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One dozen transient camps already removed as city battles ongoing issue

The city’s bylaw services and the RCMP have removed one dozen individual transient campsites so far this year in Grand Forks. — Creative Commons photo

‘Tis the season to remove transient camps.

The city’s bylaw services and the RCMP have removed one dozen individual transient campsites so far this year in Grand Forks, as well as clearing one dozen more potential transient campsites of construction material.

According to a bylaw services report to city council last week, spring and warmer weather brings the transient camps and with it comes an ongoing issue for the city.

Selkirk College Music Students Unite for Final Concert

Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program students will split off into five different ensemble bands for the annual Year-End Celebration Show at Nelson’s Spiritbar in the Hume Hotel on Friday, April 21.

Learning has never sounded so good.

Students in the Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program will bring months and years of hard work to the stage at Nelson’s Spiritbar on April 21 for the annual Year-End Celebration Show.

Advertorial — Free Rein develops life skills using the unconventional way

Free Rein Equine Assisted Learning Facilitation Center owner-operator Rebecca Horkoff welcomes the public to attend one of the many programs offered at the Grand Forks location.

There’s a new business in the Boundary using an unconventional way to help individuals develop their own life skills.

Free Rein Equine Assisted Learning Facilitation Center is an objective driven program that develops life skills all the while using horses as teachers.

Candidates Answer Four Questions (or not): Part I

NDP Candidate Katrine Conroy. Other candidates' pictures will appear in the next two parts.

Last week, I posted an editorial criticizing negative campaigning, and posed questions for our local candidates to answer -- without mentioning other candidates or other parties. Here are two of our local candidates' answers to the first set of four questions; the third candidate, Liberal Jim Postnikoff, was unfortunately unable to respond in time. Where possible, I have looked through the Liberal platform and attempted to find the Liberal approach on the topics of the questions, and inserted what I could find.

UPDATED: Geotechnical report keeps six homes under Evacuation Order

The updated evacuation order map includes house points still under the evacuation order.

After receiving a report from geotechnical engineers the Regional District of Central Kootenay has decided to keep six homes below the slide under evacuation order.

The RDCK made the announcement in a media release Thursday.

"The Regional District of Central Kootenay has received a report from geotechnical engineers regarding the Zwicky Road, Kaslo Landslide," the release said.

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: HAIL TO THE CHIEF

The Chief in one of his many, many roles (in this case, cadet commander, he's second from the right). He's also served as Aboriginal Elder, Saint John Ambulance Brigade Superintentendent, Rotary member ... the list goes on.

A good reporter doesn't become emotionally involved in a story – but this one hurts my heart. How to say good-bye to my favourite colleague ever?!?!

It took me six months living and reporting in Castlegar to say, definitively, that there were two people in this community whom you couldn't attack without me responding as if you'd attacked me personally: Kevin Chernoff and Gerry Rempel.

UPDATED: Leaking piece of machinery blamed for oil spill near Balfour Ferry Terminal

Two barrels or just over 416 litres of emulsified oil and water solution were recovered from the leaking piece of machinery on the Balfour Ferry.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay said clean-up is almost complete after a gear oil spill at the Balfour Ferry Terminal Saturday (April 15th).

The RDCK said in media release Wednesday that the piece of machinery that caused the oil spill into the west arm of Kootenay Lake has been removed from the Kootenay Lake Balfour Ferry operated by Western Pacific Marine.

The Balfour Ferry was reported to be leaking gear oil on Saturday, April 15 while stationed near the Balfour Ferry Terminal, located approximately 33 kilometers north of Nelson on Highway 3A.

Business survey reveals almost one third of respondents planning to exit within five years

According to the city’s Business Survey conducted over the last few weeks 21 of the 77 business owners that responded said their business would close by 2022. — Creative Commons photo

Almost one third of the Grand Forks business owners that responded to a recent city survey said they are planning to exit their business in the next five years.

According to the city’s Business Survey conducted over the last few weeks, 21 of the 77 business owners that responded said their business would close by 2022, mostly due to retirement.

City deputy manager of operations and sustainability, Cavan Gates, said most of the people planning to exit are doing so due to retirement — 18 in all.

Daffodil Dash, April 30 in Trail, raises funds and awareness for cancer support services, research

Pow Cancer Team at the 2016 event.

Ian McAlpine should make a T-shirt that reads Keep Strong and Carry On.

That’s been the Montrose man’s slogan since he was diagnosed with lung cancer in the summer of 2013. Thanks to a clinical trial for a drug called Tagrisso, his health has stabilized, and he’s getting back to having an active lifestyle.

Tips for Earth Day April 22

 Insulating, especially in basement crawlspaces, remains one of the best ways to reduce heat loss.

Climate action can start at home

Earth Day is on April 22 and for savvy do-it-yourselfers, it’s a good reminder to plan, hammer and drill away at some energy savings to lessen the impact your home has on the environment. You may also save some money along the way.

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