Regional News

Calling All Youth Film Makers!

stuntman Garvin Cross

U19 is back!

The Rossland Council for Arts and Culture will be presenting the 8th annual West Kootenay U19 Film Festival this spring. The festival will take place on Saturday, May 2 at the Rossland Miners Hall. The Festival is being run as an event during National Youth Week, of which Rossland participation is coordinated by the Rossland Youth Action Network.  RCAC is calling for film submissions from local youth.

Pass Creek crash sends local to hospital

Pass Creek crash sends local to hospital

A local man has been released from hospital after a serious accident on Feb. 17, according to Castlegar Deputy Fire Chief Sam Lattanzio.

"Castlegar Fire responded to a MVI (motor vehicle incident) at (roughly 9:10 a.m.) on Tuesday, at 1846 Pass Creek Road," Lattanzio said.

"The Jaws of Life were used to free a lone elderly male trapped in a rollover. Castlegar Fire in conjunction with Pass Creek Fire and BCAS personnel worked collaborately to free the man.

Comment: B.C. budget pushes dream of white picket fence further out of reach

Finance minister Mike de Jong once again used his black dress shoes to bring down the latest BC Budget.

Government policies are normally designed to help citizens as they try to move up the economic ladder, not penalize them for trying. And on that one count alone, this week's budget from Finance minister Mike de Jong is an abject failure.

In its budget highlights, the B.C. government presented four scenarios to bolster its case that “British Columbians continue to have one of the lowest overall tax burdens in Canada.”

Innovative Radon Training Coming to the East Kootenay

 Jenny Byford, Health Promotion Coordinator, Canadian Cancer Society, Herbert Antil and Winnie Cheng, Regional Radiation Specialists, Health Canada.

This February, Cranbrook will be visited by building industry professionals from British Columbia, Alberta, and the United States for the Kootenay region’s first-ever radon measurement and mitigation certification course. With the support of Health Canada, the Canadian Cancer Society is organizing the training for building and construction professionals to help ensure that there is capacity to address elevated radon levels in the Southern Interior of BC.

Trail RCMP arrest alleged drug traffickers

Trail RCMP arrest alleged drug traffickers

On Feb.12, at 8:30 p.m., a member of the Trail RCMP stopped a vehicle on Columbia Avenue in Trail. Shortly after stopping the vehicle, two of the occupants exited the vehicle and started leaving the scene on foot. The RCMP member directed the occupants back to their vehicle and both were arrested for drug releated offences. Several types of drugs were seized from the vehicle, along with approximately 12 grams of cocaine and $800 in cash.
The suspects, aged 43 and 37 years, are well known to the police and were remanded in custody to appear in Rossland court today.

Hire a Summer Student -- Wage Subsidies Available

Sara Einarson at the Element


Application forms for popular Summer Works Program available February 19

(Columbia Basin) – If you own a small business in the Columbia Basin, you can get financial help to hire a student over the summer by applying for a wage subsidy from Columbia Basin Trust’s Summer Works Program.

Public Health Notice: Measles

Why you should take note:

Cases of measles have been reported in Canada. Measles is relatively rare in Canada thanks to high immunization rates across the country. However, Canada will continue to see measles cases related to travel to countries where measles is endemic or there are large outbreaks.

Additionally, the United States is reporting a multi-state outbreak of measles related to an amusement park in California, which started in December 2014. Related cases have since been reported in other states and in Mexico.

Name of gunman released for court appearance

Name of gunman released for court appearance

Rick Rogerson, 47, will be held in custody after his court date Feb. 12.

This, after an armed stand-off with police lasting more than 20 hours saw police evacuating a Castlegar neighbourhood last weekend.

Rogerson appeared in court Thursday, and is being charged with a laundry list of charges.

For further coverage, click here.

SHSS to remain closed on Friday

SHSS to remain closed on Friday

The clean-up due to the fire in one of the main floor bathrooms at Stanley Humphries Secondary School continues. We had a crew in the building Wednesday and today but unfortunately more deep cleaning remains.  While we have made good progress on the bathroom itself and the smell of smoke throughout the school has lessened, we still need to clean the air ducts in the immediate area before we can turn the heating and ventilation system back on.     

Bull-A-Rama cancelled this year

Bull-A-Rama cancelled this year

It is with great regret that the Kootenay Chrysler Bull-A-Rama Chair has come to the decision to cancel the upcoming 14th annual Bull-A-Rama event scheduled for April 25th at the Cominco Arena. 

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