Private well users encouraged to protect drinking water

Better safe than sorry says Interior Health.

With the annual spring melt underway, Interior Health is advising all homeowners with private wells to take appropriate steps to safeguard their drinking water.
When spring runoff flows into a well and mixes with the source water, there is significant risk of bacterial contamination.
Homeowners should:

Selkirk College Saints Celebrate Season’s Achievements

Seventeen of the 24 Selkirk College Saints hockey players received Academic Awards for their performance in the classroom during the 2016-2017 BCIHL season. Some of those picking up the award included (L-R) Troy Maclise, Jordan Rauser, Derek Georgopoulos, Jonas Horvath, Dane Feeney, Justin Kanigan (assistant coach), Austin Wells, Kyle Wheeler (assistant coach), Gordon Campbell and Brent Heaven (head coach). — Selkirk College photo

The Selkirk College Saints hockey program has established itself as the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) gold standard on the ice, but it’s away from the rink where equally impressive feats have been elevated.

At the team’s annual awards night last week, the Saints handed out year-end honours to those players who lead the way during the 2016-2017 season. Though the team fell short of winning its fifth straight BCIHL championship last month, the celebration of achievement was not dulled by the final outcome on the ice.

Stories and food – what could be more fun?

Alphabet Soup program is making its rounds in the West Boundary starting Tuesday. — Submitted photo

The alway popular Alphabet Soup program is making its rounds in the West Boundary with two new spring classes in Rock Creek and Beaverdell.

Both sessions are on Tuesdays from April 11 to May 30 at the Strong Start Centres.

Beaverdell is from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and Rock Creek is from 1-3 p.m.

Alphabet Soup is a free pre-schooler and parent/caregiver literacy and cooking class co-hosted by Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) and the Boundary Family and Individual Services Society.

City receives $10,000 grant on behalf of DBA for heritage signs 

Grand Forks Downtown is getting a facelift thanks to a British Columbia | Canada 150: Celebrating B.C. Communities fund grant.

The City of Grand Forks is going heritage — signs, that is.

In a media release Monday, the city communications department said Grand Forks is receiving $10,000 for the Downtown Heritage Signs project.

The project and grant application was approved as a partnership with the Downtown Business Association.  

“We’re proud to help highlight the area’s heritage and to further enhance our Downtown,” said Mayor Frank Konrad. 

Hawks handle Storm to clinch Cyclone Taylor Cup

Nelson native Nolan Percival shares a photo with Hawks head coach Terry Jones following Sunday's Cyclone Taylor Cup victory in Creston. — Submitted photo

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks scored five unanswered goals to dump the Campbell River Storm 6-2 in the final of the Cyclone Taylor Cup Sunday in Creston.

Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champion Beaver Valley, which last won the Cyclone Taylor Cup in 2014, now represents BC at the Keystone Cup later this month in Manitoba.

This is the third BC Championship for the Beaver Valley franchise and the second straight Cyclone Taylor Cup for the KIJHL. In 2016, 100 Mile House won the title.

Report: Government oversight compromised?

Is this a species at risk?  Does our government even know?

A report released recently by Evidence for Democracy shows that resource capacity and scientific independence are the most pressing scientific integrity issues within the BC government. "Evidence-based decision-making" has become the mantra of governments, but without good evidence, it's a difficult promise to deliver.

Without public transparency, no one knows whether it has been delivered.

LETTER: Canadian Federation of Students replies to Selkirk students

LETTER: Canadian Federation of Students replies to Selkirk students

Selkirk Students Deserve Fair, Transparent and Democratic Referendum

(On April 5) the Castlegar Source published a letter to the editor containing  misinformation about Selkirk College students' membership in the Canadian  Federation of Students. The letter leaves out some critical information that Selkirk students need to hear. (To read the letter, click here).

City to bump up monthly cost of electrical and garbage utilities

The final adoption of the new bylaw rates puts them into law expected to come April 10.

It's going to cost a little more to plug in and throw out in Grand Forks this year.

Electricity and garbage collection rates will be going up this year after city council approved third reading on an increase to the two services in the Fees and Charges Bylaw, with final adoption of the new bylaw rates to put them into law expected to come April 10.

River Talk — Truth, Reconciliation and Columbia River Treaty

River Talk — Truth, Reconciliation and Columbia River Treaty

Eileen Delehanty Pearkes has been researching and writing about the history and politics of water in the upper Columbia Basin since 2005. 

Her book on the Columbia River Treaty, A River Captured, was released in 2016. Recently, her travelling exhibit on the Columbia River Treaty, curated for Touchstones Nelson, won a national award from the Canadian Museum Association.

Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital benefits from funding announcement

Health Minister Terry Lake and Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson were in Trail last week to announce a new emergency department that will enhance patient care at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital. — Submitted photo

Some of the money the sitting Liberal government has been handing out around the province prior to the upcoming election fell into the Kootenay West riding last week as Health Minister Terry Lake announced a new emergency department that will enhance patient care at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail.

This new project follows recently concluded improvements worth $1.77 million to the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU).

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