Year in Review for October

Trail Times looks back at October 2018

The 10th month of the year was a busy one in Greater Trail


1 – ICBC announced that it will sue the parties responsible for the acid spills in Trail.

1 – Trail earned another five-bloom rating for Communities in Bloom judges at the annual awards in Strathcona, Alta. Teck Trail was also recognized for its environmental stewardship.

3 – Complaints regarding discarded drug paraphernalia, garbage and a makeshift shelter have drawn a variety of response from local officials including police and provincial ministries. No easy solution was offered but rather a joint effort by several branches to remedy the cause and situation.

4 – Visitors, patients and staff at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital will have to deal with increased traffic as construction on the $19-million emergency department begins.

11 – Two appraisers from Toronto were in town to put a value on the artifacts and archives at the Trail museum. The duo marveled at the museum’s collection of sports memorabilia and extensive Trail Times archives.

16 – The Endoscopy Campaign wrapped up at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital with the unveiling of a donor wall. The campaign finished on time and $50,000 over its $400,000 goal.

18 – A new 30-foot marquee was installed outside of The Bailey Theatre, the latest addition to the facility.

20 – New mayors for Trail (Lisa Pasin), Fruitvale (Steve Morissette) and Montrose (Mike Walsh) highlight the municipal elections. Diane Langman, in Warfield, was re-elected as mayor while Rossland’s Kathy Moore was acclaimed. As well, several local councils will see new faces.

23 – A break-in at the Lower Lookout Reservoir in Trail prompted a Water Quality Advisory for Columbia Heights. Subsequent water testing revealed no impact on the water source.

24 – A growing list of break-ins and property crimes plague Trail. Police cite the growing opioid epidemic as one of the causes.

25 – FortisBC is asking customers across the province to reduce their use of natural gas over the winter as the company deals with a pipeline rupture that impacted its supply.

30 – Silver City Stagelines began offering bus trips from Nelson to Kelowna to replace the departing Greyhound bus lines.

30 – Rotating strikes at Canada Post across Canada come to the West Kootenay as local union members walk the picket line.

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October 3 - Tyler Toews of Canadian Murals created a 3D bookshelf mural along a retaining wall near the Riverfront Centre.

October 16 - Stephen Sweeting was part of a duo of appraisers from Toronto tasked with putting a value on the trove of archives and artifacts at the Trail Museum and Archives in the Riverfront Centre.

October 22 - This year the first poppy was pinned to a Trail veteran in a different way. Sadly, Vern Schneider unexpectedly passed away a few weeks before he would have been bestowed the honour at the city’s Cenotaph. Dedicated to honouring Vern with the first poppy, veterans Neil Jarvie and Gilbert Morrison applied a poppy to their friend’s picture at the Trail Legion.

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