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UPDATED: RCMP confirm human remains found near Beasley Road

Traffic was restricted onto Beasley Road from Highway 6/3A during the police investigation. — The Nelson Daily photo

Police and BC Coroner 's Service continue to investigate the remains found near Beasley Road on May 8, 2018 said RCMP Sgt. Janelle Shoihet District Advisory NCO Lower Mainland District Thursday.

Shoihet said the remains have been determined to be human remains, however, the identity of the deceased and the cause of death will not be established until a forensic autopsy is completed.

Rivers in the Boundary expected to reach highest levels since 1948

All properties on evacuation alert are shown on the attached maps and lists, and all properties on evacuation alert and order are viewable at RDKB website.

Forecasts for precipitation and warm temperatures combined with a rush of snowpack at high elevations will hasten snowmelt in the coming days forcing the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary to increase the number of Evacuation Orders in the Boundary region.

In a media release Wednesday, the RDKB said rivers in the Boundary at expected to reach highest level since 1948.

Special Weather Statement for Boundary, West Kootenay

It was a brolly day thanks to a weather system that dumped rain on the region.

Environment Canada is advising the public to be extra vigilant in and around rivers, creeks and culverts after a Special Weather Statement was issued for Arrow/Slocan Lake, Boundary and West Kootenay regions.

The Special Weather Statement comes after warmer conditions during the past few days due to a ridge of high pressure produced rapid snow melt.

The sunny weather saw water levels to rise causing localized flooding in some areas.

MLA Conroy welcomes new playgrounds for Kootenay schools

MLA Katrine Conroy . . . playgrounds should be part of a healthy childhood no matter where you live.

Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy said students at schools in Slocan and New Denver are getting new playgrounds, thanks to $180,000 in provincial funding announced by the Premier and Minister of Education today.

“Playgrounds should be part of a healthy childhood no matter where you live,” said Conroy, who is also the Minister of Children and Family Development. “The previous government forced parents to come up with matching dollars for new playgrounds, but our funding program means they’ll be able to focus on their kids’ education rather than becoming full-time fundraisers.”

House fire in downtown Castlegar results in minor injuries

Castlegar firefighters provide oxygen for pet rescued from house fire.

The Castlegar Fire Department responded to a structure fire Monday in the 100 block of 9 Avenue, according to Fire Chief Sam Lattanzio.

"The CFD confirmed the call at 10:50 a.m. and arrived on scene at 10:58 a.m.," he said in a press release issued Monday evening. "(The) CFD responded with 10 firefighters, two Engines, Ladder 1 and Command 1."

He said the fire was quickly contained and was under control at 11:12 a.m., and completely extinguished at 11:20 a.m.

UPDATED: Rural Grand Forks Declares State of Local Emergency

The RDKB said four properties (encompassing six homes) in the Manly Meadows area were ordered evacuated May 8. Below, a map on the RDKB Facebook pages shows the areas of concern. — Images courtesy RDKB

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Electoral Area D/Rural Grand Forks has declared a local state of emergency due to ongoing flooding in the Manly Meadows area and other areas in rural Grand Forks.

The RDKB said in a media release Tuesday evening, the State of Local Emergency will remain in place for seven days.

Castlegar man missing after vehicle plunges into river

A Castlegar man is still missing after his vehicle sank into the river near Brilliant Bridge, according to RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew.

“On May 5 at 2:12 pm, a hiker (who was on the opposite side of the river) called 9-1-1 to report that he had seen a vehicle lose control on Brilliant Road and plunge into the Kootenay River,” Mathew said. “RCMP attended immediately along with the fire department and EHS. The vehicle was completely submerged and there was no sign of the driver.”

Localized flooding in the Boundary prompts RDKB to raise status to Level 2

The RDKB said all rivers and major creeks are forecast to continue rising through the coming week.

The RDKB Emergency Operations Centre in Grand Forks raised its status to Level 2 Sunday in response to rising river levels across the Boundary, and a forecast of increasing levels through to the end of the week.

In a media release, the RDKB said high waters have resulted in localized flooding adjacent to the Kettle River, West Kettle River, the Granby River and Boundary Creek in the Boundary Region in southern British Columbia.

City ‘too restrictive’ in its proposed cannabis legislation: Compassion Club manager

According to Nelson Cannabis Compassion Club (NCCC) manager Philip McMillan, the city is missing the mark on cannabis, as well as an opportunity to employ people at some of the current stores like the Leaf on Baker Street. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The city has gone too far and is too restrictive in its proposed cannabis legalization legislation, says a long-time pot proponent, and it should embrace the plant, not subvert it.

Nelson Cannabis Compassion Club (NCCC) manager Philip McMillan said the city’s draft legislation is tightening the clamp on cannabis beyond that of the federal and provincial governments’ proposed legislation.

Moose wanders through Rossland

Photo by Gerry Heacock

Rosslanders are accustomed to seeing bears, deer, raccoons and coyotes roaming the streets of our residential areas and even downtown. But one resident was startled by the sight of a moose walking up the lane behind his home early on Saturday, May 5. He quickly took pictures with his phone and has shared them with the Rossland Telegraph.