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In thrall to snowfall: Glen Saby looks back on a quarter century of snow measurements

Glen Saby has diligently measured snowfall in his Rossland backyard since 1987, and this year is no exception. To our knowledge, Saby's data are the only consistent snow measurements in the Rossland area over the last quarter century.

"I'm still measuring," he said on Tuesday afternoon. "We had a little bit a week and a half ago, three-quarters of an inch or so, but then we got 3 inches last week and 3.5 inches last night."

Private property within Valhalla Provincial Park sparks controversy with setback request

A private landowner within Valhalla Provincial Park boundaries will have to wait for a regional district board decision on a request to have a floodplain setback relaxed so they could build closer to the shore of Slocan Lake.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay rural affairs committee has referred the controversial matter back to RDCK staff for a site review, said committee chair and Area D director Andy Shadrack.

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 http://www.highrivertimes.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3350520) 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.

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