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Letter to the Editor: Traffic Concerns

‘It has never been this bad and is only getting worse by the day.’

  • Jul 29, 2021
Campfire. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media - File)

Campfire ban lifted in Prince George area as wildfire risk remains high elsewhere in B.C.

Campfires allowed throughout Prince George, Northwest Fire Centres

Visibility in Castlegar is limited as smoke blankets the city. Photo: Betsy Kline

Castlegar has worst air quality in Canada today

Only a few places in the world with worse air quality on Thursday

COVID-19 cases for July 18-24. Map: BCCDC

29 COVID cases in Castlegar last week — highest week ever

More than 40 per cent of total cases have happened in the last two weeks

COVID-19 cases for July 18-24. Map: BCCDC
Crews working on the Arrow Lake fire complex. Photo: BC Wildfire Service
Crews working on the Arrow Lake fire complex. Photo: BC Wildfire Service
The Akokli Creek wildfire on July 21. (Photo by BC Wildfire Service)

Public information session scheduled for Boswell residents affected by wildfire

The meeting will be on Friday, July 30 at Boswell Community Hall

The Akokli Creek wildfire on July 21. (Photo by BC Wildfire Service)
Health Minister Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry will be providing an update on COVID-19 in the Interior Health region on Wednesday, July 28. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

BREAKING: Mask mandate returns to Central Okanagan, COVID-19 outbreak declared

The Interior Health region leads recent provincial COVID-19 case counts

Health Minister Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry will be providing an update on COVID-19 in the Interior Health region on Wednesday, July 28. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
A family enjoys their ice cream in the heat. (Aaron Hemens - Capital News)

Interior Health issues warning as temperatures climb

Temperatures are projected to hover around the mid-30s throughout the week

A family enjoys their ice cream in the heat. (Aaron Hemens - Capital News)
Joseph Creek Village in Cranbrook, one of Golden Life’s senior’s living residences. (File Photo)

Staff shortages, substantiated concerns being addressed at Joseph Creek Care Village: agencies

Golden Life Management, Interior Health and Ministry of Health all issue statements

Joseph Creek Village in Cranbrook, one of Golden Life’s senior’s living residences. (File Photo)
The Octopus Creek fire seen from Edgewood. Photo: Jeannie Little

Drone interferes with firefighting at Arrow Lakes fires

Michaud Creek, Octopus Creek and other fires in the Arrow Lakes Complex have burned 27,000 hectares

The Octopus Creek fire seen from Edgewood. Photo: Jeannie Little
A small fire burns near Salmo’s welcome sign on Saturday. RCMP are investigating a series of fires that may have been deliberately set near the village. Photo: Jessica Brown

Arson suspected as series of fires set around Salmo

RCMP say they are investigating seven different small blazes

A small fire burns near Salmo’s welcome sign on Saturday. RCMP are investigating a series of fires that may have been deliberately set near the village. Photo: Jessica Brown
Harry Richardson was found guilty on four counts at the Nelson Courthouse on March 22 and has now been found not criminally responsible due to mental illness. Photo: File photo

Woman charged in Castlegar teen stabbing released from custody

Sasha Prokaski is facing attempted murder charges

Harry Richardson was found guilty on four counts at the Nelson Courthouse on March 22 and has now been found not criminally responsible due to mental illness. Photo: File photo
As of July 29th, 2021, there will be several streams in Region Four (Kootenay) that are closed to fishing until September 15, 2021. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)

Some Kootenay rivers closed to fishing due to heat, drought

Several streams in Region 4 will be closed to fishing during certain times from July 29 until Sept. 15

As of July 29th, 2021, there will be several streams in Region Four (Kootenay) that are closed to fishing until September 15, 2021. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)
A new fire is burning near the Bombi Summit. Map: BC Wildfire Service

UPDATE: Person-caused fire on Bombi Summit near Castlegar now under control

The new fire is just a few kilometres away from the July 10 fire

A new fire is burning near the Bombi Summit. Map: BC Wildfire Service
(Black Press file photo)

Interior Health hosts week of pop-up vaccine clinics in Creston

No advance appointments are necessary for these clinics

  • Jul 27, 2021
(Black Press file photo)
The Akokli Creek wildfire on July 21. Photo: BC Wildfire Service

Two Kootenay Lake wildfires total 4,500 hectares

Akokli Creek and Cultus Creek wildfires are located near the south arm of Kootenay Lake

The Akokli Creek wildfire on July 21. Photo: BC Wildfire Service
Wildfires in the West Kootenay. To enlarge, click on the map at the bottom of the story. Map: BC Wildfire Dashboard screenshot

Controlled burn planned for Trozzo Creek fire near Winlaw

To begin July 27 or later, depending on conditions

Wildfires in the West Kootenay. To enlarge, click on the map at the bottom of the story. Map: BC Wildfire Dashboard screenshot
The Octopus Creek fire seen from Edgewood on July 18. Photo: Jeannie Little

Edgewood evacuation order lifted, 184 property owners can go home

Lower Arrow Lake wildfires cover more than 220 square kilometres

The Octopus Creek fire seen from Edgewood on July 18. Photo: Jeannie Little
Stumped by Steve Milroy is one of many pieces that can be seen on the Castlegar Sculpturewalk, which is venue No. 11 of the Columbia Basin Culture Tour that is taking place Aug. 7 and 8 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Photo by D. Gluns)
Stumped by Steve Milroy is one of many pieces that can be seen on the Castlegar Sculpturewalk, which is venue No. 11 of the Columbia Basin Culture Tour that is taking place Aug. 7 and 8 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Photo by D. Gluns)
Smoke hangs over the air in Creston. The West Kootenay was ranked as having Canada’s worst air quality on Monday. Photo: Kelsey Yates

West Kootenay has Canada’s worst air quality

Trail, Nelson and Castlegar’s air is clogged by wildfire smoke

Smoke hangs over the air in Creston. The West Kootenay was ranked as having Canada’s worst air quality on Monday. Photo: Kelsey Yates