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SIx men arrested, drugs, gun, cash seized in Castlegar raid

Police officers with the Castlegar RCMP Crime Reduction Unit arrested six individuals during the execution of a search warrant, obtained under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act at a local home on Wednesday.

On June 24, the Castlegar RCMP Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) executed a search warrant on a residence situated in the 3100-block of Columbia Avenue in Castlegar BC. The search warrant was authorized by the courts as part of an active investigation into suspected drug trafficking in the Castlegar area.

RCMP said cries for help lead to woman's rescue

RCMP said the woman lost control of the vehicle while attempting the maneuver on her own, and became trapped.

RCMP said response from an Ainsworth resident after hearing cries for help early Monday morning may have save a woman’s life.

RCMP said Monday at 8:45 a.m. officers were called to the report of a single vehicle motor vehicle incident near Davidson Street, a few kilometers west of Ainsworth.

Police said an area resident was outside with his dog when he heard a woman cry for help.

The resident subsequently found the woman nearby, pinned beneath her passenger vehicle off the roadway.

Three arrested, 560 plants seized in Salmo grow-op raid

Three people have been arrested after police raided a large marijuana grow op, according to Salmo top cop RCMP Cpl. Darryl Orr.

"On June 22, members of the Salmo RCMP Detachment executed a search warrant issued under the Cannabis Act at a residence on Vector Road in Salmo," Orr said. "Three adults were located inside a large (marijuana) growing operation at the residence.

"Police located and seized 560 Marihuana plants from inside the residence. Charges of Production of Cannabis will be recommended against all three individuals arrested.

ANKORS Nelson concerned contaminated drugs may turn up in West Kootenay/Boundary

Know the signs of someone overdosing on drugs.

Staff at ANKORS (AIDS Network Kootenay Outreach and Support Society) in Nelson is concerned that contaminated drugs found in the Kamloops area may have made its way to Nelson, Castlegar and Grand Forks.

ANKORS issued the Drug Alert Monday after contaminated cocaine turned up in the Kamloops region, prompting Interior Health to issue an overdose alert for North Thompson City after results showing powder cocaine laced with Fentanyl and Phenacetin.

Police seek witnesses to fatal MVI near Thrums Saturday

A local woman has died after a head-on collision near Thrums Saturday, According to RCMP West Kootenay Traffic Services Sgt. Chad Badry.

Badry said police responded to a call just after 3 p.m.

"A Toyota Corolla and a Mazda Protege collided after the Corolla crossed the centre line," Badry said, adding the driver of the Corolla, an elderly local woman, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Badry said the two occupants of the Protege were sent to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Male taken to hospital following early-morning drug overdose

Nelson Police said person consumed an unknown street drug.

Emergency responders were pressed into action dealing with a drug overdose during the early hours of Sunday Nelson Police said in a media release.

Police received a call at 12:02 a.m. Sunday of male in medical distress in the 400 block of Vernon Street.

Police said when officers arrived, the unresponsive male was located with another male who was performing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

“Police noted the unresponsive male did not have a pulse and was not breathing,” the NPD media release said.

Human/Grizzly Bear Coexistence Project in Kootenays receives funding

Through cooperation the project is able to study of grizzly bear mortality in the Kootenay region.

The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) in media release Thursday announced $9.2 million in funding for more than 180 individual wildlife, freshwater fish, and habitat conservation projects across British Columbia this year.

“This is no small feat,” said Dan Buffett, CEO of HCTF.

“It reflects a diversity of funding from our core contributors [hunters, anglers, trappers and guides], court awards, provincial government contributions and endowments, and our partners such as the Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC).”

New resource assists cannabis producers to enter legal market

From left, Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall, Paul Kelley, Cannabis Business Transition Initiative Program, Community Futures Central Kootenay, Che Leblanc and staff tour an outdoor cannabis operation in Salmo. — Submitted photo

Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall said a step-by-step online guide that helps simplify and streamline the licensing process will benefit small scaled producers in the area, and throughout the province.

A BC Government media release said the Cannabis Production Regulatory Navigator has been created to help prospective cannabis cultivators and processors work their way through the steps required to get their regulated and approved products to market.

Two Rossland students, one from Montrose and one from Crawford Bay awarded Neil Muth Memorial Scholarships

Ayla von Diebitsch from Rossland is a recipient of the 2020 Neil Muth Memorial Scholarship. Submitted photo

Ayla Diebitsch from Rossland, Jay Maloney from Rossland, Nigel Burk from Montrose and Joli Mwinyi from Crawford Bay will each receive a $2,500 Neil Muth Memorial Scholarship to continue their education.

“We were so moved and inspired by all of the applicants who shared their stories with us,” said Cathy Muth, Neil’s wife.

Mount Sentinel Grad awarded Beedie Luminaries Scholarship

Freya Emery will received $10,000 CAD per year for a bachelor degree program, tenable for up to four years of funding. — Submitted photo

Finally, some good news for a graduating student in Kootenay Lake School District during the final high school term interrupted by the — COVID-19 — pandemic.

Mount Sentinel Grad Freya Emery was recently selected to receive a 2020 Beedie Luminaries Scholarship.

The Beedie Luminaries Scholarship Program is aimed at giving promising BC students the opportunity to advance their education, achieve their dreams and inspire others.