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Crash near Oasis sends five to hospital Monday

Crash near Oasis sends five to hospital Monday

Five people have been sent to hospital after a three-vehicle collision between Castlegar and Trail Monday, according to Trail top cop Sgt. Darren Oelke.

He said police responded to a call that came in at 2:53 p.m.

City set to seek public opinion on services

The city is undertaking a community survey in January intended to gauge public satisfaction as it relates to the delivery of services to the community.

The public perspective of the citizens in Grand Forks will be front and centre on municipal minds at the start of the new year.

The city is undertaking a community survey in January — pursuant to a directive from the Strategic Plan 2015-2019 — intended to gauge public satisfaction as it relates to the delivery of services to the community.

Christmas comes early for Cranbrook man after $4.9 million Lotto 6/49 win

Cranbrook's Douglas Lowes could not stop smiling after receiving his cheque for winning the Lotto 6/49 draw. — Photo courtesy BC Lottery Corp.

Douglas Lowes was ‘playing it forward’ and spreading holiday cheer when he decided to buy a Lotto 6/49 winning ticket.

“I was feeling good when I bought the ticket because I had just finished doing some volunteer work and I was dressed up with a Christmas tie and everything,” recalled Lowes.

Lowes won $4.9 million on the December 17, 2016 Lotto 6/49 draw, and says he’s looking forward to some leisurely pursuits and to the extra opportunities to give back to his favourite local charities.

Fatal accident on Hwy 3B

Fatal accident on Hwy 3B

West Kootenay Traffic Services Cpl. Phil Mager is reporting another fatality on West Kootenay roads:

Scammers now using pet purchases to steal from unsuspecting buyers

Scammers now using pet purchases to steal from unsuspecting buyers

A new scam making the rounds involves people selling pets online, taking the buyer's money, then never sending the animal (if, indeed, there ever was one to begin with), according to RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew.

Food bank frantic for donations as need outstrips food stores for Christmas hampers

Despite the hard work and generosity of many locals (such as the Robson Fire Department, members of which are pictured here with Robson's donations, the food bank is falling short this Christmas.

Some local residents will be having a very lean Christmas this year if the rest of us don't rally for them, according to Castlegar Harvest Food Bank manager Deb McIntosh.

She said it's been a particularly lean year, especially without the CP Rail Holiday Train making tracks here in 2016.

That doesn't make for less need, though – McIntosh and her roughly 20 volunteers are trying to assemble 233 hampers for families with as many as seven people ... and finding themselves running short of food.

Drawn & Dangerous: Offering at Selkirk College Delves into Graphic Fiction

Renée Jackson-Harper will teach English 111: Drawn & Dangerous: Graphic Imaginations, in Nelson this winter. The course offered at Selkirk College’s Tenth Street Campus will take students deep into graphic fiction and examine what the genre says about popular culture. — Submitted photo

Delve into the world of graphic fiction as Selkirk College turns the spotlight on the genre in a course being offered this winter.

Once condemned as a dangerous force of moral degradation, comics and graphic novels have come to be recognized as important cultural texts.

Police seek suspects in robbery/assault

Police seek suspects in robbery/assault

Castlegar RCMP are investigating robbery and assault that occurred at the Flamingo Hotel in Castlegar at approximately 3 p.m. Dec.13, according to RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew.

“The owner of the motel was accosted by two persons inside the motel, restrained, and assaulted with a weapon. The suspects fled with assorted valuables,” she said.”The victim was transported to hospital but did not suffer life threatening injuries.”

Suspect sought after early morning robbery

A servilance camera shows the robbery suspect (facing clerk) wearing hat during the early morning robbery of Mac’s Store in Kelowna. — Photo courtesy RCMP

Kelowna RCMP is asking for public for help to identity of a suspect in an early morning robbery Monday in the Central Okanagan City.

At 12:15 a.m. Monday (December 12), Kelowna RCMP received a report of a robbery that had just occurred at the Mac’s convenience store located in the 2100 block of Richter Street.

Police have learned that a lone male suspect entered the store, brandishing a weapon and demanded that the lone employee open the cash register.

The victim was not injured during the encounter.

Interior Health year in review: Message from Board Chair Erwin Malzer

Board Chair Erwin Malzer

This is a busy time of year, but I find it’s also a time of reflection, particularly as January marks the end of my two-year term as Chair and my 10 years serving on the Board of Interior Health.
 
In an effort to decrease demand on hospital and residential services, we continue to shift our focus to integrated primary and community care. We are developing new approaches and solutions that will benefit patients while making our health care system more sustainable.
 
There were several other important announcements this year.

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