May 2016

Kootenays well represented at Performing Arts B.C.

Rosslanders Maggie Chan in Intermediate Classical Voice and Brian Chan in Junior Classical Voice are off to represent the Kootenays at the Provincials in Fort St. John. —Submitted photo

A large number of local artists have made the grade to compete at the provincials following a successful showing at the recent 2016 Kootenay Festival of the Arts held in Nelson.

More than 400 talented young performers from the Kootenays including Nelson, Castlegar, Trail, Rossland, Grand Forks, New Denver and Grand Forks and as far away as Kamloops and Washington State, were adjudicated in their respected disciplines.

The second Highlight Concert held at the Capitol Theatre April 16th, featuring performers in strings, woodwinds, piano, choral, speech arts and voice.

Disaster Day Event — all about raising awareness

From left, Andrew Bellerby, RDCK Regional Fire Chief, Nora Hannon, Deputy Fire Chief for Balfour/Harrop Fire Department, Noreen Clayton, Emergency Program Coordinator for the Regional District of Central Kootenay and Nelson Fire Chief Len MacCharles prepare for Disaster Day event in Nelson. — The Nelson Daily

The date was planned out months in advance.

However, the importance of Saturday’s “Disaster Day” exercise at the Hall Street Plaza in Nelson has been magnified after seeing how quickly disasters can strike as people watch in horror the wildfires ripping through Fort McMurray, AB.

Public safety remains the key priority as provincial fire crews continue their efforts to reduce the threat to property and infrastructure in Fort McMurray.

Minimum wage increases coupled with new training supports

Shirley Bond, Minister for Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, and Minister Responsible for Labour watches Premier Christy Clark announce the increase to BC Minimum Wage. — Submitted photo

The British Columbia government is increasing the minimum wage in two stages to better reflect the province’s overall economic growth and ensure all workers benefit from B.C.’s success. 

SD8 puts surplus money toward facilities and staffing in new budget

The SD 8 Board is facing significant pressures over the next few years.

Facilities and teacher staffing headline two major philosophical changes to the school district’s newly minted budget as the board of education searches for answers to facility funding shortfalls.

In its budget — released last week — School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) the board of trustees elected to not add any surplus dollars to revenue, a sum that has historically been around $400,000.

It's a big day, so don't forget about Mom on Mother's Day!

It's a big day, so don't forget about Mom on Mother's Day!

It's probably all right to forget a birthday or even an anniversary.

But Mother's Day? Not a good idea.

Sunday, all over the world, mother's will spoiled on Mother's Day.

In Canada Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May and typically involves small celebrations and gift-giving to one's mother, grandmother, or other important female figures in one's family.

Celebratory practices are very similar to those of other western nations, such as Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Temporary closure for NDCC due to ongoing construction

Temporary closure for NDCC due to ongoing construction

Nelson and District Community Centre users please take note.

Due to ongoing contruction, the NDCC Fitness Centre and Administration Offices will close at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday (May 8) and re-open at 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday (May 10).
"This closure is required because of an adhesive product that is being used in the aquatic centre basin," said Marty Benson, NDCC Manager of Recreation said in a media release.

Missing Midway woman's car found by police

Missing Midway woman's car found by police

The vehicle belonging to Midway BC resident Colleen Smith has been located in Kelowna.

Midway RCMP continue to look for Colleen Smith who was originally reported missing in early February when she failed to show up for work.

Police seek public assistance after early-morning robbery Friday

Police seek public assistance after early-morning robbery Friday
On May 6 at 4:27 a.m., Castlegar RCMP responded to a robbery at a business on 6th Avenue in Castlegar.  Two male suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash from an employee leaving work.  The victim was not injured during the robbery.  The investigation is ongoing and further details relating to the incident are not being released at this time. 

Crews continue efforts on wildfires in northeast B.C., most of which were human-caused

Crews continue efforts on wildfires in northeast B.C., most of which were human-caused

Recent warm, dry conditions have led to increased fire activity in the Prince George Fire Centre. Scattered showers are forecasted for this weekend which should aid fire suppression efforts.

There are currently seven wildfires of note, which are all located in the Peace Region. The Beatton Airport Road wildfire, which is located 45 kilometres north of Fort St. John, is estimated at 12,000 hectares in size. The Siphon Creek wildfire, located 40 kilometres northeast of Fort St. John, is estimated at 24,000 hectares and has crossed the Alberta border.

BC Hydro completes Arrow Lakes Reservoir boat ramp improvements

 From left to right: Director Rick Smith, Regional District of Central Kootenay; Mayor Lawrence Chernoff, City of Castlegar; Matt Tonner, Columbia Power; and Chris Egan, BC Hydro.

Representatives from the Province, BC Hydro, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, the Revelstoke Rod and Gun Club, and other partners celebrated the completion of the Shelter Bay Provincial Park boat ramp upgrade project on Saturday May 7, 2016 near Revelstoke.

The Shelter Bay boat ramp project is the last of eight boat ramp projects to improve boater access to Arrow Lakes Reservoir. BC Hydro also upgraded existing boat ramps at McDonald Creek Park, Fauquier, Edgewood and Syringa Creek Park and built new ramps at Nakusp, Burton, and Anderson Point.

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