It seemed like only yesterday residents of the BC Southern Interior were on flood watch.
However, following the first major lightning storm of 2017 Summer, BC Wildfire Service crews were back on the job after there were numerous lightning-caused fires throughout the Arrow Fire Zone and the Kootenay Lake Fire Zone.
Fortunately, none of these fires is currently threatening any structures or communities the Southeast Fire Centre said in a media release Tuesday.
The Southeast Fire Centre said the fires include:
The recent dry spell hovering over the province has prompted the BC Wildfire Service to remind the public that a Category 3 fire prohibition is in place throughout the Southeast Fire Centre's jurisdiction.
"As weather conditions get drier and hotter, people are urged to use extreme caution while conducting any outdoor burning activities," the media release said. "Almost all wildfires in the region at this time of year are caused by people. Human-caused wildfires are completely preventable and can divert crucial firefighting resources away from naturally occurring wildfires."
“Repulsive” is the reaction from Regional District of Central Kootenay Parks Operation Supervisor Cary Gaynor, to the reports of vandals earlier this month who painted a set of swastikas along a public access road to Morning Mountain Recreation Site located west of Nelson.
“It’s always alarming when graffiti of this kind is found,” Gaynor told The Nelson Daily.
Nelson Police Department is asking for public assistance in locating a Nelson man missing since early June.
Darwen Greyeyes, 55, was last seen at 9:30 p.m. on (Sunday) June 4, 2017.
"He was last seen in the 200 block of Anderson Street in Nelson," said Nelson Police Sergeant Dino Falcone in a media release Sunday. "Mr. Greyeyes is a 55-year-old First Nations male (who is) 5-foot 9 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds."
RCMP Senior Media Relations Officer Annie Linteau says the search for missing Crawford Bay teacher Alvin Dunic remains a mystery.
Linteau said members from Nelson Search and Rescue as well as Swift Water Teams from Kimberley, Oliver/Osoyoos and Penticton searched Crawford Creek this week again with no success.
“Swimmers in the water targeted areas using underwater cameras, sight tubes and probes,” Linteau said after improved clarity and lower water levels allowed searchers to return to the scene Monday where Dunic was last seen.
Heritage structures are physical reminders of our communities’ pasts. They may represent community-defining businesses that have come and gone, or early ways of life that no longer exist. They may stand alone as singular examples or be part of a string of historic structures that add interest to a neighbourhood.
The City of Grand Forks announced Wednesday it has reached an agreement with its union workers following two days of bargaining.
Mayor Frank Konrad said the agreement with CUPE Local 4728 is for four plus years.
“I’m pleased that everything worked out so well, and I’m very happy with the results for the corporation and CUPE members," Konrad said in a media release.
Konrad said management and the Union worked together to find new terms that saw a unanimous ratification by the Union and by Council.
RCMP media spokesperson Cpl Dan Moskaluk said Friday, the search for missing teacher Alvin Dunic will resume Monday (June 19th).
The 57-year-old Crawford Bay Elementary School teacher was reported missing Monday, May 29 at 2:45 p.m. after leaving the school to look for a suitable location for a class project in the Crawford Creek area.
Moskaluk said since suspension of the search effort to locate 57 year old on June 4th, 2017, the water levels in Crawford Creek have been closely monitored and have now receded sufficiently for search efforts to resume.
BC Hydro officials say they’re not forecasting flooding along the Columbia River system in the Kootenays this year- but admit it could come pretty close as they try to manage “unprecedented” runoff.
While Nelson, Castlegar and Trail are unlikely to see any floods from high water levels on the river system, Kootenay Lake itself may peak at a point where flooding becomes possible, officials told reporters at a briefing on Tuesday.
City council has approved a new, single, simplified rate for transit, as recommended by a recent BC Transit Fare review, but it comes at a price.
A 25-cent price.
In order to simplify the West Kootenay Transit Committee’s existing fare structure, city council approved a rise in the single fare structure from $2 to $2.25, but Nelson students will be paying a lot less.