Mark Profili braved the crisp December air and cold water as he found time, and a brief spot of sun, for some casting on the Columbia River near Gyro Park in Trail. Guy Bertrand photo

Mark Profili braved the crisp December air and cold water as he found time, and a brief spot of sun, for some casting on the Columbia River near Gyro Park in Trail. Guy Bertrand photo

Trail Times Year in Review: December

Final 2017 Year in Review

December

4 — Property owners outside of the Trail area will have future opportunity to address the smelter’s historical contamination through a Wide Area Remediation Plan.

6 — Elective joint replacement surgeries at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital are on hold after six patients were confirmed with infections post-operatively.

12 — The U.S. Department of State announced it wants to renegotiate the Columbia River Treaty beginning in the spring of 2018.

13 – The Bailey Theatre in Trail is the recipient of $73,000 grant from Creative BC that will go towards new lighting and sound systems for the theatre.

15 — Two men from Castlegar died when their cars collided on Highway 22 near the Birchbank Golf Course.

18 — In light of yet another accident along Highway 3B near Waneta Mall, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said it wasn’t planning any alterations to that inter-section despite launching a safety review after a deadly 2016 crash.

19 — The company that built the Columbia River Skywalk, Graham Infrastructure LP, was recognized with Silver Award of Excellence from the Vancouver Regional Construction Association for projects up to $20 million.

19 – A major storm swept through the West Kootenay leaving thousands without power and dumping 39 cm of snow on Trail.

20 – A collision near Genelle resulted in the death of a Castlegar woman. It marked the fourth death along the highway, that stretches from Trail to Castlegar, in the past five weeks.

23 — The Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue successfully pull a woman from the Columbia River.

26 — Deep freeze locks region in negative double-digit temperatures.

28 — Weather warning predicts snowfall and freezing rain for West Kootenay as temperatures climb to freezing level.