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Dam Safety Review holds no surprises but highlights risks

There are concerns that need to be addressed at the HB Mine site says a Dam Safety Review. — Photo courtesy TMTV News

There were no surprises from the HB Mine site Dam Safety Review but there are definitely concerns to be addressed, loss of life being one of them.

“We’re well positioned to be in compliance,” said the RDCK’s resources recovery manager Mike Morrison.

The RDCK acquired HB’s tailings pond when it bought the Salmo property in 1998 for use in connection with its landfill site.

Province deliberating on Jumbo compliance decision

A concrete foundation at the site of Jumbo Glaicer Resort. Photo courtesy Tommaso Oberti.

The future of the Jumbo Valley is currently in limbo, as the provincial Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) recently found the project to be in non-compliance with several conditions of its environmental assessment certificate, which expired earlier this week on (Sunday) October 12 – and some are questioning whether construction has substantially started.

Whitewater, Red Mtn. move into second round of Powder Magazine 2014 Ski Town Throwdown contest

Whitewater and Red Mountain advanced to the second round of the Ski Town Throwdown competition.

It appears Whitewater and Red Mountain are heading for a collision course in the Powder Magazine 2014 Ski Town Throwdown contest.

This, of course, should the two local ski resorts based in Nelson and Rossland, respectively, advance into the third round.

Both Whitewater and Red Mountain took down first round opponents as the competition kicked off earlier this month.

Whitewater outlasted Girdwood Alaska while Red Mountain ousted powerhouse Whistler/Blackcomb.

One if by land, three if by sea? Police nab trio of alleged would-be boat thieves during water-borne getaway

One if by land, three if by sea? Police nab trio of alleged would-be boat thieves during water-borne getaway

Whether criminals attempt to escape by land or by sea, it would appear the local long arm of the law will reach them.

Saturday morning saw Nelson RCMP, Kaslo RCMP and the Conservation Office join forces to nab a trio of would-be boat thieves who tried to escape over water with their ill-gotten gains, according to Nelson RCMP Cpl. Michael Stephani.

ELECTION 2014: All Candidates Forum announced; candidate profiles start tomorrow

ELECTION 2014: All Candidates Forum announced; candidate profiles start tomorrow

Covering elections can be a challenge, especially with a full slate of candidates. Reporters ask questions, but also have to choose which answers to publish. Even the most objective reporter won’t always fairly represent the candidates that way. The Chamber of Commerce All Candidates Forum is great way to start getting to know your candidates (this election’s forum will be on Oct. 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sandman), but even that has limitations, with just two hours to address the platforms of fully 15 candidates.

New cab company promises service to Castlegar/Trail after both cities lose service providers

Castlegar's new taxi. PLEASE NOTE, the number on the side is NOT correct - the number will be 250-687-0133, and should be operational within roughly a week. Trail's number will be 250-921-6921, and should be operational within roughly two weeks.

The ink is barely dry on a deal that will bring taxi service once more to Castlegar and Trail, after both cities’ taxi services were shut down as of Oct. 11.

Ken Parker, a dental rep out of Surrey, and his partner first entered the taxi business when they purchased the license to open Creston Cab Company in July of this year. When he heard, only recently, that both Castlegar and Trail were to be left without any cab service at all, it was a mad scramble to get the licensing and logistics in place to ensure a minimal gap in coverage for local residents.

Coroner confirms DeGroot was shot; launches investigation

Coroner confirms DeGroot was shot; launches investigation

The BC Coroners Service is confirming it is running a parallel investigating into the death of Slocan resident Peter DeGroot, 45, following a police shooting in the Slocan area on Oct. 13.

“DeGroot was shot following an encounter with two RCMP Emergency Response Team members which occurred about 1:45 p.m. on Oct. 13, at a remote cabin in the Slocan area,” said Barb McLintock, Coroner, Strategic Programs. “He was deceased at the scene.”

Man pepper-sprayed during home invasion near Winlaw

Man pepper-sprayed during home invasion near Winlaw

The victim of a home invasion near Winlaw Friday morning is lucky he wasn’t hurt, according to RCMP Const. Jason Zilkie.

“At approximately 5:20 a.m. on the morning of Oct. 10, three unknown suspects broke into a residence situated in the 4500 block on Highway 6 near Winlaw,” Zilkie said. “A male who was sleeping in the residence was peppered sprayed by one of the suspects, but he did not require medical attention.”

This 'wonderful facility for our needs' says Kaslo Fire Chief

Dignitaries joined the community at the grand opening of the new emergency services building Saturday in Kaslo. — Photo courtesy Greg Nesteroff, RDCK

Residents in and around Kaslo can sleep a little easier following the grand opening Saturday of the new emergency services building.

The facility, located next to the arena on the south side of the village, is home to the fire department, search and rescue and emergency social services.

 “This is a great day. I’ve been waiting for this for 10 years,” Area D Director Andy Shadrack told the large crowd of firefighters, dignitaries, and citizens.

“It’s a wonderful facility for our needs,” said Kaslo fire chief Douglas Yee.

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