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Grand Forks police kept busy during May long weekend

RCMP officers checked more than 140 vehicles Saturday afternoon in the Christina Lake area.

May long weekend is typically a busy weekend on the roads as people emerge from a long winter enjoying the warmer and drier conditions.

Grand Forks officers were also kept busy this weekend investigating a wide variety of different matters.

Some of the investigations from this weekend include:

May 21

Waterfront public pool highlights capital work plan for the year

The city is planning to construct a public outdoor pool for a “new dimension of recreational activity at the pier” when the Hall Street Pier project is launched this summer — photo illustration.

A waterfront outdoor public pool will be the main feature added to the city’s arsenal of recreational amenities this year as the capital plan for 2022 takes shape.

The city is planning to construct a public outdoor pool for a “new dimension of recreational activity at the pier” when the Hall Street Pier project is launched this summer.

Called a key project by city chief financial officer Colin McClure, the city is undertaking the capstone of the “Stores to Shores” vision culminating pier overhaul, the public pool and the Ladybird installation along the waterfront.

Cone Zone campaign calls on West Kootenay/Boundary drivers to slow down to keep roadside workers safe

WorkSafeBC statistics show two roadside workers in the province were killed last year and 31 were injured and had to miss work after being hit by a vehicle. — Submitted photo

Spring and summer are busy times for construction and other road-related activity, which brings an increased safety risk for roadside workers in the West Kootenay/Boundary region.

To help reduce the risk, the 12th annual province-wide B.C. Cone Zone campaign launches today with a call for drivers, employers, and workers to do their part to prevent injuries and deaths of roadside workers.

Volunteers needed to help protect Kootenay Lake from Aquatic Invasive Species

CKISS will offer training, resources and equipment for all the volunteers, all they ask is that you sign up by visiting www.ckiss.ca/action/volunteer. — Submitted

The Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society (CKISS) is seeking volunteers to join the fight against aquatic invasive species in the Central Kootenay region.

A new community science monitoring initiative has been launched by CKISS with support from the Living Lakes Canada’s National Lake Blitz program in 2022 with the goal to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive mussels, clams and plants into Kootenay Lake and beyond.

Granite Pointe pro narrowly misses cut at U.S. Open Local Qualifying tournament

Granite Pointe assistant pro Nicklaus Kennedy, pictured at the Tumble Creek Club in Cle Elum, Washington, finished a few strokes from the cut line at the U.S. Open Local Qualifying event in Washington State.

Granite Pointe assistant pro Nicklaus Kennedy came within a few strokes of taking the first step to qualifying for the 2022 U.S. Open, set for June 16-19 at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Kennedy finished with a 1-over-par 73 at the U.S. Open Local Qualifying tournament last week at Tumble Creek Club in Cle Elum, Washington.

Kennedy’s score was two strokes from the qualifying cut line of 71.

“I played great considering the conditions,” Kennedy explained.

“It was a true us open qualifier with fast greens and tucked pins.”

High lake levels expected over the next few weeks due to La Niña effect

A higher than normal snowpack and a delayed spring freshet could cause flooding in the region, especially along the shores of Kootenay Lake — Creative Commons photo.

La Niña is setting up to wreak havoc on the West Kootenay.

A higher than normal snowpack and a delayed spring freshet could cause flooding in the region, especially along the shores of Kootenay Lake.

Cool temperatures have combined with the above average snowpack (128 per cent of normal) to lay the groundwork for the increased possibility of flooding during late May or early June if temperatures rise substantially.

Planning measures released for Year Three of Kootenay Lake Recovery

April monthly draw winner Marv Fehr of Creston received $1000 in gift certificates for area businesses. — Submitted photo

Since the mid-2000’s, the collapse of the Kootenay Lake fishery has been apparent, and well documented.

Prior to 2012, the Meadow Creek spawning channel has supported an average of 67.7 million kokanee eggs and an average of 693,000 spawners.

Since then, egg numbers have only averaged 7.7 million and spawner numbers have fallen to an average of 28,000. The end result is too many rainbow and bull trout and not enough kokanee - their primary food source - in the lake.

Baker Street water main break creates havoc for downtown traffic

The 500 Block of Baker Street was filled construction vehicles and equipment after the overnight break of a water main.

Downtown Nelson was a maze of construction vehicles and equipment after a water main on the south side of 500 Baker Street experienced a linear break, resulting in a handful of flooded basements of buildings housing some local businesses the City of Nelson said in a media release Thursday.

“For safety reasons, power was turned off on the 500 Block of Baker and the north side of Victoria Street in the early morning,” the media release said.

“As of noon (Thursday), most buildings have restored power, except for the businesses directly impacted by the flooding.

RD, residents react to ‘excessive’ noise, demand federal government action

Noise pollution from logging helicopters was a problem and the board of the RDCK has petitioned federal MPs with a plan — Creative Commons photo.

Smoke was not the only thing that polluted the sky when several wildfires burned in the West Kootenay last summer.

Noise pollution from helicopters was also a problem and — along with several complaints from regional district residents — the board of the Regional District of Central Kootenay has petitioned federal MP’s with a plan.

RDCK board chair Aimee Watson has written a letter to South Okanagan-West Kootenay MP Richard Cannings (NDP), Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison (Conservatives) and Transport Canada about helicopter noise pollution in the regional district.

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