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Newly Arrived Selkirk College International Students Get Helping Hands from Korean Moms

The We Care K-Moms have been working to ensure incoming international students have a soft landing in their new learning environment. The volunteer group of Selkirk College students includes: (L-R) Yeonmi Lee, Yujin Choi, Eunyoung Ha, Hyejin Lee, Soyun Lee, Seonah Jung, Hyeouju Yang, Mira Jeon, Jeonghee Lee and Wanhee Choi.

They know the feeling of being a long way from home, that’s why a group of South Korean moms who attend Selkirk College are reaching out with kindness to the latest cohort of international students arriving to the West Kootenay.

Wanted man apprehended near Chase with the assistance of the tactical Emergency Response Team

The RCMP Southeast District Emergency Response Team responded to support Chase RCMP on Friday with the high risk arrest of a man in its jurisdiction, wanted province-wide on several outstanding firearms related warrants for his arrest.

On Sept. 18, a short time before 11:30 a.m., Chase RCMP and tactical members of the Southeast District Emergency Response Team descended on an Adams Lake area property to locate and arrest, wanted man, Michael Luttman who police believed to be evading capture by hiding in the surrounding rural areas of Chase.

BC Premier John Horgan announces fall election for October 24th

Premier John Horgan made the snap-election announcement Monday after meeting with Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Janet Austin.

BC voters are going to the polls on October 24th.

Premier John Horgan made the snap-election announcement Monday following a meeting with B.C.’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Janet Austin.

“I have just met with the Lieutenant Governor and she has agreed with my request to hold an election on October 24,” Premier Horgan said in a media release.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything — the people of British Columbia deserve a say in the direction of our recovery and the future of our province.”

Acclaimed Canadian Craft Historian Leaves Legacy at Selkirk College

Dr. Sandra Alfoldy was an award-winning educator and pioneer in the field of Canadian craft history. Her legacy will continue through a memorial scholarship offered to students in Selkirk College’s Kootenay Studio Arts programs. — Submitted photo

The legacy of a trailblazing craft historian who helped shape the field in Canada will live on through the Dr. Sandra Alfoldy Memorial Scholarship that aims to assist Selkirk College students studying in Kootenay Studio Arts programs.

Raised in Creston, Alfoldy was the first person to earn a PhD in Craft History from a Canadian university and co-founded the prestigious Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (NSCAD) Craft Institute, now called the Dr. Sandra Alfoldy Institute of Craft. She lost her battle with cancer in February 2019 at age 49.

Prolific offender once again in police custody

A 41-year-old Castlegar resident, Erik Larsen, is back in custody after being released on Sept. 8, 2020, according to Castlegar top cop RCMP Sgt. Monty Taylor..

On Sept. 15, 2020 shortly after 12 p.m. Castlegar RCMP responded to a report of verbal threats allegedly made at a residence on 5 Avenue. Front line RCMP officers attended the scene where they located, identified and arrested a suspect.

Column: From the Hill -- What we need from Parliament now

Richard Cannings, MP

Parliament begins its fall session this coming week and I have just returned from a week of meetings in Ottawa to discuss how that sitting will look—both in terms of how we will meet and the policies the government may bring forward in the Speech from the Throne on Wednesday.

Throughout the spring and summer, the House of Commons met in a hybrid fashion, with a small number of MPs in Ottawa but most joining over the internet from home.  I’m hoping that this will continue in some way, with the addition of remote voting so that the regular business of the House can resume.

EcoSociety community responds to BC government old growth forest management report

Old growth forests in Giveout Creek near Nelson may be saved after the BC Government issued its old growth forests report. — Submitted photo

The BC government released its much anticipated old growth forests report recently, and cautious optimism best describes the reaction to its recommendations from its independent panel.

On the plus side, Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, acknowledges that old growth forest management needs to change.