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Open house on rural education coming soon to Trail

Open house on rural education coming soon to Trail

Trail area families are being encouraged to attend an open house on Feb. 24 to share their ideas on how to transform rural education in British Columbia.

Fraudsters pose as RCMP in CRA scam

Fraudsters pose as RCMP in CRA scam

A fraudster posing as Grand Forks RCMP officer demanded money on behalf of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for back taxes, fines and a fee from a Boundary citizen said Sgt. J.(Jim) Fenske in a media release.

"The scammer told the citizen that the R.C.M.P. would be arresting the person and "seizing" her children if she did not pay her taxes," Fenske explained after a citizen contacted the detachment to report the incident.

"Later the citizen got a phone call using the Grand Forks RCMP phone number on her cell phone," Fenske added.

Gas leak forces closure of Fruitvale Elementary School

Gas leak forces closure of Fruitvale Elementary School

This morning was kicked off with some angst and upset for Fruitvale Elementary School staff, administration, students and parents after a problem with the school's natural gas regulators forced the closure of the school.

School District 20 Superintendent Bill Ford said school administration had been in contact with Fortis over the issue for the past couple of weeks, as a gas odour would intermittently be noticeable throughout the school.

Exhibitions explore Asian Settlement in the Kootenays

Exhibitions explore Asian Settlement in the Kootenays

The Kootenay Gallery of Art in Castlegar opens its 2017 Exhibition Schedule with two shows that explore migration and settlement through the perspective of East Asian Canadian artists who reference the West Kootenays. Plant Memory and High Muck a Muck both open March 3 at 7 p.m. and run until April 15.

Armed robbery at Teejay's, police ask witnesses to come forward

Armed robbery at Teejay's, police ask witnesses to come forward

Castlegar RCMP is investigating an armed robbery that occurred on Feb. 12 at a downtown business. At approximately 6 p.m., two suspects entered Teejay's grocery store on 4th Street with a replica firearm and approached the clerk. They took her to the back room and bound her arms, then proceeded to steal many items including cash, lottery tickets, and cigarettes. The males fled the store and may have gotten into a smaller size, light colored pick up truck behind Kootenay Savings.

The store clerk was not physically injured.

Castlegar man killed in mountain accident

Castlegar man killed in mountain accident

Trail and Greater District Detachment is assisting the BC Coroner Service and Worksafe BC with the investigation into the death of a Castlegar man who was struck by a tree, according to Trail RCMP Sgt. Darren Oelke.

The 72-year-old man was grooming trails in the Nancy Green cross country ski area when the accident occurred last Friday.

Preliminary results of affordable housing survey point to financial struggle: city official

Some people were greater than 50 per cent, Watt said, making it one of the biggest findings of the survey.

Over half of the people who took part in an affordable housing survey in the city in January spend nearly half of their monthly income on their accommodations, a city development and engineering department technologist says.

Graham Watt revealed some of the preliminary results of the City of Grand Forks’ Affordable Housing Survey in a city council meeting Jan. 30, including the fact that 54 per cent of the survey respondents spend between 30 to 50 per cent of their monthly income on housing.

WANTED: Local scientists to inspire children

Scientists from all disciplines will get the opportunity to share their passion with children of all ages.

Science World’s Scientists and Innovators in the Schools (SIS) program gets kids excited about science and technology through school visits from local science professionals. To better serve communities in the Kootenay region, we are holding a communication training workshop in Castlegar, for science professionals interested in finding out more about this program. The workshop will take place on Feb. 23, at the Selkirk College, between 5 and 7:30 p.m. The workshop is free, but registration is required.

WorkBC's Find Your Fit to showcase B.C.'s in-demand jobs in Castlegar

WorkBC's Find Your Fit to showcase B.C.'s in-demand jobs in Castlegar

Young people of Castlegar will have an opportunity to learn the skills they will need for tomorrow's in-demand occupations.

WorkBC's Find Your Fit tour will be making its next stop at the Stanley Humphries school, Feb. 16.

Census figures are out: who grew, and by how much?

Census figures are out: who grew, and by how much?

The 2016 census figures are out, and communities all over Canada can compare their current population figures with the numbers from the 2011 census.  

In terms of percentage of growth, Rossland leads the pack of local municipalities; from a 2011 head-count of 3,556, Rossland has grown by 4.9% to a 2016 population of 3,729. -- an increase of  173 people.

Just down the hill, the Village of Warfield  shrank by 20 residents in those five years. 

The City of Trail grew from 7,681 in 2011 to 7,709 in 2016 -- 28 people: less than half one percent.

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