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Councillor calls for more downtown incentives in wake of bank closure announcement

Councillor calls for more downtown incentives in wake of bank closure announcement

Castlegar city councillor and downtown business owner Florio Vassilakakis is calling for more tax-based incentives to draw businesses to the downtown core, after Kootenay Savings Credit Union announced, this week, plans to close its downtown branch.

“I understand there are business decisions to make, but it's a disappointment to see another business abandoning the downtown core,” he said. “It creates a snowball effect – there are very few reasons to come downtown anymore.”

Downtown Kootenay Savings branch slated for closure

Downtown Kootenay Savings branch slated for closure

Kootenay Savings Credit Union will be closing its downtown Castlegar branch in early May, but leaving ATM and night deposit services at that location, according to vice-president of Marketing Dario Cescon.

Cescon said they'll be consolidating their services at their new Crossroads branch, which opened in September 2011.

City to take over airport Feb. 15

City to take over airport Feb. 15

The City of Trail is very pleased to be officially taking ownership of the Trail Regional Airport (YZZ) from the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) on Feb. 15.

After several months of negotiations and discussions on how to move forward, the city is now ready to start making the transition with the newly-acquired facility. In order to acknowledge the takeover, the city will be hosting a small celebratory event at the airport on Feb. 15 from 12 to 3 p.m.

CBT offers wage subsidies to hire a student this summer

Rossland’s The Red Pair Shoe Store was one of the businesses that benefited last year from the Trust’s Summer Works Program.

If you own a small business in the Basin, you can get financial help to hire a student over the summer by applying for a wage subsidy from Columbia Basin Trust’s Summer Works Program. Application forms are available starting February 21, 2014, at cbt.org/summerworks. Because the program is popular, you’re encouraged to submit your application form as soon as possible.

Rossland’s The Red Pair Shoe Store was one of the businesses that benefited from the program last year.

CMH Heli-Skiing and Summer Adventures recognized for dedication to sustainable practices

CMH Director of Sustainability Dave Butler (center) with Penny Thompson, Manager of Environmental Sustainability for Air Canada (left), and David McClung, President of Baxter Travel Media (right). — Submitted photo

CMH Heli-Skiing and Summer Adventures, the leading operator of Heli-Skiing in the world and pioneer of Heli-Hiking and mountaineering in western Canada, was honored with the prestigious Responsible Travel & Tourism Forum Leadership Award recently at a special ceremony in Toronto.

Dave Butler, CMH Director of Sustainability (also a Director on the Kootenay Rockies Tourism Board) accepted the award in Toronto on behalf of Canadian Mountain Holidays.

Getting the 'Drop' on success

Since 2009, CEO Anders Malpass has seen sales grow 30-35 percent a year. — Submitted photo

A young entrepreneur has proved that a “nimble” approach to production and delivery can bring success to a manufacturing company, even with its factory tucked away in the Kootenays.

Now in its fifth year of manufacturing sprockets, couplings, bushings, drums and hubs in South Slocan at the Playmor junction, Drop Designs is planning another plant expansion as its sales continue to rise.

Since 2009, sales have grown 30-35 percent a year.

Teck reports spill

Teck reports spill

Teck Trail is informing the public of the spill of up to 25 cubic metres of a high pH solution into a Regional District Sewage Treatment Plant.

"Teck Trail Operations is reporting that on Tuesday, January 28, up to 25 cubic meters of a high pH solution was discharged to a domestic sewer line that goes to the Regional District Sewage Treatment Plant," said a press release issued this afternoon (Friday).

Broadband in Castlegar explained

Broadband in Castlegar explained

This is the first of a four-part series that will describe what broadband is, what the potential is for rural communities as well as how and why Castlegar is exploring options around the development of high speed fibre optics broadband.

 

Part One: The Columbia Basin Trust, the Columbia Basin Broadband Corporation (CBBC) and Castlegar

Canada Post workers launch petition, town hall meeting over service cuts

Graham Leadbeater was one area resident, who stopped and signed the petition against service cuts by Canada Post. — Colin Payne photo

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers Nelson local marked the first sitting day of Parliament in 2014 by launching a petition against planned changes to service by Canada Post.

Nelson Local president, Brenda Muscoby-Yanke was outside the Nelson Post Office collecting signatures against service cuts by Canada Post that could see a loss of door-to-door mail delivery in Nelson and other urban areas across Canada.

Canada Post workers launch petition, town hall meeting over service cuts

Graham Leadbeater was one area resident who stopped and signed the petition against service cuts by Canada Post. — Colin Payne phot

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers Nelson local marked the first sitting day of Parliament in 2014 by launching a petition against planned changes to service by Canada Post.

Nelson Local president, Brenda Muscoby-Yanke was outside the Nelson Post Office collecting signatures against service cuts by Canada Post that could see a loss of door-to-door mail delivery in Nelson and other urban areas across Canada.

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