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By Castlegar Source on Saturday May 30 2020

In a press release Friday, Mercer indicated there will be a month of downtime this summer, over an above its annual shutdown. The press release reads as follows:

"Mercer International Inc. (“Mercer”) (Nasdaq: MERC) reports that its Celgar mill, in addition to regularly planned maintenance downtime of five days, will be taking approximately 30 days of additional downtime (aggregate 52,000 ADMTs) in July 2020.

By Boundary Sentinel on Saturday May 30 2020

Friday evening, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Emergency Operations Centre issued an evacuation alert for 1137 properties across the Boundary, impacting an estimated 2,300 residents.

The RDKB said due to the forecasted hot weather and heavy rainfall, a Boundary wide Evacuation Alert has been issued for properties within the 200 year floodplain and properties with potential for bank erosion. 

The area under Evacuation Alert extends from Carmi on the West Kettle River to Christina Lake.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Saturday May 30 2020

Environment Canada has issued a Severe Thunderstorm warning for Saturday evening in the southern interior of BC, including Boundary region, West Kootenay and Arrow/Slocan Lakes.

Environment Canada said conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.

“Strong thunderstorms will develop over Fraser Canyon north, South Thompson, Nicola and Similkameen (Saturday) afternoon,” Environment Canada said.

By Trail Champion on Friday May 29 2020

On Friday May 29, at approximately 1:44 p.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP received a report that a 21-year-old male employee of the Montrose Gas Station, in Montrose, BC, sustained a non life-threatening injury after he was stabbed by a 30-year-old male suspect. The victim is expected to make a full recovery.

The suspect immediately fled the scene after the stabbing. Approximately 15 minutes after the initial incident, the RCMP found the suspect deceased from an apparent self-inflicted
wound in the back yard of a vacant Montrose residence. 

By Trail Champion on Friday May 29 2020

One man is dead and another in hospital after a stabbing at the Tempo Gas Station in Montrose. 

Trail RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich confirmed that the victim, a gas station employee, is in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

"I can also confirm that the suspect died  of a self-inflicted wound," he added. "There is no danger to the public."

He said the deceased was not prevously known to police

The investigation continues.

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By Province of British Columbia on Friday May 29 2020

Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

“Today, we are announcing four new cases, for a total of 2,562 cases in British Columbia.

“There are 228 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 2,170 people who tested positive have recovered.

By Bob Hall on Friday May 29 2020

It’s a humble Selkirk College department of two that has proven itself mighty in the face of the daunting COVID-19 pandemic.

By City of Castlegar on Friday May 29 2020

Air Canada has extended the suspension of its West Kootenay Regional Airport passenger flights until at least Sept. 8, 2020.

The extended suspension includes flights to and from Calgary and Vancouver.

This is the third time since the COVID-19 pandemic began that Air Canada has announced changes to flights in and out of Castlegar as a result of financial uncertainty caused by COVID-19.

“We know this creates inconvenience for travelers and it has a significant impact on the City’s finances,” says Mayor, Bruno Tassone.

By RDKB on Thursday May 28 2020

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has been working very closely with the City of Grand Forks and other regional partners to prepare for possible moderate to high levels of flooding early next week. Current river forecasts show the Kettle River at typical freshet levels for the next 48 hours, then rising to moderate flood levels on Sunday, May 31 through Tuesday, June 1 depending upon rainfall location and amounts.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday May 28 2020

RCMP in Nakusp said in a media release Thursday that officers executed a search warrant in the village that netted a large quantity of drugs.

Police said Wednesday (May 27), officers conducted a search warrant in the 300 block of 8th Ave NW in Nakusp. During the search police located a large quantity of Methamphetamine.

Police said charges will be recommended for the offence of Possession For the Purpose of Trafficking.

The investigation is ongoing.

The Nakusp RCMP will continue to actively target drug dealers in the local community.