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Book launch at Touchstones — Journeys Taken: Selkirk College – The First 50 Years

Journeys Taken: Selkirk College The First 50 Years chronicles the rich history of post-secondary education in the West Kootenay and Boundary regions.

Selkirk College is celebrating its 50th anniversary by releasing a commemorative coffee table book.

Journeys Taken: Selkirk College – The First 50 Years chronicles the rich history of post-secondary education in the West Kootenay and Boundary regions. It is a beautiful volume and is a welcome addition to every bookshelf!

May is Invasive Species Action Month. Nip them in the bud!

Burdock -- just one of the many invasive species in our area

Anyone hiking or biking on trails in our region may have noticed that many of those trails are being hemmed in by certain plants: burdock with its nasty burrs later in the year, spotted knapweed, common tansy, hoary alyssum, policeman's helmet (AKA Himalayan balsam) -- even, in some places, Japanese knotweed -- and other invasive species.  Yes, all those (and many more) are invasives, and they spread especially fast along the trails because we all unwittingly spread their seeds on our clothing, our bikes and our dogs' fur.

Abbotsford man clocked exceeding 200 km on highway near Castlegar

Warmer weather has seen an increase of speeding drivers on local highways.

The weather has only turned warmer during the past few days but already RCMP have found drivers cranking up the speed on local highways said Sergeant Chad Badry West Kootenay Traffic and Integrated Road Safety Unit in a media release Tuesday.

Badry said with the warmer weather out, police are seeing the speeds increasing, leading to an Abbotsford man having his vehicle impounded for seven days for exceeding the 200-km mark.

Selkirk College Releases 50th Anniversary Commemorative Book

Journeys Taken: Selkirk College - The First 50 Years is now available for purchase.The commemorative coffee table book's co-authors Takaia Larsen (left) and Bob Hall (right) opened the first boxes hot off the press last week at the Castlegar Campus loading dock.

Five decades in the making, a beautiful coffee table book on the history of inspiring post-secondary education in the West Kootenay and Boundary has been released to help mark Selkirk College’s 50th Anniversary.

Journeys Taken: Selkirk College - The First 50 Yearsstarts at the beginning and chronicles the rich history of post-secondary through words, photographs and brilliant design.

Seasonal residences burglarized between New Denver and Kaslo

Anyone with information regarding these crimes is asked to contact the Slocan Lake RCMP at (250) 358-2222 or the Kaslo RCMP at (250) 353-2225.

RCMP in Slocan Lake and Kaslo are asking for public assistance after reports that seasonal residences were broken into during the winter.

Const. Herder of the Slocan Lake RCMP said in a media release that thieves stole multiple items from residences located in remote areas between the Villages of New Denver and Kaslo.

Six homes remain on Evacuation Alert near Zwicky Road Landslide

The map shows the area under Evacuation Alert for the Zwicky Road Landslide.

In a media release Friday, the Regional District of Central Kootenay has rescinding the Evacuation Order for six homes below the Zwicky Road Landslide.

However, the RDCK said the six homes will remain on Evacuation Alert.

“The Evacuation Alert on the surrounding 41 homes has been rescinded,” the release said. “Residents are asked to stay alert for signs of slides.

No one injured after young grizzly charges man on Great Northern Trail

The public is being asked to use extra caution while walking the Great Northern Trail.

Nelson Police Department is asking the public to take extra caution when walking the Nelson-Salmo Great Northern Trail after a local man was charged by a young grizzly bear Wednesday evening.

The incident occurred at approximately 7 p.m. Wednesday (April 26) on the Great Northern Trail between Stanley Street entrance and the Nelson Cemetery.

The man was walking along the trail talking on a cell phone when a young grizzly bear charged at the man.

The man stopped as the bear charged again.

The bear stopped before running off into the bushes.

UBC Healthcare Travelling Roadshow stops in Grand Forks Monday

There will be 10 health profession students on this year's trip.

Grand Forks Secondary is the place Monday students have a chance to learn more about jobs in healthcare as the University of BC hosts its Healthcare Travelling Roadshow.

The roadshow brings together a diverse group of healthcare students to showcase career options to high school students in hopes of inspiring the next generation of rural healthcare professionals.

There will be 10 health profession students on this year’s trip representing medicine, nursing, licensed practical nursing, respiratory therapy, midwifery, pharmacy, and optometry.

Mineral Mountain Ziplines Breaks Ground at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

The crew building Mineral Mountain Ziplines at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort stopped for a photo before commencing work Monday. Submitted photo

After nearly a year of planning, Todd and Jay Manton with their ziplining company and the team at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort are excited to announce breaking ground on their newest ziplining operation — Mineral Mountain Ziplines.

“After the overwhelming response to our first zipline in Nelson, Jay and I were looking for an opportunity to expand our business,” says Todd Manton, co-owner and operator of Kokanee Mountain Zipline located north of Nelson.

RDCK extends State of Local Emergency for Zwicky Road residents

More information regarding the geotechnical engineers report will be made available Monday.

A handful of residents in Kaslo are going to need to wait at least another week before returning home after the Regional District of Central Kootenay decided to extend its State of Local Emergency for another week.

In a media release Sunday, the RDCK said its extending the State of Local Emergency until May 1st for six homes outside the North Kootenay Village.

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