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Downtown plan gets public input

Ken Flagel stands in front of the pictorial display of Grand Forks' downtown; Photo, Mona Mattei
Could the creation of a heritage revitalization program for the City of Grand Forks be the catalyst to economic development? A committee of local business owners thinks so.
On Wednesday, Oct. 5 the heritage committee rolled out their vision for the city’s downtown core. Overall, the plan reflects the recommendations in a report done by the Heritage Branch of B.C.

Less fruit = less bears at Christina Lake residences

Getting ready to head out to pick fruit are (L-R) Sgt. Aaron DeBoone, Susan Harrison and Doug Shannon. Home base for the event was the Christina Lake Welcome Centre; Photo, Mona Mattei
Over 200 pounds of fruit was picked as volunteers helped to eliminate attractive bear food from Christina Lake residences last weekend.
The pears, apples and plums were delivered to the food bank by the food drive initiated by the Help Save the BC Black Bears website group.

RDCK establishes bylaw for three rural water systems in preparation for acquisition

Three rural regional district communities are on the road to improved water service after the regional district board of directors voted to establish water service area bylaws for their communities.

Woodbury village, Rosebery Highlands and Grandview Properties all had service area bylaws established Sept. 27 by the Regional District of Central Kootenay board, as the regional government looks to acquire their water systems.

Kaslo cleans up in provincial Communities in Bloom awards

Della Schafer photo

The Village of Kaslo’s edible gardens was one of the winning entries in the recent Communities in Bloom awards held last Saturday, Sept. 24 in Sooke on Vancouver Island.

The village received the Judge’s Evaluation Report and Bloom Rating Certificate, garnering five Blooms, and were presented with eye-catching street banners to promote their success.

Have Rossland's taxes outpaced inflation? A closer look at the facts.

Annual inflation, tax increases, and assessed property value increases from 2003 to 2010

 Most Rosslanders think we're hammered hard by taxes—we gave ourselves a D for taxes in the recent State of Rossland self-assessment—and we are liable to complain vociferously about the fact that the average household tax burden is about $1000 greater than that carried by the average Trailite or Castlegarian.

Closed mine adit still raining on the museum's parade

While negotiations between the city and Teck to reopen the museum's mining adit plod on with no external signs of progress, the museum has now closed its doors after a second consecutive season without their biggest attraction.

"Visitation was down for sure," said Libby Martin, the president of the Rossland Historical Museum and Archives Association that operates the museum and maintains the city's collection of archives and artefacts.