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Okinshaw Water Strikes Blue Gold in Blewett

The gold from Blewett is now available on shelves in Nelson. — Suzy Hamilton photo

They were drilling for gold in Blewett in 1995 and struck water instead.

“They found gold, only it’s blue gold,” says Wayne Rutherford, president of Okinshaw Water on Shasheen Road in Blewett.

Now the young company is already bottling Riva, an alkaline mineral water and selling it in Saskatchewan, Edmonton and Nelson, one more local industry for Nelson.

The firm employs 15, seven of them from the Nelson area. 

Today is the day Canadians can begin to work for themselves

Today is the day Canadians can begin to work for themselves

Feeling a little more relaxed today (Monday, June 9)?

The Fraser Institute said Canadians should as Monday (June 9) is Tax Freedom Day for the average Canadian family, one day later than in 2013.

Tax Freedom Day measures the total tax burden imposed on Canadian families by the federal, provincial and local governments. If you had to pay all your taxes up front, you’d give government each and every dollar you earned before Tax Freedom Day.

One step closer to making Riverfront Centre a reality

One step closer to making Riverfront Centre a reality

The Trail Historical Society has been awarded $20,000 by the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance towards capital costs of the proposed Riverfront Centre, which will join Trail’s library and museum facilities.

“We are thrilled to kick off our capital fundraising campaign with this announcement and are grateful to the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA) and the Columbia Basin Trust for their continued support of heritage preservation and exhibition in the region,” said society president Jamie Forbes.

OP/ED: City explains benefits of boundary extension

OP/ED: City explains benefits of boundary extension

As the Boundary Extension Alternative Approval Process (AAP) for the City of Trail’s intent to extend its boundaries into Columbia Gardens (Electoral Area A) proceeds, the City would like to reiterate the benefits and advantages of the boundary expansion to the public and media.

Celgar shutdown promises economic spinoff for community

Celgar shutdown promises economic spinoff for community

Celgar's annual 10-day shut down is now under way, according to communications coordinator Sandy Hinter.

Trail begins consultation via mail with residents impacted by boundary extension

Trail begins consultation via mail with residents impacted by boundary extension

Residents who will be effected by the City of Trail's proposed boundary extension can expect to receive a letter this week (if they haven't already) asking them whether they support the move, according to Trail CAO David Perehudoff.

City expresses concerns over new recycling program

City expresses concerns over new recycling program

City council, at its regular meeting last night (Tuesday) voted unanimously to send a letter expressing concerns around a recently launched, province-wide recycling program.

Councillor Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff, who brought the motion forward, said the roll-out of MultiMaterial BC (MMBC) was mishandled and the merit in the program itself, for a city like Castlegar, remains in question.

Raising a Little Hell and Raising a Lot of Cash – Community Venture Capital is Something to Sing About

Raising a Little Hell and Raising a Lot of Cash – Community Venture Capital is Something to Sing About

How do residents revive a declining rural town into a thriving, economically sustainable community that is invested in its future? Christina Lake may have found the solution and wants to get everyone on board with the vision.

Christina Gateway Community Development Association coordinator Sandy Mark believes Christina Lake needs to apply the lessons being learned across Canada by other rural communities. “Very poor, small communities have raised millions of dollars...so we figure we should be able to." 

LETTER: BC Wildlife Federation slams BC Hydro's management of Arrow Lakes fish populations

LETTER: BC Wildlife Federation slams BC Hydro's management of Arrow Lakes fish populations

The Kootenay region has endured a disproportionate amount of ecological damage due to numerous upper Columbia Basin hydro developments that have generated considerable economic benefits to the province, but also caused significant social and environmental damage to the region. The most recent dam at Revelstoke caused huge disruption and losses to fish and wildlife populations that were identified at public hearings in Revelstoke in 1978.

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