MLA Conroy says funding will support training for in-demand careers at Selkirk College

BC NDP MLA Katrine Conroy says that people will benefit from tuition-free programs to help train for high-demand post-secondary programs and meet their career goals at Selkirk College “Helping people upgrade their skills for in-demand training courses means more British Columbians will be able to pursue fulfilling careers,” said Katrine Conroy, MLA for Kootenay West. “Selkirk College is […]

New rules will protect vulnerable road users

Cyclists and other vulnerable road users will have added protection under the law with new safe passing distance rules for drivers. The new law, which came into effect on June 3, 2024, is among several updates to the Motor Vehicle Act coming into effect to enhance safety and promote cleaner and active transportation. The amendments […]

BC SPCA puts the 'fun' in fundraiser with Lock-In for Love

The BC SPCA’s Lock-in for Love puts the “fun” in fundraiser and it all starts right from your phone or keyboard. This one-of-a-kind event runs from June 5 through 22. Caring participants not only raise funds that will help change the lives of animals in local communities across B.C., but they also get the opportunity […]

Local activists pushing for better public transit, stage rally Friday

West Kootenay Transit Action will be highlighting the need for a big boost in bus public transit services at a roadside rally on Friday, June 7th.  At the, “I need a bus to….” rally, activists, mainly seniors, will be holding signs alongside the Highway just south of the intersection at the lights with Baker Street. […]

Calling all citizen scientists for the BC Annual Bat Count

The BC Community Bat Program is calling for volunteers to join the BC Annual Bat Count. Starting June 1st, bat biologists and volunteers will spend late nights counting bats at maternity roosts throughout the province. “Female bats roost together in summer and raise their young in maternity colonies,” says Elodie Kuhnert, Kootenay coordinator for the […]

Selkirk College Distinguished Alumni Frances Swan Illustrates Outcomes

Humble and determined steps towards creating stronger rural communities that ultimately result in great leaps forward define the impact made by Selkirk College’s 2024 Distinguished Alumni recipient Frances Swan. A graduate of the Forest Technology Program with the Class of 1991, Swan is a lifelong learner who has made numerous contributions to responsible resource management […]

Future looks bright as Kootenay kids dream up innovations to promote accessibility

The Kootenay Contraption Contest, made possible by FortisBC and The Province of British Columbia, is excited to announce the winners of this year’s Kootenay Contraption Contest, an annual initiative that challenges Kootenay youth to dream big and design a contraption that solves a relevant problem using STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) and innovation. Throughout […]

Tips, tricks on avoiding ticks and safe removal — Interior Health

Spring is here and the warmer weather means more people will be out hiking in tall grass or wooded areas. This can also mean an increased chance of getting tick bites. Ticks are small bugs that bite and feed on the blood of humans and animals and can sometimes transmit disease. Fortunately, there are precautions […]

Selkirk College Valedictorians Epitomize Spirit of Accomplishment

Carrying forward the power of community nurtured at Selkirk College into the broader world is the ambition of the Class of 2024 co-valedictorians. Convocation 2024 takes place at the Castlegar Campus on May 30 with two different ceremonies that celebrate the graduating class. Contemporary Music & Technology Program graduate Jay Porteous and Recreation, Fish & […]

Nelson/Castlegar educator one of 7 to be honoured by CBEEN

Last week, CBEEN’s Awards of Excellence recognized seven outstanding local educators from across the Columbia Basin region for their efforts in educating students and the public on environmental stewardship and sustainability. “The 2024 award winners include early years, elementary, post-secondary, and community educators. All are committed to creating opportunities for people to connect with, learn […]
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