Year in Review – June

June windstorm barrels through Trail

  • Dec. 29, 2015 5:00 a.m.

June

3 – June gets off to a soggy start with almost 40 millimetres of rain falling in the few days of the month. However, warm temperatures were quick to return.

5 – Trail nurse Braedon Mauro was honoured by the Calgary Police Department with the Exceptional Recognition of Valour for his actions in 2013 while helping an injured motorist in a Calgary traffic accident.

8 – Trail council puts the proposed all-wheel park telephone survey on hold after it decides to apply for a Canada 150 Community Infrastructure grant. However, with the grant application comes the commitment that the park would be built in Gyro Park. Successful grant applicants would be announced in September.

9 – Principals from Trail’s J.L. Crowe Secondary School and Castlegar’s Stanley Humphries Secondary School are discussing moving the graduation ceremonies to the end of the month in future years. Crowe’s principal David DeRosa cited student distractions as the main reason for the potential move.

9 – The bidding process for the new pedestrian/pipe bridge in Trail began with interest from both U.S. and Canadian contractors.

11 – Trail’s public works department plans to inspect the city’s iconic covered staircases to make sure they can absorb the traffic from two events in September, which features participants climbing a the stairs through Trail. Due to the age of the stairs, the department may recommend altering some of the routes.

19 – After 71 years, a U.S. airman will have his remains buried at the Trail Mountain View Cemetery. Sgt. Eric Honeyman, who has family ties to the area, died when his plane crashed in 1944 during World War 2 near Belgium. His remains were discovered in 2009 and DNA testing eventually linked him to relatives in Trail where he was given a military funeral on June 22.

22 – The Village of Salmo will need a byelection after councillors Cathy Paton and Ken Anderson, the top two voter getters in last fall’s municipal election, resigned. No details were released regarding their resignation.

23 – Citing lack of funds, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary rejected a proposal to help fund a new BC SPCA facility in Trail.

27 – A large fuel spill from a rolled semi forced an eight-hour closure of the Rossland Hill. The semi-trailer was loaded with food items when it went on its side and slid to a stop blocking all lanes on the highway.

27 – Due to the extreme hot and dry weather, fireworks have been cancelled for the annual Canada Day celebrations.

28 – A sudden windstorm left a path of destruction through Trail and communities like Genelle, Castlegar and Nelson. Two towering trees by the Trail Community Health Centre were uprooted while a third had its top snapped off.

29 – A gust front, a weather term for an extreme wind, hit the Trail area leaving a path of destruction, which included uprooted trees in downtown Trail and power outages throughout the region. Several trees were also damaged in Gyro Park and the Sunningdale area.

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