The Trail Rivefront Centre opened to thousands on April 2.

Trail Times looks back at April 2018

This fourth installment of Year in Review covers what was happening around Trail in the fourth month


2 – A crowd of over 200 people were on hand for the ribbon cutting to open the Trail Riverfront Centre. Ground broke on the $8.2-million facility in October, 2016.

4 – A crime spree in Fruitvale has landed four people in custody. Two men and two women from Alberta were arrested following a series of break-ins and a robbery, which involved stolen guns and cars.

5 – The Southeast Fire Centre said the 2017-18 winter delivered the fifth greatest amount of snow on record with a whopping 309cm measured at the Castlegar station.

6 – Trail Councillor Kevin Jolly announced that he’ll be resigning his post at the end of April due to a job change.

9 – With the Humboldt Broncos tragedy weighing on everyone’s minds, the city took time to honour the Trail Smoke Eaters’ thrilling playoff run while offering a moment of silence for those killed in the Saskatchewan bus crash.

10 – Teck’s Emergency Response team was in downtown Trail cleaning up a sulphuric acid leak from a Westcan truck. It would be the first of two incidents that would lead to much more chaos throughout the summer.

13 – East End regional directors continue to grapple with Trail’s request to improve the dilapidated main bus exchange shelter in downtown Trail.

19 – A rash of rural thefts have property owners locking down their possessions. Two ATVs were stolen recently from two different locations.

20 – A Columbia Basin report says the number of blue heron nesting spots are on the decline in the region.

25 – Trail Mayor Mike Martin announces he won’t be seeking re-election in the fall municipal elections.

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April 9 - The City of Trail declared the day Trail Smoke Eater Day to honour the team’s thrilling playoff run. The celebrations also had a sombre note to recognize the victims of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.

April 25 - Nelson river kayaker Dan Popadynetz made the trek to Trail’s Rock Island to tackle the Columbia River feature nicknamed “The Trail Wave.” Guy Bertrand photo

April 2 - The Trail Riverfront Centre opened to the public on Easter Monday. A crowd of 200 gathered to see the ribbon-cutting and tour the integrated library and museum (From left: Councillors Lisa Pasin and Kevin Jolly, Mayor Mike Martin, South Okanagan-West Kootenay MP Richard Cannings, Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy, Lorna Nutini, Trail Historical Society president, Coun. Carol Dobie, and Colleen Jones, library board chair.

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