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Special Weather Statement for Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

Environment Canada said a weather system over southern BC will see snow levels lowering to 1300 to 1500 metres Thursday night before rising to 1700 to 1900 metres Friday afternoon.


Environment Canada said a weather system over southern BC will bring showers to the region Friday with snow levels lowered to 1200 to 1400 metres during the morning. Those snow levels are forecasted to rise to near 1700 metres Friday afternoon.

"Snowfall amounts of 5 to 10 cm are expected this morning over highway 3 - Paulson summit to Kootenay Pass and over the Okanagan Connector. Lesser amounts of 2 to 4 cm are possible over Allison Pass and Coquihalla Highway - Hope to Merritt," Environment Canada said.

Saints coaching staff continues to load up on top Jr. A recruits

With 122 games of BCHL experience with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, forward Jackson Doucet has joined the 2020 Selkirk College Saints recruiting class. - Darren Chaisson photo

Even in these highly unusual times, Selkirk College Saints head coach Dave Hnatiuk has managed to bolster the program’s roster with talented recruits who are eager to start their post-secondary journey.

The former assistant coach with the University of Regina Cougars, Hnatiuk took the reins of the Selkirk College program last June. Though not optimum timing to sculpt a roster through proper recruiting, the rookie head coach iced a team for the 2019-2020 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season that held its own.

Riondel residents take protest of new Cell Tower location to the streets

This person at last Friday's TELUS Cell Tower protest in Riondel pleads with the telecommunications company to reconsider the location of the proposed tower. — Submitted photo

Following social distancing practices and allowing a crowd size of no more than 50 people as ordered by provincial public health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, Riondel citizens flocked to downtown core last Friday to protest the site of a proposed cell tower by TELUS.

“When you have a town of 250 people that can get 50 people out to a protest, there certainly is a problem with the process,” said Ben Johnson of the Riondel Cell Tower Urgent Relocation Group.

Op/Ed: Our species to save

Canada has about 800 species, sub-species and varieties of wildlife that have been officially assessed as at risk, but this probably represents less than a quarter of all plants and animals that are imperilled in our country.

Endangered species day (May 15, 2020) was established 15 years ago. 

It is a day for us to learn about the wildlife, plants, animals and insects that are at risk of disappearing and perhaps most importantly, what we can do about it.

Every nation has a unique role in saving our planet’s endangered species. As Canadians it’s important that we know about the plight and prospects of wildlife from around the world. 

Special Weather Statement for Boundary, West Kootenay, Arrow/Slocan Lakes

Environment Canada said total rainfall amounts of 10 to 20 mm is possible by Monday morning.


Environment Canadasaid the potential for heavy rainfall continues through Monday morning.

As of Sunday morning, 5 to 15 mm of rainfall has fallen across the southern interior.
“A moist and unstable atmosphere over the southern BC interior tonight will continue to provide favourable conditions for showers and thunderstorms,” Environment Canadasaid.


RDKB says rivers high but flooding depends on rain

Weekend weather forecast is for a possibility of thunderstorms before Tuesday.

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary said in a media release, that if rainfall predicted by Environment Canada exceeds the 10 to 30 millimetres forecast for the region the 2020 freshet could continue with even higher flows in rivers and tributaries

The RDKB said unsettled weather is forecast to bring possible thunderstorms before Tuesday, May 19 when Boundary rivers would be close to their seasonal peak.

Fatal collision on Highway 3A in Thrums

RCMP determined that a northbound grey Honda Civic was rear-ended by a white Dodge pickup truck.

RCMP said in a media release Friday that a woman died at the scene following a two-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon on Highway 3A in Thrums.

RCMP said officers and Emergency Services responded to the fatal collision that happened at approximately 5:30 p.m. at Lookout Road, which is 16 kilometers west of South Slocan.

RCMP said it was determined that a northbound grey Honda Civic was rear-ended by a white Dodge pickup truck. 

River-watch continues in RDKB but no immediate flood threat

A photo from City Park in Grand Forks looking toward 2nd Street Bridge shows some normal riparian flooding visible in the foreground. — Submitted photo

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Wednesday said, thankfully, major rivers and tributaries across the Boundary received minimal amounts of precipitation and experienced cooler temperatures creating favorable freshet conditions so far this week.

The Special Weather Statement issued by Environment Canada, which called for major rain overnight, did not materialize but more unsettled weather is on its way.

Selkirk College Cautiously Sets Course for New Normal

Members of the Selkirk College Health & Safety Department have been working with staff at Nelson’s trades-based Silver King Campus to prepare for the limited return of students in the next few weeks. The regional post-secondary is completing detailed plans for both its operational structure and education delivery over the coming months. — Submitted photo

Selkirk College is creating carefully crafted plans for a phased return to in-person delivery of post-secondary education on its campuses and learning centres.

The college adjourned in-person instruction on March 17 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, moving students to alternate delivery models for the remainder of the Winter Semester.

Riondel residents rally to protest location of proposed TELUS cell tower

The Riondel Cell Tower Urgent Relocation Group would like to see the proposed cell tower location moved from the center of the East Shore community to another spot outside of town. — Submitted photo

Residents of Riondel have planned a demonstration Friday in the East Shore town to protest a cell tower proposed for the center of the community.

The protest, scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 15th, will be next door to Bob’s Bar and Grill near the TELUS property in Riondel.

“A significant number of residents here are very concerned about a 100-foot cell tower Telus wants to erect within the next few weeks,” Harreson Tanner, part of the Riondel Cell Tower Urgent Relocation Group, told The Nelson Daily in an emailed statement.