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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.

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?

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