by Timothy Schafer on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 7:11am

The province will be increasing the number of rangers in the field and campsites in the parks of the Kootenay-Boundary region this year, says an Environment department spokesperson.
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Recent News

Hawks, Heat faceoff in KIJHL Final

Hawks, Heat faceoff in KIJHL Final

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks will meet the Chase Heat to determine the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Champion after the Hawks and Heat outlasted Kimberley and Osoyoos in deciding Conference Final games Friday.

Beaver Valley scored four times in the opening frame to dump Kimberley Dynamiters 5-2 in the Kootenay Conference fifth game.

Tyler Ghirardosi got the party started for the home fans with two goals seven minutes into the first period.

Devon Langelaar stopped the bleeding with a goal two minutes later.

Column: Time to change tune of that song

South Okanagan-West Kootenay MP Richard Cannings

Last week I decided to write this column about income tax.  Not only is it tax time for all of us, but the KPMG tax scam story was in the news, and the Liberals had just voted with the NDP on our opposition day motion to rid Canada of tax measures that benefit only the very wealthy.

Regional News

Work crews continue cleanup of mudslide west of Creston

Crews are working long hours to remove debris from the recent slide on the Kootenay Pass. — Photo courtesy WKootenay District MOTI Twitter

Highway work crews continue to clean up a mudslide 10 kilometres west of Creston said DriveBC website Sunday.

“Rock is getting smaller,” said the West Kootenay District for Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Twitter feed.

Highway 3 slide continues to have the road reduced to single alternating traffic through Sunday.

Other traffic news includes Highway 3A single alternating traffic at the Beasley Bluffs for brushing through to Tuesday.

Time to Become Concerned about TB

Michael Jessen is the Nelson and area volunteer director for the BC Lung Association.

When Stephen Lewis speaks about tuberculosis, he doesn’t restrain his words.

The world is showing “far too much strangled deference when it comes to fighting TB,” Lewis told a standing room crowd in a passionate speech at a recent Vancouver conference.

“It’s time to take TB as a cause celebre,” he added, urging TB activists to go to the “metaphorical barricades” to build political will and action.

Provincial & National

B.C. rolls out $95 million to support all 60 school districts

Every school district will also receive a portion of $27.4 million from the new Student Learning Grant, which was announced in February.

Government is providing school districts with a total of $95 million to help them extend the life of their facilities, put new supplies in classrooms and buy new school buses. 

Every school district in the province will receive a portion of this funding, which is being allocated through four provincial programs.

Wanted: more walk, less talk in today’s federal budget

Missed opportunity says Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

The federal government missed a key opportunity to walk the walk and tackle income inequality in today’s federal budget, says Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Senior Economist David Macdonald.

“While there are some positive aspects to Budget 2017,” Macdonald says, “let’s not mistake this for the bold, visionary inequality reduction budget that Canadians were promised by this government.”

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