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Selkirk College Instructor Builds on Rwanda Relationship

The Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program and Rwanda’s Nyundo School of Music continue to build an important relationship that is shrinking the world. Earlier this month, Selkirk College keyboard instructor Gilles Parenteau spent a week teaching in the African nation.— Photo courtesy Selkirk College

The next chapter in the growing relationship between Selkirk College and Rwanda’s Nyundo School for Music has been written.

Earlier this month, Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program instructor Gilles Parenteau traveled to the African nation to spend seven days in the classroom with Nyundo students. It’s the second time in a year that the veteran faculty member has made the trip to strengthen the bond between to the two institutions.

Wet weather triggers mudslides in RDCK

Part of the Loon Lake road slid away Thursday. Traffic on the highway (31) through Ainsworth does not appear to be impacted, however, flaggers are onsite. — Photo courtesy RDCK

The incredibly wet spring weather continues to wreak havoc on area roads in the Regional District of Central Kootenay with reports Thursday of slides near New Denver and Ainsworth.

Early Thursday, the RDCK reported a mudslide near New Denver that cut off five homes from access near Highway 6.

The slide occurred south of New Denver in the vicinity of 6934 Highway 6.

Later in the day the RDCK reported a slide below 3430 Loon Lake Road south of Ainsworth.

The slide forced the evacuation of one residence.  

The RDCK reported Loon Lake Road has been heavily damaged due to heavy water flow in the vicinity.
 
"Traffic on the highway (31) through Ainsworth does not appear to be impacted, however, flaggers are onsite," the RDCK media release said.

"Motorists are advised to exercise caution."
 
No reports of injuries or structural damage have been received.

The RDCK also reported a slide Thursday on Hanson Road in Ainsworth.

Meanwhile, the RDCK said the Deer Park Forestry Service Road would remain closed until at least Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.

Wednesday night Kootenay Pass on Highway 3 was closed due to a mudslide west of Creston. Traffic detoured to Kootenay Lake Ferry which remained operational through the night.

The highwas was re-opened to single lane, alternating traffic Thursday and fully operational by the evening.
 
RDCK emergency management personnel are headed to the site to assess the situation near Ainsworth.

Information will be released to the public when available.

The increase in flooding and slide events in the region forced the RDCK to activate its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC).

Mudslide cuts off access to homes near New Denver

Five homes have been cut off from access after a slide near Highway 6 near New Denver Thursday.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay said in a media release the slide immediately south of New Denver has cut off access to five or six homes in the vicinity of 6934 Highway 6.

"The slide has crossed a private road and slid within 25 feet of Highway 6 but has not reached the corridor," the release said.

"The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has dispatched a geotechnical expert to access the slope to determine stability."

The RDCK said current estimates are that up to 200 tandem truckloads of material will need to be removed from the site in order to restore access to the residences.

"No one has been injured nor have any structures been damaged."

RDCK emergency management personnel are onsite.

Meanwhile, the RDCK said the Deer Park Forestry Service Road will remain closed until at least Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.

The RDCK said the road was closed after heavy water flow caused part of the road to slide into the lake at kilometre 7.2. The road has been deemed unsafe for vehicular travel by a geotechnical expert.

Eighteen full time residents of Deer Park are affected by the closure, as are property owners in Renata

“The RDCK is currently working with Deer Park residents and emergency social services personnel to assist the community with any help it may need,” says Andrew Bellerby, EOC Director and General Manager of Fire and Emergency Services.

“Our public’s safety is paramount.”

Once the damage to the road has been remediated and declared safe for travel, the RDCK will update the public.

Nelson joins region in cutting red tape by creating mobile business licences

The idea allows small businesses in Nelson to operate in multiple jurisdictions with a single business licence.

The West Kootenay region is on the same page when it comes to small business and reducing red tape.

Several West Kootenay communities — including Nelson — have agreed to participate in the mobile business licence program to streamline and simplify the business licensing process.

