Learn to navigate your city on-line

Learn to navigate your city on-line

The City of Trail is pleased to announce it has entered into a partnership with the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL), the region’s not-for-profit literacy organization, to provide free how-to classes for the City’s online payment system for utility bill payments, property taxes, Home Owners Grant claims and online (electronic) bill notifications.  The free classes, to be held in January and February at Selkirk College and City Hall, will be based on

BC ski hills (including Red) offering half-off for Family Day

BC ski hills (including Red) offering half-off for Family Day

On Feb. 8, BC residents can ski and ride for half price at participating ski areas in celebration of BC Family Day. This offer is a partnership between 30 BC ski areas, Canada West Ski Areas Association (CWSAA) and Destination BC, to make family snow sports more accessible to all British Columbians.

College food bank scores after Selkirk Saints food drive

Students in Selkirk College’s School of Health & Human Services helped collect items for the Selkirk College Food Bank at the Saints hockey game on Friday night. Students are pictured here with Selkirk College staff and members of the Saints hockey team.

A weekend food drive at a pair of Selkirk College Saints hockey games scored valuable resources for the Selkirk College Food Bank.

The student-initiated food drive took place at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex on Jan. 8 and 9 where the Saints were kicking off the second half of their B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season with a pair of exhibition games against North Dakota’s Williston State. Over the two days, the food drive collected almost 1,000 items. Cash donations were also received which will be used to purchase foods more familiar to international students.

City snowplow damaged before 'significant' 20+ cm snowfall

An accident at the 24 Street intersection has left the city short one snowplaw, and with one operator temporarily on medical leave.

Castlegar’s wearing a blanket of white after more than 20 cm of snow fell last night and another four cm dropped today (along with two mm of rain). According to Southeast Fire Center weather forecaster Jesse Ellis, this is a significant snowfall, reaching about two-thirds of record levels for snowfall in a single day during Dec. or Jan. (For December, the record was set at 34 cm in 2012, and for January, it reached 32 cm in 1969).

Castlegar drivers are, apparently, up to the challenge though, as police say no accidents have yet been reported today(as of 4 p.m.) – this, compared to more than 40 motor vehicle incidents between Dec. 1 and Jan. 10, according to RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew.

Investigators need to speak to good Samaritans from Hwy 97 Christmas Eve crash

A photograph of the accident scene, courtesy South Okanagan RCMP.

The investigation into a serious crash along Hwy 97 North of Penticton BC, early in the day on Christmas Eve at Kickininee Park is continuing. RCMP South OkanaganTraffic Services investigators need to speak to a middle aged couple who tended to the injured prior to the ambulance arrival.

IIO Chief Civilian Director to Retire at End of Term

IIO Chief Civilian Director to Retire at End of Term

Following a 30-year career as a civilian oversight practitioner, the Chief Civilian Director of the IIO will be retiring at the end of his term in January 2017.

Richard Rosenthal has notified the Attorney General of B.C. that he will not be seeking a re-appointment when his current term expires.

Rosenthal will shift his focus to academic pursuits, also in the field of civilian oversight. The notice is intended to provide the Ministry of Justice sufficient time to start the recruitment for the position and to ensure a seamless transition to the next CCD.

Highways maintenance contractor issues winter driving warning

Nasty weather could turn highways into skating rinks.

Depending on who you talk to, fluctuation in the temperature, combined with precipitation, could turn highways in the West Kootenay into skating rinks said Marc Dale of Yellowhead Road & Bridge Ltd.

Dale sent out a media release advising the public the next few days could be a nightmare on local highways.

"We have a short term forecast of temperatures between 0 and plus 3 with precipitation that will be either wet slushy snow,  rain, or freezing rain," Dale explained.

Field is set for 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship

Jim Cotter of Vernon will be back to defend his BC Championship when the Canadian Direct Insurance Men's Curling event comes to Nelson February 10-14. —Photo courtesy Curl BC

The field for the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship in Nelson is now set.

Three teams have earned the final berths in the 16-team BC Championship field, a tournament that includes Tom Buchy of Kimberley and Creston’s Chris Ducharme, during qualifying this past weekend in Salmon Arm.

Momentum Builds for Selkirk College 50th Anniversary Celebration

Members of the Selkirk College 50th Anniversary Committee stand in front of the Castlegar Campus with a new logo that recognizes five decades of post-secondary in the West Kootenay-Boundary. The logo and tagline “Journeys Taken, Futures Waiting” will be used to promote the various events and projects that will be taking place in the region over the next 16 months. — Submitted photo

With the arrival of 2016, Selkirk College is preparing for a year-long golden anniversary celebration that will dive into the past, embrace the present and look towards the future.

Fifty years ago, a new chapter in learning began for the West Kootenay-Boundary. With enthusiastic support from residents across the region who desired access to post-secondary education close to home, Selkirk College opened its doors in September, 1966.

Be on the lookout

Be on the lookout

This just in, courtesy RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich:

The Trail Detachment is requesting assistance from the public locating Joel Andrew Hutchinson. Joel Hutchinson is currently wanted on British Columbia and Alberta wide unendorsed warrants of arrest for one count of breaching his conditions and two counts of failing to appear for his court date in April, 2015, in Rossland. Joel Hutchinson fled Trail prior to his court date where he is accused of several firearms related charges.

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