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Selkirk College performs well at KAST Spirit of Innovation Awards

Four finalists from Selkirk College went up against some of the region’s most innovative businesses at the recent Kootenay Association of Science and Technology (KAST) Spirit of Innovation Awards and one took home the Innovative Organization award at the end of the evening. Held only every four years, the KAST Spirit of...

Study on future of Trail library to begin Friday

Work will begin Friday on a roughly $35,000 study to determine whether a move or expansion would be the ideal solution to space constraints at the Trail Public Library. Library Board Chair Barbara Gibson said Vancouver-based consultants David Nairne and Associates Ltd, will be in town Nov. 2 to meet with the board and...

School District No. 8 reduces senior staff, eliminates Assistant Secretary Treasurer position

School District No. 8 administration has decided to reduce the number of staff at the board office on Johnstone Road by eliminating the Assistant Secretary Treasurer position, effective Wednesday. “This particular (decision) aligns with our intent that all of our resources as much as possible go directly to the classroom,...

Unique international opportunity for Selkirk College

“Sino-Canadian Selkirk College of Taiyuan Normal University”: this sign rests on the side of a building at Taiyuan Normal University (TNU) in Taiyuan, China.  The three-year English diploma program housed in this building represents a unique collaboration between TNU and Selkirk College in British Columbia.   TNU develops and...

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. West Nile virus (WNv) was first detected in B.C. in the South Okanagan during the summer of...

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

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. Reynoso's son, Freddy, had been...

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...

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. “The Gathering Place project was initiated...

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...

BCPSEA declares teachers's recent withdrawal an unlawful strike

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...