Selkirk College Health Care Assistant Program Gets Bursary Boost in Kaslo

Selkirk College Health Care Assistant Program students who received the Community Foundation of North Kootenay Lake bursaries gathered with foundation members and college staff at the Kaslo Learning Centre to acknowledge the generous donation.

The Community Foundation of North Kootenay Lake (CFNKLS) has provided a generous donation to provide bursaries for students who were enrolled the Selkirk College Health Care Assistant Program.

A special cohort of the 26-week Health Care Assistant Program started in January at the college’s Kaslo Learning Centre. The offering was made possible through a partnership with the Victorian Hospital of Kaslo to share their resources and help provide the education needed in this critical area of the health care sector.

Dream opportunity for local musicians as Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra makes Nelson stop

The L.V. Rogers Band is gearing up for an exciting date with the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra Friday at the LVR Gymnasium. — Brendan Quinn photo

The Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra (GVYO) is making a BC Interior stop by Nelson on Friday to play with some local musicians from L.V. Rogers and Trafalgar secondary schools.

The event is a big chance for local, up-and-coming young musicians to expand their skills and musical talents by playing with the highly acclaimed youth group.

Students like Kelly Vrugteveen, in Grade 12 at L.V. Rogers and first chair trumpet, are particularly thrilled to play new music with new people.

Trail to unveil Riverfront Centre design at Silver City Days

Trail to unveil Riverfront Centre design at Silver City Days

The Riverfront Centre Building Committee is pleased to reveal the drawings for the proposed new integrated Library and Museum during the Trail Silver City Days festival. The drawings, which highlight the exterior and interior architectural design of the facility, will be displayed on easels inside the main entrance of the Trail Memorial Centre (TMC), starting Friday, May 6 through Sunday, May 8.

BC Liquor Stores accepting donations for Fort McMurray

BC Liquor Stores accepting donations for Fort McMurray

As wildfires rage in Fort McMurray, Alta., forcing the emergency evacuation of 80,000 residents, BC Liquor Stores customers can support Red Cross relief efforts there by donating at stores throughout the province.

Starting today, BC Liquor Stores customers can donate $2, $5 or more to help the Red Cross in Alberta reunite family members, provide evacuees with shelter, food and water, and later, assist with longer-term needs as the community rebuilds.

Massive Roller Derby Event slated for May 14

Massive Roller Derby Event slated for May 14

What are you doing on Saturday, May 14? No plans yet? Well, have the Dam City Rollers got a killer evening planned, and they want you to enjoy it with them. The ladies in purple are hosting a three-team tournament at Selkirk College in Castlegar.

Doors open at 6 p.m., first whistle is at 6:30pm. Coming in to play are the fellow purple-clad team from down south, the Lilac City Rollergirls from Spokane, WA and the ladies in red, Avalanche City Rollergirls from Fernie. Both teams are looking for rematches with the Dams. Lilac City first played the Dams in May 2015, where the Dams showed them some derby love Canada style, however it wasn’t enough to take the win. In a rematch at Spokarnage in August 2015, the Dams showed their true colours and won. Lilac City will be the first to face the Dams in an attempt to dominate. Who will be the victor?

State of emergency declared as Fort McMurray continues to burn

Firefighters, aircraft and heavy equipment are working hard to contain wildfires at Fort McMurray, AB. — Photo courtesy Alberta Wildfire Info.

The Alberta Government has declared a state of emergency Wednesday as the wildfire in Fort McMurray continues to burn.

The wildfire, which experts believe may have been human caused due to its proximity to the city of Fort McMurray, has caused the mandatory evacuation order remains of approximately 80,000 people.

More than 250 firefighters as well as helicopters and air tankers are currently fighting this wildfire.

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation have both declared a State of Local Emergency.

Police issue release regarding morning fire and robbery attempt

The aftermath of an attempted robbery at Chevron. Photo by Stacey MacKinnon.

Ed Note: The following is a press release issued by Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Dave Johnson:

At approximately 5 a.m. May 4, Castlegar RCMP responded to two simultaneous incidents in the Castlegar city area. The first call was a report building fire on 2nd Street near 11th Avenue. A passing motorist noticed flames from inside business and contacted emergency services. The building had housed a previous business but had not been open for business for some time. No injuries were reported to either the public or emergency services workers. The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time.

Vehicle smashes front of Chevron in apparent attempted robbery

Clean-up continues in the wake of what appears to have been an attempted robbery at Chevron this morning. Photo by Devon Hoggan.

In what appears to have been an attempted smash-and-grab gone wrong at the Castlegar Chevron this morning, there was more 'smash' and less 'grab' than perhaps was intended.

Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Dave Johnson said the business had an alarm, and the call came in at roughly 5 a.m.

City apologizes for pesticide use at Kinsmen Park

City apologizes for pesticide use at Kinsmen Park

City director of Transportation and Civic Works Chris Barlow is falling on his sword this morning, accepting full responsibility for a mistake that saw herbicide sprayed in Castlegar's Kinsmen Park this week.

“Our contractor goes around and checks all the fields, identifying the ones that have bad weeds, then comes back with a list of ones that need spraying,” Barlow said. “I missed that (Kinsmen Park) was not supposed to be on the list. It was my mistake.”

Alcohol a factor in early morning car crash

Alcohol a factor in early morning car crash

Robson fire crews responded to a single vehicle roll-over early this morning, according to Robson fire chief Jeff Grant.

Grant said a six-man crew responded to a call early Wednesday morning of a single vehicle MVI in the 2700 block of Broadwater Road.

The single occupant, a female driver, had crossed the centre line, lost control and rolled her vehicle, but no extrication was required, and she was transported to hospital without serious injuries.

Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Dave Johnson said alcohol was a factor in the incident.

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