Four wildfire firefighters killed in crash near Cache Creek

On Sept. 19, 2023, at approximately 2 a.m., emergency crews responded to a two-vehicle collision reported 1km west of Juniper Beach Provincial Park, on Highway 1, near Walhachin, BC. Upon crews arriving, one of the vehicles involved being a semi-tractor trailer had caught on fire. The driver of the semi-truck was able to escape before […]

BC Wildlife Federation's BC Rivers Day: The New Normal is anything but normal

September 24, B.C. Rivers Day highlights the decline of the province’s vital arteries  It is tempting to shrug off the latest catastrophic wildfire season as The New Normal and throw up our hands about the damage that incinerated forests do to B.C. rivers and fish habitat. Forest fires are normal, natural, and even rejuvenating for […]

Bailey Theatre launches pick your own season Patron Membership offer

Trail & District Arts Council is announcing the launch of their 2023-24 season of exciting shows at The Bailey Theatre in downtown Trail. As well as Artistic Director Nadine Tremblay’s lovingly curated selection of shows for an affordable price in the Classical, Family, Jazz, and Performing Arts Trail series, you will be able to save […]

Motorcyclist killed in accident on Highway 3A/6 west of Nelson

RCMP said a 63-year-old man died Monday afternoon as a result of a traffic accident near Bonnington Road west of Nelson. RCMP said the fatal collision involving a motorcycle and a SUV happened at approximately 1 p.m. Monday, September 18th. “Initial investigation determined that the motorcyclist struck an SUV which was stopped in the passing […]

RD’s form partnership regarding diversion of organic waste

Organic waste will be diverted from the more populous parts of the Kootenay Boundary region district to the Central Kootenay regional district after the two regional governments signed an agreement recently. A memorandum of understanding was signed last week between the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) and the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) […]

OP/ED: From Executive Director, Columbia River Treaty, and B.C. lead, Canadian Negotiation Delegation

As British Columbia’s lead in negotiations with the United States to modernize the Columbia River Treaty, I would like to comment on the difficult conditions in the Arrow Lakes Reservoir this year. My perspective comes from having lived in the West Kootenay for 10 years, assuming several provincial environmental roles in the region and, for […]

Crash claims life of 20-yr-old Castlegar man

On Saturday, Sept. 16,  at 8:35 p.m., Castlegar RCMP were alerted to a motor vehicle collision that occurred approximately 10 kilometers on the Deer Park Forest Service Road. A witness reported seeing a vehicles lights after hearing the sound of trees breaking which alerted them to the collision. The witness drove to an area where […]

Column: Entropy -- a city and a civilization

‘ “To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich. To study hard, to think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars, birds, babes, and sages with open heart, to bear all cheerfully, to do all […]

UPDATED: Village applauds efforts of local fire departments in battling Salmo Hotel blaze

Salmo Chief Administrative Officer Ange Qualizza said the Village is overwhelmed with the response of local fire firefighters after fire engulfed the top floor of the heritage building Friday afternoon. “We pleased with the response of volunteer fire departments,” Qualizza said. The local Salmo Fire Department with mutual aid assistance from the Regional District of […]

State of emergency for BC ends, fire response continues

Based on advice from emergency management and wildfire officials, British Columbia’s provincial state of emergency will expire at the end of the day on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023. The work of firefighters from B.C., Canada and abroad, as well as wildfire risk diminishing in much of the Province as temperatures cool, has led to many […]

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