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by Contributor on Wednesday May 30 2012

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.

“The Gathering Place project was initiated over three years ago with a successful proposal to Government....

by Erin Perkins on Thursday May 24 2012

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...

by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday May 24 2012

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...

by Contributor on Thursday May 24 2012

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.

“I love Canadian history, and I’m fascinated with how...

by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday May 17 2012

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...

by Contributor on Monday May 14 2012

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...

by Erin Perkins on Thursday May 10 2012

The B.C. Public School Employers' Association (BCPSEA) applied to the B.C. Labour Relations Board (BCLRB) Wednesday, May 9 for relief from the recent B.C. Teachers's Federation (BCTF) withdrawal of extracurricular activities.

The labour relations board is expected to meet with BCPSEA at or around 9:30 a.m. on Friday, May 11 to announce whether it feels teachers are participating in an...

by Contributor on Thursday May 03 2012

A helpful, up-to-date, easy to read resources guide to services for seniors is now available for residents in the Castlegar area.

The guide was funded by Interior Health and produced by the West Kootenay Boundary Regional Crisis Line.

Publicly-funded and private services listed in the guide range from government services, food and meal programs, health care resources, ...

by Erin Perkins on Wednesday May 02 2012

The modern dating scene might be a perilous one but the modern breeding scene for local frogs, salamanders and toads is just plain deadly.

The Pacific Chorus Frog, the Tiger Salamander, the Long-toed Salamander and the Spadefoot Toad spend their winters among the rocks and trees found in Gilpin Grasslands Provincial Park.

But when the signs of spring like the gentle rains and...

by Erin Perkins on Monday Apr 30 2012

Grant Lawrence, author of the award-winning book Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and other stories from Desolation Sound, read to an engaged audience of more than 50 CBC fans, avid readers and coastal travellers during his appearance at the Grand Forks and District Public Library, Tuesday, April 24.

Lawrence's work as a CBC host for Radio 3 and Radio 1...


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