Despite the live saving efforts of first responders, a Golden man has died after falling into the Columbia River last week.
At approximately 5:20 p.m. MST on Friday Aug. 6, frontline officers from the Golden-Field RCMP were called to a report that a man, who had been riding his bicycle across the bridge on Kicking Horse Drive, had crashed his bike over the side of the bridge and fallen into the Columbia River.
The recent increase in new COVID-19 cases in the Nelson area is impacting local businesses in the Heritage City, forcing a handful to close for a reset due to staff testing positive or dealing with workers affected through contact-tracing of the virus.
“We have not been ordered to close (our store), rather we are closing (that department) out of an abundance of caution and to reduce the likelihood of additional exposures and allow contract tracing to follow their protocols,” said a Facebook posting.
Interior Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) confirmed a case of rabies in a Kootenay Lake region skunk.
In a media release Saturday, Interior Health said it is very unusual for a land-dwelling animal to contract rabies in B.C. and therefore, enhanced rabies surveillance is occurring in the region.
Interior Health said from July 1, 2021 forward, anyone bitten or scratched by a skunk in the region should visit a primary care provider and any domestic animals or pets bitten or scratched by a skunk should be seen by a veterinarian.
Nelson Police issued a warning to the public Thursday about an increase fraudulent precious metals in the area.
Nelson Police said in a media release that with the increase in gold prices, officers have identified several incidents in which fraudulent gold bullions have been sold in the West Kootenay area.
“The Nelson Police Department would like to make the public aware of caution in dealing with, but not limited to, PAMP Swiss gold bullions and Perth Gold bullions,” the media release said.
The heat is still on in the kitchen as the state of emergency in the region and across the province has been extended.
On Thursday the provincial government’s Department of Public Safety and Solicitor General added more days to the current state of emergency order existing province-wide.
Continued hot and dry weather bumped the order to Aug. 18 as 254 wildfires burn across B.C., with 60 burning in the Southeast Fire Centre, which includes Nelson.
Nelson Police have started an investigation after human remains were found near the boat launch at Lakeside Park early this morning.
Nelson Police said officers responded to a report of a man down at Lakeside Park early Thursday morning.
Nelson Police and BC Ambulance Services as well as the BC Coroner Services responded and confirmed the male was deceased upon arrival.
The male has been identified as a local Nelson male in his 50’s. The family of the deceased has been notified.
The file remains under investigation.
The Heritage City saw a sharp spike in new COVID-19 cases during the last week of July the BC Center of Disease Control Graphic Distribution by Local Health Area of Case Residence map released Wednesday showed.
The graphic showed Nelson more than doubled its COVID-19 cases from 13 between July 18-24 to 38 from July 25-31.
The increase in cases forced a few businesses to close during last weekend as some staff members were forced into self-isolation due to positive COVID-19 tests.
One person is in custody and two more are under investigation after a weekend traffic stop, according to Trail top cop RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.
"On Sunday, Aug. 1, at 2:10 a.m., Trail and Greater District RCMP officers initiated a traffic stop with a 2007 Dodge Calibre containing three occupants in the 700 block of Victoria Street, in downtown Trail," Wicentowich said.
The BC Ministry of Health released the updated COVID-19 numbers following the BC Day Longweekend.
As of Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, 81.4% (3,773,442) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 67.3% (3,121,311) received their second dose.
In addition, 82.3% (3,560,982) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 69.7% (3,013,074) received their second dose.
During the weekend, according to BC Wildfire Service battling the Nk'Mip Creek Wildfire:
- Fire growth was observed on the northeastern flank, however, cooler, more humid weather has helped firefighting efforts.
- The fire is now estimated to have burned more than 16,005 hectares.
- There are 186 firefighters, six helicopters and 24 pieces of heavy machinery that have been deployed to fight the wildfire.
July 28 report on the Nk’Mip Creek Wildfire
According to the BC Wildfire Service: