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By Regional District of Central Kootenay on Wednesday Aug 15 2018

Yesterday, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) issued an Evacuation Alert for nine addresses located south of Renata on Lower Arrow Lake due to wildfires. The community of Shields, located further south along the lake, is now included in the alert area to align with the area identified by BC Wildfire Service.

A map of the amended alert area follows, and it can also be found...

By Contributor on Wednesday Aug 15 2018

The British Columbia government has declared a provincial state of emergency to support the provincewide response to the ongoing wildfire situation.

Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, made the declaration based on the recommendation from B.C.’s wildfire and emergency management officials.

The state of emergency is initially in effect for 14 days,...

By Contributor on Wednesday Aug 15 2018

The BC SPCA is on high alert, bracing for the need to assist animals impacted by the province’s raging wildfires.

This past Friday, an evacuation order was issued for areas that included the BC SPCA’s Quesnel Branch. We’ve also taken the precautionary measure of evacuating animals from our Williams Lake Branch. Staff and volunteers worked quickly to evacuate a total of 60 animals to...

By Regional District of Central Kootenay on Wednesday Aug 15 2018

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) has issued an Evacuation Alert for nine addresses located south of Renata on Lower Arrow Lake due to wildfires. A map of the alert area follows, or it can be found on the RDCK website here.

There are three fires currently active in the...

By Trail Champion on Wednesday Aug 15 2018

On Aug. 9, around 6 p.m., the Trail and Castlegar Joint Crime Reduction Unit, Trail General Investigation Section, and Trail General Duty police officers executed a search warrant under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act at a residence on Coleman Street in Trail. A 48-year-old male and a 47-year-old female were arrested and taken into custody by police. Police seized fentanyl,...

By Timothy Schafer on Tuesday Aug 14 2018

There was no smoke or fire as the city took its final toke on the document that will legislate the use, production and sale of cannabis in Grand Forks.

City council passed final reading of the Zoning Bylaw amendment late last month that included several points pertaining to cannabis.

However there was no discussion on the bylaw amendment when it finally passed July 23, the final...

By RDKB on Monday Aug 13 2018

RDKB Emergency Operations Centre Update

  • On very short notice, fire crews at the Kootenay Boundary, Christina Lake and Grand Forks fire departments delivered door to door alert notifications to 55 addresses in the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary on August 12. 
  • Full details of all evacuation alerts including how to prepare are available at...
By Trail Champion on Sunday Aug 12 2018

The Emergency Management Service is activating the Emergency Operations Centre to Level 1 to support wildfire response within the RDKB, according to Chris Marsh, RDKB manager of emergency programs.  He also said roughly 55 homes in the region are being put on evacuation alert due to wildfire activity.

“On Aug. 11, the Granby River and Big Sheep Creek Valleys were impacted by thunder...

By Rossland Telegraph on Saturday Aug 11 2018

This morning a Harms Pacific transport truck and trailer contracted by International Raw Materials Ltd. (IRM), carrying sulphuric acid, went off Highway 22 just west of Rossland.  According to a news release by IRM, no sulphuric acid has spilled at this time; emergency services vehicles are on-site and there is no threat to health or vehicle safety. No injuries have been reported.


By Bob Hall on Wednesday Aug 08 2018

When Sharon McNeill decided to return to learning at Selkirk College’s Nakusp Campus, the goal for the mother of six children was to simply finish the high school diploma that had eluded her while growing up in residential schools.

It was 1986 when McNeill’s youngest son had just entered Grade 1. She was 36 at the time and though she had been educated as a Licenced Practical Nurse, her...