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Trail and Warfield reach recreation and library agreement

Trail and Warfield reach recreation and library agreement

The City of Trail and the Village of Warfield are pleased to announce they have successfully negotiated and approved a 5.5-year (66 months) recreation and library services agreement that will take effect on July 1, 2015. Warfield will contribute $631,500 over the full term and the City will allocate 68 per cent of the funding to Trail recreation and 32 per cent towards library services.

BC Hydro predicts fourth driest year on record for Columbia River system

The Arrow Lakes runoff forcasted to be 72 percent of normal.

BC Hydro is predicting that 2015 could be the fourth driest year on record, according to a press release issued by Dayle Hopp.

"Current data now predicts drier conditions in the overall Columbia system (U.S. and Canada combined) than forecasted in April 2015," the release says. "Currently, we expect 2015 could be the fourth driest year on record, with the total runoff from the Columbia Basin between April and August 2015 now forecasted to be 72 per cent of normal.

Locals take part in attempt to win tree-planting world record

Trees being planted on Oatscott Road. Photo by David Jackson.

Sixty-seven volunteers and forest professionals planted 8,227 seedlings Wednesday at two Interfor harvesting locations in British Columbia’s Southern Interior as part of a North America-wide effort to set a world record for the most trees planted simultaneously in an hour.

Alberta man to face charges relating to 12 break-and-enters across the region

Alberta man to face charges relating to 12 break-and-enters across the region

An Alberta man alleged to have committed 12 break-and-enters in the Kootenay-Boundary region in January 2014 will be facing a laundry list of charges, according to Cpl. Kelly Hall, non-commissioned officer in charge of the Crime Reduction Unit (CRU).

Nelson Fire crews respond to small fire near hospital

Nelson Firefighters quickly contained a fire from spreading at a house near the Kootenay Lake Hospital Wednesday night. — Photo courtesy Nelson Fire Department

A fire near Kootenay Lake Hospital was quickly contained due to fast action by Nelson Police and Fire Departments late Wednesday night said Assistant Fire Chief Michael Daloise in a media release.

Daloise said Nelson Fire Rescue Services took the call at 10:45 p.m. of a report that smoke, flames and embers were coming from the front of a house at 15 View Street.

Before two on-duty members arrived, Nelson Police responded and were able to get close enough to the fire to discharge a portable dry chemical fire extinguisher which knocked down some of the fire.

Community Futures boasts new office with Chamber of Commerce

Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director Tammy Verigin-Burk and Community Futures Central Kootenay Executive Director Andrea Wilkey show off the new Community Futures signage at the Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce.

Community Futures Central Kootenay has partnered with Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce to offer its business services – such as business counselling and loan programs – from the Chamber's office at 1995 6 Avenue.

This new partnership will give Community Futures a greater presence in Castlegar and help local entrepreneurs become aware of and access the services available to them.

Turning Pointe dancers celebrate stellar year

Turning Pointe dancers celebrate stellar year

Turning Pointe Performance Company dancers have had a very successful competitive year. TPPC is a volunteer run competitive dance company from Castlegar that is led by artistic director Julie Teindl. The 55 company dancers, ranging in age from eight to 18, competed in three dance competitions for the 2015 season and excelled in each of them. They performed in all styles of dance including ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, musical theatre and acro.

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.

Mandatory off-road-vehicle registration delayed

Mandatory off-road-vehicle registration delayed

Mandatory off-road vehicle registration is being deferred from June 1 to Nov. 1, 2015.

The extra time provides additional time for off-road users to prepare for the mandatory registration, while the regulatory details are finalized on both registration and safety.

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