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By Harvey Oberfeld on Thursday Feb 25 2010

 You may not like or agree with the B.C. government, but you have to give them credit for knowing and understanding how to deal with the current state of B.C. media. With the help of VANOC and the 2010 Olympic Games,  Premier Gordon Campbell and his ministers and government officials have had  the B.C. media right where they no doubt want them: mesmerized by Games fever.

By Mona Mattei on Thursday Feb 25 2010

Parents across the Boundary region are getting together to become a regular voice that the Board of Trustees of School District 51 will be hearing every month. In light of the actions of school boards across the province, and with the potential school closures on the agenda for next week’s board meeting in the Boundary, this voice is going to be a critical part of the future of the region’s schools.

By Contributor on Thursday Feb 25 2010

Raising Broilers: An easy way to fill your freezer and make extra money

The first thing I noticed when I moved to Grand Forks was the amount of land that everyone had. I grew up in Calgary where I could see what my neighbour was having for supper from my kitchen window. When we moved here I was trying to figure out how to make some extra money and saw an article on the agriculture society's website about raising chickens for meat birds.

By Rob Leggett on Wednesday Feb 24 2010

Shame on you Mr. Gordon Campbell!

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.