Kootenay Pass to be closed for avalanche control

Avalanche Control Kootenay Pass

Tuesday Jan 12, 2016 – Highway 3 Both directions – Road will be closed for Avalanche Control in both directions, 30 km West of Creston (Kootenay Pass) for 27 km, from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. PST on Wed Jan 13. Alternate Route available from Nelson to Creston; Hwy 3A, Kootenay Lake Ferry, Estimated travel time 2.5 hours. Next Update at 9:00 a.m. PST Wed Jan 13. Updated on Tue Jan 12 at 3:56 pm PST.

UPDATED ROAD INFORMATION

WEATHER AND TRAVEL INFORMATION FOR SOUTHEAST BC

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Tree hotel in Revelstoke one step closer to reality

Featured photo: Developer David Evans says the first phase of the tree hotel will be made up of 25 tree pods at the base of Revolstoke Mountain Resort. (Jonathon Vinet / JDesignStudio)

Your childhood dream of living in a tree house may soon come true, according to a developer who plans to build a tree hotel at the base ofRevelstoke Mountain Resort. But not everyone is happy about the idea, including the resort.

The developers have taken the first step towards actually building the tree hotel: In December, they gained permission from the province to access Revelstoke’s water and sewer system.

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Prepare for a storm? – Boundary, Kootenays, Columbias

UPDATE: SNOWFALL WARNING WEST & EAST COLUMBIA – Snowfall amounts of 15 to 25 cm

Snowfall warning in effect for:

  • West & East Columbia

Snowfall, with total amounts of 15 to 25 cm continues.

After over 15 cm of snow fell overnight in some areas, up to 10 cm more may fall locally today. Expect snow to taper off this evening.

Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to pacificstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #BCStorm.

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TMTVNEWS.COM – 4:41 AM PST Tuesday 12 January 2016 – BC Highway alert(s) in effect – Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the Coquihalla Highway – Hope to Merritt with snowfall amounts of 20 to 25 cm can be expected.

A snowblower throws the snow off the summit of the Coquihalla Highway. (DriveBC.ca)
A snowblower throws the snow off the summit of the Coquihalla Highway. (DriveBC.ca)

The moist Pacific frontal system will bring about 20 cm of snow to the route through tonight. The snow will begin this morning and then become heavy at times by this evening. The snow is forecast to end by Wednesday morning as the frontal system moves out of the area.

This system looks like it may head further into southeast BC. Warnings may be issued as the storm heads east. Updates will be provided if any alerts or warnings are in effect.

WEATHER FORECAST FOR NELSON BC – Issued: 5:00 AM MST Tuesday 12 January 2016

Updated Weather and Travel information for southeast BC

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WANTED BY RCMP – JOEL HUTCHINSON OF TRAIL BC

CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS

Joel Hutchinson is 30 years old, 5’10”, 146 lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes.
WANTED BY TRAIL RCMP – Joel Hutchinson is 30 years old, 5’10”, 146 lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes – RCMP

TMTVNEWS.COM – TRAIL BC CANADA, (RCMP) – The Trail Detachment is requesting assistance from the public locating Joel Andrew Hutchinson. Joel Hutchinson is currently wanted on British Columbia and Alberta wide unendorsed warrants of arrest for one count of breaching his conditions and two counts of failing to appear for his court date in April, 2015, in Rossland, BC. Joel Hutchinson fled Trail, BC, prior to his court date where he is accused of several firearms related charges.

Joel Hutchinson may be armed and should be considered dangerous. Please do not approach him. Please report any sightings or his whereabouts to your local police detachment.

Joel Hutchinson may be armed and should be considered dangerous. Please do not approach him.
Joel Hutchinson may be armed and should be considered dangerous. Please do not approach him – RCMP

Joel Hutchinson is 30 years old, 5’10”, 146 lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Please contact Cst. Jason Zilkie or Sgt. Wicentowich at (250) 364-2566 if you have any information regarding the
whereabouts of Joel Hutchinson.

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Selkirk College Builds Momentum for 50th Anniversary Celebration

TMTVNEWS.COM, CASTLEGAR BC CANADA – With the arrival of 2016, Selkirk College is preparing for a year-long golden anniversary celebration that will dive into the past, embrace the present and look towards the future.

