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Have Rossland's taxes outpaced inflation? A closer look at the facts.

Annual inflation, tax increases, and assessed property value increases from 2003 to 2010

 Most Rosslanders think we're hammered hard by taxes—we gave ourselves a D for taxes in the recent State of Rossland self-assessment—and we are liable to complain vociferously about the fact that the average household tax burden is about $1000 greater than that carried by the average Trailite or Castlegarian.

Closed mine adit still raining on the museum's parade

While negotiations between the city and Teck to reopen the museum's mining adit plod on with no external signs of progress, the museum has now closed its doors after a second consecutive season without their biggest attraction.

"Visitation was down for sure," said Libby Martin, the president of the Rossland Historical Museum and Archives Association that operates the museum and maintains the city's collection of archives and artefacts.

Six flu clinics announced for Nelson this fall

Nelson will host six flu clinics this fall as the IHA’s public health nurses across Interior Health are gearing up for the launch of this year’s influenza (flu) vaccination campaign beginning Oct. 11.

The first Nelson clinic goes Nov. 2 (9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) at the Prestige Inn and then Nov. 9 (same time) also at the Prestige. Both are drop-in clinics.

New retinology centre receives equipment to establish clinic in Nelson

Ophthalmoscope image of a normal retina.

Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation is committing $65,100 to the purchase of equipment to establish the new retinology clinic. 

This equipment includes a slit lamp, an indirect ophthalmoscope, an ophthalmology chair, two procedure chairs and a retinal camera with adapter. The equipment will be paid for with excess funds generously donated towards the CT scanner campaign.

Council puts GF Hotel's expansion plans on hold

(L-R) Councillors Gene Robert, Christine Thompson and Joy Davies at the last Grand Forks City Council meeting; Photo, Mona Mattei
City council put off a decision for a liquor licencing request for the Grand Forks Hotel’s pub at their last meeting after a neighbouring business appeared at council to complain about the proposed change.
The application from the hotel is to alter their liquor licence allowing for their patio area to accommodate 39 seats up from the existing 9 permitted.

Mountain caribou herd near Nelson will grow with human help: Wildsight

Public domain image courtesy

In the next few years, wildlife scientists will capture, transport and release 40 mountain caribou in the mountains around Nelson with the goal to ‘recover’ local herd populations to higher levels.

Mountain caribou are truly rare. They are a different species than woodland caribou of Canada’s north. One of the most critically endangered species in North America, they rely entirely on old growth habitat in the world’s only inland temperate rainforest.

Rossland recognized as small business-friendly community

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Rossland was one of six B.C. communities recently recognized as a local government that goes out of their way to champion the growth of small business.

“B.C.’s Most Small Business Friendly Community” award was handed out last week to Rossland — and Surrey, Kamloops, Ladysmith, Prince Rupert and Quesnel — by Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Kevin Krueger at a ceremony during the Union of British Columbia Municipalities week-long convention.

Rossland and other communities were selected based on demonstration of the following criteria:

Recycling changes to begin as industry assumes 'end-of-life' management

For a society drowning under a deluge of packaging and printed material, help is on the way.

With the province announcing this year it will require industry and manufacturing to become responsible by 2014 for the materials they produce in packaging their goods, the first step in that journey begins Oct. 14 (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.) in Nelson.

Canada and the art of war

Selkirk College’s Mir Lecture Series and Columbia Basin Trust present John Siebert of Project Ploughshares, Wednesday Oct. 12 at the Capitol Theatre in Nelson. 

Founded in 1976, Project Ploughshares is the ecumenical peace centre of the Canadian Council of Churches and is committed to “breaking the cycle of war.”

Siebert shares this belief and speaks about Canada’s military role in our world today, and his vision for Canada in acting as a leader in breaking the cycle of war.