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by Contributor on Wednesday Jul 25 2012

The School Works Program pilot, which began its successful run in February, is being offered again this fall to Basin-based businesses and organizations.

School Works provides an $8/hour wage subsidy to encourage small businesses and non-profit, First Nation and public sector organizations in the Basin to provide part-time employment for full-time high school and post-secondary...

by Andrew Bennett on Wednesday Jul 18 2012

A cute cinnamon-coloured black bear had captured the hearts of many in Rossland, but was also causing more and more trouble. Two short months after the bear came to town, conservation officers (COs) were forced to trap and euthanize her.

"She showed up in town around mid-May," said Rossland Bear Aware coordinator Sharon Weider. "She was small, not much bigger than a dog, so people...
by Andrew Bennett on Wednesday Jul 18 2012

The "Rossland Energy Diet," a unique energy-saving program that brought notable local rewards and has started to draw provincial and national attention, has celebrated great success in “phase one" and will now move into "phase two."

A crowd gathered under a large tent beside the Rossland Mountain Market on July 12 to hear the results and comments by the diet's...

by Andrew Bennett on Tuesday Jul 10 2012

The stars have finally aligned for the new Heritage Garden built last fall and this spring, and planted at the end of our cool, wet June, at the site of the Le Roi Mine above the Rossland Museum.

Last week we caught up with Libby and Iain Martin for a tour of their hard work and that of other volunteers, in particular Andy Cant and Angela Price.

"It's not...

by Andrew Bennett on Friday Jul 06 2012

A Rossland resident recently wrote to council to complain about water meters, but also to take a swipe at the community garden just north of Jubilee Park beside RSS.

"It  does not seem to produce edible, useful vegetables," she wrote. "It looks uncoordinated and hodgepodge."

Hodgepodge: A jumble, a disorderly mass, a confusion of things…...

by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Jul 05 2012

Meet little How-Cute-Am-I, a baby alpaca who was born in a vicious thunderstorm and still doesn't have a name of her own.

This baby's soon to become the best-adored face of our local exhibition society, which puts on the Bule Grass Jamborie as well as the Pass Creek Fall fair, not to mention hosting a variety of events at the exhibition grounds ranging from Relay for Life to dog agility...

by Andrew Bennett on Wednesday Jun 27 2012

Parents, students, and teachers gathered at the RSS gymnasium on Tuesday evening to learn more about the new system of "inquiry-based learning in a blended environment" that RSS plans to implement across its Grade 10 to 12 programs in the 2012-2013 school year.

The new model is characterized by flexible timetables, a variety of individual, small, and large group...

by Contributor on Wednesday Jun 27 2012

“Sino-Canadian Selkirk College of Taiyuan Normal University”: this sign rests on the side of a building at Taiyuan Normal University (TNU) in Taiyuan, China.  The three-year English diploma program housed in this building represents a unique collaboration between TNU and Selkirk College in British Columbia.  

TNU develops and delivers the curriculum, which focuses on Applied English for...

by Contributor on Thursday Jun 21 2012

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) is partnering with BC Ideas to provide five $10,000 cash awards to reward innovative solutions addressing issues which will improve the lives of residents in the Columbia Basin region.

BC Ideas: Solutions for Stronger Communities is an online competition seeking to identify solutions to deal with challenges facing BC communities now and in the future. This “...

by Contributor on Wednesday Jun 20 2012

Interior Health is reminding residents to take extra precautions against mosquito bites this summer.  West Nile virus, a disease that is spread from infected birds to humans through mosquito bites, has been present in B.C. since 2009.

West Nile virus (WNv) was first detected in B.C. in the South Okanagan during the summer of 2009. To datethere have been three human cases of...

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