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Nelson's Matti Erickson to represent Canada at World U20 track Championships

Kootenay Chaos Track star Matti Erickson runs to one of his two gold medals at the BC Provincial Track and Field Championships held this past weekend in Victoria. — Photo courtesy Dave Heagy

Matti Erickson is off to Nairobi, Kenya.

The Kootenay Chaos Track star was selected by Athletics Canada Monday to represent the country at the World U20 track Championships next month in Nairobi, Kenya.

The two-time BC High School Cross Country medalist and Track and Field star served up a personal best time to capture the 800 meters race at BC Provincial Track and Field Championships held this past weekend in Victoria.

Erickson also won the 1500 meters event at the provincials but will be concentrating on his specialty, the 800 meters event.

New health measures to contain COVID-19 outbreak in Central Okanagan

Interior Health said the measures will remain in place for at least 14 days and until the region experiences lower cases and higher vaccination rates.

The surge in new COVID-19 cases in the Okanagan has prompted new restrictions as Interior Health (IH) looks to get a handle on the recent outbreak in the Central Okanagan.

Interior Health said in a media release Wednesday that significant increases in COVID-19 transmission has forced the announcement of measures to contain the outbreak.

The Central Okanagan, according to the Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence map by the BC Centre of Disease Control, between July 18-24, 2021 had 153 new COVID-19 cases reported.

From the You've-got-to-be-kidding-me-files: Drone shuts down air-based fire fighting effort

No firefighter in the world can stop this if the community declines to get out of their way.

 BC Wildfire Service staff have been impacted by the use of a drone in the Arrow Lake wildfire complex airspace on Wednesday July 28, 2021, due to people operating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or “drones”) above the fires.

The use of drones near a wildfire is illegal. All wildfires are automatically considered to be “flight restricted”, according to Canadian Aviation Regulations. The restricted airspace includes a radius of five nautical miles around the fire, and to an altitude of 3,000 feet above ground level.

Host cities announced for BC Winter and Summer Games

Quesnel, Maple Ridge and Kelowna will be host cities for upcoming BC Games.

Quesnel, Maple Ridge and Kelowna have been announced as host cities for the 2024 BC Winter and Summer Games and the 2026 BC Summer Games.

"Congratulations to the host cities for the 2024 and 2026 BC Winter and Summer Games. This is a wonderful opportunity for these cities to showcase their 'A games' as a sports event-hosting destination and to support B.C.'s young athletes," said Melanie Mark, Minister for Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport.

Ignition fire next step in attempt to control Trozzo Creek wildfire

The BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) will be setting a 50-hectare ignition fire to remove unburned fuel in the path of the Trozzo Creek wildfire, the Southeast Fire Centre announced in a communication Tuesday morning.

In order to contain and diminish the wildfire burning northeast of Winlaw another fire will be set.

The BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) will be setting a 50-hectare ignition fire to remove unburned fuel in the path of the Trozzo Creek wildfire, the Southeast Fire Centre announced in a communication Tuesday morning.

The fire will be set at the five km. mark on the Trozzo Forest Service Road, likely adding more smoke to the skies from Winlaw to Slocan, and drifting into Nelson.

Op/Ed: Controlling the uncontrollable — The climate crisis is forcing us to let fires burn that we wish we could put out

Cultus Creek fire currently burning on the Darkwoods Conservation Area was started by lightening on July 2 and has grown to over 3,000 hectares. — Photo courtesy Nature Conservancy of Canada

By Richard Klafki, Canadian Rockies Program Director, Nature Conservancy of Canada

This summer British Columbians are witnessing an unprecedented wildfire season.

Already, as of late July, we have had over 1,200 wildfires burning on lands and in communities across the province. Smoke-filled skies remind even those far from active fires that for many, the summer of 2021 will not be about beach parties and barbeques, but will instead be about anxious preparation, waiting and worry.

Nelson, Castlegar top list of worst air quality in Canada

The Swiss-based IQAir has positioned Castlegar (272) and Nelson (241) at the top of their real-time most polluted city ranking for Canada due to the degree of smoke accumulating from burning wildfires in the West Kootenay — Wikimedia Commons

The worst air quality in the nation is available by the lungful in Castlegar and Nelson, according to an international air quality technology company.

The Swiss-based IQAir (https://www.iqair.com/ca/canada) has positioned Castlegar (272) and Nelson (241) at the top of their real-time most polluted city ranking for Canada due to the degree of smoke accumulating from burning wildfires in the West Kootenay. A quality index between 201 and 300 is considered very unhealthy and a health alert.

Cranbrook RCMP investigating stabbing incident between rival outlaw motorcycle gang members

All injured individuals were released after receiving treatment and one group was escorted out of town by the Cranbrook RCMP.

On Friday, July 23 at approximately 7 p.m., Cranbrook RCMP were called to a local gas station on Cranbrook Street North for a report of multiple people fighting. Front line officers flooded the area and were able to separate the two groups, determined to be rival outlaw motorcycle gangs from Alberta.

Shortly after, officers were called to the local hospital, where a total of five individuals attended with apparent stab wounds. The hospital was temporarily placed under lock down while injured parties were being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Interior Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at Nelson Jubilee Manor, new cases up in Heritage City

Between July 11-17, 2021, Nelson, with 10 new COVID-19 cases, and Castlegar, with nine, are two areas in the province that have seen a spike in COVID-19 cases. — BCCDC graphic

As cases climb the West Kootenay, both in Nelson and in Castlegar, Interior Health declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the Nelson Jubilee Manor long-term care home.

In a media release Friday, Interior Health said as of Thursday afternoon, one patient and two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

Nelson Jubilee Manor is long-term care home operated by Interior Health, with 39 private rooms.

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