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UPDATED: Smoky skies advisory remains in place for Southern BC

Smoke is beginning to filter north of the 49th parallel from many massive fires in the United States. — Screenshot photo

Smoke from local wildfire, combined with blazes south of the 49th parallel, will continue to impact air quality conditions in the West Kootenay, Boundary for the next 24 to 48 hours as Environment Canada continues its Smoky Skies Bulletin.

Environment Canada said the smoky skies advisory remains in place for southern BC.

“Wildfire smoke concentrations have continued to drop over the past 24 hours except for a few isolated areas,” Environment Canada said on its website.

Vandals destroy public Electric Vehicle charger in Grand Forks

City staff removed the damaged charger from the street Tuesday morning. — City of Grand Forks Facebook page

The City of Grand Forks said on its Facebook page Tuesday that the second and last functioning public Electric Vehicle charger was vandalized and destroyed Monday night.

The result has forced city staff to remove the charger from the street Tuesday morning.

“Tourists and residents will no longer be able to charge at a public location,” the City Facebook post said.

“Vandalism also occurred to the public library’s outside electrical outlets.”

KIJHL continues to build for 2020-21 regular season

The KIJHL said in a media release Tuesday its cohort structure and groupings meets the guidelines set forth by the B.C. Provincial Health Officer and Phase 3 of Viasport's "Return to Sport" framework.

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League is continuing to make preparations for launching its 2020-21 season after announcing Tuesday its cohort structure and groupings for the upcoming campaign, scheduled to commence Friday, November 13th.

Murdoch Division rivals, Nelson Leafs, Castlegar Rebels and Grand Forks Border Bruins will be joined in its four-team cohort by the Osoyoos Coyotes.

RDCK issues boil water notices for Riondel, Lidster

The RDCK and Interior Health recommend that all customers drink boiled water or a safe alternative until further notice.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) has issued a pair of boil water notices Tuesday for users on Riondel system on the East Shore in Area A and Lidster system near Creston in Area B.

The Riondel system is located  the east shore of Kootenay Lake with access off of Highway 3A.  

The Riondel notice has been issued due to an ongoing power outage that requires the water treatment plant to be bypassed.

Leafs' Joe Davidson taking next step with BCHL Centennials

Leaf forward Joe Davidson, in action against Spokane Braves, finished in the top-25 of KIJHL goal scoring with 22 goals in 44 games. He finished with 38 points in his rookie season. — The Nelson Daily photo

By Emanuel Sequeira, KIJHL Communications

Joe Davidson made the most of his opportunities with the Nelson Leafs last season.

Earning the trust of head coach Mario DiBella and his staff, Davidson played in different situations and produced. He finished in the top-25 of KIJHL goal scoring with 22 goals in 44 games. He finished with 38 points in his rookie season. That was good for fourth on the Leafs as a 16-year-old.

Now the 17-year-old Nelson product is taking the next step with the B.C. Hockey League’s Merritt Centennials.

UPDATED: Small distribution lines throughout the region still have significant damage — FortisBC

Monday's windstorm made quick work of trees in the Six Mile area on the North Shore north of Nelson. — Facebook photo

FortisBC crews have been working around the clock since Monday morning to remove trees on lines, repair damage and restore customers following the Monday, September 7, windstorm that approximately 6,000 customers in the Kootenays lost power due to trees damaging four transmission lines and many smaller lines that provide service to the area.

As of Wednesday afternoon, FortisBC said more than 5,000 customers have been restored.

Special air quality statement for West Kootenay, Arrow, Slocan Lakes

Smoke from the Talbott Creek Wildfire is expected to filter into the valleys over the news few days forcing the issuing of a Special air quality statement for parts of the southern interior of BC, including East and West Kootenay and Arrow Lakes, Slocan Lakes. — BC Wildfire photo

Environment Canada issued a Special air quality statement for parts of the southern interior of BC, including East and West Kootenay and Arrow Lakes, Slocan Lakes due to wildfire smoke over the next 24-72 hours.

“Hot and dry conditions will continue in south eastern British Columbia until Monday,” the Environment Canada website said.

FortisBC warns of recreating dangers near dams ahead of Labour Day weekend

FortisBC would like to warn the public of the dangers of swimming near the Lower Bonnington Dam known to many locals as ‘Paradise’. — Submitted photo

With summer winding down, and the weatherman cooperating with some hot temperatures, FortisBC is asking British Columbians, specifically residents in the Kootenay region to be extremely cautious when in and around its hydroelectric dams.

KIJHL season set for delayed start, three teams, including Beaver Valley, opting out

COVID-19 has turned the sports world upside down, including the Beaver Valley Nitehawks, seen here in action against Nelson Leafs, deciding, along with 100 Mile House and Spokane, not to play in the upcoming KIJHL 2020-21 campaign. — The Nelson Daily photo

The always-entertaining, hard-fought Murdoch Division rivalry between Leafs and Nitehawks is being put on hold for at least one season after the Beaver Valley franchise joined teams from Spokane and 100 Mile House opting out of the 2020-21 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season.

KIJHL commissioner Jeff Dubois made the announcement Thursday in an emailed media release.