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RDCK Board adopts management plans for three parks

The Crescent Valley Beach Regional Park, located on the Slocan River, is one of three parks in the RDCK getting a facelift.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay has adopted management plans for three area parks — Crescent Valley Beach, Waterloo Eddy and Pass Creek.

The plans were given the rubber stamp by the Board and are ready to implement, the RDCK announced Wednesday
 
“The process to engage the public, collect feedback and draft the plans began in the fall of 2014,” said Sangita Sudan, General Manager of Development Services, in a media release.

Province commits $10 million for B.C. ground search and rescue

Nelson SAR, seen here during a rescue in Five-Mile Basin, is part of the small army of 2,500 volunteers getting assistance. — Photo courtesy Nelson SAR

Search and rescue groups in the province are getting a much-needed monetary boost after the province promised $10 Million in one-time funding to help bolster training, administrative support and equipment renewals.

“It’s a small army of 2,500 volunteers that comb the province’s backcountry, rappel into steep ravines and weather the worst of the elements, while leaving behind the comforts of home to go seek and find those who are lost or injured,” said Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness Naomi Yamamoto.

GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR WANETA COMPENSATION PROJECTS

GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR WANETA COMPENSATION PROJECTS

Projects Wanted!   DEADLINE  JANUARY 31, 2016.

Waneta Terrestrial Compensation Program provides funding to conservation projects located in the Waneta, BC area.

The Waneta Terrestrial Compensation Program (WTCP) provides financial support to projects that promote conservation and restoration through research, physical works,

and other on the ground or applied projects. The WTCP will allocate up to $50,000 annually towards projects that:

1. are located within the Waneta area;

Surrey police seeking additional information in sexual interference investigation

Surrey police seeking additional information in sexual interference investigation

Surrey RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance to identify other potential witnesses and/or victims in order to advance an ongoing sexual interference investigation.

In August 2015, police began investigating an allegation of two adult males having sexual intercourse with two young teenage girls. The Surrey RCMP’s Special Victims Unit (SVU) spearheaded the investigation which eventually led to charges being recommended by police and approved by Crown Counsel.

Gas prices dropping — but why all the fluctuation?

While prices at the Wholesale Club dropped last week to just over a buck, patrons in Trail were paying 95.9 for a liter of gas. — The Nelson Daily photo

A year ago, Nelsonites were paying under a buck for a regular liter of gas.

But while Nelson drivers wait for that elusive dip below a dollar, owners in the surrounding West Kootenay are cheering prices as much seven cents below the buck mark.

So why the discrepancy in price from say, Centex outside Salmo — 92.9 — to Chevron in downtown Trail and Glade Esso — 95.9 — to Nelson's current 1.01.9?

Industry analyst Dan McTeague of GasBuddy.com says the reason could be due to the price of “wholesale” gas.

OPINION: Paris (should have) changed everything, so why are we still talking pipelines?

OPINION: Paris (should have) changed everything, so why are we still talking pipelines?

By David Suzuki

With the December Paris climate agreement, leaders and experts from around the world showed they overwhelmingly accept that human-caused climate change is real and, because the world has continued to increase fossil fuel use, the need to curb and reduce emissions is urgent.

Revenue agency phone scam reaches Trail/Rossland areas

Revenue agency phone scam reaches Trail/Rossland areas

The Trail RCMP want the public to be aware of a prolific phone scam currently targeting residents of Trail, Rossland, and the surrounding areas, according to Trail RCMP Cpl. Mike Wilson.

"People are receiving phone calls from a male claiming to be 'Shawn White from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)', who threatens police or court action unless the resident calls a 1-900 number to deal with the matter," Wilson said.

"This is an attempt to have people call a pay-per-dial number and obtain their personal information for further frauds.

Former Rebel Shawn Horcoff suspended for 20 games

Horcoff with the Oilers in 2012.

Anaheim Ducks forward (and former Castlegar Rebel) Shawn Horcoff has been suspended for 20 games, without pay, for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension is accompanied by mandatory referral to the NHL/NHLPA Program for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health for evaluation and possible treatment.

Based on his average annual salary, Horcoff will forfeit $357,526.88.

Kindergarten kids hit rink with Rebels

Castlegar Rebels Captain Carson Wornig helps five-year-old Dawson Pytel dazzle the rink with his new skating skills.

Castlegar's bladerunners of tomorrow got some exciting ice time today as the Rebels took to the ice to share their mad skating skills with Kinnaird Kindergarten students.

Elaine Pilla is a Kindergarten teacher at Kinnaird Elementary who says she and her fellow Kindergarten teacher, Denise Jenner, combine their classes every year for three one-hour skating sessions at the Complex (provided for free by the Complex).

“For the last six years that I've been teaching here, the Rebels have always graciously come out on the ice with the kids,”she said, adding it's quite the thrill for a group of star-struck five-year-olds. “The smiles on their faces tell the entire story.”

Quick thinking homeowner assists Salmon Arm RCMP in solving triple theft

Quick thinking homeowner assists Salmon Arm RCMP in solving triple theft

A Salmon Arm homeowner, who had witnessed thieves stealing his ATV, figured the best way to get help was to create some noise, according to RCMP Staff Sgt. Scott West.

"After seeing thieves drive away with his ATV from his yard, he ran out of his house, jumped into his car and followed the thieves honking his horn in order to draw attention, and it worked," Scott said.

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