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By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Jun 02 2010

Photo courtesy Kevin Chernoff: Many local passers-by, including city councillor Kevin Chernoff and mayor Lawrence Chernoff, stopped to help clean up thousands of newspapers strewn along Columbia Avenue last Saturday morning.

Vandals who created a stunning mess on Columbia Avenue Saturday may have unwittingly created a local community-building exercise in the process.

By Murray Dobbin on Monday May 31 2010

 More people murdered by Israel. It is so commonplace now that hearing it takes you to the place you were the last time you heard of such an outrage. And you know that there will be no justice.  The impunity and the casual excuses for the action follow on like night follows day – with a terrible certainty.

By Mona Mattei on Sunday May 30 2010

If the fun that the students from the participating elementary schools had is anyway to judge success, then the Solar Days event organized by the Grand Forks Solar Committee was a winner. From the trade show featuring information from different companies about solar equipment to the miniature solar car races the day’s events were well attended last Friday, May 28.

By Mona Mattei on Thursday May 27 2010

Technology has finally caught up with the dreams of some Doukhobor musicians to preserve their heritage in the 78’s project headed by Grand Forks local Ron Mahonin for the Doukhobor Discovery Centre in Castlegar. Traditionally Doukhobor songs are three different types: psalms, hymns, and folk songs. Over the years, many of these songs were recorded on vinyl records. Mahonin, songwriter, musician and music producer, has taken on the task of preserving the history inherent in these recordings by digitizing them and telling their story.

By Alex Atamanenko on Tuesday May 25 2010

In March, the government released a discussion paper intended as background for its Canada-wide public consultation on pension reform and Canada’s Retirement Income System.  If you haven’t heard about it, it’s not surprising. It involved only three town-hall meetings, three by-invitation expert roundtables, and a voluntary on-line component.  You could also write in.

By Contributor on Thursday May 20 2010

The Selkirk College Fine Woodworking students will be presenting their 17th annual year end show, Form and Balance, at the end of May--presenting an ideal opportunity to meet talented builders of furniture and experience their unique abilities. 

This year’s group of dedicated students is excited to invite everyone to see the work they have created in the last nine months. A well established event in the town of Nelson, the year end show is for anyone in the community and further afield who appreciates fine craftsmanship and innovative design. 
By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday May 19 2010

A fundamental piece of Castlegar heritage will once again be accessible to the public after this weekend's grand re-opening of the Brilliant Suspension Bridge.


The bridge stands as testament to the pioneering spirit of the region's early settlers – and as a symbol of the hopes, dreams and strategies that will guide the region's future.

By Mona Mattei on Tuesday May 18 2010

A glimmer of light is indeed at the end of the tunnel for the railway serving Grand Forks and northwest Washington. A proposal developed by a collaboration between the railway operators, OmniTrax, and the users of the line including International Forest Products Ltd. (Interfor), Pacific Abrasives, International Reload Systems and Columbia Cedar, was presented to local and regional government last week outlining a way to keep the line operating. 

By Harvey Oberfeld on Monday May 17 2010

 Is it my imagination or are the NHL refs favoring the U.S. teams when they play Canadian teams? This radical thought crossed my mind last year during the playoffs: it just seemed to me that whenever I watched a Canadian team in the NHL playoffs come up against ANY U.S. contender, the refs were tougher on the Canadian teams when calling penalties.

By Alex Atamanenko on Friday May 14 2010

Canada-wide changes proposed by Canada Post that will see local mail rerouted from rural communities to sorting centres in cities have drawn the ire of local NDP Member of Parliament Alex Atamanenko (BC Southern Interior).

“This completely defies all logic,” said Atamanenko.

“In this riding, the result will be that some letters will travel over 1,200 kilometres, round trip, for processing in Vancouver on the weekends and back again prior to delivery on Monday.”

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