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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.

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.

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.

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.

Motorcyclist loses bike after only 20 kilometers of riding

Motorcyclist loses bike after only 20 kilometers of riding

A man in his 40s will now need to wait until summer before mounting his motorcyle for a second time after losing his license for 90 days under the Immediate Roadside Prohibition program Sergeant Chad Badry of the West Kootenay Traffic and Integrated Road Safety Unit said in a media release Monday.

Badry said the incident happened Sunday afternoon near Thrums when 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.

Katrine Conroy campaign office kickoff signals start of 2017 Provincial Election in Kootenay West

Conroy welcoming longtime supporters, Bonnie and Norm Essery to the 2017 Campaign Office.

While it still may not look very much like it in some corners, winter is releasing its grip on the West Kootenay. Snowfalls turning to rain showers, songbirds returning to the trees, and creeks swollen with runoff signal the return of spring to the region. And, along with the seasonal turns, every four years also brings with it spring provincial elections. In the provincial riding of Kootenay West that means NDP candidate, Katrine Conroy, is gearing up her campaign to, once again, win the honour of representing the riding in the Provincial Legislature of British Columbia.

RDCK residents may qualify for Disaster Financial Assistance

Emergency Management BC has authorized funding for those claimants who qualify and who are unable to obtain insurance to cover their losses.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay is encouraging residents whose homes or contents incurred damage from floods or slides between March 15-23, 2017 to apply for Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA).

The RDCK said in a media release Monday Emergency Management BC has authorized funding for those claimants who qualify and who are unable to obtain insurance to cover their losses.

"Applicants should first check with their insurance agent to determine if their current insurance policy provides coverage for the resulting damage," said the RDCK media release.

Cyclone Taylor field is set — Nitehawks, Thunder Cats represent KIJHL

Cyclone Taylor field is set — Nitehawks, Thunder Cats represent KIJHL

The field has been set for the 2017 Cyclone Taylor Cup beginning Thursday in Creston.

Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s Campbell River Storm was the final team to book its ticket to the four-team BC Junior B Hockey Championships.

The Storm needed four overtime periods to edge Victoria Cougars 4-3 in the seventh game of the VIJHL Championship Sunday in Victoria.

Christian Brandt was the hero with an unassisted goal at 4:48 of the 4th overtime to give the Storm a trip to Creston and the Cyclone Taylor Cup.

COLUMN: From the Hill -- Why RCMP Morale is Declining

COLUMN: From the Hill -- Why RCMP Morale is Declining

Over the past month I have visited most of the RCMP detachments in South Okanagan-West Kootenay.  While the conversations covered some of the obvious law and order issues such as marijuana legalization, rising levels of property crime and staffing levels for highway patrol, I was surprised that one issue dominated most of my visits—declining morale in the force.

March one of wettest months on record

It took Mother Nature until the final day of March to allow residents to experience some enjoyable spring weather. — The Nelson Daily

If anyone thought March was a little wetter than normal, they were right.

March 2017 checked in as one of the wettest months on record said Ron Lakeman, Weather Forecaster for the Southeast Fire Centre in Castlegar in the monthly weather synopsis.

“The total amount of precipitation was 125.4 millimetres and very close to twice the amount during an average March,” said Lakeman, adding a near endless stream of Pacific disturbances was the blame for a wet and slightly cooler than normal March.

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