Immediately prior to expiration of Jumbo Glacier Resort’s environmental approval, two small cement slabs were poured in an attempt to demonstrate that work on the proposed development was substantially started.

These slabs apparently represent the day lodge and an additional service building.

Currently, BC Environment Minister, Mary Polak, is making a decision as to whether the construction of the proposed $600 million dollar venture can be considered “substantially started.”


Fibre Optic Cable

Columbia Basin Broadband Corporation working to bring fibre optics into the city

(Columbia Basin) – A high-speed fibre optic network may soon be coming to Rossland thanks to help from the Columbia Basin Broadband Corporation (CBBC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Columbia Basin Trust.

West Kootenay Trade Show a sell-out

West Kootenay Trade Show a sell-out

The forecast for this weekend in Castlegar holds not just sunny skies and balmy weather, but also fun and excitement with this year’s newly-expanded West Kootenay Trade Show at the Complex.

Chamber of Commerce executive director Tammy Verigin-Burk says every single one of the more-than 130 vendor booths is sold out, with an outrageous range of goods and services to check out, as well as an outdoor food court, entertainment, draws, prizes, and more.

Fortis to say 'Good-bye' to Meter Readers

FortisBC crews have installed 50,000 of 130,000 smart meters in the Kelowna and the southern Okanagan, Trail, Castlegar and Grand Forks areas. — Photo courtesy FortisBC

If you’re under 10 years old, you may never remember what a meter reader looked like. Like the milkman and the postal carrier, meter readers will be a thing of the past.

In August, Fortis BC will eliminate 10 meter readers as the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system begins sending your electrical usage daily via a wireless meter attached to your house.

Waneta Expansion Project in pictures

The crane lowers the stator in place in Unit 1 of the Waneta Expansion Power Project. — Photos courtesy Columbia Power, Larry Doell

The Waneta Expansion Limited Partnership (WELP), a partnership between Fortis Inc., Columbia Power Corporation and Columbia Basin Trust, recently announced that the Waneta Expansion Project near Trail is now online and generating power.

With the help of photographer Larry Doell and Columbia Power Corportation, here a photo gallery view of some of the highlights of the five-year project.

Kaslo Sourdough Bakery needs help after nomination in NEXTY competition

Heidi Lettrari and father Silvio of Kaslo Sourdough Bakery need the help of the public in the NEXTY competition. — Submitted photo

Kaslo Sourdough Bakery is getting known for its wonderful products outside the Kootenay region.

The business was recently nominated for a NEXTY Award following its participation at the Natural Products Expo West show in Anaheim, California in March.

"My dad, Silvio and I exhibited our sourdough pastas in the world’s largest natural food show – “Natural Products Expo West’ in Anaheim, California earlier in March," said Heidi Lettrari, General Manager of Kaslo Sourdough Bakery.

Oil Billionaires Fund Climate Change Denial

Photo from David Suzuki Foundation

Oiling the machinery of climate change denial and transit opposition

By David Suzuki

Brothers Charles and David Koch run Koch Industries, the second-largest privately owned company in the U.S., behind Cargill. They’ve given close to US$70 million to climate change denial front groups, some of which they helped start, including Americans for Prosperity, founded by David Koch and a major force behind the Tea Party movement.

Waneta Expansion Project powered up and running

Waneta Expansion Project powered up and running

The Waneta Expansion Limited Partnership (WELP), a partnership between Fortis Inc., Columbia Power Corporation and Columbia Basin Trust, announced today that the Waneta Expansion Project near Trail is now online and generating power.

The $900 million 335 MW expansion adds a second powerhouse, immediately downstream of the Waneta Dam on the Pend d’Oreille River, that shares the existing hydraulic head and generates clean, renewable, cost effective power from water that would otherwise be spilled.

Helmut Pastrick Speaks at Mir Centre — Declining CDN Dollar and Oil Prices Predicted

BC's Central 1 Credit Union Chief Economist Helmut Pastrick addressed a very interested crowd during a presenation Friday at the Selkirk College Mir Centre for Peace in Castlegar. — Eva Brownstein photo

Helmut Pastrick, Chief Economist for BC's Central 1 Credit Union, was in the Castlegar Friday at Selkirk College's Mir Centre for Peace to discuss current economic trends and how they affect the Kootenay region.

The event, sponsored by the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute, was well attended by an eclectic crowd of Selkirk College economics students, retirees, local business owners and Shambhala Music Festival's manager of finance.

BC Transit up for review by provincial government

BC Transit up for review by provincial government

The provincial government will begin a review of BC Transit as part of the Province’s ongoing commitment to review all major Crown corporations.

Government wants to ensure Crowns are making every effort to keep controllable costs to a minimum, and the review process provides an external perspective that helps identify opportunities for improvement.

The current review - to be conducted by the Ministry of Finance - will examine and make recommendations on all aspects of BC Transit’s operations, planning, forecasting, and financial performance including:

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