Regional News

Do Not Use Order near Rock Creek/ Bridesville: Update

A clandestine drug lab forced the "Do Not Use" order for Rock Creek/Bridesville homes.

Interior Health said in a media release its removing a "Do Not Use" order for water for several properties in a specified area between Bridesville and Rock Creek posted March 2, 2017.

The initial order was posted for water for several properties in a specified area between Bridesville and Rock Creek as a precautionary measure due to notification from the RCMP that a clandestine drug lab had been depositing hazardous materials onto the soil of a property in the area, possibly contaminating the local ground water.

No one injured in structure fire in downtown Castlegar

No one injured in structure fire in downtown Castlegar

No one was injured during a structure fire in downtown Castlegar this afternoon, according to Fire Chief Gerry Rempel.

Rempel said the call came in at about 2:40 p.m., to attend a fire in single-family home in the 300 Block of 6 Avenue.

“We put it out quite quickly, but there’s substantial smoke damage,” Rempel said, adding the house was empty but for two cats at the time. It was a relative popping by who smelled smoke and alerted the fire department.

“The two cats are fine,” Rempel added.

Letter: More funding not always the answer

Letter: More funding not always the answer

To The Editor:

More funding might help our seniors if they are in a publicly owned facility. A few more staff and maybe an extra therapist. But history shows that more funding has not improved the quality of care in "for profit" or even "non-profit" facilities.

The taxpayers shelled out more money in 2010 when the client rate was increased which according to the Health Minister, was to be used to increase staff levels.

Did that happen? No.

School district chair to propose banning school trips to US after Trump ban

School district chair to propose banning school trips to US after Trump ban

The chair of the local board of education is going to be suggesting, at the SD 20 board’s next meeting, that school-related trips to the US be disallowed due to the trump administration’s travel bans.

Teri Ferworn, chair of the SD 20 board, said such a policy may not even be the purview of individual school districts.

“There may be some kind of word from high about (how we have to handle this),” she said, adding that, until or unless that happens, she thinks there should be a moratorium on trips to the States.

CBT commits $1 mill for Alliance for Literacy over next two years

Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy offers numerous programs for all ages.

Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) ensures that communities have access to the literacy programs and support services they need. Their unique regional approach will continue to have Columbia Basin Trust’s support with another two-year funding commitment.

Selkirk Enactus Club embarks on community clean-up project in Castlegar

Club members pose for a group shot as they introduce inaugural project.

Selkirk College students are undertaking a community clean-up project through their Enactus Club, according to Enactus spokeswoman Ivy Chen.

Che said a group of students from the Enactus Club at Selkirk College will collect garbage from the roadsides leading to Selkirk College and the section of Highway 3A called ‘Airport Hill’.

So what is the Enactus Club, and why are they doing this?

SPCA unveils design for new $2-mill Castlegar facility

Castelgar Mayor Lawrence Chernoff and SPCA CAO Craig Daniell were two of many dignitaries on hand to see the reveal of plans for the new West Kootenay Community Animal Centre.

The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) unveiled plans for its new, $2-million West Kootenay Community Animal Centre in Castlegar at a special event on March 21 at the Castelgar Complex.

New campsites, park rangers expected for Kootenay-Boundary region this year

The construction of new sites includes any associated infrastructure, such as roads, water/sewer expansion, electrical upgrades, shower/toilet buildings and outhouse facilities.

The province will be increasing the number of rangers in the field and campsites in the parks of the Kootenay-Boundary region this year, says an Environment department spokesperson.

David Karn said employing more ranger staff will not only improve the ecological integrity and safety in the region’s parks, it will create employment and skills training opportunities in the Kootenay-Boundary.

City will look to increase property taxes on top of BC Assessment increased assessment

Review and analysis of the 2017 completed assessment roll indicates that the assessed value of residential properties in Grand Forks has increased an average of 4.08 per cent due to market changes.

Grand Forks taxpayers are getting hit with a double whammy this year.

City council is considering a 3.5 per cent increase for property taxes — to be voted on in earnest March 27 — in addition to a 4.8 per cent increase in property values from B.C. Assessment.

Council voted on an increase of 3.5 per cent — $125,062 — on top of the previously proposed $3,573,211, for total property tax revenues of $3,698,273. But it did not come without much debate, and the motion was not unanimous.

Police warn against falling into tax-time fraud

Police warn against falling into tax-time fraud

This, from Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Brett Turner, in response to recent complaints:

Every year, thousands of Canadians fall victim to fraud, losing millions of dollars. Most don't think it could happen to them, but fraudsters use sophisticated ways to target people of all ages. The impact of fraud on individuals, families and businesses can be devastating. Retirement savings, homes, businesses and, in some cases, lives have all been lost.

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