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Purcell Wilderness Area benefits from BC Government land acquisition

The Purcell Wilderness Conservancy is the largest park in southeast BC and provides critical habitat for wildlife like grizzlies, mountain goats and wolverines, while at the same time protecting diverse ecosystems, from the high alpine to the old growth inland temperate rainforest. — Photo courtesy John Bergenske

Recently, the BC government announced the acquisition of more than 650 hectares of land intended to be added to 16 provincial parks and two protected areas.

Buried on Page 7 of the BC Parks Land Acquisition Program Report PDF is an 18-hectare parcel of land on north end of Kootenay Lake across from Kaslo that will be added to the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy Protect Area.

River Talk — Movement grows to build weir/dam across Koocanusa Reservoir

It was thought to be a good idea at the time, but the Libby dam was, indeed, a giveaway of local control.

Eileen Delehanty Pearkes has been researching and writing about the history and politics of water in the upper Columbia Basin since 2005. 

Her book on the Columbia River Treaty, A River Captured, was released in 2016. Recently, her travelling exhibit on the Columbia River Treaty, curated for Touchstones Nelson, won a national award from the Canadian Museum Association.

Pearkes has agreed to help readers understand the importance of the Columbia River Treaty to the region with another edition of River Talk.

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report

Dean Fancy holds a giant Bull Trout caught in Kootenay Lake during the Christmas holiday season. — Photo courtesy Reel Adventures Sportfishing

Happy New Year Everyone.

And welcome to a better year to come.

In looking at back at 2020, we can reflect and focus on the positive.  While we didn’t have much work during the first half of the year, we made up for it in the second half.  We’d like to thank our locals for supporting our company and helping to keep us in business.

Update: Death of woman on New Year’s Day now considered a hit-and-run homicide

Sicamous RCMP and the BC Coroners Service continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the unexpected death of a woman early on New Year’s Day.

The victim, who was previously reported to be 65 years of age, has been positively identified as a 64-year-old woman. She was found at approximately 2:30 a.m., suffering from significant injuries, on a private roadway within the Cedars RV and Resort on Luoma Road in Sicamous, BC.

KI remains committed to resuming play this hockey season

KIJHL Commissioner Jeff Dubois said the league remains hopeful of resuming regular season play at that time and will continue with preparations to award the Teck Cup to our league champion in the spring.

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League remains committed to its goal for providing a season despite of the recent Provincial Health Order extension to February 5, 2021 limiting sports activities and travel.

KIJHL Commissioner Jeff Dubois said the league remains hopeful of resuming regular season play at that time and will continue with preparations to award the Teck Cup to our league champion in the spring.

Interior Health adds seven additional cases to Big White COVID-19 community cluster

The total number of COVID-19 cases at Big White Mountain identified by Interior Health is to date 143.

Friday, during a media update, Interior Health has identified an additional seven cases of COVID-19 linked to the Big White Mountain community cluster.

The total number of cases identified to date is 143.

Of the 143 known COVID-19 cases linked to this cluster, 91 reside on Big White Mountain. There are currently 22 cases active and on isolation and 121 individuals have recovered.

Two arrested in New Denver following search of business

RCMP said a 47-year-old female and a 51-year-old male were located at the scene who were operators of the business were arrested.

Slocan Lake RCMP said Thursday that on Monday, January 4, 2021 police executed a Controlled Drug and Substance Act (CDSA) search warrant at a business located in the 800 block of Kildare Street, New Denver.

RCMP said a 47-year-old female and a 51-year-old male were located at the scene who were operators of the business were arrested. 

“Slocan Lake RCMP seized a quantity of Contraband Tobacco and Controlled substances under the CDSA and the Cannabis Act,” RCMP said.

“There was items seized that were indicative of trafficking of CDSA from the business as well.”

Interior Health declares outbreak at Sunnybank Retirement Home in Oliver

Interior Health has declared an outbreak at Sunnybank Retirement Home long-term care in Oliver.

Four staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. All individuals in close contact with these individuals are in self-isolation and monitoring for symptoms.

Sunnybank Retirement Home is operated by Interior Health and has 51 publicly funded long-term care beds. Interior Health will continue to monitor the situation, while implementing additional infection control and preventive measures.

Interior Health identifies increased COVID-19 activity in Revelstoke region, additional cases linked to Big White Mountain

Interior Health is reminding all Revelstoke area residents to maintain their efforts to prevent community transmission.

Interior Health said Tuesday that there has been increased COVID-19 activity in the Revelstoke region as well as identifying an additional 25 cases of COVID-19 linked to the Big White Mountain community cluster.

In Revelstoke, Interior Health is reminding all residents to maintain their efforts to prevent community transmission.

“There is no specific source for the new cases,” the Interior Health media release said.

Kimberley Resident Retiring After $1 Million Lotto 6/49 Win

Retired police officer Jeremy Irons of Kimberley is ready to ride off into the retirement sunset after winning the $1 million Lotto 6/49 Guaranteed Prize for the draw on December 26, 2020.

While Jeremy Irons has loved his career in public service, the Kimberley resident is ready to ride off into the retirement sunset after winning the $1 million Lotto 6/49 Guaranteed Prize for the draw on December 26, 2020.

Irons, who was a police officer until 2003 when he moved to Kimberley with his wife and became an animal protection officer, says he’s still having a hard time believing his win is real.

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