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Clothesline Project set to 'air' in Castlegar next week

The idea of the Clothesline Project is to air the dirty laundry that is domestic violence, thus creating a safer, kinder community.

Castlegar and District Community Services Society invites you to the Clothesline Project, recognizing the issue of violence against woman and all other kinds of violence during the Victims and Survivors of Crime Week.

It’s an opportunity to support and have dialogue about this important issue which could impact anyone.

Affordable housing retrofit program providing $2M for energy conservation upgrades

Upgrading roof insulation is a good example of an energy retrofit that will help save money on heating costs and improve the comfort level of a home.

The first intake of Columbia Basin Trust’s new Energy Retrofit Program is now open. The Trust announced the new program in March with a $2-million commitment to help provide energy conservation upgrades for affordable housing in the Basin.

Nelson could see flooding if Kootenay Lake reaches 1754 feet

In 2012, the rise in Kootenay Lake near Nelson flooded the sports fields near the Streetcar Barn. — The Nelson Daily file photo

FortisBC is advising City of Nelson residents that Kootenay Lake levels are expected to reach 1752 feet by the end of May and that depending on weather conditions, levels could reach a height of 1754 feet.

The information, coming after BC Hydro officials said last week they’re not forecasting flooding along the Columbia River system in the Kootenays as they try to manage “unprecedented” runoff, released by Nelson Fire Rescue Monday.

“The City wants to advise residents that if lake levels were to rise to 1754 feet Nelson would experience flooding that would meet or exceed that of 2012,” Nelson Fire Rescue said in a media release.

UPDATED: Coquihalla opens following dangerous goods spill

Smoke could be seen from the Ministry truck following an incident involving a burning semi-trailer truck carrying dangerous goods.

DriveBC is the Coquihalla Highway 5 between Hope and Merritt has opened in both directions Tuesday morning following an incident involving a burning semi-trailer truck carrying dangerous goods.

A hazmat team spent most of the night cleaning the spill.

MOTI reports Coquihalla near Merritt closed in both directions

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure issued a traffic advisory Monday saying the Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Merritt is closed following an incident involving a burning semi-trailer truck carrying dangerous goods.

Kratom Products Recalled: Serious Health Risks

The plant, Mitragyna Speciosa.  Photo by Uomo Vitruviano

Health Canada has announced that a company, Garnoff Botanicals, is voluntarily recalling unauthorized kratom products as they may pose serious health risks.

Haven't heard of kratom?  Don't feel bad -- you're not alone.  Kratom is the plant pictured above, or products derived from it.  What health risks does it pose?  Health Canada did  not specify the risks of the particular products being recalled in its announcement, but a Google search uncovers several known risks of kratom:

Police seek witnesses to fatal jetski incident on Columbia River

Police seek witnesses to fatal jetski incident on Columbia River

The Trail and Greater RCMP are seeking the public's assistance in looking for anyone who

witnessed a Seadoo accident in the Columbia river in Trail on May 9 at approximately 6 p.m.

Three males were on a Seadoo at this time in the river near the Sunningdale / Gyro Park area. An incident occurred causing all three males to be be thrown into the water.

Two males were rescued, but one male Jeffrey David Bauder, 28, is presumed drowned and missing at this time.

2017 BC Provincial Election — The Goldilocks edition

The verdict is in — “Voters always know best.”

It was a pretty safe bet going into election night that regardless of how the vote broke that there were four words from Premier Christy Clark's 2013 victory speech which would be left unsaid this year: “Well, that was easy.”

Something else telling between Clark's two speeches?

In 2013, it fell on then-NDP leader Adrian Dix to deliver that oft-cited line by political runner-ups: “Elections belong to the voters and the voters decided.”

Cancer Society's Daffodil Dash exceeds goals

Photo by Lauren Derksen

Daffodils are still blooming in Sunningdale, reminding the community of a successful Canadian Cancer Society event that planted hope and support for individuals touched with cancer.

Daffodil Dash Trail held April 30 at Gyro Park in Trail just surpassed its $29,000 goal and raised over $31,000 toward cancer research, prevention and support programs for people living with cancer and their families.

Castlegar Air Cadets reach for the skies

Castlegar Air Cadets reach for the skies

On May 13, the cadets of 581 City of Castlegar Air Cadet squadron went flying from the West Kootenay Regional Airport.

The cadets were flown in the bright blue and yellow Cessna 182s that are usually used for towing the Air Cadet Glider aircraft.

The cadets explored the Castlegar area from the air and were taught the basics of aircraft control. This fall, the cadets will be flying again, this time in the air cadet Schweitzer 2-33A gliders.

Robson Fire Department Wins Education Award

Robson Fire Department Wins Education Award

The Robson Volunteer Fire Department (RVFD) has received the Al Lonneberg Fire Safety Public Education Award – an honour bestowed annually to the volunteer fire department that initiates the greatest effort in its community to fight fires pre-ignition.

The Department received the award on the weekend of April 28thwhen hundreds of firefighters from around the Province gathered in Grand Forks for the Province’s annual Spring Training.

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