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ATAMANENKO: Organics, ahead of the curve here in BC

ATAMANENKO: Organics, ahead of the curve here in BC

The Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) recently published a report entitled, The BC Organic Market – Growth, Trends and Opportunities, 2013.  According to the report, the organic market in Canada has grown exponentially over a very short period, to the point that it is now the fourth largest in the world.  In British Columbia alone, 66% of its residents buy organic groceries every week.  This makes BC the province with the most weekly organic grocery purchases per capita in Canada.  

Furnace program extended to Kootenay Energy Diet participants

Furnace program extended to Kootenay Energy Diet participants

Is your furnace an energy offender? As a Kootenay Energy Diet or Nelson Eco-Save participant, you can take advantage of our $800 Furnace Replacement Pilot Program rebate.

Here’s how:

Columbia Power introduces new president and CEO

Columbia Power introduces new president and CEO

Columbia Power Corporation (Columbia Power) is pleased to announce the appointment of Frank Wszelaki as acting president and chief executive officer, effective Aug. 1.

In his most recent role as Columbia Power’s Chief Operating Officer, Frank had full operational leadership responsibility for the company, directing the overall day-to-day operations of the organization consistent with its vision, values, corporate objectives and strategic plan.

Slocan residents rally to clean fuel spill on their own

Executive Flight Centre boom trapping fuel spill on Slocan River

In the aftermath of the jet fuel spill into Lemon Creek and the Slocan River, residents brainstormed to create their own solutions for clean up as Executive Flight Centre, whose tanker spilled 33,000 liters of jet fuel into Lemon Creek on July 26, some feel is neglecting to fully clean up their mess.

On Aug.12, residents gathered in a grassroots Solutions Symposium where they formulated solutions to the environmental disaster in the Slocan Valley.

Southeast Fire Centre brings in six extra crews to fight forest fires in region

Southeast Fire Centre brings in six extra crews to fight forest fires in region

The Wildfire Management Branch is deploying six additional Initial Attack Crews from around the province to help suppress multiple lightning-caused wildfires in the Southeast Fire Centre.

All but one of the 47 active wildfires in the Southeast Fire Centre were caused by lightning. The majority of them are small, spot-sized wildfires and none of the fires are currently threatening any communities or infrastructure.

The largest of these fires include:

IHA answers questions regarding Lemon Creek spill

IHA answers questions regarding Lemon Creek spill

Interior Heath today issued a release answering frequently-asked questions:

Q: Why did Interior Health lift the Do Not Use water orders?

Kootenays Best Singer contest underway for next year

Left to Right: Maria Landa (Fernie), Missy Faulkner (Grand Forks), Charlie Pears-Smith (Nelson), James and Matea Villa (Castlegar), Devin Fikis (Kimberley), Tyrel Hawke (Cranbrook) and Gabriel Macdonald (Nelson) -- from KootenaysBestSinger.com

The Kootenays Best Singer concert is already in the works for next year. Event creator and organizer Vern Gorham is making plans to come to Grand Forks in September with the hopes of working with a local non-profit -- like the high school’s graduation committee – to help with ticket sales.

Gone batty?

Big brown bat pup learning to fly. Photo courtesy of Garry Quist.

The Kootenay Community Bat Project (KCBP) has received numerous calls from residents of the area who have found a bat on the ground, had a bat fly into the house, or have a bat roosting in an unusual location.

“This is the time of year when the juvenile bats are learning to fly and their not very good at it” says Juliet Craig, Coordinating Biologist for the KCBP. “They fly into houses or fall on the ground and have difficulty getting up again."

COMMENT: What government work should be done behind closed doors and what should be done openly?

COMMENT: What government work should be done behind closed doors and what should be done openly?

What are we to do with, to, or about our Senate? Was it meant to be a chamber of sober second thought or a retirement home for political hamsters? Recent revelations about senators cashing in on the strength of what may, at best, be considered sloppy financial administration, have renewed calls to reform the Senate or to simply abolish it. I do not believe that the problem lies with the idea of a second legislative Senate. The problem, as I see it, is much broader and it lies with our governing institutions at the federal as well as at the provincial level.

Woman dies in Winlaw crash

Woman dies in Winlaw crash
A woman has died in Winlaw after an accident last night, according to West Kootenay Traffic Services Cpl. John Ferguson.
 
"On Aug. 14 at 11:08 p.m. the Slocan RCMP and the West Kootenay Traffic Services attended the 5900 block of Highway 6, Winlaw on a pedestrian fatality," Ferguson said.
 
"Investigation has revealed that a loaded Super B semi trailer was south bound on Highway 6 and struck a 35-year-old female who was standing on the roadway.