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Kootenay Boundary COVID-19 cases on downward trend

The Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence map, for May 2-8, 2021, is released every Wednesday.

New COVID-19 cases in Kootenay Boundary have decreased according to the release Wednesday of the B.C. Centre of Disease Control website of the Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence map.

The map, one of the many graphics on the BC Centre of Disease Control website, shows the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases in Golden (12) and Nelson (10).

The Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence map, for May 2-8, 2021, is released every Wednesday.

Rossland business adds beauty and glaze to iconic church’s fundraising campaign

‘Out of the Cellar’ owner Janet Fraser is getting behind the St. Andrew’s United Church fundraiser. — Submitted photo

‘Out of the Cellar’ in downtown Rossland has become the first local business to get behind the drive to raise money to get a huge community resource, St. Andrew’s United Church, habitable and future fit.

The boutique shop which specialises in high quality gifts, homeware and mountain lifestyle fashion is donating 50% of the sales from its Rossland themed pottery range in May to the fundraising drive. 

MISSING: Keremeos man may be heading toward Nakusp

The Chrysler Dynasty Bell is believed to be driving, beside Nathan Bell, a missing man from Keremeos.

The Keremeos RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing 38 year-old man, Nathan Bell, who was last seen on April 29th, 2021.

It is believed Bell left Keremeos in a white 1991 Chrysler Dynasty bearing BC licence plate ME3 27K and may be travelling to either Vancouver Island or the Nakusp area.

Description of Bell

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report — May 2021

It was a nice start to the month of May for this young lad after making the catch on Kootenay Lake. — Photo courtesy Reel Adventures Sportfishing

The weather has been awesome, and the fishing has been awesomer!  Haha, a little humour never hurt anyone.

With this great, spring weather, we have been spending plenty of time on the water.

So, here’s your latest fishing report:

Kootenay Lake

April third consecutive month of drier than average conditions

The Southeast Fire Centre Weather Services said April’s total precipitation was close to one-third of normal and the number of days reporting a measurable amount of precipitation was half of the monthly average.

For the third consecutive month the Southeast Fire Centre Weather Services is reporting drier than average conditions for the region.

In its monthly weather synopsis for April 2021, the Southeast Fire Centre Weather Services said the total precipitation was a third of normal with measurable precipitation amount half the monthly average.

Popular tourism hiking destination Idaho Peak remains closed — FLNRORD

Idaho Peak is one of the most photographed viewpoints in the Arrow Slocan region due to its panoramic views, endless alpine flowers, and an ease of access alpine that is rare to find locally. — Photo courtesy West Kootenay Hiking

One of the Slocan Valley’s most popular tourist attractions is going to remain closed until further notice.

“The Idaho Lookout Forest Service Road will remain closed for this field season. There is no alternate route of vehicular access to the trailheads,” a spokesman for the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development has told the Valley Voice.

The spokesperson said FLNRORD has not completed any work on the Idaho Lookout FSR since June of 2020 and the road remains barricaded and closed to the public.

Interfor announces $35-million project for Castlegar

Interfor's Castlegar facility employs 200 people.

Interfor is announcing a $35-million improvement project in its Castlegar facility, according to vice-president of western operations Andrew Horahan.

In an interview Friday, Horahan said the project will have immense value for the community.

“We’re excited to be starting a project in Castlegar, rebuilding and replacing our planer mill,” he said. “It will improve grade, improve value, and improve productivity.”

COVID-19 cases in Kootenay Boundary decline, RCMP begin Travel Restriction Road Checks

Golden is now has the most reported COVID-19 cases for the region with 16 cases with Nelson and Cranbrook reporting 15.

Similar to the rest of the province, cases of COVID-19 continue to decline in the Kootenay Boundary following the release Wednesday on the B.C. Centre of Disease Control website of the Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence map.

Golden is now has the most reported COVID-19 cases for the region with 16 cases.

The Nelson area continues to show high numbers for the region with 15 in the period between April 25 – May 1, down from 19 the previous week.

CKISS launches Eco Garden Project during Invasive Species Action Month

The EcoGarden project aims to support the planting of native and non-invasive plants to increase biodiversity and reduce risks associated with invasive species, which supports resilient ecosystems in the face of climate change. — Submitted

To get British Columbians active in preventing and stopping the spread of harmful invasive species, the BC government has officially declared the entire month of May as Invasive Species Action Month.

Invasive species threaten BC’s environment. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) considers invasive species as one of the greatest threats to biodiversity globally. The Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society (CKISS) are taking action on invasive species by launching the Eco Garden Project.

Mayor Moore apologizes for travelling down south to get vaccinated, visit family

Rossland Mayor Kathy Moore said she regrets the concern this has caused in the community and any issues for council.

Another West Kootenay Mayor is coming under fire for travelling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rossland Mayor Kathy Moore recently travelled south of the 49th parallel get vaccinated, while at the same time spending time with family.

Despite having dual citizenship, and announcing ahead of time that she was traveling into the United States, Moore was ripped for being hypocritical on social media.

“I do regret the concern this has caused in the community and any issues for council,” Moore said in a statement.

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