Carolyn Grant

BC Wildfire Service file

Area restrictions increased on both Bill Nye Mountain and Dewar Creek fire

Crews were able to make progress in increased humidity; hot dry weather returns Tuesday

BC Wildfire Service file
Air bombers drop fire retardant with precise accuracy to protect a home dangerously close to the Osoyoos wildfire that started up off Highway 3 Monday morning, July 5, 2021. (Sam Tibbitt photo Facebook)

New homeowners living near burning B.C. wildfires face tricky insurance processes

Many insurers will not issue new policies if a fire is within 50 k of a community

Air bombers drop fire retardant with precise accuracy to protect a home dangerously close to the Osoyoos wildfire that started up off Highway 3 Monday morning, July 5, 2021. (Sam Tibbitt photo Facebook)
Great Blue Herons Phil Payne photo

Kootenay Conservation Program concerned by declining Great Blue Heron population

Active nests decreasing in the Columbia Basin

Great Blue Herons Phil Payne photo
The Bill Nye Mountain fire is still listed as active. Corey Bullock file
The Bill Nye Mountain fire is still listed as active. Corey Bullock file

Evacuation order lifted for two properties on Lakit Creek FSR

Bill Nye Mountain fire still listed as active

The Bill Nye Mountain fire is still listed as active. Corey Bullock file
The Bill Nye Mountain fire is still listed as active. Corey Bullock file
The Bill Nye Mountain fire last Thursday. BC Wildfire Service file

Area restrictions in place near Bill Nye Mountain fire

Planned ignition halted due to increased fire behaviour Sunday

The Bill Nye Mountain fire last Thursday. BC Wildfire Service file
The Bill Nye Mountain fire near Wasa is at 1,057 hectares. BC Wildifre file.
The Bill Nye Mountain fire near Wasa is at 1,100 hectares. BC Wildifre file.

Planned ignition for Bill Nye Mountain fire could happen today

One further property under evacuation order

The Bill Nye Mountain fire near Wasa is at 1,057 hectares. BC Wildifre file.
The Bill Nye Mountain fire near Wasa is at 1,100 hectares. BC Wildifre file.
The Bill Nye Mountain fire near Wasa is at 1,057 hectares. BC Wildifre file.

Bill Nye Fire is at 1,057 hectares on Thursday

The Bill Nye Mountain Fire near Wasa received a small amount of…

The Bill Nye Mountain fire near Wasa is at 1,057 hectares. BC Wildifre file.
To aid it in case of fires like this, Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi’it (Tobacco Plains Indian Band) will hire and train current employees and volunteers to establish a fire service for itself and neighbouring Grasmere, with support from the partnership. CBT file

16 projects receive $1.7 million through Columbia Basin Trust and the Province

Projects will create jobs while completing wildfire mitigation work

To aid it in case of fires like this, Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi’it (Tobacco Plains Indian Band) will hire and train current employees and volunteers to establish a fire service for itself and neighbouring Grasmere, with support from the partnership. CBT file
An evacuation order for two properties near the Bill Nye Mountain fire has been issued. Bulletin file

Evacuation order issued for two properties near Bill Nye Mountain fire

Given the current fire conditions, anticipated wind event, and recommendations of the…

An evacuation order for two properties near the Bill Nye Mountain fire has been issued. Bulletin file
The Bill Nye Mountain fire near Wasa has been burning down toward the valley bottom, making it more visible according to the Southeast Fire Centre. Trevor Crawley photo

Bill Nye Mountain continues to be largest wildfire in Cranbrook zone

There remains only one wildfire of note in the Cranbrook Zone of…

The Bill Nye Mountain fire near Wasa has been burning down toward the valley bottom, making it more visible according to the Southeast Fire Centre. Trevor Crawley photo
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RDEK seeks public input as short term rental planning process gets underway

It’s not just municipalities such as Kimberley and Cranbrook that are trying…

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This year’s Forest Grove and District Rod and Gun Club Hans Saenger Memorial Trap Shoot takes place on May 27 at the Forest Grove Shooting Range and invites all members and non-members to get in on the action. File photo.
There are authorized target ranges that shooters can use at Ta Ta Creek Lost Dog FSR or the trap and skeet range on Wycliffe flats. Black Press file

Unauthorized target shooting range causing concern in Meadowbrook

The Meadowbrook Community Association has taken up the cause of residents of…

This year’s Forest Grove and District Rod and Gun Club Hans Saenger Memorial Trap Shoot takes place on May 27 at the Forest Grove Shooting Range and invites all members and non-members to get in on the action. File photo.
There are authorized target ranges that shooters can use at Ta Ta Creek Lost Dog FSR or the trap and skeet range on Wycliffe flats. Black Press file
Black Press file

Multiple reasons for long wait for road tests: ICBC

No appointments available for next six months

Black Press file
B.C. Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Katrine Conroy. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Katrine Conroy. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Katrine Conroy. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Katrine Conroy. (B.C. government photo)
RDEK Fire Services South Country have responded to two ditch fires in two days caused by tossed cigarettes. RDEK Facebook.

RDEK Fire Services warns of danger of tossed cigarette butts

RDEK Fire Services is warning people to be careful with cigarette butts…

RDEK Fire Services South Country have responded to two ditch fires in two days caused by tossed cigarettes. RDEK Facebook.
Reuse it centres in the East Kootenay will reopen in early July. RDEK file

Reuse it centres in the East Kootenay will reopen in early July

One of the most popular spots at RDEK transfer stations throughout the…

Reuse it centres in the East Kootenay will reopen in early July. RDEK file
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)
Left to right: Doug Ford, Jason Kenney, Brian Pallister (photos via Wikipedia)

Pollster paints a perilous premier picture

As we know, our friends at Angus Reid Polling like to take…

Left to right: Doug Ford, Jason Kenney, Brian Pallister (photos via Wikipedia)
Interior Health is reporting a COVID-19 exposure at Selkirk Secondary in Kimberley. Bulletin file.

COVID-19 case identified at Selkirk Secondary in Kimberley

Interior Health is conducting contact tracing

Interior Health is reporting a COVID-19 exposure at Selkirk Secondary in Kimberley. Bulletin file.
A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward.

Kimberley and Cranbrook residents can now drop in at local clinic for their first vaccine dose

The drop in is only for those who haven’t had a first dose

A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward.