The fallout from the Trail acid spills continues to escalate.

Trail Times looks back at August 2018

This installment of Year in Review looks back at the eighth month of the year in Trail


2 – The fallout from the acid spills in April and May continues as ICBC claims go from 19 to 388 in a matter of weeks.

3 – Ryan Cunningham begins his 2,500km trek to Tuscon Az., to raise awareness for cardiac arrest. His Pushing the Envelope Trek to Fight cardiac Arrest is in support of the All Heart Foundation, co-created by his brother Craig

3 – Yellowhead Road and Bridge will replace Emcon as the contractor for local highway maintenance. along with that came new requirements of standards for winter road clearing.

4 – 50 new fires have been reported in the Southeast region in the last two days.

7 – The Columbia Basin Trust granted $33,500 to Career Development Services in Trail to help support housing needs in the community.

9 – Police seized drugs and weapons from a West Trail home resulting in the arrest of a 48-year-old male and a 47-year-old female.

11 – A semi truck hauling sulphuric acid rolled over near Rossland. First responders were on scene and reported no acid was leaked in the accident.

14 – Local wildfires prompt evacuation alerts for Area B southwest of Rossland after lightning sparked seven new fires over the weekend.

15 – The EpiPen shortage nation-wide is hitting close to home when a woman suffered an allergic reaction to a wasp sting only to find out local pharmacies were out of the medicine. She went to emergency and was cared for but the lack of supply in the community was a warning to others.

16 – A $8,500 grant by the Columbia Basin Trust will create a new mural on the retaining wall by the Trail Riverfront Centre.

21 – The lingering heavy smoke is impacting outdoor activities with the air quality index rating in the region at 10+ rating, which deems it a high health risk.

24 – The West Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital District Board unanimously approved additional funds for the $19-million emergency room renovations at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital.

28 – The province declares a Level 3 drought condition for the West Kootenay, which asks for “voluntary conservation and restrictions due to very dry conditions that could lead to potentially serious ecosystem or socio-economic impacts.”

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August 4 - Trail Stingray Reuben Demmler flies across the water using the butterfly stroke during Kootenay swimming regional championships at the Trail Aquatic Centre.

August 14 - Smoke from wildfires blanket downtown Trail as the air quality index reports that the air is exceeding maximum values.

August 31 - Community members of all ages gathered in Trail to kick off Pride Week in the city.

August 19 - Ryan Cunningham and his brother Craig share a hug upon his arrival in Tuscon. Ryan left Castlegar on Aug. 3 and rode 2,500 kilometres ion a journey dubbed “Pushing the Envelope Trek to Fight Cardiac Arrest.” The ride was in support of his brother’s All Heart Foundation.

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