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LETTER: Taking a Longer Term Perspective of the BC Elections

LETTER: Taking a Longer Term Perspective of the BC Elections

Dear Editor:

As we head to the polls on May 9, a question we should be considering is what type of world we want to leave for our children and grandchildren.

Are we are doomed to go over the climate cliff – facing a world with ever increasing extreme weather, mudslides, catastrophic wildfires, and sea level rise? Or should we just not think about it because it is too overwhelming?

War amps CHAMPS grad to blitz local schools with safety message

Through the CHAMP Program, child amputees are encouraged to accept their amputations and develop a positive approach to challenges.

The War Amps, a leader in the field of child safety, is bringing an important safety message to students at nine local schools between May 9 and 11. This initiative is coordinated in conjunction with the Trail RCMP Detachment.

Grand opening for Salmo Art and Culture Hub

Grand opening for Salmo Art and Culture Hub

A unique partnership between the Village of Salmo, local entrepreneurs and a California investor has made possible a cutting-edge arts and cultural hub centre in Salmo offering everything from Village art windows, a Village art and culture garden, a unique reclaimed building materials and salvage boutique, custom upholstery an leather works shop, tattoo shop and art studio. The Grand Opening is scheduled for May 20, with the official ribbon-cutting at 2 p.m.

Calling Kootenay artists: Apply to be showcased in hub village art windows

Art windows in Salmo.

This application is for the artists and/or groups who would like to display their art in one of three Village of Salmo Art Windows located at the west side of the building located at 423 Railway Avenue in Salmo, BC.

The Village Art Windows were constructed to provide an opportunity for Salmo Valley and Kootenay region artists to showcase their work in a way that is visible to pedestrians walking along Salmo’s Main Street and street traffic. The art windows help to support the arts and encourage visitors to explore Salmo.

Eligibility Criteria:

Brand new sculptures to be unveiled next week

Imagine the Stories by Rabi'a and Carl Schlichting

Get your Sculpturewalking shoes ready! On Saturday, May 13, 30 sculptures will be landing in Castlegar’s downtown, marking the seventh year of the internationally-renowned Castlegar Sculpturewalk.

Latest acquisition for Nature Trust in land in Lardeau Valley

This 31 hectare (76 acre) property expands the Lower Lardeau Duncan Conservation Lands Complex. — Submitted photo

The Nature Trust of British Columbia is pleased to announce the acquisition of Lardeau–Duncan–Meadow Creek South property with the support of the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP).

This 31 hectare (76 acre) property expands the Lower Lardeau Duncan Conservation Lands Complex.

It is located near the community of Meadow Creek in the West Kootenay, and is adjacent to The Nature Trust’s existing Lardeau-Duncan property.

Gallery changes financial fortune with fiscal restraint in year-end report

The gallery reduced its expenses significantly over the last year, Woodruff explained, sticking within the budget it had drawn up and “living within its means".

What a difference a year makes.

A little bit of belt tightening has brought the Grand Forks Art Gallery well in under budget for the end of its fiscal year, a marked difference from one year ago.

Grand Forks Art Gallery Society executive director Terry Woodruff told Grand Forks city council at its April 10 committee-of-the-whole meeting that it has come in $17,000 below what it budgeted for the 2016-2017 season — ending at $285,000 (budgeted $302,000) — which ended March 31.

May is Invasive Species Action Month. Nip them in the bud!


Anyone hiking or biking on trails in our region may have noticed that many of those trails are being hemmed in by certain plants: burdock with its nasty burrs later in the year, spotted knapweed, common tansy, hoary alyssum, policeman's helmet (AKA Himalayan balsam) -- even, in some places, Japanese knotweed -- and other invasive species.  Yes, all those (and many more) are invasives, and they spread especially fast along the trails because we all unwittingly spread their seeds on our clothing, our bikes and our dogs' fur.

Three explosions force evacuation of local business

Three explosions force evacuation of local business

Employees at KC Recycling in Waneta got a bit of a fright this morning when an electrical fire caused three explosions.

Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue Captain Grant Tyson said they received the emergency call at 10:18 a.m. and responded with six Trail firefighters and another three from Montrose.

Updated budget documentation leads to higher municipal tax rate than first proposed

There's now a 6.35 per cent rise to cover a facilities shortfall for the Civic Centre Arena.

A recent city budget meeting less than two weeks ago has erased the once proposed 4.85 per cent municipal tax increase, instead replacing it with a 6.35 per cent rise to cover a facilities shortfall for the Civic Centre Arena.

City council passed third reading on the Five-Year Financial Plan Bylaw Monday night in city council chambers during its regular meeting, based on updated budget documentation received at its April 19 budget meeting.

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