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by Contributor on Wednesday Dec 02 2009
B.C.'s Green Energy Advisory Task Force has launched a website that invites British Columbians to submit their ideas and input on the future of clean and renewable energy in B.C.

Following its first meetings, on Nov.27 and 28, the advisory task force  has launched the website,

by Contributor on Wednesday Dec 02 2009

Showing up early for the holidays on Dec. 7, Cairo Time is the next film in the Kootenay Gallery Monday Night at the Movies series.

Awarded Best Canadian Feature at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival, Cairo Time stars indie film queen Patricia Clarkson as a journalist who travels to Egypt to see the pyramids with her husband. Detained by his work, he asks...

by Contributor on Wednesday Dec 02 2009

Columbia Basin Trust is challenging youth ages 15-29 to submit works of fiction with appealing characters, dynamic plots and magnificent style to its first ever SCRATCH Writing Challenge - just make sure your story takes place somewhere in the Columbia Basin.

The SCRATCH Writing Challenge is an opportunity for youth to take part in a creative writing experience that could lead to their...

by Contributor on Wednesday Dec 02 2009

Photo: The CD cover for Souvenir

The faculty of the Selkirk College Contemporary Music and Technology program has released its first album in its 20-year history – Souvenir.

Produced by Don Macdonald and recorded by Steven Parish, the album celebrates 20 years of music instruction at Selkirk College. Performers include: Cheryl Hodge, Darren Mahe, Kiyo Elkuf,...

by Contributor on Wednesday Dec 02 2009

Why not be creative with gift ideas this year and consider making something that will be help local wildlife and save you money? That would be a green gift. The Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) has posted a variety of instructions and plans online at on how to make some wildlife-friendly products.

The gifts don’t have to be complex. Drill holes in a log or a...

by Contributor on Wednesday Dec 02 2009

The “Kootenay Country” exhibit, which won acclaim at the Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) conference recently held in Vancouver, will be heading to the Olympics in February in an enhanced format.

The “Kootenay Country” display, showcasing the Columbia Basin region, was organized in partnership with the Regional Districts of Central Kootenay, Kootenay/Boundary and East Kootenay, along...

by Contributor on Monday Nov 30 2009
The BC SPCA is offering animal lovers a way to stay “pawsitive” about the holiday shopping season this year.

The society’s Pawsitive Gifts program lets you buy something special for all those animal lovers on your list without ever leaving the comfort of your home. And the best part is that you’re helping a homeless or abandoned animal in need.

“Just visit ...

by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Nov 26 2009

Two people were seriously injured in a car crash on Frank Beinder Way, near Castlegar's Selkirk College campus this morning.

Fire chief Gerry Rempel said the call came in at 8:07 a.m., and fire crews from both Castlegar and Ootischenia responded.

The Jaws of Life were required to extricate at least one of the victims, and both were taken to hospital with serious injuries.


by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Nov 26 2009
Castlegar, get ready to welcome a new top cop.

RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew, 43, is now at the helm of the city's police detachment, and says she's looking forward to getting to know her new community.

Originally hailing from Red Deer, Alta., Mathew is a 19-year veteran of the RCMP, having served her entire uniformed career in B.C.

“I was really influenced as a kid by...

by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Nov 26 2009
Castlegar Primary School is one of many schools in the district now on the chopping block, with closure pending as early as the 2010/11 school year, as the board of School District 20 looks for options in coping with declining enrollment and increased costs.

The board's “Planning for the Future” document indicates that, “Enrollment in the Castlegar area will...


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