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RDCK encourages residents following provincial state of emergency

The state of emergency gives agencies such as Emergency Management BC, the Fire Commissioner, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and the RCMP authority under the Emergency Program Act to take every action necessary to fight these wildfires and protect residents and their communities.

After Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure and Minister responsible for Emergency Management BC, announced a provincial state of emergency Friday, the Regional District of Central Kootenay has sent out its own release asking the public to be ready in case wildfires strike the region.


Interior Health CEO Chris Mazurkewich

Interior Health teams across IH West are working closely with emergency officials from several agencies to respond to the wildfire activity around the communities we serve.

Together, we are carefully considering the best options for our patients and staff who are located where significant wildfire activity is ongoing.  

UPDATED: Special Weather Statement ends as temperatures begin to cool

No doubt lifejackets will be useful as people attempt to keep cool during this heatwave. — The Nelson Daily photo

Environment Canada has ended the Special Weather Statement for the Boundary/West Kootenay as temperatures begin to cool into Sunday evening and Monday.

The Environment Canada Monday forecast calls for a mix of sun and cloud, becoming cloudy near noon with 60 percent chance of showers in the afternoon as well as a risk of a thunderstorm in the afternoon.

Canada Day 150 carries special meaning for pair of Nelsonites

David Lundie, 21, saved a close friend from drowning on Canada Day on Kootenay Lake near Troupe Junction.

Canada Day 2017 going to carry more of a special meaning to a pair of Nelson friends than it just being Canada’s 150th birthday celebration.

That was a day when quick thinking by a friend turned what could have been a catastrophe into a blessing on Kootenay Lake.

“We want people to be careful and make sure if you are swimming to have other people close by or wear a lifejacket,” said former Nelsonite David Lundie after he was involved in a near-death experience near Troupe Junction Saturday.

Police seek public assistance in Boundary Creek Provincial Park assault

A 69-year-old woman sustained minor injuries as a result of this incident Tuesday at Boundary Creek Provincial Park, located four kilometres west of Greenwood.

S/Sgt. Annie Linteau, E Division Senior Media Relations Officer with the RCMP said in a media release Thursday, police are continuing their investigation of a sexual assault that allegedly occurred on Tuesday (July 4, 2017) between 9:30-9:50 a.m. at the Boundary Creek Provincial Park, located four kilometres west of Greenwood.
Linteau said a woman reported that she was travelling alone in her vehicle on Highway 3, just west of Grand Forks, when she observed a man in a newer silver Toyota SUV pull up beside her and look at her before pulling in behind her. 

Summer fun comes with caution

Always be prepared when enjoying the great outdoors, like the beach at Silverton. — The Nelson Daily photo

Combine beautiful weather, vacation time and our great outdoors and you’ve got the ingredients for a lot of people having fun on and around the water.  Add this year’s fast-flowing, high water levels, poor judgement, lack of preparation and alcohol and you’ve got the recipe for a tragedy. 

June weather starts cool, but finishes hot, hot, hot

The hot, dry weather during the latter part of June is expected to continue into July. — The Nelson Daily photo

June was a tale of two weather months said Ron LakemanWeather Forecaster for the Southeast Fire Centre.

Lakeman said June opened with unsettled conditions coupled with variable temperatures before closing with the final two weeks of warm, hot and dry weather.

“Showers or thundershowers occurred on nine of the initial 16 days as a series of Pacific disturbances pushed across southern BC,” Lakeman explained.

“(Then) temperatures were warmer and no measurable rain fell during the final two weeks of the month as high pressure was more influential.”

Selkirk College Student Joins Silver King Campus Refresh Crew

A graduate of Mount Sentinel Secondary, Jennifer Perepelkin is a Selkirk College Metal Fabricator Foundation Program and is moonlighting on the Yellowridge Construction crew that is working on the Silver King Campus refresh project currently taking place in Nelson. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

With construction on the $18.9 million Selkirk College Silver King Campus refresh project starting to move into full swing, Metal Fabricator Foundation Program student Jennifer Perepelkin has walked into an opportunity to be part of the exciting transformation.

Perepelkin is one of two Selkirk College trades students hired by general contractor Yellowridge Construction to work part-time on the project that is modernizing the aging shops and adding a new student commons building at the campus located in Nelson’s Rosemont neighbourhood.