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Local fisher 'catches' 18’ Kingfisher boat grand prize from the Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program

KLAIP grand prize winner Eugene Volokhov is shown (fifth from left) collecting his new 18' Kingfisher boat from West Arm Outdoors Club President Gord Grunerud (fourth from left). Shown from left to right: Karl Luedtke (West Arm Outdoors Club), Dale Williams (BCWF), Molly Teather (FLNORD), Gord Grunerud (West Arm Outdoors Club), Eugene Volokhov (Grand Prize Winner), Casey McKinnon and Lex Jones (Jones Boys Boats). — Submitted photo

Eugene Volokhov of Balfour is one happy fisherman.

The Balfour resident recently was announced by the West Arm Outdoors Club and B.C. Wildlife Federation as the winner of the grand prize draw of the Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program. 

Volokhov is the grand prize winner of the Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program final draw, winning a sleek 18’ Kingfisher boat equipped with a 115hp Yamaha engine, valued at over $50,000, from Jones Boys Boats & Marina.

“Winning the grand prize was a big surprise," Volokhov exclaimed.

CBT announces 2021 Neil Muth Memorial Scholarship recipients

Ti Loran of Mount Sentinel (center), Emjai Deschamps (left), Jet Noble and Robert Tinney (below in story) are the four winners of the 2021 Neil Muth Scholarship. — Photo courtesy Columbia Basin Trust

Ti Loran of Mount Sentinel High School in South Slocan is one of four students to be chosen as recipients of the Columbia Basin Trust Neil Muth Scholarship.

Loran joins Jet Noble and Robert Tinney from Creston and Emjai Deschamps from Revelstoke as the 2021 Neil Muth Scholarship award winners.

Each student receives $2,500 from the Neil Muth Scholarship to support post-secondary studies.

Nelson-based RCMP seize guns, drugs, cash near Castlegar

The individuals are now facing potential criminal charges of possessing firearms in a motor vehicle and possession of controlled substances for the purpose of trafficking.

An Alberta man and a local woman are facing charges after being pulled over by BC Highway Patrol near Castlegar, according to RCMP Cpl. Mike Halskov.

"On June 3, an officer with BC Highway Patrol based in Nelson conducted a vehicle stop on Hwy 3 near the Bombi Summit (about 22 km southeast of Castlegar).

"Upon speaking with the vehicle’s two occupants, the officer formed grounds to believe they were in possession of firearms and arrested both people, a man in his late thirties from Alberta and a woman in her twenties from the local area.

Invasive Asian Clams found in Central Kootenay waters

The CKISS said the clams can clog water treatment systems, contaminate drinking water, and negatively alter aquatic ecosystems by competing with native species for food and habitat. — Photo submitted

A media release Thursday from the Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society (CKISS) said the Ministry of Environment (MOE) has confirmed that invasive Asian clams (Corbicula fluminea) were found in the Pend D’Oreille River this spring.

The Pend D’Oreille River is a tributary of the Columbia River that passes through southeastern BC.

The CKISS said in the release that this is the first confirmed presence of live invasive freshwater clams in the Central Kootenay region.

No-go for Hills Garlic Festival in 2021

Treasurer Ellen Kinsel said the Hills Recreation Society’s board of directors chose to cancel the popular annual event in New Denver despite the easing of COVID-related restrictions on gatherings and events.

The Hills Garlic Festival will not be taking place this summer.

“This decision was made with the best interests of our small community in mind,” says a notice on the festival website. “We look forward to welcoming vendors, patrons, and volunteers in 2022.”

The Hills Recreation Society’s board of directors chose to cancel the popular annual event in New Denver despite the easing of COVID-related restrictions on gatherings and events, says Ellen Kinsel, treasurer. 

Category 3 burning to be prohibited in the Southeast Fire Centre

Effective at noon PST on Friday, June 11, 2021, Category 3 open burning, as defined in the Wildfire Regulation, will be prohibited.

Responding to a drier than normal conditions in the region during the spring of 2021, the Southeast Fire Centre, effective at noon PST on Friday, June 11, 2021, Category 3 open burning, as defined in the Wildfire Regulation, will be prohibited.

This prohibition includes the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District and the Selkirk Natural Resource District.

“The BC Wildfire Service is implementing this prohibition to help prevent wildfires caused by Category 3 burning and to protect public safety,” the  Southeast Fire Centre said in a media release Friday.

Nelson Police explain actions after woman traumatized by surprise home entry

In Facebook post, the Nelson woman admitted she having a difficult time recovering from the late night encounter with police.

Nelson Police Department issued a media release Thursday, explaining actions of officers during a search for a distraught man late Tuesday evening that has ignited a firestorm on social media.

A woman, going by the name of “Jamie JW” said at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, 2021, four to five Nelson Police officers entered her house without knocking or ringing the doorbell.

“They said they were looking for someone injured . . . that they received a call that there was someone injured in this area,” Jamie JW said in a post appearing on the Nelson, BC Facebook site.

Interior Health coordinating COVID-19 second shot clinics throughout region

Effective May 27, people who received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will be notified to book their second dose eight weeks after their initial immunization.

Interior Health’s #journey2immunity campaign continues to accelerate a media release said Monday.

Interior Health said approximately 518,000 doses of vaccine have been administered and more are on the way as Interior Health continues to deliver immunization clinics throughout the region.

“People are beginning to receive notifications telling them it’s time to book their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Interior Health president and CEO Susan Brown.

Nelson Fire Rescue responds to early morning fire, explosion near Gyro Park

Nelson Fire Rescue & Services said a distraught person with no fixed address was found near the fire.

Nelson Fire Rescue & Services responded to the report of a fire and minor explosion early Monday morning in the area between Vernon Street and the top of Gyro Park. 

Nelson Fire Rescue said both on duty members responded immediately as well as two additional members responding from home to the 2:37 a.m. call.

“Upon arrival, a brush fire was observed in a wooded area, mid-slope, covering an area 10 meters by 5 meters, with flames extending 3 meters into the air and trees,” Nelson Fire Rescue said in a media release.

Foul play not suspected after human remains of missing man found in West Arm Provincial Park

DNA analysis undertaken by the Coroners Service confirmed the remains have been identified as belonging to Mr. Darwen Greyeyes, who was reported missing on June 23, 2017.

In a media release Monday, Nelson Police Department said foul play is not suspected after missing remains were found in the West Arm Provincial Park, north-east of Nelson, in April of this year.

In the release Nelson Police said on April 30, 2021 the Nelson RCMP received a report of possible human remains being found in the West Arm Provincial Park.

“An investigation conducted by the BC Coroners Service and RCMP confirmed that the remains were indeed human,” the Nelson Police media release said.