• Emergency responders were called to the Adams River after a group of whitewater rafters found themselves in the water on Monday, June 22. Before emergency response personnel arrived at the scene, however, other rafters in the area reportedly rescued those in the water. . British Columbia Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) responded with three teams of ground paramedics and an air ambulance. A BCEHS spokesperson confirmed that eight people had been recovered from the scene without injuries and that no patients had been taken to hospital. Adams River Rafting owner Clif Garcia said the rafts involved were privately owned. Garcia explained that his business is not currently operating on the river due to the flooding.
• A proposed medical facility in Sicamous will receive federal and provincial funding of nearly $ 6 million. On July 3, the Government of Canada announced 25 projects in British Columbia that would receive joint federal and provincial funding under the Investing in Canada infrastructure program. Among them were the Wilson Park Gateway Project in Chase and the Shuswap Healing Center (Secwepemc) in Sicamous. The Village of Chase project would receive $ 60,000 and $ 49,995 in grants from the federal government and British Columbia, in addition to the $ 40,005 provided by the village. For the Sicamous project, the federal government is providing $ 3,554,359, while the province has invested $ 2,369,572, for 100% funding of the Shuswap Healing Center.
• The operator of a speedboat that collided with a barge on Shuswap Lake nearly 10 years ago, killing one man and injuring others, was granted day parole despite his refusal. ‘fully accept responsibility’ for the accident. In January 2019, Leon Reinbrecht began serving a three-year sentence in federal prison after the British Columbia Court of Appeal dismissed his appeal. Ken Brown died on July 3, 2010, when his barge was struck by Reinbrecht’s speedboat. Brown was driving the barge and several of his passengers were injured. Reinbrecht’s speedboat became fully housed inside the barge.
• What appeared to be a more frequently observed weather event in the tropics was spotted near Salmon Arm early in the morning on Saturday July 4th. Looking across Salmon Arm Bay from her home in Sunnybrae, Faye Donald spotted a tube-shaped cloud drifting perpendicular to the ground and was able to take some photos. The formation appeared to be a waterspout, which National Geographic describes as a rotating wind column filled with clouds. Waterspouts descend from cumulus clouds towards oceans and lakes; they are more common in tropical and subtropical waters because they require high humidity and warm water compared to the air above.
• On Monday, July 13, representatives from the Salmon Arm Rotary Club stopped by the SAFE Society Women’s Shelter and later the Second Harvest Food Bank to deposit checks for $ 11,000 at both locations. The money was raised as part of the club’s month-long Double Your Gift initiative, which matched up to $ 10,000 in donations with money already raised by the club.
• A hot July day for campers and swimmers at Lake Niskonlith was interrupted by dozens of dead fish washed up on the shore and floating in the shallows. On July 6, Richelle Marie was one of several campers and picnickers at the lake near Chase who noticed the dead fish. Most of the dead fish along the lake shore appeared to be kokanee salmon, a species known for its sensitivity to changes in water temperature. According to bcfishn.com, the fish, which are a common target for anglers, spend the warmer months of the year at depths where the warmer surface water and the colder water below meet. meet. Temperature disturbance at these depths can be harmful or even fatal to kokanee. A representative of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans presented another possible explanation for the dead fish: an oxygen depletion problem.
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