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Government of BC: Prepare for heat

People throughout British Columbia are encouraged to be prepared for heat as many regions of the province will experience high temperatures beginning Friday, July 5, 2024. Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has forecast increasingly hot temperatures for many parts of the province this weekend, and the Province is reminding people to plan ahead to […]

Category 2 open burning to be prohibited in the Southeast Fire Centre as of Friday

Effective at 12 p.m. (noon) PDT on Friday, July 5, 2024, Category 2 open burning will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre, which includes the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District and the Selkirk Natural Resource District. Anyone conducting a Category 2 fire anywhere in the Southeast Fire Centre’s jurisdiction must extinguish it by 12 […]

With B.C. heatwave looming, BC SPCA reminds the public that animals do not belong in hot vehicles

With temperatures nearing 30 degrees and beyond across the province this weekend, the BC SPCA is reminding the public that leaving pets in a hot vehicle can have life-threatening consequences. “We hear it all the time, ‘I was just running into the store, I was only gone a few minutes!’ but what many people don’t […]

RCMP requesting assistance from public to identify man

On Monday, July 1, at 7:45 p.m., a frontline Trail and Greater District officer received a report of a man allegedly acting strangely on the hiking trail that connects Miral Heights to Sunningdale, in Trail, BC. The man reportedly asked two hikers about the trail and for directions to Sunningdale. When the pair returned to […]

Suspect flees from Creston police, prompting manhunt

On July 2,  Creston RCMP identified a 37-year-old man believed to be responsible for several recent property crimes, and who was also wanted on an outstanding warrant. While trying to locate the man, officers attempted to stop a truck being driven by the suspect. The suspect failed to stop for police and continued at a […]

Investing locally theme of Skills Centre community impact

Working with local companies and investing in local people is a common theme in the Skills Centre’s 2024 Community Impact Report. From the Trail and area companies working on the Skills Centre’s major renovation of its new building, to new training programs that partner with local businesses and serve area residents, to a focus on poverty […]

Pass Creek logger wants better forestry: a Living Here Magazine feature

By Anna Dulisse As a logger and third-generation caretaker for his acreage near Castlegar, Quintin Sperling has carried on the legacy of working hard, by spending his life in the forests both on and off his family’s land. “I’m a certified faller and in B.C. I’ve done practically everything related to timber harvesting, logging, road […]

Fatal helicopter crash in Columbia Valley

On Tuesday, July 2, at approximately 7 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP were notified of a helicopter crash south of Invermere near Brewer Creek. A ranch owner piloted the privately-owned helicopter, and had two passengers on board. “Search and Rescue crews were deployed to the area and located the helicopter, and sadly the pilot who was […]

Column: Truth in Advertising

The fossil fuel industry has made a lot of false or misleading claims over the years: burning the fuels doesn’t cause climate change, there’s no viable replacement for them, “natural” gas is a climate solution, coal power can be “clean,” carbon capture and storage will make oilsands bitumen climate-friendly… But a new rule requiring industry […]

BC SPCA’s annual Wildlife-in-Focus photography contest is back

The BC SPCA invites the public to participate in its 16th annual Wildlife-in- Focus photography contest running July 2 through 22.  Amateur photographers 14 years and older can submit their awe-inspiring images of owls, eagles, foxes, bees, whales, and other amazing creatures until July 22. You can enter as many times as you like and there […]