The deadly problem with fentanyl overdoses grew in 2016 in the Kootenay-Boundary, but it is still lower than the regional and provincial rate, says an Interior Health official.
Gillian Frosst, epidemiologist with Interior Health, said the fentanyl problem is growing more common in the Kootenay-Boundary region, and it increased in 2016.
The Castlegar Fire Department has released its 2016 statistics showing the second-busiest year on record with 903 calls for service, according to deputy fire chief Sam Lattanzio.
“If you look at our call volume over the years, it’s been steadily increasing,” Lattanzio said, adding the busiest year, 2015, saw an anomalous spike of 933 calls for a couple of reasons. “There was the wind storm on June 29 – it was a significant event that resulted in 40 to 45 calls for service in a single day, with downed trees and powerlines.”
The New Year is fast approaching, and the Alzheimer Society of BC wants Kootenay/Boundary residents to be aware of services that will be available in 2017.
“We will be offering several workshops for families living with Alzheimer's disease or dementia in the New Year,” said local support and education coordinator Julie Leffelaar.
Highlights of programming include:
Understanding Dementia - Grand Forks:
Tuesday, Jan. 17, from 10 a.m. - noon, Boundary District Hospital, 7649 22nd St., Grand Forks
RCMP is reporting one fatality following a two-car accident Monday morning on Highway 3A west of Nelson near Bonnington.
Sergeant Chad Badry of the RCMP West Kootenay Traffic Services said in a media release three people were involved in two vehicle accident that occurred at 8 a.m. and closed the highway for several hours.
Traffic was detoured through the Lower and Upper Bonnington and South Slocan Village roads.
“The driver of one vehicle was air-lifted to Kelowna General Hospital with serious life-threatening injuries,” Badry explained.
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The Castlegar Rebels top trio of Ed Lindsey, John Moeller, and Logan Styler put nine points on the board as the Rebels defeated the Nelson Leafs 6-3 and extended their winning streak to eight games.
The city’s police board has come to the municipal table and has once again asked for a significant budget increase, looking for an 8.7 per cent budget rise to almost $3.2 million.
In 2015 the Nelson Police board asked for a similar increase, one which was denied by council and was subsequently appealed by the board, landing on the desk of the provincial director of Police Services that ruled in favour of an increase.
The following is a press release issued by Columbia Basin Trust at 6:19 p.m. Saturday:
It is with heavy hearts that the family of Neil Muth, his loving wife Cathy, and his three children John (wife Angela), Emily (fiancé Paul) and Hilary, in conjunction with the Columbia Basin Trust announce his sudden passing. He will be remembered first and foremost as a loving husband and father.
Neil Muth has served as President and CEO of the Columbia Basin Trust since 2005.
The family has requested privacy at this time.
“Imagine the Stories” by Winlaw artists Rabi’a and Carl Schlichting, was the big winner at the 2016 Castlegar Sculpturewalk Awards, taking home the coveted People’s Choice Award. This sculpture will now stay in the City’s permanent collection.
The full Awards List is as follows:
People’s Choice Awards:
1) $15,000 (sculpture purchase) + $3000 cash = “Imagine the Stories” by Rabi’a and Carl Schlichting (Winlaw, BC)
2) $1500 = “Sculpture Walk” by Spring Shine, Christopher Petersen & Hans Winter (Argenta, BC)
RCMP Sergeant Monty Taylor said in a media release Monday the search continues for a man last seen on Slocan Lake Wednesday (November 2).
"The search for David Taylor continues," the RCMP Sergeant said in the release.
"Since being reported missing the search has consisted over land, air and water utilizing ground searchers, boats, helicopter, RCMP float plane and Underwater Recovery Team, SONAR and underwater camera."
The Castlegar Gentleman’s Hockey League is proud to announce Kadrian Klimchuck as the inaugural winner of the CGHL Beauty Award.
The award is given to a SHSS Graduate that has played their final season of Castlegar Minor Hockey, has at least a C+/ B average, plans to attend Selkirk College in the fall and submits a short essay describing why they are a true beauty.
The winner receives a $250 cheque and a free year in the CGHL. Total Value: $600 and a lifetime of lessons.