Nelson Star Staff

The red dot shows the location of the Monument Mountain Fire. Map: B.C. Wildfire Service

Monument Creek wildfire burning 17 km from Nelson

The fire producing a lot of smoke but no structures are currently threatened

The red dot shows the location of the Monument Mountain Fire. Map: B.C. Wildfire Service
Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

COVID-19 outbreak declared at Kootenay Lake Hospital

It’s the second time in less than a month that COVID-19 has led to a lockdown at the hospital

Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
A skimmer plane is seen above Nelson on Wednesday as it dove toward Kootenay Lake for water. Photo: Tyler Harper

Four of seven wildfires put out near Nelson

The Southeast Fire Centre says it is now focusing on the biggest fire southwest of the city

A skimmer plane is seen above Nelson on Wednesday as it dove toward Kootenay Lake for water. Photo: Tyler Harper
The Briggs Creek wildfire near Kaslo. Photo: BC Wildfire Service

West Kootenay wildfire update: Briggs Creek, Mulvey Creek and Wren Creek fires

There are 13 wildfires in the West Kootenay, most of them small or under control

The Briggs Creek wildfire near Kaslo. Photo: BC Wildfire Service
RCMP investigating a suspicious death in Castlegar that occurred on Aug. 11. Photo: Submitted

UPDATE: Police identify Castlegar homicide victim

Police confirmed that they are officially conducting a homicide investigation

RCMP investigating a suspicious death in Castlegar that occurred on Aug. 11. Photo: Submitted
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
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
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
Smoke from the Briggs Creek fire is seen here in the skies above the Kaslo area. Photo: BC Wildfire Service

Wildfire west of Kaslo leads to evacuation alert for 14 properties

The Briggs Creek fire was started sometime Monday

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
A 62-year-old man died after a kayaking accident on the Slocan River. File photo

Rossland man dies in Slocan River kayaking accident

The man died in hospital after being rescued

A 62-year-old man died after a kayaking accident on the Slocan River. File photo
A BC Transit bus was hit by a Purolator van on June 30, 2022, near Castlegar. File photo
A BC Transit bus was hit by a Purolator van on June 30, 2022, near Castlegar. File photo
The Town of Creston has provided residents with a kitchen catcher for food scraps as well as a green food waste cart for curbside collection. Photo: Submitted

Creston starts curbside organics pickup, other West Kootenay communities to follow this year

Residential organic waste makes up approximately 35 per cent of material sent to landfills

The Town of Creston has provided residents with a kitchen catcher for food scraps as well as a green food waste cart for curbside collection. Photo: Submitted
Wayne McCrory in 2005 with his granddaughters on a grizzly viewing trail developed by the Valhalla Wilderness Society in the Selkirk Mountains. Photo: Submitted

West Kootenay conservationist wins Land Champion Award

Biologist Wayne McCrory has been recognized by the Real Estate Foundation of B.C.

Wayne McCrory in 2005 with his granddaughters on a grizzly viewing trail developed by the Valhalla Wilderness Society in the Selkirk Mountains. Photo: Submitted
Kootenay Lake Hospital will use the anaesthetic gas sevoflurane exclusively and discontinue the use of desflurane. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Kootenay Lake Hospital changes anaesthetic process to lower greenhouse gas footprint

Use of the harmful greenhouse gas Desflurane has been discontinued

Kootenay Lake Hospital will use the anaesthetic gas sevoflurane exclusively and discontinue the use of desflurane. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
The Toxic Drug Alerts System uses text messaging to send alerts as a public health measure to prevent drug poisonings. Photo: Interior Health Authority

Text alerts for toxic drugs now available in Interior Health

New public health measure aims to prevent drug poisonings and deaths

The Toxic Drug Alerts System uses text messaging to send alerts as a public health measure to prevent drug poisonings. Photo: Interior Health Authority
A Crescent Valley man was charged with several offenses and had many charges and arrest warrants against him already. File photo

Slocan Valley man charged with driving 40 km over speed limit, giving police a false name

The man was charged with multiple other offenses and had several warrants for his arrest

A Crescent Valley man was charged with several offenses and had many charges and arrest warrants against him already. File photo
RCMP say this boat ran aground Thursday in Kootenay Lake, leading to the death of a Boswell man. Photo: Submitted

Man dies after boat collision on Kootenay Lake shore

The boat collided with the shore near Boswell on Thursday

RCMP say this boat ran aground Thursday in Kootenay Lake, leading to the death of a Boswell man. Photo: Submitted
Castlegar Courthouse. File photo

Woman who attacked two Castlegar teens at home pleads guilty

Sasha Prokaski was arrested after breaking into a home in February 2021

Castlegar Courthouse. File photo
Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson’s Kootenay Lake Hospital reopens to non-essential visitors

Interior Health had previously said the closure was due to COVID-19 cases

Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson. Photo: Bill Metcalfe