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By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Saturday Jun 18 2022

The region’s snowpack has climbed to 215 per cent of normal as the spring melt continues to build.

Since May 15 the region’s average snowpack has risen from 128 per cent of normal to 215 per cent, well above normal snow basin indices.

“It is important to note the total snow depth is not increasing,” noted the B.C. River Forecast Centre in its Snow Survey and Water Supply Bulletin.

“Instead, this high anomaly happens in June during years of delayed snowmelt when current snow levels are compared to normal values that are small due to advanced snow melt.”

By Contributor on Friday Jun 17 2022

Creston resident Allan Mather has won a $15,000 Marlon Boat package from Jones Boys Boats of Woodbury, B.C., the Grand Prize awarded annually by the Kootenay Lake Angler Incentive Program.

The latest winner of the $1,000 monthly prize draw, Scott Girdwood of Kaslo, was also announced.

Mather is a retired farmer and passionate angler who fishes almost weekly with friends in a large boat. Some of his fishing companions have been monthly KLAIP draw winners, based on fish they caught from Alan’s boat 

By City of Trail on Thursday Jun 16 2022

Trail Parks & Recreation is very excited to offer Summer at the Skatepark, sponsored by Kootenay Savings Community Foundation. Free drop-in sessions will be offered at the Trail SK8 Park on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from July 5 to August 25 at 8:30 am to 12 pm. Coaches Owen Bartsch and Samantha Marina will be available to instruct people of all ages and abilities.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Jun 16 2022

Peter and Paul will both be paid in the city’s new policy on how to publish required notices to the public.

City council voted in favour of advertising the city’s notices once in the newspaper and also to be posted on a public notice landing page on the city’s website. The move differs from previous practice of solely advertising the notices solely in the newspaper (print) for two consecutive weeks.

By Castlegar Source on Wednesday Jun 15 2022

An incident in Fruitvale Friday prompted RCMP to warn residents against encouraging others to punch them.

"On Friday, June 10, at 2:37 p.m., a frontline Trail and Greater District RCMP officer received a complaint from a 56-year-old Castlegar man that his friend punched him in the head after he told his friend to do so, in downtown Fruitvale," said Trail RCMP top cop Sgt. Mike Wicentowich. "The Castlegar man and his friend allegedly got in a verbal argument prior to the punch.

By Trail Champion on Wednesday Jun 15 2022

An elementary school student who allegedly made threats toward their school poses no danger whatsoever to the school or the community at large, according to Trail RCMP NCOIC Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.

"On Thursday, June 9, a frontline Trail and Greater District RCMP officer was notified that a youth allegedly made a threat on a social media platform toward a local school in the Trail and Greater District area," Wicentowich said. "The officer notified the school principal, who was already actively managing the situation."

By Contributor on Wednesday Jun 15 2022

The free Compassion in Action Community Conference is coming up soon in Grand Forks on Friday June 24th and Saturday June 25th , from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

This free community event will include continental breakfast and a Doukhobor lunch each day.

All attendees must preregister for the event at the Compassion in Action link. Some spots remain open.

By Trail Arts Council on Wednesday Jun 15 2022

The Trail & District Arts Council is very excited to get the community back together this Summer at Gyro Park for Kootenay Savings Music in The Park. With thirteen shows and two acts per night, from June 16 to September 1, it’s still the perfect opportunity for all the family to get together outside and listen to great live music.

By The Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Jun 14 2022

In a media release Tuesday, FortisBC said property owners along Kootenay Lake should be aware that due to heavy rain and the melting, above-normal snowpack, Kootenay Lake may exceed flood level within the next several days.

FortisBC said as of Monday, June 13, 2022, the lake level at Queen’s Bay 40 kilometers north of Nelson near Balfour was 1751.37 feet.

FortisBC said the lake level on Kootenay Lake is expected reach 1751.90 by June 15, and may reach as high as 1752.80 feet — flood level at Queen’s Bay is considered to be 1752 feet.

By City of Trail on Tuesday Jun 14 2022

The boat launch at Gyro Park in Trail is temporarily closed due to high river levels. Barricades and signs have been placed in the area to inform the public of the closure. Although closed, emergency personnel will have access to the boat launch, if required.