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Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall joins list of BC cabinet ministers not seeking re-election

The Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness wants to spend more time with family. — Facebook photo

Another cabinet minister in the John Horgan BC New Democrat Party has decided not to seek re-election in the next provincial election.

Nelson-Creston MLA and Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness, Michelle Mungall, has decided to take a step back from politics.

“I am announcing today (Wednesday) that I will not be seeking re-election in B.C.’s next provincial election,” Mungall said in a media release.

UPDATED: RCMP confirm the missing Nelson man has been located

The RCMP thanks the media and public for assisting in bringing this file to a satisfactory conclusion.

In a recent media release, the Nakusp RCMP confirmed that the 54-year-old man reported missing has been located, and he is safe and sound.

The RCMP thanks the media and public for assisting in bringing this file to a satisfactory conclusion.

RCMP launch search for missing Nelson man

Nakusp RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing Nelson resident, whose vehicle was discovered abandoned in the line up to the Upper Arrow Lake Ferry at the Galena Bay ferry terminal in Galena Bay, 57 kilometers north of Nakusp on Highway 23.

COVID-19 forces venue change of manslaughter trial to Capitol Theatre

The Capitol Theatre on Victoria Street in Nelson will be transformed from a cultural and entertainment venue into a court room for a judge and jury trial. — The Nelson Daily photo

The Capitol Theatre in Nelson will soon provide the backdrop, not for a usual musical performance by local actors, but, instead, for a criminal jury trial involving a Castlegar RCMP Constable.

The region's premier cultural and entertainment venue was found to be the best possible location during the COVID-19 pandemic for a manslaughter trial by judge and jury of Castlegar RCMP Const. Jason Tait.

Greening Up — Clean Air as Zeitgeist

Children, the elderly and pregnant women should avoid spending too much time outdoors to protect their health. Even healthy adults are encouraged to reduce strenuous outdoor activities, especially if you experience symptoms such as coughing and throat irritation.

“Every breath is a sacrament, an essential ritual.” – David Suzuki

Heard any good jokes about clean air lately?

How about clean air portrayed in novels, plays, movies, television, paintings, or songs?

Given how important breathing is to humans, isn’t it strange that clean air gets so little exposure in our popular culture?

An adult breathes an average of fourteen times a minute, exchanging about seven and a half litres of air in that time.

Explainer: What’s in wildfire smoke, and why is it so bad for your lungs?

Image by Patrick Perkins via Unsplash

By Luke  Montrose, for The Conversation

If I dare to give the coronavirus credit for anything, I would say it has made people more conscious of the air they breathe.

A friend texted me recently after going for a jog in the foothills near Boise, Idaho, writing: “My lungs are burning … explain what’s happening!!!”

UPDATED: Environment Canada expects improvements to air quality due to weather change

Most of BC, including Nelson, can expect smoke blocking out the sun for at least the next few days. — The Nelson Daily photo

Environment Canada said Regions of BC highlighted on the map below, including the West Kootenay, Boundary, are being impacted or are likely to be impacted by wildfire smoke over the next 24 to 72 hours.

Environment Canada said smoke impacts will continue but improve across southern regions of the province today.

Environment Canada said by late Wednesday-early Thursday, smoke from the wildfires in the United States is expected to return to the southern third of the province.

Smoke hampers BC Wildfire aviation resources at Talbott Creek wildfire

BC Wildfire Service said hot, dry weather and low humidity have caused an increase in fire behaviour over the past few days. — BC Wildfire Service Twitter

Thick layers of smoke blanketing the region is hampering BC Wildfire crews fighting the Talbott Creek fire near Winlaw in the Slocan Valley.

BC Wildfire Service said Saturday afternoon (September 12), a thick layer of smoke started to blanket the fire area and as a result of poor visibility, aviation resources were unable to fly as late into the day as they have on previous days.

Police asking for public assistance in locating missing Nelson resident

Cory Westcott of Nelson has been missing since Tuesday, September 1, 2020. — Submitted photo

Nelson Police Department is asking the public for assistance in the search for Nelson resident Cory Westcott, who has not been heard from since the morning of September 1, 2020 (Tuesday).

In a media release Friday, Nelson Police said Westcott 5’10” and weighs approximately 200 pounds with shave brown hair and brown eyes. He also has numerous tattoos.

Nelson Police said Westcott was last seen driving a grey 2007 Toyota Tundra crew cab pickup truck with BC plate RB325G. 

RDCK adopts masks, face coverings policy for all indoor rec facilities common areas

Face coverings will be required in all RDCK recreation facilities beginning Monday, September 14, 2020.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is stepping up its response to COVID-19 pandemic by requiring non-medical masks or face coverings when entering and moving through all common areas of indoor recreation facilities, except when exercising or performing physical activity.

The RDCK made the announcement Friday. The face mask requirement begins Monday, September 14, 2020.

“We are looking forward to inviting users back into our facilities to take part in more programming and arena sports,” Joe Chirico, General Manager of Community Services.

Possible COVID-19 exposure at Hotel Zed in Kelowna

Interior Health said party is reported to have taken place between midnight and 3:30 a.m. on September 7.

The Interior Health Authority is advising the public of another possible COVID-19 outbreak in Kelowna.

In a media release Friday, Interior Health said it is advising several individuals who attended a private party at Hotel Zed in the early hours of September 7 that they may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Interior Health said a number of people gathered in a common area and/or balcony of the hotel at 1627 Abbott St., Kelowna, and may have been exposed to COVID-19.

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