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Endangered northern leopard frog tadpoles released into wetlands near Brisco

Posted on August 18th, 2017 by


In the marshy waters of interior B.C., 400 Northern leopard frog tadpoles were released yesterday as part of ongoing conservation efforts to boost the endangered species’ wild population. Northern leopard frogs are among the most at-risk amphibian species in the world. For the past five years, Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise initiative, has successfully bred and released thousands of healthy tadpoles as part of the Northern Leopard Frog Recovery Team.
“We’re beginning to see the impact of our efforts to repopulate B.C.’s most at-risk amphibian, and have found animals that …

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Canal Flats starts new music festival

Posted on August 16th, 2017 by


Canal Flats is set to launch its own musical festival in a few weeks.
Flats Fest, as the event has been named, was nothing more than an idea a couple months ago, but community members have embraced the plan with fervour and it will become a reality on Saturday, August 19th.
“I’d done a lot of private parties, as a country musician, over the last year and a half or two years, ever since moving to Canal Flats, and it occurred to me that maybe a music festival would be a good …

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RAMP not moving ahead without First Nations consultation

Posted on August 16th, 2017 by


It’s a plan that will help backcountry enthusiasts find balance while providing enforceable regulations to protect the terrain. As the only area in the East Kootenay without a Recreational Access Management Plan (RAMP), members of different community groups including Summit Trail Makers, Windermere Valley Snowmobile Club, Wildsight and local government officials have been meeting to get started on the process to create a Columbia Valley RAMP.
Noticeably missing from the previous RAMP meeting held in May was representation from local First Nations Bands, Shuswap Band and Akisqnuk First Nation (part of …

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Volunteering on the front lines

Posted on August 16th, 2017 by


During a time of uncertainty, hardship, and natural disasters, there are few who would drop everything to go assist total strangers in their time of need. Lana Banham is one of those few who left the safety of the Valley to enter some of the most-affected areas of the province from wildfires, to care for displaced animals.
Ms. Banham took training with the Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team last year in order to prepare for any disaster that may occur in Canada. Responding to the fires in the Cariboo region of …

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Canal Flats residents reject RV resort proposal

Posted on August 16th, 2017 by


Residents expressed outrage and frustration over the re-emergence of a development proposal in Canal Flats at a public hearing held last week.
More than 130 people gathered in the stifling heat of the Canal Flats Civic Centre Wednesday, Aug. 2nd for a public hearing on the matter of a proposed RV resort project, submitted by Benny Boyz Ventures Ltd.
The proposal is for 12 single family lots abutting the existing Bighorn Estates development and approximately 152 RV sites for recreational vehicles and park model trailers, to be leased on a yearly basis.
Speakers …

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Obituary

Posted on August 8th, 2017 by


Elenko, Jack
1926 – 2017
It is with sadness and sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved Husband, Father and Grandfather, Jack Elenko on August 6th, 2017. Jack passed peacefully after his last day was spent surrounded by family at Invermere Hospital. Jack is predeceased by his daughter Iris Brown of Unity, Saskatchewan, 2 grandchildren, and his 9 siblings.
Jack grew up near Biggar, SK, and spent most of his prairie life working at farming, logging and construction. He married his sweetheart, Olga and they celebrated their 67th anniversary this summer. …

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Obituary

Posted on August 8th, 2017 by


NORMAN JEFFERSON
June 19 1921 to July 23 2017
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Norman Jefferson at the age of 96 years. Norman leaves behind his sons Garry (Rosalie), Marvin (Donna); Daughters Jean (Ken), Jane (Randy); 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Plus many, many nieces and newphews.
He is predeceased by his wife Margaret, mother, father, brother and 2 sisters, sons Jimmy and Bryan, and daughter-in law Sheila
Norman was born in Kennedy Saskatchewan where he grew up, married the love of his life, Margaret, had three sons. …

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Off-road vehicle restriction in the back country

Posted on August 4th, 2017 by


BC Wildfire Service has placed a ban on the use of an off-road vehicle for recreational purposes on Crown land. The prohibition includes the Southeast Fire Centre, Cariboo Fire Centre and Kamloops Fire Centre to help prevent human caused wildfires.
“The ban includes all of the southeast fire centre which includes the Elk Valley all the way to the Alberta border and all the way up to Revelstoke. This is a complete ban,” said Doug Clovechok, MLA for the Columbia River-Revelstoke riding.
Mr. Clovechok and fellow Kootenay East MLA …

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