While the ground remains snowy, communities throughout the Columbia Basin are thinking ahead to how they can reduce the risks of wildfires. Several projects will be helping to keep people and places safer with over $1 million from Columbia Basin Trust’s Community Wildfire Program.
Wednesday, Nelson joined many other locations across Canada in protesting arrests of people participating in a blockade of the Coastal GasLink pipeline in northern British Columbia by members of the Wet’suwet’en Nation.
More than 100 protesters gathered at the office of Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall, marched through the downtown core, before concluding outside the Bank of Montreal on Baker Street.
Protesters tied up the intersection of Kootenay and Baker Street outside the bank during the noon hour.
A Slocan Park man received the thrill of a lifetime when he went to cash in his Luxury Crossword XIII Scratch & Win ticket recently at the Slocan Valley Co-op.
Michael Kooznetsoff said machine wasn’t the only thing that froze.
“I couldn’t believe it – I started shaking and almost dropped to my knees,” Kooznetsoff said in a BC Lottery media release.
The excitement continued when Kooznetsoff got home after realizing he’d won $100,000 — his wife had an equally euphoric reaction.
As I write this, patients are travelling long distances for consultations with specialists. Many of these journeys, for simple face to face meetings are made even though the required workup has been completed and the results forwarded.
Environment Canada has issued a Snowfall Alert for Highway 3, including Paulson Summit and Kootenay Pass with snowfall amounts expected between of 20 to 25 cm.
Environment Canada said expects snow to begin over the Coquihalla Summit near midday and then spread to Kootenay Pass Friday afternoon.
“The snow is forecast to intensify tonight as the low nears,” the Environment Canada said. “Total snowfall accumulations of up to 25 cm can be expected before the snow tapers off to a few flurries early Saturday morning.”
Thursday, in the northcentral BC, RCMP arrested six people for obstruction as police enforced a court-ordered injunction at the controversial LNG pipeline through the Wet’suwet’en territory.
"On February 6, 2020, the RCMP access control checkpoint at the 27 km mark of the Morice West Forest Service Road became the start-point for an RCMP exclusion zone to conduct enforcement action of the BC Supreme Court injunction," the RCMP media release said.
What comes After Eden? Visual and performance artist Stephanie Kellett and sound artist Robert Livingood explore this question in a multi-media exhibition at the Kootenay Gallery of Art in Castlegar.
Kellett and Livingood are life partners as well as artistic partners, based in Nelson, the pair has travelled on several occasions to central and northern BC and Yukon, spending months in the wilderness. In their most recent two excursions to the sub Arctic, they came across very little wildlife and crisp, dry tundra.
Twenty-nine projects throughout the Columbia Basin will help address the health of local species and spaces, from swallows and salmon to wetlands and forests through research, restoration and education. The projects are being supported with nearly $820,000 from Columbia Basin Trust’s Environment Grants.
Bats are fascinating and often-misunderstood creatures. They’re also very useful to humans and ecosystems; in our region, by eating a lot of night-flying insects that damage crops and forests. To learn more about bats and how they’ve been unfairly targeted for abuse over the years, read the book “The Secret Lives of Bats: My Adventures with the World's Most Misunderstood Mammals” by Merlin Tuttle. It’s highly readable, entertaining, and downright gripping.
Here in western Canada, bats are facing a deadly threat. Researchers are asking the public to help.
Earlier this winter I watched as a record amount of January rain filled the swamp at the back of our property. With the ground still locked in a hard freeze, there weren’t a lot of places to hold this deluge. This swamp was doing what swamps and other wetlands were quietly doing: holding billions of litres of water that would otherwise swell rivers and streams and flood the places where we live.