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U19 Film Fest Submissions Open Now

U19 Film Fest Submissions Open Now

We are calling for film submissions from youth!

The Rossland Council for Arts and Culture (RCAC) proudly presents the 10th annual West Kootenay U19 Youth Film Showcase on Thursday, May 4th, 2017, at the Rossland Summit School.

Selkirk College’s Pathways to Employment Explores Opportunities

After participating in the Selkirk College Pathways to Employment in Trades & Industry Program, (L-R) Sadie Stewart, Emma Johnson and Zack Howes have all been accepted into the Selkirk College Metal Fabrication Foundation Program on Nelson’s Silver King Campus.

A Selkirk College job skills pilot project has introduced a group of 16 students to industrial and trades careers, ultimately changing lives in the process.

The Pathways to Employment in Trades & Industry Program brought together students of diverse backgrounds from across the West Kootenay in early-November for a 19-week exploratory program that provided essential job success strategies and hands-on trades training.

Partnering with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and funded by the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund, the program wrapped up on March 24 and is being heralded as a tremendous success.

Prescribed burn planned north of Deer Park

Prescribed burn planned north of Deer Park

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations will be conducting a 22-hectare prescribed burn 15 kilometres north of Deer Park (near Twobit Creek) to help restore local ecosystems.

This controlled burn will occur sometime between April 4 and May 15, but timing will depend on weather and site conditions. While the burn is underway, smoke may be visible from Edgewood, Renata, Deer Park and surrounding communities.

Trained BC Wildfire Service personnel will carefully monitor the Twobit Creek fire at all times.

RCMP catch break in jewelry store heist

RCMP catch break in jewelry store heist

Grand Forks RCMP were able to locate some of the items stolen from Florences Jewellery and Gifts during a theft in December 2016.

Detachment Commander at Grand Forks RCMP, Sgt. Jim Fenske said in a media release during the early morning December heist, an unknown suspect entered the store, stealing approximately $100,000 worth of jewelry.

At the time RCMP Forensic Identification members attended and recovered some evidence and video surveillance images.

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.

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.

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.

RCMP arrest four suspects after Grand Forks schools vandalized

RCMP report John A. Hutton and Dr. D.A. Perley Elementary and Grand Forks Secondary were vandalized Monday.

Grand Forks RCMP made an arrest after three schools in the city were vandalized Monday.

The arrest came after officers responded to complaints at John A. Hutton and Dr. D.A. Perley Elementary schools and Grand Forks Secondary.

The first complaint came in Monday (March 27) as RCMP responded to a complaint of mischief at John A. Hutton and Dr. D.A. Perley Elementary Schools in the Boundary City.

City swimming in grant money as provincial, federal water and wastewater funding comes in

The federal government is funding 50 per cent of the project cost, while the province is in for 33 per cent while the City of Grand Forks is on the hook for the remaining 17 per cent. — Screen Shot photo

The city was the benefactor of nearly $3.5 million in federal and provincial grant money recently as it was successful in its two applications for the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.

The city will receive $3,416,300 for two grant applications in its latest funding cycle, including $88,000 of a $95,000 total cost for a sewer phasing plan, and $3,328,300 of a $4,010,000 total cost for the wastewater treatment facility (WWTF) upgrades.

Woman charged after fentanyl found in Trail home

Woman charged after fentanyl found in Trail home

A 59-year-old Trail woman has been charged after police allegedly found fentanyl and cocaine in her home, according to RCMP Sgt. Darren Oelke.

“In the early morning hours of March 25, members of the Trail RCMP Crime Reduction Team executed a search warrant on a residence on Topping Street,” Oelke said in a press release. “Police located substances believed to be cocaine and fentanyl along with evidence of trafficking at the Topping Street home.”

Oelke said in a later interview that no weapons, other than a pellet gun, were found in the search.

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