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B.C. communities benefit from grants-in-lieu of property taxes

B.C. communities benefit from grants-in-lieu of property taxes

Three West Kootenay cities will benefit from the B.C. Government distribution of $16.9 million in compensation for municipal property taxes.

Castlegar, Nelson and Rossland will net more than $200,000, with the Heritage topping the trio at $183,964.41.

Grants-in-lieu of property taxes are distributed every November as a way to reimburse communities for services that benefited government properties, such as municipally run sewers, roads and fire protection.

Announcing the new Kootenay DigiTech Awards

Announcing the new Kootenay DigiTech Awards

Kootenay Business magazine is looking for the best in all things digital.
Introducing the Kootenay DigiTech Awards! Win a SAMSUNG tablet compliments of Staples! Here's your opportunity to nominate your favourite Kootenay websites, along with social and digital media sites.

Kootenay Business is pleased to recognize the best of all things digital in our new Kootenay DigiTech Awards program.

Downtown building to get face lift

Downtown building to get face lift

A very visible building in the city's downtown core is gearing up for a facelift after being purchased by Element Club, Bar & Grill owners George and Florio  Vassilakakis.

The building at 270 Columbia Ave., adjacent to the Element and currently housing the SculptureWalk offices and Book Co., will be gutted and renovated to create six residential units and two commercial spaces, according to Florio.

Successful outdoor market to continue indoors

Successful outdoor market to continue indoors

The Trail Outdoor Market has met with such success, it is now continuing indoors.

A joint initiative between the City of Trail, the Downtown Opportunities and Action Planning and the Chamber of Commerce, the Trail Market had its debut on June 15 on the esplanade near Jubilee Park. A committee, including city councillor Eleanor Gattafoni Robinson and Chamber of Commerce representatives, was formed to organize the events.

Grand opening of Rotary outdoor gym in Twin Rivers Park

Grand opening of Rotary outdoor gym in Twin Rivers Park

Yesterday saw the opening of a novel amenity for Castlegar, furthering the city’s focus on green alternatives and healthy community. About 25 people were on hand to see the ribbon cut for the Castlegar Rotary’s outdoor gymnasium, just off the Millennium Walkway, slightly south of the main parking lot.

The brain child of Rotary member Don McDowell, the gym has been in the works for roughly two years and was a project for which both the city’s rotary clubs teamed up, according to project co-chair Ron Armbruster.

Big Bang Fact: Booming to continue in Castlegar/Robson/Thrums

Big Bang Fact: Booming to continue in Castlegar/Robson/Thrums

After receiving several reports from readers in Castlegar, Thrums and Robson about resonating booms heard across the valley, day after day, The Source was able to track down the big bangs as originating with Kalesnikoff Lumber Company in Thrums.

According to the company's acting forestry manager, Reiner Augustin, what residents are hearing is construction blasting.

Free expert advice for local businesses in Trail

Free expert advice for local businesses in Trail

The Kootenay-Boundary region is a hotbed of entrepreneurial spirit, talent and creativity that continues to hatch innovative small businesses. While great ideas and enterprise are here in abundance, the legal steps required to translate ideas into a fully operational and functional businesses can be a major hurdle. In September, the “Ask An Expert” program kicked off, focussing initially on assisting Kootenay-Boundary entrepreneurs and start-ups with free legal advice sessions.  The initial session in Nelson held in September was a great success.

Mill upgrades ahead of schedule for Interfor

Mill upgrades ahead of schedule for Interfor

Grand Forks sawmill employees will be taking a three week unscheduled vacation starting Nov. 10 as International Forest Products Ltd. (Interfor) completes mill upgrades ahead of schedule.

When the mill re-opens in early December, Interfor anticipates that they will see a 10 percent increase in production, said president and chief executive officer Duncan Davies. Along with the capital improvements, they will be able to scale back from three shifts in the mill to two and still realize the increased production, he added.

Celgar explains yesterday's powerful skunk smell

Celgar explains yesterday's powerful skunk smell

A rank odour that permeated most of Castlegar and Robson yesterday was the result of a one-time mishap at the nearby Zellstoff Celgar pulp mill, according to Celgar Environment Superintendent Fiona Mackay.

“It’s not a usual event for us – this has not happened in my recollection,” she said, explaining a noxious gas was being transferred from one boiler to another and was not supposed to vent into the air at all.

UPDATED: Local companies cope with fallout after cancelled concert

UPDATED: Local companies cope with fallout after cancelled concert

As of Nov. 2 at 2:41 p.m.:

Roger Carruthers, of Rockopolus,  issued the following public statement: 

"Due to the problems with getting back the deposit monies, we are now looking at a timeline in early 2013.International dealings with this situation has made this a longer time.

"We are also still hosting some smaller shows to help raise money for refunds.We apologize to the Nazareth ticket holders and are committed to refunding their ticket money.

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