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Extinction Rebellion West Kootenay Youth leaders protest old growth logging

The protest, which started in front of the office of Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson, marched through downtown Nelson expressing concerns over over old growth logging. — Submitted photo

Extinction Rebellion West Kootenay once again expressed its concerns over old growth logging, targeting the office of Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson.

Saturday a collection of Kootenay residents fed up with the NDP’s “talk and log” policy congregated in front of MLA Anderson's office.

The group, which has also protested at the office in Castlegar of Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resoures Operation and Rural Development, expressed powerful sentiments, as many protesters have been demanding the same changes for months, some years, some decades.

Smoke from fires south of border impact Boundary Region

The lightning caused Nine Mine Fire is located 4.5 miles south/southeast from Laurier, WA. — Submitted photo

Three wildfires burning south of the United States border may be visible from communities in the Southeast Fire Centre including Grand Forks, Midway, Rock Creek and surrounding areas.

Winds in northeast Washington state where these fires are burning are pushing the fires south, away from the border. There is no threat to Canadian communities or values from these fires at present.

Heavy smoke in the Southeast Fire Centre continues to flow in from the B.C. Interior.

As of Friday, August 13, 2021, the status of these Washington wildfires is as follows:

RCMP investigating after house targeted in drive-by shooting in Nelson

RCMP responded to a call just after 2:30 a.m. Saturday, of a report of possible shots fired in the 1400 Block of Ash Street in Nelson.

RCMP confirm officers are investigating a drive-by shooting during the early hours of Saturday, August 7 in the Mountain Station area of Nelson.

RCMP said in a media release just after 2:30 a.m. Saturday, the Nelson RCMP were contacted after receiving a report of possible shots fired in the 1400 Block of Ash Street in Nelson.

“Frontline RCMP officers immediately attended with assistance from the Nelson City Police Department to the 1400 block of Ash St and found that multiple shots had been fired and a residence had been struck numerous time,” the RCMP media release said.

Interior Health heat warning reminders

Interior Health warns that excessive heat exposure can lead to weakness, disorientation and exhaustion. In severe cases, it can also lead to heat stroke, also known as sunstroke.

Interior Health is advising the public as heat continues to build in the Interior, rising temperatures will increase the potential for heat-related illnesses.

To review current weather advisories, including heat alerts, from Environment Canada, please visit https://weather.gc.ca/mainmenu/alert_menu_e.html

Greening Up — If All Else Fails

The science does say that if we act quickly we can start to reduce impact on the planet and adapt to what is coming. – Alastair McIntosh

“It is into the yawning gap between the urgent response scientists say is needed and the timid measures governments are willing to take that geoengineering has stepped.” – Clive Hamilton

Talk about a diverse range of opinions.

KIJHL partners with InStat Hockey for 2021-2022 season

InStat is used by league and federation offices, coaches, scouts and management as a data and communication tool assisting in coaching processes, player development, statistical analysis and video scouting.

In a media release Tuesday, the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) said the league has come to an official partnership agreement with InStat Hockey for the 2021-22 hockey season.

InStat is used by league and federation offices, coaches, scouts and management as a data and communication tool assisting in coaching processes, player development, statistical analysis and video scouting.

At the team level, coaches and players can receive detailed game-by-game analytical reports, player shifts, and emailed web links all corresponding to data-specific video. 

Man dies after falling into Columbia River in Golden

RCMP said criminality is not suspected in the man’s death.

Despite the live saving efforts of first responders, a Golden man has died after falling into the Columbia River last week.

At approximately 5:20 p.m. MST on Friday Aug. 6, frontline officers from the Golden-Field RCMP were called to a report that a man, who had been riding his bicycle across the bridge on Kicking Horse Drive, had crashed his bike over the side of the bridge and fallen into the Columbia River.

Interior Health warns of unusual rabies activity detected near Nelson

Interior Health said from July 1, 2021 forward, anyone bitten or scratched by a skunk in the region should visit a primary care provider.

Interior Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) confirmed a case of rabies in a Kootenay Lake region skunk.

In a media release Saturday, Interior Health said it is very unusual for a land-dwelling animal to contract rabies in B.C. and therefore, enhanced rabies surveillance is occurring in the region.

Interior Health said from July 1, 2021 forward, anyone bitten or scratched by a skunk in the region should visit a primary care provider and any domestic animals or pets bitten or scratched by a skunk should be seen by a veterinarian.

Interior Health announces additional COVID-19 restrictions for Central Okanagan

During the last week of July, the Central Okanagan saw new COVID-19 cases spike to 450. — BCDCD image

In a media release Friday, Interior Health said it is upping the ante in a response to slowing the outbreak of new COVID-19 cases in the Central Okanagan.

Interior Health said it is managing the central Okanagan COVID-19 outbreak declared on July 28, 2021, by implementing additional restrictions to reduce transmission.

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