Columbia Basin

The ombudsperson recommends changes to strengthen oversight, compliance with the law, public accountability and transparency of riparian regulation. Photo: Trail Times

Environmental oversight strengthened by B.C. ombudsperson’s recommendations

Ombudsperson Jay Chalke released his final update last week.

 

Kootenay Lake is one of the bodies of water re-surveyed by Living Lakes Canada this summer, in a study of ecological and urban development changes to Basin shorelines. Photo: Kelsey Yates

Empowering B.C. communities to protect their local watersheds

The time is now to create a Watershed Security Fund.

  • Dec 21, 2021

 

Montrose is adding a 20,000-square foot parcel to the Montrose Park.

Montrose buys land to expand park

Columbia Basin Trust covered 60 per cent of the parkland acquisition

 

What is your Epic Day in the South Kootenay region?

‘Epic Day’ campaign launched in the South Kootenay

Be a tourist in your own town and submit your ‘Epic Day’ for a chance to win

What is your Epic Day in the South Kootenay region?
Reader is hoping for a lot of locals to participate in the free educational series via Zoom by Ryan Dowd. Photo: Unsplash

‘Respect and Connect’ will benefit the Greater Trail community

Letter to the Editor from RaNae Nicholls

  • Dec 7, 2021
Reader is hoping for a lot of locals to participate in the free educational series via Zoom by Ryan Dowd. Photo: Unsplash
Jennifer Bredl shared her festive dollhouse with the Second Hand Store and Sewing Centre in East Trail, a unique addition for the holiday season. Photo: Jim Bailey

Consider ‘new-to-you’ in the West Kootenay this Christmas

A great example is this wonderfully festive dollhouse on display at East Trail secondhand store

Jennifer Bredl shared her festive dollhouse with the Second Hand Store and Sewing Centre in East Trail, a unique addition for the holiday season. Photo: Jim Bailey
This first Zoom session offers educational training that will focus on practical skills for preventing and de-escalating conflict. This presentation is for everyone in the community and there is no charge. Image: Submitted

Live in the West Kootenay? Consider joining virtual series addressing local homelessness issues

“A Community’s Guide to Homelessness,” will be presented via Zoom from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Dec. 10.

This first Zoom session offers educational training that will focus on practical skills for preventing and de-escalating conflict. This presentation is for everyone in the community and there is no charge. Image: Submitted
After historical, structural, and health and safety assessments, stabilization and other conservation efforts, the Trust is now pausing work on the grain elevators in Creston to seek other funding partners. (Photo courtesy of Columbia Basin Trust)

Grain elevator restoration on pause in Creston, while Trust seeks funders

Significant work already completed on the historic landmark

After historical, structural, and health and safety assessments, stabilization and other conservation efforts, the Trust is now pausing work on the grain elevators in Creston to seek other funding partners. (Photo courtesy of Columbia Basin Trust)
Money raised during this campaign helps local CBAL teams focus on specific literacy and learning needs.

Columbia Basin ‘Books for Kids’ kicks off

October kicks off CBAL’s annual Books for Kids campaign held in partnership with Black Press etc.

Money raised during this campaign helps local CBAL teams focus on specific literacy and learning needs.
Evan Johnston, owner of Island Toys & Hobbies, located in downtown Trail, utilized the Basin Business Advisors (BBA) program to expand his business management, promotion and other skills. Photo: Submitted

Trail hobby shop builds model following

Island Toys and Hobbies gets a boost with business advice

  • Sep 14, 2021
Evan Johnston, owner of Island Toys & Hobbies, located in downtown Trail, utilized the Basin Business Advisors (BBA) program to expand his business management, promotion and other skills. Photo: Submitted
To learn more about the Lower Columbia Affordable Housing Society and Columbia Park Housing visit: lowercolumbiahousing.ca.

Columbia Park Housing in Trail creates affordable new homes for local residents

The three-storey complex contains nine-units for a mix of single tenants and families

To learn more about the Lower Columbia Affordable Housing Society and Columbia Park Housing visit: lowercolumbiahousing.ca.
Board of the Columbia Basin Trust, L-R: Don McCormick, Krista Turcasso, Corky Evans, Jocelyn Carver (Chair), Owen Torgerson, Carol Andrews, Bill van Yzerloo, David Raven (Vice-Chair), Murray McConnachie. Missing: Codie Morigeau, Ron Oszust, Aimee Watson. Photo: Columbia Basin Trust

Regional district looking for new Columbia Basin Trust rep

Board declines to nominate incumbent Murray McConnachie for another term.

