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UPDATED: Evacuation Order reduced at Kaslo landslide

A mudslide observed above Zwicky Road was estimated to be 10,000 to 20,000 cubic metres, 100m long and 75m wide. — Photo courtesy RDCK

Regional District of Central Kootenay Emergency Operations Centre said in a media release late Tuesday, the evacuation order area for the Kaslo landslide has been reduced after a site inspection and consultation with geotechnical experts.

The RDCK EOC said that residents that have been removed from the evacuation order area should remain on evacuation alert and be vigilant and prepared to evacuate if necessary.

The properties that remain under evacuation order are:

The hunt is on for 2017 in the West Kootenay-Boundary

Hunters must carry photo ID and their species licence at all times while hunting.

Kootenay-Boundary hunters now have the ability to buy their hunting licences online.

Licences will still be available at Service BC locations, and participating sporting goods stores, but hunters can purchase their licences at www.gov.bc.ca/hunting

As of May 15 hunting licences will also be available at FrontCounter BC locations. Paper versions of resident hunting licences and other non-species licences (youth, initiation and special area licences) will be eliminated.

Updated: Various brands of flour and flour products recalled due to E. coli O121

The CFIA has added more brands of Robin Hood flour to the recall list following a food safety investigation.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) food safety branch is updating its food recall warning issued on April 12 to include more brands flour and flour products following fears of  E. coli O121 contamination.

On the CFIA website, additional product information was identified during a food safety investigation.

Missed opportunities in the health firings

Five of nine key players named in Chalke's report were in government in 2001, three more by 2005 and one by 2007.

F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote: “Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.”

It's the missed opportunities over the 2012 healthy ministry firings that will forever haunt the B.C. government.

Instead of seizing opportunities to set the record straight, Ombudsperson Jay Chalke's report – Misfire: the 2012 Ministry of Health Employment Terminations – pointed to a pattern of falsehood piled upon falsehood.

The term used in text messages to describe the government's approach throughout the debacle would be CYA.

RDCK plans more runs, one zone for bus fares

Route 10, North Shore, is getting another run during morning peak hours every weekday. — The Nelson Daily photo

Transit users in the West Kootenay will soon be able to travel from one end of the region to the other for the price of a single bus ticket.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay has approved changes to simply the transit system’s structure, bringing in a single-zone system. While the price of a single ticket is going up slightly, it makes figuring the cost of getting from one point to another a lot simpler.

Community Futures chooses volunteer of the year

Alan Peterson recognized as Volunteer of the Year

Community Futures Boundary, as part of the National Volunteer Week is recognizing Alan Peterson for his work in the community. 

Peterson joined the Community Futures Boundary Board in November 2014 and is currently vice president.  Peterson is a retired lawyer having practiced in Victoria for 35 years.  Since his arrival in Grand Forks, he has spent numerous hours volunteering with Rotary, Community Futures Boundary, Grand Forks Curling Club, Grand Forks Trail Society, Christina Lake Golf Course and other organizations. 

UPDATED: Highway 3 east of Greenwood now open

UPDATED: Highway 3 east of Greenwood now open

The DriveBC website said Highway 3 east of Greenwood is now open to alternating single-lane traffic.

The Highway was closed early Friday morning due to a mudslide.

Mudslide closes Highway 3

The highway between Grand Forks and Greenwood is closed thanks to a mudslide that washed across Hwy. 3, early Friday morning. 

The mudslide, located 5 km east of Greenwood, was published on DriveBC at 7 a.m. It is in the process of being evaluated. 

City property tax increase higher than 3.5 per cent: Butler

Coun. Julia Butler said she would prefer to see the increase calculated based on expenses for the year.

Although final reading for the Financial Plan Bylaw passed, one city councillor says the 3.5 per cent tax increase contained in the budget is higher than what has been cited.

Coun. Julia Butler said the tax rate the city will be assessing actually increases by five per cent, since it’s a 3.5 per cent increase in the overall revenue collected by the city, meaning people are paying more than 3.5 per cent to make up the municipal demand for revenue.

Council mulls mill rate and sets the municipal tax take for 2017

 The mill rate in the three options presented to council was based on the total revenues needed, and the city used the multiples for each tax class.

The cart was before the horse as city council set the mill rate for its new budget, and some confusion reigned about the process.

The mill rate, also referred to as the millage rate, is a figure representing the amount per $1,000 of the assessed value of property, which is used to calculate the amount of property tax. 

RED's Simon Hillis -- North American Freeride Champ for his age

Left to Right: Gabe Gaudet (Coach), Calix Webber, Simon Hillis, Pete Then (Coach), Natalie Cooper & Liam Gaudet at Kirkwood Mountain, California

Four young Rosslanders qualified for the 2017 North American (NORAM) Junior Freeride Championships. Simon Hillis, Liam Gaudet, Calix Webber and Natalie Cooper recently competed at Kirkwood Mountain in California, April 5th to 8th.

 “The NORAM Freeride Championships welcomes the most talented young freeriders in North America. Any support we can provide for the future of freeriding, especially with our own RED Mountain Juniors, is something that fits nicely with RED’s culture of youth and big mountain skiing,” says Don Thompson, RED’s General Manager.

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