April 2017

Advertorial — Free Rein develops life skills using the unconventional way

Free Rein Equine Assisted Learning Facilitation Center owner-operator Rebecca Horkoff welcomes the public to attend one of the many programs offered at the Grand Forks location.

There’s a new business in the Boundary using an unconventional way to help individuals develop their own life skills.

Free Rein Equine Assisted Learning Facilitation Center is an objective driven program that develops life skills all the while using horses as teachers.

Selkirk College Music Students Unite for Final Concert

Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program students will split off into five different ensemble bands for the annual Year-End Celebration Show at Nelson’s Spiritbar in the Hume Hotel on Friday, April 21.

Learning has never sounded so good.

Students in the Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program will bring months and years of hard work to the stage at Nelson’s Spiritbar on April 21 for the annual Year-End Celebration Show.

One dozen transient camps already removed as city battles ongoing issue

The city’s bylaw services and the RCMP have removed one dozen individual transient campsites so far this year in Grand Forks. — Creative Commons photo

‘Tis the season to remove transient camps.

The city’s bylaw services and the RCMP have removed one dozen individual transient campsites so far this year in Grand Forks, as well as clearing one dozen more potential transient campsites of construction material.

According to a bylaw services report to city council last week, spring and warmer weather brings the transient camps and with it comes an ongoing issue for the city.

Export Navigator expands to Kootenay-Boundary

It's a program that benefits small- to medium-sized businesses.

The Kootenay-Boundary is open for business.

The region’s small- to medium-sized businesses are now eligible to be part of a program to help them export products outside of the province.

Called Export Navigator, the one-year pilot project brings help to export-ready small- and medium-sized businesses in the region — funded by the province through a $250,000 commitment to the Rural Economic Development Strategy.

Illicit drug death numbers continue to rise

Provisional data shows that a total of 120 persons died as a result of illicit drug use during the month of March. — Submitted photo

The number of illicit drug deaths in March remained high, with the third-highest number ever for a single month said the BC Coroners Service in a media release.

BC Coroners Service said provisional data shows that a total of 120 persons died as a result of illicit drug use during the month of March, an average of almost four deaths (3.9) per day for the month. In contrast, there were 79 illicit drug-related deaths in March 2016.

Robots Making Their Way to Selkirk College for RoboGames

Sponsors gathered in Castlegar Campus on the eve of the event include, (L-R) Ralph Lunn (Zellstoff Celgar), Brad Pommen (Nelson Tech Club and RoboGames founder), Blair Weston (Fortis BC), Ken Kalesnikoff (Kalesnikoff Lumber), Erin Handy (KAST), Elroy Switlishoff (Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers Association of Pro Engineers & Geoscientists), Stephen Johnson (Columbia Power), Anders Malpass (Drop Designs), Carol Vanelli-Worosz (Teck Operations), and Maggie Keczan (Selkirk College).

The Fifth Annual RoboGames is making the trek from the Heritage City to the Selkirk College Castlegar Campus Gymnasium Saturday (April 29) as more than 80 young people from across the West Kootenay and Boundary region arrive to create and compete.

The RoboGames were formerly held at the Tenth Street Campus in Nelson for the past few years, but is now going more central to attract more competitors.

The event, aiming of promoting science and technology learning, is a partnership between Selkirk College and the Nelson Tech Club.

RDCK extends State of Local Emergency for Zwicky Road residents

More information regarding the geotechnical engineers report will be made available Monday.

A handful of residents in Kaslo are going to need to wait at least another week before returning home after the Regional District of Central Kootenay decided to extend its State of Local Emergency for another week.

In a media release Sunday, the RDCK said its extending the State of Local Emergency until May 1st for six homes outside the North Kootenay Village.

LETTER: 'My Green vote: weary, hopeful, and defiant'

LettersEd

To The Editor:

It happens every election.  The NDP line up and lecture other lefties on how they mustn’t split the vote and open an avenue for the current government to retain power.

It’s always the same.  Defeating the political right is of paramount importance, they sternly warn, and a vote for the Greens is a vote for the right.

Selkirk College Valedictorians Help Define Rural Post-Secondary Education

 Brenna Mackay is a member of the first Rural Pre-Medicine Program class at Selkirk College and will represent her peers as one of two valedictorians at the upcoming Graduation 2017 Ceremony at the Castlegar Campus on April 28.

A pair of locally raised Selkirk College students will represent the 50th graduating class as valedictorians at this year’s Graduation 2017 ceremony on the Castlegar Campus.

Charged with delivering the final addresses to their peers, Brenna Mackay and Clara Graves are outstanding students who have made the most of their time at Selkirk College. Both raised in the Rossland area, Mackay and Graves add a touch of symbolism about the core reason Selkirk College was created back in 1966 — to provide inspiring post-secondary close to home.

My message is about opportunity,” says Mackay, who will be graduating with the first Rural Pre-Medicine Program cohort.

USA announces preliminary countervailing duties of nearly 20%

The U.S. Department of Commerce argues that the countervailing duty is required to offset what in its view is unfair subsidies provided to lumber companies.

The U.S. Department of Commerce Monday announced that preliminary countervailing duties of nearly 20% will be applied to the majority of Canadian softwood lumber shipments entering the United States.

Preliminary countervailing duties in the form of cash deposits become effective around May 1, 2017, (once notice published in U.S. federal register) for four months to the end of August.

Thereafter, these duties will not be collected until the final orders are published in January 2018.

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