which includes the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District and the Selkirk Natural Resource District.

The BC Wildfire Service is implementing this prohibition to help prevent wildfires caused by Category 3 burning and to protect public safety.

Reel Adventures Fishing Report

Catching her first fish — exciting, emotional, and rewarding. — Photo courtesy Reel Adventures Sportfishing

Well, the warm weather is upon us, and the water temperatures have warmed up and the fish have become aggressive!  Here’s the latest reports:

Kootenay Lake:

The Lake has been super productive for the last month.  Water temp has finally jumped above 50 degrees, and the fish are feeding.  We saw a pretty good flying ant hatch earlier in the month, and that got everything started.  The fish are now all looking up. Surface fishing seems to be the best technique now.

Cannabis Collective asks council for support of cultivation industry within city limits

City Council passed a motion to provide a letter of support to the Nelson Cannabis Collective — indicating that it supports the cultivation of cannabis within city limits. — Screenshot photo

An industry that has been the backbone of the region’s economy for years but has been forced to operate in the shadows now has some municipal acknowledgement.

The Nelson Cannabis Collective had requested Monday night at City Hall during the regular meeting of council that the city provide a letter of support with regard to local cannabis cultivation.

The letter was intended as an acknowledgement by the city — in a non-binding fashion — of the cannabis industry as an emerging market, as well as a commitment by municipal government to work with the industry.