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RDCK issues 'Water Quality Advisory' for Riondel

RDCK issues 'Water Quality Advisory' for Riondel

The Regional District Central Kootenay (RDCK) has issued a "Water Quality Advisory" for users on the Riondel Water System.

The RDCK said secent testing shows that current water quality is now "fair" due to increasing turbidity (cloudiness) as a result of heavy rain and snow melt.
 
While health risks are considered low, the RDCK and Interior Health recommend that young children, the elderly, people with weakened immune systems, and anyone seeking additional protection drink boiled water or a safe alternative until further notice.

RDCK closes roads due to flooding in region

Rivers throughout the RDCK have been rising due to the heavy rainfall that has hit the region. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The Regional District of Central Kootenay is advising the public of road closures in the regional due to the deluge of rain the area has seen during the past few days.

The road closures include Goose Creek Road at 2565 Shoreacres in Shoreacres  and Highway 31 10 kilometres north of the Coffee Creek Bridge.

The Slocan Valley West Road, south of 3137 Slocan Valley West Road, is now open.

RDCK is also reporting that hydro lines are down 20 kilometers north of Kaslo at the Lardeau Bluffs. Traffic has been reduced to single lane traffic.

Rural residents may be asked to contribute more to aquatic centre through taxation

The regional district will be taking a new look at who gets taxed for the running of the aquatic centre and who doesn't, as renovations proceed through the spring and summer.

A $4.9 million renovation to the aquatic centre will start in April, shutting down the use of the pool until the fall. In the meantime, Nelson and surrounding rural areas will revamp their process for deciding how much some of the rural areas will pay in taxes to support the facility. 

Currently, citizens in some rural areas don’t pay anything, although some of their residents use the facilities. Everyone pays the same at the aquatic centre door, taxed or not, regardless of where they live.

WEST KOOTENAY CAMERA CLUB CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF ANNUAL PHOTO SHOW June 5- 13

Jim Lawrence from Meadow Creek, showcases his ”Swans on Black” photo taken at Meadow Creek.

The West Kootenay Camera Club is celebrating a special year, marking the 25th Anniversary of its Annual Photo Show.

The Photo Show will take place from June 5-13 at the Kootenay Gallery in Castlegar, coinciding with the Castlegar SunFest.  

In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, the Club will host a Youth competition.

The Annual Photo Show is a juried event with qualified judges from varied backgrounds in both photography and the world of art.  This year’s judges are from Spokane, WA and Kelowna, BC. 

ICBC asks drivers to prepare for unpredictable weather this long weekend

Slippery roads were the blame for a recent accident near Beasley on Highway 3A. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Although we're experiencing an unusually mild winter this year, weather in our province can still be unpredictable at this time of year.

ICBC is warning the public travelling over the Family Day long weekend, to be prepared for varied and rapidly changing road conditions including snow, slush, fog, heavy rain and ice.

Community ready for Grand Re-opening of Taghum Hall

The new-and-improved Taghum Hall is ready to host the community at its Grand Re-opening Saturday, February 14 from 1-4 p.m. —Submitted photo

When it was built in the 1950s, the Taghum Hall served as a meeting and place of worship for the Russian Doukhobor community.

However, 60 years later the hall that was constructed from salvaged materials was in desperate need of renovations.

In 2010, there was a desire to keep the Taghum Hall community owned.

MP promotes affordable child care plan

MP promotes affordable child care plan

NDP leader Tom Mulcair has recently launched a plan for affordable childcare in Canada.  It is no secret that Quebec has the most affordable childcare in the country, and Tom, as a former Quebec cabinet minister, witnessed the success affordable childcare played in helping families and boosting the economy of the province.  His plan would build on the Quebec model to bring quality, accessible childcare to all of Canada.

Hugh Keenleyside improvement project continues

Hugh Keenleyside improvement project continues

BC Hydro has offered an update on the Hugh L. Keenleyside Spillway Gates Reliability Upgrade Project as work on the project continues to ensure the long-term reliability of the spillway gates.

Project overview

The Hugh L. Keenleyside Dam project will complete a combination of replacement, refurbishment, and addition of new equipment on the spillway and low-level outlet gates. The scope of work includes upgrading the mechanical components, electrical power systems and the protection and control systems at the facility.

Selkirk success story - adult ed empowers

Daniel Leslie graduated from Selkirk College Nursing Program last spring and now works at in a number of health care facilities around the region. Leslie started his educational journey at Selkirk College by first enrolling in the Adult Basic Education Program.

When Daniel Leslie was 31, he was at the pinnacle of what it means to carve out an outdoor lover’s life.

In the summer, Leslie fought forest fires and in the winter he worked as a ski patroller/first aid attendant/avalanche technician. Physically demanding work, but for those who thirst for fresh air and adventure it was the perfect combination.

Government peace officer dies in motor vehicle incident

Government peace officer dies in motor vehicle incident

Commercial Vehicle and Safety Enforcement (CVSE) Officer Toni Kristinsson died as a result of a collision on Highway 5 near Valemount on Sunday, Feb. 1.

Officer Kristinsson was driving home near the end of his shift when his patrol vehicle collided with a commercial transport truck. He had worked for the CVSE branch for a little over three years and spent a majority of his time working in the Robson Valley out of the Tete Jaune Inspection Station.

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