Katrine Conroy campaign office kickoff signals start of 2017 Provincial Election in Kootenay West

Conroy welcoming longtime supporters, Bonnie and Norm Essery to the 2017 Campaign Office.

While it still may not look very much like it in some corners, winter is releasing its grip on the West Kootenay. Snowfalls turning to rain showers, songbirds returning to the trees, and creeks swollen with runoff signal the return of spring to the region. And, along with the seasonal turns, every four years also brings with it spring provincial elections. In the provincial riding of Kootenay West that means NDP candidate, Katrine Conroy, is gearing up her campaign to, once again, win the honour of representing the riding in the Provincial Legislature of British Columbia.

RDCK residents may qualify for Disaster Financial Assistance

Emergency Management BC has authorized funding for those claimants who qualify and who are unable to obtain insurance to cover their losses.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay is encouraging residents whose homes or contents incurred damage from floods or slides between March 15-23, 2017 to apply for Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA).

The RDCK said in a media release Monday Emergency Management BC has authorized funding for those claimants who qualify and who are unable to obtain insurance to cover their losses.

"Applicants should first check with their insurance agent to determine if their current insurance policy provides coverage for the resulting damage," said the RDCK media release.

COLUMN: From the Hill -- Why RCMP Morale is Declining

COLUMN: From the Hill -- Why RCMP Morale is Declining

Over the past month I have visited most of the RCMP detachments in South Okanagan-West Kootenay.  While the conversations covered some of the obvious law and order issues such as marijuana legalization, rising levels of property crime and staffing levels for highway patrol, I was surprised that one issue dominated most of my visits—declining morale in the force.

March one of wettest months on record

It took Mother Nature until the final day of March to allow residents to experience some enjoyable spring weather. — The Nelson Daily

If anyone thought March was a little wetter than normal, they were right.

March 2017 checked in as one of the wettest months on record said Ron Lakeman, Weather Forecaster for the Southeast Fire Centre in Castlegar in the monthly weather synopsis.

“The total amount of precipitation was 125.4 millimetres and very close to twice the amount during an average March,” said Lakeman, adding a near endless stream of Pacific disturbances was the blame for a wet and slightly cooler than normal March.

UPDATE: Missing Castlegar boy found, safe and sound

UPDATE: Missing Castlegar boy found, safe and sound

In a press release sent out after 11 p.m. Saturday night, RCMP Cpl. Brett Turner announced that a missing 12-year-old Castlegar boy is back home.

Smile! Cameras coming to Nelson Transit Fleet

Some of the Nova busses in Nelson Transit Fleet already have cameras installed ready for operation in April. — The Nelson Daily photo

Smile! You’re now on BC Transit Camera.

BC Transit recently announced starting in April, six bus in the Nelson Transit fleet will phase in the installation of closed-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras.

BC Transit Communications Manager Jonathon Dyck said all medium- and heavy-duty buses acquired after 2005 will have the cameras installed, and new buses, 27 feet and longer, will be delivered with the cameras already factory-installed. 

No one injured in MVA on Columbia Avenue Thursday morning

No one injured in MVA on Columbia Avenue Thursday morning
A group of nursing students are credited with helping the victim of an early-morning car accident Thursday, according to RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew.
"On March 30 ... at approximately 8 a.m, Castlegar RCMP along with Castlegar Fire Department and EMS attended a single-vehicle roll-over accident on Columbia Avenue just north of Minto Road in Castlegar," she said.
"It appears that the 27-year-old female driver fell asleep and went off road (to the) right, rolling the car into the ditch.

Fighting invasive mussels receives $3 million influx of funds

Invasive mussels threaten critical salmon habitat, damage infrastructure, and prevent full recreational use of our lakes and beaches. — Submitted photo

No matter what Mother Nature is throwing at us this spring, better weather is on its way.

And as the boating season approaches, the B.C. government is once again adding to its arsenal in the fight to keep B.C. invasive mussel free by adding two new inspection stations, expanding inspection hours and the inspection operating season, more than doubling the number of inspectors, increasing public education, expanding scientific lake monitoring and providing Canada’s first multi-purpose mussel-sniffing dog.

COLUMN: Amazing Advances in Technology

One smartphone has more computing power than NASA used to put men on the moon in 1969.

If you own a smartphone, you have more computing power at your fingertips than NASA scientists had when they put people on the moon in 1969! And it’s in a small device, unlike the massive hardware the space agency used.

CBT accepting built Heritage grant applications

The Kaslo City Hall is just one of the examples of built Heritage assets in the Basin. — Photo courtesy Zoe Ferguson

The first intake of the three-year, $6-million Columbia Basin Trust’s new Built Heritage Grants is now open.
“We know that there are projects that organizations will want to get started on this year, so we’ve timed our first grant intake to help them take advantage of this year’s building season,” said Wayne Lundeberg, the Trust’s Director, Delivery of Benefits.

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