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City Shorts: Arena Roof nearing completion and Summer water restrictions

Arena Roof Update Following a nearly month-long rain delay this spring, the Rossland Arena roof reconstruction project is now nearing completion. As part of the grant money awarded through a federal economic stimulus program, all work must be completed by an extended deadline of July 31st. To help meet that goal, the City...

WALKING THE WALK: Down on Kerby's farm

Thirty-five years ago, Bob and Judy Kerby purchased a house on a 11-acre farm overlooking Rossland’s picturesque Happy Valley.  Judy, who hailed from Vancouver, had always dreamed of having a farm and living a sustainable lifestyle, and the spot they found boasted an orchard of 80 fruit and nut trees planted back in 1916 and...

LETTER: Who is council representing on DCC charges?

Dear editor,Rossland Council has given developers another break which will ultimately be at the expense of taxpayers. At a recent meeting, Council decided not to consider a revised Development Cost Charge (DCC) bylaw until 2011. The ostensible reason given for the delay was the “infrastructure assessment” that is to be...

LETTER: Council passes buck, drops ball on DCCs?

Dear editor,Rossland taxpayers should be justifiably upset to learn that Council has deferred any action on Development Cost Charges (DCCs) until 2011. They should not be surprised that the Mayor supports this, since he was a councilor, and subsequently Mayor, of the Council that set Development Cost Charges (DCCs) at a...

The Trail Resident Card, one year on: a lose-lose-lose situation. Mission accomplished?

At last Monday's regular council meeting in Trail, the issue of renewing the Trail Resident Program card program came up and a motion supporting the idea was passed with relatively little fanfare. Born out of the breakdown of regional recreation, the TRP card was designed as a two-tier pricing system for Trail recreation...

Mountain Kingdom Reno: embracing the mystery...er, misery

Townsfolk! Warmer, drier days are upon us. Like rapidly dwindling stocks of fresh water, your hesitation to undertake nagging home projects must evaporate, your ambivalence toward leaky faucets and sagging eaves troughs need to slow to a trickle. You must channel your inner handy-person through the canal-like locks of a banal...

Treatment options for environmental sensitivities

We are getting into the season of cottonwood, increased dust and heading towards pollen season. Therefore, I thought this would be a good time to discuss minimizing the effects of allergens. The most common symptoms of environmental allergens are: itchy/watery eyes, runny/irritated nose, sneezing, sinus stuffiness, ear...

And there shall be signs - new Rossland signs just the beginning

Rossland has often been thought of as an invisible city when it comes to signage. However, during the past two weeks three giant leaps forward have been taken to changing that perception. Commissioned by Tourism Rossland in 2008, the “Way-finding signage strategy” is a five year project designed to improve the oriented...

No escape from the heat: Rossland mine tours closed indefinitely

Tourists looking to go underground and explore Rossland's historic gold mines this summer will be out of luck as the Rossland museum is facing an unexpected closure of their key asset. Shortly after opening for the summer season, the museum society learned that they would not be able to operate their popular underground tour...

What's up at the Emcon Lot?

There's been lots of activity in the Emcon lot on Third Avenue the last couple weeks and folks have been asking just what's going on there. The quick answer is that the lot will be the home base for the Ministry of Transportation's projects around the region over the next couple of summers. The Ministry has set up a trailer...

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