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Administration welcomes students for last day at Mount Sentinel

Mount Sentinel School will be open to students Wednesday.

Mount Sentinel administration posted a notice on its website Tuesday evening assuring parents its safe to send children to the high school for the final day of classes.

Mount Sentinel had an emergency evacuation at 2:45 p.m. Friday, facilitated after consulation with the RCMP, Nelson PD and provincial Violent Threat Risk Assessment experts.

The school was closed Monday and Tuesday.

6,100 boats inspected as B.C. leads the fight against invasive mussels

The stations in the Columbia Basin are located near the communities of Golden, Radium, Sparwood, Castlegar and Valemount.

British Columbia remains free of invasive mussels, thanks to ongoing efforts that have seen more than 6,100 watercraft inspected so far this year – already surpassing the number of inspections in all of 2015.

Through the Invasive Mussel Defence Program, a crew of 32 trained mussel inspectors are working seven days a week, 10 hours a day, at eight permanent inspection stations along B.C. borders to prevent the spread of invasive mussels.

The stations in the Columbia Basin are located near the communities of Golden, Radium, Sparwood, Castlegar and Valemount.

Province releases date that shows crash rates are down or unchanged in new speed zones

The Coquihalla from Hope to Kamloops, for example, where the speed limit was increased from 110 kilometres per hour to 120 km/h, continues to see the lowest crash rate in the last 10 years.

New data released today by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure shows that crash rates have dropped, or are unchanged, on 19 of 33 sections of highway where speed limits were increased in 2014, the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone announced.

The Coquihalla from Hope to Kamloops, for example, where the speed limit was increased from 110 kilometres per hour to 120 km/h, continues to see the lowest crash rate in the last 10 years.

Category 2 open fires to be prohibited in Southeast District

Category 2 open fires to be prohibited in Southeast District

Effective at noon Pacific Time on Monday, July 4, 2016, Category 2 open fires will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

This prohibition is in addition to the Category 3 open fire prohibition that came into effect in the Southeast Fire Centre on June 3, 2016. A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online.

Selkirk College Board of Governors Approves Balanced Budget

The Selkirk College Board of Governors recently approved a $45 million budget that sets a course for regional college in the coming year.

The Selkirk College Board of Governors has approved an annual budget that allows the institution to continue providing high quality, sought after programs and services to students and to grow in areas that address future needs.

At its monthly meeting in May, the board passed the proposed $45 million budget that sets a financial course for the regional college in the coming year.

Free Rides, Free Museum Admission and Free Smiles for Everyone on Canada Day

Staff of the Nelson and District Credit Union and the Streetcar Crew set up plans for Free Rides on Streetcar #23 and Admission to the Trolley Barn Museum. — Submitted photo

In case you missed it, that was the month of June that just zipped past on the 2016 calendar.

Which means July 1, Canada Day Holiday celebration, is right around the corner — Friday to be exact.

A beloved tradition continues this Canada Day.

For five years the Nelson & District Credit Union (NDCU) have been making a donation to the Nelson Electric Tramway Society (NETS) for free rides on Streetcar #23 and admission to the Trolley Barn Museum.

Young Castlegar family hits jackpot with Canada's Luckiest Baby contest

Young Castlegar family hits jackpot with Canada's Luckiest Baby contest

A young local family is still reeling with happy shock after winning Parent Life Network's Canada's Luckiest Baby contest, which comes with between $50,000 and $60,000 in cash and prizes.

Proud Momma Keahna Ingram, 21, won the contest after generating a ton of entries to the contest.

Man to appear in court after Mount Sentinel threats

Police said the individual who was taken into police custody is expected to appear in Castlegar Provincial Court Monday.

Police are finally breaking their silence regarding an emergency evacuation of two schools in the Slocan Friday, issuing a press release this afternoon. An 18-year-old man will be appearing in court in Castlegar today.

“On June 23 at 2:30 p.m. the Kootenay Boundary (Nelson Rural RCMP) received a report of a possible threat at the Mt. Sentinel High School, which is situated 20 kms West of Nelson along Hwy #3,” said RCMP media officer Cpl. Dave Tyreman.

COURT CHALLENGE FILED AGAINST BILL C-14

Julia Lamb.  Photo from BCCLA.

A legal challenge to the constitutional validity of Bill C-14 has been filed.  

Man charged three years after the murder of Mission teen

Rachel Pernosky, 18, of Mission went missing in March of 2013.

On March 16, 2013 a Missing Person’s investigation was opened by Mission RCMP after 18-year-old Rachel Pernosky could not be located by family and friends. Her disappearance was out of character and caused great concern for her family.

On March 19, three days after she was last seen alive, Rachel’s body was located in a rural location in Chilliwack. It was clear that Rachel had met with foul play and IHIT assumed conduct of what was, now, a homicide investigation.

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