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Interior Health Advisory for Big White Mountain

After a Monday night party, Interior Health said those who attended the event may have have put themselves at risk of contracting COVID-19.

In a letter to Big White Mountain posted on the company website, Interior Health said it is advising anyone who attended a congregate event at Big White Ski Resort on March 29 that they have put themselves at risk of contracting COVID-19 and should monitor themselves closely for symptoms of COVID-19.

Wearing masks now required for Grades 4-12 in Kootenay Lake School District

Perkins said this mask policy change is for at least the next three weeks while the province goes through its “Circuit Breaker” process while trying to contain the increase in COVID-19 cases.

Kootenay Lake School District Superintendent Christine Perkins said Wednesday masks are now “required” to be worn for all students Grades 4-12 attending school.

In an email statement to Kootenay Lake District Parents Advisory, Perkins also said the wearing of masks is “highly recommended” for students in Kindergarten to Grade 3.

Kootenay West MLA says says funding for Kootenay West airports will keep people moving

Katrina Conroy — We’re making sure that people across the Kootenay West riding will still have access to the services they need and jobs they and their families rely on by supporting local airports.

NDP MLA Katrine Conroy says funding for Kootenay West airports will help them stay open so people can travel for essential purposes and access the services they need.

This support will ensure these companies are able to weather the challenges due to decreased ridership brought on by the COVID-19 and help them plan for a post-pandemic world.

Selkirk College Discontinues Men’s Hockey Team

After 15 years of competing at the varsity level in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL), Selkirk College has announced that the men’s hockey team will be discontinued due to budgetary constraints. — Saints Facebook photo

Selkirk College said in a media release Monday the school will no longer ice a men’s hockey team, announcing that the program will be discontinued due to budgetary constraints.

Competing in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) since 2006, the Selkirk College Saints’ current players, coaches and team staff were informed of the decision this week.

With tightening budgets moving forward, focus for Selkirk College athletics will be geared towards overall recreation offerings for the college community.

Organizers postpone Shambhala Music Festival to 2022

After B.C. Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that large events are “unlikely” to proceed this summer, Shambhala Music Festival organizers decided to postpone the event until 2022. — Facebook photo

In a media statement Monday, organizers of the Shambhala Music Festival said the 2021 event has been postponed until 2022.

The decision comes more than a week after B.C. Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that large events are “unlikely” to proceed this summer, in addition to a number of other obstacles the festival has faced such as border closures and the ongoing public health order. 

“We are beyond devastated to postpone for a second time,” said Shambhala Music Festival Founder, Jimmy Bundschuh in a prepared statement. 

Two people dead following suspected illicit drug overdoses in Nelson

Nelson Police is reminding the public of current high dangers in the local illicit drug supply which may draw a nexus to these events.

Nelson Police is advising the public the ongoing dangers of the local illicit drug supply following two separate, and unrelated reports, of suspected illicit drug overdoses happening last week in the Cottonwood Falls and Rail Town area of Nelson.

In a media release Monday, Nelson Police said dispatch was contacted by BC Ambulance Service Thursday, March 25th, requesting police to attend.

Sunday, March 28th, a member of the public called Nelson Police to attend.

COVID-19 forces cancellation of Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament

For the second year in a row, the Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament has been cancelled.

For second time in as many years, the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has forced organizers to cancel the Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament.

Tournament organizers said recent decisions by the Province and Health Authorities have indicated that it will not be possible to hold large gatherings and events throughout summer 2021 in BC.

Like most events held throughout the province, the pandemic cancelled the GFI tournament in 2020.

RCMP urges motorists to remain vigilant after police impersonator pulls over vehicle

RCMP said although the victim was ordered to exit his vehicle during the interaction, he trusted his instincts, distracted the suspect and managed to flee towards Kelowna.

RCMP said in a media release that motorists in the Boundary region are urged to be vigilant, after Midway RCMP responded to a report of a suspicious occurrence that took place Sunday evening on a back country provincial highway.

RCMP said on Sunday, March 21, 2021, shortly after 8:30 p.m., Midway RCMP received a third party report after a suspicious occurrence in which a yet to be identified suspect allegedly conducted a traffic stop with a motorist travelling between Rock Creek and Kelowna along Highway 33.

Basin Stories — Refreshed Future for a Local Brewery

When Kate and Matt Walker purchased the Nelson brewing Company, they brought lots of enthusiasm and diverse skill sets.

Epic — that’s the word the Nelson Brewing Company uses to describe its organic beers, and it could be used to describe its accomplishments, too.

For 29 years, the brewery has been operating out of an 1897 building in Nelson that once housed the city’s original brewery. It introduced craft beer to the Kootenays.

People can now enjoy products like Harvest Moon Kolsch Hemp Ale and Bent Pole Northwest IPA in restaurants and bars throughout the Kootenays, or buy them in liquor stores in BC and Alberta.

CKCA opens nominations for Steering Committee

CKCA is particularly interested in new members that represent youth and / or cultural diversity.

The Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA) invites members of the arts and culture community in the Columbia Basin to join its volunteer Steering Committee.

The CKCA is a representative body of the arts and culture communities across the Basin and manages and administers arts and culture funding programs on behalf of Columbia Basin Trust (CBT).

The CKCA Steering Committee consists of 12 members: six from the West Kootenay, five from the East Kootenay, and one from the Valemount area.