April 2017

Illicit drug death numbers continue to rise

Provisional data shows that a total of 120 persons died as a result of illicit drug use during the month of March. — Submitted photo

The number of illicit drug deaths in March remained high, with the third-highest number ever for a single month said the BC Coroners Service in a media release.

BC Coroners Service said provisional data shows that a total of 120 persons died as a result of illicit drug use during the month of March, an average of almost four deaths (3.9) per day for the month. In contrast, there were 79 illicit drug-related deaths in March 2016.

Robots Making Their Way to Selkirk College for RoboGames

Sponsors gathered in Castlegar Campus on the eve of the event include, (L-R) Ralph Lunn (Zellstoff Celgar), Brad Pommen (Nelson Tech Club and RoboGames founder), Blair Weston (Fortis BC), Ken Kalesnikoff (Kalesnikoff Lumber), Erin Handy (KAST), Elroy Switlishoff (Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers Association of Pro Engineers & Geoscientists), Stephen Johnson (Columbia Power), Anders Malpass (Drop Designs), Carol Vanelli-Worosz (Teck Operations), and Maggie Keczan (Selkirk College).

The Fifth Annual RoboGames is making the trek from the Heritage City to the Selkirk College Castlegar Campus Gymnasium Saturday (April 29) as more than 80 young people from across the West Kootenay and Boundary region arrive to create and compete.

The RoboGames were formerly held at the Tenth Street Campus in Nelson for the past few years, but is now going more central to attract more competitors.

The event, aiming of promoting science and technology learning, is a partnership between Selkirk College and the Nelson Tech Club.

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.

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.

LETTER: 'My Green vote: weary, hopeful, and defiant'

LettersEd

To The Editor:

It happens every election.  The NDP line up and lecture other lefties on how they mustn’t split the vote and open an avenue for the current government to retain power.

It’s always the same.  Defeating the political right is of paramount importance, they sternly warn, and a vote for the Greens is a vote for the right.

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).  

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.

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.

Compare the candidates and their parties: Part II

Green Party Candidate Samantha Troy

The Rossland Telegraph asked two sets of questions of the local candidates in this provincial election.  Answers to the first four questions (Part I) appeared last week. Candidates' answers appear in the order in which they were received, and their pictures do too -- last week, we illustrated Part I with Katrine Conroy's picture; this week, we show Samantha Troy's picture; and next week readers will see a picture of Jim Postnikoff.

Fracking and all of us: recent news

gas flare

To further our understanding of what's accelerating climate change, here's a brand-new report from the David Suzuki Foundation about leaking of methane from fracking and other fossil fuel extraction being much greater than reported by industry and government, and how it has been measured, and why it's scary:

Methane emissions much higher than reported, threaten climate and GHG reduction targets