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Re-opening Midway mill has serious implications

Re-opening Midway mill has serious implications
International Forest Products Ltd. (Interfor) has broken their silence in the conversation about the mill slated to re-open in Midway. Interfor says that information presented by Boundary Sawmill Inc. (BSI) and Vaagen Brothers Lumber Inc. in their meetings being held across the region are not accurate and that the re-opening of the Midway mill may well jeopardize the future of the Grand Forks mill.

Waneta expansion work getting underway is dam good news for area

Waneta expansion work getting underway is dam good news for area

What better way to launch a grand new year than with the soothing sounds of large-scale rock demolition? Construction of the long-awaited second powerplant at the Waneta Dam may begin in just over a month, with blasting booked as early as mid-February, Columbia Power representatives told Rossland council Monday.    

Meat producers to decide their future

Meat producers to decide their future
Its time to clear up the uncertainty of the future for meat production in the Boundary region. In the wake of ‘mad cow’ disease scares causing changes in slaughter regulations, small meat producers across the province have been unsure if they have a future. The regulations effectively stopped on farm slaughter for any animals for resale except if processed by a licenced facility, which the Boundary region did not have. This week, Boundary region farmers will be getting together to talk about what their future holds.

Midway mill purchase delayed

Midway sawmill; Photo, John Greaves
Delays in investments have forced deadlines to be extended for the purchase of the Midway sawmill by local investors and the Village of Midway. The open offering of shares for sale to raise the needed cash for the purchase started late and as a result the money needed to close the deal was not in place.
 
The original deadline for the mill purchase was set for Dec. 31, but with the share offering being released just days prior to that, Boundary Sawmill Inc. asked Fox Lumber Sales Inc. for an extension which they approved.

Castlegar sees highest property value hikes in region

Castlegar sees highest property value hikes in region

“Castlegar has taken the cake this year,” - that from BC Assessment's deputy assessor, Dennis Hickson, in regard to residential property values in the region for 2010.

He said the average increase in assessed value for single family dwellings in Castlegar is 4.66 per cent, compared with Nelson's 1.92 per cent, Creston at 2.61 per cent, and Trail at 1.2 per cent.

Vaagen Brothers Lumber named new operator at the Midway Mill

Stephen Hill explains the investment opportunities for Boundary Sawmill Inc.; Photo, Mona Mattei
Vaagen Brothers Lumber Inc. from Colville, WA has signed an agreement to operate the Midway sawmill as the first offering of shares to the public was rolled out this week. Boundary Sawmills Inc. (BSI) board members and city officials were on hand at a series of meetings in Midway, Rock Creek and Greenwood to present the offering memorandum for shares and to answer questions about the plans for reopening the Midway mill.
 
“We have chosen Vaagen Brothers Lumber from Colville and we are excited about this opportunity.

Draws for locally raised meat resume in the New Year

Draws for locally raised meat resume in the New Year
Monthly Boundary region meat draws for locally raised products have been a huge success over the last few months for both producers and the prize winners. The monthly draws put on by the Grand Forks & Boundary Regional Agricultural Society (also known as GFBRAS or the Ag Society) are helping to raise money for the society’s mobile abattoir project. 
 
The mobile abattoir will enable meat producers in the region to kill and slaughter animals on their property.

New apprenticeship jobs guaranteed in Waneta Dam expansion

Photo courtesy Columbia Power Corporation.

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

The Waneta Dam expansion could create a legacy of skilled trades people for the West Kootenay region, says a Columbia Power spokesperson.

Audrey Repin said with a guaranteed policy in place to hire apprentices on the jobsite, many of the over 400 new job hires could become journeymen trades people when the project is completed in five years.

Area E's commitment keeps regional economic development afloat for another year

The BEDC met in Greenwood with guests on Dec. 14; Photo, Mona Mattei
Tension between directors was put aside last week as the Boundary Economic Development committee (BEDC) went on the road to Greenwood. With Regional Director for Area E, Bill Baird’s announcement that his area will continue to participate with the committee in 2011, they can now set their sights on next year’s work plan.
 
In November the committee dealt with challenges from Grand Forks city council and Baird. Grand Forks council’s concerns were addressed by the committee, but Baird was uncertain that he would be participating at the regional table in 2011.

Boundary meat producers can taste abattoir

MLA John Slater reviews the mobile abattoir design with Doug Zorn of the agricultural society; Photo, submitted
With nearly 60 percent of the needed funding in place, the dream of a local mobile abattoir is so close to reality you can taste it. The momentum of finding funding is speeding up the process for the project, started over two years ago by the Grand Forks and Boundary Regional Agricultural Society (GFBRAS).
 
“We should be able to have the mobile unit up and running by the fall of 2011,” says Doug Zorn, president of GFBRAS and one of the abattoir committee members.
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