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Province offers project assistance funding for arts

Government of British Columbia is investing approximately $60 million in arts and culture.

Project assistance funding is now available for British Columbia’s museums, visual artists, media artists, and community and professional arts organizations through the BC Arts Council.

Four project assistance programs are currently accepting applications:

Smoke/sirens at Teck the result of minor mishap

Smoke/sirens at Teck the result of minor mishap

Teck officials are assuring area residents that sirens and visible smoke at Teck Trail this morning were the result of a minor incident, and no cause for concern.

Catherine Adair, community relations leader at Teck, said the situation was just minutes, not hours, in duration, and happened between about 9 and 9:30 a.m.

“There was an equipment malfunction resulting in visible smoke in our No. 2 Slag Fuming Furnace,” Adair explained. “Teck emergency response crews immediately responded to the incident, which was less than a half hour in duration.

Director pushes for Salmo-Creston cell service

RDCK Area C director Larry Binks in on a mission to get cell phone service for the Kootenay Pass on Highway 3 between Salmo and Creston — if it’s the last thing he does. — John Boivin, The Nelson Daily

The director for Area C of the Regional District of Central Kootenay says he’s going to get cell phone service for the Kootenay Pass between Salmo and Creston pass if it’s the last thing he does.

And Larry Binks told the RDCK board last week he’s going to the top to get it done.

“It’s been a burning issue for me for a number of years,” he told the RDCK board.

“I served up here and when I retired I moved up here, and when I got elected it became a real issue, because I kept getting complaints from everybody.”

BC Hydro Ratepayers Association Files for Judicial Review of Site C Dam Fisheries Permit

Environmental assessments of Site C predict the project will cause the extinction of local populations of Arctic Grayling, a 90 per cent reduction in the population of Mountain Whitefish, and substantial reductions in populations of already threatened Bull Trout.

The BC Hydro Ratepayers Association has filed for a Judicial Review of a fisheries permit related to the controversial Site C dam, arguing that the impact of the megaproject on the environment and on First Nations rights was not adequately justified before the permit was granted.

The permit or “Authorization”, issued in late August by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, “authorizes BC Hydro to conduct specified works and activities likely to result in serious harm to fish.”

Illicit drug deaths in the province remain high

Illicit drug deaths in the province remain high

The number of illicit drug deaths continued to drop slightly in August but the number of deaths from illicit drug use remains significantly increased from previous years, the latest statistics from the BC Coroners Service show.

In the first eight months of 2016 (Jan. 1 through Aug. 31), the total number of deaths from illicit drug use was 488, an increase of 61.6 per cent from

the same time period in 2015.

Trail and Beaver Valley reach recreation agreement

Trail and Beaver Valley reach recreation agreement

The City of Trail’s Recreation Negotiating Committee and the Beaver Valley Parks and Recreation Committee (BV Rec) have reached a five-year recreation agreement, effective Nov. 1, 2016. BV Rec will contribute $125,000 annually to allow Beaver Valley (BV) residents to utilize Trail Parks and Recreation facilities, programs and services for the lower-tiered fees outlined in the City’s Trail Resident Program (TRP).

Specialized 9 -1-1 text service for Deaf and Speech- Impaired now available in our region

Specialized 9 -1-1 text  service for Deaf  and Speech- Impaired  now available in our region

Today Regional District Kootenay Boundary along with eight other Regional Districts in the Central and Southern Interiors of B.C. announced the availability of a specialized text service that allows people who are Deaf/Deaf-Blind, Hard-of -Hearing or Speech Impaired (DHHSI) to communicate with 9-1-1 call-takers by text. This service is called Text with 9-1-1 (T9-1-1) and is being delivered by E-Comm—the emergency communications centre responsible for answering 9-1-1 calls in the central and southern interiors—in partnership with local emergency service agencies.

Wild Pacific salmon face an upstream battle for survival

Wild Pacific salmon face an upstream battle for survival

Wild Pacific salmon face an upstream battle for survival

Not one for the record books — August 2016 Global Temperatures Set 16th Straight Monthly Record

Selected climate Events and Anomalies for August 2016.

Anyone remaining on the fence when it comes to the issue of global warming should check out the state of the climate report issued Tuesday by the NOAA.

The NOAA report said the global mean temperatures set new record high the month of August.

The NOAA report went on to say through the summer months of June through August, also set record highs according to three separate analyses.

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