April 2017

Castlegar man loses motorcycle after first 20 km

Castlegar man loses motorcycle after first 20 km

A Castlegar man who made some poor decisions is now paying quite the price for them, according to RCMP Sgt. Chad Badry.

“On April 2, at 4:30 p.m., a member of the West Kootenay Integrated Road Safety Unit came across a 43-year-old male motorcyclist driving his brand new Harley Davidson in excess of 127km/h in an 80km/h zone on Highway 3A near Thrums,” Badry said in a press release Monday.

RCMP catch break in jewelry store heist

RCMP catch break in jewelry store heist

Grand Forks RCMP were able to locate some of the items stolen from Florences Jewellery and Gifts during a theft in December 2016.

Detachment Commander at Grand Forks RCMP, Sgt. Jim Fenske said in a media release during the early morning December heist, an unknown suspect entered the store, stealing approximately $100,000 worth of jewelry.

At the time RCMP Forensic Identification members attended and recovered some evidence and video surveillance images.

Prescribed burn planned north of Deer Park

Prescribed burn planned north of Deer Park

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations will be conducting a 22-hectare prescribed burn 15 kilometres north of Deer Park (near Twobit Creek) to help restore local ecosystems.

This controlled burn will occur sometime between April 4 and May 15, but timing will depend on weather and site conditions. While the burn is underway, smoke may be visible from Edgewood, Renata, Deer Park and surrounding communities.

Trained BC Wildfire Service personnel will carefully monitor the Twobit Creek fire at all times.

Selkirk College’s Pathways to Employment Explores Opportunities

After participating in the Selkirk College Pathways to Employment in Trades & Industry Program, (L-R) Sadie Stewart, Emma Johnson and Zack Howes have all been accepted into the Selkirk College Metal Fabrication Foundation Program on Nelson’s Silver King Campus.

A Selkirk College job skills pilot project has introduced a group of 16 students to industrial and trades careers, ultimately changing lives in the process.

The Pathways to Employment in Trades & Industry Program brought together students of diverse backgrounds from across the West Kootenay in early-November for a 19-week exploratory program that provided essential job success strategies and hands-on trades training.

Partnering with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and funded by the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund, the program wrapped up on March 24 and is being heralded as a tremendous success.

City appoints new Director of Public Works

City appoints new Director of Public Works

The City of Trail is pleased to announce that Chris McIsaac, the City’s Utilities Superintendent, has been appointed the new Director of Public Works.  Chris will assume his role new immediately and will work directly with the current Manager of Public Works, Larry Abenante, until Larry retires in May after 21 years of service with the City.

Toneff leaves Smokies for Buccaneers

Photo by Randy Emery

Assistant Coach Curtis Toneff has left the Trail Smoke Eaters to accept a position as the Head Coach and General Manager of the Nanaimo Buccaneers of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL). Though we are sad to see a young coach of Curt’s calibre leave our organization, we are excited for him as he takes the next step in his coaching career.

U19 Film Fest Submissions Open Now

U19 Film Fest Submissions Open Now

We are calling for film submissions from youth!

The Rossland Council for Arts and Culture (RCAC) proudly presents the 10th annual West Kootenay U19 Youth Film Showcase on Thursday, May 4th, 2017, at the Rossland Summit School.

Caribou, Logging, Wolves and Corporate Donors

Photo by David Moskowitz for DeSmog Canada

What poses the greatest hazard to BC's endangered Southern Mountain Caribou -- habitat loss, wolves, or corporate donors?  Or are all three of those factors linked, and if so, how? This opinion piece is from DeSmog Canada.  Read and contemplate.

MISSING: Police seek help finding Creston man

MISSING: Police seek help finding Creston man

The Castlegar RCMP are asking for the public's assistance in locating 59-year -old Leo Patrick Remy, according to Sgt. Laurel Mathew.

Remy  was last seen leaving a local hotel on April 1. Remy’s car, a 1996 grey Honda Accord, was located parked at the west end of the Kinnaird Bridge on Monday, April 3. It was first noticed there on Saturday, April 1 by a passerby.

 Remy is described as: a black male, height 5'8”, weight 170 lbs. It is unknown what he was last wearing.

Balfour residents turn back on nearly $3 million in funds

Besides metering, citizens said they thought other parts of the project were non-essential, like upgrading power systems - and that’s why they voted against it.

Balfour residents worried about smart water meters in their homes might end up costing local taxpayers a lot of money.

A handful of residents voted against a proposal for the Regional District of Central Kootenay to borrow nearly $600,000 to upgrade the area’s creaking water system.

By rejecting the proposal, they’ve turned their back on nearly $3 million in matching federal and provincial funds to pay for the project.