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NPD request public assistance to help in downtown assault investigation

Nelson Police is asking The Nelson Daily readers to look closely at these two photos, and if anyone has information, to contact NPD at 250-354-3919. — Nelson Police Department photos

In a media release Tuesday, the Nelson Police Department is asking for the public’s help with an investigation of an assault that took place on the night of Saturday, August 19, 2017 in the downtown core.

Police said a male was assaulted outside the Royal Pub in the 300 block of Baker Street and sustained serious facial injuries.

Bear activity in Nelson drops in 2017 but still well above average

David White of WildSafe BC said the quandary of bears in the city right now is around 80 calls, down from the nearly 200 the city withstood last year, but still above the 35 average from 2013 to 2015. — Creative Commons photo

Calls regarding problem bears are down this year compared to last year in the city but are still well above previous years, says the region’s WildSafe BC coordinator.

David White said the quandary of bears in the city right now is around 80 calls, down from the nearly 200 the city withstood last year, but still above the 35 average from 2013 to 2015.

Provincial Drought Level 4 for Kootenay Boundary

The RDKB said recently overflowing rivers are now drying up.

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary in a press release Friday said the BC Government has issued a Level 4 Drought for the Kootenay Boundary region (the entire Kettle River Watershed) as of Friday, September 8, 2017.

"With little to no precipitation, our recently overflowing rivers are now drying up," the RDKB said.

Chinese company joins race to acquire Pacific Insight Electronics

Shenzhen Kaizhong Precision Technology Co. Ltd., a company headquartered in China, has made a "Superior Proposal" offer to acquire one of the region's largest employers. — The Nelson Daily photo

A company headquartered in China — Shenzhen Kaizhong Precision Technology Co. Ltd.  — is making an eleventh-hour pitch to purchase Nelson-based Pacific Insight Electronics Corp.

Southeast Fire Centre reminds public of restrictions, prohibitions

Due to aggressive wildfires in East Kootenay, all Crown land within the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District is closed to public access.

The BC Wildfire Service is reminding the public that there are a number of restrictions within the Southeast Fire Centre.

The operation of any off-road vehicle (ORV) for recreational purposes on Crown land continues to be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre. Jeeps, trucks or other "on-highway" vehicles must remain on constructed or defined road surfaces.

Queen City Cruise purrs on all cylinders

Get ready for the 2017 Nelson Road Kings Queen City Cruise, Saturday on Baker Street in Nelson. — The Nelson Daily file photo

For the former president of the Nelson Road Kings Automobile club, it makes perfect sense to tie in this year’s Queen City Cruise with the end of Nelson’s Art Walk season.

“To my mind, they’re works of art,” says  Mike Keegan of the 400-plus cars that will be on display on Baker Street this weekend in the Heritage City.

UPDATED: No significant growth toward communities from Harrop Creek Wildfire

Residents from Harrop, Proctor, Sunshine Bay, Kootenay Lake Village were at the the Procter Community Hall Monday for an information meeting about the Harrop Creek Wildfire. Below is a map showing the location of the fire in comparison to the community. — Submitted photo

The Regional District of Central Kootenay Emergeny Operations Centre said in a media release Tuesday while the Harrop Creek Wildfire continues to burn, there has been no significant growth towards the communities below.

However, the RDCK EOC said the communities of Harrop, Procter, Sunshine Bay, and Kootenay Lake Village remain on Evacuation Alert.

Concerned residents jam Procter Community Hall to hear Harrop Creek Wildfire update

UPDATED: Residents asked to carpool to Monday meeting regarding Harrop Creek Wildfire

The Harrop Creek Wildfire has grown to an estimated size of 3,142 hectares.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay reminds residents of the Proctor/Harrop area there will be a public meeting Monday, September 4th at 6 p.m. to update residents on the Harrop Creek Wildfire.

In media release Monday, the RDCK says the Harrop Creek Wildfire continues to burn at the top of the slope, with minimal spread towards the communities below.

However, the Evacuation Alert for the communities of Harrop, Procter, Sunshine Bay and Kootenay Lake Village remains in place.

Cigarette butt causes fire near homes ; prompts Fire Chief to warn of hefty fines for careless fire behaviour

Photo courtesy the Castlegar Fire Department.

A grass fire, likely caused by a discarded cigarette butt, burned a 20 by 30 metre section of the bank near 17 Street (behind Safeway) before crews could extinguish it, according to Fire Chief Sam Lattanzio.

“This was definitely human-caused, most likely from smoking materials,” he said, adding they got the call at 12:20 p.m. and seven firefighters had the blaze dealt with and were back at the hall by 1:30 p.m.

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