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James Caughhill and his dog Muck are seen here at the Nelson Campground. They are walking across Canada to raise funds for pet-friendly shelters. Photo: Tyler Harper

Man and his dog walking across Canada for pet-friendly homeless shelters

James Caughhill and his dog Muck made a stop in Nelson

BC Wildfire Service firefighters set hand ignitions along the edge of the Keremeos Creek Wildfire to control burn-off fuel. (BCWS)

No structure damage overnight as crews continue to battle Keremeos Creek wildfire

BC Wildfire Service says crews were challenged overnight in fighting the blaze north of Olalla

Fees are increasing at the Castlegar and District Community Complex. Photo: City of Castlegar
Fees are increasing at the Castlegar and District Community Complex. Photo: City of Castlegar
Leeza Zurwick at her new brewery in Castlegar. Photo: Submitted
Leeza Zurwick at her new brewery in Castlegar. Photo: Submitted
Environment minister George Heyman (third from right) is seen here with Nelson Mayor John Dooley, Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson and city councillors and staff outside the Civic Centre on Thursday. The building will receive an expansive energy retrofit beginning in 2023. Photo: Tyler Harper

Nelson Civic Centre to receive $5 million in energy upgrades, renovations

The 86-year-old building currently accounts for 30% of GHG emissions from all municipal facilities

Environment minister George Heyman (third from right) is seen here with Nelson Mayor John Dooley, Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson and city councillors and staff outside the Civic Centre on Thursday. The building will receive an expansive energy retrofit beginning in 2023. Photo: Tyler Harper
The Columbia Basin Culture Tour is on August 6 and 7, and covers nearly 60 artists and venues in the region. Black Press Photo
The Columbia Basin Culture Tour is on August 6 and 7, and covers nearly 60 artists and venues in the region. Black Press Photo
Hot and dry July in Castlegar. (Shutterstock)
Hot and dry July in Castlegar. (Shutterstock)
Judi Hills tied a ribbon to a tree in the Puntledge Park neighbourhood in memory of her son and of all the people who have struggled in silence. Photo supplied

B.C. mom uses ribbons to honour late son, shed light on mental illness

Judi Hills says we need to do more to end the stigma associated with mental illness

Judi Hills tied a ribbon to a tree in the Puntledge Park neighbourhood in memory of her son and of all the people who have struggled in silence. Photo supplied
A Cultus Lake Fire Department engine tries to thread the needle through traffic and parked cars on a busy day last weekend. (Cultus Lake FD screenshot)

VIDEO: Illegal parking at Cultus Lake causes problems for first responders

Cultus Lake Fire Department has to creep through traffic on Columbia Valley Highway

A Cultus Lake Fire Department engine tries to thread the needle through traffic and parked cars on a busy day last weekend. (Cultus Lake FD screenshot)
Smoke from the Briggs Creek fire is seen here in the skies above the Kaslo area. Photo: BC Wildfire Service

UPDATE: Area restrictions announced for wildfire near Kaslo

The Briggs Creek fire is approximately 11.5 kilometres west of Kaslo

Smoke from the Briggs Creek fire is seen here in the skies above the Kaslo area. Photo: BC Wildfire Service
Campfires are banned in Castlegar and the surrounding area. Photo: Phil McLachlan
Campfires are banned in Castlegar and the surrounding area. Photo: Phil McLachlan
Olga Hollborg was recognized with the Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society 2022 Volunteer of the Year Award. Photo: Submitted

Two Castlegar residents recognized with volunteer of the year awards for invasive species work

Olga Hollborg and Tanmay Deshpande are the Central Kootenay Invasive Species Volunteers of the Year

Olga Hollborg was recognized with the Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society 2022 Volunteer of the Year Award. Photo: Submitted
Salmo RCMP is searching for Harsha Paladugu, who was last seen on his way to Shambhala Music Festival. Photo: Submitted

UPDATE: Search suspended for missing man who attended Shambhala Music Festival

Harsha Paladugu had left Vancouver on July 21, and was reportedly seen in Salmo six days later

Salmo RCMP is searching for Harsha Paladugu, who was last seen on his way to Shambhala Music Festival. Photo: Submitted
Fire destroyed a Robson home Aug. 1. Photo: Bailey Matteucci

Fire destroys Robson home

35 firefighters responded to the B.C. Day fire

Fire destroyed a Robson home Aug. 1. Photo: Bailey Matteucci
The Nelson Police Department. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson police seize $32K in street drugs during impaired driving stop

Over 92 grams of fentanyl was allegedly found in the car

The Nelson Police Department. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
A new report says cannabis isn’t treated like other crops. File photo

Kootenay cannabis industry growth stymied by unfair regulations, report says

How cannabis is classified and zoned is not consistent with other agriculture

A new report says cannabis isn’t treated like other crops. File photo
The Southeast Fire Centre has announced a campfire ban effective Aug. 4.

Campfire ban announced in the Kootenays as fire dangers reach ‘extreme’

Ban will go into effect Thursday, Aug. 4, as fire danger rating is high to extreme in the region

The Southeast Fire Centre has announced a campfire ban effective Aug. 4.
Smoke from the Briggs Creek fire is seen here in the skies above the Kaslo area. Photo: BC Wildfire Service
Smoke from the Briggs Creek fire is seen here in the skies above the Kaslo area. Photo: BC Wildfire Service
There is a long wait for the Kootenay Lake ferry on B.C. Day. File photo

Long delays for B.C. Day travellers at West Kootenay ferries

Congestion is heavy at the Kootenay Lake and Shelter Bay ferries

There is a long wait for the Kootenay Lake ferry on B.C. Day. File photo