Here come the tomatoes!

By Toni Johnston Can’t wait for those juicy, flavourful tomatoes from your own garden? The hot weather is hastening growth and fruit production and you can encourage better fruiting by pruning your plants. The pruned plant can put more energy into the fruit rather than stems and leaves. Anyone wanting to learn more about tomato plant care is... 

Glacier National Park fires

The Prairie Hill fire on a high alpine slope on the east end of Glacier National Park is burning on an eastern ridge and is visible from the Trans-Canada Highway. Parks Canada wildfire crews have been busy fighting fires in the park since July 10. On July 10, lightning activity resulted in six small fires in Glacier National Park. Glacier’s fire management... 

In Video: Smoke on the Water

Photographer Jason Portras loves his drone and frequently uses it to shoot otherwise-unobtainable video footage — like his new 3:09-minute opus of this blanket of smoke from BC’s wildfires, entitled Smoke on the Water. Revelstoke Current screen shot Photographer Jason Portras loves his drone and frequently uses it to shoot otherwise-unobtainable... 

Tired of the stink? The solution could be very pricey

By David F. Rooney It’s obvious to everyone in town that many, many peoples are deeply dissatisfied with the state of the City’s sewage treatment plant. It has been exceedingly rank for decades and the City’s claims over the years that the latest fix will do the trick stopped ringing true years ago; people are fed up and want something done. Truth... 

Parks Canada declares a fire ban in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier

With the wildfire danger rated as high to extreme and a potential for more lightning strikes in the coming days, Parks Canada has declared a fire ban in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks effective Wednesday, July 12. “The safety of the public, our crews, park infrastructure and neighbouring lands is always Parks Canada’s number one priority,”... 

Tips for coping with smoke from wildfires

Residents in communities affected by wlldfires and their resulting smoky skies should be aware that smoke conditions and local air quality can change due to the unpredictable nature of fires, says a statement from Interior Health. ‘Some individuals may be more sensitive to the effects of smoke from forest fires, such as those with heart or lung... 

Hydro debunks five summer-cooling myths

With the province sizzling under high temperatures, British Columbians are reaching for the dial on air conditioners or fans to keep cool, leading to a significant increase in overall electricity use. On Thursday, July 6, BC Hydro recorded the highest peak hourly demand – the hour customers use the most electricity – of the summer at 7,255 megawatts.... 

How far will you go to see August’s total eclipse of the sun?

What’s being called the Great American Solar Eclipse is less than two months away and prime total-eclipse-watching seats are just a car-trip away from Revelstoke in Oregon and Idaho. Click on the image to see a larger version of the map. Map courtesy of space weather.com By David F. Rooney What’s being called the Great American Solar Eclipse is... 

Mountain caribou film to open in Revelstoke in November

Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rain Forest, an American film about the iconic animals, opens at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver on Thursday and at the Vic Theatre Victoria on Friday and will play in Revelstoke and Nelson in November. Here, Associate Producer Marcus Reynerson inspects caribou tracks on Amethyst Lake in the Tonquin Valley of Jasper National... 

RBC employees help bag invasive species

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) employees turned out in force over the past week to help prevent the spread of invasive aquatic plants in the Columbia Shuswap region. Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society (CSISS) members worked with the RBC to organize two community weed pulls at high priority sites in Revelstoke and Salmon Arm, the Illecillewaet Greenbelt... 

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