April

April

Remember When? (April 25)

A look back at what has happened in the Columbia Valley over the last 50 years.

50 years ago: The Windermere District Board of Trade was informed that public works crews were set to begin work on on Highway 95 from Springbrook to Windermere. In other news, Lake Windermere finally lost its ice surface thanks to some sharp winds. The two closest guesses had the correct day but were off by several hours.

45 years ago: Five different plays were set to perform at the East Kootenay Drama Festival, to be held at the Community Centre in Invermere. Awards were to be given for best play, best actor/actress,  and for the second time an award was to be given for best director.

35 years ago: The B.C. Land Commission was set to come to the valley to investigate a number of local applications to have lands removed from the “land freeze.” Several of the applications would have direct impact on the farming and ranching community in the area, as many of the applications were asking to be removed from the agricultural designation.

23 years ago: The Fairmont airport received a $250,000 provincial grant. The funds were to be used to install perimeter fencing, electronic navigational aid, and to lower a powerline at the airport. The airport also still needed an additional $250,000 for the installation of night lighting, an amount the airport was hoping to receive from the federal government.

20 years ago: A group of citizens in Windermere were quietly working to preserve some of their heritage buildings as well as their lakeshore. Following a four-month study, the group of citizens were hopeful that they could be granted a license of occupation for the foreshore.

15 years ago: The District of Invermere was looking to increase the amount of affordable housing by creating a new zone that would allow for higher density and smaller lots. Opponents of the zoning called it an “abomination,” and described it as “infill housing.”

10 years ago: The Canal Flats and Radium elementary schools were once again facing the possibility of closure. The Rocky Mountain School District 6 was facing a $2.1 million shortfall, and closing the two schools seemed to be the only answer. With a projected loss of up to 800 students over the following three years, an administrator called it an “ugly picture.”

5 years ago: The Little Badger Early Learning Centre opened and was quickly filling up with kids.  At the time, 15 kids had already been confirmed to attend, and there were plans to increase the total number of supported children to 20. Staff were to focus on ensuring all areas of development were met, including physical, emotional and social skills.

 

Just Posted

The end of an Echo
The end of an Echo

Invermere Valley Echo shuts down operations in Columbia Valley

Creating a new narrative for Canal Flats

Economic development consultant hired, lists vision for next 90 days

Princeton wildfire phots courtesy of Debbie Lyon.
UPDATE: Crews battle as wildfires rage in B.C. Interior

Crews brace for another day on B.C. firelines as no let up is likely

VIDEO: B.C. wildfires by the numbers
VIDEO: B.C. wildfires by the numbers

Wildfires continue to engulf regions of B.C.’s forests and communities.

Aerial view south of Williams Lake Friday afternoon shows dry lightning storm passing over, leaving fire starts behind. Lightning sparked more than 100 new fires Friday. (Black Press)
VIDEO: More than 180 wildfires burning across B.C.

Firefighters from other provinces called in to assist

DTSS Grad March 2017
DTSS Grad March 2017

DTSS Grad March 2017

59 cats seized in Chase
59 cats seized in Chase

59 neglected and injured cats were seized from a property in Chase

(Flickr/Andreas Eldh)
Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell dead at age 52

The singer/songwriter passed away early Thursday morning in Detroit

Paying tribute to a primeval passage
Paying tribute to a primeval passage

Uninterrupted celebrates the Adams River sockeye run in an extraordinary way.

UPDATE: Pemberton Music Festival cancelled, no automatic refunds
UPDATE: Pemberton Music Festival cancelled, no automatic refunds

In the past, the music festival located in Pemberton drew large crowds last year of 180,000 fans

Photo by: WeissPaarz.com
Medical wait times cost B.C. patients $2,300 each

New Fraser Institute report places B.C. at second worst in costs associated with long wait times

UPDATE: 22 killed at Ariana Grande concert
UPDATE: 22 killed at Ariana Grande concert

Witnesses reported hearing two loud bangs coming from near the arena’s bars at about 10:35 p.m.

A university study finds that about nine per cent of Canada’s Grade 11 and 12 students – roughly 66,000 teens – have driven within an hour of drinking and 9.4 per cent drove after using marijuana.                                 Photo: Now-
Leader file
One in three Canadian high school students have rode with drinking drivers, study reveals

Nearly one in five rode with a driver who’d been smoking pot

Top court to hear federal government’s appeal on residential school records
Top court to hear federal government’s appeal on residential school records

A lower court judge ruled to destroy the stories after 15 years unless consent is given to preserve

Most Read