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Columbia Power join in on Selkirk College’s GIS Day

Columbia Power join in on Selkirk College’s GIS Day

November 19 (Wednesday) is GIS DAY at Selkirk College in Castlegar.

The campus will host a day of activities for regional GIS professionals, industry partners and Selkirk College students and instructors. 

The day, facilitated each year by Selkirk’s Geospatial Research Centre, will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Jon Corbett , from UBC Okanagan.

There will be presentations, displays and lunch for participants.

Columbia Power is a sponsor of GIS Day led by Krista Watts, Columbia Power’s Environmental Support Manager.

Kootenay bike tour to talk about the stop-the-pipelines movement

Kootenay bike tour to talk about the stop-the-pipelines movement

Kootenays for a Pipeline Free BC is going on a bike and speaking tour of the Kootenays this week.

Passions collide in a new stand up paddle board website

Passions collide in a new stand up paddle board website

When Castlegar-based graphic designer Kathy Verigin discovered a new passion, it wasn’t enough to just pursue it; she had to share it. The result is a marriage of two passions—design and sport—in an easy-to-navigate, informative website all about stand up paddle boarding.

Verigin grew up in the Okanagan region of British Columbia, where water sports were part of childhood. She discovered stand up paddle boarding in Hawaii, when she rented a board and was instantly hooked.

TELUS Ambassadors give students the proper start with 'Kits for Kids' program'

TELUS Ambassadors give students the proper start with 'Kits for Kids' program'

The TELUS Community Ambassadors have been busy of late, raising money to support programs in and around the West Kootenay region.

“The TELUS Community Ambassadors are a group composed of present TELUS employees, retired TELUS and B.C. Tel employees and their spouses, who choose to join the Community Ambassadors as a means to contribute to their community,” said spokesperson Marge Witton.

“We use our time and resources to “Give Where We Live” - helping in our own community.”

Kootenay Rockies Tourism and Invest Kootenay Team Up to Promote Region

Kootenay Rockies Tourism and Invest Kootenay Team Up to Promote Region

Two regional marketing organizations are using collaboration to promote the Kootenay Rockies region, with Kootenay Rockies Tourism and Invest Kootenay formally entering a partnership to work together on regional marketing initiatives aimed at tourism and business investment.

The two organizations see a strong link between tourism and investment attraction, since investment interest is often sparked by a tourism visit to the region.

CBT approves 16 grants winners receive $500,000

CBT approves 16 grants winners receive $500,000

Sixteen projects that support social well-being and address social issues in Basin communities have been approved to receive $500,000 from Columbia Basin Trust (CBT).

“These projects tackle diverse social issues and will affect people of many ages across the region,” said Neil Muth, CBT President and CEO. “They will complement and strengthen the social supports already in place within our communities.”

Kootenay Kannibelles fundraiser goes Saturday at former Extra Foods building

Kootenay Kannibelles fundraiser goes Saturday at former Extra Foods building

The Kootenay Kannibelles are off to the Roller Derby of Canada National tournament next month in Edmonton.

The women's flat track roller derby teamf is hosting a Used Clothing and Good Sale Saturday from 1-4 p.m. at the former Extra Foods Building on Vernon Street in Nelson.

Finding Mika's Voice raffle--ON NOW!

Finding Mika's Voice" now has Raffle Tickets for sale until February 15th 2013.

You may win a day Cat Skiing with Big Red Cats for 2 people! Yahooo! $2 per ticket -3 for $5 - 7 for $10 -25 tickets for $37! Limited tickets, The odds are on your side!! The draw will be at 9pm February 15th on Rossland Radio 101.1. 

Public Forum to discuss reconfiguration/closure of Castlegar area schools

This is a reminder notice for all residents of Castlegar and surrounding area to take part in the public forum that the School Board trustees have set up to discuss the possible reonfiguration/closure of Castlegar area schools. The decision made can affect ALL Castlegar schools which is why it is imperative that all residents take part in having their voice heard regarding this decision. A community's strength is its ability to provide high quality education in proper, permanent infastructure.

Wildlife Genetics International donation benefits Osprey Foundation

Wildlife Genetics International donation benefits Osprey Foundation

Osprey Community Foundation recently welcomed a rather large donation from the Wildlife Genetics International.

Dr. David Paetkau and Wildlife Genetics International staff made a generous $5000 donation to Osprey’s Community Fund.

The Osprey Community Foundation grants support new or existing programs, capital projects, research, public awareness projects and/or innovation.