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By Mona Mattei on Sunday Apr 24 2011
Rising cost pressures and flat-lined funding from the province mean that the Boundary school district will need to cut over $600,000 to balance their budget in 2011/12. For the fourth year in a row funding from the province remained the same while costs are climbing. In budget meetings held across the region this week School District 51 Treasurer Jeanette Hanlon asked for ideas to help solve...
By Kyra Hoggan on Saturday Apr 23 2011

Castlegar homeowners may be happy to hear that, although tax rates have increased, the average homeowner will actually be paying less this year, according to a report received by council at its regular meeting last Monday.

 
Director of financial services Andre Buss told council that, although tax rates have increased for residential rate payers, so too have homeowner...
By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Apr 20 2011

With City-ordered work on the City Centre Motel not even complete, Castlegar officials are having to undertake remedial action on a second, unrelated property.

Council voted, at its regular meeting Monday night, to proceed with remedial action in regard to 3626 14th Ave.

"It's several acres in the Emerald Green subdivision, right next to Grandview Heights," said councillor Russ...

By Allyson Kenning on Tuesday Apr 19 2011

Last week, IHA President and CEO, Robert Halpenny, did a three-day tour of the Kootenay-Boundary region, with stops in Nakusp, New Denver, Kaslo, Nelson, Grand Forks, Castlegar, and, finally, Trail, home of our own Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital. The purpose of the visit, which he makes biannually, was to gain an understanding of the physical structures of the sites and programs and to...

By Andy George on Monday Apr 18 2011
No verbal bombs were dropped and no campaign ships were sunk, but there were certainly a number of shots being fired - most coming from the right of center in the All Candidates Forum held at the Midway community center on Saturday. Conservative candidate Stephen Hill had his sights aimed at New Democratic Party (NDP) incumbent Alex Atamanenko the entire evening, while the Green Party and...
By Nelson Daily Staff on Friday Apr 15 2011

A portion of Highway 3 through the Blueberry-Paulson Pass will be resurfaced this year, improving the safety of the highway for travellers and commercial vehicles.

Selkirk Paving has been awarded a $2.65-million contract to resurface approximately 11 km of Highway 3, from the Paulson brake check to the Sheep Creek rest area.

This is a...

By Nelson Daily Staff on Friday Apr 15 2011

Residents in the West Kootenay will now find it even easier to access government services with the official opening of a brand-new FrontCounter BC office in Castlegar.

FrontCounter BC is a single-window service for clients of the natural resource sector. FrontCounter BC was created in 2005 with eight locations, a dedicated call centre and online applications.

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By Mona Mattei on Thursday Apr 14 2011
Nearly 200 people turned out to witness the official re-opening of the Midway mill and to meet the new operators from Vaagen Bros. Lumber Inc. Officials from local and provincial government as well as a long list of dignitaries were present to lend their support for the venture.
 
Midway Mayor Randy Kappes acted as master of ceremonies for the opening welcoming local...
By Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Apr 13 2011

An additional $5.9 million will be available in 2011 to enhance the care provided to residents living in publicly funded residential care sites, the region’s health authority announced Wednesday.

The investment will standardize the delivery of residential care across Interior Health and will be directed to staffing, education and quality initiatives. Particular...

By Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Apr 13 2011

While the wild days of the gold rush may be over, future miners are discovering there is still prosperity to be found in the West.

Supported by more than $1.6 million from the Province, this year the Workforce Exploration Skills Training (WEST) program will give 58 participants the skills and training they need to fill the jobs that mining companies are looking to...

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