On the eve of the B.C. Day long weekend, the province is urging the public to be extra vigilant in preventing new fires as the BC Wildfire Service battles more than a dozen major fires in the province.
The public notice comes after Environment Canada reported more than 30,000 lightning strikes across the province Wednesday night.
Patricia Henman of Nelson is one of five new members have been appointed to the BC Arts Council Board the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture said in a media release.
A native of Nova Scotia, Hennman, joins José Delgado-Guevara of Prince George, Phillip Djwa of Vancouver, Norman Armour of Vancouver and Simone Orlando of Kelowna as the recent appointees to the BC Arts Council board.
Derral Moriyama was reappointed to the board.
An Alberta woman has died after a motorcycle accident near Needles Monday, according to BC RCMP Traffic Services spokesman Const. Michael Halskov.
He said Central Kootenay RCMP were called to the scene in the 12000 block of Hwy 6 west of Needles at around 3:30 p.m., at which time they requested the attendance of the North Okanagan Traffic Services.
“It was determined that a large group of motorcyclists were travelling from Vernon to the Needles ferry when one of the motorcyclists lost control of her bike, went into the ditch and was ejected onto the highway,” Halskov said.
The BC Community Bat Program in a media release is asking the public if they are more bats around your house or property?
If so, they are not alone as the mid-summer is the time when landowners typically notice more bat activity, may have bats flying into their house, and occasionally find a bat on the ground or roosting in unusual locations.
These surprise visitors are usually the young pups.
Temperatures in the Boundary are expected to continue into Wednesday before cooling a few degrees Environment Canada said.
The 36 C heat has forced Environment Canada to continue a Heat Warning for the Boundary Region, at least into Wednesday.
Taking place Aug. 11 and 12, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., the Columbia Basin Culture Tour allows you to explore artists' studios, museums, art galleries and heritage sites during this free, self-guided event. Travel to studios and archives that aren't normally open, see demonstrations, new exhibitions and collections or meet people behind the scenes. To participate in the tour, simply grab a map, your Culture Tour Directory and go!
Government! Government! Government!
Despite your initial reaction, government is not a four letter word. Too often, we criticize it and complain about it as if it were the enemy. Federal and provincial partisan governments get lumped in with local government often leaving a sour taste in people’s mouth.
Seventeen projects that aim to improve the lives of Columbia Basin residents by addressing social issues will soon be making a positive difference with nearly $965,000 in Social Grants from Columbia Basin Trust.
In a media release Monday, the Southeast Fire Centre said in the interest of public safety, the BC Wildfire Service is temporarily closing a portion of the Beaverfoot Forest Service Road near the Whitetail Creek wildfire.
The wildfire is burning just outside Kootenay National Park and about 40 kilometres north of Radium Hot Springs.
On August 18 and 19, the MS Bike – West Kootenay Challenge returns to Lakeside Park to raise funds and hope to find a cure for multiple sclerosis.
Approximately 100 cyclists will take part in this two-day weekend ride that will have them travel between 137 km and 161 km, heading to Crescent Valley on the first day of the tour, and Procter on the second day.
New Denver cyclist Richard James has participated in the event every year since it started in 2011. His wife Barbara lives with primary progressive MS.