As snow piles up due to the recent winter snowstorms, local RCMP would like to send out a few reminders to drivers in the West Kootenay/Boundary region.
One concern is drivers parking vehicles in brake check pullouts along Provincial Highways.
“Recently the RCMP has received several complaints that vehicles are parking in brake check pullouts, preventing vehicles over 5500kg GVW from being able to stop and check their brakes, which is a safety concern,” RCMP said in an emailed statement.
The preparation for the coming fire season has already begun.
With the 2021 wildfire season in the West Kootenay section of the Southeast Fire Centre going down as one of the most active on record, an advance move had to be made to ensure people and property are protected in 2022.
That move comes in the form of a successful grant request from Regional District of Central Kootenay to the Union of B.C. Municipalities’ Community Resiliency Investment Program for a total of $603,225, plus a $20,000 contribution from the RDCK.
On January 1, 2022, at 2:36 a.m. Trail and Greater District RCMP received a statue of Mary and Jesus located in the 800 block of Victoria Street, in Trail.
On Sunday, Jan. 2, at 11:53 a.m., Trail and Greater District RCMP received a report that a 39-year-old Fruitvale woman was allegedly assaulted and injured by a 19-year-old Trail man while inside the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital, in Trail, according to Trail RCMP NCOIC Sgt. Mike Wicentowich. He said the woman was acting in the capacity of her employment at the time of the incident.
On Friday, Dec 31, 2021, at 3:39 a.m. Trail and Greater District RCMP responded to a single motor vehicle incident in the 9000 block of Hwy 22A in Trail. The vehicle containing two 18-year-old Trail women and an 18-year-old Fruitvale woman struck a power pole and rolled over once.
Grade 12 completion rates for School District No. 8 remain below the provincial average, according to statistics released by the district.
At the last board of trustees meeting in mid-December School District No. 8 (SD8) superintendent of schools Trish Smillie delivered a report on completion rates in the district, compared to provincial rates, for the categories of six-year completion rates, indigenous students and students with diverse needs.
Homeowners are going to get a shock in the next few days after receiving their 2022 assessments.
In a media release Tuesday, BC Assessment said owners of about 150,000 properties throughout the Kootenay Columbia region will receive their 2022 assessment notices that reflect market value as of July 1, 2021.
"Homeowners in the Kootenay Columbia region can expect noticeable increases in their 2022 assessments compared to last year,” said Kootenay Columbia Deputy Assessor Sharlynn Hill.
Environment Canada has issued a Snowfall Warning for the Boundary, West Kootenay, Slocan and Arrow Lakes and Kootenay Lake regions, with accumulations between 10 to 15 cm for the region and 25 to 40 cm for Highway 3 — Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.
Environment Canada said a long period snowfall event is expected beginning Wednesday night and into Friday.
“An intense winter storm is forecast to move into southeastern B.C. overnight tonight and bring a prolonged period of snowfall to the highway and (Boundary) West Kootenay region,” Environment Canada said.
A potential disaster may have been averted after some residents of the Lower Six-Mile area, north of Nelson, experienced flooding in their basements Tuesday due to an ice jam in Duhamel Creek that caused water to rise.
“Quite a few folks’ basements have flooded and this morning the lower (Six-Mile) road had a huge ice pond and stream running across it,” a reader told The Nelson Daily Tuesday.
“Apparently it happened once before about 30 years ago.”
The Smoke Eaters have announce multiple schedule changes including the postponement of one game and the addition of others.
Due to BCHL COVID-19 precautions, Wednesday's game between the Trail Smoke Eaters and the Prince George Spruce Kings will be postponed and rescheduled for a later date. Fan's who have already bought single game tickets for this game will still be able to use them once a new date has been finalized.