Toxco clean up nears completion

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The following is a press release from Toxco, Ltd.

Clean up activities at the Toxco, Inc. site in Trail are almost completed says Kathy Bruce, vice president of Toxco Ltd. “More than 80% of the debris has been removed from the site and we continue to process the remaining battery debris from the fire.”

Toxco operations have remained unaffected by the incident and the facility continues to operate.

Kootenay Contraption contestants concoct canny creations

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One hundred of the Kootenays' finest young minds recently put their brain power into action as part of Kootenay Contraption contest. Tasked with the open-ended assignment of coming up with an invention that either does something, addresses a need, or solves a problem, entrants from across the area sent in photos, drawings, and videos explaining their projects.

Windstorm leaves a trail of damage

City works manager Wayne Kopan inspects damage at the Evergreen Cemetery in Grand Forks; Photo, Mona Mattei

Storm warnings could not stop the devastation the wind brought to the Boundary region on Monday night and early Tuesday, Nov. 17. Wind gusts ranging from 50 to 70 kilometres per hour were seen in the last 24 hours around the area along with heavy rainfall. While the weather warning has now been lifted, the damage clean up is just beginning.

Teck creates endowment for the Fort Shepherd Conservancy Area

Teck Metals Ltd. has donated $400,000 to create an endowment fund ensuring future management of the 964-hectare Fort Shepherd Conservancy area, which runs along more than 8 kilometres of the Columbia River, south of the city of Trail.

Tory MP candidate Hill ousts incumbent Zandee, Castlegar's Salekin remains riding president

Tory MP candidate Hill ousts incumbent Zandee, Castlegar's Salekin remains riding president

Area Conservatives have given Rossland's Stephen Hill the nod to take a run at re-capturing the riding in the next federal election, in a 161-to-132 upset over incumbent Tory nominee Rob Zandee.

Members of the Conservative Party of Canada gathered in Grand Forks and Oliver, as well as at the Fireside Inn here in Castlegar, to choose their candidate in a bid to re-take what was one a Tory riding – Conservative/Reform MP Jim Gouk held the seat for four terms before retiring from Parliament in 2005.

CBT challenges local governments to be more 'Water Smart'

CBT challenges local governments to be more  'Water Smart'

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) is inviting municipalities, regional districts and First Nation communities to participate in the Columbia Basin Water Smart Initiative (Water Smart), which is working to establish a comprehensive approach to achieve a 20 per cent Basin-wide reduction in domestic water consumption by 2015.

INTERVIEW: Julie Eyres on the return of the Garage

The Garage Restaurant - Andrew Zwicker Photo

Could the worst of the recession be behind us? Has Rossland reached its low point and begun its rebound? Signs are popping up quite literally along Columbia Avenue in the past two months that would indicate that might be the case.

Following a winter that saw a number of businesses disappear off our main street, including Delich Jewellers, Red Mountain Furnishings and the Red Mountain Ventures office, the fall seems to be bringing new life to the downtown core.

“I’ve got 14 new members since September!

RCMP refute Facebook postings; caution against using social media for crime reporting

RCMP refute Facebook postings; caution against using social media for crime reporting

Castlegar RCMP are cautioning residents that using Facebook as a method of reporting crime in the city is both dangerous and irresponsible - largely because heresay often gets the facts all wrong.

Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Deb Postnikoff explains:

CBT wants your vote on photo contest

CBT wants your vote on photo contest

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Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) wants you to vote for your favourite photo!

The Show Us Your Basin photo contest, which closed earlier this month, received nearly 1,000 images from residents across the Basin. These images have been narrowed down by a selection committee and now CBT wants residents to choose the winning photo.

“CBT sincerely thanks all residents who showed us the many great angles, views and stunning locations of our region,” said Neil Muth, CBT president and CEO.

SPCA launches new campaign

SPCA launches new campaign

The B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) has launched a provincewide education campaign to raise awareness about the plight of chained, backyard dogs.

“Every year SPCA animal protection officers respond to hundreds of calls about dogs who are chained or tethered in backyards,” says Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the BC SPCA.

“It’s devastating for these animals because they are social, pack animals and they suffer a wide range of maladaptive behaviours when they are isolated from humans and other animals.”

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