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Selkirk students host inspirational conference

Selkirk College Transitional Training student Natasha Bidinoff-Gardiner opened the Branching Out Conference at Nelson’s Tenth Street Campus with an inspiring and touching speech that had the audience on their fee

Selkirk College Transitional Training students from across the region put together an inspirational three-day conference earlier this month that showcased the talents of differently-abled adults.

Called Branching Out, the conference featured 19 different presenters and 18 workshops between May 12 and 14 at Nelson’s Tenth Street Campus. More than 120 participants took part in the conference that was geared towards practitioners, instructors and families of adults with diverse skills.

Kootenay Savings to close Warfield branch

Kootenay Savings to close Warfield branch

Kootenay Savings announced today plans to consolidate their Warfield and Trail branches.

As banking habits of consumers are changing, online and mobile channel usage is rising and the number of in-branch transactions are declining, it has become increasingly difficult to justify two branches in close proximity of one another in the Greater Trail area.

The last day of operation for Warfield branch is scheduled for Friday, July 3, 2015.

Introducing Llora, the newest member of the Lone Sheep family!

Introducing Llora, the newest member of the Lone Sheep family!

The Castlegar Source and Trail Champion are delighted to introduce the newest member of our team, account executive extraordinaire Llora McTeer.

McTeer, 32, is a multi-talented, community-minded go-getter from Fruitvale with a strong background in sales, and she said she’s excited to dig in and become an integral part of the region’s fastest-growing media outlets via the Lone Sheep news family (The Castlegar Source, Trail Champion, Nelson Daily, Rossland Telegraph and Boundary Sentinel).

Construction started on Millennium Bike Park

Construction started on Millennium Bike Park

Construction of the Castlegar Mountain Bike Skills Park is underway, and the Castlegar Parks and Trails Society is asking residents for their patience and assistance while this ambitious project is developed.

“Equipment will be working in the area in order to prepare the site for construction,” said Eileen Senyk in a press release today. “The work will include excavation and grading of the site. There will be some dump truck traffic.”

Senyk said work is expected to occur through the month of May on an intermittent basis.

Presentation: Paddling Down the Mackenzie River

Mackenzie River Paddlers

Could you paddle Canada’s longest waterway ? 

In the summer of 2014, twelve adventurers drove north from the Okanagan and the Hinton, Alberta area to meet in Canada's Arctic. From there, in two "Voyageur" canoes,   they began an epic canoe journey down Canada's longest waterway - the MacKenzie River. Draining fully one fifth of Canada's landmass, the sheer size of the river combined with its remoteness brought a sense of awe to every day of the expedition.

Police release graffiti photos in effort to tag culprits

Police release graffiti photos in effort to tag culprits

Trail RCMP are dealing with a spate of vandalism to several different outdoor locations, according to Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.

“On April 28, Trail and Greater District Detachment received a report from the City of Trail that the tunnel connecting Baily Street to Fifth Avenue, and the riverbank wall near Jubilee Park had been the subject of vandalism,” he said. “Unknown suspects had sprayed painted a significant amount of graffiti at these two locations.”

Three-vehicle MVA sends two to hospital

Three-vehicle MVA sends two to hospital

Trail traffic was badly constricted for about an hour-and-a-half this morning after a three-vehicle incident on Second Avenue and Victoria Street (Highway 3B).

Trail RCMP Cpl. Mike Wilson says the call came in at roughly 10 a.m.

“Someone tried to make a left turn and got into a head-on collision. One of those two cars flipped on its side and slid into a third vehicle stopped on Second,” Wilson said. “Four people were involved – three drivers and one passenger.

HEU laundry workers deliver petition to the legislature, urging government to save jobs

Carts are loaded but HEU members continue to fight to keep laundry with members.

The voices of 12,423 British Columbians were heard at the provincial legislature this morning with the tabling of a petition calling on government to halt the Interior Health Authority's plan to privatize hospital laundry services in 11 communities.
A delegation of Hospital Employees' Union laundry workers presented their petition to NDP MLAs Michelle Mungall, Jennifer Rice and opposition health critic Judy Darcy on the steps of the legislature, prior to being tabled during Question Period.

Former MLA John Slater dies suddenly

Former MLA John Slater dies suddenly

More to come...

The sudden death of former Boundary-Similkameen Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) John Slater has been confirmed, Wednesday, May 13th. 

Slater was the MLA from 2009 until 2013, when he left the Liberal party, temporarily ran as an Independent before withdrawing from the 2013 campaign. 

Premier Christy Clark released the following statement today: 

“I am deeply saddened to hear John Slater has passed away. John was a caucus colleague and a friend.

Police step up patrols for Silver City Days but praise event

Police step up patrols for Silver City Days but praise event

Police have increased patrols and presence in Trail for this weekend’s Silver City Days, but RCMP Cpl. Darryl Orr says that’s no negative reflection on the annual fair.

“We do get increased call volume, but I think that has more to do with an increase in population than it does with the event itself,” he said, adding most of the calls are what you’d expect to see with an influx of revellers, such as drug- and alcohol-related calls, noise complaints, etc.

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