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UPDATED: RDKB lifts evacuation orders for Christina Lake properties

Christina Lake residents can now begin cleanup and assess damage from flooding. — RDKB photo

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) lifted evacuation orders for three homes in the Fife Road area on the east side of Christina Lake this afternoon.

Residents have been out of their homes since the early morning hours of April 25 when debris blocking a creek at higher elevation gave way sending a torrent of water, mud and debris toward the three homes.

Residents can now return home to begin cleanup work and assess damage.

Without Further Habitat Protections Caribou Likely To Disappear

Researchers point to logging and road building as the major source of habitat loss for mountain caribou.

A new scientific paper, Habitat loss accelerates for the endangered woodland caribou in western Canada, released by some of North America’s preeminent caribou researchers is highlighting the importance of addressing the ultimate cause of caribou declines: habi

Two police raids in Castlegar yield drugs, cash, arrests

A pair of search warrants executed by police concurrently at two locations in the city resulted in arrests and the seizure of suspected illicit drugs, cash and vehicles, according to Castlegar NCOIC Monty Taylor.

"April 22, members of the Castlegar RCMP Crime Reduction Unit (CRU), with support from frontline general duty officers executed a pair of search warrants in connection to an active investigation into drug trafficking. Those warrants were executed simultaneously on two Castlegar area homes.

Time for celebrating after Supreme Court rules in favour of American Indigenous man's right to hunt in Canada

Richard Desautel took his case to the Supreme Court of Canada to justify the Sinixt First Nation's existence in Canada. — Submitted photo

Rodney Cawston, Chairman of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation (CCT) and the Sinixt (sn̓ ʕaýckstx) Confederacy, said Friday was a day for celebrating after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favour of Rick Desautel’s protected right to hunt in British Columbia given his people's historic ties to the region.

In ruling in favour of Desautel, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the Crown’s final appeal in the R v. Desautel hunting case.

“Today’s decision reaffirms that the snʕāyckst are not extinct,” Cawston said in a media release.

Nelson Fire Rescue & Services respond to Granite Road fires

Nelson Fire Rescue & Services made the decision to redeploy a Fire Engine to assist with the second incident on Granite Road. — Nelson Fire Rescue & Services photos

For the second time in less than a week, Nelson Fire Rescue & Services responded to a grass fire, this time one that was out of control and threatening a home on Granite Road.

Thursday, shortly before noon, Nelson Fire Rescue & Services firefighters attended the approximate 17,000 square foot area grass fire that was burning brush, garden areas and numerous trees. 

Wild ride on Kootenay Lake Ferry caught on video

It was not your everyday cruise on the Kootenay Lake Ferry during the April 18, 2021 windstorm that whipped through the West Kootenay.

Sunday's wild windstorm was not only a shock to the system for many homeowners dealing with downed trees or lighting candles due to power outages, but also to passengers and staff manning Kootenay Lake Ferry system.

"Yes, it was a wild ride," said a Kootenay Lake Ferry worker who witnessed first hand what a storm can do to Kootenay Lake during a sailing on the MV Balfour.

Updated: Nelson Hydro connects more customers as work continues after Sunday windstorm

Trees fell onto hydro lines on the North Shore near 3-Mile Sunday. — Photo courtesy Stevland Ambrose

Nelson Hydro said that Granite Road residents, near Georama Road, and Balfour Golf Course are the latest to see power restored as crews continue to repair lines following Sunday’s massive windstorm.

Nelson Hydro said the Balfour Golf Course will have power restored by 7 p.m. Tuesday while 20 customers along Granite Road west of Georama Road will be able to cook dinner after power was restored this afternoon.

“Line crews are continuing their work in the Grohman area today and will be in that area until Friday,” Nelson Hydro said.

Kootenay Lake Ferry terminal improvements to begin

Improvements to the Kootenay Lake Ferry terminals, including the location in Balfour, are expected to begin in the next few weeks.

Work to upgrade the Kootenay Lake Ferry terminals begins in the coming weeks, with improved amenities, more parking and better access for people who rely on the ferries.

Construction on the new electric-ready ferry for the crossing will begin this summer.

"The Kootenay Lake Ferry Service improvements are good news for users and will have a positive impact on all nearby communities," said Patrick Weiler, MP for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country on behalf of Catherine McKenna, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

It’s All About Women Entrepreneurship at the next Kootenay Pitch Competition Event

Host Karen Kornelsen welcomes Kootenay Pitch Competition contestants Terry Van Horn, Sarah Hobbs and Adele Hills. — Submitted

Since its launch in August 2020, the first ever Kootenay Pitch Competition has helped nine entrepreneurs and startups from across the Kootenay region become investor-ready and take their businesses to the next level.

Get a Trout with the Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program

Guy Rook, February winner of $1,000 worth of gift certificates was drawn from the Wynndel Foods & Outdoor depot. — Submitted photo

The Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program is designed to help the iconic kokanee salmon population recover after their collapse in 2013. In 2017, only 12,000 spawners were estimated in the main lake. Conservationists have been trying to reverse the decline by conducting kokanee egg plants and fry release for the past five years.