Refugees decide not to come; sponsors have to start all over

The Syrian refugee family that Revelstoke for Refugees had hoped to bring here this year has withdrawn its application to sponsor has withdrawn its application, the private sponsorship group said today, March 21. Laura Stovel co-chairwoman of the broad-based community group said Revelstoke for Refugees was disappointed by the news but will persevere. “This... 

Mounties recover two stolen sleds

On Monday January 30 the Revelstoke RCMP received a report that a yellow 2015 Ski-Doo Summit was stolen out of the back of a pickup truck at the Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Police obtained video surveillance from the area and were actively investigating the theft to identify the suspect vehicle and those person(s) responsible for the theft. “On Tuesday... 

EZ Rock’s Mayor’s Report for March 17: Scott Duke must decide whether to resign

The ball is in Councillor Scott Duke’s court as he considers whether he should resign over the public perception that he is caught in a conflict of interest over his business, Revelstoke Vacation Rentals, and his responsibility as a City Councillor. Mayor Mark McKee made that clear during in this week’s EZ Rock Mayor’s Report on 101.6... 

Should illegal vacation rentals be granted a grace period to shut down when their applications fail?

City Council has rejected an attempt by the owners of an illegal vacation rental to seek leave to apply for licence to operate it. Image courtesy of the City of Revelstoke By David F. Rooney City Council has rejected an attempt by the owners of an illegal vacation rental to seek leave to apply for licence to operate it. John and Heather Pallas had been... 

BCTF launches its first provincial election ad

The next provincial election is May 9 and the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation’s contribution to the election advertising campaign gets underway on Monday, March 20. BCTF President Glen Hansman previewed the BCTF’s latest television ad that will hit the airwaves on Monday. The ad is the first part of the BCTF’s campaign leading up to the... 

New CBT program supports energy retrofits for affordable housing

Many of the affordable housing units operated by non-profit organizations in the Columbia Basin need energy retrofits, such as replacing boilers and windows. A new $2 million Columbia Basin Trust program will provide funding and support to help make these improvements possible. “This new program will help ensure existing affordable housing units are... 

Two out in the cold after a basement fire

Wet clothing ignited by a wood stove is said to be the cause of a house fire in the 100 block of Fourth Street East. Photo courtesy of the Revelstoke Fire-Rescue Service Wet clothing ignited by a wood stove is said to be the cause of a house fire in the 100 block of Fourth Street East. A statement from the Revelstoke Fire-Rescue Service said the fire... 

A shiny, new fire truck

Mayor Mark McKee and Fire Rescue Service Chief Rob Girard pose with the new fire truck the City has acquired. David F. Rooney photo Revelstoke took possession Friday of a new fire truck. Engine 2, a 2016 Fort Garry Fire Engine Apparatus, will replace the 31-year-old International Superior Engine and should serve the community for decades to come. The... 

BCUC approves an increase in the cost of propane for Revelstoke

The BC Utilities Commission has approved FortisBC’s quarterly cost of gas rates for implementation April 1. While the cost of natural gas remains unchanged in all natural gas-based service areas, in the Revelstoke service area, which is supplied with propane not natural gas, the cost will increase. Graph courtesy of the BC Utilities Commission The... 

Two injured in Thursday’s highway closure

A noon-hour collision just outside town left two people injured and closed the Trans-Canada Highway for a while on Thursday afternoon, March 9.Photo courtesy of the Revelstoke RCMP A noon-hour collision just outside town left two people injured and closed the Trans-Canada Highway for a while on Thursday afternoon, March 9. “The vehicles collided head-on... 

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