Surprise adjournment in WKES Jumbo Municipality court case

Evidence at the eleventh hour forced the West Kootenay EcoSociety to ask for an adjournment in the Supreme Court case challenging the provincial government’s 2012 decision to establish the Jumbo Glacier Resort (JGR) Municipality. — Submitted photo

Before the case was even heard by a judge, the West Kootenay EcoSociety sought, and was granted, an adjournment after receiving an amended response and new evidence from lawyers for the municipality at the eleventh hour. 

The adjournment, according to WKES lawyer Judah Harrison, gives EcoSociety an opportunity to respond to the latest filings. 

LETTER: Old School Cafe closure a heart-breakingly bad call

LETTER:  Old School Cafe closure a heart-breakingly bad call


Proudly hanging on a wall of the Old School Cafe is a letter dated May 2011from Education Minister George Abbott.  He congratulates the vision of those who established the Alternate School and the Cafe program saying, “I was glad to have the opportunity to visit the Old School Cafe and learn about your fantastic program.  I am confident that the Old School Cafe will continue to succeed and grow due to your ongoing hard work.”

Concern for flagging Kootenay Lake fishery draws big crowd

Senior Fish biologist Jeff Burrows (center by screen) presents information to a packed house. — Suzy Hamilton photo

The short version is that there are too many mouths to feed.

The longer version is that it may take anywhere from two to ten years for the Kokanee to recover in Kootenay Lake and everyone has to help.

That was the message from Forest Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) biologists who spoke to a packed meeting of more than 250 people at the Balfour Hall Monday night.

Deliberations begin on +$10-mill budget

Deliberations begin on +$10-mill budget

City council and senior staff have begun deliberations on the city’s more-than $10-million budget, with two all-day meetings Sunday and Monday.

“(Discussions) were absolutely positive and productive, moving us forward as a team and helping us set the city’s direction,” said Mayor Lawrence Chernoff.

Councillor Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff said talks are only preliminary at this point, clarifying the overview as opposed to specific dollar amounts, and identifying priorities such as infrastructure and economic development.

Residents save "bagged" deer

Photo submitted by Heather Rattray

A Grand Forks deer is luckier than most, after being spotted with a bag fixed to her head. The deer was first spotted in the Ruckle area of the city on Saturday night around 5:30 p.m. with a bag tightly wrapped around her head.  

At first, residents tried to rally the authorities, with no immediate results. By Sunday morning, concern was growing because the deer was still wandering the community with the bag adhered to its head.

Saints clinch home ice for semi-final

The Selkirk College Saints travelled to Victoria this past weekend and returned home with two wins and a guarantee to host the BCIHL semi-final playoff series at the Castlegar Recreation Complex on the March 6-8 weekend. Players like rookie forward Matt Martin were key in the weekend victories over the University of Victoria Vikes.

The Selkirk College Saints locked up home ice advantage in the first round of the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) playoffs after two huge wins on Vancouver Island this past weekend.

OPINION: Wildlife habitat losing every fight with forestry and agriculture

OPINION: Wildlife habitat losing every fight with forestry and agriculture

(Hon. Steve Thompson) 

The purpose of this newsletter is to give you facts that with few exceptions can be corroborated that illustrate why nothing less than a complete overhaul of the management of our wildlife and wildlife habitat resource  can reverse the dramatic decline in many wildlife populations and the steady compromise of critical wildlife habitat by other stakeholder interests.

Letter to Minister Thompson

Letter to Minister Thompson

(Hon. Steve Thompson) 

Once again Minister Thomson I urge you to review an extremely weak argument that has resulted in the Gilpin Grasslands becoming an important motorized vehicle recreation area.

MP: Importance of testing for and reducing radon levels in homes and workplaces

MP: Importance of testing for and reducing radon levels in homes and workplaces

As many may already be aware, the Kootenays have a combination of geology and gas permeable soils that make homes and workplaces susceptible to high concentrations of radioactive radon.  It surprised me to learn that the radiation from radioactive radon gas found in homes and workplaces is estimated to cause 16 percent of the lung cancer cases across Canada resulting in more than 300 deaths per year in BC alone. In fact Castlegar has one of the highest household radon levels in British Columbia!

Coldest Night of the Year Walk a smash success; raises more than $39,000

The crowd of more than 300 lined a couple of blocks of Josephine Saturday evening. — Photos courtesy Eva Brownstein

More than 300 people took to the streets for Nelson's first "Coldest Night of the Year" event Saturday evening (February 21).

Organized by Nelson Cares Society, participants walked 2, 5, or 10 kilometers in a non-competitive walk to raise money for Room to Live campaign, a renewal project for Ward Street Place.

While the Care Society had hoped to meet their fundraising goal of $25000, their final fundraising tally reached $39,987.

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