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Communities show their pride as they greet the Olympic Torch Relay

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Grand Forks torch bearer, Jock MacKay, proudly holds the flame on stage while the Sopranos sing O Canada; Photo, Mona Mattei

Grand Forks greeted the Olympic Torch on Sunday, Jan. 24 in style. About 1,000 people gathered to see the torch as it came through town and to enjoy the entertainment, borscht and hot chocolate. Jock MacKay proudly brought the torch to the stage as his path was lined with people taking pictures of the procession. 

Team Breedveld takes the win in snow sculpting contest

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Team Breedveld (Randy and Suzanne) with their winning snow sculpted Olympic mascot; Photo, Mona Mattei

The first annual snow sculpting competition held in Grand Forks on Saturday, Jan. 23 left some interesting shapes in city park for the Olympic Torch Relay celebrations. Four teams entered the inaugural event sponsored by Les Johnson of What's Up In Grand Forks. One team had to give up due to the snow conditions, but the other entrants were successful in their designs.

Olympic Torch Relay Celebrations across the Boundary

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Olympic Torch Relay Celebrations across the Boundary

The Olympic Torch Relay is travelling through the Boundary region on Sunday, Jan. 24. Communities from Christina Lake through to Rock Creek received funding to host celebrations as the torch passes by. While Christina Lake, Greenwood, Midway and Rock Creek are designated route communities, Grand Forks is an official rest stop. The torch will stay in Grand Forks for 45 minutes as the torch-bearer Jock MacKay circles the park on his snowshoes and fireworks are set off. Entertainment is planned in all the communities during Sunday afternoon so families and friends can have a day of fun.

Local senior dies at Red

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Inagadadavida Trees at Red - Andrew Zwicker Photo

A local man passed away last Friday on Red Mountain. This was the first death of the year on the ski hill.


On Friday, January 15th, 65 year old Gordon Earnest Reeve from Castlegar was up on the hill skiing with friends in the Paradise area. While coming down through the trees in the “Inagadadavida” trees alongside Southern Belle, he became separated from his group. His friends waited at the bottom of the Paradise Chair for him to catch up. When he didn’t show up they went back up to look for him and found him part way down the run in a tree well.

Bobsled races back on...for now, and with special guests!

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Bobsled races back on...for now, and with special guests!

Quite possibly the most unique, fun and old-school extreme events in town, the annual Spokane Street homemade bobsled race has been brought back from the brink of extinction. Last year, following a lack of cooperation from spectators on keeping the course clear and some hassling of volunteer course workers, the safety of the event was called into question and was cancelled.

BRENDA GILL: Detoxification after the holidays

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BRENDA GILL: Detoxification after the holidays

Now that you’re getting back on track with eating after the holidays, it is a good time to consider some ways to clear the system of the chemicals from eating, drugs, smoking and  drinking.

Bearing the torch for the Olympics

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Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay - Day 69 - Winnipeg and surrounding area, MB

When the Olympic Flame arrives in Grand Forks on Jan. 24, it will be proudly carried by Jock Mackay, nominated as the community torchbearer to light the celebration cauldron for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay.

Avalanche death a reminder to be aware

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Canadian Avalanche Centre hosts avalanche awareness days next week: Photo, Craig Evanoff

The unfortunate death of an Albertan man in an avalanche over the weekend in Rossland is a tragic reminder that avalanche awareness is critical to anyone doing backcountry sports in the Kootenay Boundary. Greg Johnson, avalanche forecaster for the Canadian Avalanche Centre based in Revelstoke, explained that current conditions across the regions are dangerous.

Reid, Grey making Rossland's presence felt on the world Nordic stage

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Reid, Grey making Rossland's presence felt on the world Nordic stage

 At the Haywood NorAm races in Quebec this weekend, three BC racers ended up in the top ten. Rossland's Rebecca Reid, 17, won the junior girls 10 km (2 x 5 km) pursuit trials with a strong skate leg, pulling away from a group of 5 skiers after the transition to take the first race of the World Junior Trials at the Miriam Bedard Ski Centre in Quebec City.

Updated: Seva Saturdays coming in January

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Seva Centre cooperative members: Mona Mattei, Elisabeth Guentert Bay, Michele Dean, and Anisah Madden; Photo, submitted

Seva Saturdays are continuing in the New Year! Starting Jan. 9 the Seva Centre Cooperative will be providing open community sessions two Saturdays each month. This is a great opportunity to sample the experience of the instructors from the Seva Centre. Admission is by donation. Classes are at the Boundary Women’s Centre at 268 Market Ave. from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, Jan. 9: Elisabeth Guentert Bay leads: Accessing our body’s inherent wisdom and healing capacities.

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