School's out – keep kids safe on our roads this summer

On average, 17 child pedestrians (aged five to 15) are injured in crashes each year in the Southern Interior.

Now that it's officially summer and B.C. schools are heading into summer break, drivers should expect even more children playing outside.

Road safety is not always top of mind for kids so it's important to pay extra attention when you're driving, especially around playgrounds and residential areas and for parents to go over the rules of the road with their children.

Kootenay and Boundary Food Producers Co-op Launch First Full Year

Kootenay and Boundary Food Producers Co-op Launch First Full Year

The Kootenay & Boundary Food Producers Co-op (KBFPC) is steadily working towards its goal of creating a sustainable local food economy where local food is always available in the grocery store where you shop and the restaurants where you eat, all while the farmers and businesses who produce it are making a living wage. Nicholas Albright, the KBFPC’s Coordinator, says “the first step is always the hardest.

Mail deadline for property tax is tomorrow

Mail deadline for property tax is tomorrow

The CIty of Castlegar is warning residents that the mailing deadline to pay municipal taxes (property taxes) is tomorrow, June 23.

In a post on the city's Facebook page, city officials explained that, while the actual deadline to submit payment is July 4, the possibility of a Canada Post strike or lockout has dramatically diminished the window for paying taxes via traditional mail.

Selkirk College Saints Add More Fuel to High Octane Offense

 New Selkirk College Saints recruit Seth Schmidt will join an offense that led the league in goals during the 2015-2016 season. He will join fellow newcomer Wade Johnson on a Saints team that will be going for its fifth straight BCIHL championship starting in September.

The Selkirk College Saints already potent offense has been bolstered with commitments from a pair of players with proven point-producing talents.

Forward Wade Johnson and defenceman Seth Schmidt will be joining the four-time defending British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) champion Saints for the upcoming 2016-2017 season. Both players come equipped with a strong two-way game, but over their junior hockey careers were key contributors in the offensive zone.

Imagine Kootenay Wins Top Honours in BC Economic Development Awards

Imagine Kootenay staff and partners proudly display their Marketing Innovation Award at the BC Economic Development Association Summit in Vancouver.

Imagine Kootenay (IK) was awarded the top honour for marketing and innovation in the province last week by the BC Economic Development Association.

The IK partnership and website was recognized for their website and program branding work at the BC Economic Development Association Summit in Vancouver on June 15.

Imagine Kootenay competed as a regional program in the category of ‘populations over 20,000’ and was up against projects coming out of the lower mainland and other urban centres.

Selkirk College Hosts Regional Aboriginal Youth Conference

The Strengthening Our Relations Conference will engage Indigenous youth from around the Columbia Basin in a two-day event this autumn in Castlegar aiming to build the leaders of tomorrow while making cultural connections.

The Strengthening Our Relations Conference will return to Selkirk College this autumn, aiming to engage Indigenous youth from around the region as they take part in the third annual event. Called “Reconciliation Through Indigenous Youth Leadership,” this year’s conference will feature keynote speaker Wab Kinew.

Trail gets almost $1.2 mill to expand airport

Photo by Ken Eckert via Wikipedia.

The Government of British Columbia is providing $1.18 million in B.C. Air Access Program funding to support infrastructure improvements at Trail Regional Airport, announced Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone.

Welcome Summer 2016

A water skier was enjoying a few turns on the Kootenay River near Taghum Tuesday morning as the northern hemisphere rang in Summer 2016 Monday. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

Summer of 2016 rang in Monday afternoon with residents in the northern hemisphere enjoying the longest day of the year — approximately 17 hours of daylight.

It might seem like good news, but for those of us in the northern hemisphere this is the time when the sun's path stops moving northward in the sky and the days begin to slowly shorten.

This year it happened Monday, June 20, mid-day in the Pacific Time Zone.

'Property is in the right hands' —South Slocan Sports Association hands over Campbell Field to RDCK

Pictured in the photo, not in any particular order, are: Phil Chernenkoff, Kris Hryniw, Don Makaroff, Joe Nazaroff Jr, Ernie Pozney, John Sherbinin, John Hlookoff Jr, Don Makaroff, Fred Markin, Jerry Plonidin, Jack Rilkoff and Walter Popoff, Electoral Area H Director. — Photo courtesy RDCK

The South Slocan Sports Association recently donated an 8.6 acre parcel of land known as Campbell Field to the Regional District of Central Kootenay.

Located adjacent to Mount Sentinel Secondary School, the property is situated near the junction of Highways 6 and 3A and the borders of Electoral Areas H, I and F.

The Slocan Valley Rail Trail is close by, as is the RDCK’s Crescent Valley Beach Regional Park. 

The property has been administered by the South Slocan Sports Association since the late 1930s, when it was acquired from West Kootenay Power.

Police release photo after bear in West Vancouver destroys car

A bear in West Vancouver made a meal of a vehicle, causing an estimated $10,000 worth of damage to this car to get to food left in it by its owner. (West Vancouver Police Department/Twitter)

It's never a good idea to leave garbage on the curbside overnight or, as this West Vancouver resident found out, inside a vehicle.

West Vancouver Police released photos via Twitter following a call Sunday morning after a resident discovered extensive damage to the family vehicle.

It appears a bear was drawn to the vehicle by a sizeable quantity of food being temporarily stored inside. 

Bear fur and extensive claw marks were noted throughout the vehicle. Police said damage to is estimated at $10,000.

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