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By Katrine Conroy on Thursday Oct 31 2019

New Democrat MLA Katrine Conroy is welcoming over $91,000 in Community Gaming Grant funding to Parent Advisory Councils to benefit students in Kootenay West.

“This is great news for parents and students in the Kootenays,” said Conroy, MLA for Kootenay West. “These gaming grants will continue to support PACs with the important work they do to enhance and enrich the school experience for our kids.”

By Trail Champion on Thursday Oct 31 2019
A Trail woman has died after being struck by a vehicle at an intersection, according to RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.
"On Oct. 30 at 1:44 p.m., the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP responded to a report of a collision between a car being driven by a 68-year-old male of Trail and a 81-year-old female pedestrian of Trail at the intersection of Main Street and Second Avenue in Trail," Wicentowich said. "The 81-year-old female pedestrian received injuries to her head, arm, and leg and was transported to the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital.
By Contributor on Wednesday Oct 30 2019

There’s never been a better time to Fall Head Over Tails in Love. 

The BC SPCA is teaming up with Hill’s®Pet Nutrition on Saturday, Nov. 9 to offer its second annual province-wide adoption promotion.

During this one-day event, animals at each branch across the province will be able to go to a loving home at a reduced fee. Most of the animals in SPCA care, including dogs, cats, kittens, puppies, rats and guinea pigs will be eligible for 50 per cent off the adoption fee and BC Pet Registry fee. Adoption discounts for farm animals will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

By Trail Champion on Wednesday Oct 30 2019

Fifteen officers are now cleared to use tasers, thanks to a training exercise in Trail, according to Trail Top Cop RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.

"From Oct. 21 to 25, the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP hosted taser training, which resulted in the certification of eight police officers and the re-certification of seven police officers in its operation."

He said all police officers were from within the West Kootenays (including Trail Detachment) except one who had recently transferred. 

By Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Oct 30 2019

There may be some movement in the contract dispute between the two parties involved in the Kootenay Lake Ferry dispute after a representative from the BC Government and Service Employees Union said the employer, Western Pacific Marine has agreed to return to the bargaining table.

The union rep said, however, a date to return to bargaining hasn’t been confirmed yet.

This news comes after a tentative agreement was reached last week between the BCGEU and Waterbridge Ferries and Waterbridge Equipment, operators of Arrow Lake, Adams Lake and Francois Lake ferries.

By Trail Champion on Monday Oct 28 2019

A preliminary inquiry is slated to for November after the 2017 slaying of Hrold Paddock, according to Trail RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.

"On Aug. 22, 2017, around 5 a.m. Harold Paddock (78) was assaulted in downtown Trail, in which the injuries he received allegedly ultimately resulted in his death. On January 17, 2019, Joel Anderson (28) was charged with Second Degree Murder contrary to Section 235 of the Criminal Code of Canada in the death of Harold Paddock. 

By Contributor on Monday Oct 28 2019

With 2019 on track to be a record year for mushroom poisoning calls, the BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) Drug and Poison Information Centre is urging British Columbians to use extreme caution when foraging or consuming wild mushrooms.

By Contributor on Monday Oct 28 2019

Students, teachers, and non profits in the West Kootenay/Okanagan could get a $10,000 grant this fall.

Reel Youth, a media empowerment project that delivers community development programming to youth and adults across Canada, and TELUS STORYHIVE have joined forces, offering 10 grants to schools, teachers and organizations that work with youth.

By Bob Hall on Monday Oct 28 2019

Due to overcrowding on public transportation between Nelson and Castlegar, Selkirk College is now offering a free shuttle bus to students.

BC Transit buses traveling during peak class times on Mondays and Wednesdays have been packed to the point of no longer being able to pick up passengers along the regular Highway 3A route. This means students and the public have been left stranded at the side of the road not able to reach their destination.

By Benjamin Phillips on Friday Oct 25 2019

The Trail Smoke Eaters are excited to announce they have acquired defenseman Cody Schiavon from the Surrey Eagles