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RCMP target drivers in Distracted Driving, Occupant Restraint Campaign

Current stats for 2017 show a whopping 98 cell phone tickets have been handed out by police. — Photo courtesy RCMP

Almost 100 drivers in the West Kootenay still are not getting the message that cellphone distraction has a similar effect on driving as alcohol.

Sergeant Chad Badry of the RCMP West Kootenay Traffic Services said in a media release Monday that during March West Kootenay Traffic and West Kootenay Integrated Road Safety Unit have been working with Traffic Services across the province to conduct a month long campaign combating distracted driving and ensuring occupant restraint compliance.

KIJHL mourns loss of former star Brendan Burge

“We as an organization are so deeply affected by the passing of this young man and would like to pass on our condolences to his family, his beautiful daughter Bodene and his hockey family that spans far and wide,” the Rockies Facebook Post said.

The entire Kootenay International Junior Hockey League is morning the loss of a former player following a freak accident Friday in Kelowna.

Former Columbia Valley Rockies forward Brendan Burge has been identified on social media as the man who died tragically after falling from the fifth-floor balcony of a downtown Kelowna condo. 

“A very sad day for the KIJHL,” said a post Sunday on the Columbia Valley Rockies Facebook Page.

Nitros even Kootenay Conference series with 3-2 win over Nitehawks

Beaver Valley lost its first game of the playoffs Saturday, and now face a must-win situation on the road beginning Tuesday against Kimberley. — The Nelson Daily photo

After coasting through the Murdoch Division, winning eight straight, and the first game of the Kootenay Conference series, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks now face some adversity against the Kimberley Dynamiters.

The Nitros scored a much-needed road victory, edging the Hawks 3-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Conference Playoff action Saturday in Fruitvale.

The win evens the best-of-seven Kootenay Conference Final at 1-1 with Games three and four, Tuesday and Wednesday, in the Bavarian City.

UPDATED: Mudslides slow traffic on Highways 3, 6, & 31

Highway 3 west of Creston is now open to single-lane traffic. — Photo courtesy WK District MOTI

DriveBC is now reporting a mudslide on Highway 6 south of New Denver Sunday afternoon.

Traffic has been reduced to single alternating with information that motorists can expect delays.

Mudslides slow traffic on Highways 3, 31

DriveBC reporting that Highway 3, 10 kilometers west of Creston, is now open to single lane alternating traffic following a mudslide Saturday.

The mudslide happened three kilometers west of Kootenay Pass east gate.

The deluge of precipitation during the past 48 hours also caused a mudslide 12 kilometers north of Coffee Creek Bridge.

West Kootenay Fly Fishing Symposium goes this weekend

Pictured, L-R, John Jenner of Columbia Power, symposium organizer and West Kootenay Fly Fishing Club president, Rod Zavaduk and club vice-president, Steve Sandesky. — Submitted photo

Columbia Power is a sponsor of the 18th annual West Kootenay Fly Fishing Symposium taking place Saturday and Sunday (March 25-26), at the Castlegar Recreation Complex.

The event is free to the public and includes a variety of activities for young and old including casting demos, kids’ fly tying, a speaker series and displays including the Ministry of Environment’s mobile inspection and decontamination unit for invasive mussels.

Selkirk College students launch campaign to mobilize youth vote

The main entrance at Selkirk College in Castlegar was a beehive of activity as students signed up in the Students Are Voting provincial campaign. —Submitted photo

The pending provincial election in BC has college students taking a firm interest in who will form the next government.

Selkirk College students are part of the movement, joining the Students Are Voting provincial campaign.

This initiative, being implemented on campuses, including Selkirk College, across the province, aims to educate and empower youth to get to the polls May 9.

BC Search and Rescue Warns of Another Scam

BC Search and Rescue Warns of Another Scam

Be aware:  if anyone phones you and asks for funds for a Search and Rescue group, it's a scam.  " We cannot state clearly enough, not one of the 80 recognized SAR groups in British Columbia, ask for donations by phone.  And neither do any of the recognized air or marine search and rescue groups in BC.  Simply put, if you receive a phone call asking you to donate to search and rescue, it is not us," says a news release from the BC Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA), an umbrella group representing the volunteer ground search and rescue groups in BC recognized by Emergency Management BC (EMBC).

Red and Black Jack excelled at Slopes For Hope fundraising

Photo by Lawrence Wright

The Rossland version of the Mount Everest challenge, hosted at Red Mountain Ski Resort and Black Jack Ski Club Feb. 19, exceeded its $25,000 goal with a whopping $36,500 contributed to the total -- over $100,000 -- raised for the Canadian Cancer Society by the six participating locations across the province.

Police warn against falling into tax-time fraud

Police warn against falling into tax-time fraud

This, from Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Brett Turner, in response to recent complaints:

Every year, thousands of Canadians fall victim to fraud, losing millions of dollars. Most don't think it could happen to them, but fraudsters use sophisticated ways to target people of all ages. The impact of fraud on individuals, families and businesses can be devastating. Retirement savings, homes, businesses and, in some cases, lives have all been lost.

Snowfall Alert for Highway 3 Paulson Summit, Kootenay Pass

Environment Canada is calling for between 10-15 cms for Kootenay Pass Saturday. — DriveBC photo

Anyone planning to travel highway passes in the Kootenay/Boundary region has better be prepared for winter driving.

Environment Canada has issued a Snowfall Alert for Highway 3 from Christina Lake to Creston, including the Paulson and Kootenay Pass highways.

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