Year in Review – August

Notable August stories includes the new pedestrian bridge and the Rock Creek wildfires.

  • Dec. 30, 2015 9:00 a.m.

11 – Plans for a foot bridge in downtown Trail took a hit as bidders for the project tendered prices $4 million to $14 million above the projected $10 million cost. The bids have forced council to reconsider plans for the project, which voters approved $5 million in borrowing in a 2014 referendum.

12 – The Waneta and Peterson international border crossings are slated for upgrades after a rash of Conservative funding announcements were made ahead of the fall federal election.

13 – Following a recent survey, Area B residents are considering a user-pay format for the Trail recreation facilities.

14 – In the aftermath of the annual Shambhala Music Festival, police report drug seizures and excessive speeding after event but overall it was relatively calm.

14 – The Village of Warfield announced it received $62,500 from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program to help pay for upgrades to the Centennial Pool.

16 – A wildfire in Rock Creek destroyed homes, property and forced the closures of Highway 33 and Highway 3 for several days. The aftermath left people homeless and Fortis BC crews busy repairing dozens of burnt power poles to restore services.

24 – The region was blanketed by smoke from wildfires burning south of the border. Areas in Grand Forks and Christina Lake were put on evacuation alert as the large fire approached the Canada-U.S.. border.

25 – With the Trail SPCA facility slated to close, Castlegar ponders the option of offering itself as the new home for

a $1.6 million facility after the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary rejected its share of funding for the facility.

26 – The City of Trail announces it will take over the organization for the annual Silver City Days from the volunteer-run committee.

28 – The dry summer has seen an increase in early bear activity in the region. A bear broke into a Glenmerry shed to get at trash while four bears were destroyed in one day in Rossland.