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Kootenay unemployment rate 3.9% in July

The Kootenay unemployment rate was below four per cent again last month. Statistics Canada pegged the local jobless figure at 3.9 per cent, which was up slightly from 3.8 per cent in June, but down from 5.8 per cent in July 2021. There were 83,100 people working and 3,400 people looking...

Searchers still looking for Harsha Paladugu

Searchers looked unsuccessfully for a man missing since Shambhala but they will be back at it again today and tomorrow if necessary. In a Facebook post, South Columbia Search and Rescue said 28 members from their organization along with Rossland and Castlegar spent almost 10 hours looking for Harsha Paladugu,...

Six Mile Creek wildfire being held

The BC Wildfire Service says the Six Mile Creek fire near Kitchener is now being held. It stands at about 57 hectares and is believed to have been human caused. It's not threatening any structures. It was discovered on Tuesday.

Construction to begin on Market Park

Work is set to begin this week on Creston's newest park. The town says the municipally-owned property used for overflow parking between the Chamber of Commerce and Pealow's grocery will be closed starting Friday at least until the end of the year. The town says it plans to transform an "underutilized...

Fire risk to shift from north to south: BC Wildfire Service

The forest fire risk in B.C. is expected to shift from the northern reaches of the province to the southeast, BC Wildfire Service officials say. In a briefing today, forecaster Neil McLoughlin said northern reaches of B.C. have seen “significant rain” which is “a really good thing.” But their models predict...

Cooler weather may boost firefighting efforts temporarily

Firefighting efforts in the East Kootenay could get a helping hand from Mother Nature as cooler weather is moving in for a few days. However, it could also bring higher winds and more lightning. BC Wildfire Service officials said they will be planning and preparing for whatever the weather brings. There are...
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