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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 for something new, something innovative, so

Energy Rebates 101 paves way to accessing efficiency rebates

School is in for Energy Rebates 101 in Nelson this Wednesday.

Energy Rebates 101 is a new program expected to help people upgrade their home’s energy efficiency and access up to $12,000 in government rebates — and it takes place Oct. 12 at the Prestige Inn (7 p.m.).

At the Energy Rebates 101 information sessions — also hosted in Castlegar and Trail by FortisBC PowerSense — homeowners will be given clear information about choosing home renovations that deliver better energy efficiency, increase a home’s comfort and help manage energy costs.

Not business as usual in Kootenay Lake SD8 schools during teacher strike

Students and their parents should not expect to receive formal report cards or to attend parent-teacher conferences this year as the teachers’ job action continues, says the region’s school district.

A recent release from School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) said while teachers in the West Kootenay and across B.C. are engaged in phase one of a province-wide teacher strike, their job action focuses on the withdrawal of many services normally provided by teachers.

Three years of study show Lake Windermere free of invasive, non-native aquatic plants


After three years of study, researchers have found no Eurasian water milfoil in Lake Windermere or Columbia Lake.

Eurasian watermilfoil is notorious across North America for its ability to choke out aquatic habitat and cost governments millions of dollars to control.

Its absence is a nice surprise for Rachel Darvill, Wildsight’s Columbia Headwaters program manager, who began sampling aquatic plants here in 2009.

Flathead far from protected despite legislation: Conservation groups

Legislation to ban mining and energy development in B.C.’s Flathead River Valley is a welcome first step but the Flathead remains far from protected, conservation groups said today.

“This legislation does not protect the Flathead from logging in a proposed National Park, trophy hunting, new road access and quarrying,” said Casey Brennan, Southern Rockies program manager for Wildsight.

Energy improvements forthcoming in Edgewood's only 'significant' building

The Edgewood Community School will see $40,000 in energy improvements as the regional district strives to make the School District 10 building more energy efficient.

Consulting engineers identified high efficiency air to water heat transfer system as a suitable heating, ventilation and air conditioning alternative for the school.

Jean Cusworth says daughter's killer should have murder conviction

The charge of first-degree murder should have been upheld in Kelowna court last week, says the mother of the 19-year-old former L.V. Rogers graduate who was killed in that city 18 years ago, The Canadian Press reports.

Jean Cusworth said Friday Neil Snelson, who was convicted Thursday for the beating and strangulation death of her daughter Jennifer in 1993, should have been convicted of first-degree murder instead of manslaughter.

After interrupting morning smoke, man gets aggressive towards mall security

The smell of marijuana ended up in a shoving match, a fight and the eventual take down of the smoker by Chahko Mika Mall security.

On Thursday morning around 10:30 a.m. security staff at the mall noticed the smell of marijuana wafting into the mall. 

The two security personnel first looked inside the mall for the source of the smell, but eventually found their way outside the mall. Once outside they located a 27-year-old Nelson resident smoking marijuana on mall property. 

Work on Duncan Dam boosts local economy

New jobs and an injection of $25,000 into the local economy each month is the bottom line for the ongoing Duncan Dam Spillway upgrade project in the Meadow Creek region, according to a BC Hydro spokesperson.

Mary Anne Coules said a Sept. 20 BC Hydro operations update meeting at the Lardeau Valley Community Centre in Meadow Creek held some interest in the ongoing gates reliability project — expected to be completed in June, 2012.

Nelson skatepark back in the race for funding dollars with Aviva online voting contest

Success is just a mouse click away.

The Kootenay Lake Outdoor Skatepark Society is back in the running again this year as online voting begins this week in the Aviva Community Fund’s million-dollar question contest.

And KLOSPS, which finished in the top 10 in voting last year with their Nelson skatepark project, is now better situated for success with a designated site (on Nelson and District Community Complex land) and preliminary plans, said Society member Tim McDaniel.