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Three explosions force evacuation of local business

Three explosions force evacuation of local business

Employees at KC Recycling in Waneta got a bit of a fright this morning when an electrical fire caused three explosions.

Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue Captain Grant Tyson said they received the emergency call at 10:18 a.m. and responded with six Trail firefighters and another three from Montrose.

OP/ED: Council Clips by Councillor Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff

OP/ED: Council Clips by Councillor Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff

Highlights from tonight's council meeting:

1.) Council approved the 2016 draft financial statements and approved that council hold an Annual Meeting as required under section 99 of the Community Charter on the June 26, 2017 - at the regular council meeting. Part of the draft financial statements show the status of reserves ending 2016. The city has two types of reserves - statutory an operating reserves. Statutory reserves are restricted by community charter and by Bylaw. They can only be used for the purpose specified by Bylaw. Where operating reserves can generally be utilized at the discretion of council. An important consideration however, is that council can only use these reserves for the purpose that they were established - water reserves, sewer reserves, etc. At the end of 2016 there was $4,518,354 in Statutory Reserves and $3,051,627 in Operating Reserves. At the end of December 2016 the city had approximately $793,900 of development reserve and 1.8 million of operating internal financing to pay itself. This amount will be repaid by 2021.

Selkirk College Releases 50th Anniversary Commemorative Book

Journeys Taken: Selkirk College - The First 50 Years is now available for purchase.The commemorative coffee table book’s co-authors Takaia Larsen (left) and Bob Hall (right) opened the first boxes hot off the press last week at the Castlegar Campus loading dock.

Five decades in the making, a beautiful coffee table book on the history of inspiring post-secondary education in the West Kootenay and Boundary has been released to help mark Selkirk College’s 50th Anniversary.

Journeys Taken: Selkirk College - The First 50 Yearsstarts at the beginning and chronicles the rich history of post-secondary through words, photographs and brilliant design.

Riches beyond any party's wildest dreams

The B.C. Liberals raised $13.1 million while the  B.C. NDP raised $6.2 million and B.C. Green party came in at $754,988.

Earlier this month the 2016 donation numbers for B.C.'s political parties were filed with Elections B.C. and, not unexpectedly, it was another bumper crop for the B.C. Liberals. 

The party raised $13.1 million, more than any other provincial party in Canada and $4.8 million more than the federal NDP and Green party combined. 

The B.C. NDP raised $6.2 million – $791,469 more than its federal counterpart – and the B.C. Green party came in at $754,988.

Six homes remain on Evacuation Alert near Zwicky Road Landslide

The map shows the area under Evacuation Alert for the Zwicky Road Landslide.

In a media release Friday, the Regional District of Central Kootenay has rescinding the Evacuation Order for six homes below the Zwicky Road Landslide.

However, the RDCK said the six homes will remain on Evacuation Alert.

“The Evacuation Alert on the surrounding 41 homes has been rescinded,” the release said. “Residents are asked to stay alert for signs of slides.

No one injured after young grizzly charges man on Great Northern Trail

The public is being asked to use extra caution while walking the Great Northern Trail.

Nelson Police Department is asking the public to take extra caution when walking the Nelson-Salmo Great Northern Trail after a local man was charged by a young grizzly bear Wednesday evening.

The incident occurred at approximately 7 p.m. Wednesday (April 26) on the Great Northern Trail between Stanley Street entrance and the Nelson Cemetery.

The man was walking along the trail talking on a cell phone when a young grizzly bear charged at the man.

The man stopped as the bear charged again.

The bear stopped before running off into the bushes.

Failed referendum sparks new approach; your input required

Failed referendum sparks new approach; your input required

Castlegar and area residents are going to get another hands-on opportunity to help shape the future of the Complex, and of local recreation in general, at a public open house slated for next week.

This, after a $25-million recreation referendum in November 2010 was overwhelmingly defeated (roughly 40 per cent of registered voters weighed in, with 20.94 per cent voting in favour and 79.06 per cent voting against).

Dubois commits to play for Smokies

Dubois commits to play for Smokies

The Trail Smoke Eaters are excited to announce the commitment of Cariboo Cougars forward, Daine Dubois for the 2017/18 season.

The product of Williams Lake tied for the BC Major Midget scoring title, posting 27 goals and 40 assists this past season. Dubois also led his team in playoff scoring, registering 14 points as the Cougars captured the BCMML League title. Dubois is currently preparing for the Midget National Championship (Telus Cup), being hosted by the Cariboo Cougars, from April 24 to 30.

Poll indicates children's health may become platform issue in provincial election

Poll indicates children's health may become platform issue in provincial election

Today, BC Healthy Living Alliance is releasing results from their Health Priorities Survey which shows that 80% of residents in the Interior are very concerned about the impact of physical activity on children’s health – followed by nutrition (64%) and poverty (60%).

Growing, Shrinking, and Aging - Columbia Basin-Boundary Regional Population Update

Growing, Shrinking, and Aging - Columbia Basin-Boundary Regional Population Update

Demographic information is critical for planning – whether you are a non profit, a local government, business, or any other type of organization. “Understanding your population, from numbers to gender to age and beyond, can help inform what services and programs are needed, as well as what challenges may be on the horizon”, says Dr.

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