by Kyra Hoggan on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 12:02pm

A car submerged in Arrow Lake about 10 km past Syringa Park caused local first responders great concern Sunday, according to Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Brett Turner.

Turner said a call came at at roughly 2 p.m., with the complainant alerting police to some odd debris along a steep embankment and down into the lake, including a license plate, headlight, and some personal effects – all of which indicated a car had gone over the embankment and into the water.

Recent News

UPDATE: Three suspects in gun robbery appear in court

Surveillance image of a stolen truck used to ram into the Canadian Tire early this morning.

Second update:

Two suspects in a dramatic gun robbery at Canadian Tire in Trail last Wednesday will remain in custody following an appearance in Nelson court today. James Duncan Beetstra, 31, and Dustin Paul Zier, 33, are to be held by police until their next court appearnace, slated for July 29.

Dori Ann Swanson, 41, was released on bail until her next appearance Aug. 9.

All three are facing a variety of charges involving possession of stolen property and weapons offences.

First update:

Columbia Basin Culture Tour - a free opportunity to see our area's spectacular cultural offerings

Slip Bucket Designs - Lisa Christie

Taking place Aug. 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., the Columbia Basin Culture Tour allows you to explore artists' studios, museums, art galleries and heritage sites during this free, self-guided event. Travel to studios and archives that aren't normally open, see demonstrations, new exhibitions and collections or meet people behind the scenes. To participate in the tour, simply grab a map, your Culture Tour Directory and go!

SD 20 reminder for upcoming bus fee deadline

SD 20 reminder for upcoming bus fee deadline

Online registration for bussing remains open!  Over 1,050 students are already registered for bussing for the 2016/2017 school year.  To register your child(ren) visit and on the main page you will find the link to our Transportation Registration System.

Regional News

PIGS – Canada’s Most Authentic Pink Floyd Tribute coming to Nelson's Capitol Theatre

The members of PIGS – Canada’s Most Authentic Pink Floyd Tribute are going to rock the Capitol Theatre Friday, August 5. — Submitted photo

Pigs will most likely fly before the English rock band Pink Floyd returns to the stage to perform their progressive and psychedelic music in front of fans.

However, right here in beautiful downtown Nelson, at the unique Capitol Theatre, PIGS – Canada’s Most Authentic Pink Floyd Tribute band will give Floydsters a taste of Roger Waters, Nick Mason & Company on Friday, August 5 at 8 p.m.

Local Armed Forces + non-profit community group = fun new recreation destination in Rossland Range

The location of Chimo Cabin will provide excellent year round recreation opportunities in the Rossland Range Recreation Site and some stunning vistas of the local terrain. The summit of Old Glory can be seen here dominating the horizon.  (Photo courtesy of Lieutenant Bart Fyffe, CD, BGIS)

“Chimo” is a word expressing friendship and greeting. It was borrowed from Inuktitut and adopted in 1946 by the Royal Canadian Engineers as a greeting between their members.

Now Chimo will be the name of a new day-use cabin in the Rossland Range Recreation Site chosen by a volunteer crew of Combat Engineers, both serving and retired, whom are associated with the 44 Engineer Squadron, 39 Combat Engineer Regiment (39 CER) in Trail, BC.

Lightning strike sends two loggers to hospital

Two men were treated for injuries and released from Kootenay Lake Hospital early Tuesday evening.

TMTV in Nelson is reporting that two men were treated for injuries after being knocked unconscious during a lightning storm at a logging operation northwest of the Heritage City Tuesday.

TMTV reports the men were hooking up a cable while logging when the lightning hit and knocked both men unconscious.

One man received head lacerations and the other received burns.

The men were treated for their injuries and released from Kootenay Lake Hospital early Tuesday evening.

Provincial & National

Agencies warn drivers to stay alert on the roads this long weekend

Agencies warn drivers to stay alert on the roads this long weekend

As the B.C. Day long weekend nears, ICBC, the B.C. government and police are asking all drivers who will be setting off on a road trip to look out for the key warnings signs of fatigue – you don't recall driving the last few kilometres, you don't notice a vehicle until it suddenly passes you or your driving speed is creeping up or down.

Every year, 16 people are killed in crashes involving driver fatigue in B.C. In the Southern Interior, 84 people are injured in 400 crashes.

B.C. Human Rights Code to include explicit protection for gender identity, expression

Hon. Suzanne Anton, BC Attorney General and Minister of Justice

Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton introduced legislation Monday to make B.C.'s Human Rights Code more explicit in the protections it affords transgender persons in British Columbia.

Bill 27, Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2016, was passed to include "gender identity or expression" among the protected grounds covered by the code. Prior to the change, transgender individuals were protected under the code's protected grounds of "sex", as interpreted by B.C.'s Human Rights Tribunal and the courts.