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A green web of intrigue builds in the Columbia Basin

Photo courtesy the CB Green web directory (

The spider of ingenuity and necessity has spun a green web of information and resources in the West Kootenay in the pursuit of the sustainability bug, pulling together some of the disparate and far flung legs of the movement.

Called the CB Green web directory (, it is a listing of organizations and businesses in the Columbia Basin that have sustainable development and environmental practices at the heart of their existence.

West Kootenay/Boundary blues: charting the terrible tarmacs of the Kootenay

This is debatable.

One of the province's major auto insurance companies has released its top 30 worst roads in the province and only one West Kootenay strip of pavement has made the cut.

BCAA's public polling of the province's 20 worst roads has named the chunk of road from Balfour to Kaslo and over to Galena Bay (through Nakusp) — a well travelled stretch of road for tourists in the summer — as one of the worst in the province.

ATAMANENKO: Back to work

Now that the election frenzy has died down, life is getting back to normal.  I would like to congratulate all MPs who were re-elected and also to welcome our new MPs.  In particular, I would like to congratulate the two new MPs in neighbouring ridings: David Wilks in Kootenay-Columbia and Dan Albas in Okanagan-Coquihalla.

LETTER: Atamanenko wrong about budget--Yelich


Budget fails to make life more affordable for Canadian families: Atamanenko

To the Editor,

Your story “Budget fails to make life more affordable for Canadian families: Atamanenko” is misleading. As Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), I would like to correct MP Atamanenko’s statements and set the record straight.

Selkirk celebrates 25 years of international education

International Student Coordinator Philomena Archambault (left) and ESL/TESOL Instructor John Armstrong (right) are excited to celebrate friendship between students, homestay families, partner institutions and staff. Selkirk College is hosting a special reunion on July 8, 9 and 10 at the Castlegar campus to celebrate 25 years of International Education.

Selkirk College is hosting a special reunion on July 8, 9 and 10 at the Castlegar campus to celebrate 25 years of International Education.

Hundreds of students from five continents and more than 25 countries have come to study and experience life in the West Kootenay over the past quarter century. 

"Over the years, our Kootenay communities have welcomed international students into their homes and their cities," says Vi Kalesnikoff, dean of community, corporate and international development.

Invasive plant “Knot” welcome in Trail

JL Crowe Work Experience Students controlling Knotweed.

Supported by funding from the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) and led by the Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee (CKIPC), the students and other partners took action to remove the knotweed infestation east of Trail, along Casino Road. With partnership from the Native Plant Study Group and Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, the project will also include restoration of the site with native plants.


RCMP bust 'sophisticated' grow operation in Salmo; NCP stop suicide attempt

Around 250 marijuana plants were seized by RCMP from two “sophisticated” grow operations in Salmo on Thursday.

The investigation into the property began following a traffic stop in May of 2011 in which 21 marihuana plants and several pounds of marihuana were seized from two adult men in the Salmo area.

Members of the RCMP West Kootenay Traffic Services, West Kootenay Integrated

Atamanenko to remain on agriculture committee

Alex Atamanenko, MP, (BC Southern Interior) says he’s pleased he will be continuing in his efforts as one of the four members of the official opposition who will sit on the Agriculture Committee.

“I know that Malcolm Allen, our Party’s new Agriculture Critic will do an outstanding job representing Canadian farmers,” stated Atamanenko. “He is counting on me to bring western farming issues to his attention and I look forward to doing just that.”

Let’s talk numbers

By Michael Jessen

English speaking humans communicate using at least 250,000 distinct words. By contrast there are only 10 individual numbers – larger numbers being combinations of zero to nine.

To put our thoughts into words, we have an unlimited capacity to produce vocabulary.  We will coin no new numbers.