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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.

A green web of intrigue builds in the Columbia Basin

Photo courtesy the CB Green web directory (

The spider of ingenuity and necessity has spun a green web of information and resources in the West Kootenay in the pursuit of the sustainability bug, pulling together some of the disparate and far flung legs of the movement.

Called the CB Green web directory (, it is a listing of organizations and businesses in the Columbia Basin that have sustainable development and environmental practices at the heart of their existence.

West Kootenay/Boundary blues: charting the terrible tarmacs of the Kootenay

This is debatable.

One of the province's major auto insurance companies has released its top 30 worst roads in the province and only one West Kootenay strip of pavement has made the cut.

BCAA's public polling of the province's 20 worst roads has named the chunk of road from Balfour to Kaslo and over to Galena Bay (through Nakusp) — a well travelled stretch of road for tourists in the summer — as one of the worst in the province.

ATAMANENKO: Back to work

Now that the election frenzy has died down, life is getting back to normal.  I would like to congratulate all MPs who were re-elected and also to welcome our new MPs.  In particular, I would like to congratulate the two new MPs in neighbouring ridings: David Wilks in Kootenay-Columbia and Dan Albas in Okanagan-Coquihalla.

LETTER: Atamanenko wrong about budget--Yelich


Budget fails to make life more affordable for Canadian families: Atamanenko

To the Editor,

Your story “Budget fails to make life more affordable for Canadian families: Atamanenko” is misleading. As Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), I would like to correct MP Atamanenko’s statements and set the record straight.