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Rumours of Aviation Program's death have been greatly exaggerated - and could hurt the whole region

This Selkirk Aviation alumnus needed flight hours - and used them to attend a Castlegar reunion while delighting local kids with an up-close look at a fighter jet

It's perhaps dangerously premature to start sounding the death knell for Selkirk College's renowned aviation program, despite the college's decision not to take new students for the 2014 year.

The program, designed to accommodate 18 students, will only see three move forward into second year, with no new applicants being accepted (21 applications were received, which statistically would indicate roughly five new students accepted for this academic year).

LETTER: MLA opposes Canada Post cuts

The kind of snow berms, just this year, making full access to existing community mailboxes questionable.

Dear Minister Raitt:

Having recently heard of Canada Post’s announcement to eliminate home delivery services and privatization of postal outlets which will result in layoffs of up to 8,000 postal workers, I feel I must speak for my constituents.  While this is a federal matter my constituents will be directly affected by these proposed changes and I need to have their concerns addressed.  I know Alex Atamanenko, the Federal MP representing BC Southern Interior is working intensely on behalf of our constituents as well. 

Council offers letter of support to postal workers

Council offers letter of support to postal workers

At its regular metting Monday night, council unanimously agreed to send a letter of support to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers as the union opposes deep cuts to postal service, including the end of door-to-door delivery.

City councillor Deb McIntosh brought up a letter from the CUPW requesting the city's support.

"We really need to keep those services as much as possible," she said. "The first issue is job retention - we need these well-paying jobs in our community.

Kamloops Daily News shuts doors after more than 80 years

Kamloops Daily News shuts doors after more than 80 years

Castlegar property values remain stable for 2014

Castlegar property values remain stable for 2014

Owners of more than 8,000 properties throughout Castlegar area can expect to receive their 2014 assessment notices in the next few days, according to BC Assessment's Dennis Hickson.

“Most homes in Castlegar and its surrounding area have remained stable in value compared to last year’s assessment roll,” Hickson said. “For example, a typical single family home in Castlegar that was assessed at $257,000 in 2013 is valued at $260,000 for the 2014 assessment roll.”

Teck reports zinc release into Columbia

Teck reports zinc release into Columbia

The following press release was issued by Richard Deane on the afternoon of Dec. 24:

Teck Trail Operations is reporting an incident that resulted in a zinc release to an outfall to the Columbia River on Dec. 22.

Teck Trail GM speaks to health concerns in Trail and Northport

Teck Trail GM speaks to health concerns in Trail and Northport

Dear Editor,

For over 100 years Trail Operations has operated as a world class refinery and smelter in the West Kootenays of British Columbia. Our facility refines and recycles everything from metal concentrates to used batteries into metals and fertilizers that we all rely on. Over our 100-year history we have grown in lockstep with the city of Trail and surrounding communities. Our people live, work and raise their families in this community. I can say with certainty that no one cares more about the health and safety of people in this region than those of us who live here.

Wellbeing Beyond Christmas

Wellbeing Beyond Christmas

“Once our personal connection to what is wrong becomes clear, then we have to choose: we can go on as before, recognizing our dishonesty and living with it as best we can, or we can begin the effort to change the way we think and live.”

IBEW Local 213 members return to work at FortisBC Friday

All is calm at the FortisBC Corra Linn Dam on Kootenay Lake but work is expected to pick up now that union members are returning to work. — The Nelson Daily photo

Some of the more than 200 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 213 members manning the picket lines since June 26 return to work Friday, following 177-days of being off the job due to the FortisBC lockout.

“The majority of the workers are coming back to work Friday (December 20) but in some instances, we are bringing people back to help prepare for the workforce return,” FortisBC Director of Communications Joyce Wagenaar told The Nelson Daily.

City of Trail to buy Trail airport

City of Trail to buy Trail airport

Trail City Council is pleased to announce the City of Trail will be proceeding with the purchase of the Trail Regional Airport (YZZ) from the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB).

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