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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.

Province to re-invest licence revenue back into wildlife management activities

The agency subsequently would be supported by hunting licence revenues of $9 million to $10 million each year.

As part of the Province’s long-standing commitment to healthy wildlife populations, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced Wednesday that all hunting licence revenue will be re-invested to enhance wildlife management activities.

Based on input from stakeholders over the last few years, the government will form a new agency in fall 2017 with startup funds of $5 million. The agency subsequently would be supported by hunting licence revenues of $9 million to $10 million each year.

B.C.’s tourism sector off to great start in 2017

The latest numbers from Statistics Canada from January 2017 indicate a 9.2% increase over the same month in 2016.

In the first month of 2017, international visitor arrival numbers continue to show positive signs of growth for the booming tourism sector in British Columbia.

The latest numbers from Statistics Canada from January 2017 indicate a 9.2% increase over the same month in 2016, resulting in 23,427 more visitors arriving in B.C. 

Other notable increases for January (over January 2016) include:

Open Letter from Anglican Church to Senator Lynn Beyak

Open Letter from Anglican Church to Senator Lynn Beyak

Senator Lynn Beyak's complaint that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) "didn't focus on the good" done by Canada's residential schools has provoked calls for her resignation, and some people wonder how she is qualified to sit on the Senate's Aboriginal Peoples Committee.

New campsites, park rangers expected for Kootenay-Boundary region this year

The construction of new sites includes any associated infrastructure, such as roads, water/sewer expansion, electrical upgrades, shower/toilet buildings and outhouse facilities.

The province will be increasing the number of rangers in the field and campsites in the parks of the Kootenay-Boundary region this year, says an Environment department spokesperson.

David Karn said employing more ranger staff will not only improve the ecological integrity and safety in the region’s parks, it will create employment and skills training opportunities in the Kootenay-Boundary.

Want actual facts about climate change? They're available.

Want actual facts about climate change? They're available.

We recently highlighted the faulty logic of a pseudoscientific argument against addressing climate change: the proposition that because CO2 is necessary for plants, increasing emissions is good for the planet and the life it supports. Those who read, write or talk regularly about climate change and ecology are familiar with other anti-environmental arguments not coated with a scientific sheen.

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