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OP/ED: Hooked on phonics. Seriously hooked.

OP/ED: Hooked on phonics. Seriously hooked.

Since I am a lover of the written word (at least the writing part of it), it may not come as a surprise to you to hear that I am also a bit of a bookworm. Not a bookworm in the usual sense, though. I can go months without finding a novel that interests me and then, all of a sudden … BAM! I find one that I can’t keep my nose out of. But the thing is, it’s become a bit of a problem. I become so entrenched that I neglect my children, ignore my husband, and sometimes forget to eat. Seriously. I think I am addicted. I might even need a support group.

POLICE BEAT: Cops contain bears near Warfield school; recommend charges against local man

POLICE BEAT: Cops contain bears near Warfield school; recommend charges against local man

 

Parents may be wondering why there was a police presence outside Warfield’s Webster Elementary School this morning – Trail RCMP Cpl. Dave Johnson said the issue was a trio of bears.

“We actually got a call at 6:45 a.m. from a concerned citizen, saying there was a cougar in a tree near the school,” he said, adding police attended and found the tree in question, which in fact was housing a momma bear and two cubs at the time. “It was near a walking path frequented by children.”

Suspicious package closes Credit Union

Suspicious package closes Credit Union

Update: (5:00 p.m.)

The roads around the Grand Forks Credit Union are open again after RCMP determined that the briefcase left on the bank's doorstep did not contain explosives.

Boundary Detachment investigators reviewed the situation with the RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit throughout the day and requested the assistance of a special trained dog unit for bomb detection from Kelowna. 

Semi-finalists Announced for the 2012 Spirit of Innovation Awards!

Semi-finalists Announced for the 2012 Spirit of Innovation Awards!

The West Kootenay-Boundary region is full of innovative entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations who have the passion to dream, the courage to pursue those dreams and the dogged determination and willingness to sacrifice what many would not to drive those dream into reality.

Now is our chance to recognize and thank those innovative, enterprising businesses and organizations that are driving our community forward.

Conscious people, step forward. The rest of you, stay in your herd, follow your shepherds.

Conscious people, step forward. The rest of you, stay in your herd, follow your shepherds.

Some readers might have stopped reading already, having seen the headline. The message is an insult; it is patronizing and arrogant and stinks with superior attitude. Who does Jeanes think he is?

I could not agree more.

The trouble is, everywhere I turn to find people thinking about the evolution of “more conscious humans”, of  “advancement in spiritual growth”, of seekers “questing for a higher awareness” – there I find the same attitudes. Read Ken Wilber. Don Beck. Barbara Marx Hubbard. Steve Dinan. Jeremy Rifkin.

OPINION: I thought we paid politicians to think...

Mischa Popoff

Someone, please! Tell Dan Albas what to think.

Westbank First Nations (WFN) plans to open a private hospital, but the rookie MP for the area, Okanagan-Coquihalla, doesn’t know what his opinion should be.

COMMENT: The problem is the solution

Herb Hammond talks forest ecology to permaculturists

The world’s in rough shape and it's easy to feel overwhelmed. At the turn of the millennium, I stormed out of university in anger at a global system of economic injustice, environmental pillage, and—in North America at least—social impotence and apathy.

Apply now for environmental project support!

Apply now for environmental project support!

Columbia Basin groups wishing to help maintain or enhance environmental conditions in and around their communities are invited to submit project ideas to the Environmental Initiatives Program (EIP) of Columbia Basin Trust (CBT). Over the past 11 years, the program has provided over $5 million in funding for environmental conservation, restoration, stewardship and education projects across the Basin.

Three men arrested in Trail after breaching conditions

Three men arrested in Trail after breaching conditions

Prophylactic policing has taken the spotlight in Trail this week, with three men arrested and sent to court for breach of conditions, according to RCMP Cpl. Darryl Orr.

Deadline still looming for Marshall Lake dam

Marshall Lake; Photo, Marshall Lake stewardship group

With rumours growing about a deadline for Marshall Lake’s ultimate demise activists, politicians and land owners continue to meet with key provincial staff to save the lake.

Greenwood resident Christopher Stevenson, one of the key people leading the charge to protect the small lake which lies between Grand Forks and Greenwood above Phoenix Ski Hill, is setting off an alarm floating Oct. 15 as the date they will decommission the dam at the lake.