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RCMP investigating Lake Country interface fire

The fast spreading July 15 Okanagan Centre wildfire saw numerous homes/buildings destroyed. — BC Wildfire photo

Cpl Dan Moskaluk said in a media release Friday, a team of RCMP investigators are continuing their investigation into last Saturday’s interface fire which occurred in the Okanagan Centre Rd area of Lake Country.

Moskaluk said a dedicated tip line has been set up to encourage anyone with information to contact police.

“At this time we are treating this fire as suspicious and believe it to be human caused," Moskaluk said.

City to appeal decision in Maglio court case

On June 9, 2017 the City of Castlegar issued a media release notifying residents that in 2013, the City of Castlegar went out to tender in order to construct the Millennium Natural Swimming Ponds project. This was a complicated project that involved optional pricing scenarios, water act approvals, archeological assessments, First Nation’s approval and monitoring of Columbia River Water levels. As such the City hired a geotechnical engineering firm to help with the tender process. The City made its tender selection under detailed advice from its City lawyers and its consulting engineers.

LETTER: From a riverfront property owner

Dear Editor,

We live in one of the most beautiful areas in this region and I am in favor of a waterfront trail along the Columbia River! 

I don't feel however, it needs to encroach on private property!

All of the city waterfront trails I have experienced have existed on cit- owned land.

I am one of the waterfront property owners and I feel blessed at the tranquility that the river provides to my space - one of the reasons I chose to live here, and I don't want to lose!

Selkirk College Hosts Strategic Doing Training

Register before July 31 for a Selkirk College learning opportunity aiming to bring strength to regional collaboration. Strategic Doing 301 is being offered in partnership with Agile Strategy Lab. — Submitted photo

Selkirk College is partnering with Purdue University’s Agile Strategy Lab to offer a three-day training course that helps people lead complex collaborations. This Strategic Doing 301 training has inspired hundreds of initiatives worldwide.

FortisBC Administration building set to be demolished in fall

The FortisBC administration building in South Slocan is slated to be demolished once new Kootenay Operations Centre (KOC) opens in the fall. — The Nelson Daily file photo

It appears decisions regarding the 80-plus year-old FortisBC Administration building at South Slocan will be made the upcoming months said Nicole Bogdanovic Corporate Communications Advisor for the power & gas company.

Bogdanovic said the current administration building, which houses Generation staff next to the Kootenay River at South Slocan, will be vacated once the new Kootenay Operations Centre (KOC) opens in the fall. 

Premier John Horgan announces new cabinet to build a better B.C.

New BC Premier John Horgan, flanked by his cabinet that includes Nelson Creston MLA Michelle Mungall and Katrine Conroy from Kootenay West, addresses the audience Tuesday at Government House in Victoria. — Facebook photos

Two seasoned MLA's from the West Kootenay have found a place at the cabinet table of John Horgan's NDP government following a ceremony at Government House in Victoria Tuesday afternoon.

Nelson Creston MLA Michelle Mungall, elected to the BC Legislature in 2009 and Katrine Conroy, first elected in 2005 from Kootenay West, are two of the 10 women named to the 20-minister cabinet.

BC SPCA wildlife photo contest open for entries

Sarah MacDonald snapped this photo of two Grizzly Bears sharing a hug in the wild. For more information regarding the photo contest, email — Photo courtesy Sarah MacDonald

Is your camera ready?

The BC SPCA’s ninth annual Wildlife-In-Focus Photography Contest is now open for entries. The goal is to capture the best of British Columbia’s wildlife through the lens, whether the subjects are in your own backyard or in the vast natural wilderness of the province. All amateur photographers at least 14 years of age are invited to enter the competition, which runs from July 15 to Sept. 15, by submitting their most impressive digital images of B.C.’s wildlife.

Wolfpack deliver Clutch performance in Calgary

The West Kootenay Wolfpack were all smiles after capturing the bronze medal during a tournament earlier this month in Calgary. The team includes, back row, L-R, Coach Trevor Thirsk, Brendan Beetlestone, Ryze Jacks, Colton Zemp, Head Coach Merrick Zemp, Brody Wanstall, Dakoda Fizzard, Noah Elliot-Adams and Coach Ken Laren. Middle, Brynn Strelaeff, Leif Poole, River Ireland, Noah Thirsk, Hailee Popoff, Kurtis Steenhoff and Molly Taylor. Front, Myles Cousins and goalie Thomas Steenhoff. — Submitted photo

Calgary is definitely a long way to travel to win a bronze medal.

However, for members of the West Kootenay Wolfpack Peewee Lacrosse team, while the annual Calgary Canada Day tournament signals the end of the season, there's plenty of optimism of a bright future for the spring time sport.

The bronze medal was the second of the year for the Wolfpack and finished off what was a truly amazing season with a 7-5 victory over a very skilled Hornets team.

Southeast Fire Centre calling for possibility of smoke in Boundary, West Kootenay

Smoke that was seen last week in the Nelson area, could be back. — The Nelson Daily photo

BC Wildfire Service is expecting smoke from the Kamloops and Cariboo Fire Centres to drift into the Southeast Fire Centre by Sunday Karlie Shaughnessy of the Fire Information Office said in a media release.

Shaughnessy added smoke is expected to continue moving through this region, so long as the prevailing winds come from the west and northwest.

As for wildfires in the Southeast Fire Centre, Shaughnessy said the region has a few wildfires that have responding crews.

Selkirk College Featured in Amazing Race Canada

Selkirk College custodian Carter Balzer will be part of an upcoming episode of Amazing Race Canada where he will judge teams in the blacksmithing challenge that took place at Kootenay Studio Arts. Though his actual screen time will be brief, Balzer and the rest of the Selkirk College employees and students who took part in the Episode 3 production spent two full days at the Victoria Street Campus with the technical team. Bottom photo, Ceramics Studio students Sierra Kelly (right) and Marita Manson (middle) chat with an Amazing Race Canada producer prior to the contestants coming through Kootenay Studio Arts. The two students were there to assist the teams in a challenge that will be featured in Episode 3 that airs on July 18. — Selkirk College photos

The torrid pace of Amazing Race Canada will rip through the West Kootenay in the July 18 episode (8 p.m. on CTV) with Selkirk College’s Kootenay Studio Arts (KSA) one of the featured stops for the popular reality television show.

Contestants and crew filmed the upcoming episode on April 30 and May 1 when they arrived to the West Kootenay as part of the cross-Canada adventure. Amazing Race Canada started with 10 teams of two competing in an elimination-based contest that is riddled with exciting tasks and challenges in locations across the country.