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Volunteers honoured with awards

(L-R) Betty Ann and Jock MacKay receiving the Freedom of the City from Mayor Brian Taylor; Photo, Mona Mattei
Jock and Betty Ann MacKay were taken completely by surprise when they received the Freedom of the City, the highest honour possible for a municipality to bestow, from the City of Grand Forks last week.
As a part of the Volunteer Awards ceremony, hosted by the City of Grand Forks and held at Gallery 2 on Wednesday, Sept.

Course teaches how to keep brains healthy

Course teaches how to keep brains healthy

Healthy aging is important for everyone, says the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C.

“And it is essential not to forget the health of your brain as well,” says Linda Hoskin, the Society’s regional support and education coordinator.

To help area residents, the Society will run an informational workshop, Heads Up: An Introduction to Brain Health, on Thursday, Sept. 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Grand Forks campus of Selkirk College.

For the Love of the Elk photo contest

Photo courtesy

Clear blue skies, warm temperatures and clear flowing clean water – magnets for the Elk River. 

Talk to residents and the ribbon of life connecting communities has been a focus for activity this summer whether floating, fishing or dunking.

Letter: RE: Vote subsidy hypocrisy (September 13, 2011)

Letter: RE: Vote subsidy hypocrisy (September 13, 2011)

To the Editor,

It is our Government’s long-standing position that political parties should rely on their supporters for financing, supporters who choose to fund the activities of political parties.

The “per-vote subsidy” to fund political parties is, in fact, a tax-on-voting. Canadians should have choice over whether or not they want to fund political activities. A vote at the ballot-box shouldn’t mean a donation to a political party.

Corridor created for rare and endangered species in East Kootenay

Creative Commons, public domain

A precious chunk of mixed forest and grassland in the Columbia Valley has been preserved.

Around 204 hectares of land between the towns of Fairmont Hot Springs and Canal Flats in the East Kootenay was secured, in part with funding from Environment Canada's Natural Areas Conservation Program.

Known as the Marion Creek Benchlands, the land contains ecologically-sensitive native grasslands and wetlands. It provides habitat for several rare and endangered species, including the badger and white-scaled sedge.

OP/ED: Eating crow in defense of goats and chickens - City OCP falls short

OP/ED: Eating crow in defense of goats and chickens - City OCP falls short

 So, I’m here today to nosh on a heaping helping of good, old-fashioned crow, as I totally reverse a passionate position I took in a similar column several years back. As long as said crow is locally-grown, I think I can choke it down.

SculptureWalk nearing finale after banner year

SculptureWalk nearing finale after banner year

An incident of vandalism over the weekend has not slowed the momentum of Castlegar SculptureWalk, according to organizer Pat Field, who said the damage is currently being repaired.

Field said the damage to a stone in the sculpture entitled The Dawn, by Nelson artist Denis Kleine, is estimated at around $1,200, but will be fixed and the statue back on its pedestal by  next week.

OP/ED: East vs. West in the Boundary a divisive approach to economic development

OP/ED: East vs. West in the Boundary a divisive approach to economic development
Over the past five years there has been an ebb and flow of interest in the concept of working together as a region to achieve more. But the recent creation of a new sawmill in Midway has drawn some clear lines politically declaring war between communities and forestry companies within our small area.
With a relatively small population, it seems logical that the Boundary approach development as a group leveraging what limited resources we have to the benefit of all.

Election campaigns start early

School district trustees at work (L-R) Ken Harshenin, Vicki Gee and Kris Sabourin; Photo, Mona Mattei
Elections are in the air and though nominations are just opening this week, many candidates have stepped up to declare their interests.
At Grand Forks City Council meeting on Sept. 5, Councillors Chris Moslin and Gene Robert announced their intention not to run for re-election after serving two terms as councillors.

Parliamentary Secretary visits Grand Forks to learn about economy

MLA John Les talks with Michele Garrison and Alison Turner at a meeting to discuss the economy; Photo, Mona Mattei

A group of Grand Forks and Christina Lake business owners spent a couple of hours giving the Province of B.C. advice on Tuesday morning.

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