by Trail Champion on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 1:42pm

The Castlegar Source and Trail Champion are delighted to introduce the newest member of our team, account executive extraordinaire Llora McTeer.

McTeer, 32, is a multi-talented, community-minded go-getter from Fruitvale with a strong background in sales, and she said she’s excited to dig in and become an integral part of the region’s fastest-growing media outlets via the Lone Sheep news family (The Castlegar Source, Trail Champion, Nelson Daily, Rossland Telegraph and Boundary Sentinel).

Recent News

BC Hydro predicts fourth driest year on record for Columbia River system

The Arrow Lakes runoff forcasted to be 72 percent of normal.

BC Hydro is predicting that 2015 could be the fourth driest year on record, according to a press release issued by Dayle Hopp.

"Current data now predicts drier conditions in the overall Columbia system (U.S. and Canada combined) than forecasted in April 2015," the release says. "Currently, we expect 2015 could be the fourth driest year on record, with the total runoff from the Columbia Basin between April and August 2015 now forecasted to be 72 per cent of normal.

Locals take part in attempt to win tree-planting world record

Trees being planted on Oatscott Road. Photo by David Jackson.

Sixty-seven volunteers and forest professionals planted 8,227 seedlings Wednesday at two Interfor harvesting locations in British Columbia’s Southern Interior as part of a North America-wide effort to set a world record for the most trees planted simultaneously in an hour.

Alberta man to face charges relating to 12 break-and-enters across the region

Alberta man to face charges relating to 12 break-and-enters across the region

An Alberta man alleged to have committed 12 break-and-enters in the Kootenay-Boundary region in January 2014 will be facing a laundry list of charges, according to Cpl. Kelly Hall, non-commissioned officer in charge of the Crime Reduction Unit (CRU).

Regional News

Trail and Warfield reach recreation and library agreement

Trail and Warfield reach recreation and library agreement

The City of Trail and the Village of Warfield are pleased to announce they have successfully negotiated and approved a 5.5-year (66 months) recreation and library services agreement that will take effect on July 1, 2015. Warfield will contribute $631,500 over the full term and the City will allocate 68 per cent of the funding to Trail recreation and 32 per cent towards library services.

Beaver Valley May Days to feature Spring Spirit Express

Beaver Valley May Days to feature Spring Spirit Express

The first annual Nelson and Fort Sheppard Spring Spirit Express will be operating during Fruitvale’s Beaver Valley May Days, Saturday, May 23. Owned by Atco Wood Products, the Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway train will run from Fruitvale to Beaver Falls and back for a 45-minute round trip, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

Sponsors of the Spring Spirit Express are:

o   Atco Wood Products

o   Powertech Electric

o   Columbia Power Corporation

o   McEwan & Co. Law Corporation

Nelson Police urge motorcyclists to be careful when travelling highways

Motorcyles are 15 times more likely than other vehicles to be involved in a crash.

Nelson Police is advising drivers to watch out for motorcycles on the road now that summer-like weather has now began to dominate the West Kootenays.

"The minimalism of riding a motorcycle can be a fun, efficient method of transportation, but also makes riders more vulnerable to hazards compared to traveling by car," said Nelson Police Sergeant Paul Bayes.

Provincial & National

Mandatory off-road-vehicle registration delayed

Mandatory off-road-vehicle registration delayed

Mandatory off-road vehicle registration is being deferred from June 1 to Nov. 1, 2015.

The extra time provides additional time for off-road users to prepare for the mandatory registration, while the regulatory details are finalized on both registration and safety.

Election Spending Rules in BC

Election Spending Rules in BC

"Don't mind the elephant in the room, we're redecorating."

When the B.C. government tabled its legislation to amend the Election Act in March, it was probably hoping no one would notice. They were in for a bit of a shock.

While much of the focus has been on the provision which would give political parties the names of each and every British Columbian who casts a ballot, the government is also proposing to do away with the pre-campaign period and the spending limits that apply to political parties within it.