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Popular tourism hiking destination Idaho Peak remains closed — FLNRORD

Idaho Peak is one of the most photographed viewpoints in the Arrow Slocan region due to its panoramic views, endless alpine flowers, and an ease of access alpine that is rare to find locally. — Photo courtesy West Kootenay Hiking

One of the Slocan Valley’s most popular tourist attractions is going to remain closed until further notice.

“The Idaho Lookout Forest Service Road will remain closed for this field season. There is no alternate route of vehicular access to the trailheads,” a spokesman for the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development has told the Valley Voice.

The spokesperson said FLNRORD has not completed any work on the Idaho Lookout FSR since June of 2020 and the road remains barricaded and closed to the public.

Interfor announces $35-million project for Castlegar

Interfor's Castlegar facility employs 200 people.

Interfor is announcing a $35-million improvement project in its Castlegar facility, according to vice-president of western operations Andrew Horahan.

In an interview Friday, Horahan said the project will have immense value for the community.

“We’re excited to be starting a project in Castlegar, rebuilding and replacing our planer mill,” he said. “It will improve grade, improve value, and improve productivity.”

COVID-19 cases in Kootenay Boundary decline, RCMP begin Travel Restriction Road Checks

Golden is now has the most reported COVID-19 cases for the region with 16 cases with Nelson and Cranbrook reporting 15.

Similar to the rest of the province, cases of COVID-19 continue to decline in the Kootenay Boundary following the release Wednesday on the B.C. Centre of Disease Control website of the Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence map.

Golden is now has the most reported COVID-19 cases for the region with 16 cases.

The Nelson area continues to show high numbers for the region with 15 in the period between April 25 – May 1, down from 19 the previous week.

Mayor Moore apologizes for travelling down south to get vaccinated, visit family

Rossland Mayor Kathy Moore said she regrets the concern this has caused in the community and any issues for council.

Another West Kootenay Mayor is coming under fire for travelling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rossland Mayor Kathy Moore recently travelled south of the 49th parallel get vaccinated, while at the same time spending time with family.

Despite having dual citizenship, and announcing ahead of time that she was traveling into the United States, Moore was ripped for being hypocritical on social media.

“I do regret the concern this has caused in the community and any issues for council,” Moore said in a statement.

Nelson continues to be COVID-19 hotspot for Kootenay Boundary

The Heritage City recorded 19 new COVID-19 cases, down from 20 between April 11-17. — BCCDC

Nelson continues to be the hotspot for COVID-19 cases in the Kootenay Boundary.

In the weekly update on the B.C. Centre of Disease Control website, the Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence map shows Nelson topping the count during April 18 to 24 with 19 cases.

The Heritage City had 20 COVID-19 cases the week before and 13 cases between April 4-10.

In the West Kootenay, Trail has 13 cases while Castlegar and Arrow Lakes each have five and Kootenay Lake one.

UPDATED: RDKB lifts evacuation orders for Christina Lake properties

Christina Lake residents can now begin cleanup and assess damage from flooding. — RDKB photo

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) lifted evacuation orders for three homes in the Fife Road area on the east side of Christina Lake this afternoon.

Residents have been out of their homes since the early morning hours of April 25 when debris blocking a creek at higher elevation gave way sending a torrent of water, mud and debris toward the three homes.

Residents can now return home to begin cleanup work and assess damage.

Without Further Habitat Protections Caribou Likely To Disappear

Researchers point to logging and road building as the major source of habitat loss for mountain caribou.

A new scientific paper, Habitat loss accelerates for the endangered woodland caribou in western Canada, released by some of North America’s preeminent caribou researchers is highlighting the importance of addressing the ultimate cause of caribou declines: habi

Two police raids in Castlegar yield drugs, cash, arrests

A pair of search warrants executed by police concurrently at two locations in the city resulted in arrests and the seizure of suspected illicit drugs, cash and vehicles, according to Castlegar NCOIC Monty Taylor.

"April 22, members of the Castlegar RCMP Crime Reduction Unit (CRU), with support from frontline general duty officers executed a pair of search warrants in connection to an active investigation into drug trafficking. Those warrants were executed simultaneously on two Castlegar area homes.

Time for celebrating after Supreme Court rules in favour of American Indigenous man's right to hunt in Canada

Richard Desautel took his case to the Supreme Court of Canada to justify the Sinixt First Nation's existence in Canada. — Submitted photo

Rodney Cawston, Chairman of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation (CCT) and the Sinixt (sn̓ ʕaýckstx) Confederacy, said Friday was a day for celebrating after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favour of Rick Desautel’s protected right to hunt in British Columbia given his people's historic ties to the region.

In ruling in favour of Desautel, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the Crown’s final appeal in the R v. Desautel hunting case.

“Today’s decision reaffirms that the snʕāyckst are not extinct,” Cawston said in a media release.

Nelson Fire Rescue & Services respond to Granite Road fires

Nelson Fire Rescue & Services made the decision to redeploy a Fire Engine to assist with the second incident on Granite Road. — Nelson Fire Rescue & Services photos

For the second time in less than a week, Nelson Fire Rescue & Services responded to a grass fire, this time one that was out of control and threatening a home on Granite Road.

Thursday, shortly before noon, Nelson Fire Rescue & Services firefighters attended the approximate 17,000 square foot area grass fire that was burning brush, garden areas and numerous trees.