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Police investigate boating accident near Harrop Cable Ferry

Police said preliminary findings suggest that lighting conditions at the time the accident combined with possible alcohol were each contributing factors in this crash.

RCMP said officers continue to investigate a boating accident late Friday (July 10) evening on the West Arm of Kootenay Lake near the Harrop Cable Ferry.

In a media release, police said at 10:11 p.m., Kaslo RCMP received a request to assist BC Emergency Health Services following a marine incident on Kootenay Lake.

“Police were told that a boat had just collided with a light house north of the ferry terminal, and that at least one individual was still in the water,” the RCMP media release said.

Huckleberry harvesting restricted to protect grizzly bear habitat

From July 15 to Oct. 15, 2020, commercial-scale picking of huckleberries is prohibited in some areas of the region. — Government image

The Province and the Ktunaxa Nation Council have been working together to conserve wild huckleberry and important grizzly bear habitat.

As a result, the Province is restricting commercial-scale huckleberry harvesting to protect grizzly bear habitat in the Kootenay Boundary region.

From July 15 to Oct. 15, 2020, commercial-scale picking of huckleberries is prohibited in some areas of the region. Maps identifying the closed areas are available online.

BC Hockey Hall of Fame wants help showcasing province’s rich history

COVID-19 allows Hall to shift focus toward creating a new exhibit showcasing BC’s rich and diverse hockey history.

The BC Hockey Hall of Fame is asking the public to rummage through garages, basements and attics to help showcase the province's rich and diverse hockey history.

Due to COVID-19, the Hall was forced to cancel the annual summer induction event.

However, the downtime has given Hall staff the opportunity to shift their focus toward creating a new exhibit.

Boundary flooding event eligible for Disaster Financial Assistance

RDKB residents of areas C, D and E must apply by September 28, 2020.

The Province of BC has opened its Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) program to individuals and local governments in Regional District Kootenay Boundary Electoral Areas C/Christina Lake, D/Rural Grand Forks and E/West Boundary who have incurred uninsurable losses from landslides and overland flooding due to the 2020 freshet.

New Fireboat for Christina Lake

Before the ceremonial launch members of the RDKB, Christina Lake Firefighter Society and Ross Glanville posed for a team photo. — Photo courtesy RDKB Facebook

Christina Lake became a little safer after the recent launch Friday of the Fire Rescue fire engine on pontoons.

Christina Lake Fire Rescue's fireboat is a community effort between Christina Lake Firefighter Society, Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Area C/Christina Lake Director Grace McGregor, Chief Joe Geary and his fire rescue crew.

A special shout out goes to Ross Glanville for his generous donation that covered two thirds of the cost of this beautiful 30K fire rescue boat that will help keep Christina Lake residents and visitors safe for years to come.

Rossland's Wetland Specialist

Eva Cameron at King George Provincial Park; submitted photo

By Nicole Trigg, for Kootenay Conservation

Wetlands are continuing to disappear at an alarming rate, and Eva Cameron is determined to turn back the tide on this trend, at least in the Lower Columbia region, one wetland at a time.

Heritage City benefits from BC Government long-term care bed announcement

The BC Government announced Monday that Nelson will be receiving 75 longterm care beds similar to those at Mountain Lake Seniors Community facility in Fairview. — Screenshot photo

The Heritage City is one of five communities in the BC interior to benefit from a long-term care bed announcement Monday by the Provincial Government.

In a media release Monday, the Province and Interior Health announced that Nelson, Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon and Kamloops will receive 495 new long-term care beds with the largest one-time increase in the region in more than 15 years.

Greening Up — Believing In Change

One of the powerful lessons we have learned from the collective experience of the coronavirus pandemic is that governments are capable of acting swiftly, both in terms of regulations and spending, when they put human lives above all else.

“I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.” – Aldous Huxley 

We humans too easily turn wants into needs and now we are struggling collectively with the problem of excessive wants.

For many decades, human activity has been intensifying the negative effects on Earth’s water, air, soil, and climate.

These are the elemental building blocks of our lives and we are ravaging their gifts.

UPDATED: Interior Health identifies two additional COVID-19 exposure locations in Kelowna

The two locations are Discovery Bay Resort and Boyce Gyro Beach Lodge in Kelowna.

Interior Health in a media release Sunday said further testing of individuals who gathered at various Kelowna locations between June 25 and July 6 has identified additional locations in Kelowna where individuals may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Interior Health said individuals who visited the two other locations on the dates noted are asked to self-monitor themselves closely for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested if they have those symptoms: