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Ike Barber Scholarships Keep Selkirk College Transfer Students On Track

West Kootenay High School grad Jacob Erickson started his post-secondary journey at Selkirk College (seen here pre-COVID). After a successful first year at the Castlegar Campus, he is one of 26 former Selkirk College students to secure a $5,000 Ike Barber Transfer Scholarship and is now working towards his degree at Simon Fraser University. — Selkirk College photo

Beginning their post-secondary journey in a rural setting, 26 students from Selkirk College are carrying on their education at university with a financial boost from the Ike Barber Transfer Scholarship Program.

Offered by the Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society, each year up to 160 transfer students from smaller institutions across British Columbia are provided $5,000 each to help with the next step of their education. The scholarships are awarded to successful applicants who demonstrate academic merit and significant community involvement.

CBT provides nearly $500,000 to youth sport, physical activity

The money goes to 80 projects, including adding a large “easy” section to Tenacity Skatepark in Slocan.

There are no more reasons to get active are coming to the Basin this spring with Columbia Basin Trust providing $500,000 for 80 projects to keep youth moving.

The Trust is supporting sport organizations, schools and active recreation programs to create safe, inclusive and quality programs for youth to build the motivation, physical competence and confidence to participate in sport and active living for life.

Gunfire exchange in Crawford Bay sends two men to hospital

RCMP said the confrontation between a group of individuals and the occupant inside the home quickly escalated to shots allegedly being fired into the house.

RCMP said in a media release Tuesday that Creston General Investigation Section (GIS) has taken over the investigation into a dispute that escalated to gunshots being fired late Monday night in Crawford Bay.

The investigation is a result of an incident that happen February 8, 2021 minutes after 10 p.m., when front line Creston RCMP officers responded to a residence in the area of Crawford Creek and Selkirk Road for reports of shots fired.

“Police believe that a group of individuals attended a property in that area and confronted an occupant inside the home,” RCMP said.

Interior Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at Kamloops group home

Interior Health said public Health contact tracing has contacted anyone potentially exposed to COVID-19 and they are now self-isolating and monitoring for symptoms.

Interior Health said Tuesday that COVID-19 outbreak has been declared in a Kamloops group home known as Highridge Home and Singh House, respectively. 

Interior Health said six staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. Public Health contact tracing has contacted anyone potentially exposed to COVID-19 and they are now self-isolating and monitoring for symptoms.

"Highridge Home and Singh House are privately operated by Prima Enterprises for people who require 24-hour support," the IH media release said.

Search and Rescue locate three lost fishermen on Kootenay Lake

South Columbia Search and Rescue Jet boat was on Kootenay Lake to assist Kaslo Search and Rescue in finding three lost fishermen Sunday morning. — South Columbia Search and Rescue Facebook

Three fishermen were rescued Sunday by Search and Rescue after being stranded overnight on Kootenay Lake.

South Columbia Search and Rescue said the three men in their late 40s were not injured and were located Sunday morning.

“South Columbia's Jet boat located the three overdue fisherman late this morning all in good health and escorted them back to the boat launch with their watercraft for safety,” the South Columbia Search and Rescue Facebook page said.

“It was a cold breezy night and morning but they made it through,” the Facebook posted added.

Salmo resident thought $50K Scratch & Win Prize was a mistake

After winning $50K playing a Scratch & Win ticket, Jonna Madsen said it really hasn’t sunk in yet.

Salmo resident Jonna Madsen had one of those surprises she thought was too good to be true.

Madsen, playing a Scratch & Win ticket,  was convinced her win was too good to be true after scratching her Chinese Checkers ticket before realizing she scored the game’s top prize of $50,000.

“It doesn’t seem real,” a beaming Madsen told the B.C. Loteries Corporation. “I’m waiting for someone to tell me it’s a big mistake.”

Greening Up: Jumping to Conclusions

The survey, which drew respondents through the use of popular online games like Angry Birds and Dragon City, ranked Canada seventh out of 50 countries in its perception of the importance of responding to the changing climate.

“We're blind to our blindness. We have very little idea of how little we know. We're not designed to know how little we know.” – Daniel Kahneman

All of us, and especially experts, are prone to an exaggerated sense of how well we understand the world.

Most of our judgments and actions are appropriate most of the time. (Note that the word most is repeated twice here.)

But even with adequate information, some people often jump to a wrong conclusion. Unfortunately, many of those jumping to such conclusions about climate change are Canadian men.

Revelstoke Grizzlies cease operations due to COVID-19

Last week, the Grizzlies, after having received multiple positive COVID-19 test results, had to make another hard decision to cease operations for the remainder of the KIJHL 2020/21 season.

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s (KIJHL) Revelstoke Grizzlies have ceased operations for the remainder of the 2020/21 season after members of the organization tested positive for COVID-19.

On Tuesday, January 26th, the Grizzlies became aware of a potential COVID-19 contact that occurred through a team player’s place of employment. In accordance with KIJHL Return-to-Play protocols, the club immediately consulted with Interior Health and instituted a mandatory self-isolation for athletes and staff.

Winter Storm Warning for West Kootenay, Boundary

Winter Storm Warnings are not all bad as this Nelson business took advantage of the dump to get in some turns at the local ski hill. — The Nelson Daily photo

Environment Canada issued a Winter Storm Warning Thursday for the Boundary, West Kootenay and Kootenay Lake, including Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass, due to a frontal system moving into southern interior B.C.

Environment Canada said significant amounts of snow are expected.

“ Ten to fifteen cm of snow has already fallen across the region,” Environment said on its website Thursday.

“Further snowfall accumulation of 10 to 15 cm is expected before the snow tapers off late this evening.”