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By Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Sep 09 2020

Smoke from local wildfire, combined with blazes south of the 49th parallel, will continue to impact air quality conditions in the West Kootenay, Boundary for the next 24 to 48 hours as Environment Canada continues its Smoky Skies Bulletin.

Environment Canada said the smoky skies advisory remains in place for southern BC.

“Wildfire smoke concentrations have continued to drop over the past 24 hours except for a few isolated areas,” Environment Canada said on its website.

By Boundary Sentinel on Wednesday Sep 09 2020

The City of Grand Forks said on its Facebook page Tuesday that the second and last functioning public Electric Vehicle charger was vandalized and destroyed Monday night.

The result has forced city staff to remove the charger from the street Tuesday morning.

“Tourists and residents will no longer be able to charge at a public location,” the City Facebook post said.

“Vandalism also occurred to the public library’s outside electrical outlets.”

By Province of British Columbia on Tuesday Sep 08 2020
 

Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

“Today, we are providing case updates for four 24-hour reporting periods. In the first reporting period from Sept. 4 to 5 we had 123 new cases. Sept. 5 to 6, we had 116 new cases. Sept. 6 to 7 we had 107 new cases and in the last 24 hours, we have had a further 83 new cases.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Sep 07 2020

FortisBC crews have been working around the clock since Monday morning to remove trees on lines, repair damage and restore customers following the Monday, September 7, windstorm that approximately 6,000 customers in the Kootenays lost power due to trees damaging four transmission lines and many smaller lines that provide service to the area.

As of Wednesday afternoon, FortisBC said more than 5,000 customers have been restored.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Saturday Sep 05 2020

Environment Canada issued a Special air quality statement for parts of the southern interior of BC, including East and West Kootenay and Arrow Lakes, Slocan Lakes due to wildfire smoke over the next 24-72 hours.

“Hot and dry conditions will continue in south eastern British Columbia until Monday,” the Environment Canada website said.

By Castlegar Source on Friday Sep 04 2020

School District 20, in an email to parents, announced today a new acting superintendent. The email reads as follows:

"School District No. 20 (Kootenay-Columbia) is pleased to announce the appointment of Katherine Shearer, current Director of Instruction – Learning Services, as Acting Superintendent of School District 20 (Kootenay-Columbia). Her appointment was approved on September 3, 2020 at the special meeting of the Board and is effective immediately, in the temporary medical absence of the Superintendent, Bill Ford.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Sep 03 2020

With summer winding down, and the weatherman cooperating with some hot temperatures, FortisBC is asking British Columbians, specifically residents in the Kootenay region to be extremely cautious when in and around its hydroelectric dams.

By Nelson Daily Sports on Thursday Sep 03 2020

The always-entertaining, hard-fought Murdoch Division rivalry between Leafs and Nitehawks is being put on hold for at least one season after the Beaver Valley franchise joined teams from Spokane and 100 Mile House opting out of the 2020-21 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season.

KIJHL commissioner Jeff Dubois made the announcement Thursday in an emailed media release.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Sep 03 2020

The BC Government announced Thursday that Western Pacific Marine Ltd. of Vancouver has been awarded the contract to build the new new electric-ready ferry for Kootenay Lake.

In a media release, the BC Government said work will begin later this year on a new electric-ready ferry, providing passengers with a larger, cleaner and more accessible vessel.

The contract is worth $62.9-million.

 

By Province of British Columbia on Wednesday Sep 02 2020

Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

“Today, we are announcing 104 new cases, including six epi-linked cases, for a total of 5,952 cases in British Columbia.

“There are 1,127 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, 2,786 people who are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases, and 4,605 people who tested positive have recovered.

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