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Arrow Lake Wildfire Complex Update

All three fires are still designated 'out of control'.

Octopus Creek Wildfire

Size: 18,337 hectares

Status: Out of control

Cause: Lightning

57 firefighters , 19 pieces of heavy equipment

Michaud Creek Wildfire

Size: 8,847 hectares

Status: Out of control

Cause: Lightning

33 firefighters, 13 pieces of heavy equipment

Renata Creek Wildfire

Size: 2,801 hectares

Status: Out of control

Cause: Lightning

1 firefighter, 9 pieces of

heavy equipment

Facelift planned for first face of Nelson in new competition

A competition is being staged to re-design the welcome to Nelson signs at three ends of the city, after the beloved and “quirky” existing signs were deemed to be at the end of their lifespan — City of Nelson.

The first thing visitors to Nelson will see is about to change.

A competition is being staged to re-design the welcome to Nelson signs at three ends of the city, after the beloved and “quirky” existing signs were deemed to be at the end of their lifespan.

The signs are in poor condition, noted a city staff report to council, and, although fixing them is not impossible, matching existing materials was considered to be too difficult.

From The Hill — Past the engagement process on climate action

Retrofitting all buildings in Canada to new efficiency standards would create jobs in every community across the country and cut our emissions by 25 percent.

For too long, Canada has dragged its feet on the urgent need to battle climate change, a hesitancy largely caused by concerns over the economy and jobs.  It is now clear that we not only must take bold steps in this battle, but we can do this while creating good jobs and putting Canada at the forefront of the global clean tech economy.

B.C. COVID-19 pandemic update

There were 395 new cases in Interior Health for a total active case count of 847.

The BC Ministry of Health released the updated COVID-19 numbers following the BC Day Longweekend.

As of Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, 81.4% (3,773,442) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 67.3% (3,121,311) received their second dose.

In addition, 82.3% (3,560,982) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 69.7% (3,013,074) received their second dose.

Barricaded man arrested after police standoff in Grand Forks

RCMP said there was no danger to public safety as we were able to contain him and keep everyone safe.

Police will be consulting with Provincial Crown after officers were called to a residence in Grand Forks to deal with a man barricaded inside a residence following an attack on paramedics.

RCMP said on Saturday, July 31, 2021, at 1 p.m. officers were called to a residence on the 100 block of 81st Ave in Grand Forks. 

Police were advised that a man had become violent towards two paramedics called to assist him. 

Grand Forks officers arrived to find that the man had barricaded himself inside. Officers contained the area and called in additional resources to assist. 

Nelson's SMRT1 Technologies inks five-year smart-vending contract with UpMeals

SMRT1 Technologies founder Brad Pommen and Drew Munro of UpMeals (left and right respectively) lean on the new machine that will offer safe access to fresh and healthy meals 24/7 with a reduced ecological footprint. — Submitted photo

SMRT1 Technologies, a Nelson-based supplier of smart vending solutions, has signed a five-year contract to provide smart vending solutions to Vancouver-based company, UpMeals.

UpMeals uses smart vending to offer safe access to fresh and healthy meals 24/7 with a reduced ecological footprint. For example, people who work in a large office building in a big city, can buy a fresh salad from a vending machine, any time of night or day.

"Imagine having fresh and healthy food options available 24/7 at work," says the UpMeals website.

Columbia Basin Culture Tour – August 7 & 8

This free, self-guided tour happens August 7-8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Submitted photo

Get a fresh perspective on the local arts scene with the 13th annual Columbia Basin Culture Tour is a fun weekend that combines a road trip with a customized cultural experience like no other. Visit artists’ studios, museums, art galleries and heritage sites at your own pace.

With venues, exhibitions, artwork and performances, there is always something new to experience each year.

Most of BC under Air Quality Advisory due to wildfire smoke

The smoke from wildfires has blanketed most regions in the province, including Nelson where on most days Elephant Mountain can be seen from the city. — The Nelson Daily photo

Environment Canada said a Thunderstorm Warning has ended for parts of the Southern Interior, but most of BC continues to be impacted by an Air Quality Advisory due to wildfire smoke over the next 24-48 hours.


Environment Canada said individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches, or shortness of breath due to the numerous wildfires in the BC interior.

New York Rangers sign free agent forward Dryden Hunt to two-year deal

Dryden Hunt, who start his NHL career with Florida Panthers in 2016, signed a two-year contract with the New York Rangers.

Nelson Minor Hockey star Dryden Hunt has signed a two-year contract with NHL’s New York Rangers.

New York President and General Manager Chris Drury made the announcement Friday on the team website that the Rangers signed the free agent forward.

Drury also announced that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Greg McKegg on a one-year contract.

Hunt, 25, who skated in 26 games with the Arizona Coyotes this past season, registered three goals and five assists for eight points, along with four penalty minutes.

Drought level designation added to a Nelson water source by province

Despite the drought conditions the West Kootenay snow basin index is fairly stable at 83 per cent of normal. Last year at this time, however, it was 128 per cent.

 

One of the city’s water sources has been given a severe drought designation by the province as hot and dry weather continues in the region.

According to BC River Forecast Centre (BCRFC) data, drought level five conditions now exist at the Anderson Creek reporting station near Nelson, as it recorded 10 per cent of its median flow over the last week.

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