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City looks to delve into budget process and invites public into the fray

Over the next five months financial deliberations by Grand Forks city council will trim the financial fat and herald new spending streams, culminating in the adoption of bylaws for a new financial plan and a tax rate for mid May. — Photo: City of Grand Forks

The process has begun to crunch the numbers on the city’s next budget and financial direction, and the public is invited to toss their two cents into the endeavour.

Over the next five months financial deliberations by Grand Forks city council will trim the financial fat and herald new spending streams, culminating in the adoption of bylaws for a new financial plan and a tax rate for mid May.

Restrictions and Delays at Northport Bridge

The bridge at Northport

The 1500-foot-long bridge at Northport  on State Route 25, five miles south of the US-Canada border,  is open to single-lane, alternating  traffic only,  with no over-legal-weight or wide-load vehicles permitted; restrictions are in force 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are expected to remain in place for up to six months.

21 flu-related deaths at IH care facilities, outbreaks in Trail and Castlegar

21 flu-related deaths at IH care facilities, outbreaks in Trail and Castlegar

Influenza outbreaks are plaguing longterm care facilities in the Interior Health region, including ones in Castlegar and Trail, according to Pamela De Bruin, IH manager for Communicable Diseases and Immunization Programs.

Fatal accident takes life of local man in Robson

Fatal accident takes life of local man in Robson

A local man has died after an accident early this morning, according to police.

“At 1 a.m., a 28-year-old male pedestrian walking on the road was fatally struck by a vehicle on Robson Access Road,” said West Kootenay Traffic Services Sgt. Chad Badry. “The highway was closed for several hours and traffic was detoured until the scene investigation was completed. The driver of the vehicle was not physically injured.

Pre-Christmas crash prompts police to caution against using cruise control on winter roads

CFD first responders used the Jaws of Life to rescue a trapped motorist.

A single vehicle accident Dec. 23 has police reminding motorists not to use cruise control in current weather conditions.

Deputy fire chief Sam Lattanzio said the call came in at 11:22 a.m. to attend a single-vehicle roll over on Hwy 3A near the airport.

“The ambulance was already on scene – the vehicle had rolled down the bank off the southbound lane, and the occupant was trapped inside,” Lattanzio said. “We determined the level of urgency – the patient appeared to be stable and conscious, with no real life-threatening issues.”

Ootischenia structure fire prompts public warning

Ootischenia structure fire prompts public warning

A fire in the wee hours of Friday morning has the Ootischenia Fire Department issuing a public warning.

Fire Chief George Hamm says the OFD responded to a call reporting a structure fire on Waterloo Road at roughly 12:30 a.m.

“Thanks to the quick actions of homeowners, the fire was contained to the room of origin – the furnace room,” Hamm said, adding it caused an estimated $5,000 in damage.

The homeowners were lodged in a hotel overnight while fire crews ventilated the worst of the smoke.

E-Comm releases worst 9-1-1 calls for 2016

 Requesting help opening a broken gym locker topped the charts for worst calls in 2016.

E-Comm, the largest 9-1-1 call centre in British Columbia, released its top 10 of the worst calls from 2016 Thursday.

The call centre handles approximately 1.35 million emergency calls per year for 25 regional districts and communities spanning from Vancouver Island to Alberta and from the U.S. border, to north of Prince George.

Call-takers Jim Beland and Chris Faris had the top two 9-1-1 nuisance calls of the year: a broken gym locker and someone enquiring about job opportunities with the police.

CAA poll says Canadians admit to texting stopped at red light

One third (33 per cent) of Canadians admit they have texted while stopped at a red light in the last month.

Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) said in a media release Wednesday that one third (33 per cent) of Canadians admit they have texted while stopped at a red light in the last month.

The media release said that is despite evidence showing the mind could still be distracted and not on the task of driving for up to 27 seconds after interacting with your phone – much longer than the time it takes to drive through an intersection.

“These numbers are troubling,” says Jeff Walker, vice-president of public affairs for CAA National in the release.

Cranbrook property protected as part of $1-million conservation commitment

The Nature Conservancy of Canada was instrumental in helping province acquire 0.6 hectares at Elizabeth Lake Conservation area near Cranbrook.

A Cranbrook area property home to a wide variety of wildlife has been acquired by the Province, thanks to a partnership with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC).

The property consists of:

  • 0.6 hectares at Elizabeth Lake Conservation area near Cranbrook, which includes a bird sanctuary, hiking trails and wetland and shoreline habitat.

It is among four ecologically-sensitive properties the Province recently assumed ownership of through the partnership with the NCC. These properties all contain diverse habitats.

IIO sends investigation of Castlegar police-involved shooting to Crown

IIO sends investigation of Castlegar police-involved shooting to Crown

Ed Note: IIO spokesman Martin Youssef underlined these facts in an interview regarding this release: A) The threshold for referral to Crown is very low; B) No charge has been recommended and C) "If there is even a potential likelihood there was any kind of offense, even a traffic offense, we have to refer it to Crown. That's not to say that's the issue here, but the IIO has an obligation to send to Crown any time an offense may have been committed under any enactment."

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