I recently spent a week touring through the South Okanagan-West Kootenay, meeting elected officials and constituents as well as enjoying the lakes, rivers and mountains that make this such a wonderful place to live. Now that COVID restrictions have been lifted somewhat, I was able to chat with people over coffee at picnic table patios in the first really fine weather of the summer.
On Aug. 1, shortly after 10pm, an officer in a marked police car was flagged down by a victim who reported someone had just stolen his E-Bike (battery assisted mountain bike) in Kelowna.
The suspect allegedly made attempts to evade police, and rode to a well-known pedestrian and bike trail known as the "Rail Trail".
RCMP and local search and rescue crews completed another day searching the Kootenay River after a man was swept away Thursday afternoon, while attempting to rescue his dog.
The Southeast Fire Centre said in a media release Sunday that BC Wildfire Service staff has has been responding to multiple lightning-caused wildfire starts in the region, with the Arrow, Boundary, Columbia and Cranbrook zones seeing fire ignitions during the last 48 hours.
Statement by Interior Health regarding the ongoing COVID-19 situation within the health authority:
July long weekend was a reminder that COVID-19 is still in our communities and can spread quickly if we are not respecting public health guidance, especially around gatherings.
Nelson Police are forwarding charge recommendations to Crown counsel for two (2) counts of Indecent Act contrary to section 173 of the Criminal Code of Canada after a complaint was received of a male engaging in a lewd act in the area commonly referred to as Red Sands beach on Thursday, July 23, 2020.
The City of Nelson has issued a swim advisory Thursday, July 30th for Lakeside Beach at Rotary Lakeside Park.
City staff said testing indicates the current bacterial counts at the beach located next to the Big Orange Bridge on the waters of Kootenay Lake exceed Health Canada guidelines for recreational water quality.
The swim advisory is in effect until further notice.
In a media release Thursday, Interior Health is reporting that there are four (4) additional COVID-19 cases since last report Wednesday, now for a 360 total in region since the start of the pandemic.
Interior Health said previously, the Kelowna cluster investigation counts were based on cases linked to businesses or gatherings in Kelowna, primarily downtown.