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Fire at Teck Trail

Teck Trail

 A fire occured at the No.2 Slag Fuming Furnace at Teck Resources Limited's Trail Operations at 12:50 am, Thursday, July 2, 2009, lasting approximately two hours. The cause, and the extent and estimate of the cost of damages, and the time required for repair will not be available until a full investigation is completed. There were no injuries and there was no impact to other areas of the facility.

Visions for Small Schools: Planning for Rossland's Future

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Halls of RSS

Rossland's Visions for Small Schools Society is currently working hard on options to serve their mandate to sustain excellent K-12 education here in the Mountain Kingdom. This week the group has given permission for the Telegraph to publish a working draft of a document designed to outline goals, strategies, and action plans for the preservation and enhancement of education in Rossland. The group needs input and involvement from the community to change these goals into long-term realities.

With Glowing Hearts We See Thee Rise

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Mt Roberts on Canada Day

With Glowing Hearts We See Thee Rise, the True North Strong and Free

I couldn’t think of a better lyric for a national anthem to describe the way Rossland celebrates its inclusion in the second largest country on the planet. Next Wednesday a group of hearty Rosslanders will celebrate our glorious nation of vast open spaces, spectacular geography and wonderful people by doing what we know best here; getting outside and having some human-powered fun in the surrounding mountains with a bunch of like-minded folk.

Arena to be iced?

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The Pioneer Arena may soon become a thing of the past as the local landmark falls prey to modern expectations. Jim Crockett, Castlegar and District recreation manager, said the recreation commission recently contracted out both mechanical and structural assessments of the Pioneer and the Complex to help formulate a five- to seven-year plan for the city's rec amenities. The resulting report found that bringing the Pioneer up to a standard acceptable to the modern user would very likely cost millions, if not tens of millions, of dollars.

Gallery: Maclean Year-End BBQ Peformance

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Maclean Performance

Last Thursday evening, Maclean Elementary school celebrated the end of the school year with its annual PAC Family Barbeque. This year's performance was another milestone as it marks teacher Terry Marshall's last as the school's musical director.

Says Marshall, "This has been my final concert of my career,  and I'm pleased to say it was a good one!   I've met with these six bands and the choir every lunch hour  and after school all year.  The work paid off as we put on a great  show."

Castlegar School Burns to Ground: Arson Suspected in String of Suspicious Fires

Castlegar's Woodland Park school in full blaze

Woodland Park Elementary School in Castlegar burned to the ground Saturday evening with arson as the suspected cause. As a massive plume of black smoke rose over the town and drifted across the Columbia River, the fire departments of Robson, Trail, and Ootischenia came to the aid of the Castlegar Fire Department.

The fire, watched by hundreds of spectators, burned through the night with spot flare-ups still burning at 3:00 PM the next day. According to Fire Chief Gerry Rempel, the crowd behaved in an exemplary manner, staying out of the way of firefighters and offering assistance.

BRENDA GILL: Sleep- How to Maximize Rest and Recuperate

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Sleep

Sleep can be elusive for some folks. I always ask about a person’s sleep patterns, because, if you are not sleeping well, it can cause all sorts of imbalances in the body. It is extremely important that you get at least seven to eight hours per night of uninterrupted sleep so the body can recover completely and optimize wellness.

One of the essential steps is to try and go to bed at the same time everyday and get up at the same time everyday. The body really likes to be in a rhythm and therefore minimizes stress on the adrenal glands knowing what to expect.

Crowe Student Wins Design Contest

Chelsey Dyer and the winning entry

Chelsey Dyer is a student at Crowe in the media arts class and  she submitted the winning design for the Greater Trail reusable bag contest. Students in Lou Greene's media arts classes and Charlene Barne's grade nine and ten art students participated in this event.

The judging was done by Tim Dueck of the RDKB, Tracey Saxby, and Kathy Moore of the Greener Footprints group. Greener Footprints provided the prize money and Chelsey won $100.

The accompanying photo shows Dyer with her winning entry.

Teck Sells a Third of Waneta Dam to BC Hydro

Wantea Dam

Teck made a major move this week in its continuing efforts to restructure the company’s debt load. Late last year Teck’s debt had soared to just under $10 billion US following a seemingly ill timed $14 billion takeover of Fording coal mere days before the collapse of commodity prices.

With a current agreement in place as a non-binding memorandum of understanding, Teck will sell a one third interest in the Waneta Dam. The deal is worth 825 million dollars to Teck. A pre-tax gain of approximately C$625 million is expected to be recorded on the transaction.

RSS Grade Six and Seven Students Give Up Field Trip to Help Others

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RSS Grade Six and Seven Students Give Up Field Trip to Help Others

They sold chocolates, they held dances, and they ran hot dog days--all to raise money for their annual field trip. This year they were supposed to be going to Spokane, where they planned to visit the zoological sanctuary, play laser tag, and see a movie at the Imax Theatre. In all, the grade six and seven students of Rossland Secondary School raised $3500 towards a well-deserved year-end celebration. But this week they're not living it up in the big(gish) city; they're splashing at the Rossland pool instead. What happened to all that money? Was it stolen? Was it lost?

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