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Bikes’n Bytes - Kids can cycle, code this summer

Bikes’n Bytes campers had a blast in 2019 learning digital skills along with cycling. — Submitted photo

Traction on Demand in Nelson is partnering with Kootenay Mountain Biking and Cycling BC iRide to offer a summer camp like no other — Bikes’n Bytes.

The camp, which runs from August 16-20, 2021, is the best of both worlds for youth between the age of 9-12 in Nelson and area.

“By 2030, the demand for advanced IT and programming skills is expected to grow by 90%,” a spokesperson for the camp said.

Students to participate in Restorative Justice Program after grad prank goes wrong at L.V. Rogers High School

Students defaced the inside of the school with shaving cream, glitter, ketchup, mustard, food dye, sugar, flour, rice and approximately 80 raw chicken eggs.

Nelson Police said four students were arrested and released following graduation prank gone wrong Sunday night at L.V. Rogers High School in Nelson.

In a media release Thursday, Nelson Police said few students broke into LVR school afterhours before opening the building for numerous others to join them inside the school.

“What seems to have been intended as a graduation prank soon got out of hand,” Nelson Police said.

KAST bids farewell to executive director Sean Smillie

 The Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST) congratulates Executive Director, Sean Smillie, on his return to the video game industry for an exciting new role as an executive producer for a Quebec and Los Angeles-based game studio. The Board will miss Smillie’s driven nature and positive leadership and appreciates his continued support while Smillie and the KAST Board of Directors complete a practical and seamless transition plan. The transition plan will be announced in the coming weeks.

Severe Thunderstorm warning Tuesday for Boundary, West Kootenay, Kootenay Lake, Arrow Lakes/Slocan Lake

Environment Canada said there is a risk of a thunderstorm early Tuesday morning and into the afternoon.

Environment Canada issued a Severe Thunderstorm warning Tuesday for southern interior of BC, including Boundary, East and West Kootenay, Kootenay Lake and Arrow Lakes/Slocan Lake regions.

Environment Canada said showers will end this morning followed by a 60 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms.

Environment Canada said there is a risk of a thunderstorm early Tuesday morning and into the afternoon. 

Local fisher 'catches' 18’ Kingfisher boat grand prize from the Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program

KLAIP grand prize winner Eugene Volokhov is shown (fifth from left) collecting his new 18' Kingfisher boat from West Arm Outdoors Club President Gord Grunerud (fourth from left). Shown from left to right: Karl Luedtke (West Arm Outdoors Club), Dale Williams (BCWF), Molly Teather (FLNORD), Gord Grunerud (West Arm Outdoors Club), Eugene Volokhov (Grand Prize Winner), Casey McKinnon and Lex Jones (Jones Boys Boats). — Submitted photo

Eugene Volokhov of Balfour is one happy fisherman.

The Balfour resident recently was announced by the West Arm Outdoors Club and B.C. Wildlife Federation as the winner of the grand prize draw of the Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program. 

Volokhov is the grand prize winner of the Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program final draw, winning a sleek 18’ Kingfisher boat equipped with a 115hp Yamaha engine, valued at over $50,000, from Jones Boys Boats & Marina.

“Winning the grand prize was a big surprise," Volokhov exclaimed.

CBT announces 2021 Neil Muth Memorial Scholarship recipients

Ti Loran of Mount Sentinel (center), Emjai Deschamps (left), Jet Noble and Robert Tinney (below in story) are the four winners of the 2021 Neil Muth Scholarship. — Photo courtesy Columbia Basin Trust

Ti Loran of Mount Sentinel High School in South Slocan is one of four students to be chosen as recipients of the Columbia Basin Trust Neil Muth Scholarship.

Loran joins Jet Noble and Robert Tinney from Creston and Emjai Deschamps from Revelstoke as the 2021 Neil Muth Scholarship award winners.

Each student receives $2,500 from the Neil Muth Scholarship to support post-secondary studies.

Nelson-based RCMP seize guns, drugs, cash near Castlegar

The individuals are now facing potential criminal charges of possessing firearms in a motor vehicle and possession of controlled substances for the purpose of trafficking.

An Alberta man and a local woman are facing charges after being pulled over by BC Highway Patrol near Castlegar, according to RCMP Cpl. Mike Halskov.

"On June 3, an officer with BC Highway Patrol based in Nelson conducted a vehicle stop on Hwy 3 near the Bombi Summit (about 22 km southeast of Castlegar).

"Upon speaking with the vehicle’s two occupants, the officer formed grounds to believe they were in possession of firearms and arrested both people, a man in his late thirties from Alberta and a woman in her twenties from the local area.

Invasive Asian Clams found in Central Kootenay waters

The CKISS said the clams can clog water treatment systems, contaminate drinking water, and negatively alter aquatic ecosystems by competing with native species for food and habitat. — Photo submitted

A media release Thursday from the Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society (CKISS) said the Ministry of Environment (MOE) has confirmed that invasive Asian clams (Corbicula fluminea) were found in the Pend D’Oreille River this spring.

The Pend D’Oreille River is a tributary of the Columbia River that passes through southeastern BC.

The CKISS said in the release that this is the first confirmed presence of live invasive freshwater clams in the Central Kootenay region.

No-go for Hills Garlic Festival in 2021

Treasurer Ellen Kinsel said the Hills Recreation Society’s board of directors chose to cancel the popular annual event in New Denver despite the easing of COVID-related restrictions on gatherings and events.

The Hills Garlic Festival will not be taking place this summer.

“This decision was made with the best interests of our small community in mind,” says a notice on the festival website. “We look forward to welcoming vendors, patrons, and volunteers in 2022.”

The Hills Recreation Society’s board of directors chose to cancel the popular annual event in New Denver despite the easing of COVID-related restrictions on gatherings and events, says Ellen Kinsel, treasurer. 

Category 3 burning to be prohibited in the Southeast Fire Centre

Effective at noon PST on Friday, June 11, 2021, Category 3 open burning, as defined in the Wildfire Regulation, will be prohibited.

Responding to a drier than normal conditions in the region during the spring of 2021, the Southeast Fire Centre, effective at noon PST on Friday, June 11, 2021, Category 3 open burning, as defined in the Wildfire Regulation, will be prohibited.

This prohibition includes the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District and the Selkirk Natural Resource District.

“The BC Wildfire Service is implementing this prohibition to help prevent wildfires caused by Category 3 burning and to protect public safety,” the  Southeast Fire Centre said in a media release Friday.

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