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Deadline to register for SD 20 school bussing fast approaching

Deadline to register for SD 20 school bussing fast approaching

Each student must be registered for busing in order to ride on a School District No. 20 school bus. All riders from kindergarten to Grade 12 need to be registered annually, prior to the May 31 deadline, in order to have a guaranteed seat on the bus.

You will still be able to register after the deadline, however, there is no guarantee of a seat if you register your child after the deadline. Additional stops will not be added due to late registrations as we finalize our routes based on registration numbers.

Live fire training slated for Trail

Live fire training slated for Trail

Starting Saturday, Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue has been conducting Live Fire Training in the parking area beside the fire hall in Trail adjacent to the brake check.

The training is being delivered by the Justice Institute of BC utilizing their new live fire trailer May 6, 7, and 8 as well as May 13, 14, and 15.

Judge approves Lemon Creek class-action suit

In July 2013 thousands of people in the Slocan Valley were forced from their homes for several days after a tanker truck fell into Lemon Creek, spilling 35,000 litres of jet fuel into the stream.

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has given the go-ahead for a class-action lawsuit for residents of the Slocan Valley affected by the 2013 fuel spill in Lemon Creek.

Justice David Masuhara ruled last week the proposed civil action had met the proper requirements of a class action and had sound enough arguments to go to trial.

In July 2013 thousands of people in the Slocan Valley were forced from their homes for several days, and warned not to use the water for weeks, after a tanker truck fell into Lemon Creek, spilling 35,000 litres of jet fuel into the stream.

Smoke from prescribed burn will be visible near Kaslo

This 20-hectare controlled burn will be visible from Highway 31 and Highway 31A.

BC Wildfire Service said in a media release Tuesday personnel would be conducting a prescribed burn in the Mt. Buchanan area (11 kilometres west of Kaslo) during the month of May 2017.

The release said with weather and site conditions permitting, this burn project could begin as early as Wednesday, May 10.

"Smoke from this 20-hectare controlled burn will be visible from Highway 31 and Highway 31A," the release said.

Book launch at Touchstones — Journeys Taken: Selkirk College – The First 50 Years

Journeys Taken: Selkirk College – The First 50 Years chronicles the rich history of post-secondary education in the West Kootenay and Boundary regions.

Selkirk College is celebrating its 50th anniversary by releasing a commemorative coffee table book.

Journeys Taken: Selkirk College – The First 50 Years chronicles the rich history of post-secondary education in the West Kootenay and Boundary regions. It is a beautiful volume and is a welcome addition to every bookshelf!

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report — Weather awful, but fishing great

This was one happy camper after pulling in a nice fish. — Photo Reel Adventures Sportfishing

It seems like Mother Nature refuses to cooperate with some good weather.

However, that didn't stop fishermen from flocking to the lake for an exceptional month on the water as Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Sportfishing discusses the past month and what's on the agenda for May in this installment of Kootenay Lake Fishing Report.

Editorial: One more resource for voting decisions

Editorial:  One more resource for voting decisions

As  most readers here know by now, I'm supremely tired of -- and sickened by -- election communications that tell you terrible (and usually inaccurate) things about the OTHER parties and their candidates, and make wild promises to get your vote.  But I think it's hugely important that people get informed about what the different parties really stand for and what they're most likely to do if elected.  And then vote.  Please vote.

Humanity and Progress

Humanity and Progress

Humans. Love us. Hate us. Wonderful. Horrid.

In this column, I am not trying to change anyone’s mind, in contrast to my two-part column of April wherein I was attacking capitalism and hoping to make converts to my opinion. Capitalism is still much on my mind, but I am not going to continue to analyse its effects, merely observe them.

May is Invasive Species Action Month. Nip them in the bud!

burdock

Anyone hiking or biking on trails in our region may have noticed that many of those trails are being hemmed in by certain plants: burdock with its nasty burrs later in the year, spotted knapweed, common tansy, hoary alyssum, policeman's helmet (AKA Himalayan balsam) -- even, in some places, Japanese knotweed -- and other invasive species.  Yes, all those (and many more) are invasives, and they spread especially fast along the trails because we all unwittingly spread their seeds on our clothing, our bikes and our dogs' fur.

Abbotsford man clocked exceeding 200 km on highway near Castlegar

Warmer weather has seen an increase of speeding drivers on local highways.

The weather has only turned warmer during the past few days but already RCMP have found drivers cranking up the speed on local highways said Sergeant Chad Badry West Kootenay Traffic and Integrated Road Safety Unit in a media release Tuesday.

Badry said with the warmer weather out, police are seeing the speeds increasing, leading to an Abbotsford man having his vehicle impounded for seven days for exceeding the 200-km mark.

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