Decision costs Bountiful leader nearly $150,000

Winston Blackmore . . . appeal struck down

The leader of polygamy community Bountiful, Winston Blackmore, has lost an appeal federal Tax Court that will cost nearly $150,000.

Blackmore had appealed a tax assessment that concluded he understated his income by $1.8 million dollars during a period of six years.

The Bountiful leader argued in court that an obscure section of tax law originally designed to allow Hutterite colonies to effectively divy up income among members for tax purposes should apply to the Creston-based community.

BC Chambers of Commerce join litigation to stop 'draconian' policy of US border officials

BC Chambers of Commerce join litigation to stop 'draconian' policy of US border officials

The BC Chamber of Commerce has joined litigation filed in a U.S. court to push back against border measures that pose a serious risk for B.C. businesses and tourists.

Currently, British Columbians heading to the U.S. for business or tourism purposes face a border regime that empowers border guards, at their own discretion and without avenue for appeal, to bar Canadians entry to the U.S. for periods of five years or more under an “expedited removal” process.

Feds commit more than $.75 million for Castlegar infrastructure

Feds commit more than $.75 million for Castlegar infrastructure

The West Kootenay Regional Airport is set to get more than $600,000 for runway maintenance equipment and systems, the Complex gets $100,000 for a new boiler and the Doukhobor Discovery Centre will receive more than $60,000 for renovations.

The federal grant funding was announced at two separate events today, one at the airport and one at the complex, by Minister of State John Duncan.

City councillor Kevin Chernoff was in attendance, and said this is terrific news for Castlegar and for the region.

ADVERTISING FEATURE: Deconstructing the business "What if ...?"

ADVERTISING FEATURE: Deconstructing the business "What if ...?"

We all spend time as kids imagining how our lives might be when we grow up.  And then we grow up and we find ourselves imagining what might happen if…

In business, those daydreams can often turn into guessing games, red herrings and assumptive goose chases.   But with some imagination and calculation, business owners can turn guessing games into well-conceived strategies.

“What would happen if….” is the prelude to questions that business owners should be asking themselves, such as:

Columbia Power introduces new president and CEO

Columbia Power introduces new president and CEO

Columbia Power Corporation (Columbia Power) is pleased to announce the appointment of Frank Wszelaki as acting president and chief executive officer, effective Aug. 1.

In his most recent role as Columbia Power’s Chief Operating Officer, Frank had full operational leadership responsibility for the company, directing the overall day-to-day operations of the organization consistent with its vision, values, corporate objectives and strategic plan.

Slocan residents rally to clean fuel spill on their own

Executive Flight Centre boom trapping fuel spill on Slocan River

In the aftermath of the jet fuel spill into Lemon Creek and the Slocan River, residents brainstormed to create their own solutions for clean up as Executive Flight Centre, whose tanker spilled 33,000 liters of jet fuel into Lemon Creek on July 26, some feel is neglecting to fully clean up their mess.

On Aug.12, residents gathered in a grassroots Solutions Symposium where they formulated solutions to the environmental disaster in the Slocan Valley.

Ireland's Ryanair sue Associated Newspapers, Mirror Group

A Ryanair Boeing 737 pictured in 2006.

Irish budget airline Ryanair have added newspaper publishers Associated Newspapers and Mirror Group to their legal targets in a High Court defamation action filed yesterday in Dublin that also targets Channel 4.

Castlegar mayor and councillors register for energy diet - there's still time for Kootenay residents to sign on and save

Castlegar Mayor Lawrence Chernoff welcomes the media to his more energy-efficient home

Two city councillors and the Castlegar mayor signed on to Fortis' Kootenay Energy Diet back in May, becoming personal role models for a program the city is already officially supporting.

FortisBC has subsidized the initial home energy assessment, which is valued at $400, offering it for just $60 for Diet participants, but the city further slashed that to $35 by subsidizing the first 50 applicants.

Support available to hire a student: CBT’s popular School Works Program continues this fall

The Castlegar Trails Society is one of the organizations that has benefited from Columbia Basin Trust’s School Works Program. In photo, left to right: Sarah Meunier, student, and Lawrence Redfern, employer.

Businesses and organizations around the Basin can once again get support to hire students through the School Works Program of Columbia Basin Trust (CBT). Applications are available at starting Aug. 14, and are assessed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Russian government homosexuality position leads to NYC Russian vodka boycott

Russian government homosexuality position leads to NYC Russian vodka boycott

As of Monday, over 200 New York City area bars and restaurants had committed to boycotting Russian vodka in response to anti-homosexuality related laws passed by the country's government. The boycott follows another event that took place on Monday, where bottles of vodka were poured onto the streets of the city, as part of a protest by the president of United Restaurant and Tavern Owners Association, Paul Hurley.

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