March 2015

GFSS gets funding for new boiler

GFSS gets funding for new boiler

School District 51 has received $86,235 to help it purchase a new boiler for Grand Forks Secondary School though the provincial government’s Carbon Neutral Capital Program (CNCP).

“Our government is setting an important example by spearheading the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions across B.C.,” Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson said. “The new boiler at Grand Forks Secondary will be much more efficient and reduce the school’s carbon footprint for the benefit of everyone in Grand Forks.”

Snow disappears and temperature rises in February

There were plenty of great postcard days in February as well as a good start to March with the moon appearing late in the day for the West Kootenay region. — The Nelson Daily photo

Thanks to a strong upper ridge near the BC coast that diverted the Pacific storm track to the far north of the area most days, February — for the most part — was a great month weather wise said Jesse Ellis Fire Weather Forecaster for the Southeast Fire Centre in Castlegar.

Avalanche Canada Receives $325,000 from CBT

Two-year support to go toward increasing public avalanche safety.

Good news for backcountry snowsport enthusiasts: Avalanche Canada is receiving $325,000 over two years from Columbia Basin Trust to help it continue its work of increasing public safety for winter backcountry users.

An Evening of Love Songs in Rossland

An Evening of Love Songs in Rossland

Noémi Kiss (soprano) & Rita Deane (classical guitar)

Saturday, March 7



Women Creating Change presents Wonder Women:  The Untold Story of American Superheroines

VALDY Coming to Rossland March 14!

VALDY Coming to Rossland March 14!

Juno award winner Valdy is coming to the Rossland Miners Hall on Saturday, March 14, 2015.  Part of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for over 30 years, Valdy has four gold albums and Juno awards for Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year.

This is an evening not to be missed:

"Valdy remains one of the country's purest and most credible storytellers."Toronto Star.

A Fishy Columbia River Treaty Situation

A Fishy Columbia River Treaty Situation
Since 2005, Eileen Delehanty Pearkes has researched and explored the natural and human history of the rivers of the upper Columbia River Basin. 

She speaks frequently at conferences and symposia throughout the Basin on the history of the Columbia River Treaty and its effects on Basin residents.  She has recently completed a manuscript titled A River Captured – history and hydro-electricity in the upper Columb

Tom Rand – a Man on a Mission

Tom Rand . . . clean energy technology, not traditional energy

“Building a low carbon economy creates the biggest market in human history, involving trillions of dollars. The question facing Canada is how do we ensure we're a seller not a buyer, into that market.”– Tom Rand

Trying to bail the Titanic out with a teaspoon.

That’s how Tom Rand portrays Canadian and global efforts to alleviate the threat of climate disruption.

Gas prices expected to take sharp jump say industry watchers

Remember when there was snow and $.99 gas? Well the snow is mostly gone and so will the cheaper gas. — The Nelson Daily file photo

We all realize now it was too good to remain for any length of time.

Gas prices across B.C are expected — in some places of the problem the increases have already started — to rise for some time according to industry watchers.

Patrick DeHaan said on the online forecaster website that consumers can “expect prices to rise sharply across the country here in the next week.”

2015 season opens March 15 by making reservation at Discover Camping

Get ready for the camping season by make that all-important reservation beginning March 15. — Submitted photo

It's camping season . . . well, almost.

And for campers wanting that prime spot in BC provincial parks, be advised the reservation desk opens for business at 9 a.m. Sunday, March 15, 2015.

There are two ways to make those reservations to frontcountry campsite in many provincial parks, up to three months in advance — on the Discover Camping website ( or calling 1-800-689-9025.