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By Trail Champion on Friday Jul 02 2021

The Southeast District Major Crime Unit (SED MCU) is continuing its investigation into the Canada Day Eve homicide in Trail and can now confirm arrest of the suspect, according to a press release issued Friday.

On July 1, 2021 a 33-year-old Trail man was arrested in relation to the Wednesday evening homicide. He has since been released from custody pending the outcome of the investigation. He has not yet been charged and will be not be identified at this time.

By Castlegar Source on Friday Jul 02 2021

BC Wildfire Service updated their information at 8:57 a.m. Friday, indicating the Merry Creek wildfire is still an estimated 15 hectares and considered out of control. An evacuation order has been implemented for 31 properties in electoral area J, while the City of Castlegar has downgraded their evacuation order to an alert.

The City of Castlegar's Evacuation Alert remains in effect for:

By The Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Jul 01 2021

Nelson joined the list of communities in Canada, on a smaller scale, having local churches vandalized following the discovery of unmarked burial sites of children’s remains at former residential schools in Canada.

On the eve of Canada Day, the Cathedral of Mary Immaculate at the corner of Mill and Ward Streets in Nelson was vandalized when perpetrators tossed orange paint on the steps, doors and windows.

By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Jul 01 2021

An interface wildfire near Castlegar has grown to seven hectares and is zero per cent contained, according to BC Wildfire Service, but the City of Castlegar Emergency Operations Centre says the blaze within city limits is contained.

Twenty-five firefighters, two airtankers and two helicopters are attacking the fire.

"At 5:20 p.m., the City issued an Evacuation Alert for the following:

By Contributor on Wednesday Jun 30 2021

A Mountie in BC’s Columbia Valley is being celebrated for risking his own life to save another. The police officer, a four-year member of Canada’s national police force and accomplished swimmer, jumped into action on Tuesday to guide a paddle boarder, struggling against the river’s current, safely to shore.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Wednesday Jun 30 2021

There has been another discovery of remains linked to the former residential school system, this time in the Kootenays.

In a media release Wednesday, the Lower Kootenay Band says a search using ground-penetrating radar located 182 human remains in unmarked graves of a site near the former St. Eugene’s Mission School outside Cranbrook.

The St. Eugene’s Mission School, known as the Kootenay Indian Residential School, was operated by the Catholic Church for almost 100 years from 1873-1970.

By Province of British Columbia on Tuesday Jun 29 2021

In a government media release Tuesday, Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, released a statement on the 10-year anniversary of the line-of-duty passing of Sheilah Sweatman, ground search-and-rescue volunteer:

"Exactly 10 years ago today, on June 29, 2011, British Columbia's search-and-rescue community lost one of their own when Nelson Search and Rescue's Sheilah Sweatman tragically lost her life during a search-and-recovery call on the Goat River near Creston.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Monday Jun 28 2021

Columbia Valley RCMP is releasing images of a suspect in connection to the armed robbery of a local pharmacy in an effort to identify the individual and advance its criminal investigation.

On June 27, 2021, just minutes after 12 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP responded to a report of an armed robbery just committed at the Invermere Pharmasave, situated on 10 Avenue in Invermere BC.

Police have learned that the yet to be identified suspect entered the pharmacy, displayed a firearm to an employee and demanded narcotics.

By Lone Sheep Publishing on Saturday Jun 26 2021

The Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP (PSOSRD) have opened an investigation after two more churches were destroyed by fire early Saturday (June 26) morning.

In a media release Saturday, the Princeton RCMP received a call at 3:52 a.m., the St. Ann's Catholic Church on the Upper Similkameen Indian Band (USIB) near the small community of Hedley was on fire.

Hedley is located approximately 74 kilometers southwest of Penticton and 38 km southeast of Princeton on Highway 3.

By Trail Champion on Friday Jun 25 2021

On Thursday, June 24, at around 3 p.m., Trail and Greater District RCMP executed a search warrant under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act on a residence and recreational vehicle in the 1000 block of Birch Avenue, in Trail.