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By Lone Sheep Publishing on Sunday Aug 01 2021

Environment Canada said a Thunderstorm Warning has ended for parts of the Southern Interior, but most of BC continues to be impacted by an Air Quality Advisory due to wildfire smoke over the next 24-48 hours.


Environment Canada said individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches, or shortness of breath due to the numerous wildfires in the BC interior.

By The Nelson Daily Sports on Sunday Aug 01 2021

Nelson Minor Hockey star Dryden Hunt has signed a two-year contract with NHL’s New York Rangers.

New York President and General Manager Chris Drury made the announcement Friday on the team website that the Rangers signed the free agent forward.

Drury also announced that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Greg McKegg on a one-year contract.

Hunt, 25, who skated in 26 games with the Arizona Coyotes this past season, registered three goals and five assists for eight points, along with four penalty minutes.

By Province of British Columbia on Thursday Jul 29 2021

As of Thursday, July 29, 2021, 81.0% (3,753,057) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 64.1% (2,971,793) have received their second dose.

In addition, 81.9% (3,543,503) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 66.8% (2,890,948) have received their second dose.

B.C. is reporting 204 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 149,648 cases in the province.

There are 1,055 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 146,810 people who tested positive have recovered.

By The Nelson Daily Sports on Thursday Jul 29 2021

Matti Erickson is off to Nairobi, Kenya.

The Kootenay Chaos Track star was selected by Athletics Canada Monday to represent the country at the World U20 track Championships next month in Nairobi, Kenya.

The two-time BC High School Cross Country medalist and Track and Field star served up a personal best time to capture the 800 meters race at BC Provincial Track and Field Championships held this past weekend in Victoria.

Erickson also won the 1500 meters event at the provincials but will be concentrating on his specialty, the 800 meters event.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Wednesday Jul 28 2021

The surge in new COVID-19 cases in the Okanagan has prompted new restrictions as Interior Health (IH) looks to get a handle on the recent outbreak in the Central Okanagan.

Interior Health said in a media release Wednesday that significant increases in COVID-19 transmission has forced the announcement of measures to contain the outbreak.

The Central Okanagan, according to the Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence map by the BC Centre of Disease Control, between July 18-24, 2021 had 153 new COVID-19 cases reported.

By Province of British Columbia on Wednesday Jul 28 2021

Quesnel, Maple Ridge and Kelowna have been announced as host cities for the 2024 BC Winter and Summer Games and the 2026 BC Summer Games.

"Congratulations to the host cities for the 2024 and 2026 BC Winter and Summer Games. This is a wonderful opportunity for these cities to showcase their 'A games' as a sports event-hosting destination and to support B.C.'s young athletes," said Melanie Mark, Minister for Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport.

By Castlegar Source on Tuesday Jul 27 2021

Fire investigators are probing the circumstances surrounding a handful of wildfires sparked just north of Salmo.

On July 24, the Salmo RCMP and the Salmo Fire Department responded alongside one another to as many as four brush fires located north west of the Hwy 3 and Hwy 6 intersection. Police believe that all four fires were human caused and have reason to believe that they may have been deliberately set.

By Nature Conservancy of Canada on Tuesday Jul 27 2021

By Richard Klafki, Canadian Rockies Program Director, Nature Conservancy of Canada

This summer British Columbians are witnessing an unprecedented wildfire season.

Already, as of late July, we have had over 1,200 wildfires burning on lands and in communities across the province. Smoke-filled skies remind even those far from active fires that for many, the summer of 2021 will not be about beach parties and barbeques, but will instead be about anxious preparation, waiting and worry.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Saturday Jul 24 2021

As cases climb the West Kootenay, both in Nelson and in Castlegar, Interior Health declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the Nelson Jubilee Manor long-term care home.

In a media release Friday, Interior Health said as of Thursday afternoon, one patient and two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

Nelson Jubilee Manor is long-term care home operated by Interior Health, with 39 private rooms.

By Benjamin Phillips on Friday Jul 23 2021

Moments ago at the NHL Draft, Smoke Eater alumni Kent Johnson, made history as the highest Smoke Eater ever to be drafted into the NHL, going fifth overall to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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