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Selkirk College Saints Keeping It in the Family

Brandon Sookro grew up playing minor hockey in Nelson and after two seasons playing Junior A in Saskatchewan, will return to the West Kootenay for the 2017-2018 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season with the Selkirk College Saints.  — Photo courtesy Notre Dame Hounds)

The Selkirk College Saints have started the post-graduation rebuilding project and hockey fans will be familiar with the names on the back of the jerseys of two of the newest recruits.

Following in the strides of their older brothers, Brandon Sookro and Logan Kerner will pull on a Saints jersey for the 2017-2018 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season.

LIBRARY MUSINGS: Help the library, sponsor a magazine

LIBRARY MUSINGS: Help the library, sponsor a magazine

It's Adopt-a-Magazine time at the Grand Forks & District Public Library!

Our library subscribes to dozens of magazines – these are read widely and voraciously by many of you. This year, we are re-launching our Adopt-a-Magazine program, in which you can donate the cost of the annual subscription of your favourite magazine. Your generosity will be recognized with a label on each issue (unless you’d like to remain anonymous) – it’s an effective way to advertise your business, honour a friend or family member, or just support your local library.

UPDATED: Evacuation Order reduced at Kaslo landslide

A mudslide observed above Zwicky Road was estimated to be 10,000 to 20,000 cubic metres, 100m long and 75m wide. — Photo courtesy RDCK

Regional District of Central Kootenay Emergency Operations Centre said in a media release late Tuesday, the evacuation order area for the Kaslo landslide has been reduced after a site inspection and consultation with geotechnical experts.

The RDCK EOC said that residents that have been removed from the evacuation order area should remain on evacuation alert and be vigilant and prepared to evacuate if necessary.

The properties that remain under evacuation order are:

The hunt is on for 2017 in the West Kootenay-Boundary

Hunters must carry photo ID and their species licence at all times while hunting.

Kootenay-Boundary hunters now have the ability to buy their hunting licences online.

Licences will still be available at Service BC locations, and participating sporting goods stores, but hunters can purchase their licences at www.gov.bc.ca/hunting

As of May 15 hunting licences will also be available at FrontCounter BC locations. Paper versions of resident hunting licences and other non-species licences (youth, initiation and special area licences) will be eliminated.

Nitehawks suffer heartbreaking OT loss to Wainwright Bisons in Keystone Cup Final

The Nitehawks, hoisting the Cyclone Taylor Cup, completed the season with an impressive 59-9-2-0-3 record.

Beaver Valley’s run at the Western Canada Junior B Hockey Chamiponship came to a heartbreaking end Sunday in Arborg, Manitoba.

Bryce Woodward scored at 3:05 of overtime to lift the Wainwright Bisons to a 4-3 victory over the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Champion Nitehawks in the final of the Keystone Cup.

Trailing 3-1 after two periods, the Hawks tied the game with two goals in a span of 29 seconds by Sam Swanson and Dylan Heppler.

Community Futures chooses volunteer of the year

Alan Peterson recognized as Volunteer of the Year

Community Futures Boundary, as part of the National Volunteer Week is recognizing Alan Peterson for his work in the community. 

Peterson joined the Community Futures Boundary Board in November 2014 and is currently vice president.  Peterson is a retired lawyer having practiced in Victoria for 35 years.  Since his arrival in Grand Forks, he has spent numerous hours volunteering with Rotary, Community Futures Boundary, Grand Forks Curling Club, Grand Forks Trail Society, Christina Lake Golf Course and other organizations. 

Grand Forks' Slagduster releases new album after 7 years

Grand Forks' Slagduster releases new album after 7 years
Slagduster, a local Grand Forks band, is releasing their newest album titled "Deadweight" on May 5th, viaa Waterlow Audio Records. 
 
According to their record label, they have been working on this album since their debut album "Nature. Humanity.

UPDATED: Highway 3 east of Greenwood now open

UPDATED: Highway 3 east of Greenwood now open

The DriveBC website said Highway 3 east of Greenwood is now open to alternating single-lane traffic.

The Highway was closed early Friday morning due to a mudslide.

Mudslide closes Highway 3

The highway between Grand Forks and Greenwood is closed thanks to a mudslide that washed across Hwy. 3, early Friday morning. 

The mudslide, located 5 km east of Greenwood, was published on DriveBC at 7 a.m. It is in the process of being evaluated. 

City property tax increase higher than 3.5 per cent: Butler

Coun. Julia Butler said she would prefer to see the increase calculated based on expenses for the year.

Although final reading for the Financial Plan Bylaw passed, one city councillor says the 3.5 per cent tax increase contained in the budget is higher than what has been cited.

Coun. Julia Butler said the tax rate the city will be assessing actually increases by five per cent, since it’s a 3.5 per cent increase in the overall revenue collected by the city, meaning people are paying more than 3.5 per cent to make up the municipal demand for revenue.

Council mulls mill rate and sets the municipal tax take for 2017

 The mill rate in the three options presented to council was based on the total revenues needed, and the city used the multiples for each tax class.

The cart was before the horse as city council set the mill rate for its new budget, and some confusion reigned about the process.

The mill rate, also referred to as the millage rate, is a figure representing the amount per $1,000 of the assessed value of property, which is used to calculate the amount of property tax. 

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