Slag to solar - new technology will change the face of Greenwood

(L-R) Anita Langley, director of operations, explained the new solar technology while Joe Falkowsky and city administrator Gerry Henke look on; Photo, Mona Mattei
Someone may have found the magic key to making solar panels from mining slag. Transforming the left-overs from the hundred-year-old waste will be a godsend to Greenwood, not just to eliminate the eyesore slag pile, but finally creating jobs.
A crowd of over 80 came out to hear the news delivered by Joe Falkowsky, a resident of Greenwood since the days when the mine was still operating and current owner of the pile along with the City of Greenwood. Falkowsky’s company, Greenwood Solar Systems BC Ltd.

From sandbox to career these Rosslanders play in the dirt professionally

From sandbox to career these Rosslanders play in the dirt professionally

I’m often struck by how much parents read into the activities of their children, specifically what their kids’ toddler or adolescent interests and aptitudes might suggest they will eventually gravitate to professionally.

“Yep, he just sits there in the sandbox with his Tonka trucks for hours, moving dirt from one side to the other. Probably going to be a (insert heavy equipment related occupation here) when he grows up.”
And perhaps Mark Daugherty and Paddy Kaye, childhood friends and now business partners in Joyride Bike Park

Regional approach to economic development possible first step towards amalgamation

Sandy Santori - Executive Director of the LCI
There’s a new group in town that is now officially off and running on a mission to inject new life into the economic picture of this area and their plan of doing it on a region wide basis could be the initial building block towards a regional municipality.
We can now add another acronym to our lexicon with the launch of the Lower Columbia Initiatives (LCI).Born out of the Lower Columbia Community Development Team (LCCDT), this non-profit corporation is headed up by executive director Sandi Santori and his executive assistant, Tara Howse.

Mercury spills into Columbia during pipe work at Teck

Mercury spills into Columbia during pipe work at Teck

Investigation work is ongoing into the spill of mercury into the Columbia River from Teck Trail Operations last Thursday, October 7. While not yet confirmed, it is suspected that between 12 and 15 kilograms of mercury was discharged into the river. Teck’s permitted mercury discharge levels into the river are 400 grams per day.

Heavy Metal Afternoon: Touring Teck’s Lead Smelting Operation

Lead Smelter

One of the drawbacks of living in Rossland is that there is absolutely no heavy metal scene around here. Oh, what I would do to be able to attend the gigs of some of my favourite Euro-metal bands without having to travel to Vancouver and Calgary! And even then the stuff I want to see is so obscure they don’t often come to even those two big centres, and I can’t afford to jet off to Europe when there is a wicked show on I’d love to see.

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