Submitted by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 1:57pm

The School District 20 has eliminated the controversial student busing fees slated to be implemented this school year, after finding out they'll be ellibigle for a roughly $243,000 grant...

Recent News

by City of Trail on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 12:55pm

The City of Trail’s Recreation Agreement Negotiating Committee and the Beaver Valley Parks Recreation Committee (BV Rec) recently met to discuss the renewal of the one-year Recreation Funding Agreement that expires at the end of August 2016.

Due to immediate time constraints associated with the new agreement expiring, both parties agreed to a two-month extension of the current...

by Letters to the ... on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 12:11pm

Ed. Note: This letter is in response to the following article:

Dear (Editor):

The Insurance Brokers Association of B.C. would like to respond to inaccuracies in your story of Aug. 18 entitled: “RDCK director pushes for rural fire insurance change.”


by Contributor on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 11:58am

Endless Adventures Fundraising campaign for the West Kootenay Search and Rescue Training weekend was a huge success. Endless Adventure  raised $2,000  to help support and alleviate the pressure on volunteers who occasionally need to use their own funds for training and equipment.

At the Saturday-night dinner, Andrea and Chris presented Gord and Barb Ihlen, of the...

by Bob Hall on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 11:09am

After a successful five years at the helm of Selkirk College, President Angus Graeme has been given a vote of confidence by the Board of Governors to continue his leadership of post-secondary education in the West Kootenay and Boundary.

The Board announced that Graeme has signed another five year contract to continue in his role until 2021.

“The Board looks forward to...

Regional News

City of Kimberley serves 72-hour lockout notice

The final offer was rejected by a 93 percent margin.

The United Steelworkers Local 1-405 said the City of Kimberley is ready to lockout its workers after serving 72-hour lockout notice.

The move comes following a resounding rejection of the City of Kimberley’s final offer vote Thursday afternoon in Kimberley said the United Steelworkers Local 1-405 in a media release.

"The final offer was rejected by a 93 percent margin, 65-5 with 70 members casting their vote," the release said.

New-look Springboard Park in Salmo reopens to the public

Salmo Mayor Stephen White, staff and work crews cut the ribbon Wednesda morning on Springboard Park.

Salmo Council and staff gathered for a ribbon-cutting Wednesday morning to formally reopen Springboard Park, a 17-plus acre natural forest area owned and maintained by the Village.
The opening comes after work was completed by staff over a four-month period to enhance the public safety and use of the trail by clearing it of danger trees and debris.

“Springboard Park is one of Salmo’s most valuable natural assets,” said Salmo Mayor Stephen White in a media release.

Provincial & National

ICBC applies for rate hike to deal with escalation of vehicle crashes

ICBC is filing an application with the British Columbia Utilities Commission, August 25 to ask for the 4.9-per cent rate hike, effective November 1.

The Insurance Corporation of BC is seeking a rate increase of $3.50 per month for basic coverage due to an escalation in the number of crashes, the number of claims being filed and the cost of settling those claims.

The increase was announced in a media release by ICBC Thursday.

Site C's direct award contracts say a lot about government procurement

There's a lot of money floating around now that construction has commenced on the Site C dam in Northern BC.

Another megaproject, another chance to dole out direct award contracts.

In April, the Alaska Highway News filed an access to information request for a list of the direct award contracts signed during the first stages of Site C dam construction.

The list provided to the News at the end of July covers the period from Jan. 1 2014 to Feb. 29, 2016 and is as interesting for what's in it, as for what's redacted.