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Cold weather shelter set to open for winter

(L-R) Staff Sgt. Jim Harrison, Elliot Teskey, and Kristine Eyre, directors of BETHS, get a little help from Sam Eyre as they demonstrate the shelter's beds; Photo, Mona Mattei
The Boundary region’s emergency cold weather shelter is preparing for its second season of operations and will open on schedule to welcome people Nov. 1.
Operated by the Boundary Emergency and Transition Housing Society (BETHS), the shelter is calling for help from new volunteers and donors as it gets organized for the coming winter season.

Tree takes out power lines

Tree takes out power lines

Crews restored power to Christina Lake and Grand Forks after a tree took out the lines in the industrial area of the city in just under two hours on Wednesday.

The tree, accidently dropped on the lines on the old Canpar property, hit the line around 1:30 p.m. Many downtown businesses were unable to continue to serve the public and closed their doors during the outage.

"At this time power has been restored to customers at Christina Lake and our crews are working hard to safely restore power at Grand Forks," explained Neil Pobran FortisBC spokesman.

Want to inspire a new generation of he and/or she-Gretskys? Read on!

Want to inspire a new generation of he and/or she-Gretskys? Read on!

The Recreation Department would like to introduce a few new programs at the Rossland Arena and are looking for some enthusiastic Hockey Instructors. We’d like to introduce a “Little Gretzky’s” program – a hockey program for kids ages 3-5 years, on Tuesday mornings from 11:00-12:00pm, and a Co-Ed Recreational Hockey program for kids ages 10+, also on Tuesdays, from 3:30-4:45pm.

Nakusp groups take reins on turning around local economy

Nakusp groups take reins on turning around local economy

The idea of co-generation may be one of the pieces of the puzzle in the Nakusp region as several groups are beginning to grapple with the idea of righting the village’s listing economic ship.

Although still in a draft report form, information and feedback has been gathered and recently released by a panel of local groups — including the Nakusp and Area Development Board (NADB) and the Chamber of Commerce — from the Arrow Lakes Economic Summit (fall and winter of 2010/2011).

Are you targeted by the IRS?

Are you targeted by the IRS?

Since early July my riding office has been flooded with calls and letters from worried Canadians across the country seeking information and advice on the new enforcement Initiatives for filing US tax returns and reporting foreign bank accounts (FBARs).   Frequently the first question asked is, "Will I be affected by this?" Usually the answer is yes.

Funky, shout-y music coming to RMFF this fall

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It’s that time of year again – the 12th annual Rossland Mountain Film Festival! 

A big thank you to our Platinum Sponsor, the members of the Nelson & District Credit Union, for once again making this happen.

There are some changes this year with the format.  Typically having Friday and Saturday late night events, we’ve condensed our films and entertainment and will be having one exciting show on Saturday, November 26th being held at Rossland Secondary School. 

Reel Youth Film Festival coming to town

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The Rossland Council for Arts and Culture and the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology will be presenting the 2011 Reel Youth Film Festival (RYFF) on Saturday, November 26.

This event will form part of the Rossland Mountain Film Festival.

The program of short films will showcase a selection of locally-made videos from local youth film producers mixed with some of the best youth film making from around the world. Funds raised at this screening will go towards the bigger U19 film festival event in April 2012 at the Royal Theatre in Trail.

Awards celebrate local entreprenuerial spirit

Awards celebrate local entreprenuerial spirit

In the Boundary region small businesses are driving employment and filling the needs for residents in a wide range of services. Starting a small business is difficult even in great economic times, but starting in a time of uncertainty is even more challenging.

Every year during small business week Community Futures (CF) Boundary takes time to salute local entrepreneurs and their efforts to make the region better at the business awards ceremony. 

New ag product focus of upcoming workshop

New ag product focus of upcoming workshop
With the potential for new agriculture products in the Grand Forks valley being a hot topic for economic development recently, a workshop on an up and coming berry called haskap, will give farmers, or even backyard gardeners, insight into this new crop.
Championed by the agriculture committee working on the economic development plan for the city, the idea for encouraging haskap berries came from research done by committee members Bob Kendal and Gary Smith.
“There’s an opportunity to jump the market fo

Kootenay Region team receives national Cancer Society award

Receiving the Canadian Cancer Society's national Circle of Distinction Award on behalf of the Kootenay Region Preventon Team are

A team of diverse partners in the Kootenay region taking action to reduce the cosmetic use of pesticides has been recognized with a prestigious national award from the Canadian Cancer Society.  

The award, called the Circle of Distinction, recognizes team effort between Canadian Cancer Society volunteers and staff and their partners in contributing to the goals and mission of the Society.

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