March 2017

Castlegar, Slocan and Nelson awarded multi-million-dollar grants for infrastructure projects

The stretch of Columbia earmarked for revitalization, as shown by Google Maps.

Castlegar’s Columbia Avenue Complete Streets program got a major boost over the weekend, when two higher levels of government announced more than $3 million in grant funding toward the project.

The federal and provincial governments have committed $1, 607,421 each to the project, with the City of Castlegar paying the remaining $1,607,422.

CBT provides $2 mill for energy conservation improvements

CBT energy retrofit.

Many of the affordable housing units operated by non-profit organizations in the Columbia Basin need energy retrofits, such as replacing boilers and windows. A new Columbia Basin Trust program will provide funding and support to help make these improvements possible.

City announces Trail airport terminal building call for tenders

City announces Trail airport terminal building call for tenders

The City of Trail announced last week that it has launched a call for tenders inviting eligible contractors to bid on the civil works and construction of the Trail Regional Airport Terminal Building. The tender, released March 8, closes March 28, at 3 p.m. PST and will require the successful contractor to start construction in early spring 2017 with substantial completion by December 2017.

Robson Fire Department asks you to help 'Fill The Boot' for Muscular Dystrophy

Robson Fire Department asks you to help 'Fill The Boot' for Muscular Dystrophy

Join Robson Fire Fighters on March 25 as they hold out their boots in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Be sure to look out for Fire Fighters with boot in hand and stop by to contribute to the cause at Johnny’s Grocery and Gas on Broadwater Road in Robson on March 25 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.   A portion of proceeds from fuel that day will go to the cause and Johnny’s Grocery and Gas is providing lots of cool prizes. 

Spring brings increasing interest in bat health and public reports of bats

A bat flying at the entrance of a cave in Vermont. — Photo courtesy Ann Froschauer/USFWS

Fortunately for the bats of BC, it has been a quiet winter.

The Kootenay Community Bat Project (KCBP), in collaboration with the Province of BC, is on the lookout for signs of White-Nose Syndrome (WNS).

WNS is a fungal disease harmless to humans but responsible for the deaths of millions of insect-eating bats in eastern North America. WNS was first detected in Washington State in March 2016.

Letter: FortisBC works with customers experiencing high winter bills

Letter: FortisBC works with customers experiencing high winter bills

To The Editor:

As our customers know, the winter season brings higher electricity bills given the home heating energy requirements compared to the rest of the year.

During the mid-December to mid-February billing period, many parts of our electricity service territory experienced much colder than usual winter temperatures. With colder than usual weather, energy use has been higher than typical, which is now being reflected on customer bills.

Hard works pays off as Nelson's Reece Hunt lands hockey scholarship to Bemidji State University

Reece Hunt has had a great season playing for the Kootenay Wild, scoring 16 goals and 15 assists in 29 games. — Submitted photo

The future looks so bright for Nelson’s Reece Hunt that this elite female hockey player had better zip down to the nearest sunglass outlet to pick up a nice pair of shades.

Hunt, who has been burning up the BC Hockey Female Midget AAA Hockey League with the Kootenay Wild this season, recently accepted a full-ride scholarship to NCAA Division I Bemidji State University in Minnesota beginning in 2019-20.

“Bemidji is a great school so I was really excited,” Hunt told The Nelson Daily recently.

Police warn against falling into tax-time fraud

Police warn against falling into tax-time fraud

This, from Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Brett Turner, in response to recent complaints:

Every year, thousands of Canadians fall victim to fraud, losing millions of dollars. Most don't think it could happen to them, but fraudsters use sophisticated ways to target people of all ages. The impact of fraud on individuals, families and businesses can be devastating. Retirement savings, homes, businesses and, in some cases, lives have all been lost.

Bad Service, No Tip — Insights West Survey

One third of British Columbians (32%) consider it acceptable to not leave a tip at a sit-down restaurant if the service was below average. — Insights West graphic

Insights West is a progressive, Western-based, full-service marketing research company said a recent survey revealed a third of British Columbians refuse to tip at restaurants where they perceive to have received bad service.

However, the survey went on to say most are happy to reward food servers with a higher gratuity if they believe their performance was exceptional.

City will look to increase property taxes on top of BC Assessment increased assessment

Review and analysis of the 2017 completed assessment roll indicates that the assessed value of residential properties in Grand Forks has increased an average of 4.08 per cent due to market changes.

Grand Forks taxpayers are getting hit with a double whammy this year.

City council is considering a 3.5 per cent increase for property taxes — to be voted on in earnest March 27 — in addition to a 4.8 per cent increase in property values from B.C. Assessment.

Council voted on an increase of 3.5 per cent — $125,062 — on top of the previously proposed $3,573,211, for total property tax revenues of $3,698,273. But it did not come without much debate, and the motion was not unanimous.

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