  • Aug 6, 2021
Board of the Columbia Basin Trust, L-R: Don McCormick, Krista Turcasso, Corky Evans, Jocelyn Carver (Chair), Owen Torgerson, Carol Andrews, Bill van Yzerloo, David Raven (Vice-Chair), Murray McConnachie. Missing: Codie Morigeau, Ron Oszust, Aimee Watson. Photo: Columbia Basin Trust
The City of Trail is asking property owners to cut their outdoor water usage in half. Photo: Pravin Gangurde/Unsplash

Residents in Trail and across the Lower Columbia asked to reduce water usage

Level 4, or “extremely dry,” is the second-highest drought designation

The City of Trail is asking property owners to cut their outdoor water usage in half. Photo: Pravin Gangurde/Unsplash
“The Cultus Creek fire currently burning on the Darkwoods Conservation Area is a distressing example of a wildfire that is burning out of control and threatening the very natural values we have been working to protect on that land,” Richard Klafki writes. Photo: OurTrust.org

Controlling the uncontrollable: fires burning we wish we could put out

Darkwoods Conservation Area is a distressing example of a wildfire burning out of control

  • Aug 5, 2021
“The Cultus Creek fire currently burning on the Darkwoods Conservation Area is a distressing example of a wildfire that is burning out of control and threatening the very natural values we have been working to protect on that land,” Richard Klafki writes. Photo: OurTrust.org
Stumped by Steve Milroy is one of many pieces that can be seen on the Castlegar Sculpturewalk, which is venue No. 11 of the Columbia Basin Culture Tour that is taking place Aug. 7 and 8 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Photo by D. Gluns)

Combine a road trip with art in the upcoming Columbia Basin Culture Tour

Over 50 stops across the Kootenays Aug. 7 and 8

  • Jul 26, 2021
Stumped by Steve Milroy is one of many pieces that can be seen on the Castlegar Sculpturewalk, which is venue No. 11 of the Columbia Basin Culture Tour that is taking place Aug. 7 and 8 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Photo by D. Gluns)
The Trail CBAL office is located at 1160 Cedar Ave. Photo: Trail Times

Columbia Basin and Boundary literacy programs get a funding boost

Funds help create learning opportunities for families and adults across the Basin and Boundary

The Trail CBAL office is located at 1160 Cedar Ave. Photo: Trail Times
The man was extricated and taken to shore via the regional rescue boat. Photo: Trail Times file

Emergency call for help prompts advisory for Greater Trail

To get the man out safely and quickly, firefighters used the rescue boat to extricate him.

The man was extricated and taken to shore via the regional rescue boat. Photo: Trail Times file
A $34,520 donation to the KBRH Health Foundation’s ICU/HART Project was made from the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) through Columbia Basin Trust’s Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Program. The foundation is grateful to the RDKB and the Trust for this investment in regional health care. Diane Langman, RDKB chair, presented this donation to the KBRH Health Foundation on behalf of the City of Trail, City of Rossland, Village of Warfield and Area B. Photo: Submitted

Big boost for Kootenay Boundary ICU/HART Project

Money raised will be invested a range of new equipment

A $34,520 donation to the KBRH Health Foundation’s ICU/HART Project was made from the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) through Columbia Basin Trust’s Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Program. The foundation is grateful to the RDKB and the Trust for this investment in regional health care. Diane Langman, RDKB chair, presented this donation to the KBRH Health Foundation on behalf of the City of Trail, City of Rossland, Village of Warfield and Area B. Photo: Submitted
CBAL opens workshop to help seniors safely navigate the internet. Photo: Jim Bailey

Greater Trail seniors encouraged to sign up for online safety workshop

Greater Trail seniors will have an opportunity to ramp up their computer…

CBAL opens workshop to help seniors safely navigate the internet. Photo: Jim Bailey
Located outside of Trail FAIR on Columbia Avenue, a 12-by-12-foot enclosed gazebo is bringing visibility to Indigenous culture in the community. Photo: Submitted

New space created in Trail to host inclusive ceremonies and practices

Gazebo designed and constructed by Ron Sorenson of Lone Rock Contracting with culture in mind

  • May 6, 2021
Located outside of Trail FAIR on Columbia Avenue, a 12-by-12-foot enclosed gazebo is bringing visibility to Indigenous culture in the community. Photo: Submitted