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Selkirk College welcomes past grads to community barbecue at Rosemont Campus

The Selkirk College Silver King Campus has graduated thousands of students over the last 50 years in a variety of trades and career programs, including this Millwright Program class from the early 1970s headed by instructor Roy Crutchley. — Submitted photo

Selkirk College staff and students are inviting the community to join them for a celebration barbecue that will mark five decades of quality trades training, career programs and community education at Nelson’s Silver King Campus.

An education cornerstone in the region since 1964, the campus opened as the BC Vocational School with a vision of expanding training opportunities in Nelson and beyond.

CBT offers $ .5 million for proposed Riverfront Centre

CBT offers $ .5 million for proposed Riverfront Centre

The City of Trail is very pleased to announce that Columbia Basin Trust has dedicated $500,000 in grant funding for the proposed Library/Heritage Centre (Riverfront Centre). The facility, estimated at $6.9 million, will be built on the land previously occupied by the Eagles’ building if Trail’s electors vote in favour of the Loan Authorization Bylaw at the upcoming election on November 15th.

Celgar responds to midnight train controversy; CPR to appear before council

Celgar responds to midnight train controversy; CPR to appear before council

Zellstoff Celgar is responding to a misconception that it was at the pulp mill’s request that CP Rail has started running nighttime trains through Castlegar.

Celgar spokesperson Sandy Hinter told The Source that, in fact, the opposite is true.

“CP Rail recently implemented changes to its service policy and schedule on the Kootenay Valley Railway (KVR) short-line,” she said.  “Celgar currently relies on the KVR to supply process chemicals to the mill and ship finished pulp product to market. 

MLA and MP join forces to offer congrats on Communities in Bloom win

Castlegar's ground-breaking Sculpturewalk was one of the many criteria CiB judges used in giving the Sunflower city top honours.

BC Southern Interior MP Alex Atamanenko and Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy join in congratulating the City of Castlegar on winning the 2014 Communities in Bloom International Challenge.  Castlegar received 5 Blooms and competed against other cities across Canada and in Ireland for the overall win in the small category (less than 10,000 population).

City thriving with year-over-year jump in building permits, business licenses

Crowds flocked to the grand opening of Millennium Ponds, the city's most significant improvement project this year.

City beautification and marketing efforts appear to be bearing fruit, as per business license and building permit reports submitted to city council, according to city councillor Kevin Chernoff.

Chernoff said a substantial increase over last year’s numbers in both licenses and permits indicates the city is successfully attracting new businesses while, at the same time, encouraging residents to further invest in their properties and community.

Building tomorrow's female

Building tomorrow's female

West Kootenay women may want to check out an upcoming conference in Grand Forks  (October 3-5) called, “Project Progress: Leadership in Politics By Women For Women."

UPDATED: Petition to save Pass Creek Fall Fair

UPDATED: Petition to save Pass Creek Fall Fair

The link to sign a petition letting the RDCK know you'd support taxpayer investment to save the Fall Fair is here:

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The 19th Annual Pass Creek Fall Fair last weekend was, by all accounts, a screaming success … but will this popular regional event still happen next year?

That’s not a given, despite this year’s record crowds, according to Pass Creek Exhibition Society treasurer Donna Smith.

Nation-state independence and the state of happiness

Nation-state independence and the state of happiness

Scotland's Referendum

Readers will be aware of the story last week of Scotland's independence referendum. The “yes” side lost its bid for an independent Scotland, as Quebec’s yes side has lost in two recent referendums, whereas Ireland succeeded -- for 26 of its 32 counties – in seceding from the United Kingdom.

I feel Scotland’s story calls for historical context, with parallels to Ireland and Quebec. How does history shape how we feel about the kind of state we want to live in?

Residents riled over post-midnight train

City councillor Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff

Many Castlegar residents got a rude awakening at roughly 12:40 a.m. this morning when CP Rail’s new nighttime train whistled its way through Castlegar.

City councillor Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff, who lives directly adjacent to a train crossing, said the new schedule is a source of great frustration.

“I’m extremely upset – furious, in fact,” she said. “I’m not only a resident who lives right at one of the crossings, I’m a city councillor, and we weren’t given any kind of notification of this.”

Leaders discuss rural health care at UBCM in Whistler

Leaders discuss rural health care at UBCM in Whistler

The following is a press release issued by the B.C. government:

Mayors from throughout B.C. discussed the future of rural health care yesterday in discussions with Health Minister Terry Lake and health authority representatives at the annual Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) convention in Whistler.

"We know there are challenges that need to be addressed in rural communities and part of our current strategic direction makes it very clear that we need a broad strategy for rural care that meets the needs of all British Columbians," said Lake. "By consulting with mayors and health professionals, First Nations and other stakeholders, we will be able to develop a strategy that meets the long-term future needs of those outside of urban centres."

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