Education

Fight the bite! Take precautions to avoid West Nile virus

Fight the bite! Take precautions to avoid West Nile virus

Interior Health is reminding residents to take extra precautions against mosquito bites this summer.  West Nile virus, a disease that is spread from infected birds to humans through mosquito bites, has been present in B.C. since 2009.

Labour board rules teachers can withdraw from extracurricular activities, but must attend meetings

Labour board rules teachers can withdraw from extracurricular activities, but must attend meetings

The B.C. Labour Relations Board has ruled Friday that public teachers in the province do not need to participate in extracurricular activities as part of labour dispute with the government.

However, the B.C. Teachers Federation must instruct its members to participate in parent-teacher meetings and other school meetings.

In a release on the Labour Relations website the board said:

US: Grieving father struggles to pay dead son’s student loans

Francisco Reynoso, with his wife Silvia and daughter Evelyn in the background, co-signed for his son's student loans. When his s

By Marian Wang in ProPublica.

A few months after he buried his son, Francisco Reynoso began getting notices in the mail. Then the debt collectors came calling.

"They would say, 'We don't care what happened with your son, you have to pay us,'" recalled Reynoso, a gardener from Palmdale, Calif.

Clean, Drain, Dry will help prevent the spread of zebra mussels into the Kootenays

Clean, Drain, Dry will help prevent the spread of zebra mussels into the Kootenays

Clean. Drain. Dry. These simple steps will prevent zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species from spreading into the waterways of the Kootenays.

Aquatic invasive species, such as zebra mussels, Eurasian water-milfoil and New Zealand mudsnails have devastating impacts where they are introduced. They can ruin fishing and recreational opportunities, alter aquatic habitat for plants and animals, and block water intake structures for hydro power.

Selkirk College successfully opens the Aboriginal Gathering Place in Castlegar

Selkirk College successfully opens the Aboriginal Gathering Place in Castlegar

In June of 2010 Selkirk College marked the beginning of construction on their Castlegar campus Aboriginal Gathering Place with a ceremonial blessing and ground breaking. On May 24, 2012 they celebrated the official opening of the facility with over 100 invited guests in attendance.

NDTA outraged over recent School Board layoffs, which could affect as many as 60 teachers

  NDTA president Tom Newell, speaking at a March rally outside City Hall, said recent layoffs are dramatically worse and there are not any fewer students. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The layoffs of 19 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions in the Kootenay Lake School District and the closures of the two District Resource Centres has local teachers feeling angry and upset, said Nelson District Teachers' Association union representative Tom Newell.

"Teachers are angry, upset and scared that programs are being dismantled," said Newell.

Although the number of layoffs is officially 19, this reduction could affect as many as 50 or 60 teachers he said.

Inaugural WaterSmart Ambassador offers Castlegarians one-on-one water wisdom

Inaugural WaterSmart Ambassador offers Castlegarians one-on-one water wisdom

This is one door-to-door campaign you don't want to miss out on - when Suzanne Fordyce is done offering you a free personal consultation, you'll know how to conserve water (read: save money) without sacrificing garden quality ... and you'll get free stuff, to boot!

The CIty of Castlegar hired Fordyce as part of its WaterSmart commitment of reducing city water consumption levels by 20 per cent by 2015 (compared to 2009 levels).

Acclaimed Nelson author to read at Castlegar library

Acclaimed Nelson author to read at Castlegar library

Encompassing more than a century and covering the country from sea to sea, Nelson BC author Anne DeGrace’s new novel was described by the Globe and Mail as “a beautiful achievement by a gifted writer.”  DeGrace reads from Flying with Amelia (McArthur & Co) at Castlegar & District Public Library on June 7 at 7 p.m.

Selkirk College holds community meetings to determine future direction

Selkirk College holds community meetings to determine future direction

Grappling with dramatic funding cuts hasn't prevented Selkirk College from looking toward an ambitious future, if a series of local community consultations is any indication.

Selkirk College staff and administration representatives travelled to each of the six regional communites in which one of the nine college sites are located, beginning with Grand Forks on April 23, Nelson on May 2, Kaslo on May 7, Castlegar on May 10, Trail on May 15 and wrapping up in Nakusp last night.

College president Angus Graeme said these community meetings came after an extensive consultation with students and the college's 550 employees.

Selkirk College supports local KAST winner

Selkirk College supports local KAST winner

On April 14, 2012,  82 young scientists participated in the West Kootenay and Boundary Regional Science Fair. The 2012 event involved the largest number of senior students than in previous years. Selkirk College Integrated Environmental Planning Technology Instructor, Rob Macrae, did not expect to be involved but when he was contacted by local LV Rogers student and an eventual winner, Micah May, for assistance on his science project, Rob immediately agreed to help out.

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