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Search for missing Alvin Dunic turns up no new clues

Anyone who has seen Alvin Dunic is asked to call local RCMP or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

RCMP Senior Media Relations Officer Annie Linteau says the search for missing Crawford Bay teacher Alvin Dunic remains a mystery.

Linteau said members from Nelson Search and Rescue as well as Swift Water Teams from Kimberley, Oliver/Osoyoos and Penticton searched Crawford Creek this week again with no success.

“Swimmers in the water targeted areas using underwater cameras, sight tubes and probes,” Linteau said after improved clarity and lower water levels allowed searchers to return to the scene Monday where Dunic was last seen.

Grand Forks reaches agreement with CUPE workers

CUPE Local 4728 President Sukie Lawrence and Grand Forks Mayor Frank Konrad shake hands on a new four-plus year agreement. — Photo courtesy City of Grand Forks

The City of Grand Forks announced Wednesday it has reached an agreement with its union workers following two days of bargaining.

Mayor Frank Konrad said the agreement with CUPE Local 4728 is for four plus years.

“I’m pleased that everything worked out so well, and I’m very happy with the results for the corporation and CUPE members," Konrad said in a media release.

Konrad said management and the Union worked together to find new terms that saw a unanimous ratification by the Union and by Council.

This is a great chance to see Kootenay Studio Arts students in action

Selkirk College Kootenay Studio Arts (KSA) student Kaeli Benoit (top photo) stands by the gas-fired kiln which she used in the process of preparing her final pieces while (bottom photo) Wade Moravec shows one of his dinosaur-inspired jewelry pieces. Both will be on display at the annual Year End Show & Sale which takes place on June 23 and 24 in downtown Nelson. — Photos courtesy Selkirk College

The educational pathway for students at Selkirk College’s Kootenay Studio Arts (KSA) is an individual journey that results in a creative collection of final projects. On June 23 and 24, students from five studios will showcase their concepts, designs and skill-sets at the annual KSA Year End Show & Sale.

“There are not very many craft schools around anymore that teach these kinds of techniques to students,” says Jewelry Studio student Samonte Cruz. “It’s very unique to have Kootenay Studio Arts in a small community like Nelson.”

Grand Forks toddler continues to recover from eating raw dough

Brian Hermsen is still recovering after eating raw cookie dough made from Robin Hood flour. — Photo courtesy Kyla Hermsen

The past few months have been very trying for a Grand Forks family.

Kyla Hermsen’s two-year-old son Brian spent four weeks in hospital after becoming ill from eating raw cookie dough made from the same Robin Hood flour that was part of a national recall.

“Nothing has changed . . . my son is still recovering,” Hermsen told the Boundary Sentinel recently.

The Robin Hood flour recall has led to 30 reported illnesses in Canada said the Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the product infected with a strain of E. coli.

Police seek help finding perpetrator of cruelty to a dog

On June 17 at approximately 6:30 p.m., the Castlegar RCMP responded to a call regarding a dog that had been thrown from a car window, according to RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew.

“The witness stated that a car had driven into the rural area of Woodland Drive near the gravel pit in Castlegar, thrown the dog out the window, then sped off, leaving the dog in the gravel, Mathew said.

Police attended the area and located a young dog curled up in the grass.  

Search resumes for missing teacher Alvin Dunic

Alvin Dunic has been missing since May 29. — Facebook photo

RCMP media spokesperson Cpl Dan Moskaluk said Friday, the search for missing teacher Alvin Dunic will resume Monday (June 19th).

The 57-year-old Crawford Bay Elementary School teacher was reported missing Monday, May 29 at 2:45 p.m. after leaving the school to look for a suitable location for a class project in the Crawford Creek area.

Moskaluk said since suspension of the search effort to locate 57 year old on June 4th, 2017, the water levels in Crawford Creek have been closely monitored and have now receded sufficiently for search efforts to resume.

CH-149 Cormorant helicopter searches over Nelson Sunday for missing plane

CH-149 Cormorant helicopter was seen flying over the Nelson area Sunday. The Nelson Daily photo

The Nelson area witnessed Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) search and rescue (SAR) helicopter CH-149 Cormorant flying over the region Sunday as the search for missing plane with a B.C. man and Alberta woman continues.

Pilot Alex Simons, 21, of Kamloops, and Sydney Robillard, 24, of Lethbridge, were travelling from Lethbridge to Kamloops in a small Piper Warrior aircraft Thursday.

The plane refuelled in Cranbrook during the day, but never arrived at its Kamloops destination.

Selkirk College TESOL Program Brings International Experience Home

Emily Kandborg is gaining a world of experience at home in the West Kootenay after taking the TESOL Program at Selkirk College. She teaches English as a Second Language with Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy. Selkirk College photo

Selkirk College’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Program has brought a world of cultural experiences to one alumna who’s chosen to build a career at home in the West Kootenay.

Emily Kandborg teaches English to speakers of other languages with the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, a non-profit organization providing literacy programs for children, families, adults and seniors in the region. She currently teaches four classes – one in Trail, Rossland and two in Nelson – to students from around the world.

UPDATED: RCMP suspends search for missing Crawford Bay teacher

Alvin Dunic was last seen shortly before noon Monday, May 29. Facebook photo

Creston RCMP has confirmed that the search for missing person Alvin Dunic of Crawford Bay, BC, has been suspended.

The decision came Sunday afternoon (June 4) following seven days of extensive search efforts said RCMP Cpl Dan Moskaluk in a media release.

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