by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 7:59am

A good reporter doesn't become emotionally involved in a story – but this one hurts my heart. How to say good-bye to my favourite colleague ever?!?!

It took me six months living and reporting in Castlegar to say, definitively, that there were two people in this community whom you couldn't attack without me responding as if you'd attacked me personally: Kevin Chernoff and Gerry Rempel.

Recent News

Mineral Mountain Ziplines Breaks Ground at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

The crew building Mineral Mountain Ziplines at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort stopped for a photo before commencing work Monday. — Submitted photo

After nearly a year of planning, Todd and Jay Manton with their ziplining company and the team at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort are excited to announce breaking ground on their newest ziplining operation — Mineral Mountain Ziplines.

“After the overwhelming response to our first zipline in Nelson, Jay and I were looking for an opportunity to expand our business,” says Todd Manton, co-owner and operator of Kokanee Mountain Zipline located north of Nelson.

Selkirk College Valedictorians Help Define Rural Post-Secondary Education

 Brenna Mackay is a member of the first Rural Pre-Medicine Program class at Selkirk College and will represent her peers as one of two valedictorians at the upcoming Graduation 2017 Ceremony at the Castlegar Campus on April 28.

A pair of locally raised Selkirk College students will represent the 50th graduating class as valedictorians at this year’s Graduation 2017 ceremony on the Castlegar Campus.

Charged with delivering the final addresses to their peers, Brenna Mackay and Clara Graves are outstanding students who have made the most of their time at Selkirk College. Both raised in the Rossland area, Mackay and Graves add a touch of symbolism about the core reason Selkirk College was created back in 1966 — to provide inspiring post-secondary close to home.

My message is about opportunity,” says Mackay, who will be graduating with the first Rural Pre-Medicine Program cohort.

Tips for Earth Day April 22

 Insulating, especially in basement crawlspaces, remains one of the best ways to reduce heat loss.

Climate action can start at home

Earth Day is on April 22 and for savvy do-it-yourselfers, it’s a good reminder to plan, hammer and drill away at some energy savings to lessen the impact your home has on the environment. You may also save some money along the way.

Regional News

Slide closes parts of Galena Trail near New Denver

The trail is closed from Denver Canyon to the Cable Car. — Map photo courtesy RDCK

The Regional District of Central Kootenay continues to deal with landslides in the region as local government officials have now close a section of the Galena Trail near New Denver.

In a media release Monday, the RDCK said parts of the scenic trail has been closed due to a slide.

“A section of the Galena Trail has been closed due to a slide, which occurred at 1.5 kilometres in from the highway yard entrance (300 metres east of Denver Canyon),” the release said.

“The trail is closed from Denver Canyon to the Cable Car (see map).  

Crescent Valley Beach Regional Park Commencing Construction of Final Phase

The map shows the overall park design concept is guided by the Crescent Valley Beach Regional Park Management Plan. — Submitted

Monday (April 24th) marks the beginning of the final phase of the Crescent Valley Beach Regional Park the Regional District of Central Kootenay said in a media release.

The construction will happen during the next two months, hopefully the project will be ready for the busy summer season.

"The first phase which was completed in 2015 developed the entry into the park, 14 front parking stalls and a dropoff/pick-up area," the release said.

RDCK extends State of Local Emergency for Zwicky Road residents

More information regarding the geotechnical engineers report will be made available Monday.

A handful of residents in Kaslo are going to need to wait at least another week before returning home after the Regional District of Central Kootenay decided to extend its State of Local Emergency for another week.

In a media release Sunday, the RDCK said its extending the State of Local Emergency until May 1st for six homes outside the North Kootenay Village.

Provincial & National

The incredible shrinking role of government in BC

Today, spending is just 18.4 per cent of BC’s total economic pie (GDP) on government programs and services compared to 21.1 per cent in 2000.

During an election, pundits and political parties tend to focus on spending promises. But the attention on spending makes it easy to forget that we’ve actually witnessed an incredible shrinking of government’s role in BC over the past 15 years.

Unlike the strange mist that shrinks Scott Carey in the 1957 sci-fi classic, The Incredible Shrinking Man, the cause of BC’s shrinking public sector is not so mysterious.

USA announces preliminary countervailing duties of nearly 20%

The U.S. Department of Commerce argues that the countervailing duty is required to offset what in its view is unfair subsidies provided to lumber companies.

The U.S. Department of Commerce Monday announced that preliminary countervailing duties of nearly 20% will be applied to the majority of Canadian softwood lumber shipments entering the United States.

Preliminary countervailing duties in the form of cash deposits become effective around May 1, 2017, (once notice published in U.S. federal register) for four months to the end of August.

Thereafter, these duties will not be collected until the final orders are published in January 2018.