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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).

Nelson education events raise awareness of 
depression, anxiety and risky drinking

Public domain photo.

Many of us can experience a shift in mood as we enter into the West Kootenay fall.

This October offers a unique opportunity to get ahead of the season and learn more about depression, anxiety, and risky drinking at the 17th annual Beyond the Blues: Depression Anxiety Education and Screening Day in Nelson.

This province-wide event — Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the Kootenay School of the Arts (11 am-2 pm) in Nelson — has had close to 52,000 participants since 1995.

Awards celebrate local entreprenuerial spirit

In the Boundary region small businesses are driving employment and filling the needs for residents in a wide range of services. Starting a small business is difficult even in great economic times, but starting in a time of uncertainty is even more challenging.

Every year during small business week Community Futures (CF) Boundary takes time to salute local entrepreneurs and their efforts to make the region better at the business awards ceremony.