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COLUMN: Good journalism and a healthy society

As someone who has enjoyed a long media career, including 44 years hosting CBC TV’s The Nature of Things, I understand how important robust media is to a thriving democracy. An informed public makes better decisions about everything from health care to voting. Some, unfortunately, see an informed public as a threat to their agendas. […]

COUNCIL MATTERS: Rossland City Council Meeting, February 20, 2024

Former Mayor Bill Profili urges action on truck traffic, border crossing; RVs and vans a “canary in the coal mine”? Curious about Rossland’s water supply and how it all works? — read the Annual Water Report; and, job posting coming soon for Water Ambassador.   PRESENT: Mayor Andy Morel and Councillors Lisa Kwiatkowski, Stuart Spooner, […]

National coordination team is helping advance multiple extortions investigations throughout Canada

A nation-wide alliance of various police departments across Canada is in place to help coordinate and advance a series of threat/extortion investigations underway. The RCMP National Coordination and Support Team (NCST) has been established and is working with police departments in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and outside of Canada to address a number of similar […]

Weekly update from MLA/Minister Conroy

The BC Legislature resumed Feb. 20 with a Speech from the Throne that outlines our commitments for the fall session. The 2024 Budget will be announced on February 22. Our government has taken on some of the biggest challenges facing British Columbians, like childcare, housing, and healthcare. We will continue to add important pieces to […]

18 firefighters attend chimney fire in Rossland

Eighteen firefighters attended a residential blaze in Rossland Sunday, according to Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue Cpt. Jason Milne. Crews from Rossland, Warfield and Trail were called out to Mann Road in Rossland at 4:04 p.m. and arrived on scene at 4:15 p.m. to douse a chimney fire. The incident was under control by 4:53  […]

Interior Health CEO mourns loss of Board Chair Dr. Doug Cochrane

In a statement Tuesday, president and CEO Susan Brown said Interior Health is mourning the loss of Interior Health Board Chair Dr. Doug Cochrane. Brown said as Chair of Interior Health Board of Directors, Dr. Cochrane demonstrated a deep commitment to continuous improvement of patient care, quality and safety knowing it would lead to improved […]

New service model sought for paused recreation service in Area E

Call it a work in progress. For the Recreation Commission No. 10 service in the Regional District of Central Kootenay’s (RDCK) Area E, the funding has been paused as of Jan. 1. The service is no longer responsible for providing recreation grant funds to local groups running recreational programs. Instead, a new community society is […]

Splashy fun: Annual Swim-a-thon -- March 7th, 2024

The Greater Trail Area Hospice Society will be having a swim-a-thon to raise awareness of all the services available to our community.   Brenda Hooper, Hospice Board Chair notes, “Like most non-profit organizations much of our financial support is provided through donations; without our community support we couldn’t make a positive difference in this community.”  […]

Solutions for Village of Silverton challenges making progress: Mayor

Progress is being made on a series of challenges that plague one of the smallest municipalities in Canada. The Village of Silverton, the second smallest municipality in Canada, had employed the services of a provincial government municipal advisor — for 12 weeks — in order to address several issues during a “difficult time” it had […]

Low snowpack expected to further impact water sources as drought conditions continue

The West Kootenay’s snowpack is falling below record-low levels as the warm, dry winter weather continues, prompting a call for a watershed management system. According to the B.C. River Forecast Centre’s snow survey (Feb. 1), the West Kootenay snowpack remains very low — averaging 33 per cent below normal throughout the region — but the […]

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