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St. John Ambulance needs...you!

St. John Ambulance needs...you!

The volunteer opportunity of a lifetime is about to come open, as the longest-standing humanitarian organization in the world puts out the call for Branch Executive Committee (BEC) members.

The Trail branch of St John Ambulance (SJA) serves the entire Kootenay region, from Sparwood to Grand Forks; Nakusp to the U.S. border, providing a three-pronged service approach that includes their First Aid Brigade, Therapy Dog Program, and the provision of internationally-acclaimed first aid training and supplies.

It takes a community to raise a rare owl….

It takes a community to raise a rare owl….

When biologists embarked on a study of the endangered Western Screech-owl in 2009, they were not aware of how much the success of their project rested on the hands (or ears!) of the public. West Kootenay residents, to date, have been integral in finding new territories (four of eight territories monitored last year were reported by local landowners), helping monitor owls and conserve valuable habitat on their properties. Once again, the public are being asked to listen for the calls of the Western Screech-owl.

Midwives laud expanded training opportunities

Midwives laud expanded training opportunities

The Midwives Association of British Columbia (MABC) welcomes the Provincial Government’s commitment to increase the availability of midwifery training and services, said Ganga Jolicoeur, Executive Director of MABC.

Disposal of fracking wastewater could pose environmental hazard

Fracking wastewater pond; Photo, submitted

A recent study by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) shows that the oil and gas industry are creating earthquakes. 

End prohibition of marijuana, say B.C. mayors

End prohibition of marijuana, say B.C. mayors

Tax and regulate say B.C. mayors calling for the end of prohibition of marijuana to lower violence in their communities.

Grand Forks mayor Brian Taylor joined his voice to the call that came out last week from the eight mayors of Vancouver, Burnaby, North Vancouver City, Vernon, Armstrong, Enderby, Lake Country and Metchosin. The joint letter from the mayors called on leaders at all levels of government to take responsibility for marijuana policy, end prohibition and tax the drug.

Saturday's big for moon watchers

The moon will be 'super' Saturday night.

Saturday promises to be a big day for nighttime sky watchers as full moon will be the brightest this year.

Dubbed the "super moon,” the phenomenon occurs when a full moon reaches its closest point to the earth, making it appear larger than usual.

A super moon happens every 14 months, when the full moon cycle coincides with its proximity to the planet.

Saturday's forecast at the Castlegar weather office is sunny with a 40 percent chance of isolated showers but less than 1 centimetre of precipitation.

 

Ancient Musqueam Marpole village site must be protected from further desecration

Ancient Musqueam Marpole village site must be protected from further desecration

First Nations Summit leaders are speaking out in support of the Musqueam Nation in their continuing fight to protect the remains of their ancestors located on the former Musqueam village site C̓əsnaʔəm, now known as the Marpole Midden.

 

Australian billionaire announces replica Titanic

Australian billionaire announces replica Titanic

Australian billionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer has announced plans to build a fleet of luxury cruise ships, including a replica of the famous RMS Titanic.

Mungall declares victory for Glacier Howser creeks

In 2009 came out in droves to protest hydro projects on Howser Creek.

In speaking to Bill 30, the Energy and Mines Statutes Amendment Act, Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall declared victory for the Kootenays' fight against the Liberals' private power scheme.

Author Grant Lawrence reads to appreciative audience in Grand Forks

Author Grant Lawrence signed copies of his book, Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and other stories from Desolation Sound, at the Grand Forks and District Public Library on Tuesday, April 24. Photo Erin Perkins.

Grant Lawrence, author of the award-winning book Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and other stories from Desolation Sound, read to an engaged audience of more than 50 CBC fans, avid readers and coastal travellers during his appearance at the Grand Forks and District Public Library, Tuesday, April 24.

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