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Barricaded man arrested after police standoff in Grand Forks

RCMP said there was no danger to public safety as we were able to contain him and keep everyone safe.

Police will be consulting with Provincial Crown after officers were called to a residence in Grand Forks to deal with a man barricaded inside a residence following an attack on paramedics.

RCMP said on Saturday, July 31, 2021, at 1 p.m. officers were called to a residence on the 100 block of 81st Ave in Grand Forks. 

Police were advised that a man had become violent towards two paramedics called to assist him. 

Grand Forks officers arrived to find that the man had barricaded himself inside. Officers contained the area and called in additional resources to assist. 

Nelson's SMRT1 Technologies inks five-year smart-vending contract with UpMeals

SMRT1 Technologies founder Brad Pommen and Drew Munro of UpMeals (left and right respectively) lean on the new machine that will offer safe access to fresh and healthy meals 24/7 with a reduced ecological footprint. — Submitted photo

SMRT1 Technologies, a Nelson-based supplier of smart vending solutions, has signed a five-year contract to provide smart vending solutions to Vancouver-based company, UpMeals.

UpMeals uses smart vending to offer safe access to fresh and healthy meals 24/7 with a reduced ecological footprint. For example, people who work in a large office building in a big city, can buy a fresh salad from a vending machine, any time of night or day.

"Imagine having fresh and healthy food options available 24/7 at work," says the UpMeals website.

Columbia Basin Culture Tour – August 7 & 8

This free, self-guided tour happens August 7-8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Submitted photo

Get a fresh perspective on the local arts scene with the 13th annual Columbia Basin Culture Tour is a fun weekend that combines a road trip with a customized cultural experience like no other. Visit artists’ studios, museums, art galleries and heritage sites at your own pace.

With venues, exhibitions, artwork and performances, there is always something new to experience each year.

Most of BC under Air Quality Advisory due to wildfire smoke

The smoke from wildfires has blanketed most regions in the province, including Nelson where on most days Elephant Mountain can be seen from the city. — The Nelson Daily photo

Environment Canada said a Thunderstorm Warning has ended for parts of the Southern Interior, but most of BC continues to be impacted by an Air Quality Advisory due to wildfire smoke over the next 24-48 hours.


Environment Canada said individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches, or shortness of breath due to the numerous wildfires in the BC interior.

New York Rangers sign free agent forward Dryden Hunt to two-year deal

Dryden Hunt, who start his NHL career with Florida Panthers in 2016, signed a two-year contract with the New York Rangers.

Nelson Minor Hockey star Dryden Hunt has signed a two-year contract with NHL’s New York Rangers.

New York President and General Manager Chris Drury made the announcement Friday on the team website that the Rangers signed the free agent forward.

Drury also announced that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Greg McKegg on a one-year contract.

Hunt, 25, who skated in 26 games with the Arizona Coyotes this past season, registered three goals and five assists for eight points, along with four penalty minutes.

Drought level designation added to a Nelson water source by province

Despite the drought conditions the West Kootenay snow basin index is fairly stable at 83 per cent of normal. Last year at this time, however, it was 128 per cent.

 

One of the city’s water sources has been given a severe drought designation by the province as hot and dry weather continues in the region.

According to BC River Forecast Centre (BCRFC) data, drought level five conditions now exist at the Anderson Creek reporting station near Nelson, as it recorded 10 per cent of its median flow over the last week.

Nelson's Matti Erickson to represent Canada at World U20 track Championships

Kootenay Chaos Track star Matti Erickson runs to one of his two gold medals at the BC Provincial Track and Field Championships held this past weekend in Victoria. — Photo courtesy Dave Heagy

Matti Erickson is off to Nairobi, Kenya.

The Kootenay Chaos Track star was selected by Athletics Canada Monday to represent the country at the World U20 track Championships next month in Nairobi, Kenya.

The two-time BC High School Cross Country medalist and Track and Field star served up a personal best time to capture the 800 meters race at BC Provincial Track and Field Championships held this past weekend in Victoria.

Erickson also won the 1500 meters event at the provincials but will be concentrating on his specialty, the 800 meters event.

New health measures to contain COVID-19 outbreak in Central Okanagan

Interior Health said the measures will remain in place for at least 14 days and until the region experiences lower cases and higher vaccination rates.

The surge in new COVID-19 cases in the Okanagan has prompted new restrictions as Interior Health (IH) looks to get a handle on the recent outbreak in the Central Okanagan.

Interior Health said in a media release Wednesday that significant increases in COVID-19 transmission has forced the announcement of measures to contain the outbreak.

The Central Okanagan, according to the Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence map by the BC Centre of Disease Control, between July 18-24, 2021 had 153 new COVID-19 cases reported.

From the You've-got-to-be-kidding-me-files: Drone shuts down air-based fire fighting effort

No firefighter in the world can stop this if the community declines to get out of their way.

 BC Wildfire Service staff have been impacted by the use of a drone in the Arrow Lake wildfire complex airspace on Wednesday July 28, 2021, due to people operating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or “drones”) above the fires.

The use of drones near a wildfire is illegal. All wildfires are automatically considered to be “flight restricted”, according to Canadian Aviation Regulations. The restricted airspace includes a radius of five nautical miles around the fire, and to an altitude of 3,000 feet above ground level.

Host cities announced for BC Winter and Summer Games

Quesnel, Maple Ridge and Kelowna will be host cities for upcoming BC Games.

Quesnel, Maple Ridge and Kelowna have been announced as host cities for the 2024 BC Winter and Summer Games and the 2026 BC Summer Games.

"Congratulations to the host cities for the 2024 and 2026 BC Winter and Summer Games. This is a wonderful opportunity for these cities to showcase their 'A games' as a sports event-hosting destination and to support B.C.'s young athletes," said Melanie Mark, Minister for Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport.

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