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PHOTO: Nearly 300 people from communities throughout the Basin attended the 2010 Columbia Basin Symposium. The 2013 Symposium wi

Basin residents are invited to connect with each other at the 2013 Columbia Basin Symposium, to be held October 18 to 20 in Creston. This event will focus on "Community Change Through Collaborative Action" and is hosted by Columbia Basin Trust (CBT).

Selkirk's Health Care Assistant Program Gets More Seats

Selkirk's Health Care Assistant Program Gets More Seats
Selkirk College’s Health Care Assistant certificate program opened up 10 additional seats for this fall’s program. The extra seats have helped meet interest and demand, as well as employer needs in Selkirk’s northern communities.

The additional 10 seats were reserved for students from Nakusp, Kaslo and New Denver, and before the end of July, they had filled up for the coming year. 

Columbia Basin Culture Tour Aug. 10 and 11

Selkirk College Gathering Place

Taking place August 10-11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Columbia Basin Culture Tour allows you to explore artists' studios, museums, art galleries and heritage sites during this free, self-guided event. Travel to studios and archives that aren't normally open, see demonstrations, new exhibitions and collections or meet people behind the scenes. To participate in the tour, simply grab a map, your Culture Tour Directory and go!

Castlegar teen killed in car crash

Eighteen-year-old Castlegar resident Travis Hurlbert died Wednesday evening after a motor vehicle accident in Edmonton, Alberta.

A 27-year-old man is facing charges in connection with the accident. Derrick O'Connor has been charged with criminal hit and run causing death and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death. Additional charges are pending.

Police indicate both speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the collision (on the part of the 27-year-old driver), which happened just before 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

Family members have been notified.

Nine hints for a great Kootenay Festival Experience:

Nine hints for a great Kootenay Festival Experience:
Wear comfortable walking shoes - you will be doing some wandering through the field to visit the various booths and events.

Bring the whole family - there will be lots of activities and events for all ages. But leave the dog at home please - it will not be allowed on site.

Plan to spend the day! Events start at 10:30 am and run to 7 pm

COMMENT: Defend Dignity Campaign

COMMENT: Defend Dignity Campaign

I was approached by a number of constituents who are involved in the Defend Dignity Campaign, a justice initiative of 430 churches of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada.

Defend Dignity exits to abolish prostitution in Canada and proposes that Canada implement the Nordic law as Sweden did in 1999.

Carol Enns moved to VGH, starts rehabilitation

Carol Enns moved to VGH, starts rehabilitation

Carol Enns, victim of a car crash near the end of June, has been stabilized and transferred to VGH hospital in Vancouver.  The move comes earlier than anticipated, but although there has been improvement in her condition, she now faces a long and painful rehabilitation.

Back in Black: RTRG faces off against old nemesis

Photo Credit: Aryelle Attridge-Weeks

The Rossland Trail Roller Girls (RTRG) haven’t had their wings clipped--yet. The newly amalgamated team, made up of the former Gnarlie’s Angels of Rossland and Bad News Betties of Trail, are ready to square off against an old nemesis, Salmo’s Babes of Brutality.

The Babes and Angels toiled back and forth with more bouts against each other than any other team in the West Kootenay Roller Derby League. But the Angels exited the series in the lead, winning Mountain Mayhem III and leaving the league undefeated.

Fire outside Winlaw draws air tankers from West Kootenay Regional Airport

Fire outside Winlaw draws air tankers from West Kootenay Regional Airport

A wildfire roughly four-and-a-half kilometres west of Winlaw on Perry Ridge is mobilizing fire planes out of the West Kootenay Regional Airport in Castlegar, according to a Southeast Fire Centre spokesman.

"There are no roads up there, so we're working it with the air tankers and hoping to get some crews up there in the morning," said fire information officer Jordan Turner, adding the fire is about three-and-a-half hectares in size.

"Because of the remoteness of the area, (the cause) appears to be lightning," he added.

CBT releases annual report

CBT releases annual report

Learn more about Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) and the activities it supports through its 2012/13 Annual Report. The Annual Report reflects CBT's performance for the year ending March 31, and details its financial investments, spending, and program and initiative activities.