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UPDATED: BC prepared for winter driving at higher levels

The Paulson Summit is experiencing heavy snow accumulation during the first major snowfall of the season. — DriveBC photo

Environment Canada said a low-pressure system moving southeast across Vancouver Island will continue to give snow at times heavy Friday, with snowfall total amounts of 10 to 15 cm is expected.

“Totals accumulations of 10 to 20 cm can be expected over most areas,” Environment Canada said.

“However, lower elevations of the south Okanagan are receiving mixed rain and snow. The snow will ease to a few flurries or showers this evening as the low moves to the south.”

Online booking for COVID-19 tests coming soon throughout IH region

Interior Health suggests the public check out the Testing Information page link for updates on when other testing sites will be available to the public. — Submitted photo

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.

BC students cast ballots in provincial Student Vote campaign

Wednesday and Thursday, some students in the local districts will participate in the Student Vote program. — Submitted photo

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.

Interior Health investigates COVID-19 cluster at Merritt Tim Hortons, 155 new cases in BC

Interior Health said the owner of the Tim Hortons in Merritt has voluntarily closed the restaurant.

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.

New Program Helps Kootenay Businesses Enter & Expand into the Digital Economy

DER3 will help Kootenay businesses shift their business approach to be more profitable, expand into new markets or opportunities and respond to new challenges associated with COVID-19. — Submitted

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)

Grand Forks party host fined for failing to comply with COVID-19 measures

Police said officers are investigating the party host for mischief and will submit the findings of the completed investigation to BC Prosecution Services for charge assessment.

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.

Elections BC issues Vote By Mail update

It is possible that voters, especially those who request a voting package this week, will receive their vote-by-mail package after the recommended deadline to return it by mail on October 17.

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.

UPDATED: Snowfall Warning for Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

Environment Canada said the Kootenay Pass could get up to 15 cm of snow today. — DriveBC photo

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 signs with NHL's Arizona Coyotes

Dryden Hunt signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Coyotes. — Submitted

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.