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By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Sep 16 2009

Photo: School district trustee and board vice-chair Bev Maloff

A much-vaulted province-wide injection of $84 million for education won't be the windfall for which School District #20 (SD20) might have hoped, as the district now has to struggle with a $1million cut.

Bev Maloff, trustee and vice-chair of the SD20 board, said the axing of the annual facilities grant is that unhappy combination of too little, and too late.

By Contributor on Wednesday Sep 16 2009

On Sept. 14, a Castlegar resident reported being scammed through a lululemon giftcard contest she entered through facebook. The ad is a lululemon ad, and not affiliated through the authentic lululemon site.

Internet shoppers are being advised of a series of ads on Facebook and multiple other non-lululemon websites claiming to give away $500 lululemon gift cards. Thesse ads are neither affiliated with or authorized by lululemon.

By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Sep 09 2009

At its regular meeting Tuesday night, Castlegar city council threw its support behind the Highway 3 improvement coalition by promising 30 cents per capita ($2,178) per year to help lobby for improvements along the Highway 3 corridor.

Funds received will be used to assist in lobby efforts, as well as to hire a part-time administrative assistant to “coordinate paperwork, arrange meetings and disseminate information”.

By Contributor on Wednesday Sep 09 2009

On September 8, 2009 at 1:45 p.m., Trail & Greater District RCMP were notified of a body lying on the rocks under the Victoria Street bridge in Trail. Upon attendance, police discovered the body of a woman who had apparently fallen to her death off the bridge.

Subsequent investigation revealed the incident had occurred within the previous hour or so. A passing motorist observed the victim climb onto the handrail of the bridge but nothing after that. There was no one else present. It is unknown whether the victim jumped deliberately or fell accidently.

By Contributor on Tuesday Sep 08 2009

Columbia Basin Trust's (CBT) leading-edge initiative, Communities Adapting to Climate Change, is wrapping up Phase 1 with two communities in the Columbia Basin now equipped with action plans on how to adapt to impacts of climate change at a local level.

By Contributor on Wednesday Sep 02 2009

Photo: NDP MLA Katrine Conroy

On Sept. 1, the B.C. Liberals presented their post-election budget, and offered the people of B.C. nothing other than a new tax for consumers, increased Medical Services Plan premiums and cuts to service says Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy.

By Contributor on Monday Aug 31 2009

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) invites Basin youth ages 15-29 to sign up now for CURRENTS: Columbia Basin Trust Youth Water Forum 2009, being held in Golden, September 25-27 at the Kicking Horse River Lodge.

By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Aug 26 2009

Monday morning saw police managing an unusual situation after a huge St. Bernard dog became trapped in a dumpster – with the garbage collectors en route.

Castlegar RCMP Const. Sherry Karn said the call came in around 7 a.m. from staff at the Kootenay Market, who were concerned about the dog unwittingly ending up in a landfill. She said it appeared the dog had climbed up into the dumpster using some boards that were leaned against the receptacle, essentially forming a ramp – but then was unable to get out again.

By Contributor on Tuesday Aug 18 2009

by Barb Houston

Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum L.) has been a troublesome aquatic invader in British Columbia since the 1970’s, impacting waterways in the Okanagan and elsewhere. Unfortunately, a recent survey funded by the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program and Fortis BC, confirmed that this aquatic invader has made its way into the Kootenay River system. Thick mats were detected in the Kootenay River and plants were also found at several locations in Kootenay Lake.

By Contributor on Wednesday Aug 12 2009
Alex Atamanenko (BC Southern Interior) is asking the Minister for Public Safety, Peter Van Loan, to reconsider his decision not to allow Perley Holmes, a constituent who was convicted in the US for drug trafficking, to serve his time in Canada.
“I am deeply disappointed in the Minister’s denial of this application,” said Atamanenko. “Mr. Holmes made a serious mistake and is paying for it by serving 8 years in prison.