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By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Feb 24 2010

Photo by Kyra Hoggan: BC minister of Forests and Range Pat Bell, along with mayor Lawrence Chernoff and other industry stakeholders, pose in front of Castlegar trees while promoting new forestry initiatives.

In a public announcement made at the Castlegar Forum last Thursday, provincial forestry minister Pat Bell said he thinks innovative technologies like bio-energy just may be the silver bullet for the region's beseiged forestry sector.

By Contributor on Wednesday Feb 24 2010

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) is now accepting applications for its Youth Community Service Awards, valued at $2,000 and awarded based on volunteer community service rather than academic standing.

"We are particularly proud to be able to present these awards to youth, who have shown a commitment to volunteering in their communities, for them to use towards any post-secondary training or education," said Lynda Lafleur, CBT Community Liaison. "We believe in the difference youth can make in their communities by volunteering their time amidst busy academic or athletic schedules."

By Mona Mattei on Tuesday Feb 23 2010

Grand Forks Mayor Brian Taylor is going to an alcohol and drug rehabilitation clinic, no, not in Vancouver or Victoria, in Cuba. Taylor leaves for Cuba on Feb. 28 for a ten-day tour of their world-renowned rehabilitation clinics in Holguin, 470 miles east of Havana. The clinic’s international reputation gave Taylor the idea that perhaps this service could be an opportunity for economic diversification in Grand Forks.

By Alex Atamanenko on Tuesday Feb 23 2010


The Home Renovation Tax Credit (HRTC) program recently came to an end. By all accounts it was such a success that people are clamouring for the government to continue the credit for another year.  New Democrats agree, and are calling for the credit to be maintained and enhanced to promote energy-efficient, green technology for home improvements. 

By Contributor on Monday Feb 22 2010

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) is pleased to announce that 19 local governments will be participating in the Columbia Basin Water Smart Initiative (Water Smart) to address water conservation in the region.

CBT is partnering with 17 municipalities and two regional districts to embark on this ambitious initiative to reduce community water use across the Basin by 20 per cent by 2015. Communities will determine their own local water conservation target that will contribute to the overall Basin-wide target.

By Contributor on Saturday Feb 20 2010

MLAs Katrine Conroy and Michelle Mungall have written a letter to the Minister of Health, Kevin Falcon, describing to him the concerns that area surgeons, anesthetists and operating room nurses have with the decision by the IHA to cut surgeries at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital.

In their letter dated February 15, 2010, Conroy and Mungall described to the Minister that the KBRH serves 2 large regions and by shutting one of the operating rooms this puts patients at risk in both the East and West Kootenay Boundary regions.

By Contributor on Friday Feb 19 2010

The following is a press release from the Valhalla Wilderness Society

By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Feb 17 2010

Photo: Interfor vice president and chief forester Ric Slaco

Persistent rumours that Interfor's Castlegar mill is slated for re-opening have once again been denied by Interfor executives.

Interfor vice president and chief forester Ric Slaco told The Source today that, while the company very much wants to see the Castlegar mill up and running, market conditions are not yet to a point that would make re-opening an option.

By Rob Leggett on Wednesday Feb 17 2010

It seems that, on Feb. 8, School District 20 (SD20) has opted to remove the controversial Planning for the Future Part 2, much to the relief of the parents who were concerned of the school closures.

By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Feb 10 2010

Photo by Kyra Hoggan: The traffic coming towards the camera will, in seconds, be hidden from view by the sign in the foreground. This photo was taken from the approximate spot a driver would stop before turning left onto Highway 22 from Minto Road.

A new twist has arisen in the controversy regarding Castlegar's 'Million-dollar alley', as residents come forward with safety concerns beyond merely the issue of speed limits.