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SD8 grapples with under-funding expected in coming budget

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

Prepare for some belt tightening in Kootenay Lake School District No. 8 for next year.

The superintendent of schools, Jeff Jones, said the current provincial grant the school district is looking at — on a preliminary basis — isn’t as “hopeful” for next year as it could be.

He pointed to an increase in student enrollment — the second straight for SD8 — as not being reflected in the $50-million budget the school district currently deals with.

Historic hotel destroyed by fire

Fire took the one of the oldest hotels in the Boundary region last night in Beaverdell. Witnesses say that the fire was noticed at about 2 a.m. and the intense heat took the building quickly.

Although there is speculation flying around the small community, the cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Local residents in the north end of town experienced a loss of power during the blaze.

Sinixt file appeal on BC Supreme Court ruling

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

An appeal has been filed by the Sinixt Nation’s lawyer over the Feb. 25 BC Supreme Court ruling in Vancouver that dismissed their judicial review application.

David Aaron confirmed the Sinixt petitioners filed a notice of appeal Thursday with the British Columbia Court of Appeal, regarding application made by way of petition against the Province’s issuance of a timber sale licence on Perry Ridge.

High school feature film turns art into reality

L.V. Rogers High School students (from lefy) Matt Howroyd, Alecia Maleschko, Olivia Bogaard and Susannah Rebar spoke to City council about the feature film production, Project Turquoise Snowflake, and its scope Monday night — Timothy Schafer photo.

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

Art will emulate reality as the students of LV Rogers secondary school are moving into the filming stage of their environmental-themed feature film.

Four budding filmmakers began their public career in film as they pitched the idea for their first feature film, Project Turquoise Snowflake, on the public stage of City council Monday night in the committee of the whole meeting.

2011 B.C. Senior Games open West Kootenay office

Executive Vice President Keith Smyth (far left) of Trail cuts the ribbon, with a little help from his friends, Castlegar Mayor Lawrence Chernoff, Trail Mayor Dieter Bogs, Nelson Mayor John Dooley and Executive Vice President Bill Reid Tuesday at the Castlegar Airport. The ribbon cutting officially opens the new Seniors Games offices on the second floor of the airport. — Bruce Fuhr photos

By Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

Society president June Parsons was overwhelmed with the local support.

All three mayors, Castlegar’s Lawrence Chernoff, John Dooley of the Heritage City and Home of Champions skipper Dieter Bogs, boasted how the strong partnership between the Tri Cities guarantees a success.

And Friends of the Games director Darlene Kalawsky showed just how far organizers are along in the goal to make this the best games ever by parading the long list of sponsors in front of the partisan crowd.

Mayor gets municipal participation in IPPs on table for UBCM

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

Independent power projects could be on the purview of municipal government if a resolution proposed by Nelson’s mayor passes at the provincial level.

Mayor John Dooley urged the regional district board of directors Thursday to support a resolution to request the Province include local governments as an “equity partner” in clean, renewable energy projects in the future.

Selkirk initiates composting program

First-year Integrated Environmental Technology student and Compost Attendant, Sonja Seher, is currently being trained on the use of the Earth Tub at Selkirk College — Carrie Voysey photo.

Selkirk College has started a composting program at its Castlegar campus with the installation of a new Earth Tub.

According to the 2009 State of the Environment Report, produced by School of Renewable Resources chair Derek Marcoux, up to 2.9 tonnes of waste (generated yearly) at the college is compost which could potentially be diverted from landfills.