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Less fruit = less bears at Christina Lake residences

Getting ready to head out to pick fruit are (L-R) Sgt. Aaron DeBoone, Susan Harrison and Doug Shannon. Home base for the event was the Christina Lake Welcome Centre; Photo, Mona Mattei
Over 200 pounds of fruit was picked as volunteers helped to eliminate attractive bear food from Christina Lake residences last weekend.
The pears, apples and plums were delivered to the food bank by the food drive initiated by the Help Save the BC Black Bears website group.

RDCK establishes bylaw for three rural water systems in preparation for acquisition

Three rural regional district communities are on the road to improved water service after the regional district board of directors voted to establish water service area bylaws for their communities.

Woodbury village, Rosebery Highlands and Grandview Properties all had service area bylaws established Sept. 27 by the Regional District of Central Kootenay board, as the regional government looks to acquire their water systems.

Kaslo cleans up in provincial Communities in Bloom awards

Della Schafer photo

The Village of Kaslo’s edible gardens was one of the winning entries in the recent Communities in Bloom awards held last Saturday, Sept. 24 in Sooke on Vancouver Island.

The village received the Judge’s Evaluation Report and Bloom Rating Certificate, garnering five Blooms, and were presented with eye-catching street banners to promote their success.

Have Rossland's taxes outpaced inflation? A closer look at the facts.

Annual inflation, tax increases, and assessed property value increases from 2003 to 2010

 Most Rosslanders think we're hammered hard by taxes—we gave ourselves a D for taxes in the recent State of Rossland self-assessment—and we are liable to complain vociferously about the fact that the average household tax burden is about $1000 greater than that carried by the average Trailite or Castlegarian.

Closed mine adit still raining on the museum's parade

While negotiations between the city and Teck to reopen the museum's mining adit plod on with no external signs of progress, the museum has now closed its doors after a second consecutive season without their biggest attraction.

"Visitation was down for sure," said Libby Martin, the president of the Rossland Historical Museum and Archives Association that operates the museum and maintains the city's collection of archives and artefacts.

Six flu clinics announced for Nelson this fall

Nelson will host six flu clinics this fall as the IHA’s public health nurses across Interior Health are gearing up for the launch of this year’s influenza (flu) vaccination campaign beginning Oct. 11.

The first Nelson clinic goes Nov. 2 (9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) at the Prestige Inn and then Nov. 9 (same time) also at the Prestige. Both are drop-in clinics.

New retinology centre receives equipment to establish clinic in Nelson

Ophthalmoscope image of a normal retina.

Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation is committing $65,100 to the purchase of equipment to establish the new retinology clinic. 

This equipment includes a slit lamp, an indirect ophthalmoscope, an ophthalmology chair, two procedure chairs and a retinal camera with adapter. The equipment will be paid for with excess funds generously donated towards the CT scanner campaign.

Council puts GF Hotel's expansion plans on hold

(L-R) Councillors Gene Robert, Christine Thompson and Joy Davies at the last Grand Forks City Council meeting; Photo, Mona Mattei
City council put off a decision for a liquor licencing request for the Grand Forks Hotel’s pub at their last meeting after a neighbouring business appeared at council to complain about the proposed change.
The application from the hotel is to alter their liquor licence allowing for their patio area to accommodate 39 seats up from the existing 9 permitted.