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No major issues during Canada Rock Fest — RCMP

Grand Forks RCMP said officers responded to a total of 50 calls for service, with only a handful generated from the Rock Fest. — Screenshot photo

Grand Forks RCMP said in a media release that despite there being 4000-5000 people in the Boundary City to enjoy Canada Rock Fest, Mounties not kept overly busy during the festival weekend.

During the four-day period from August 4-7, police officers responded to a total of 50 calls for service, with only a handful generated from the Rock Fest.

There were three  people were arrested for alcohol related disturbances, however no charges will be considered in these matters.

Next Columbia River Treaty negotiations will be held in B.C.

The 13th round of negotiations to modernize the Columbia River Treaty will take place Aug. 10-11, 2022, with representatives of Canada and the United States meeting in Richmond.

The two-day session is the first formal negotiation between the two countries since January 2022. Representatives from Canada and the U.S. met informally on March 30, April 17, May 17 and May 24 to clarify issues related to each country’s initial proposals, which were tabled in 2020.

Three time Canadian Champ highlights Nelson Figure Skating Summer Camp

Kaetlyn Osmond, three time national medalist, World and Olympic Champion, is scheduled to assist in leading group lessons during the summer camp, August 15- September 2. — Submitted photo

Now that the ice is back ready for play at the Nelson and District Community Complex, the Nelson Figure Skating Club is ready to kick off the upcoming season with a three-week summer camp, beginning August 15th.

The Nelson Club is pleased to announce that the camp will feature some very talented guest instructors — including National Level skater and experienced coach, Heather Heide and Kaetlyn Osmond, three time national medalist, World and Olympic Champion.

UPDATED: Public information session scheduled for Kaslo regarding Briggs Creek Wildfire

The Briggs Creek Wildfire (red square), which started Monday, is located west of the Village of Kaslo. — BC Wildfire Service screenshot

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) and the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) invite Southfork and Kaslo area residents to attend a public information session being held in Kaslo on Friday August, 5, 2022 at 5 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch.

The RDCK said this public information session is strictly for those in Southfork, Kaslo and the surrounding area impacted by the Briggs Creek wildfire.

Spokane Braves withdraw from upcoming KIJHL season

The Lilac City franchise said the team would not be able to commit to operating by an August 1st deadline that had previously been set to determine their status.

The Spokane Braves have made the decision to withdraw from the upcoming Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season after the team said it would not be able to commit to operating by an August 1st deadline that had previously been set to determine their status.

“The Braves have been working hard over the last number of months in preparation to rejoin the KIJHL this fall and celebrate their 50th season,” says Commissioner Jeff Dubois.

Cash could come for Nelson Library if approval process lands in favour

Support for the bylaw — that would allow Area E to help fund the Nelson Public Library to the tune of $106,138 in 2023 — will be will gauged by means of alternative approval process.

Over $100,000 of new money could be flowing into the Nelson Public Library in the next two months.

The voting residents of Regional District of Central Kootenay Area E will have their say over drawing the entirety of electoral Area E into the Nelson Public Library service, delivering access that sustains both sides.

RDCK staff have been instructed to obtain approval of electors within Area E to establish the Electoral Area E Library Financial Contribution Service Bylaw.

Christina Lake native brings back Silver from Commonwealth Games

James Dergousoff celebrates with teammates Kylie Masse and Maggie Mac Neil after winning the silver medal in the 4 x 100 meter mixed medley relay at the Commonwealth Games in Australia. — Submitted photo

Former staff member and Christina Lake native James Dergousoff is coming home from the Commonwealth Games with a silver medal.

Dergousoff, 25, swam the breast stroke leg for the Canadian entry in the 4 x 100 meter mixed medley relay that finished in second place.

The team of Dergousoff, Kylie Masse, Maggie Mac Neil and Ruslan Gaziev finished with a collective time of 3:43.98 to earn Canada the silver medal.

IH begins under five COVID vaccine clinics

All people over the age of six months can now receive protection against the COVID-19 virus. — Screenshot photo

Interior Health (IH) clinics are now scheduled for children between the ages of six months and four years old with a COVID-19 vaccine specifically formulated for this age group.

All people over the age of six months can now receive protection against the COVID-19 virus.

“Vaccination against COVID-19 is still the best way to reduce the risk of getting really sick and needing to be hospitalized due to COVID-19,” said Dr. Carol Fenton, medical health officer with IH.

Rossland calling all visual artists for fall exhibition

The Rossland Council for Arts and Culture (RCAC) invites West Kootenay artists and artisans to participate in a juried visual art exhibition entitled In The Moment. We want to showcase your work!
The past several years has brought into focus the nature of impermanence in our daily lives. Living "in the moment" has taken on greater meaning and importance.

Briggs Creek wildfire now estimated at 1,500 hectares

BC Wildfire Service said this fire is moving away from properties, into remote areas of Kokanee Glacier Park. — BC Wildfire Service photo

The lightning caused Briggs Creek wildfire located 11.5 kilometers west of the Village of Kaslo has ballooned to an estimated 1,500 hectares since the fire was discovered Monday, August 1, 2022.

The BC Wildfire Service previously estimated at 386 hectares.

Information on the BC Wildfire Service website said the fire is currently burning at high elevation, in steep inoperable terrain.

“Currently, this fire is moving away from properties, into remote areas of Kokanee Glacier Park,” BC Wildfire Service said.

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