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A kitten rescued this week from a feral colony in Midway looks at The Gazette Wednesday, May 26. The kittens will soon be up for adoption at the SPCA in Penticton. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

BC SPCA concerned about feral cat colonies across West Kootenays

The SPCA recently partnered with Grand Forks’ cat shelter to rescue a feral colony in Midway

A kitten rescued this week from a feral colony in Midway looks at The Gazette Wednesday, May 26. The kittens will soon be up for adoption at the SPCA in Penticton. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
The Little Brown Myotis occurs across BC but is threatened by white-nose syndrome, a bat disease. Photo: B Paterson.

Kootenay residents asked to participate in bat count

Bats are returning to their summer roost sites

The Little Brown Myotis occurs across BC but is threatened by white-nose syndrome, a bat disease. Photo: B Paterson.
These juvenile Great Horned Owls are growing quickly and getting ready to leave their nest.  They are one of the most common owls in North America and can be found in many different habitats, from the Arctic to the tropics, including within cities.  Great Horned Owls can take down prey larger than themselves but also eat smaller animals such as frogs and rodents. Helga Knote photos

Urban wildlife Part XII: The Kootenay birds (and others) of 2021

Our feathered friends in action, as captured on camera by local photographers

These juvenile Great Horned Owls are growing quickly and getting ready to leave their nest.  They are one of the most common owls in North America and can be found in many different habitats, from the Arctic to the tropics, including within cities.  Great Horned Owls can take down prey larger than themselves but also eat smaller animals such as frogs and rodents. Helga Knote photos
Bob Finnie, Rotary Club of Golden, Ruth Finnie, Clare Mallow, JoAnna’s House volunteer and KGH Foundation board member; Doug Rankmore, CEO, KGH Foundation;Allison Ramchuk, Chief Development Officer KGH Foundation and Darlene Haslock, Manager JoeAnna’s House.

Kootenay Rotary clubs donate $50,000 to JoeAnna’s House at Kelowna General Hospital

JoeAnna’s House provides 20 guest bedrooms for out of town families

Bob Finnie, Rotary Club of Golden, Ruth Finnie, Clare Mallow, JoAnna’s House volunteer and KGH Foundation board member; Doug Rankmore, CEO, KGH Foundation;Allison Ramchuk, Chief Development Officer KGH Foundation and Darlene Haslock, Manager JoeAnna’s House.
Russ Ball (left) and another team member work to extract an ancient turtle fossil from along the Puntledge River in January 2021. (Credit: Derek Larson)
Russ Ball (left) and another team member work to extract an ancient turtle fossil from along the Puntledge River in January 2021. (Credit: Derek Larson)
Selkirk College Fine Woodworking student Jasper Belliveau-Thompson focuses on the final pieces of his year-end project in the shop on the Silver King Campus. Forced to adapt due to the pandemic, the annual Fine Woodworking Year-End Digital Show will be held virtually this year with a website that goes live on May 27. Photo: Submitted

Selkirk College Fine Woodworking students set for exquisite year-end

Instructor David Ringheim says it has been a “spectacular year” despite the pandemic

Selkirk College Fine Woodworking student Jasper Belliveau-Thompson focuses on the final pieces of his year-end project in the shop on the Silver King Campus. Forced to adapt due to the pandemic, the annual Fine Woodworking Year-End Digital Show will be held virtually this year with a website that goes live on May 27. Photo: Submitted
Winlaw students worked with local seniors and Elders to create documentary films. L-R: Rita Moir, Kayden Boisvert, Hallden Dawson. Photo: Submitted

Winlaw School students inspired by seniors film project

Students teamed up with filmmaker Brian Lye to make documentaries

Winlaw students worked with local seniors and Elders to create documentary films. L-R: Rita Moir, Kayden Boisvert, Hallden Dawson. Photo: Submitted
Kootenay Kids Society has two upcoming online events to celebrate Child Care Month. Photo: Pexels/Pixabay

Kootenay Kids Society celebrates Child Care Month with online events

Kootenay Kids Society has a 40-year history of supporting families and young children

Kootenay Kids Society has two upcoming online events to celebrate Child Care Month. Photo: Pexels/Pixabay
Live It host Blue Netherclift interviews the Nest Lab’s Steven Cretney in Nelson for the upcoming Climate Change: Community Action feature show on Live It Earth. Photo: Submitted
Live It host Blue Netherclift interviews the Nest Lab’s Steven Cretney in Nelson for the upcoming Climate Change: Community Action feature show on Live It Earth. Photo: Submitted
Bruce MacLean (left) talks about the contributions of Ray Wicklum (right) at a small ceremony Tuesday. Both men are among the School District 8 staff retiring after this school year. Photo: Tyler Harper

