April 2017

Green Party candidate to run in the Boundary-Similkameen

Green Party candidate to run in the Boundary-Similkameen

The Boundary-Similkameen riding now has a third candidate for the coming provincial elections, May 9. 

Facing Liberal incumbent MLA Linda Larson and NDP's Colleen Ross -- also a Grand Forks city councillor -- is Vonnie Lavers, a Green Party candidate. 

Lavers, an Oliver resident, is originally from Newfoundland but has is a long-time resident of BC. 

Motorcyclist loses bike after only 20 kilometers of riding

Motorcyclist loses bike after only 20 kilometers of riding

A man in his 40s will now need to wait until summer before mounting his motorcyle for a second time after losing his license for 90 days under the Immediate Roadside Prohibition program Sergeant Chad Badry of the West Kootenay Traffic and Integrated Road Safety Unit said in a media release Monday.

Badry said the incident happened Sunday afternoon near Thrums when a member of the West Kootenay Integrated Road Safety Unit came across a 43-year-old male motorcyclist driving his brand new Harley Davidson in excess of 127km/h in an 80km/h zone on Highway 3A near Thrums.

SD51 to get a new bus and upgrade funding

-- file photo

School District 51 is getting $648,758 in provincial funding for school upgrade projects, classroom supplies and a new school bus under the new School Enhancement Program.

The district will extend the life of four schools with $510,000 in School Enhancement Program funding to upgrade lighting, rooftop air handling units and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems at Boundary Central Secondary, Dr. D.A. Perley Elementary, Grand Forks Senior Secondary and Christina Lake Elementary schools. 

RCMP catch break in jewelry store heist

RCMP catch break in jewelry store heist

Grand Forks RCMP were able to locate some of the items stolen from Florences Jewellery and Gifts during a theft in December 2016.

Detachment Commander at Grand Forks RCMP, Sgt. Jim Fenske said in a media release during the early morning December heist, an unknown suspect entered the store, stealing approximately $100,000 worth of jewelry.

At the time RCMP Forensic Identification members attended and recovered some evidence and video surveillance images.

Prescribed burn planned north of Deer Park

Prescribed burn planned north of Deer Park

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations will be conducting a 22-hectare prescribed burn 15 kilometres north of Deer Park (near Twobit Creek) to help restore local ecosystems.

This controlled burn will occur sometime between April 4 and May 15, but timing will depend on weather and site conditions. While the burn is underway, smoke may be visible from Edgewood, Renata, Deer Park and surrounding communities.

Trained BC Wildfire Service personnel will carefully monitor the Twobit Creek fire at all times.

Selkirk College’s Pathways to Employment Explores Opportunities

After participating in the Selkirk College Pathways to Employment in Trades & Industry Program, (L-R) Sadie Stewart, Emma Johnson and Zack Howes have all been accepted into the Selkirk College Metal Fabrication Foundation Program on Nelson’s Silver King Campus.

A Selkirk College job skills pilot project has introduced a group of 16 students to industrial and trades careers, ultimately changing lives in the process.

The Pathways to Employment in Trades & Industry Program brought together students of diverse backgrounds from across the West Kootenay in early-November for a 19-week exploratory program that provided essential job success strategies and hands-on trades training.

Partnering with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and funded by the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund, the program wrapped up on March 24 and is being heralded as a tremendous success.

Toneff leaves Smokies for Buccaneers

Photo by Randy Emery

Assistant Coach Curtis Toneff has left the Trail Smoke Eaters to accept a position as the Head Coach and General Manager of the Nanaimo Buccaneers of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL). Though we are sad to see a young coach of Curt’s calibre leave our organization, we are excited for him as he takes the next step in his coaching career.

U19 Film Fest Submissions Open Now

U19 Film Fest Submissions Open Now

We are calling for film submissions from youth!

The Rossland Council for Arts and Culture (RCAC) proudly presents the 10th annual West Kootenay U19 Youth Film Showcase on Thursday, May 4th, 2017, at the Rossland Summit School.

Caribou, Logging, Wolves and Corporate Donors

Photo by David Moskowitz for DeSmog Canada

What poses the greatest hazard to BC's endangered Southern Mountain Caribou -- habitat loss, wolves, or corporate donors?  Or are all three of those factors linked, and if so, how? This opinion piece is from DeSmog Canada.  Read and contemplate.

MISSING: Police seek help finding Creston man

MISSING: Police seek help finding Creston man

The Castlegar RCMP are asking for the public's assistance in locating 59-year -old Leo Patrick Remy, according to Sgt. Laurel Mathew.

Remy  was last seen leaving a local hotel on April 1. Remy’s car, a 1996 grey Honda Accord, was located parked at the west end of the Kinnaird Bridge on Monday, April 3. It was first noticed there on Saturday, April 1 by a passerby.

 Remy is described as: a black male, height 5'8”, weight 170 lbs. It is unknown what he was last wearing.

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