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Cougar sightings in Castlegar, Trail, Montrose, Blueberry

Cougar sightings in Castlegar, Trail, Montrose, Blueberry

Multiple cougar sightings in several communities: three in Castlegar this month, at least one in Trail, and more in Montrose and Blueberry – have Conservation reminding residents that this is the season for it, and to secure any and all attractants that might lure a cougar to your home.

SD 20 approves fees for riding school bus

SD 20 approves fees for riding school bus

Not even SD 20 trustees were happy about voting in favour of user-fees for school busing, according to Trail trustee Toni Driutti, after the board approved the fees at their regular meeting Monday evening.

Driutti pointed to decreasing ministry funding and wage increases the ministry negotiated but isn't funding, as the reason for the controversial move.

DeGroot shooting now oldest open IIO investigation

Peter DeGroot was shot and killed by police on Oct. 13, 2014, in the Slocan Valley.

An officer-involved fatal shooting dating back to Oct. 13, 2014, has now become the oldest open investigation being handled by the Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO).

(For coverage of the shooting, click here).

Chief addresses fire preparedness in Castlegar and area

Chief addresses fire preparedness in Castlegar and area

After last year's frightening fire season and the massive fire in Fort McMurray this season, residents are understandably wanting to know what the Castlegar Fire Department (CFD) is doing to protect our community from interface fires.

RDCK residents can now get emergency alerts via text message or landline

RDCK residents can now get emergency alerts via text message or landline

Emergency communications in the RDCK are getting a big boost from a new system that will notify residents and visitors about emergency events throughout the region.

The Emergency Alert notification system is a free and easy program that enables users to receive free text messages and landline calls notifying them of emergencies occurring in the area for which they have selected alerts for. The system will also link to pertinent information the public needs to deal in an emergency event—evacuation alerts and notices, maps, emergency centre locations, etc.

Nelson man 'put his life at risk' to save BOB jumper

A man safely made it to shore after jumping off the Nelson Bridge, (Friday) May 13 thanks to the quick work of Ryan Labbe. — The Nelson Daily photo

Ryan Labbe was preparing to enjoy some quiet time Friday (May 13) night at Lakeside Park.

The City of Nelson worker had just pulled his vehicle up to the Lakeside Park boat launch when he heard yelling coming from the Big Orange Bridge deck.

Labbe said there was a distraught man on the bridge that was screaming he was going to jump.

What happened next turned Labbe from an innocent bystander to the lead person in a rescue mission that most definitely saved a life.

Salmo Students Create Signs to Help Conserve the Western Painted Turtle

Salmo Students Create Signs to Help Conserve the Western Painted Turtle

Students from Salmo Elementary have been working to design and install six interpretive panels to engage the community on the importance of conserving the Western Painted Turtle population at Champion Lakes Provincial Park near Fruitvale. The project has been a true community collaboration, bringing together Wildsight's EcoStewards Program, Artstarts - Artists in the Classroom, RAP Park Contracting and the Salmo School, with the support of the Columbia Basin Trust.

Selkirk College School of Environment & Geomatics Students Awarded for Superb Work

Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of British Columbia recently awarded School of Environment & Geomatics students excelling at their recent conference. From left to right are SEG Chair Brendan Wilson, ASTTBC Regional Manager Bruce Stevens, Eric Hoodicoff, Tara Robinson, Blaire Smith and Geoff Matheson.

Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC) Regional Manager Bruce Stevens attended the Selkirk College graduation ceremony last month to honour five students from the School of Environment & Geomatics for their presentations made during the recent applied research conference.

The students each received a $250 excellence in technology award for their winning work presented at the April 6 conference where 82 presenters took part in the 14th annual event.

COLUMN: Catastrophe Punctuates the Human Story

COLUMN:  Catastrophe Punctuates the Human Story

Disaster in “Canada’s most divisive city”

When I label Fort McMurray our ‘most divisive city’ I am stealing the phrase of a Globe and Mail journalist. It is an apt label. Fort Mac and what it symbolizes – the fossil-fuel industry and resource capitalism – does indeed divide us into camps according to our political response to climate change.

COLUMN: Eating Less Meat Will Reduce the Earth's Heat

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Will vegans save the world? Reading comments under climate change articles or watching the film Cowspiracy make it seem they’re the only ones who can. Cowspiracy boldly claims veganism is “the only way to sustainably and ethically live on this planet.” But, as with most issues, it’s complicated.

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