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Trail fitness centre to get $335,000 expansion

Trail fitness centre to get $335,000 expansion

 The Trail Aquatic and Leisure Center will be expanding its fitness center in 2017 - the final planning stages for a 933-sq.-ft. additional space are under way. Parks and Recreation director Trisha Davison says her vision for the project would be for building to begin by April 1 and wrap up with the annual shutdown in August. No contract has yet been awarded for the project.

Boundary MLA leads provincial study of rural education; open house planned

This review will explore rural school funding and educational practices, as well as the role educational programs and schools play in rural communities across the province.

The future of rural education is being investigated online with the Boundary’s MLA at the helm as the province tries to develop a new education strategy for areas outside its major urban areas.

Led by Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson — Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Education — an online discussion about the meaning and the future of rural education is now winding down, but an open house will be staged in Trail on Feb. 24 (6-8 p.m., site yet to be determined) to gather more feedback.

Get Ready for Rossland's Winter Carnival!

Photo by Larry Doell

There will be non-stop fun at the Rossland Winter Carnival -- the longest-running such event in Canada, it's been happening every year since 1898. With so much going on, people will wish they could defy the laws of physics by  being in more than one place at a time.  Here's a smattering of the events.

Calling all passionate and inspiring youth

Calling all passionate and inspiring youth

Calling all youth -- that is, those who will be  between the ages of  18 and 23 in late July of this year -- are you inspiring and visionary?  Are you passionate about creating postive social change?  Read on: if you make an exceptional presentation in a two-minute video, and fill in the required application form,  you could be chosen for an all-expense paid trip to Switzerland to gain the skills necessary to catalyze positive social change.  The application promo promises that those chosen will gain "a platform to engage

Business group lobbies for $40,000 feasibility study for bridge from college to downtown area

Conceptual rendering of proposed bridge across Columbia River.

A coalition of downtown business owners wants a $40,000 feasibility study for a pedestrian/bicycle bridge spanning the Columbia River between Selkirk College and Zuckerberg Island.

At its regular meeting Monday night, city council was asked to contribute $10,000 to the initiative. Presenter Jackie Letkeman told council that CBT has offered a verbal commitment to fund half the study, while Selkirk College would add a “modest  contribution”.

Also presenting on behalf of the group was Dr. Sandy Battista, owner of Head to Toe Holistic Health Clinic.

Celgar donates ambulance to Ootischenia Fire Department

In the photo attached taken at Celgar today, left to right are:  Mark Goebel: Celgar Health & Safety Manager, George Hamm: Celgar employee and Ootischenia fire chief, Kevin Anderson: Celgar Managing Director, Len Coates Celgar employee and Ootischenia fire deputy fire chief, George Seigler Regional Deputy fire chief.

Last year Celgar’s Health and Safety department, headed by Safety Manager Mark Goebel, made the decision to upgrade Celgar’s onsite Emergency Transport Vehicle.  Although not used frequently, the 1991 ambulance has served Celgar well for approximately 20 years to transport patients to medical aid when required. 

Take a Hike program hosts 'Moonlight Snowshoe' fundraising event

Take a Hike program hosts 'Moonlight Snowshoe' fundraising event

What better way to enjoy our beautiful Kootenay winter than an evening of guided snowshoeing under the moonlight with friends and family? The West Kootenay Take a Hike Program invites your participation in our first annual moonlight snowshoe event featuring excellent food, live music, a silent auction and prizes - all in support of a great cause!

BCNU President says Thursday’s shooting at Boundary District Hospital could have been much worse

A man walked who walked into Boundary District Hospital Thursday and shot himself is now being treated for his injuries and is in stable condition.
Nurses and front-line staff who work at Boundary District Hospital in Grand Forks are traumatized after a man walked into the emergency room on Thursday evening, pulled out a gun and shot himself.

The victim was airlifted to a Vancouver-area hospital and his condition is unknown.

Rossland Search and Rescue: local heroes

It's all very well in the daylight, but not so much when the headlamp packs it in at night.  (This picture does not represent the location of the rescue.)

On Wenesday, January 11, a lone skier was enjoying the beautiful, but rather cold, evening on Record Ridge.  The temperature was about minus 20 C. or perhaps even lower up there. Night falls early, and the moon was bright.  But when it came time to find a way back down the mountain, the moon was not quite bright enough, especially where there were trees shading the route, and the skier's headlamp stopped working.  Fortunately, his cell phone was functioning and he was able to call 911.

BC takes significant step forward in preventing cancer with HPV announcement

Canadian Cancer Society calls the recent BC Government announcement to provide the HPV vaccine to all genders — significant.

In a media release, the Canadian Cancer Society calls the recent BC Government announcement to provide the HPV vaccine to all genders through schools a significant move forward in public health policy.

The Society believes this change, which will take place in September 2017, will have an enormous impact in reducing children’s future risk of  HPV related cancers.

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