To The Editor,
This May, we remember the Canadians who sacrificed life and limb to help liberate the Netherlands 75 years ago.
For the first time, Kootenay job seekers will be able to prepare themselves for rewarding careers in the retail, accommodation, food service and tourism sectors from the comfort of their own homes.
Kootenay Career Development Society’s (KCDS) RAFT program has gone virtual in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The free five-week training and certification program is being conducted entirely via our online learning platform to adhere to physical distancing guidelines while enabling participants to connect with one another.
RCMP in Quesnel is seeking public assistance to locate Louis Korkowski and two vehicles of interest.
Louis was last seen Monday, May 4, after 6 p.m. on the West side of Quesnel. He has not been seen since nor has he been in contact with friends or family. Police are concerned about Louis’ well-being and are asking anyone that has seen Louis or may know is whereabouts to please contact police.
Louis is described as:
Tourism in the West Kootenay is in lock down mode as the region’s tourism organization continues to deliver the message in a Covid-19 virus world for visitors to stay out.
For the time being, that is.
Although the region’s accommodators are reeling — with accommodation rates hovering between zero to 14 per cent capacity — the message of not to travel here has not wavered since late March, said Dianna Ducs, executive director of Nelson and Kootenay Lake Tourism (NKLT).
April 2020 was “cooler and dryer than normal” Ron Lakeman, Weather Forecaster/Meteorologist at the Southeast Fire Centre said in the monthly weather synopsis.
Lakeman said April was similar to March 2020, with a mean monthly temperature that was 0.6 of a degree cooler than average.
He added the total amount of precipitation during the month was only 21 millimetres or 35% of normal.
“A northwesterly flow prevailed aloft for unseasonably dry and relatively cool conditions during the initial half of the month,” Lakeman said.
In a media release Friday, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) said Boundary residents will see river levels rise on (Friday) May 1 by midnight, then drop slightly after the weekend and start to rise again next week as temperatures again increase.
“With a trend toward cooler seasonal temperatures persisting through the weekend, our team feels pretty positive about the next week,” said Mark Stephens, EOC Director for the RDKB.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of a reliable food supply and has increased the demand for locally grown products.
To help Columbia Basin food producers meet this call, Columbia Basin Trust is introducing two new programs: one that provides loans for operational and equipment needs and one that provides wage subsidies to hire workers.
“In response to the increase in demand caused by the pandemic, Basin farmers are gearing up to expand production,” said Johnny Strilaeff, Columbia Basin Trust President and CEO.
Environment Canada said a vigorous cold front over southeastern BC will move out of the province this morning with snow expected at Kootenay Pass and Rogers Pass.
Snow should ease at higher elevations on Highway 3, as well as TransCanada Highway for Rogers Pass, with 5-10 cm possible.
“This afternoon, an unstable airmass will bring a chance of occasionally heavy flurries and a risk of thunderstorms,” Environment Canada website said.
In response to COVID-19, Kootenay Career Developmenrt Society is offering our free, five-week employment program in a virtual setting! '
Job seekers can gain skills and connect with others from the comfort of their own homes. Our program offers a supportive, fun and inspiring environment focussed on job readiness for the Retail, Accommodation, Food Service and Tourism (RAFT) sectors.
In a media release Thursday, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary said the watch continues of rivers as they move toward peak flows anywhere from seven to ten days from now, depending upon weather.
The Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is activated to Level 2, with a Freshet Advanced Planning Team dedicated fulltime to river monitoring.