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Trail city council responds to sale of Waneta Dam

Trail city council responds to sale of Waneta Dam

In a Closed Meeting held on May 23, Trail City Council discussed the legal implications associated with the recently announced sale of the Waneta Dam by Teck Resources Limited to Fortis Inc.  Council also took the opportunity to review the City’s involvement when Teck sold one-third of its interest in the Dam to BC Hydro in 2009/10 and if the same issues are relevant today.

Small fire downtown gets startling response from fire dept

Small fire downtown gets startling response from fire dept

A shed fire downtown drew a massive response from the Castlegar Fire Department Tuesday night, as it was reported during department training exercises.

“The call came in at 8:50 p.m. to respond to a structure fire in the 700 Block of 10 Avenue,” said Fire Chief Sam Lattanzio. “Because we were training, we had trucks out and about already, so we were there right away.”

Engine One, Engine Two, Command One and Ladder One responded, bringing 15 firefighters as well as the fire chief and both deputy chiefs.

Affordable housing retrofit program providing $2M for energy conservation upgrades

Upgrading roof insulation is a good example of an energy retrofit that will help save money on heating costs and improve the comfort level of a home.

The first intake of Columbia Basin Trust’s new Energy Retrofit Program is now open. The Trust announced the new program in March with a $2-million commitment to help provide energy conservation upgrades for affordable housing in the Basin.

Bat encounters can put you at risk for rabies — Interior Health

In 2016, 61 people in the Interior Health region were treated for potential exposure to rabies.

Interior Health is advising the public of the importance of avoiding physical contact with bats, the primary carrier of the rabies virus in B.C.
 
IH said rabies is a very serious disease that affects the nervous system and is almost always fatal if not treated in time.

In 2016, 61 people in the Interior Health region were treated for potential exposure to rabies.

Police seek witnesses to fatal jetski incident on Columbia River

Police seek witnesses to fatal jetski incident on Columbia River

The Trail and Greater RCMP are seeking the public's assistance in looking for anyone who

witnessed a Seadoo accident in the Columbia river in Trail on May 9 at approximately 6 p.m.

Three males were on a Seadoo at this time in the river near the Sunningdale / Gyro Park area. An incident occurred causing all three males to be be thrown into the water.

Two males were rescued, but one male Jeffrey David Bauder, 28, is presumed drowned and missing at this time.

Castlegar Air Cadets reach for the skies

Castlegar Air Cadets reach for the skies

On May 13, the cadets of 581 City of Castlegar Air Cadet squadron went flying from the West Kootenay Regional Airport.

The cadets were flown in the bright blue and yellow Cessna 182s that are usually used for towing the Air Cadet Glider aircraft.

The cadets explored the Castlegar area from the air and were taught the basics of aircraft control. This fall, the cadets will be flying again, this time in the air cadet Schweitzer 2-33A gliders.

Robson Fire Department Wins Education Award

Robson Fire Department Wins Education Award

The Robson Volunteer Fire Department (RVFD) has received the Al Lonneberg Fire Safety Public Education Award – an honour bestowed annually to the volunteer fire department that initiates the greatest effort in its community to fight fires pre-ignition.

The Department received the award on the weekend of April 28thwhen hundreds of firefighters from around the Province gathered in Grand Forks for the Province’s annual Spring Training.

Columbia River system pretty full, but floods not likely — officials

Water flows swiftly over the horseshoe dam at Bonnington Falls. — The Nelson Daily photo

BC Hydro officials say they’re not forecasting flooding along the Columbia River system in the Kootenays this year- but admit it could come pretty close as they try to manage “unprecedented” runoff.

While Nelson, Castlegar and Trail are unlikely to see any floods from high water levels on the river system, Kootenay Lake itself may peak at a point where flooding becomes possible, officials told reporters at a briefing on Tuesday.

New single regional transit fare structure means rate rise in city

In order to simplify the West Kootenay Transit Committee’s existing fare structure, city council approved a rise in the single fare structure from $2 to $2.25, but Nelson students will be paying a lot less. — The Nelson Daily file photo
Simplify, simplify, simplify.

City council has approved a new, single, simplified rate for transit, as recommended by a recent BC Transit Fare review, but it comes at a price.

A 25-cent price.

In order to simplify the West Kootenay Transit Committee’s existing fare structure, city council approved a rise in the single fare structure from $2 to $2.25, but Nelson students will be paying a lot less.

UPDATED: Highway 3 near Paulson Bridge open to traffic

Emcon Services and RCMP monitor the westbound lane of Highway 3 near the Paulson Bridge after a large section of the highway slid down the bank. — Photo courtesy Facebook

Emcon Services Inc., maintenance contractor for the Paulson pass continues to monitor a section of Highway 3 washed out Sunday.

The parts of the shoulder and road were washed away leaving travelers using the road to deal with single-alternating traffic control.

The TranBC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastruture website said the maintenance contractor is currently monitoring that stretch of Highway 3 and is working on repairs.

The washout is located on Highway 3 two kilometers east of the Paulson Bridge.

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