by Castlegar Source on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 1:46pm

Trail and Greater District Detachment is assisting the BC Coroner Service and Worksafe BC with the investigation into the death of a Castlegar man who was struck by a tree, according to Trail RCMP Sgt. Darren Oelke.

The 72-year-old man was grooming trails in the Nancy Green cross country ski area when the accident occurred last Friday.

Recent News

January sees third-highest number of illicit drug deaths ever in B.C.

Officials are urging users to have a Naloxone kits, and not to use alone.

The number of illicit drug deaths in B.C. decreased slightly in January over the figures for November and December, but was still the third-highest number ever for a single month.

Provisional data from the BC Coroners Service show that a total of 116 persons died as a result of illicit drug use during the month of January, an average of more than seven deaths every two days. December 2016 had the highest number of illicit drug deaths ever, 142.

Open house on rural education coming soon to Trail

Open house on rural education coming soon to Trail

Trail area families are being encouraged to attend an open house on Feb. 24 to share their ideas on how to transform rural education in British Columbia.

RDCK directors punt proposed wage increase into next month

Area D Director Aimee Watson made a motion that staff look at the impact of spreading the 20-per-cent increase over two years.

Directors of the Regional District of the Central Kootenay have asked staff to look further into the idea of how they can give themselves a wage increase of up to 20 per cent in the next few years.

The directors asked staff in January to study the impact of a 20-per-cent wage increase on this year’s budget. Directors hope to make a decision before finalizing this year’s budget in April.

Regional News

Fraudsters pose as RCMP in CRA scam

Fraudsters pose as RCMP in CRA scam

A fraudster posing as Grand Forks RCMP officer demanded money on behalf of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for back taxes, fines and a fee from a Boundary citizen said Sgt. J.(Jim) Fenske in a media release.

"The scammer told the citizen that the R.C.M.P. would be arresting the person and "seizing" her children if she did not pay her taxes," Fenske explained after a citizen contacted the detachment to report the incident.

"Later the citizen got a phone call using the Grand Forks RCMP phone number on her cell phone," Fenske added.

YRB urges caution as winter driving continues for highway driving

Highway 6 near Whitewater Ski Hill entrance is wet and slippery. — DriveBC photo

Yellowhead Road & Bridge Ltd. is asking the public to use caution when driving the highways in the region after a high amount of moisture was received during the past 24 hours.

"We have received 4 mm of rain in the valley over night with steady to heavy rainfall forecasted through the day today," said Marc Dale of YRB.

"The large volume of snow we have received along with the rising temperatures are producing slippery conditions, particularly on side roads which have compact snow."

Gas leak forces closure of Fruitvale Elementary School

Gas leak forces closure of Fruitvale Elementary School

This morning was kicked off with some angst and upset for Fruitvale Elementary School staff, administration, students and parents after a problem with the school's natural gas regulators forced the closure of the school.

School District 20 Superintendent Bill Ford said school administration had been in contact with Fortis over the issue for the past couple of weeks, as a gas odour would intermittently be noticeable throughout the school.

Provincial & National

Firefighter, Mountie Save Care Giver In Medical Emergency

Firefighter, Mountie Save Care Giver In Medical Emergency

A Calgary firefighter and an off duty RCMP Officer are being credited for saving a woman’s life this past weekend, in Sooke.

Sheldon Burton, and his girlfriend Kimberley Dueck were visiting Sooke for the purposes of dog sitting this past weekend and while out for a walk at approximately noon on Saturday, came across a male in a wheel chair, who appeared to be in distress.

Burton and Dueck approached the male, and quickly realized his care giver had collapsed on the side of the roadway at Aiken Road and West Coast.

British Columbia's carbon tax not revenue neutral, despite government’s commitment

Five years later, the carbon tax ceased being revenue neutral because the government no longer provided new tax cuts to sufficiently offset the additional carbon tax revenue.

British Columbia’s carbon tax is no longer revenue neutral and could actually result in almost $900 million in higher taxes over a six-year period, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.