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Local young people tackle the wild in youth backpacking adventure

Local young people tackle the wild in youth backpacking adventure

This summer, 15 youth from across the region tackled some of the most rugged and remote wilderness in the Kootenays on Wildsight’s six-day Go Wild Youth Leadership Adventure.

Led by Revelstoke’s Patagonia Ambassador and Pro Skier Leah Evans and Kimberley wildlife biologist and wilderness guide Dave Quinn, the team traversed both Elk Lakes and Height of the Rockies Provincial Parks.

BC Coroners Service reminds boaters to wear PFDs

The best way to enjoy being on the water is wearing a personal flotation device.

As the fina long weekend of the summer approaches, the BC Coroners Service is urging residents and visitors to stay safe when boating.

The need for all persons in small vessels to wear a properly fitted personal flotation device (PFD) is highlighted by two cases reported to the BC Coroners Service this week.

Both persons were in small boats. In one case, the person fell overboard. In the other, the boat capsized. Neither person was wearing a PFD. Neither survived.

Selkirk College and Columbia Power Create Energy for Growth

Columbia Power has many employees who have received at least some of their post-secondary education and training at Selkirk College. Some of those alumni gathered for a photo and include (L-R) Bree Seabrook, Jessica Rogers, Heather Gauthier, Sue Dyer, Scott Spencer, Linda Verishine, Andre Noel, Audrey Rysen, Pat Keller, John Jenner and Caleb Kennedy.

Building a sustainable regional economy requires teamwork and when it comes to helping provide an educated and trained workforce to create growth, Selkirk College and Columbia Power are a winning combination.

Joint task force statement on International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day has never before been more relevant.

Provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall and director of police services Clayton Pecknold released the following statement in recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day, Aug. 31, 2016.

“With the unprecedented number of overdoses we are seeing across the country, International Overdose Awareness Day has never before been more relevant.

Back to school tips and links for students and their families

Students will be heading back to school in September.

As families get ready to send over 600,000 students back to school, there are lots of great resources available to make the transition to the classroom easier – and get a start on getting ready for life after high school.

“The new school year is exciting for parents and students alike and everyone wants a stress-free start to the year," said Mike Bernier, Minister of Education.

SD 20 to drop bus fees, refund monies already paid

SD 20 to drop bus fees, refund monies already paid

The School District 20 has eliminated the controversial student busing fees slated to be implemented this school year, after finding out they'll be ellibigle for a roughly $243,000 grant earmarked for transportation services.

Castlegar Trustee Mickey Kinakin said this means the district has to submit a report indicating the way they'll use the grant money – and priority one was ditching the fees. In an emergency meeting Tuesday, the board voted unanimously to create a transportation plan to send to the province as soon as possible.

Selkirk College Inks President Angus Graeme for Five More Years

Selkirk College President Angus Graeme has been given the confidence from the Board of Governors to continue leading post-secondary education in the West Kootenay and Boundary region over the next five years.

After a successful five years at the helm of Selkirk College, President Angus Graeme has been given a vote of confidence by the Board of Governors to continue his leadership of post-secondary education in the West Kootenay and Boundary.

The Board announced that Graeme has signed another five year contract to continue in his role until 2021.

Peace & Justice Studies Conference Brings Informal Evening with Bright Minds

Peace & Justice Studies Conference Brings Informal Evening with Bright Minds

His whole life revolves around missing and murdered Indigenous women. James Favel is the leader of the Bear Clan Patrol in Winnipeg. He revived the grass roots, peaceful street patrol group in his community in the summer of 2015 after growing frustrated at what he saw going on in his neighbourhood. It was the disappearance of Tina Fontaine that finally drove him to action.

Selkirk College Graduating Nursing Student Recognized for Top Marks by University of Victoria

Holli Norberg received the Certificate of Outstanding Academic Distinction for achieving top marks in the Faculty of Human and Social Development from the University of Victoria. A Selkirk College Nursing program grad, she took advantage of the opportunity to complete her degree at home in the West Kootenay. — Photo courtesy of UVic Photo Services

Selkirk College nursing graduate Holli Norberg was recently recognized by the University of Victoria for top marks in the faculty of Human and Social Development which partners with the local school in offering the Nursing degree program.

There are over 3,500 students enrolled in the faculty.

COLUMN: What Caribou Need to Survive

Boreal Woodland Caribou:  Photo from David Suzuki Foundation

(Editor's Note:  Southern BC is also home to most of the world's at-risk population of Mountain Caribou, and the comments in the column below about the need for undisturbed habitat apply equally.  For a BC government document on the Mountain Caribou's need for "large tracts of old-growth forest in the Interior Wet Belt,"  click here.)

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