PHOTO: Bob Hall - Members of the Selkirk College 50th Anniversary Committee stand in front of the Castlegar Campus with a new logo that recognizes five decades of post-secondary in the West Kootenay-Boundary. The logo and tagline “Journeys Taken, Futures Waiting” will be used to promote the various events and projects that will be taking place in the region over the next 16 months.
PHOTO: Bob Hall – Members of the Selkirk College 50th Anniversary Committee stand in front of the Castlegar Campus with a new logo that recognizes five decades of post-secondary in the West Kootenay-Boundary. The logo and tagline “Journeys Taken, Futures Waiting” will be used to promote the various events and projects that will be taking place in the region over the next 16 months.

Fifty years ago, a new chapter in learning began for the West Kootenay-Boundary. With enthusiastic support from residents across the region who desired access to post-secondary education close to home, Selkirk College opened its doors in September, 1966.

Five decades later, British Columbia’s first regional rural college continues its mission to inspire lifelong learning, transform lives through education and training, and serve the communities who backed it from the start.

“It’s been an incredible journey to this point,” says Selkirk College President Angus Graeme. “When you think about all the lives and families that have been impacted over the last 50 years because community leaders and forward thinkers in the early 1960s had the vision to make Selkirk College a reality. We are humbled every day to be able to continue this important work for the people of our region and looking forward to celebrating this anniversary with all of the communities we serve.”

The push to establish a regional college in the West Kootenay-Boundary began in 1962 and was rewarded in February, 1965 when 72 per cent of electors in the region voted in favour of establishing a college in a referendum. At the time of the referendum, the regional college incorporated six districts that included Trail, Nelson, Castlegar, Slocan, Grand Forks and Arrow Lakes.

Selkirk College opened its doors in September, 1966 with 458 charter students taking classes in the old bunkhouses at the Celgar Pulp Mill as construction of the Castlegar Campus concluded that first fall. The campus was completed and officially welcomed students in January, 1967.

“Selkirk College has a rich history and that will be an important part of our 50th celebrations,” says Graeme, who began teaching at the college in 1992 and now serves as Selkirk’s eighth president. “But what we have planned goes beyond simply marking a date on the calendar, it’s a time to celebrate what we are today and what we will continue to be into the future.”

The Selkirk College 50th Anniversary Committee has been working for several months on plans that will build excitement for the historical milestone. Starting with the kick-off at the annual Bursary Tea on January 30 at Mary Hall on the Tenth Street Campus in Nelson, there will be several events and projects that take shape over the next 16 months.

The main event is the Homecoming Weekend Celebration set for September 16 to 18 which will bring together current staff and students with alumni, retirees and community supporters. In April, 2017 the Class of 2017 will be recognized as the 50th Selkirk College grad class to march across the stage and into their futures.

Stories from the last 50 years will be told over the course of the next 16 months, culminating with a commemorative coffee table book that traces the highlights of the last five decades. Funds will also be raised throughout the year to establish a $50,000 scholarship/bursary which will provide a legacy of financial support for future students.

“This is an exciting time to reinforce to our communities the importance of post-secondary education close to home,” says Maggie Keczan, Selkirk College’s Marketing Manager. “The Homecoming Weekend Celebration is the big event, but there will be plenty more opportunities in the next 16 months for community members to get involved in helping mark and celebrate this important occasion.”

Find out more about the Selkirk College 50th Anniversary Celebration at selkirk.ca/50-years.

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Parks Canada might privatize mountain hot springs

Workers at three mountain hot springs remain in limbo four years after Parks Canada announced it wanted to privatize the tourist attractions in Alberta and B.C.

Parks would still own the facilities but would contract out the business operations at the Banff, Radium and Miette Hot Springs in Jasper.
Parks would still own the facilities but would contract out the business operations at the Banff, Radium and Miette Hot Springs in Jasper.

The 2012 decision by Parks Canada put employees at the three sites in a perilous employment situation as they have a notification of affected status, which means the operations of the hot springs could face commercialization in the future.

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5 astronomical events you don’t want to miss this winter

Sure it’s cold, and we often have to battle the overcast sky in winter, but if you get some clear nights, here are a few jewels to catch this season.

The year starts off with a comet in our night sky.

Comet C/2013 US10 (Catalina) was discovered on Oct. 31, 2013. It’s made its way around the sun and is now approaching Earth. It will make its closet flyby on Jan. 17 at a distance of 110 million km.

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