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COVID-19 forces cancellation of Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament

For the second year in a row, the Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament has been cancelled.

For second time in as many years, the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has forced organizers to cancel the Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament.

Tournament organizers said recent decisions by the Province and Health Authorities have indicated that it will not be possible to hold large gatherings and events throughout summer 2021 in BC.

Like most events held throughout the province, the pandemic cancelled the GFI tournament in 2020.

RCMP urges motorists to remain vigilant after police impersonator pulls over vehicle

RCMP said although the victim was ordered to exit his vehicle during the interaction, he trusted his instincts, distracted the suspect and managed to flee towards Kelowna.

RCMP said in a media release that motorists in the Boundary region are urged to be vigilant, after Midway RCMP responded to a report of a suspicious occurrence that took place Sunday evening on a back country provincial highway.

RCMP said on Sunday, March 21, 2021, shortly after 8:30 p.m., Midway RCMP received a third party report after a suspicious occurrence in which a yet to be identified suspect allegedly conducted a traffic stop with a motorist travelling between Rock Creek and Kelowna along Highway 33.

Basin Stories — Refreshed Future for a Local Brewery

When Kate and Matt Walker purchased the Nelson brewing Company, they brought lots of enthusiasm and diverse skill sets.

Epic — that’s the word the Nelson Brewing Company uses to describe its organic beers, and it could be used to describe its accomplishments, too.

For 29 years, the brewery has been operating out of an 1897 building in Nelson that once housed the city’s original brewery. It introduced craft beer to the Kootenays.

People can now enjoy products like Harvest Moon Kolsch Hemp Ale and Bent Pole Northwest IPA in restaurants and bars throughout the Kootenays, or buy them in liquor stores in BC and Alberta.

CKCA opens nominations for Steering Committee

CKCA is particularly interested in new members that represent youth and / or cultural diversity.

The Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA) invites members of the arts and culture community in the Columbia Basin to join its volunteer Steering Committee.

The CKCA is a representative body of the arts and culture communities across the Basin and manages and administers arts and culture funding programs on behalf of Columbia Basin Trust (CBT).

The CKCA Steering Committee consists of 12 members: six from the West Kootenay, five from the East Kootenay, and one from the Valemount area.

KAST's Digital Transformation assists Kootenay Business impacted by COVID-19

Tech Resiliency Program contractors could relate to the people they were helping. — Photos courtesy KAST

Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST) said in a media release the organization one year into the pandemic has helped hundreds of businesses in the Kootenays impacted by COVID-19 get help with digital transformation.

Partnering with the BC Tech Association was the first step in providing crucial 1:1 support free of charge to non-tech businesses in the Kootenays.

Long serving Commissionaire celebrated for his dedicated service with the Mounties in the Kootenays

RCMP Cpl. Darryl Orr presents Thomas Peter Robinson, a Commissionaire, with a special plaque recognizing 16 years of dedicated professional service to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in both Salmo and Nelson. — Submitted photo

It is not every day a Detachment Commander has the honour of recognizing the long service of an employee. Last Friday Salmo RCMP Cpl. Darryl Orr had the pleasure of doing just that.

On March 5, 2021 Cpl. Darryl Orr presented Thomas Peter Robinson, a Commissionaire, with a special plaque recognizing 16 years of dedicated professional service to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in both Salmo and Nelson BC.

FortisBC advises fishermen to watch out for tagged Rainbow Trout

Starting this spring, FortisBC said the company is studying the migration patterns and habitat use of Rainbow Trout in the lower Kootenay River. — FortisBC photo

To better protect aquatic species around hydroelectric dams, FortisBC said the company is undertaking research projects on their behavior and habitat.

Starting this spring, FortisBC said the company is studying the migration patterns and habitat use of Rainbow Trout in the lower Kootenay River.

“The three-year study starts in March as members of the FortisBC environment team will be implanting sonic transmitters into 30 Rainbow Trout – a process also known as tagging,” FortisBC said in a media release.

BCHL receives approval to play shortened season beginning in April

The league will operate in a “pod” model where three to four teams will play each other in five different locations across the province.

The BC Hockey League has been granted permission by the Provincial Health Office (PHO) to play a shortened 2020-21 season beginning the first week of April.

The PHO said it has approved the BCHL’s proposal for a safe return to play under its COVID-19 Safety Plan.

The league will operate in a “pod” model where three to four teams will play each other in five different locations across the province.

The five cities where games will be played include Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Penticton, Port Alberni and Vernon.

Gatherings up to 10 people in same group now allowed in BC

The BCCDC Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence image shows Trail and Nelson each reporting one COVID-19 case during the period between February 28 and March 6. Creston had three cases while Cranbrook reported seven new COVID-19 cases. Grand Forks, Castlegar, Arrow and Kootenay Lake had zero reports. — BCCDC image

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer is easing Public Health Order in regards to gatherings, amending the order to allow for outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people in the same group.

During Thursday media release, Dr. Henry said now that the days are getting warmer, and longer, it’s time to ease restrictions a little.

"Where we can do things more safely is outside,” Dr. Henry said.

Cyclist-activated warning sign to increase safety on B.O.B. says MOTI

The new cyclist-activated warning sign was installed March 4 on Nelson Big Orange Bridge that will warn motorists of cyclists who are crossing this bridge and increase safety.

Cyclists travelling across the B.O.B (Big Orange Bridge) for a ride on the North Shore should breathe a sigh of relief after the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure recently installed a cyclist-activated warning sign to increase safety.

The project is part of the BC Government’s StrongerBC: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan that provided $16.7 million towards more than 45 projects that focus on active transportation safety and access improvements on provincial rights of way.  

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