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By Contributor on Monday Feb 14 2011

Projects that enhance grasslands and rangelands will soon be able to apply for funding support from a new Grassland and Rangeland Enhancement Fund. Supported by Columbia Basin Trust (CBT), the pilot program will be delivered by the Kootenay Livestock Association (KLA).


CBT’s contribution of $150,000 is the first year of a potential three-year commitment, pending an evaluation at the end of the first year.

By Mona Mattei on Sunday Feb 13 2011
Back in the “old days” the Grand Forks Fall Fair had its own fairgrounds. Today, the fair is still held annually, in fact it is over 100-years-old, but since its heydays it has been a travelling fair moving around locations in the small community because the city took back the land that had been dedicated to the fair.
“What we have in use (for the Grand Forks Fall Fair) right now is not working,” said Les Brayden, president of the Grand Forks Fall Fair Society.
By George Penfold on Sunday Feb 13 2011

Over the last couple of weeks I have heard several comments about a “mini boom” that will result from development projects such as the Waneta Dam, the expansion at Firebird Technologies in Trail, the new casino in Castlegar and some recovery in the forestry sector. Based on B.C. Stats data, we may have a long way to go before we get to a “boom.”

By Murray Dobbin on Friday Feb 11 2011

 In watching the live streaming coverage of the Egyptian revolution on Aljazeera I am awe-struck by the incredible humanity of what is unfolding in that country. I imagine Jean Jacques Rousseau wandering amongst the throngs of people and being equally amazed and delighted. For the character of this uprising, this outpouring of frustration and joy, of kindness and determination, of compassion and hope and community is more Rousseau than it is Mohammed or Marx.

By Alex Atamanenko on Tuesday Feb 08 2011

Over the past few months I have talked to people who have experienced difficulties at the US border.  Often this involves having to leave one's vehicle and being subjected to intense interrogation.  What has, in the past, been a routine “friendly” crossing has turned into a “negative” interrogation by abusive American border guards.

By Contributor on Sunday Feb 06 2011

The deal for the purchase of the former Pope and Talbot mill located at Midway, B.C. has been finalized.

Doug McMynn, president of the board of directors of Boundary Sawmill Inc. (BSI) was pleased to announce, “It’s been a hectic week to finish off the negotiations however, we are happy and relieved it’s over and that the deal has been completed.”

By Contributor on Friday Feb 04 2011

Nelson and Castlegar: Selkirk College’s Mir Centre for Peace in Castlegar in partnership with Touchstones Nelson - Museum of Art and History are sharing the exhibition Kandahar Through Afghan Eyes 2010; an alternate perspective about the realities of life in the province of Kandahar.

By Contributor on Wednesday Feb 02 2011

 Dear Editor,

There has been some discussion in your paper about the Canada European Free Trade Agreement (CETA).  The Centre for Civic Governance (CCG) last year commissioned the law firm of Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP to provide a legal opinion of this agreement.  Mr. Steven Shrybman, a lawyer with the firm, submitted a 22 page report to the centre.

By Michael Wirischagin on Wednesday Feb 02 2011
The ranks of the unemployed in Grand Forks grew again this week as 19 people were laid off by Roxul Inc. Blaming seasonal shifts in business and high inventories, Roxul said that they are not sure how long the layoffs will last.
According to Roxul Inc.’s North American Government Affairs and Corporate Communication Manager Leslie McLaren these layoffs were effective on Monday, Jan.
By Nelson Daily Sports on Tuesday Feb 01 2011

By Bruce Fuhr
The Nelson Daily Sports

Hoop fans taking in the Bomber tournament this weekend at the Hangar may be a little confused at the colour of the whistles used by the game officials.

Please do not adjust your bifocals.

The pink whistle is part of the Blow The Whistle on Cancer campaign supported by basketball officials across B.C.