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Unpredictable rain, warmer temperatures means flood threat highest June 1 – prepare now says RDKB

The confluence of the Kettle River and Granby River at Grand Forks on May 27, 2020. — Submitted photo

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has been working very closely with the City of Grand Forks and other regional partners to prepare for possible moderate to high levels of flooding early next week. Current river forecasts show the Kettle River at typical freshet levels for the next 48 hours, then rising to moderate flood levels on Sunday, May 31 through Tuesday, June 1 depending upon rainfall location and amounts.

Nakusp RCMP search warrant nets large quantity of drugs

The search uncovered a large quantity of Methamphetamine.

RCMP in Nakusp said in a media release Thursday that officers executed a search warrant in the village that netted a large quantity of drugs.

Police said Wednesday (May 27), officers conducted a search warrant in the 300 block of 8th Ave NW in Nakusp. During the search police located a large quantity of Methamphetamine.

Police said charges will be recommended for the offence of Possession For the Purpose of Trafficking.

The investigation is ongoing.

The Nakusp RCMP will continue to actively target drug dealers in the local community.

Jogger narrowly escapes predaceous Black Bear during trail run near Hills

The sign posted by the Hills Emergency Services Society (HESS) cautioned the public of a bear in the area. — Submitted photo

The Valhalla Wilderness Society said in a media release a local runner got more than he bargained for during an afternoon jog through the Rail-Trail in the small West Kootenay community of Hills, BC, during the Victoria Day long weekend.

Francis Levasseur was jogging on the railbed trail near a friend’s farm when he came into contact with a less-than-hospitable black bear.

Initially, there was no interaction between the bear and Levasseur.

RDKB issues two evacuation alerts in City of Grand Forks due to erosion

Erosion is a major hazard during freshet, and the RDKB wants residents to stay well away from riverbanks and the edges of creeks. Two evacuation alerts were issued in the Grand Forks area on May 27 due to bank erosion. — Submitted photo

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) issued two more evacuation alerts on May 27 bringing the total number of properties on evacuation alert in the Grand Forks area to sixteen.

ANKORS issues Drug Alert for Nelson area

Drug samples sold in the Nelson area were found to contain a toxic combination of benzodiazepines and fentanyl.

ANKORS (AIDS Network Kootenay Outreach and Support Society) in Nelson issued a New Drug Alert Tuesday after samples sold were found to contain a toxic combination of benzodiazepines and fentanyl.

In a media release Tuesday, ANKORS spokesperson said there have been recent reports of overdose associated with the use of this substance as described in the Nelson area.

“Benzodiazepines are depressants and increase the likelihood of overdose when mixed with toxic fentanyl or fentanyl equivalents,” the ANKORS release said.

Selkirk College Forest Technology Student Explores the Edge

Kelsi Littler graduated with the Selkirk College Class of 2020 with a diploma Forest Technology. Now operating a small silviculture company, she is also self-publishing an outdoor-inspired book of words and art titled The Edge Effect. — Submitted photo

It started with an instructor’s challenge to look at climate change on a personal level and ended with a creative outburst by students that breaks down walls to better understanding the future of the forest industry.

In November, Forest Technology Program instructor Jesper Nielsen spurred his second-year students with a contest focused on thinking about their future in the industry. “It Starts With Me” set very few parameters on the final product other than wanting learners to think about the marketplace differently than how it is generally perceived.

Castlegar man arrested after seizure of suspected fentanyl and cocaine

On May 22, the Castlegar RCMP Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) executed a search warrant on a residence situated in the 600-block of 11th Avenue of Castlegar B.C. The search warrant was authorized as part of an active police investigation into suspected drug trafficking in the Castlegar area.

Two men were taken into police custody during the execution of the warrant.

BC Parks campsites closed to non-residents this summer

BC Parks said in a statement that the health and safety of our BC Parks staff, park operators and visitors continue to be a priority.

BC Parks should be a lot easier to book this summer for locals after the BC government announced the closing of campsites to out of province residents.

The decision by BC Parks was made as public health officials adjust rules to deal with ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Non-residents of BC, who have made reservations, must call before June 15 to cancel and receive a full refund.

Reservations made by non-residents after Monday, May 25, will be subject to immediate cancellation without refund.

All-season ski, boarding and bike resort proposed for near New Denver

The proposed location for Zincton, a ghost town, is within the Goat Range of British Columbia’s Selkirk Mountain Range, approximately 10 mins east of New Denver along Highway 31A, in the Regional District of the Central Kootenay.

The Ministry of Forest, Lands, Natural Recourses Operations and Rural Development, represented by Mountain Resorts Branch (MRB), said an 

  • New measures allow BC Transit to align with BC's Restart Plan

    Starting June 1, 2020, Nelson Transit busses will resume front door loading and fare collection. — The Nelson Daily photo

    BC Transit, which includes locally operated Nelson Transit, Trail Transit and Arrow & Slocan Lakes Community Service, is gearing up to respond to COVID-19 by implementing additional practices and procedures to align with BC’s Restart Plan. 

    In a media release Thursday, BC Transit said the company would restart under the guidance of the Provincial Health Officer, WorkSafeBC as well as drawing on the best practices of the transit industry worldwide.