Wildfire near Highway 63 in south Fort McMurray.

Fort Mac students finish school year in Rossland

Two Fort McMurray students will finish off their school year in Rossland at the Seven Summits Centre for Learning.

Two Fort McMurray students will finish off their school year in Rossland.

Evan and Aidan Borse, in Grades 9 and 10 respectively, will finish out their school year at Seven Summits Centre for Learning after their family evacuated because of the Fort McMurray fire. The boys are staying at their grandparents’ house in Rossland with their mother, while their father continues to work as a pilot for the oil industry out of Edmonton.

The family evacuated on May 3, shortly before the evacuation order was given.

“We didn’t get the evacuation order. My mom’s friend who’s a sheriff told us to get out of town and then like 10 minutes later the evacuation order was given,” said Evan.

The family initially headed north after evacuating.

“We were basically in a lineup until we got out of the city and we went north to the camps the work camps and then we got lost and we were under a bridge, and then these guys with a gas truck came and filled the car up and we got to a camp,” explained Evan.

The day after arriving in the camps, the family headed to Edmonton to stay with the boys’ aunt and after a couple of days headed to Rossland.

This is the boys’ second week attending Seven Summits. During his first week, Evan had the opportunity to join a trip to Frenchman Coulee, where he camped out and went rock climbing. Though he’s climbed an indoor rock wall before, it was his first time climbing outdoors.

The family’s home back in Fort McMurray is still standing, though they still don’t know if it sustained any smoke damage. Evan’s school is also still there, but schools will remain closed for the rest of the year.

Evan hopes he can return to Fort McMurray sometime during the summer.

 

Just Posted

Community invited to check out mining trade show in Trail

Trade show free and open public on Wednesday and Thursday in the Trail Memorial Centre

Kootenay Boundary hospital addresses construction woes

Ground broke on the project last month, and has since caused access and traffic problems at KBRH

Stolen sax, sheet music, impacts Trail big-band and after school band

Anyone with information is urged to call the Trail RCMP detachment at 250.364.2566

EDITORIAL: Federal NDP challenges evident on Kootenay campaign trip

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh tours the Kootenays in support of local MPs, proportional representation

Police seek witnesses to fatal weekend accident

Wayne Kernachan was struck by a vehicle while responding to an accident

Feds give formal notice for law to end Canada Post strike

Trudeau government ready to legislate employees back to work after five weeks of rotating strikes

Getzlaf lifts Ducks to 4-3 win over skidding Canucks

Vancouver now winless since Nov. 8

Pressure builds for B.C. to recognize physicians assistants

“We can make a difference and I think we’re being overlooked.”

Senators urge Trump to expedite congressional vote on USMCA

The 12 Republican senators are warning of the dangers of getting the trade pact approved in 2019

Bill just one tool to deter foreign interference in Canadian elections: Gould

Bill C-76 is just one means to deter outside interference in Canadian elections

Hunters fined $14,000 for illegal harvesting

Guns, carcasses seized after two bighorn sheep killed out of season on mining property

Investigation into B.C. legislature officers began in January

RCMP brought in months after former prison administrator started

Legal challenge filed over high-stakes competition to design $60B warships

The federal government had originally said it wanted a “mature design” for its new warship fleet, which was widely interpreted as meaning a vessel that has already been built and used by another navy.

‘There has to be accountability’: victims of sterilization demand action

Morningstar Mercredi says she woke up from a surgery at 14 and immediately broke down when she discovered the baby she once felt inside of her was gone.

Most Read