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Part two - Trail Times year in review

Trail Times reviews news and highlights from May to August 2016 for Greater Trail.
May 7 Silver City Days was dubbed a Homecoming Celebration and thanks to some fantastic weather


3 Keith Smyth was honoured as the Trail-Warfield Citizen of the Year at a ceremony at St. Michael’s School. It also marked the official kick off of Silver City Days.

8 The Silver City Days homecoming celebration is a huge hit as great weather and large crowds made for a perfect weekend. The return and addition of popular events helped draw record crowds to the city. Among the highlights were the lighting of the Victoria St. Bridge and the lumberjack show and the return of the popular Grapestomp and sidewalk café in the Cominco Arena.

11 The City of Trail will be borrowing an additional $1.6 million to cover incremental costs for the Riverfront Centre.

16 School District 20 approves busing fees to help with its current budget shortfall.

17 Cougar sightings in Montrose and Trail have prompted warnings from WildsafeBC to be vigilant and keep children and pets nearby.

18 Heavy rain and windy conditions battered the region leaving homes without power and downing large trees in Trail and Fruitvale.

24 The Beaver Valley Rotary Club was named the 2016 Beaver Valley Citizen of the Year. The group, which began in 1954, has completed several important projects in the community. However, facing declining enrolment, was scheduled to disband later this year.

25 Citing current federal laws, Trail council rejected a request by a local group to open a medical marijuana dispensary in the city.

30 An exhaustive search by local Search and Rescue crews failed to find Neva Evdokimoff who was last seen near Trail’s Gyro Park. The search was suspended after a busy weekend which saw crews search the shoreline as well as backyards in the community failed to produce any new evidence.

Hannah Flick crowed Miss Trail




9 Linda Zol is recognized with Montrose’s Community Service Award for her tireless community work just ahead of the village’s 60th anniversary celebrations.

9 The body of Neva Evdokimoff was recovered from the Columbia River by authorities in Washington state. Evdokimoff was last seen at Trail’s Gyro Park and prompted a massive search effort.

10 Two wildfires burning between Grand Forks and Christina Lake are under control as the summer wildfire season is under way.

13 Thanks to in-kind support and generous donations, Trail’s Silver City Days Homecoming Celebration accrued a $9,000 price tag for the city. Great weather, new midway entertainment, return of some long-time favorite events all added up to a successful weekend.

14 Skatepark designs were on display in Trail and Montrose this week as residents got a glimpse of plans for the respective communities. Both presentations were well received and plenty of feedback was provided.

21 Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure lands at the Trail Regional Airport to announce the province will be granting the City of Trail $1.18 million towards improvements at the airport. On the list of projects for the facility is a new terminal building.

22 Health Minister Terry Lake toured the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital meeting with staff, doctors and community directors.

24 The J.L. Crowe Secondary Class of 2016 is encouraged to “live the life of your dreams,” by principal David DeRosa at the annual graduation ceremony at the Trail Memorial Centre.


3 Danielle Beattie of Montrose was crowned Miss BC Interior at a ceremony in Fort Langley. The 24-year-old Beaver Valley native will represent the Interior for the 2016/17 campaign.

4 Trail city council learned that the city’s first affordable housing unit is ready for tenants. The Lower Columbia Affordable Housing Society asked council for a cash grant-in-lieu of 2016 property taxes, which was approved.

13 A new $40,000 scoreboard has replaced the old video scoreboard at the Cominco Arena.

14 A 26-year-old Fruitvale man died after a flat-deck semi lost its load of crushed cars, and struck the man’s vehicle causing it to leave the roadway and roll on Highway 3 at the Old Salmo Road. The accident is still under investigation.

19 Trail council got the buzz on beekeeping as presenter Alex Krausse pitched the idea of allowing beekeeping within the city limits. The matter was put over to a future meeting.

21 Three suspects are in custody following a smash and grab of more than 12 guns and ammunition at the Canadian Tire store in Trail. The suspects were arrested in Nelson but not all the firearms have been recovered.

25 A 27-year-old female died when her motorcycle collided with a vehicle near the Waneta Plaza. The driver of the vehicle was unharmed. The accident remains under investigation.


1 West Kootenay Traffic Services were kept busy over the holiday long weekend with eight intoxicated drivers were taken off the road. As well, police made 12 illegal drug seizures and handed out numerous speeding tickets.

2 A dispute between a Fruitvale family and the village centers around a garden structure. The village said the structure violated a bylaw while the family contended they were simply trying to encourage a healthy lifestyle. The matter dragged on for a month before the structure was dismantled.

3 Sometime over the long weekend knowledgeable vandals hit the Victoria St. bridge lights, dismantling components that activate the lights.

9 An antique gun stolen from the Trail Museum was recovered in Krestova after the arrest of a 35-year-old male. However, the arrest wasn’t linked to reports of other business break ins that have occurred around the same time.

15 The City of Trail has rejected a proposal by the Trail and District Chamber of Commerce to allow free parking in the downtown area. The city cited the revenues of over $150,000 that are added to its coffers.

15 The City of Trail abandoned its plans for boundary expansion into the Columbia Gardens Industrial Park and south to the international border. The city said the current Supplementary Letters Patent framework could not accommodate specific conditions Teck was seeking.

17 A recreation of a photo from a visit to Edinburgh Castle has gone viral. Trail’s Dave Glover was just three-years old when his parents snapped a photo of him with a member of the Queen’s Guard. Fifty years later, Glover recreated the shot and the subsequent photo was features online and in newspapers across Britain and on TV in Canada.

18 An abandoned campfire at Violin Lake not only had fire crews moving quickly but had the City of Trail wondering what it can do to keep trespassers out of the area.

23 The U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled Teck is not liable for the historic air pollution that drifted across the border over the years. The case was brought forward by the Confederated Tribes of Colville Reservation and the State of Washington.

25 The School District 20 board of trustees approved a plan to eliminate bus fees following the news that the province had bolstered funding for bus services. SD 20 had initially approved a fee for busing but it was rescinded after the funding announcement prior to the start of the school year.

26 Cougar sightings in Montrose has prompted another reminder to residents to be on the lookout for the big cats lurking in the area.