Earlier this month the BC Provincial Government announced a ban on non-essential travel between three regional zones in British Columbia. This morning they expanded on this announcement by authorizing police to conduct road checks on travel corridors between the regions.
As the province’s public health emergency regarding substance related harms enters its sixth year, the BC Coroners Service reports that toxic illicit drugs have claimed the lives of 158 British Columbians in March 2021.
This raises the total number of deaths in the province for the year to 498.
Nelson continues to be the hotspot for COVID-19 cases in the Kootenay Boundary.
In the weekly update on the B.C. Centre of Disease Control website, the Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence map shows Nelson topping the count during April 18 to 24 with 19 cases.
The Heritage City had 20 COVID-19 cases the week before and 13 cases between April 4-10.
In the West Kootenay, Trail has 13 cases while Castlegar and Arrow Lakes each have five and Kootenay Lake one.
Police are asking the public for information about three young men who allegedly threw bear bangers into a small homeless camp in Trail, according to RCMP NCOIC Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.
"On April 25, at 1:23 a.m., Trail and Greater District RCMP received a report that three suspects had been discharging bear bangers into the camp located underneath the old Trail Bridge on Casino Road in Trail. One of the discharged bear bangers reportedly came close to striking one person living in the camp.
The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) lifted evacuation orders for three homes in the Fife Road area on the east side of Christina Lake this afternoon.
Residents have been out of their homes since the early morning hours of April 25 when debris blocking a creek at higher elevation gave way sending a torrent of water, mud and debris toward the three homes.
Residents can now return home to begin cleanup work and assess damage.
An incident at Teck yesterday led to a temporary traffic interruption, which in turn led to several posts on social media with residents asking what was going on.
Jayne Garry, Community Relations Leader for Teck Trail Operations, responded to an email query about the event. as follows:
The Kootenay Boundary Physicians Association (KBPA) has commissioned a massive mural to be painted on the north and west wall at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (KBRH) Trail by local Kootenay muralist Tyler Toews of Canadian Murals. The idea, which grew from the positive energy of last year’s Gratitude Garden installation, will flourish throughout May 2021 on the hospital’s back entrance.
Adding a vital voice to the concerted worldwide effort to create a more sustainable and just planet, Selkirk College is leading the way amongst Canada’s post-secondary institutions by showing that strong local efforts can contribute to global goals.
Rodney Cawston, Chairman of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation (CCT) and the Sinixt (sn̓ ʕaýckstx) Confederacy, said Friday was a day for celebrating after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favour of Rick Desautel’s protected right to hunt in British Columbia given his people's historic ties to the region.
In ruling in favour of Desautel, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the Crown’s final appeal in the R v. Desautel hunting case.
“Today’s decision reaffirms that the snʕāyckst are not extinct,” Cawston said in a media release.
For the second time in less than a week, Nelson Fire Rescue & Services responded to a grass fire, this time one that was out of control and threatening a home on Granite Road.
Thursday, shortly before noon, Nelson Fire Rescue & Services firefighters attended the approximate 17,000 square foot area grass fire that was burning brush, garden areas and numerous trees.