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Occupy Grand Forks joins the movement

Grand Forks joined the global Occupy Together movement on Saturday with a protest, music, sharing experiencees and adding their voice to the cause.

Over the three hours suggested for the protest, people came and went enjoying sunshine, snacks and commaraderie as they gave of their time and enthusiasm. The gathering was not marred by violence or outbreaks, unlike some of the protests worldwide.

Nelsonites join forces with protestors around the world to send message to top one percent of income earners

The street outside City Hall was jammed with people holding signs Saturday during the Occupy Nelson protest. — Bruce Fuhr photo

A protest that started four weeks ago in New York's financial district found its way Saturday to the streets of Nelson.

CBT co-hosts information sessions on Columbia River Treaty in Trail and Castlegar

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) is hosting information sessions about the Columbia River Treaty (CRT) in Trail and Castlegar. The sessions are hosted in partnership with local governments and the CRT Local Governments' Committee.

"The information sessions  will help people who live in the Canadian portion of the Columbia Basin better understand what the CRT is, how it works and what considerations exist for the future," said Neil Muth, CBT President and CEO.

Wednesday, October 19
Castlegar and District Recreation Centre
2101 6th Avenue

Nelson-based Tarasoft sold to California company

The Nelson company that developed the popular Matrix multiple listing service platform used by 17 MLS service’s across North America has been sold.

One hundred per cent of Tarasoft Corp. was sold Sept. 15 to real estate information and analytics provider CoreLogic for an undisclosed price.

There was no mention made whether there would be job losses in Nelson as a result of the sale, but U.S.-based CoreLogic said in a press release it would incorporate Tarasoft into its MarketLinx division.

Cold weather shelter set to open for winter

(L-R) Staff Sgt. Jim Harrison, Elliot Teskey, and Kristine Eyre, directors of BETHS, get a little help from Sam Eyre as they demonstrate the shelter's beds; Photo, Mona Mattei
The Boundary region’s emergency cold weather shelter is preparing for its second season of operations and will open on schedule to welcome people Nov. 1.
Operated by the Boundary Emergency and Transition Housing Society (BETHS), the shelter is calling for help from new volunteers and donors as it gets organized for the coming winter season.

Tree takes out power lines

Crews restored power to Christina Lake and Grand Forks after a tree took out the lines in the industrial area of the city in just under two hours on Wednesday.

The tree, accidently dropped on the lines on the old Canpar property, hit the line around 1:30 p.m. Many downtown businesses were unable to continue to serve the public and closed their doors during the outage.

"At this time power has been restored to customers at Christina Lake and our crews are working hard to safely restore power at Grand Forks," explained Neil Pobran FortisBC spokesman.

Film screener gives primer and precursor to Occupy Nelson this Saturday

How did we get into this mess?

SelfDesign High BYOP Film Series presents Inside Job screening and fundraiser in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The film Inside Job explains in detail the series of events that led up to the global financial crisis of 2008, which cost over $20 trillion dollars, and caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes.

Whitewater pass holders receive benefits on the other side of the border

Photo courtesy Whitewater Ski Resort

Nelson’s favourite ski destination now has a twin across the U.S. border.

Whitewater Ski Resort recently adopted Schweitzer Mountain Resort — located in the rugged Selkirk Mountains of the northern Idaho panhandle — as its sister resort.

Pass holders at each resort will now receive discounts at their sister mountain.

Schweitzer and Whitewater are located less than 240 kilometers apart, making the typical drive time around three hours, depending on road conditions and border traffic.

Nakusp groups take reins on turning around local economy

The idea of co-generation may be one of the pieces of the puzzle in the Nakusp region as several groups are beginning to grapple with the idea of righting the village’s listing economic ship.

Although still in a draft report form, information and feedback has been gathered and recently released by a panel of local groups — including the Nakusp and Area Development Board (NADB) and the Chamber of Commerce — from the Arrow Lakes Economic Summit (fall and winter of 2010/2011).