June 2016

Public consultations on school closures begin in affected communities

Next week the Kootenay Lake School Board no doubt once again will see a lot of angry faces when trustees begin the final round of public consultation meetings on school closures. — Submitted

The final round of public consultation meetings on school closures in the region takes place this month as School District 8 considers putting the lock on the doors at six West Kootenay schools, including one in Nelson.

Letter: Thank You to those who signed petition concerning water security in Blewett area

Presenting the petition, from left, Mike Devine, Michelle Mungall, Malcolm Fitz-Earle. — Submitted photo

To The Editor:

The Blewett Conservation Society would like to thank all of those who signed our recent petition concerning water security in the Blewett area regarding  aquifer #511. 

There were 874 signatures on the petition and it is now part of the public record as it was presented to the Legislature by Michelle Mungall, MLA, on May 12, 2016. 

Earthquake and tsunami exercise in Port Alberni recalls shaky past

Just after midnight on March 28, 1964, tsunami waves from the earthquake funnelled up 40 kilometres of the Alberni Inlet.

Five decades after the Port Alberni tsunami devastated local residences and businesses, the Province of British Columbia is hosting an exercise to test the BC Earthquake Immediate Response Plan and promote interagency co-operation among both internal and external agencies that support emergency response.

On March 27, 1964, a massive earthquake struck Prince William Sound in Alaska.

Selkirk College Welcomes the Region Home for 50th Anniversary

The Selkirk College Homecoming Weekend will include a number of community events and activities. One of the highlights will be recognition of The Great Trek when the first Selkirk College students who started in temporary makeshift classes at Celgar walked to the new campus in January, 1967 where they moved in for the remainder of the school term. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

Fifty years ago, Selkirk College embarked on its mission to serve the communities of the West Kootenay-Boundary region through inspiring lifelong learning and transforming lives through education.

In September, the college is inviting all those who have been impacted over five decades to return home for a golden celebration.

RDCK Director earns re-election to FCM Board

Village of Silverton councillor and RDCK Director Leah Main was re-elected during the weekend at the FCM Convention.

Village of Silverton councillor and a director on the Regional District of Central Kootenay Board Leah Main has been re-elected to the British Columbia caucus of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) Board of Directors.

Main was re-elected at the FCM Annual Convention in Winnipeg this past weekend.

“I believe in the power of partnerships and collaboration; local government is closest to the people, closest to the problems, and closest to the solutions,” said Main in her campaign speech.

Sunlight and Sunglasses -- Be Cool AND Smart

Sunlight and Sunglasses -- Be Cool AND Smart

Summer weather is early this year, so, here is a reminder about sun exposure and what we really need to be careful about. In the past, sun was used in European clinics, using controlled amounts to cure diseases such as tuberculosis and heal wounds. Since the 60’s, we have been warned about sunbathing causing skin cancer, and wearing sunglasses to prevent sun damage. However, done properly during certain parts of the day and for a limited time, there are positive effects that may just outweigh the potential hazards.

Tax Freedom Day — when Canadians start working for themselves

Tax Freedom Day — when Canadians start working for themselves

This year, Tax Freedom Day for the average Canadian family falls on June 7, according to the Fraser Institute’s annual calculations.

Tax Freedom Day measures the total yearly tax burden imposed on Canadian families by the federal, provincial and local governments. If you had to pay all your taxes up front, you’d give government every dollar you earned before Tax Freedom Day.

Mallard's Team of the Week — Granite Pointe Tournament of Roses

Pictured receiving their roses from Tom Atkins of the Nelson and District Credit Union were, from left, Diony McArthur, Loretta Bulfone, Tammy Avis and Sherry McIvor. — Submitted photo

Granite Pointe Ladies Golf Club recently held its annual Tournament of Roses event at the Rosemont Course.

The tournament was once again a great success as players from throughout the zone attended.

The Low Gross winners was the team of Diony McArthur and Loretta Bulfone while two Granite Pointe players Tammy Avis and Sherry McIvor took home the Low Net title.

Mallard's Source for sports would like to honour the winners with Team of the Week accolades.


McArthur, Bulfone squad top Tournament of Roses — Avis, McIvor win Low Net

A large field of players from throughout the region took to the Granite Pointe course for the 2016 Tournament of Roses.

The team of Diony McArthur and Loretta Bulfone fired a round of 82 to capture the Low Gross prize at the recent Tournament of Roses at the Granite Pointe at Nelson Course.

The Tournament of Roses is an 18-hole team affair with players playing with a partner to determine the top winner in Low Net and Low Gross categories.

McArthur and Loretta Bulfone edged out the Granite Pointe duo of Dorothy Garland and Sue Moisey by one stroke for the Low Gross title.

Morven Douglas and Rose Donaldson of Granite Pointe finished third at 86.


 At a public meeting in March, 2016, Seven Summits anounced its need for a new education partner.  Now the search is over!

Seven Summits Centre for Learning in Rossland is very pleased to announce they have formalized a partnership with Navigate (NIDES -- North Island Distance Education School)) to deliver a cutting edge, blended-learning program beginning September 2016 for students in grades 8-12. With a clear focus on building flexible, personalized learning programs that are tailored to meet each student's needs and "sparks," Navigate has received national and international recognition for their innovative approach to learning.

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