The mobile business licence program is part of an effort to promote the success of the small business sector and to reduce barriers to doing business in the province.

Open Letter from Anglican Church to Senator Lynn Beyak

Open Letter from Anglican Church to Senator Lynn Beyak

Senator Lynn Beyak's complaint that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) "didn't focus on the good" done by Canada's residential schools has provoked calls for her resignation, and some people wonder how she is qualified to sit on the Senate's Aboriginal Peoples Committee.

New campsites, park rangers expected for Kootenay-Boundary region this year

The construction of new sites includes any associated infrastructure, such as roads, water/sewer expansion, electrical upgrades, shower/toilet buildings and outhouse facilities.

The province will be increasing the number of rangers in the field and campsites in the parks of the Kootenay-Boundary region this year, says an Environment department spokesperson.

David Karn said employing more ranger staff will not only improve the ecological integrity and safety in the region’s parks, it will create employment and skills training opportunities in the Kootenay-Boundary.

Hawks one win from KIJHL Final after edging Nitros 4-1

Hawks one win from KIJHL Final after edging Nitros 4-1

Beaver Valley bounced back from its first loss of the playoffs to score an important 4-1 road victory over host Dynamiters Tuesday in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Conference playoff action in Kimberley.

The win gives the Nitehawks a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-five Kootenay Conference Final.

Game four is Wednesday in Kimberley.

If necessary, the series will play the deciding Game five Friday in Fruitvale.

Tied 1-1, Beaver Valley took over the game with a pair of second period goals by Tyler Hartman and team captain Sam Swanson.

Speed Skating Nelson gets better with age

The Nelson Speed Skating Club includes, back row, L-R, Coach Jessica Ludwar, Tristan Phillips, Mercedes Phillips, Ian Walgren, Berend Platje and Coach Bruce Walgren. Front, Charlie Ludwar, Max Loubser, Dylan Boyes, Luke Platje, Oliver Ludwar and June Platje. Missing, Cameron Boyes. — Submitted photo

The season may have concluded, but with the recent success this past year on ice the Nelson Speed Skating Club is already gearing up for 2018.

Club Nelson toured the province to find top flight competition for its skater, traveling to meets in in Kamloops, Kelowna, Port Coquitlam and Vernon.

Kamloops — November 5th, 2016:

In Kamloops with four skaters attending the meet, Berend Platje, Ian Walgren, Luke Platje and June Platje. 

City looks to reclaim ownership of centennial building on Anderson Street

Touchstones is looking to move some of their collection to the Gray building located next door to the current (in photo) museum. — Screen Shot photo

The city will be aiding and abetting Touchstones Nelson’s history collection relocation in return for sole ownership of the former museum building on Anderson Street.

On Monday city council approved a one-time grant of $25,000 to Touchstones Nelson for the purpose of relocating the history collection from 402 Anderson Street to 415 Vernon St. (the Gray Building) to be funded through the proceeds of the prepaid lease for the basement of 310 Ward St.

Village of Salmo receives $1.85 million for core infrastructure upgrades and improvements

The grant of $1,736,775 is for a total renewal of the 45-year old wastewater system with an additional grant of $104,580 for a comprehensive asset inventory. — Submitted photo

The Village of Salmo is one of several communities in the region benefiting from the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF).

Salmo joins Balfour, Nakusp, Castlegar, Rossland, Fruitvale, Grand Forks, Greenwood, Kaslo, Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, Trail and Ymir a communities receiving part of the $373.2 million for 144 new projects in British Columbia.

The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding — more than $186.6 million — and the Province is investing nearly $123.2 million.

Want actual facts about climate change? They're available.

Want actual facts about climate change? They're available.

We recently highlighted the faulty logic of a pseudoscientific argument against addressing climate change: the proposition that because CO2 is necessary for plants, increasing emissions is good for the planet and the life it supports. Those who read, write or talk regularly about climate change and ecology are familiar with other anti-environmental arguments not coated with a scientific sheen.

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