The interface fire above the Trail hospital is now estimated at two hectares in size, but the calming winds and lower temperatures are aiding crews in what has been a fierce attempt to knock down the blaze.
Emergency Program Coordinator Chris Marsh says the hospital has been making preparations to move people if necessary, but there are no evacuation alerts or orders in place, although non-acute patients are being asked to attend the Castlegar Emergency Department, which will be staying open until midnight to accommodate walk-ins.
UPDATED: Highway 3A was opened to traffic at approximately 1:40 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.
Highway 3A north of Nelson near Blaylocks was closed Tuesday afternoon due to a gas leak said a reader of The Nelson Daily.
The leak, happening shortly before the noon hour and located approximately five kilometers north of Nelson, was caused by a contractor working along side of the highway. Emergency crews responded, stopping back traffic until FortisBC could stop the flow of leading gas.
Motorcycles filled the highways in and around the West Kootenay as the 2018 Toy Run once again rode the pavement to raise money for local communities.
Riders took to the road to Nelson after a pancake breakfast at the Castlegar Complex.
Stops in Nelson, Salmo, Waneta Plaza and Rossland before the ride finished at the Complex for refreshments and dinner compliments of Castlegar Special Olympics.
The Toy Run celebrated its 31st ride, raising more than $400,000 for charities in the West Kootenay.
Eileen Delehanty Pearkes has been researching and writing about the history and politics of water in the upper Columbia Basin since 2005.
Last Tuesday I was in Ottawa for an emergency meeting of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources in the wake of the Federal Court of Appeal decision that quashed the federal government’s approval of the Trans Mountain Expansion project.
Police are seeking witnesses to an alleged sexual assault against a 13-year-old girl on a local transit bus, according to RCMP Acting Agt. Brett Turner.
"On Thursday, Sept. 6, .... between 4:15 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., in Castlegar,, an alleged sexual assault occurred against a 13-year-old female passenger by an adult male while the female was travelling on a BC Transit bus from Selkirk College to the Castlegar Community Complex," Turner said in a press releaese Friday morning.
The student athletes on the Selkirk College Saints are settling into their classes and ramping up their energy on the ice as the team prepares for the 2018-2019 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season.
With a roster that includes half veterans and half rookies, this season’s edition of the Saints is loaded with both potential and faces that local hockey fans will recognize.
Following record flooding this past spring, Grand Forks City Council announced in a media release Tuesday its intent to proceed with permanent flood protection options to pursue for neighbourhoods that were most affected by the 2018 freshet flooding.
Council made the announcement Tuesday to:
We have had some good news in the past week. In general, the cooler nights and shorter days are having a positive effect. The Evacuation Order for the Broadwater Road area north of Deer Park was downgraded to an Evacuation Alert, as was the Evacuation Order for the Sheep Creek Road area south-east of Salmo. That means that the threat has diminished enough that people in those areas can return to their homes, but they should stay prepared to evacuate if things change.
A Castlegar man was killed by a train Saturday, according to a press release issued by RCMP Cpl. Jason Olney Tuesday afternoon.
"On Sept. 1, ... at about (1:30 p.m.), Castlegar RCMP responded to a report of a missing person, he said. "Shortly after receiving the report, RCMP located the missing 54-year-old male of Castlegar. He was located deceased on a remote portion of rail tracks in Castlegar."
He said the BC Coroners Service and the KBRD RCMP Forensic Identification Services attended the scene.