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By Mona Mattei on Thursday Mar 18 2010

Warm and dry winter months of January and February are causing environmental watchdogs concern over potential water supply problems for watersheds in the Kettle basin and the West Kootenays. Although this means there won’t be any flooding, drought problems which may be even worse than the 2009 conditions that resulted in very low river levels, reduced lake, reservoir, and groundwater storage, are expected and that has the water stewards of the area concerned for fish habitat and water quality.

By Mona Mattei on Thursday Mar 18 2010

In a sensitive case that has discrimination based on sexual orientation up against the right to religious freedom; the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal rejected Grand Forks respondents Les and Susan Molnar’s request for dismissal last week. According to the complainants, Shaun Eadie and Brian Thomas, the Molnars refused them a room at their bed and breakfast home in June, 2009. On Mar. 3, the Tribunal heard Molnars’ application for dismissal of the complaint.

By Contributor on Friday Mar 12 2010

The Canadian Avalanche Centre is issuing a special avalanche warning for the southern Selkirk and Monashee Mountains, the Kootenay-Boundary area, and the Southern Chilcotin Mountains. This warning is in effect for this coming weekend, Saturday March 13 and Sunday March 14. For a map of the affected areas, please go to: http://www.avalanche.ca/cac/bulletin/region-map/spaw-map.

By Harvey Oberfeld on Wednesday Mar 10 2010

Think about it.  If you could walk away with more than $32 million and only have to spend 36 months of your life in a federal prison (maybe even minimum security farm), would you do it? That’s almost a take of a million dollars a month … former investment adviser and convicted multiple fraudster Ian Thow has been alleged to have done pretty close to that

Thow pleaded guilty Monday to 20 counts of fraud, involving $8 Million bilked from trusting clients. But news reports have alleged he owed about $32 million to clients when he fled to the U.S. in 2005. He was captured in 2009.

By Castlegar Source on Wednesday Mar 10 2010

A run-away semi-truck tire caused some chaos Monday afternoon when it smashed through the parking lot of Common Grounds coffee shop on Columbia Avenue.


Castlegar RCMP Staff Sgt. Laurel Mathew said coffee shop patrons probably got a bit of a suprise at around 1:45 p.m., when a massive tire rolled off the Kinnaird overpass offramp and hit three parked cars.


“The driver of the semi was east-bound on Highway 3 when a tire from his trailer burst off the rim and rolled down the offramp,” she says. “The tire struck three parked vehicles, causing some damage.

By Contributor on Monday Mar 08 2010

Selkirk College’s Mir Centre for Peace Winter Lecture Series is
excited to announce the upcoming lecture of Nobel Laureate and founder
of the Canadian chapter of Medicin Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without
Borders), Dr. James Orbinski.

Dr. Orbinski is a member of the Order of Ontario and an Officer of the
Order of Canada-designations that recognize his achievements and ongoing
commitment to excellence in humanitarianism and global health. He was
President of the International Council of Doctors Without Borders at the

By Mona Mattei on Thursday Mar 04 2010

The smallest city in B.C. took top honours for their water last week. Greenwood placed as the bronze winner in municipal water at the 20th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting competition. Another regional area, Beaver Falls, took home the silver, while the gold went to Hamilton, OH.

Held in the historic spa town in West Virginia, the Berkeley Springs International is the largest and longest running water tasting competition in the world. “We consider it the Olympics of Water,” says Jill Klein Rone, longtime producer of the event.

By Contributor on Thursday Mar 04 2010

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.

By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Mar 03 2010

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.

By Contributor on Wednesday Mar 03 2010

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

$50,000               Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust.

$50,000               Private donation of required land

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