Regional News

Robots Making Their Way to Selkirk College for RoboGames

Sponsors gathered in Castlegar Campus on the eve of the event include, (L-R) Ralph Lunn (Zellstoff Celgar), Brad Pommen (Nelson Tech Club and RoboGames founder), Blair Weston (Fortis BC), Ken Kalesnikoff (Kalesnikoff Lumber), Erin Handy (KAST), Elroy Switlishoff (Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers Association of Pro Engineers & Geoscientists), Stephen Johnson (Columbia Power), Anders Malpass (Drop Designs), Carol Vanelli-Worosz (Teck Operations), and Maggie Keczan (Selkirk College).

The Fifth Annual RoboGames is making the trek from the Heritage City to the Selkirk College Castlegar Campus Gymnasium Saturday (April 29) as more than 80 young people from across the West Kootenay and Boundary region arrive to create and compete.

The RoboGames were formerly held at the Tenth Street Campus in Nelson for the past few years, but is now going more central to attract more competitors.

The event, aiming of promoting science and technology learning, is a partnership between Selkirk College and the Nelson Tech Club.

Selkirk College Music Students Unite for Final Concert

Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program students will split off into five different ensemble bands for the annual Year-End Celebration Show at Nelson’s Spiritbar in the Hume Hotel on Friday, April 21.

Learning has never sounded so good.

Students in the Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program will bring months and years of hard work to the stage at Nelson’s Spiritbar on April 21 for the annual Year-End Celebration Show.

UPDATED: Geotechnical report keeps six homes under Evacuation Order

The updated evacuation order map includes house points still under the evacuation order.

After receiving a report from geotechnical engineers the Regional District of Central Kootenay has decided to keep six homes below the slide under evacuation order.

The RDCK made the announcement in a media release Thursday.

"The Regional District of Central Kootenay has received a report from geotechnical engineers regarding the Zwicky Road, Kaslo Landslide," the release said.

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: HAIL TO THE CHIEF

The Chief in one of his many, many roles (in this case, cadet commander, he's second from the right). He's also served as Aboriginal Elder, Saint John Ambulance Brigade Superintentendent, Rotary member ... the list goes on.

A good reporter doesn't become emotionally involved in a story – but this one hurts my heart. How to say good-bye to my favourite colleague ever?!?!

It took me six months living and reporting in Castlegar to say, definitively, that there were two people in this community whom you couldn't attack without me responding as if you'd attacked me personally: Kevin Chernoff and Gerry Rempel.

UPDATED: Leaking piece of machinery blamed for oil spill near Balfour Ferry Terminal

Two barrels or just over 416 litres of emulsified oil and water solution were recovered from the leaking piece of machinery on the Balfour Ferry.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay said clean-up is almost complete after a gear oil spill at the Balfour Ferry Terminal Saturday (April 15th).

The RDCK said in media release Wednesday that the piece of machinery that caused the oil spill into the west arm of Kootenay Lake has been removed from the Kootenay Lake Balfour Ferry operated by Western Pacific Marine.

The Balfour Ferry was reported to be leaking gear oil on Saturday, April 15 while stationed near the Balfour Ferry Terminal, located approximately 33 kilometers north of Nelson on Highway 3A.

Tips for Earth Day April 22

 Insulating, especially in basement crawlspaces, remains one of the best ways to reduce heat loss.

Climate action can start at home

Earth Day is on April 22 and for savvy do-it-yourselfers, it’s a good reminder to plan, hammer and drill away at some energy savings to lessen the impact your home has on the environment. You may also save some money along the way.

UPDATED: Evacuation Order reduced at Kaslo landslide

A mudslide observed above Zwicky Road was estimated to be 10,000 to 20,000 cubic metres, 100m long and 75m wide. — Photo courtesy RDCK

Regional District of Central Kootenay Emergency Operations Centre said in a media release late Tuesday, the evacuation order area for the Kaslo landslide has been reduced after a site inspection and consultation with geotechnical experts.

The RDCK EOC said that residents that have been removed from the evacuation order area should remain on evacuation alert and be vigilant and prepared to evacuate if necessary.

The properties that remain under evacuation order are:

RDCK plans more runs, one zone for bus fares

Route 10, North Shore, is getting another run during morning peak hours every weekday. — The Nelson Daily photo

Transit users in the West Kootenay will soon be able to travel from one end of the region to the other for the price of a single bus ticket.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay has approved changes to simply the transit system’s structure, bringing in a single-zone system. While the price of a single ticket is going up slightly, it makes figuring the cost of getting from one point to another a lot simpler.

UPDATED: Highway 3 east of Greenwood now open

UPDATED: Highway 3 east of Greenwood now open

The DriveBC website said Highway 3 east of Greenwood is now open to alternating single-lane traffic.

The Highway was closed early Friday morning due to a mudslide.

Mudslide closes Highway 3

The highway between Grand Forks and Greenwood is closed thanks to a mudslide that washed across Hwy. 3, early Friday morning. 

The mudslide, located 5 km east of Greenwood, was published on DriveBC at 7 a.m. It is in the process of being evaluated. 

RCMP Sgt. Backus calling on gov't to 'Back Us'; many local cops getting on board

RCMP Sgt. Backus calling on gov't to 'Back Us'; many local cops getting on board

A former West Kootenay police officer has started a movement which has spread throughout the country in protest of working conditions within the RCMP.

Former Kaslo top cop Sgt. Chris Backus (now with the Sunshine Coast detachment), risked censure or even dismissal by approaching the media with a ‘yellow stripe campaign’ to send a message to the government – and it’s a message being heard loud and clear here in Castlegar and Trail.

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