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Border Patrol Agents in Idaho seize cocaine, meth near Canadian border

The duffel bags were found to contain 84 pounds of cocaine, valued at approximately $1.2 million and 198 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at approximately $960,000. — Photo courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Bonners Ferry Station seized five duffel bags of narcotics valued at approximately $2.16 million just south of the United States/Canada border on Friday a news release on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website said.

The media release said Border Patrol agents were alerted to suspicious activity on a remote forest service road near the Canadian border with the responding to the area locating two individuals who were concealing themselves.  

Elections BC releases preliminary voter turnout estimate

Elections BC said 670,324 voters voted in their electoral district during the advance voting period, and 546,877 voters voted on Election Day at their assigned voting place.

Elections BC announced Monday that it estimates at least 52.4% of registered voters voted in the 2020 Provincial General Election.

In a media release, Elections BC said 670,324 voters voted in their electoral district during the advance voting period, and 546,877 voters voted on Election Day at their assigned voting place.

Elections BC said this is a preliminary estimate of voter turnout based on the following:

Op/Ed: Message to NDP Government — Fix systems to make clean air to breath, clean water to drink, healthy food to eat for everyone

The West Kootenay EcoSociety has been working with Castlegar, Kaslo, Nelson, New Denver, Rossland, Slocan, Silverton, Warfield and the Regional District of Central Kootenay to build a plan to transition these communities to 100% renewable energy across community energy uses no later than 2050 that is affordable for the people of these communities. — Facebook photo

The NDP is projected to form a majority government following Saturday's provincial election, with Katrine Conroy being re-elected in Kootenay West by a landslide, and Brittny Anderson, NDP has been declared the provisional winner in Nelson-Creston. The West Kootenay EcoSociety congratulates our local elected MLAs and wants to work together on the following priorities.

Putting People First in the Energy and Climate Crisis

Election forecast: NDP clear winners across the province but local riding remains cloudy

Premier John Horgan will now form a majority government in Victoria following a decisive victory Saturday. — Facebook photo

This story has been updated with most recent vote count from Elections BC on October 25, 2020, 1:58 a.m.

The BC Election race turned into a sprint as an NDP majority government was declared elected barely 90 minutes after the polling stations closed across the province Saturday night.

BC NDP win majority government in province-wide Student Vote

Students across the province mirrored BC voters in the 2020 BC Election.

More than 700 elementary, middle and high schools participating in the Student Vote program for the 2020 British Columbia election mirrored the electorate in the province to predict the final outcome of the provincial count.

In a media release Student Vote annouced that students elected John Horgan and the BC NDP to form a majority government with 59 out of 87 seats and 40 per cent of the vote.

Premier Horgan also won in the electoral district of Langford—Juan de Fuca with 52 per cent of the vote.

Final results in BC Election hopefully released by November 16

Elections BC said approximately 65-70 per cent of ballots counted Saturday night.

Don’t worry about waiting up late Saturday night to see who’s the winner in the 2020 BC Election.

Officials with Elections BC said Friday that Saturday’s final results probably won't be released until November 16, however that date is not set in stone due to the extra time it will take to tabulate mail-in ballots.

Elections BC said approximately 65-70 per cent of ballots counted Saturday night.

UPDATED: BC prepared for winter driving at higher levels

The Paulson Summit is experiencing heavy snow accumulation during the first major snowfall of the season. — DriveBC photo

Environment Canada said a low-pressure system moving southeast across Vancouver Island will continue to give snow at times heavy Friday, with snowfall total amounts of 10 to 15 cm is expected.

“Totals accumulations of 10 to 20 cm can be expected over most areas,” Environment Canada said.

“However, lower elevations of the south Okanagan are receiving mixed rain and snow. The snow will ease to a few flurries or showers this evening as the low moves to the south.”

Online booking for COVID-19 tests coming soon throughout IH region

Interior Health suggests the public check out the Testing Information page link for updates on when other testing sites will be available to the public. — Submitted photo

As British Columbians deal with the second wave of COVID-19 following another day of high number of documented new cases — Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry confirmed Tuesday 167 new cases in BC — Interior Health Authority announced the public will soon have access to new, easier ways to book a testing appointments for the virus with the launch of online booking for all IH COVID-19 Community Collection Centres.

BC students cast ballots in provincial Student Vote campaign

Wednesday and Thursday, some students in the local districts will participate in the Student Vote program. — Submitted photo

Even though they are under the voting age, tens of thousands of elementary and high school students from throughout British Columbia, including students in Kootenay Lake, Boundary and Kootenay-Columbia, will have an opportunity to consider the future direction of the province and vote for the official candidates running in the general election.

Student Vote is an authentic learning experience that enables teachers to bring democracy alive in the classroom and empowers students to learn about government and the electoral process, and debate important issues facing the province.