June 2016

UPDATED: Missing 19-year-old found 'safe and sound'

Keven Dakin, 19, last seen in Robson, has been located said RCMP.

RCMP said the missing 19-year-old has been found.

Police made the announcement in a media release Tuesday evening.

"Thank you for your assistance. He has been located safe and sound."

MISSING: Police seek help finding missing teen

The Castlegar RCMP are seeking the assistance of the public in locating missing 19-year-old Keven Dakin, according to RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew.

“Keven had been travelling from Quebec to the Okanagan area and was last seen in the Castlegar area,” Mathew said.

UPDATE: Cooler temperatures help contain Gilpin Wildfire near Grand Forks

The Gilpin Wildfire burns close to Highway 3 a few kilometers east of Grand Forks. — Photo courtesy Rob Ostrikoff

The wildfire burning in the Gilpin area east of Grand Forks remains, as of 4 p.m. Wednesday, at 224 hectares, according Karlie Shaughnessy, Fire Information Officer with the Southeast Fire Centre.

“With cooler temperatures and higher humidity levels, they've managed to get the fire 40 per cent contained,” she added.

Gold Fever Follies 2016: Come Early, Seating Will be Limited

Photo by Dave Cornelius, from last year's show.

The Gold Fever Follies will be an attraction again this summer of 2016, even though the MIners Uniion Hall is not available as a venue while renovations are under way.   The new location will have limited seating, so come to a show during July when attendance has historically been a bit lighter.  

The show will go on at the old Bank of Montreal building, now the Rossland Gallery.  Only about 60 seats will fit there.  

Gerick Sports WASA TRIATHLON popular with TriKids

Nearly one quarter being young triathletes aged between four to 15 years old. — Photo courtesy Raven Eye Photography

From an elite event of standard distance the Wasa Triathlon, in the Kootenays of B.C., has transformed into one of the most family friendly festival weekends in Western Canada. 

The event has grown over the last 20 years from 90 competitors to over 1000 participants with nearly one quarter being young triathletes aged between four to 15 years old.

Race director, Charlie Cooper says “the event attracts families from all over B.C., Alberta and North West USA." 



June 8 marks World Oceans Day, but what if we celebrated oceans every day? Covering more than 70 per cent of Earth’s surface, oceans, more than anything, define our small blue planet. We should celebrate their complex and vibrant ecosystems, life-sustaining services, calming effects and unimaginable diversity, much of which we have not yet even discovered.

Column: Money and Influence -- Telling It Like It Is

Column:  Money and Influence -- Telling It Like It Is

Former chief of staff to then-Premier Gordon Campbell, Martyn Brown made some refreshingly candid comments about B.C.'s political financing culture on Shaw TV's Voice of B.C. the other day.

“No corporation, no industry, no union gives the level of money that they give to politicians without expecting special consideration in return, and they do get it,” Brown said.

Kootenay Savings Credit Union staff vote in favour of strike action

Kootenay Savings Credit Union staff vote in favour of strike action

Unionized staff at Kootenay Savings Credit Union have voted 94% in favour of job action, said Jeff Bromley of the United Steelworkers Locals 9705 and 1-405 in a media release Wednesday.

Bromley said the vote came after 17 days of negotiations during the past six months.

Bromley said the key sticking points remain the employer’s insistence on deleting long-standing language that is protective of KSCU employee’s pension; hours of work for the new Member Service Center; limiting of member health benefits and no wage increase for two years.

Ministerial statement on medical assistance in dying

BC Health Minister Terry Lake

Health Minister Terry Lake and Attorney General Suzanne Anton released the following statement yesterday on medical assistance in dying:

Bronwyn Moore of Rossland's Seven Summits Centre for Learning to Attend SHAD

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Bronwyn Moore,  in Grade 11 at the Seven Summits Centre for Learning in Rossland, has been chosen as one of the 701 exceptional students from across Canada to join the prestigious SHAD program this July -- in an intense one-month program at one of 12 host university campuses, focused on "STEAM" -- science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

After the program, students become connected to a powerful network featuring some of the brightest young minds in the country, including 30 Rhodes scholars.

Public outcry wins reprieve for threatened toads near Summit Lake

Locals who protested logging above Summit Lake Provincial Park in favour of protecting blue-listed toads won a reprieve until the winter. — Photo courtesy Wayne McCrory

Concerns by the local residents, environmental groups and the Okanagan First Nation that proposed logging above Summit Lake Provincial Park could crush hundreds of blue-listed toads while destroying their habitat has resulted in logging being stopped until winter said Valhalla Wilderness Society (VWS) in a media release Wednesday.

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