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Unprecedented third week of avalanche warnings

Unprecedented third week of avalanche warnings

For the third weekend in a row, the Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC) is issuing a special public avalanche warning for large sections of B.C. The warning includes the backcountry areas of the North Rockies and the Columbia Mountains, from Mackenzie south to the US border and east of Prince George, Kamloops and Osoyoos. Also included are the South Chilcotin Mountains, north of Pemberton. The warning is in effect immediately, through to Monday March 8.

Economic stimulus money paving Paulson section of highway

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Paulson bridge near Christina Lake; Photo, submitted

Residents in Christina Lake, Grand Forks and the Boundary will benefit from a resurfaced road from Highway 3 between Paulson Bridge and the avalanche gate, thanks to federal and provincial infrastructure funding. This project is just one example of both governments’ commitment to stimulate the British Columbia economy through the creation of jobs in our communities while improving transportation efficiency.

Castlegar residents at radon risk

Castlegar residents at radon risk

Is radon gas putting you or your family at risk of lung cancer?


That's the question Dana Schmidt is trying to get all Castlegar residents to ask, as he continues to promote radon-gas testing in this, the second-worst radon hot-spot in the province.

Reigning Earth Hour champs challenge other Kootenay communities

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Reigning Earth Hour champs challenge other Kootenay communities

Castlegar mayor Lawrence Chernoff has thrown down the gauntlet to mayors of Nelson, Trail and Grand Forks, as reigning champion of Fortis B.C.'s EarthHour Challenge.


Chernoff (pictured here with 2009's trophy for Castlegar besting the participation rates of all other communities in the region) said he hopes residents will once again turn off their lights for a single hour to reduce energy consumption and bring attention to conservation issues – this time on March 27 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Castlegar water usage all wet

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Castlegar water usage all wet

City council heard, in its regular meeting Monday night, that resident water consumption increased by three per cent in 2009, compared to 2008's numbers – and that's a problem.


Councillor Gord Turner pointed out that the city is currently missing out on granting opportunities that depend on more-controlled water consumption.

New heliport set to open at K.B.R.H.

New heliport set to open at K.B.R.H.

The Health and Hospital Committee (HHC) of the Lower Columbia Community Development Team are planning a groundbreaking ceremony for the new heliport at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital.

The project has been made possible by the generous donations of a number of different groups:

 

$100,000            Signature Sponsor Kootenay Savings Credit Union Foundation

$100,000            West Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital Board

Kettle Valley Food Co-op open for members

Kettle Valley Food Co-op open for members

Eaters and producers are joining the Kettle Valley Food Co-operative around the Boundary region over the next few weeks. With funding support from the Co-operative Development Initiative, a granting program of the federal government delivered by the Canadian Co-operative Association, the newly formed Co-op is recruiting members and developing their initiatives for 2010. Information sessions being hosted as outreach by the Co-op, are assisting them to reach their goal of signing up 60 members by the end of March.

Canadian Avalanche Centre warns people not to use the backcountry

Canadian Avalanche Centre warns people not to use the backcountry

The Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC) is issuing a special public avalanche warning for a widespread area of the province’s backcountry. The warning includes the mountainous areas of the North Coast, the South Coast, the North Rockies, the Columbia Mountains and the Kootenay Boundary. The warning is in effect from Friday, Feb. 26 through to Monday, March 1.

A convention centre for Red and and a roof for the arena: $1.1M in Federal funding announced

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A red letter day for Rossland's recreation infrastructure today. This afternoon, Jim Abbott, MP for Kootenay-Columbia, announced two grants designed to strengthen the local economy. Red Resorts will receive repayable funding to the tune of $670 000 through the community Adjustment Fund to upgrade and expand the lodge into a “fully accessible four season conference centre”. The project will begin as soon as the ski season ends and, according to Don Thompson of Red Resort, will be completed nine months from today.

Petition pressures province to address Kettle River watershed

Kettle River; Photo, christinalakevacation.com

When the Kettle River was declared a heritage river by the provincial government in the 1990’s in recognition of its outstanding natural cultural and recreational values, it came with the promise and expectation that the Kettle would see an extra level of protection of those values. Today, the river regularly faces drought conditions, the potential extinction of rare fish species, encroachment from corporate power projects, and increased demands on water use. The Boundary Environmental Alliance (BEA) is determined to see that the looming crisis on this river is addressed.

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