UPDATED: School District 8 fetes retiring staff

Small ceremonies were held to send off the district’s best

Bruce MacLean (left) talks about the contributions of Ray Wicklum (right) at a small ceremony Tuesday. Both men are among the School District 8 staff retiring after this school year. Photo: Tyler Harper
Faye Petersen (left) and Emma LeCouffe have set up a STEAM fair for J.V. Humphries’ students. Photo: Submitted

Kaslo students plan school-wide STEAM fair

Emma LeCouffe and Faye Petersen have organized the event at J.V. Humphries

Faye Petersen (left) and Emma LeCouffe have set up a STEAM fair for J.V. Humphries’ students. Photo: Submitted
Susan Martin and Peter Gook are sharing their experience on the dementia journey to raise awareness for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s.

Couple share their story to bring more visibility to dementia

The IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s will help families at any stage in the dementia journey

  • May 17, 2021
Susan Martin and Peter Gook are sharing their experience on the dementia journey to raise awareness for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s.
The Science Fair Fun Run has gone virtual as Sweatin’ for Science, with over 470 participants logging their activity and collecting kilometres while fundraising for The Science Fair Foundation BC.

Science Fair Fun Run Goes Virtual as Sweatin’ for Science

The Science Fair Foundation BC fundraiser will help make science fairs more accessible

  • May 17, 2021
The Science Fair Fun Run has gone virtual as Sweatin’ for Science, with over 470 participants logging their activity and collecting kilometres while fundraising for The Science Fair Foundation BC.
Richard Green writes poetry under the nom de plume Rick the Poet Warrior. Homeless, Green sometimes spends his summers in Revelstoke but winters in Victoria, travelling to Ontario to visit his sister whenever he can. (Jocelyn Doll - Revelstoke Review)

Revelstoke nomad pens poetry, offers insight into homelessness

Rick the Poet Warrior’s books can be found online as well as at the Revelstoke library

Richard Green writes poetry under the nom de plume Rick the Poet Warrior. Homeless, Green sometimes spends his summers in Revelstoke but winters in Victoria, travelling to Ontario to visit his sister whenever he can. (Jocelyn Doll - Revelstoke Review)
Slimmer Waste’s Lyne Chartier (left) and Marie-Paule Berthiaume. Photo: Masa Suzuki

Meet environmental challenges with virtual workshop

It’s the first meeting of the bilingual For Our Kids group

Slimmer Waste’s Lyne Chartier (left) and Marie-Paule Berthiaume. Photo: Masa Suzuki
Susan Martin and Peter Gook are sharing their experience on the dementia journey to raise awareness for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s.

Couple share their story to bring more visibility to dementia

The IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s will help families at any stage in the dementia journey

  • May 10, 2021
Susan Martin and Peter Gook are sharing their experience on the dementia journey to raise awareness for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s.
Greg Nesteroff and Eric Brighton, the historians behind popular Facebook page Lost Kootenays, are set to release a book of the same name and have just unveiled its cover showing the ghostly Hotel in Slocan City shortly before its 1953 demolition. Photo courtesy of Greg Nesteroff and Eric Brighton.

Popular historical Facebook page Lost Kootenays set to release book

128-page hard copy documenting history of East and West Kootenays coming this fall

Greg Nesteroff and Eric Brighton, the historians behind popular Facebook page Lost Kootenays, are set to release a book of the same name and have just unveiled its cover showing the ghostly Hotel in Slocan City shortly before its 1953 demolition. Photo courtesy of Greg Nesteroff and Eric Brighton.
Slava Doval and her youth group DanceFusion got an emotional response from residents at Mountain Lakes Seniors Community on April 30. Photo: Submitted

‘It touched me deeply’: Youth dancers perform at Nelson seniors home

Slava Doval’s DanceFusion danced outdoors for Mountain Lake residents

Slava Doval and her youth group DanceFusion got an emotional response from residents at Mountain Lakes Seniors Community on April 30. Photo: Submitted
Two Pileated Woodpeckers sharing the bounty! Kathleen Opal photo

Urban wildlife Part XI: The Kootenay birds (and others) of 2021

The work of photographers in the Kootenay Advertiser throughout 2021. Part XI. With links to Parts I-X

Two Pileated Woodpeckers sharing the bounty! Kathleen Opal photo
The Nelson Public Library’s brand new anti-bullying kits contain an assortment of books and an exciting board game! Photo: Submitted

CHECK THIS OUT: Anti-bullying at the Nelson Library

The library now has kits available for kids and parents

The Nelson Public Library’s brand new anti-bullying kits contain an assortment of books and an exciting board game! Photo: Submitted