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It was a good week for the West Kootenay during the pandemic. Illustration: BC Centre for Disease Control

No new COVID-19 cases in West Kootenay

The region was unaffected by the pandemic during the week of June 13 to 19

An electric car is seen getting charged at parking lot in Tsawwassen, near Vancouver, Friday, April, 6, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

22 electric vehicle chargers launching through FortisBC project

The initiative will give British Columbians more options to charge their zero-emission vehicles

A small fire has started north of Balfour. Photo: BC Wildfire Service

UPDATED: Lightning sparks wildfire north of Balfour

BC Wildfire Service says the 0.5 fire isn’t near any structures

A small fire has started north of Balfour. Photo: BC Wildfire Service
No fireworks are allowed this Canada Day in the Kootenays as rising temperatures raise concerns about fires. File photo

No fireworks allowed in Kootenays as new restrictions announced

The Southeast Fire Centre says there is increased fire danger in the region

No fireworks are allowed this Canada Day in the Kootenays as rising temperatures raise concerns about fires. File photo
Tom Thomson of the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce hosted Nelson’s 2020 Canada Day during an online event. There hasn’t been a July 1 party at Lakeside Park since 2019. Photo: Capitol Theatre

Nelson’s Canada Day celebration at Lakeside Park called off

The Chamber of Commerce says ongoing COVID-19 restrictions are why

Tom Thomson of the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce hosted Nelson’s 2020 Canada Day during an online event. There hasn’t been a July 1 party at Lakeside Park since 2019. Photo: Capitol Theatre
Krestova appears to be on the hook for expensive upgrades to its water system. File photo
Krestova appears to be on the hook for expensive upgrades to its water system. File photo
Yes, that is Tyler’s face. Did you prefer the dog? It’s fine, so does he.

VIDEO: Wednesday Roundup

Tyler Harper and Bill Metcalfe talk about bats and weed

Yes, that is Tyler’s face. Did you prefer the dog? It’s fine, so does he.
Kaslo Village Hall. File photo
Kaslo Village Hall. File photo
Note: Model and year of stolen Ford Escape but this is not the vehicle taken on Saturday. Image: ConsumerReports.org

Trail police issue BOLO for stolen vehicle

Ford Escape stolen from Iris Crescent on June 19

Note: Model and year of stolen Ford Escape but this is not the vehicle taken on Saturday. Image: ConsumerReports.org
Shoes and toys were placed by the altar at the Circle of Indigenous Nations of Castlegar Indigenous Peoples Day gathering on Monday. Photo: Betsy Kline
Shoes and toys were placed by the altar at the Circle of Indigenous Nations of Castlegar Indigenous Peoples Day gathering on Monday. Photo: Betsy Kline
Manager Cora Muellner (left) and employee Rachel Ronson at Buddy’s Place in Nelson. Muellner is among local cannabis retailers welcoming changes to provincial regulations. Photo: Tyler Harper

Nelson cannabis retailers welcome provincial changes to delivery, hiring options

As of July 15, private retailers can deliver their products to your door

Manager Cora Muellner (left) and employee Rachel Ronson at Buddy’s Place in Nelson. Muellner is among local cannabis retailers welcoming changes to provincial regulations. Photo: Tyler Harper
Waneta Manor is located on Laburnum Drive in Trail. Photo: Sheri Regnier

New elevator coming to Trail manor this summer, says head manager

The elevator in Waneta Manor has been out of commission since February

Waneta Manor is located on Laburnum Drive in Trail. Photo: Sheri Regnier
A drop-in vaccination clinic will be held in Nelson on June 24. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Drop-in first-dose vaccination clinic in Nelson June 24

No advance appointment or registration is necessary

A drop-in vaccination clinic will be held in Nelson on June 24. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
BC Wildfire Service map
BC Wildfire Service map
Slocan River tubing. A resident wants to keep motorized boats off the river. Photo: Jennifer Small
Slocan River tubing. A resident wants to keep motorized boats off the river. Photo: Jennifer Small
Kurt Swanson’s dog Kona takes a break from the heat on the Summer Solstice near Cranbrook, B.C. (Kurt Swanson photo)

Very warm temperatures forecast across the Kootenays this weekend

Nelson, Castlegar forecast to hit 39, Cranbrook 37

Kurt Swanson’s dog Kona takes a break from the heat on the Summer Solstice near Cranbrook, B.C. (Kurt Swanson photo)
Kootenay forests are unusually dry for this time of year. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

On summer’s cusp, Kootenay forests are at record dry levels

Southeast Fire Centre says 4 months of unusually dry weather have had effect on the region’s forests

Kootenay forests are unusually dry for this time of year. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Fire at the former Alpine Disposal, and now GFL recycling facility, on Hwy 22 South of Trail. Photo taken just before 6 p.m. Monday June 21. Photo: John Piccolo

Industrial fire outside of Trail ravages recycling plant

Photos: The fire is reported to be at the GFL recycling facility

Fire at the former Alpine Disposal, and now GFL recycling facility, on Hwy 22 South of Trail. Photo taken just before 6 p.m. Monday June 21. Photo: John Piccolo
The Coquihalla Lakes washroom is getting upgrades. (Submitted)

Coquihalla to get upgrades to aging washrooms

The Ministry of Transportation is providing $1 million in funding to upgrade 3 rest areas

The Coquihalla Lakes washroom is getting upgrades. (Submitted)