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District receives final funds despite drop in student enrolment

The Kootenay Lake school district’s overall enrolment numbers are down 115 students, corresponding to a 2,367 drop province-wide, as final student numbers from the Province roll in.

School District No. 8 had a final total of 5,031 students enrolled district wide in full time programs as recorded in June, down from the 5,146 estimated in March.

Even still, the district will be getting $233,000 from the Province as part of their final grant for their 2010/11 school budget of $50.1 million.

A veritable vintage feast awaits

Della Schafer photo.

Take a trip through the past, do something good for the environment and add a classic touch to your wardrobe.

A one-day vintage sale this Saturday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) will get you to the promised land of hip, collecting together some of the most classic and sought after vintage and retro styles of clothing in the Kootenay.

Oh what a feeling — Kinrade sips from Calder Cup

Geoff Kinrade gets his skate with the Calder Cup after helping the Binghamton Senators to the AHL Championship. — photos courtesy AHL

By Bruce Fuhr
The Nelson Daily Sports

Minor hockey players spend early years dreaming of scoring that game-winning goal during the Stanley Cup Final.

Hoopsters emulate on the outdoor court sinking the final shot that earns their team the title at the buzzer — from center, no less.

And baseball stars fantasize knocking home the game-winning run with a blast over the fence with two outs in bottom of the ninth.

Man disappears overnight while out on Slocan Lake; alcohol a factor

The regional park beach in the evening in Silverton.

A mix of alcohol, wind and rain led to the disappearance of a 56-year-old man on Slocan Lake Wednesday night — with search and rescue finding him Thursday morning.

The man had set out on Slocan Lake on Wednesday evening around 7 p.m. from Silverton in a 14-foot aluminum boat with an electric trolling motor.

The man and an adult friend had traveled by boat from Silverton to New Denver and, shortly after arriving in New Denver, the man decided to put out in the boat on his own.

LV Rogers powers up with new project aimed to study power generated by sun

LV Rogers Secondary School will soon have the answer for how much energy does the sun produce in a day.

Students at the city’s high school will soon learn the answer after they were awarded a grant for $20,000 Tuesday from SolarBC to buy and install new solar panels.

Students will be involved right from the start in bringing solar power to their school. They will help to find the best location and angle for the solar panel to take advantage of the sun’s rays.

The environment changes at Selkirk College to adapt to new times

Recreation, Fish and Wildlife Instructor, Rena Vandenbos (left), conducts fish surveys with students as part of a field school project for the program. Faculty members of the School of Environment and Geomatics (formerly School of Renewable Resources) at Selkirk College have re-designed curriculum in four environmental diploma programs for fall 2011 — Selkirk College photo.

It’s a new era for those looking to enter the environmental sector in the West Kootenay.

The School of Environment and Geomatics (formerly School of Renewable Resources) at Selkirk College has completed its re-design of its curriculum in four environmental diploma programs — readying the program for fall 2011.

Les Folles Jambettes hit the international stage

Les Folles Jambettes pose with Wolfgang Gotzke's heritage carriage in Guben, Germany
Grand Forks can add another group to their list of international stars as Les Folles Jambettes dance troupe travelled to Germany to participate in the International Folklore Avalanche at the invitation of the Spree-Neisse regional government.
Having last attended the dance festival eight years ago, the cancan dancers were excited to be once again representing the Kootenay / Boundary regions as well as Canada on the international stage.
“It was amazing over there – seeing different cultures and how everyone all came together,” commented Jessi

Controversial deer management plan passes council

Councillors Chris Moslin (L) and Cher Wyers at council in May; Photo, Mona Mattei
A controversial deer management plan narrowly passed at Grand Forks City Council on Monday following what the committee says has been an extensive process of research and public input.
The plan, passing with 4-3 in favour, includes conflict resolution, population reduction and administrative actions to deal with the growing herd population within the city limits.
“I believe that this plan can be a practical thing that council can put in place and that it will guide this council in dealing with how the community lives with deer,” explained Ch

CBT's Water Smart program connecting with Basin residents

This spring Water Smart Ambassadors participated in water conservation education and training. Ambassadors are now in communities educating residents about how to reduce their outdoor water use. In photo: LtoR Lauren Richardson, Rossland, Tiana Shea, Sparwood (East Kootenay), Leanne Brace, Fruitvale/Montrose, and Amanda Jones, Castlegar.

Water Smart Ambassadors are now in 12 communities across the Basin, educating residents about water conservation and offering free residential landscape and irrigation system audits.

The Columbia Basin Water Smart Initiative (Water Smart), developed by Columbia Basin Trust (CBT), helps local governments assess their water conservation needs and develops plans to reduce community water consumption.