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Going online: regional district moves to create greater presence through social media

There’s nothing like tweeting your own horn.

A social media policy that includes “tweeting” emergency information on Twitter will be employed by the regional district on a six month trial basis as the local government body tries to improve its lagging online presence.

Proposal opens trails to all users - can motorized traffic co-exist with bikes?

Section of the Trans Canada Trail near Fisherman's Creek where George Longden met a motorbike on a collision course; Photo, George Longden
In what they hope will become an international tourism attraction for the future, the Grand Forks All-Terrain-Vehicle (ATV) Club has linked up with the West Kootenay ATV Club to develop a world-class multi-user trail system spanning from Creston in the Rockies to the Okanagan.
Dubbed the South Kootenay Trail System, the trails would be open 365 days a year to mountain bikers, hikers, horses, ATVs, off road motorcycles and snowmobiles.

Behind closed doors: CETA

Our federal government is negotiating a free trade agreement with the European Union (CETA).  This is an all encompassing agreement that covers labour standards, the environment and the ability of provincial and local governments to conduct business.

Unfortunately, the negotiations are taking place behind closed doors – so CETA is not on most people’s radar.

POLICE: Armed standoff in Midway ends without injury

A 61-year-old man wielding a shotgun surrendered to police after a four hour stand-off last night in Midway, B.C.

At about 7 p.m. police responded to a call that a man had loaded weapons and was threatening to harm himself in his home.

RCMP members of the Boundary Regional Detachment (Midway and Grand Forks) secured the area warning neighbours and putting paramedics on standby.

The area around the home was blocked off by the Midway Fire Department keeping traffic a safe distance from the situation.

Service gaps may have contributed to Owen Rooney's disappearance, says report

Missing Australian 26-year-old Owen Rooney’s family has mixed feelings over the results of an independent review of Interior Health Authority’s (IHA) procedures at the time of Owen’s disappearance in August 2010.
Owen Rooney went missing from outside the Boundary Hospital in mid-August after admitting himself. He had allegedly been in a fight at Christina Lake and sustained a head injury.

Powder University kicks off in the West Kootenay

Public domain photo by Tim Bottomley,

This season Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH Heli-Skiing) is expanding their Powder University curriculum to include five new trips under the all new Powder U.

Powder 101: The Intro – Girl’s School

Four-day program, March 8-12, 2012, CMH Revelstoke.

The group will have its own dedicated pair of guide/instructors to turn each run into an alpine classroom.

Uranium claims returned to Province

Boss Power Corp. surrendered its uranium exploration and mining rights to the Province of B.C. for $30 million this week.
The negotiated settlement comes after Boss Power launched a law suit in 2009 after the province announced a prohibition against uranium exploration and development in 2008. The agreement gives the Crown the mineral rights to the Blizzard uranium deposit located near Big White Ski Resort and Beaverdell, B.C.
The province will pay Boss Power Corp.

Update: Occupy Nelson Camp experiences first taste of violence, NPD arrest intoxicated man

Occupy Nelson protester Brett Rhyno helps keep the local camp outside Nelson City Hall clean Wednesday before an intoxicated male created a fuss. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Nelson Police Department was called to an altercation involving two males Wednesday evening at the Occupy Nelson camp in front of Nelson City Hall.

At 7:30 p.m., NPD attended the scene where two males were engaged in a verbal dispute and disturbance.

NPD members conducted an investigation into the incident and it was alleged that a 25-year-old Nelson man entered the protest grounds in an intoxicated state.