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River-watch continues in RDKB but no immediate flood threat

A photo from City Park in Grand Forks looking toward 2nd Street Bridge shows some normal riparian flooding visible in the foreground. — Submitted photo

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Wednesday said, thankfully, major rivers and tributaries across the Boundary received minimal amounts of precipitation and experienced cooler temperatures creating favorable freshet conditions so far this week.

The Special Weather Statement issued by Environment Canada, which called for major rain overnight, did not materialize but more unsettled weather is on its way.

Selkirk College Cautiously Sets Course for New Normal

Members of the Selkirk College Health & Safety Department have been working with staff at Nelson’s trades-based Silver King Campus to prepare for the limited return of students in the next few weeks. The regional post-secondary is completing detailed plans for both its operational structure and education delivery over the coming months. — Submitted photo

Selkirk College is creating carefully crafted plans for a phased return to in-person delivery of post-secondary education on its campuses and learning centres.

The college adjourned in-person instruction on March 17 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, moving students to alternate delivery models for the remainder of the Winter Semester.

Riondel residents rally to protest location of proposed TELUS cell tower

The Riondel Cell Tower Urgent Relocation Group would like to see the proposed cell tower location moved from the center of the East Shore community to another spot outside of town. — Submitted photo

Residents of Riondel have planned a demonstration Friday in the East Shore town to protest a cell tower proposed for the center of the community.

The protest, scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 15th, will be next door to Bob’s Bar and Grill near the TELUS property in Riondel.

“A significant number of residents here are very concerned about a 100-foot cell tower Telus wants to erect within the next few weeks,” Harreson Tanner, part of the Riondel Cell Tower Urgent Relocation Group, told The Nelson Daily in an emailed statement.

Sand, sandbags available for residents in Westbridge, Beaverdell, Rock Creek

Kettle River at Westbridge, taken May 7, 2020, is just one of the rivers in the Boundary expected to peak in the next seven to ten days. — Submitted photo

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary wants residents in Westbridge, Beaverdell and Rock Creek to prepare for higher water levels in tributaries to the West Kettle River and possible flooding at low elevations.

On the afternoon of May 12, Environment Canada issued a Special Weather Statement for southern B.C. with five to upward of 30 millimetres of rain forecast to fall unpredictably across the region for the next one to two days.

UPDATED: Special Weather Statement for Boundary, West Kootenay ended

Environment Canada was calling for highly variable rainfall amounts, ranging from 5 mm to upwards of 30 mm in areas affected by thunderstorms.

Environment Canada has ended a Special Weather Statement for Southern BC, including the Boundary, Arrow and Slocan Lakes and West Kootenay.

Environment Canada is calling for rain Wdnesday, ending early this morning then mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. There is a risk of thunderstorms this afternoon. with snow level 1700 metres rising to 2100 metres near noon and a temperature high of 15 C.

Special Weather Statement for Boundary, West Kootenay

Nakusp RCMP require aid in search for missing dogs

Sophia, is described as a 9-year-old female, Chihuahua, Shih Tzu and Pomeranian cross. Sophia is cream coloured and said to be in poor health. — Submitted photo

Nakusp RCMP have requested public assistance for information after two dogs in the community of Burton disappeared from the owner’s yard (Tuesday) May 5.

Police received the report of the missing animals on Friday, May 8, from a from a Caribou Creek Road resident, who said the dogs disappeared from the yard at approximately 7 a.m. on (Tuesday) May 5, 2020.

“The Burton woman reportedly let her dogs out into her private yard and when she returned a short time later her pets were missing,” RCMP said in the media release.

IH declares COVID-19 outbreak over at West Kelowna Agricultural Business

Interior Health said the outbreak was declared on March 28 and ended on May 11.

In a media release Monday, the Interior Health’s Medical Health Officer declared an outbreak of COVID-19 illness has ended at a West Kelowna agricultural business.

Interior Health said the successful conclusion of this outbreak is the result of excellent co-operation and partnership from everyone involved, including Bylands Nurseries Ltd. and the workers who were quarantined in on-site housing until the virus was eliminated.

New recruits add leadership to Selkirk Saints

Manitoba native Brad Marshall played four seasons in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League where he was the captain of his team in 2019-2020. The talented forward will join the Selkirk College Saints for the upcoming 2020-2021 BCIHL season. — Submitted photo

The Selkirk College Saints have added a pair of players to its recruitment class that are expected to make an immediate impact on the team’s success.

Brad Marshall and Bekkam Willis have committed to the Saints program for the 2020-2021 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season, packing solid resumes of Junior A experience at both ends of the ice.

Greening Up — Reimagining Our Plagued Economy – Part 2

During this pandemic we are realizing the impacts of our past behaviours on our future selves. This period of reflection can be the opportunity to make our lives more meaningful and to secure the future of the human species.

 “There is a very strong feeling, I think, in many countries now that the existing systems, the old systems, just have not prepared us for this and haven't been working….what is happening now has never happened before historically. And it gives all of us a chance to create something new.” – Stephen Lewis

Like the characters in Albert Camus’ novel The Plague, we are all marking time until restrictions can be lifted, setting us free to try returning to a normal life.

Gypsy moth aerial spray treatment begins May 15 outside Castlegar

 The first aerial-spraying treatment to eradicate invasive gypsy moths from 167 hectares of rural land in Raspberry, north of Castlegar, will occur next week, weather permitting.

The gypsy moth is destructive to native and urban forests and orchards. Without treatment, it could spread to other parts of the province and put at risk hundreds of species of trees and shrubs, including those in endangered Garry oak ecosystems.

Spraying will take place north of Broadwater Road, and extend east of Pass Creek road and west of Marshall Road.