Downtown Kootenay Savings branch slated for closure

Downtown Kootenay Savings branch slated for closure

Kootenay Savings Credit Union will be closing its downtown Castlegar branch in early May, but leaving ATM and night deposit services at that location, according to vice-president of Marketing Dario Cescon.

Cescon said they'll be consolidating their services at their new Crossroads branch, which opened in September 2011.

City to take over airport Feb. 15

City to take over airport Feb. 15

The City of Trail is very pleased to be officially taking ownership of the Trail Regional Airport (YZZ) from the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) on Feb. 15.

After several months of negotiations and discussions on how to move forward, the city is now ready to start making the transition with the newly-acquired facility. In order to acknowledge the takeover, the city will be hosting a small celebratory event at the airport on Feb. 15 from 12 to 3 p.m.

CBT offers wage subsidies to hire a student this summer

Rossland’s The Red Pair Shoe Store was one of the businesses that benefited last year from the Trust’s Summer Works Program.

If you own a small business in the Basin, you can get financial help to hire a student over the summer by applying for a wage subsidy from Columbia Basin Trust’s Summer Works Program. Application forms are available starting February 21, 2014, at Because the program is popular, you’re encouraged to submit your application form as soon as possible.

Rossland’s The Red Pair Shoe Store was one of the businesses that benefited from the program last year.

CMH Heli-Skiing and Summer Adventures recognized for dedication to sustainable practices

CMH Director of Sustainability Dave Butler (center) with Penny Thompson, Manager of Environmental Sustainability for Air Canada (left), and David McClung, President of Baxter Travel Media (right). — Submitted photo

CMH Heli-Skiing and Summer Adventures, the leading operator of Heli-Skiing in the world and pioneer of Heli-Hiking and mountaineering in western Canada, was honored with the prestigious Responsible Travel & Tourism Forum Leadership Award recently at a special ceremony in Toronto.

Dave Butler, CMH Director of Sustainability (also a Director on the Kootenay Rockies Tourism Board) accepted the award in Toronto on behalf of Canadian Mountain Holidays.

Getting the 'Drop' on success

Since 2009, CEO Anders Malpass has seen sales grow 30-35 percent a year. — Submitted photo

A young entrepreneur has proved that a “nimble” approach to production and delivery can bring success to a manufacturing company, even with its factory tucked away in the Kootenays.

Now in its fifth year of manufacturing sprockets, couplings, bushings, drums and hubs in South Slocan at the Playmor junction, Drop Designs is planning another plant expansion as its sales continue to rise.

Since 2009, sales have grown 30-35 percent a year.

Teck reports spill

Teck reports spill

Teck Trail is informing the public of the spill of up to 25 cubic metres of a high pH solution into a Regional District Sewage Treatment Plant.

"Teck Trail Operations is reporting that on Tuesday, January 28, up to 25 cubic meters of a high pH solution was discharged to a domestic sewer line that goes to the Regional District Sewage Treatment Plant," said a press release issued this afternoon (Friday).

Creston Mayor pushes for Mountain Time

How will the cows adapt to the time change proposal by Creston Mayor Ron Toyota?

There's a fight brewing in Creston. And it's not over the new recipe for the world-famous Kokanee Beer brewed in the small East Kootenay community.

This battle is over daylight saving time.

Creston Mayor Ron Toyota think the city should remain on Mountain Time while Regional District of Central Kootenay chairman and Area Director John Kettle feels the way the area bounces back and forth is just fine.

"There's a lot of people who say it's confusing," Toyota said on the CBC News website. "I miss appointments."

BC Chamber of Commerce says US court decision good news for Canadians

BC Chamber of Commerce says US court decision good news for Canadians

B.C. business people crossing the U.S. border to do business have new protection against expedited removal laws, thanks to a recent U.S. district court ruling, according to a press release issued by the BC Chamber of Commerce.

Under expedited removal laws, a Canadian trying to cross into the U.S. has faced a regime that empowers border guards, at their own discretion, to bar Canadians entry to the U.S. for periods of five years or more.

Rumours of Aviation Program's death have been greatly exaggerated - and could hurt the whole region

This Selkirk Aviation alumnus needed flight hours - and used them to attend a Castlegar reunion while delighting local kids with an up-close look at a fighter jet

It's perhaps dangerously premature to start sounding the death knell for Selkirk College's renowned aviation program, despite the college's decision not to take new students for the 2014 year.

The program, designed to accommodate 18 students, will only see three move forward into second year, with no new applicants being accepted (21 applications were received, which statistically would indicate roughly five new students accepted for this academic year).

LETTER: MLA opposes Canada Post cuts

The kind of snow berms, just this year, making full access to existing community mailboxes questionable.

Dear Minister Raitt:

Having recently heard of Canada Post’s announcement to eliminate home delivery services and privatization of postal outlets which will result in layoffs of up to 8,000 postal workers, I feel I must speak for my constituents.  While this is a federal matter my constituents will be directly affected by these proposed changes and I need to have their concerns addressed.  I know Alex Atamanenko, the Federal MP representing BC Southern Interior is working intensely on behalf of our constituents as well. 

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