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Environment Canada issues Snowfall Warning for Paulson Summit, Kootenay Pass

The Paulson Summit is already been hit with more snow on the highway. — Photo courtesy DriveBC

West Kootenay/Boundary residents are going to have to wait a few more days for spring driving conditions to finally arrive in the region after Environment Canada issued a Snow Warning for Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass Friday.

Environment Canada it's possible for snowfall amounts in the 15 cm range for Friday combined with an additional 5 to 10 cm on the Paulson and Kootenay Pass passes of Highway 3.

"Snow is expected to develop early this morning and continue through the day," Environment Canada said.

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.

Letter: More funding not always the answer

Letter: More funding not always the answer

To The Editor:

More funding might help our seniors if they are in a publicly owned facility. A few more staff and maybe an extra therapist. But history shows that more funding has not improved the quality of care in "for profit" or even "non-profit" facilities.

The taxpayers shelled out more money in 2010 when the client rate was increased which according to the Health Minister, was to be used to increase staff levels.

Did that happen? No.

School district chair to propose banning school trips to US after Trump ban

School district chair to propose banning school trips to US after Trump ban

The chair of the local board of education is going to be suggesting, at the SD 20 board’s next meeting, that school-related trips to the US be disallowed due to the trump administration’s travel bans.

Teri Ferworn, chair of the SD 20 board, said such a policy may not even be the purview of individual school districts.

“There may be some kind of word from high about (how we have to handle this),” she said, adding that, until or unless that happens, she thinks there should be a moratorium on trips to the States.

Castlegar's Patrick Zubick named as year's top goalie by SIJHL

Photo credit: Gary Moskalyk

The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced Wednesday that Castlegar’s Patrick Zubick, now with the Dryden GM Ice Dogs, has been named the SIJHL’s top goaltender for the 2016-17 season.

CBT commits $1 mill for Alliance for Literacy over next two years

Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy offers numerous programs for all ages.

Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) ensures that communities have access to the literacy programs and support services they need. Their unique regional approach will continue to have Columbia Basin Trust’s support with another two-year funding commitment.

Selkirk Enactus Club embarks on community clean-up project in Castlegar

Club members pose for a group shot as they introduce inaugural project.

Selkirk College students are undertaking a community clean-up project through their Enactus Club, according to Enactus spokeswoman Ivy Chen.

Che said a group of students from the Enactus Club at Selkirk College will collect garbage from the roadsides leading to Selkirk College and the section of Highway 3A called ‘Airport Hill’.

So what is the Enactus Club, and why are they doing this?

SPCA unveils design for new $2-mill Castlegar facility

Castelgar Mayor Lawrence Chernoff and SPCA CAO Craig Daniell were two of many dignitaries on hand to see the reveal of plans for the new West Kootenay Community Animal Centre.

The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) unveiled plans for its new, $2-million West Kootenay Community Animal Centre in Castlegar at a special event on March 21 at the Castelgar Complex.

Selkirk College Instructor Builds on Rwanda Relationship

The Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program and Rwanda’s Nyundo School of Music continue to build an important relationship that is shrinking the world. Earlier this month, Selkirk College keyboard instructor Gilles Parenteau spent a week teaching in the African nation.— Photo courtesy Selkirk College

The next chapter in the growing relationship between Selkirk College and Rwanda’s Nyundo School for Music has been written.

Earlier this month, Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program instructor Gilles Parenteau traveled to the African nation to spend seven days in the classroom with Nyundo students. It’s the second time in a year that the veteran faculty member has made the trip to strengthen the bond between to the two institutions.

Wet weather triggers mudslides in RDCK

Part of the Loon Lake road slid away Thursday. Traffic on the highway (31) through Ainsworth does not appear to be impacted, however, flaggers are onsite. — Photo courtesy RDCK

The incredibly wet spring weather continues to wreak havoc on area roads in the Regional District of Central Kootenay with reports Thursday of slides near New Denver and Ainsworth.

Early Thursday, the RDCK reported a mudslide near New Denver that cut off five homes from access near Highway 6.

The slide occurred south of New Denver in the vicinity of 6934 Highway 6.

Later in the day the RDCK reported a slide below 3430 Loon Lake Road south of Ainsworth.

The slide forced the evacuation of one residence.  

The RDCK reported Loon Lake Road has been heavily damaged due to heavy water flow in the vicinity.
 
"Traffic on the highway (31) through Ainsworth does not appear to be impacted, however, flaggers are onsite," the RDCK media release said.

"Motorists are advised to exercise caution."
 
No reports of injuries or structural damage have been received.

The RDCK also reported a slide Thursday on Hanson Road in Ainsworth.

Meanwhile, the RDCK said the Deer Park Forestry Service Road would remain closed until at least Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.

Wednesday night Kootenay Pass on Highway 3 was closed due to a mudslide west of Creston. Traffic detoured to Kootenay Lake Ferry which remained operational through the night.

The highwas was re-opened to single lane, alternating traffic Thursday and fully operational by the evening.
 
RDCK emergency management personnel are headed to the site to assess the situation near Ainsworth.

Information will be released to the public when available.

The increase in flooding and slide events in the region forced the RDCK to activate its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC).

Mudslide cuts off access to homes near New Denver

Five homes have been cut off from access after a slide near Highway 6 near New Denver Thursday.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay said in a media release the slide immediately south of New Denver has cut off access to five or six homes in the vicinity of 6934 Highway 6.

"The slide has crossed a private road and slid within 25 feet of Highway 6 but has not reached the corridor," the release said.

"The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has dispatched a geotechnical expert to access the slope to determine stability."

The RDCK said current estimates are that up to 200 tandem truckloads of material will need to be removed from the site in order to restore access to the residences.

"No one has been injured nor have any structures been damaged."

RDCK emergency management personnel are onsite.

Meanwhile, the RDCK said the Deer Park Forestry Service Road will remain closed until at least Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.

The RDCK said the road was closed after heavy water flow caused part of the road to slide into the lake at kilometre 7.2. The road has been deemed unsafe for vehicular travel by a geotechnical expert.

Eighteen full time residents of Deer Park are affected by the closure, as are property owners in Renata

“The RDCK is currently working with Deer Park residents and emergency social services personnel to assist the community with any help it may need,” says Andrew Bellerby, EOC Director and General Manager of Fire and Emergency Services.

“Our public’s safety is paramount.”

Once the damage to the road has been remediated and declared safe for travel, the RDCK will update the public.

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