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Man faces assault charge following altercation with RCMP

A 24-year-old man is facing numerous charges, including Assaulting a Police Officer, following an altercation with police last week Grand Forks RCMP said in a media release Tuesday.

The arrest was made after police responded to a report of a break and enter in progress to a residence in the 7500 block of 6th Street in Grand Forks Saturday at 9:15 a.m.

The incident occurred less than 24 hours after the suspect had escaped custody after a bike helmet and back pack was stolen from a youth at another nearby business.

Efforts to Help Bats Survive Deadly Disease Get a Boost

The additional funding will support field work in Canada to help the survival of bats like this little brown one. — Photo by Dr. Cori Lausen

Research efforts aimed at identifying bat species or individual populations that may be able to survive the arrival of deadly White-nose Syndrome (WNS) received a boost this week with the announcement of $100,000 (U.S.) in new funding for cross-border bat science.

Trust strengthens child care in Basin

Columbia Basin Trust’s new Child Care Support Program will help maintain and create new child care spaces in the Basin. - Submitted photo
Columbia Basin Trust is launching a new $3.6-million program to help maintain and create new child care spaces in the Basin.

“The Child Care Support Program will help sustain and grow quality licensed child care in the Basin,” said Johnny Strilaeff, President and CEO, Columbia Basin Trust.

Slocan's W.E. Graham Community Services awarded funds from FortisBC Community Giving Program

Slocan Mayor Jessica Lunn (center), along with councillors Madeleine Perrier and Burley Vanbynen, received the funds during Monday's FortisBC's reception at UBCM in Vancouver. — Submitted photo

FortisBC announced Monday at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Convention in Vancouver that W.E. Graham Community Services in Slocan has been awarded funds as part of the 2017 Community Giving Program.

Slocan's W.E. Graham Community Services was one of the organizations to receive the $15,000 in funding to help advance the positive work they are doing in their communities, thanks to a unique funding program by FortisBC.

RCMP arrest suspect in Nelson jewelry store robbery

The suspect remains in custody after being arrested in take down near Revelstoke.

RCMP are advising the public the suspect involved in the fatal collision that claimed the life of a 35-year-old mother of four on Highway 3 near the Hope Slide has been arrested.

The suspect is allegedly involved as well in the early-morning jewelry store robbery in Nelson, is now in police custody.

“The suspect is now in police custody on an unrelated matter,” the RCMP media release said.

“No further assistance from public is requested.”

“The investigation into this incident is ongoing,” the release added.

Kootenay, Boundary Credit Unions in merger talks

Nelson and District Credit Union CEO Tom Murray said the merger is an amazing opportunity for the members and community. — The Nelson Daily photo

Credit union customers in the south-east interior might soon have access to more services and more convenient banking if a proposed merger goes ahead.

Seven local credit unions in the Columbia Valley, Boundary and Kootenays are in talks to merge into one large regional banking institution.

The credit unions announced on Thursday they’ve been in talks since last fall.

Site C or No Site C — Public hearing Tuesday in Nelson

The Heritage City is one of the stops for the BCUC to listen to public concerns regarding the Site C Dam.

British Columbians are facing a crucial test in the coming weeks – reaching an opinion on the planned Site C dam.

Currently estimated to cost $8.8 billion, the hydroelectric dam on the Peace River is the single most expensive public infrastructure project ever proposed in B.C. history.

Bomb scare forces evacuation of Chahko Mika Mall Thursday

Nelson Police responded to the bomb scare that closed the Chahko Mika Mall Thursday morning. Below, customers lined up to get back into stores following the threat.

The Chahko Mika Mall in Nelson was evacuated Thursday morning due to a bomb scare Nelson Police Department Chief Paul Burkart told The Nelson Daily.

Burkart said the call was received at NPD dispatch shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday from the store manager of the WalMart Store that a bomb scare had been received.

Burkart said the manager quickly evacuated the mall of customers and staff.

Nelson Police responded to the call as well as RCMP officers and locked down the entire mall.

Police continue search for missing Nelson man

Darwen Greyeyes, 55, has been missing since June 4, 2017. — Submitted photo

In a media release Wednesday, Nelson Police said the officers are still investigating the disappearance of a Nelson man who was last seen at 9:30 p.m on (Sunday) June 4, 2017 in the 200 block of Anderson Street in Nelson.

NPD said Darwen Greyeyes is a 55-year-old First Nations male with brown, collar length hair and brown eyes.

Police said he has visible tattoos on both forearms and was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black t-shirt and brown hiking shoes.

UPDATED: Environment Canada continues Special Weather Statement for Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

It's September, but that's snow on the side of the highway at Kootenay Pass summit Wednesday afternoon. — Photo courtesy DriveBC

Environment Canada issued a Special Weather Statement Thursday morning for Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass due to a cold airmass associated with an upper low has caused freezing levels to plummet this week.

"Snow has been observed on the Okanagan Connector, Rogers Pass, Paulson Summit and Kootenay Pass on several mornings this past week," the Statement said.

"With the cold air mass remaining in place, the threat of snow will continue early this morning."