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SD 8 selected to be Provincial Online Learning School provider

The Kootenay Lake school district will expand its online offerings in the next academic year as it becomes part of a provincial program. “This year the Ministry of Education and Child Care accepted applications from interested school districts to become a provincial online learning site,” says superintendent Trish Smillie. The application...

U.S. states allowed to ban abortions after Supreme Court decision

The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe vs Wade making way for states to ban abortions The move overturns constitutional protections that had been in place for nearly fifty years. It's expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half of the states in the U.S. The initial decision to review the...

Creston RCMP investigate mischief to transmission towers

Creston RCMP say they're investigating damage to BC Hydro transmission towers that appears to have been deliberate. Police say they received a report on May 20 of mischief to several towers off Goat River Road North in the Arrowcreek and Kitchener area. They discovered ammunition casings on the ground near the...

SD 8 board concerned about student fees

Trustees in SD 8 feel that some students’ fees are unaffordable. “School fees are between zero and $100 per student,” says superintendent Trish Smillie. In BC, public schools are required to provide students the materials they need to learn, and complete a course or program for no charge. The facility is...

Category 3 burning to be banned in Kootenays next week

Category 3 open burning will be banned throughout the Kootenays as of noon June 30. The BC Wildfire Service says it's intended to help prevent wildfires and to protect public safety. Category 3 open fires include: any fire larger than two metres high by three metres wide three or more burning...

Graduates at Salmo Secondary School celebrate their success

Graduating students at Salmo Secondary School celebrated their successes with a cavalcade down their main street of Salmo over the weekend. “Even though it is not necessary we wanted community members to see everyone since we couldn’t do it because of COVID,” says Brook Jessup, one of the graduating students. “Online...
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