As British Columbians deal with the second wave of COVID-19 following another day of high number of documented new cases — Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry confirmed Tuesday 167 new cases in BC — Interior Health Authority announced the public will soon have access to new, easier ways to book a testing appointments for the virus with the launch of online booking for all IH COVID-19 Community Collection Centres.
Even though they are under the voting age, tens of thousands of elementary and high school students from throughout British Columbia, including students in Kootenay Lake, Boundary and Kootenay-Columbia, will have an opportunity to consider the future direction of the province and vote for the official candidates running in the general election.
Student Vote is an authentic learning experience that enables teachers to bring democracy alive in the classroom and empowers students to learn about government and the electoral process, and debate important issues facing the province.
In the daily COVID-19 media release Friday, Interior Health said the authority is investigating a cluster of cases of associated with the main Tim Hortons at 3340 River Ranch Road in Merritt.
Interior Health said as a result of the cluster, the owner has voluntarily closed the restaurant. Interior Health said it appreciates Tim Hortons efforts and co-operation in managing this situation.
Small and medium sized businesses in the Kootenays do not need to navigate the digital world alone, thanks to a new program that launched recently by KAST (Kootenay Association for Science and Technology).
RCMP said in a media release that man who allegedly hosted a party in Grand Forks during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend has been fined and mischief offences are being investigated.
RCMP said that after 7:30 p.m. on Saturday October 10, frontline officers from the Grand Forks RCMP were dispatched an on-going noise complaint at a residence in the 4900-block of Vernon Street.
RCMP said several callers reported hearing a live band that had reportedly been playing for several hours.
In a media release, Elections BC said it is busy processing an unprecedented number of vote-by-mail package requests this election.
Elections BC said as of October 13, 680,000 voters have requested vote-by-mail packages. In the 2017 provincial election, 6,517 voters voted by mail.
Elections BC said in total, 670,033 vote-by-mail packages have been issued to voters — issued packages include those that have been sent to voters or are being prepared to be mailed.
(With files from Linda Allis, for Black Jack)
Having great times in the snow:
Environment Canada updated its website Tuesday to say that snowfall with total amounts of about 15 cm is expected at the higher elevations of Highway 3, Kootenay Pass and Paulson Summit.
Environment Canada said snow, heavy at times, is expected over the Pennask and Kootenay Pass summits today.
“A frontal system will cross the province (Tuesday),” Environment Canada said. “Snow will taper off this afternoon with 15 cm expected.”
Nelson Minor Hockey grad Dryden Hunt has switched National Hockey League teams, recently signing a one-year, two-way contract with the Arizona Coyotes.
Coyotes General Manager Bill Armstrong made the announcement as NHL teams continue to scan the free-agent market to bolster rosters for the upcoming season.
Hunt, 24, played last season in the Florida Panthers system, splitting time with the NHL club and the Springfield Thunderbirds of the American Hockey League.
Hunt registered four assists and 24 penalty minutes in 21 games with the Panthers in 2019-20.
The BC Wildfire Service said in a media release, fffective at noon on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, Category 3 open burning, as defined in the Wildfire Regulation, will once again be permitted throughout the Southeast Fire Centre's jurisdiction due to a decreased wildfire risk.
The BC Wildfire Service said campfires and smaller Category 2 open burning is already allowed within the same jurisdiction. Local governments may still have burning restrictions in place, so people should check with local authorities before lighting any fire of any size.