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Housing project covers costs and creates reserve for future projects

Volunteers and job creation program workers install windows on the new complex located on 72 Avenue; Photo, Mona Mattei
Christmas came early for the fund raising committee of Habitat for Humanity Boundary when they received the news of a $242,000 donation.
“We started building when we had $100,000 secured knowing that we need $300,000 to finish the project. This just tops us off,” said Rick Friesen, part-time executive director for Habitat Boundary. “We were pretty much running out of money.

Transit service changes in Nelson to include new evening trip to Balfour

The news keeps coming in terms of bus service in Nelson as the provincial deliverer of the service announced more route changes in the city.

BC Transit said service changes to Nelson include a new 10 North Shore run to Balfour. The last trip will now leave downtown Nelson at 8:40 p.m. and arrive at Balfour at 9:25 p.m.

News of the extended service gave Area F director Ron Mickel, who has been pushing for the additions, some satisfaction.

City councillor takes issue with Alberta newspaper

The High River Times got a smack-down of the first order last week, from a Castlegar city councillor who read an editorial casually slurring Castlegar.

The editorial was referring to towns that smell bad (see and apparently councillor Kevin Chernoff thought the reference to Castlegar in that regard really stunk.

BC Transit expands service between Nelson and Castlegar

After all of the cuts to bus service in Nelson, finally a bit of good news.

A new bus service will be provided to Blewett starting Monday, Nov. 14. The new route — 24 Nelson-Blewett — will make three return trips a day and will be monitored for customer use for a period of six months.

The first morning trip leaving Nelson for Blewett and the final afternoon trip leaving Blewett for Nelson will route via Highway 6 to better serve workers at Pacific Insight.

'The Debaters' deliberate at Selkirk College

Selkirk College’s Teaching and Learning Institute proudly presents its version of the popular hit comedy CBC Radio show The Debaters on Nov.15 at 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Pit at the Castlegar campus.

Members of the public are invited to join and participate as two anonymous Selkirk College instructors impersonate authors Nicholas Carr (Internet doubter) and Clay Shirky (Internet hopeful) as they passionately debate the topic “Is the Internet Making Us Smarter?” 

Province begins dropping onus for wildland fire risk management in regional district's lap

One quarter of $5 million is a lot of money.

It’s more than the regional district has lying around, but it is a number that the Province of B.C. is now expecting the Regional District of Central Kootenay to cough up for wildland interface fuel treatment.

Leading water expert Robert Sandford to speak in Nelson

Photo by Mikael Kjellstrom, Calgary Herald

Leading water expert and author Robert Sandford, co-chair of the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW) and chair of the Canadian Partnership Initiative for the UN Water for Life Decade, will stop in Nelson this Friday as part of a cross-Canada tour to raise awareness about water security issues.

“Governments need a Canada-wide strategy that effectively addresses current and emerging threats to freshwater security,” says Sandford. 

Multi-material BC meeting in Nelson gains more insight into delivery of new recycling program

The onus for waste is shifting and West Kootenay folk have a say in how that happens.

In one year the producers of packaging and printed paper in B.C. have to create a stewardship program for the collection and recycling of their end-of-use products.

On Oct. 14 the not-for-profit agency, Multi-Material BC, was in Nelson to begin gathering input on how to deliver recycling programs in communities across B.C. by 2012 — a plan that needs to be implemented by May 2014. 

Land purchase helps create unbroken wildlife corridor

A previously privately owned 137.5-hectare portion of the Columbia Basin will now become a conservation property thanks in part to $335,000 in support from Columbia Basin Trust (CBT). CBT, along with other funding partners and the generosity of the previous landowners, the Logan family, has helped The Nature Trust of BC (TNT) purchase the Silver Tip Ranch, near the East Kootenay community of Bull River, for conservation purposes.