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BC Government adds to Gladstone Provincial Park

Nanaimo MLA Sheila Malcolmson makes the announcement of the Gladstone Provincial Park addition on the shores of Christina Lake. — BC Government photos

The Government of British Columbia is adding land to two provincial parks – Gladstone and Garibaldi – to protect ecologically sensitive areas, promote biodiversity and enhance recreation opportunities.

HIV tests now part of most Emergency Department blood work

Dr. Jeff Hussey (L) with Emergency Patient Care Coordinator Barry Rossiter at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail. — Submitted photo

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day – an opportunity to remind everyone it is easier than ever to know your HIV status.

Since December 2018, when people come in to Interior Health emergency departments and require diagnostic blood work, an HIV test may be included.

More Direct Current Fast Charge stations coming to West Kootenay

The first City of Nelson electric vehicle (EV) charging station is located at the foot of Baker Street in Railtown. Soon there will be a new Direct Current Fast Charge (DCFC) station at 315 Hall Street. — The Nelson Daily photo

Drivers of electric vehicles in the West Kootenay concerned over "range anxiety" can breathe a little easier after FortisBC, in conjunction with Natural Resources Canada and B.C. Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources as part of the Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative, announced the company is adding a dozen new Direct Current Fast Charge (DCFC) stations to its EV charging network.

The West Kootenay is getting five new stations in Nelson, Rossland, New Denver, Nakusp and Kaslo.

B.C. seeks public opinion on daylight saving time

The BC Government is opening an online survey from June 24, 2019, to July 19, 2019.

If any British Columbians have a little time on their hands, then please be sure to share those opinions on how time should be observed in B.C. in an online survey from June 24, 2019, to July 19, 2019.

Most areas of B.C. “spring forward” into daylight saving time during summer months and “fall back” to standard time in the winter. 

“As our neighbours in the western United States move toward permanent daylight saving time, it’s a good time to think about what will work best for British Columbia,” said Premier John Horgan in a Monday media release.

Nelson-based high-tech manufacturing company, D-Pace, wins $1 Million USD contract

From left, Port Moody MLA and Parliamentary Secretary for Technology Rick Glumac, BC Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology Bruce Ralston and D-Pace founder Morgan Dehnel during a tour Saturday afternoon at the Nelson-based high-tech manufacturing company. — The Nelson Daily photo

The BC Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology made a special stop at a local high-tech manufacturing company Saturday afternoon to offer congratulations after the Nelson-based company recently won a $1 Million USD contract to develop and test an ion source system.

Minister Bruce Ralston toured the D-Pace facility on Front Street in the Corner Brick Building.

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.