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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

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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. 

New ag product focus of upcoming workshop

With the potential for new agriculture products in the Grand Forks valley being a hot topic for economic development recently, a workshop on an up and coming berry called haskap, will give farmers, or even backyard gardeners, insight into this new crop.
Championed by the agriculture committee working on the economic development plan for the city, the idea for encouraging haskap berries came from research done by committee members Bob Kendal and Gary Smith.
“There’s an opportunity to jump the market for something new, something innovative, so

Energy Rebates 101 paves way to accessing efficiency rebates

School is in for Energy Rebates 101 in Nelson this Wednesday.

Energy Rebates 101 is a new program expected to help people upgrade their home’s energy efficiency and access up to $12,000 in government rebates — and it takes place Oct. 12 at the Prestige Inn (7 p.m.).

At the Energy Rebates 101 information sessions — also hosted in Castlegar and Trail by FortisBC PowerSense — homeowners will be given clear information about choosing home renovations that deliver better energy efficiency, increase a home’s comfort and help manage energy costs.

Not business as usual in Kootenay Lake SD8 schools during teacher strike

Students and their parents should not expect to receive formal report cards or to attend parent-teacher conferences this year as the teachers’ job action continues, says the region’s school district.

A recent release from School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) said while teachers in the West Kootenay and across B.C. are engaged in phase one of a province-wide teacher strike, their job action focuses on the withdrawal of many services normally provided by teachers.

Three years of study show Lake Windermere free of invasive, non-native aquatic plants


After three years of study, researchers have found no Eurasian water milfoil in Lake Windermere or Columbia Lake.

Eurasian watermilfoil is notorious across North America for its ability to choke out aquatic habitat and cost governments millions of dollars to control.

Its absence is a nice surprise for Rachel Darvill, Wildsight’s Columbia Headwaters program manager, who began sampling aquatic plants here in 2009.

Flathead far from protected despite legislation: Conservation groups

Legislation to ban mining and energy development in B.C.’s Flathead River Valley is a welcome first step but the Flathead remains far from protected, conservation groups said today.

“This legislation does not protect the Flathead from logging in a proposed National Park, trophy hunting, new road access and quarrying,” said Casey Brennan, Southern Rockies program manager for Wildsight.

Energy improvements forthcoming in Edgewood's only 'significant' building

The Edgewood Community School will see $40,000 in energy improvements as the regional district strives to make the School District 10 building more energy efficient.

Consulting engineers identified high efficiency air to water heat transfer system as a suitable heating, ventilation and air conditioning alternative for the school.

Jean Cusworth says daughter's killer should have murder conviction

The charge of first-degree murder should have been upheld in Kelowna court last week, says the mother of the 19-year-old former L.V. Rogers graduate who was killed in that city 18 years ago, The Canadian Press reports.

Jean Cusworth said Friday Neil Snelson, who was convicted Thursday for the beating and strangulation death of her daughter Jennifer in 1993, should have been convicted of first-degree murder instead of manslaughter.