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By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Jul 12 2018

Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue has responded to three vehicle fires in four days, two of which were called in Wednesday night.

The first vehicle fire was near Columbia Gardens Road on July 9, with the call coming in at 12:23 a.m. The fire was in a forested area, and crews had it knocked down very quickly. The cause remains under investigation.

Then last night, according to Cpt. Greg Ferraby, they received another call at 10:23 p.m. indicating a vehicle fire on Highway 3B at the Paulsen Bridge. Eight firefighters responded.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Jul 12 2018

In a media release Wednesday, the provincial government announced it is restricting commercial-scale huckleberry harvesting to protect grizzly bear habitat in the Kootenay Boundary region.

The province said from July 15, 2018, to Oct. 15, 2018, commercial-scale picking of huckleberries is prohibited in some areas of the Kootenay Boundary region, including Monk Creek, Little Moyie, Kid Creek, Iron Creek/Sand Creek, and Sportsman Ridge/Upper Flathead River.

These areas are located in the East Kootenay Region, east of Creston, near Jaffray and south of Fernie.

By Contributor on Tuesday Jul 10 2018

In a recent media release, the British Columbia Federation of Students (BCFS) announced a research document outlining many of the issues facing international students in British Columbia. 

The release said the document focuses on BC’s economic dependence on international students, the instability of unregulated tuition fees, and the lack of support services for international students in BC. 

By Boundary Sentinel on Monday Jul 09 2018

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary is picking up the pieces after vandals broke into the West Boundary Landfill near Greenwood and set fire to wood piles and equipment.

In a recent media release, the RDKB said on the evening of (Tuesday) July 3, 2018, one or more people broke into the West Boundary Landfill and lit fire to three wood piles as well a landfill compactor and a loader. 

By Timothy Schafer on Friday Jul 06 2018

The city’s downtown now has a code of conduct.

City council formally passed amendments June 25 to the Traffic (Pedestrian) Bylaw, which outline civil behaviour on the streets and how the city hopes to achieve it.

The pedestrian regulations in the amending bylaw deal with unacceptable behaviour on the city’s streets that apply to the entire community rather than being specifically focused on the activity of panhandling, as was originally introduced.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Jul 05 2018

Teams from South Columbia, Nelson, Castlegar, Rossland and Grand Forks Sar failed to locate the missing 56-year-old kayaker following Search and Rescue attempt Saturday on the Slocan River.

Dorothy Bojey has been missing since the evening of June 27th after she failed setting off down the Slocan River from the Village of Slocan.

Bojey was supposed to be picked up in the area of Perry Bridge.

By Castlegar Source on Thursday Jul 05 2018

Five Castlegar residents were arrested after police executed a search warrant yesterday, according to Acting Sgt. Brett Turner.

“The Joint Crime Reduction Unit of the Castlegar and Trail RCMP, assisted by uniform officers from Castlegar, executed a search warrant under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act in the early evening of July 4,” Turner said, adding it was at residence in the 2600 block of 5 Avenue. 

By Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Jul 05 2018

In this age of climate change, it was nice to see a normal month when it comes to weather.

In the monthly weather synopsis, forecaster for the Southeast Fire Centre, Ron Lakeman said the majority of June seemed unusually cool.

“In actual fact the mean monthly temperature during June was bang on normal and very similar to May,” Lakeman explains.

“Also similar to May the total monthly rainfall was less than normal.”

“Unsettled conditions prevailed but only 70 percent of the normal 72.3 millimetres of rain fell this month,” he added.

By Bob Hall on Thursday Jul 05 2018

If the Selkirk College Saints are to return the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) championship trophy to the West Kootenay, it will take a dressing room full of dedication to get them to the ultimate goal.

As Saints’ head coach Brent Heaven assembles his roster for the upcoming 2018-2019 season, leadership is a quality that scores high on his charts. With the addition of former Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) standouts Landon Walters and Andrew Thompson, the veteran coach feels good about how the squad is shaping up.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Jul 04 2018

One man was taken to hospital with minor injuries after a tractor-trailer unit crashed and caught fire Wednesday on Highway 6 south of Nelson.

RCMP said in a media release RCMP investigators with Nelson Detachment and West Kootenay Traffic Services responded to a report of a single vehicle crash involving a tractor-trailer unit near the Heritage City.

The call came in at 10:05 a.m. that a tractor-trailer unit hauling a piece of heavy forestry machinery had crashed and was fully engulfed in flames.