New sign tells story behind mural

A Trail mural that highlights how vital the Columbia River is to the community’s history is now in an interpretive display in East Trail.

A Trail mural that highlights how vital the Columbia River is to the community’s history is now further depicted in an interpretive display in East Trail. Teck paid for the $5,000 sign that just went up this week across from River ReConnect, the city’s seventh mural that is a tribute to the complex economic, social and environmental dynamics of the river system. “It’s been a long time coming,” said Trail councillor Gord DeRosa, as he noted the sign also gives special thanks to the mural’s major sponsors. The 200-foot-wide painting on the Trail Memorial Centre offers symbolic images like a bald eagle with a maple leaf wing – representing the trans-boundary of the Columbia as two nations, one river. This and other details are explained on the sign located on the boat launch road near Gyro Park, which offers a perfect view of the city’s largest painting by Nelson artists Tyler Toews and Steven Skolka. “It’s hard to not get behind a project that talks about the river,” said Columbia Basin Trust director of youth initiatives Wayne Lundeberg, who was among the stakeholders on hand to unveil the sign Thursday. Rivers in the Basin were almost like highways in the past, he said, adding that the project really fit well with the organization’s effort to support Basin people on projects that create a legacy of social, economic and environmental well being. Craig Adams of the Lower Columbia Community Development Team, which spearheaded the project, said the new sign invites residents and tourists to look at the mural from a different side of town all while teaching those interested a snippet of history in a beautiful setting. He sees the mural as a gateway to downtown and although the fairly new committee wasn’t in place when the mural was created last year, Adams said the project is a great fit for the Downtown and Opportunities and Action Committee’s vision to revitalize the core. For DeRosa, the sign is the last nail hammered into a project that started six years ago when he envisioned the mural along with Teck biologist Bill Duncan and local artist John Feesey. In 2005, the three Trailites attended the Columbia River “Headwaters to the Coast Tour,” a 12-day excursion for teachers and community leaders from B.C., Washington, Oregon and Idaho to learn more about the river system. The idea sprouted then but wasn’t set in motion until the $83,000 mural was taken on by the LCCDT, which secured funding from many players. The project was pushed into swing with $24,000 to Trail from the Columbia Basin Trust’s community initiative program. Funding from the city to Trail Community in Bloom resulted in $10,000 for the project; Teck ponied up $20,000; CBT pitched another $15,000 and Chinook Scaffold donated back in kind, charging only half of the regular $24,400 for the scaffolding.

Just Posted

Residents line up outside the Vernon Recreation Complex for their COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, June 5. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
No appointments necessary for first dose COVID-19 vaccine: Interior Health

People can just show up at clinics, register on the spot and get the shot

SD20 now has an electric bus. Photo: Submitted
Kootenay-Columbia School District 20 adds electric bus to fleet

Bus will be incorporated into Castlegar route for next school year

Painting by Dave Davies from Shaver’s Bench facing Teck Trail.
Happy 120th Birthday to the City of Trail!

The town of Trail Creek- or Trail Creek Landing - was incorporated as a city on June 14, 1901.

Cropped photo: Silver Screen Drive-in will be in the upper parking lot of Waneta Plaza.
Summer drive-in returns to Trail unveiling blockbuster movies

PHOTOS: Scroll to bottom for a trip down memory lane to the Auto Vue Drive-In

Gentle draft horses are bred and raised in feedlots in Canada to be exported for slaughter. Since 2013, more than 40,000 horses have been exported out of Canada. Photo: Canadian Horse Defense Coalition
Ban the shipping of Canadian horses overseas for slaughter

Since 2013, over 40,000 horses have been exported out of Canada.

How to tell if a call from ‘CRA’ is legitimate or a scam

Expert says it’s important to verify you really are dealing with the CRA before you give out any info

British Columbia-Yukon Community News Association’s 2021 Ma Murray Awards were handed out during a virtual ceremony on Friday, June 10. (Screen grab)
Black Press Media winners take gold at B.C. and Yukon journalism awards

Publications received nods in dozens of categories

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets campers while visiting McDougall, Ont. on Thursday, July 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
71% of B.C. men say they’d prefer to go camping with Trudeau: survey

Most British Columbians with plans to go camping outdoors say they’d prefer to go with Trudeau or Shania Twain

Members of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Marine Mammal Response Program rescued an adult humpback what that was entangled in commercial fishing gear in the waters off of Entrance Island on Thursday, June 10. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Response Program)
Rescuers free humpback ‘anchored’ down by prawn traps off Vancouver Island

Department of Fisheries and Oceans responders spend hours untangling whale

Chilliwack cocaine trafficker Clayton Eheler seen with a tiger somewhere in Asia in 2014. Eheler was sentenced to nine years jail in 2018, but was released on bail in October 2020 pending his appeal of conviction.(Facebook)
Director of civil forfeiture seeks $140,000 from Fraser Valley drug dealer’s father-in-law

Clayton Eheler’s father-in-law Ray Morrissey caught with money in Fort St. John by B.C.’s gang unit

A Comox Valley shellfish operator pleaded guilty and was fined $10,000 in provincial court in Courtenay earlier this year. Record file photo
B.C. clam harvester fined $10,000 for Fisheries Act violations

Charges against three others were stayed in Courtenay Provincial Court

Frank Phillips receives a visit from his wife Rena at Nanaimo Seniors Village on their 61st wedding anniversary, March 31, 2020. Social visits have been allowed since COVID-19 vaccination has been offered in all care homes. (Nanaimo News Bulletin)
B.C. prepares mandatory vaccination for senior care homes

180 more cases of COVID-19 in B.C. Friday, one more death

Lorraine Gibson, 90, received a COVID-19 immunization at the South Surrey Park and Ride vaccination clinic. (File photo: Aaron Hinks)
Surrey has had 25% of B.C.’s total COVID-19 cases

Surrey recorded 4,012 cases in May

The arrest south of Winnipeg occurred before Bernier was to arrive at a protest in the city. (Twitter/Maxime Bernier)
Maxime Bernier arrested following anti-rules rallies in Manitoba: RCMP

He’s been charged with exceeding public gathering limits and violating Manitoba’s requirement to self-isolate

Most Read