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New Library Computer Lab at Selkirk College Spurs Learners to Dive Deeper

Selkirk College librarians Gregg Currie (left) and Sarah James (right) have been welcoming students to dive deeper into their studies in the new computer lab on the Castlegar Campus. Made possible through funding from Columbia Basin Trust, the lab provides both an important service and an opportunity to teach students the importance of information literacy.
In the age of multi-device information access at your fingertips, a freshly renovated computer lab at Selkirk College’s Castlegar Campus Library is urging students to explore the lifeblood of post-secondary learning.
Made possible with funds provided by Columbia Basin Trust through its ongoing support of enhancing student experience, the new $100,000 computer lab has added more work stations, the latest computer technology and a learning space that places emphasis on the role libraries play in higher education.

Fourth-Year Selkirk College Nursing Students Take Steps in Leadership

For their leadership project, fourth-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program students Taylor Ferguson (left) and Ziggy Cowan (right) created a resource guide for a sexual health education puppet show that is currently under development and slated to be brought into the public school system in the new year.

Pointing their acquired skills and knowledge towards leadership work on a wide range of community projects, fourth-year students in Selkirk College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program completed the fall semester with tangible outcomes for the health care sector.

Ghostriders grad Matthew Carr makes smooth transition from hockey to farming

Matthew Carr (far right) and staff have grown Linden Lane Farms into a successful business from their location in the Slocan Valley. — Submitted photos

The seed planted that grew Matthew Carr’s interest in farming vegetables happened by accident.

The former Fernie Ghostrider was in a Grade 11 biology class doing an experiment when he became really interested in how plants are bred, specifically how they can grow roots on stem tissue and vice versa. That led to him developing a little nursery garden centre with shrubs and ornamentals that he creates.

Grand Forks Credit Union members vote to join Gulf & Fraser

The "Yes" vote means the merger will be effective January 1, 2023.

In media release Wednesday, the staff, leadership, and Board of Directors announced that Grand Forks Credit Union (gfcu) members have voted in favour of a merger with Gulf & Fraser* that will take effect on January 1, 2023.

The media release said the merged credit union will better serve their collective membership, employees, and communities through scale and combined resources.

"This result guarantees a more robust credit union in the Boundary," said gfu Board Chair, Michael Strukoff.

Columbia Basin organizations benefit from new technology

The Arrow Lakes Search and Rescue Society is purchasing technology with support from the Trust. — Submitted photo

The list of non-profit organizations across the Columbia Basin that will soon be benefiting from new technology is long.

Ninety-one groups are purchasing equipment that will improve their operations and help them continue to deliver vital services. The projects are being done with support from Columbia Basin Trust.

“People in the region rely on non-profits for so many reasons—to help the vulnerable, to provide emergency serivces, to increase opportunities for youth, to just name a few,” said Justine Cohen, Manager, Delivery of Benefits, Columbia Basin Trust.

Drivers can prevent most crashes by adjusting for winter conditions

The best gift drivers can give themselves is to prepare and plan ahead to ensure they — and their passengers — get home safe. — Lone Sheep photo

Planning to drive over the busy holiday season?

Whether it’s to see family and friends or for work, West Kootenay/Boundary drivers will be at risk.

ICBC reports an average of more than 1,900 crashes every year in B.C. over the holidays. Claims for injuries incurred during work-related driving increase every December, according to WorkSafeBC statistics.

The best gift drivers can give themselves is to prepare and plan ahead to ensure they — and their passengers — get home safe, says Shift into Winter, an annual campaign supported by the Winter Driving Safety Alliance

Sidewalks slip down the priority list in new city Snow and Ice policy

The city has established a new Snow and Ice Control Policy but has the priority of sidewalk and stairway clearing behind the completion of the city’s streets.

For those that regularly traverse the city sidewalks on a daily winter sojourn the trip might be a little more precarious this snowy season.

The city has established a new Snow and Ice Control Policy but has the priority of sidewalk and stairway clearing behind the completion of the city’s streets.

The idea of leaving all of the city’s sidewalks off the priority list — schedule A — did not sit well with Coun. Keith Page.

Castlegar in FB jail for no apparent reason; City Hall to close briefly for much better cause

Earlier this week, the City of Castlegar’s Facebook page was removed without any notice or indication of why.

The City uses its Facebook page to share community information with residents and the page is a critically important communication tool during emergencies, like the Merry Creek Wildfire.

This City has ruled out security concerns and has reported the issue to Facebook but has not received any acknowledgment or response.

Nelson man finds TikTok success during European Vacation

Jeff Shecter of Nelson is gaining attention following a post on TikTok thanks to daughter, Hannah. — Screenshot photo

A Nelson businessman is getting noticed on the social media video platform, TikTok during a visit to Europe to meet his daughter.

Jeff Shecter, who owns and operates Zap Welding and Glotech Sign Manufacturing in Nelson, is getting noticed thanks to a funny video post about a Canadian Dad in Europe post by daughter Hannah Teslin.

Snowfall Warning issued for Boundary/West Kootenay

Environment Canada issued the alert Thursday morning for Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass. — Screenshot photo

West Kooteany/Boundary residents should brace for another Snowfall Warning for the region.

Environment Canada issued the alert Thursday morning for Highway 3, Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass.

Snowfall amounts are expected between 10 to 25 cm beginning Thursday and into overnight.

“A cold front tracking across the interior will give snow beginning (Thursday) morning,” the Environment Canada statement said.

“Total snowfall amounts of 10 to 25 cm can be expected before the snow eases overnight.”

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