Update from Interior Health:
This incident resulted in fuel contamination in the South Salmo River. Interior Health has identified no registered drinking water users downstream of the spill site and there is a low risk to public health. Residents who may draw their water from the river between the crash site and the Salmo River at the United States border, are advised to be alert and check their water for any signs of diesel fuel including sheen or fuel odour.
Highway 3 14 kilometers east of Salmo opened during Thursday evening and into Friday morning to single, alternating traffic following a tractor trailer crash that killed the Alberta man.
However, the road will be closed from 8 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m. for vehicle recovery. DriveBC said the estimated re-opening of the highway will be 2 p.m.
Detour is Highway 3A, Kootenay Lake Ferry. Currently there is a possible two-sailing waits due to the running of the smaller MV Balfour Ferry. Weight restrictions apply due to low water with no dangerous cargo being transported.
“Filling community needs” is the motto of Trail’s Kiwanis Club, a commitment they have been fulfilling since 1946. Their support of youth in our community continues with their recent donation to the West Kootenay Take a Hike program.
Club members wanted to provide a donation which reflected the innovative outdoor aspect of Take a Hike. Their donation was used to purchase a new fatbike, a welcome addition to the toolbox of outdoor learning tools used by the program.
Syringa Provincial Park may be getting 35 new hectares added, according to an announcement by the Province of B.C. yesterday.
“Proposed amendments to the Protected Areas of British Columbia Act will expand B.C.’s parks and protected areas system, adding approximately 107 hectares of new land to six existing Class A parks,” said the press release
The proposed additions are the result of private land acquisitions and include:
The Trail Smoke Eaters dropped Game #7 of their best-of-seven Interior Division Semi Final against the Vernon Vipers by a 5-2 score on Monday night at Kal Tire Place and saw their 2018/19 season come to a close.
The Vipers started the game as good as any team could in a Game #7 as they applied lots of pressure early on and got a 1-0 lead at the 7:36 mark of the opening period. Josh Latta collected a puck in the neutral zone and raced in on the right-wing side as he put a shot though the blocker side of Smoke Eaters netminder Adam Marcoux for one-goal lead.
A band from Fernie took home Artist of the Year honours at the seventh annual Kootenay Music Awards this past weekend at the Hume Spirit Bar in Nelson.
Naturalist a brother duo, Sam Moffat and Caleb Brown, from Fernie captured the top prize as well as a performing slot at the 2019 Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival.
"It was a very enthusiastic crowd at the Spirit Bar on Saturday . . .," organizers said. "This is the third year that Kootenay Co-op Radio has hosted the event that champions and honours our incredibly talented musicians in this area."
The provincial government in conjunction with Columbia Basin Trust is adding recently announced another piece to the information highway Friday in Castlegar.
The government said improved high-speed internet is on the way for 26 communities in the Kootenays after it was announced Columbia Basin Broadband Corporation (CBBC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Columbia Basin Trust, is receiving $4.8 million in provincial funds for two new projects to improve broadband access in rural areas.
Left lane hogs were back in the news again this week. The CTV Vancouver news story that I watched complained that drivers were not being held to account by police for failing to move out of the left lane and letting other drivers pass. The report claims that based on ticket numbers reported by ICBC the number of drivers ticketed for failing to keep right fell from 799 in 2016 to 699 in 2018.
The Trail Smoke Eaters used a 46-save performance from Adam Marcoux and two goals from Mack Byers to stave off elimination and force a Game #7 after a 5-2 victory in Game #6 at the Trail Memorial Centre on Saturday night.
The Trail Smoke Eaters suffered their third straight loss of the Interior Division Semi Final as they dropped a 5-2 decision to the Vernon Vipers in Game #5 on Friday night at Kal Tire Place.