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Prescribed burn planned north of Deer Park

Prescribed burn planned north of Deer Park

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations will be conducting a 22-hectare prescribed burn 15 kilometres north of Deer Park (near Twobit Creek) to help restore local ecosystems.

This controlled burn will occur sometime between April 4 and May 15, but timing will depend on weather and site conditions. While the burn is underway, smoke may be visible from Edgewood, Renata, Deer Park and surrounding communities.

Trained BC Wildfire Service personnel will carefully monitor the Twobit Creek fire at all times.

Castlegar man loses motorcycle after first 20 km

Castlegar man loses motorcycle after first 20 km

A Castlegar man who made some poor decisions is now paying quite the price for them, according to RCMP Sgt. Chad Badry.

“On April 2, at 4:30 p.m., a member of the West Kootenay Integrated Road Safety Unit came across a 43-year-old male motorcyclist driving his brand new Harley Davidson in excess of 127km/h in an 80km/h zone on Highway 3A near Thrums,” Badry said in a press release Monday.

COLUMN: From the Hill -- Why RCMP Morale is Declining

COLUMN: From the Hill -- Why RCMP Morale is Declining

Over the past month I have visited most of the RCMP detachments in South Okanagan-West Kootenay.  While the conversations covered some of the obvious law and order issues such as marijuana legalization, rising levels of property crime and staffing levels for highway patrol, I was surprised that one issue dominated most of my visits—declining morale in the force.

March one of wettest months on record

It took Mother Nature until the final day of March to allow residents to experience some enjoyable spring weather. — The Nelson Daily

If anyone thought March was a little wetter than normal, they were right.

March 2017 checked in as one of the wettest months on record said Ron Lakeman, Weather Forecaster for the Southeast Fire Centre in Castlegar in the monthly weather synopsis.

“The total amount of precipitation was 125.4 millimetres and very close to twice the amount during an average March,” said Lakeman, adding a near endless stream of Pacific disturbances was the blame for a wet and slightly cooler than normal March.

UPDATE: Missing Castlegar boy found, safe and sound

UPDATE: Missing Castlegar boy found, safe and sound

In a press release sent out after 11 p.m. Saturday night, RCMP Cpl. Brett Turner announced that a missing 12-year-old Castlegar boy is back home.

The Follies need a bit of help -- two host families, please.

Got a spare bedroom?

Every summer, the Gold Fever Follies enliven Rossland with fun and frolic, entertaining locals and visitors.

The Follies are busy preparing for the coming season.  There are still  two out-of-town female cast members who each need a bedroom to call their home for the summer. (If you would prefer a male, we can do some shuffling to accommodate you. No surgery required. )

Cast members are all post-secondary students — most finishing their second or third year of studies.

Smile! Cameras coming to Nelson Transit Fleet

Some of the Nova busses in Nelson Transit Fleet already have cameras installed ready for operation in April. — The Nelson Daily photo

Smile! You’re now on BC Transit Camera.

BC Transit recently announced starting in April, six bus in the Nelson Transit fleet will phase in the installation of closed-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras.

BC Transit Communications Manager Jonathon Dyck said all medium- and heavy-duty buses acquired after 2005 will have the cameras installed, and new buses, 27 feet and longer, will be delivered with the cameras already factory-installed. 

No one injured in MVA on Columbia Avenue Thursday morning

No one injured in MVA on Columbia Avenue Thursday morning
A group of nursing students are credited with helping the victim of an early-morning car accident Thursday, according to RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew.
 
"On March 30 ... at approximately 8 a.m, Castlegar RCMP along with Castlegar Fire Department and EMS attended a single-vehicle roll-over accident on Columbia Avenue just north of Minto Road in Castlegar," she said.
 
"It appears that the 27-year-old female driver fell asleep and went off road (to the) right, rolling the car into the ditch.

Fighting invasive mussels receives $3 million influx of funds

Invasive mussels threaten critical salmon habitat, damage infrastructure, and prevent full recreational use of our lakes and beaches. — Submitted photo

No matter what Mother Nature is throwing at us this spring, better weather is on its way.

And as the boating season approaches, the B.C. government is once again adding to its arsenal in the fight to keep B.C. invasive mussel free by adding two new inspection stations, expanding inspection hours and the inspection operating season, more than doubling the number of inspectors, increasing public education, expanding scientific lake monitoring and providing Canada’s first multi-purpose mussel-sniffing dog.

The Power of Chocolate

The Power of Chocolate

Chocoholics:  Is it possible to know enough about chocolate? What do we need to know, except that it tastes wonderful?  Worldwatch Institute writer Gaelle Gourmelon discusses chocolate's history and the social and ecological impacts of the way it is grown, and how all of us chocoholics can help to improve matters -- even just by choosing what to buy.  This article is from the Worldwatch Institute. 

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