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January sees third-highest number of illicit drug deaths ever in B.C.

Officials are urging users to have a Naloxone kits, and not to use alone.

The number of illicit drug deaths in B.C. decreased slightly in January over the figures for November and December, but was still the third-highest number ever for a single month.

Provisional data from the BC Coroners Service show that a total of 116 persons died as a result of illicit drug use during the month of January, an average of more than seven deaths every two days. December 2016 had the highest number of illicit drug deaths ever, 142.

Open house on rural education coming soon to Trail

Open house on rural education coming soon to Trail

Trail area families are being encouraged to attend an open house on Feb. 24 to share their ideas on how to transform rural education in British Columbia.

RDCK directors punt proposed wage increase into next month

Area D Director Aimee Watson made a motion that staff look at the impact of spreading the 20-per-cent increase over two years.

Directors of the Regional District of the Central Kootenay have asked staff to look further into the idea of how they can give themselves a wage increase of up to 20 per cent in the next few years.

The directors asked staff in January to study the impact of a 20-per-cent wage increase on this year’s budget. Directors hope to make a decision before finalizing this year’s budget in April.

YRB urges caution as winter driving continues for highway driving

Highway 6 near Whitewater Ski Hill entrance is wet and slippery. — DriveBC photo

Yellowhead Road & Bridge Ltd. is asking the public to use caution when driving the highways in the region after a high amount of moisture was received during the past 24 hours.

"We have received 4 mm of rain in the valley over night with steady to heavy rainfall forecasted through the day today," said Marc Dale of YRB.

"The large volume of snow we have received along with the rising temperatures are producing slippery conditions, particularly on side roads which have compact snow."

Gas leak forces closure of Fruitvale Elementary School

Gas leak forces closure of Fruitvale Elementary School

This morning was kicked off with some angst and upset for Fruitvale Elementary School staff, administration, students and parents after a problem with the school's natural gas regulators forced the closure of the school.

School District 20 Superintendent Bill Ford said school administration had been in contact with Fortis over the issue for the past couple of weeks, as a gas odour would intermittently be noticeable throughout the school.

Exhibitions explore Asian Settlement in the Kootenays

Exhibitions explore Asian Settlement in the Kootenays

The Kootenay Gallery of Art in Castlegar opens its 2017 Exhibition Schedule with two shows that explore migration and settlement through the perspective of East Asian Canadian artists who reference the West Kootenays. Plant Memory and High Muck a Muck both open March 3 at 7 p.m. and run until April 15.

Local conservation officer attacked by cougar near Salmo

Local conservation officer attacked by cougar near Salmo

A local conservation officer was attacked by a cougar during an anomalous spike in cougar activity in and around Salmo, according to Deputy Chief Conservation Officer Chris Doyle.

Doyle said the CO (whose name will not be released) responded to a call about an injured cougar that had been struck by a pick-up truck about 20 km outside Salmo at roughly 7:15 p.m. Tuesday. The otherwise-healthy cougar was injured severely enough to require the officer to humanely euthanize the animal.

Throne speech begins stretch run for BC politicians

Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon outlined how British Columbia has navigated challenging times to lead Canada, thanks to a plan.

Members of the BC Legislature made their way back to Victoria to begin the final session before the provincial election in May.

In her speech from the throne Tuesday, Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon outlined how British Columbia has navigated challenging times to lead Canada, thanks to a plan – and hard-working British Columbians.

Since the launch of the BC Jobs Plan five years ago:

Armed robbery at Teejay's, police ask witnesses to come forward

Armed robbery at Teejay's, police ask witnesses to come forward

Castlegar RCMP is investigating an armed robbery that occurred on Feb. 12 at a downtown business. At approximately 6 p.m., two suspects entered Teejay's grocery store on 4th Street with a replica firearm and approached the clerk. They took her to the back room and bound her arms, then proceeded to steal many items including cash, lottery tickets, and cigarettes. The males fled the store and may have gotten into a smaller size, light colored pick up truck behind Kootenay Savings.

The store clerk was not physically injured.

Castlegar man killed in mountain accident

Castlegar man killed in mountain accident

Trail and Greater District Detachment is assisting the BC Coroner Service and Worksafe BC with the investigation into the death of a Castlegar man who was struck by a tree, according to Trail RCMP Sgt. Darren Oelke.

The 72-year-old man was grooming trails in the Nancy Green cross country ski area when the accident occurred last Friday.

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