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UPDATED: BC Coroners Service confirms identity of two men from Alberta who died in avalanche

UPDATED: BC Coroners Service confirms identity of two men from Alberta who died in avalanche

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a two men who died in an avalanche near McBride on Saturday (March 21) as Curtis Fries (pronouncer: freess), aged 36, of Sherwood Park, Alberta, and Thomas Hamilton, aged 29, of Ponoka, Alberta.

Fries and Mr. Hamilton were two of a party of four who had travelled to the area near McBride to go snowmobiling.

They were snowmobiling in an area known as the Dore River Basin on the morning of March 21 when a large avalanche struck, burying Mr. Fries and Mr. Hamilton.

Kaslo RCMP Cpl. Shaun Begg photo post explodes on Twitter

Kaslo RCMP Corporal Shaun Begg is the talk of Twitter with the photo of him playing shinny hockey on a pond in the Purcell Mountains dressed in Red Serge uniform. — Photo courtesy BCRCMP Twitter

A Kaslo RCMP officer hit the big time on Twitter-verse with a photo of him playing shinny in red serge on a mountaintop ice rink.

"I'm actually very surprised . . . my thought was to take a photo of myself in serge with my personal camera for a personal screen saver, maybe a Christmas card," Corporal Shaun Begg of the Kaslo RCMP detachment told CBC Vancouver.

"I had no idea it would hit the Internet and just explode."

The photo was taken at 9,000 feet in the remote part of the Purcell Mountains.

Lower Kootenay Indian Band to purchase Ainsworth Hot Springs

There's a new owner at Ainsworth Hot Springs after the Lower Kootenay Indian Band entered into an agreement to purchase the popular tourist destination in April 2015.— Photo courtesy Trip Advisor

Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort is getting a new owner.

Chief Jason Louie made the announcement in a press release Thursday that the Lower Kootenay Indian Band is purchasing the popular tourist destination on Kootenay Lake in April 2015.

The purchase price made available in the media release.

Chief Louie said this is an important economic develop investment for his people and it has historical significance too.

LETTERS in support of MAPP

LETTERS in support of MAPP

 

Editor's note: The Boundary Sentinel has been sent multiple Letters in support of the MAPP project. They've been compiled here, so reader's can see them all at once. Any new letters supporting this project will be added to the top of this page in the order they are submitted. 

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Re: Letter of Support for MAAP

Dear Mayor Konrad & Members of City Council,

COMMENT: Linda Larson talks road construction, tourism, budget and sports

COMMENT: Linda Larson talks road construction, tourism, budget and sports

With spring comes road construction and I’m pleased to see the walkway on Lakehill Road in Kaleden underway.

While many great people in the community have supported the project, I want to personally thank volunteer Kim Dennis for all her help and collaboration in getting this project to the top of the list for the Ministry of Transportation, and thanks also to the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen and rural director Tom Siddon.

LETTER: Thanks from South Okanagan teams

LETTER: Thanks from South Okanagan teams

Dear Editor,

On behalf of the South Okanagan Minor Hockey Associations three Rep teams who are playing in the BC Hockey Provincials, we wanted to take the opportunity to thank the communities who have shown overwhelming support and pride in these players who live in Oliver, Osoyoos, OK Falls, Keremeos, Midway, Greenwood, Princeton, and Grand Forks.

RDCK Board Roundup: Funding for disasters; Fire Standards Adopted

RDCK Board Roundup: Funding for disasters; Fire Standards Adopted

News from Regional District of Central Kootenay March Board Meeting: 
 
West Kootenay Human-Bear Conflict Working Group

Members of the West Kootenay Human-Bear Conflict Working Group made a presentation to the Board on its mandate and current bear bin project.  Established in 2012, this multi-stakeholder group consists of biologists, conservation officers, and members of WildSafe BC.

RDCK directors give green light to annual five-year financial plan

RDCK area directors unanimously adopted its 2015 — 2019 Financial Plan Thursday during the monthly board meeting.

During Thursday's monthly board meeting, Regional District of Central Kootenay directors unanimously adopted its 2015 — 2019 Financial Plan.

The plan, requiring municipal government to have a plan that projects financial costs over a five-year period, continues to manage the surplus and reserve balances in each of the RDCK’s 160-plus services.  

“I think things (in the RDCK) are in good shape,” Chief Administrative Officer, Stuart Horn told The Nelson Daily Thursday from his office on Lakeside Drive.

Selkirk students break bread, discuss healthy choices and substance abuse

The Selkirk College Dinner Basket Conversations are bringing students together on all campuses to talk about responsibility, healthy choices and substance use.

The challenges and temptations of college life can take a toll on students not equipped to handle the consequences of poor decision making. With the aim of creating a healthier post-secondary experience, students at Selkirk College have been coming together to break bread and discuss issues that revolve around substance use.

Fire department deals with dramatic increase in demands for service

Fire department deals with dramatic increase in demands for service

The Castlegar Fire Department is being kept busy with almost half again as many calls this year-to-date as over the same time frame in 2014, according to an emergency services report presented to city council at its regular meeting Monday night.

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