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Mexican students enjoy exchange with Selkirk

Selkirk College’s School of Renewable Resources in Castlegar recently hosted three exchange students from the Universidad Tecnologica de Tulancingo (Tulancingo Technical College) in Mexico.The students, Oswaldo Aviles, Victor Valderrama and Salvador Gonzalez, arrived in Castlegar on May 9 for three weeks to learn about...

Tainted Chinese Drywall Concerns Went Unreported for Two Years

by Joaquin SapienA leading East Coast homebuilder learned four years ago that the Chinese-manufactured drywall it had installed in several Florida homes was emitting foul odors, according to documents obtained by ProPublica and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.The company, WCI Communities, was so concerned that it started planning...

Oil spill in Alaska closes 800 miles of pipeline

 800 miles of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System were closed down following a spill of thousands of barrels of crude oil south of Fairbanks, Alaska. A power failure following a routine fire-command system test caused relief valves to open and crude oil overflowed near the Fort Greely pump station 9. The...

Musician David Byrne sues Florida governor over campaign song

David Byrne, the former lead singer of 1980s art punk band Talking Heads, is suing Florida governor Charlie Crist over the latter's use of the Talking Heads song "Road to Nowhere" in an election commercial. Byrne alleges that Crist made use of the song in a campaign commercial without the artist's permission, and that if...

Commuter Challenge: Is Rossland up for it?

Get your bike geared up, your walking shoes broken in, and start mapping out your active transportation routes to work as the Commuter Challenge returns May 30th. Last year Nelson jumped on board the Commuter Challenge in a big way, logging the highest level of participation in the small/mid size city category. The West...

Scribbling for Scratch

Two young wordsmiths from RSS have scribbled their way into Scratch magazine and placed themselves one step closer to a $1,000 grand prize. Amid tales of vampires in a Kootenay high school and love stories from the open road, the prose of Aanika Ruutopold and Julia Mason has made it to the top ten in this year’s Scratch Writing...

Commuter Challenge: Is Rossland up for it?

Get your bike geared up, your walking shoes broken in, and start mapping out your active transportation routes to work as the Commuter Challenge returns May 30th. Last year Nelson jumped on board the Commuter Challenge in a big way, logging the highest level of participation in the small/mid size city category. The West...

Oil from Gulf spill reaches major current

 US scientists say that oil from the spill in the Gulf of Mexico has reached the Loop Current, which could propel the oil towards the coast of Florida.According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), limited amounts of oil have entered the current, and could reach Florida's coast in as few as six days,...

Bear Aware: the bear necessities

With bear season now upon us the time to start thinking about bear-proofing your property is now. Earlier this week there were reports of a blonde grizzly bear hanging around the Victoria and Davis Street area. On Tuesday, however, the local conservation officer, Peter Businc, was able to get out and spot the bear and confirm...

Community Gardens: A blooming success

The Rossland REAL Food group’s dream of a an inter-generational community garden is just about to launch, with planting set to commence soon. Aided in part by a recently-received grant of $20,000 to help expand the project’s educational programs and facilities, it’s up up and away for a blooming good project. The former Foodies...

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