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RCMP target drivers in Distracted Driving, Occupant Restraint Campaign

Current stats for 2017 show a whopping 98 cell phone tickets have been handed out by police. — Photo courtesy RCMP

Almost 100 drivers in the West Kootenay still are not getting the message that cellphone distraction has a similar effect on driving as alcohol.

Sergeant Chad Badry of the RCMP West Kootenay Traffic Services said in a media release Monday that during March West Kootenay Traffic and West Kootenay Integrated Road Safety Unit have been working with Traffic Services across the province to conduct a month long campaign combating distracted driving and ensuring occupant restraint compliance.

UPDATED: Mudslides slow traffic on Highways 3, 6, & 31

Highway 3 west of Creston is now open to single-lane traffic. — Photo courtesy WK District MOTI

DriveBC is now reporting a mudslide on Highway 6 south of New Denver Sunday afternoon.

Traffic has been reduced to single alternating with information that motorists can expect delays.

Mudslides slow traffic on Highways 3, 31

DriveBC reporting that Highway 3, 10 kilometers west of Creston, is now open to single lane alternating traffic following a mudslide Saturday.

The mudslide happened three kilometers west of Kootenay Pass east gate.

The deluge of precipitation during the past 48 hours also caused a mudslide 12 kilometers north of Coffee Creek Bridge.

West Kootenay Fly Fishing Symposium goes this weekend

Pictured, L-R, John Jenner of Columbia Power, symposium organizer and West Kootenay Fly Fishing Club president, Rod Zavaduk and club vice-president, Steve Sandesky. — Submitted photo

Columbia Power is a sponsor of the 18th annual West Kootenay Fly Fishing Symposium taking place Saturday and Sunday (March 25-26), at the Castlegar Recreation Complex.

The event is free to the public and includes a variety of activities for young and old including casting demos, kids’ fly tying, a speaker series and displays including the Ministry of Environment’s mobile inspection and decontamination unit for invasive mussels.

Selkirk College students launch campaign to mobilize youth vote

The main entrance at Selkirk College in Castlegar was a beehive of activity as students signed up in the Students Are Voting provincial campaign. —Submitted photo

The pending provincial election in BC has college students taking a firm interest in who will form the next government.

Selkirk College students are part of the movement, joining the Students Are Voting provincial campaign.

This initiative, being implemented on campuses, including Selkirk College, across the province, aims to educate and empower youth to get to the polls May 9.

Snowfall Alert for Highway 3 Paulson Summit, Kootenay Pass

Environment Canada is calling for between 10-15 cms for Kootenay Pass Saturday. — DriveBC photo

Anyone planning to travel highway passes in the Kootenay/Boundary region has better be prepared for winter driving.

Environment Canada has issued a Snowfall Alert for Highway 3 from Christina Lake to Creston, including the Paulson and Kootenay Pass highways.

Spring brings increasing interest in bat health and public reports of bats

A bat flying at the entrance of a cave in Vermont. — Photo courtesy Ann Froschauer/USFWS

Fortunately for the bats of BC, it has been a quiet winter.

The Kootenay Community Bat Project (KCBP), in collaboration with the Province of BC, is on the lookout for signs of White-Nose Syndrome (WNS).

WNS is a fungal disease harmless to humans but responsible for the deaths of millions of insect-eating bats in eastern North America. WNS was first detected in Washington State in March 2016.

Avalanche Canada issues 'High' risk in backcountry

Avalanche Canada is asking the public to be extremely careful.

Avalanche Canada is asking the public to be extremely careful when venturing into the backcountry over the next few days as recent high elevation rain has created very dangerous avalanche conditions.

"Very large natural avalanches are expected on Wednesday," said the Avalanche Canada website warning.

"Now is an appropriate time to avoid all avalanche terrain including the run out zones of large avalanches paths."

New province-wide campaign reveals dangerous side of nursing

According to WorkSafeBC’s 2015 annual report, the overall injury rate due to workplace violence has increased over 50 percent since 2006.

Virna Bation, a nurse who’s worked in elder care for 17 years, never expected that her attempt to help a patient would turn violent. A 75-year-old resident suddenly became agitated while Bation was providing care and bit Bation’s thumb so badly that it sent her to the emergency department and kept her off work for three months.

“The pain was excruciating,” she says. “Emotionally and physically, I was really distraught. When I remember what happened, I feel shaky.”

Fraudsters attempt to cheat public with CRA scam

RCMP warn of the public not to answer any of those emails that mimics the actual CRA.

As RCMP recognizes March as Fraud awareness month, and the fact that Canadians are locked into preparing their taxes, police would like to remind the public of the always problematic Canada Revenue Agency Scam.

RCMP said this scam involves an individual calling a person at home impersonating the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), claiming a recent audit has identified discrepancies from past filed taxes.

"The caller states that repayment is required immediately," the media release said.

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