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BC Timber Sales will be holding an Open House next week regarding development at Mount Macpherson.
The Open House will be held March 11 and 12 from 9 am until 4 pm at the Forest, Lands and Natural resources office at 1761 Big Eddy Road.
“We are trying to notify as many residents of Revelstoke to permit them to learn about the history of the Mount Macpherson area and our proposed development in the area,” BC Timber Sales Forester Miles Howard said in an e-mail to The Current.
He said the focus will be Developing Mount Macpherson for Multiple Use. BC Timbers Sales and Sites and Trails staff will be available to answer questions regarding “future harvest plans for the Mount Macpherson area.”
Many local people have expressed concern about proposals to log portions of the forest on the mountain. They fear it will have a negative impact on the area which is an increasingly attractive hub for cross-country skiing and mountain biking.


The Revelstoke Bear Aware Society will be holding its Annual General Meeting at the Community Centre on Tuesday, March 24, at 7 pm.
Bear Aware Coordinator Sue Davies said members of the public as well as society members are invited to “come along and renew your membership, elect the directors, hear our plans for the season, and be in to win the door prize!”
Please click here for more information or to read the Bear Aware’s Annual Report for 2014.


An Avalanche Canada public avalanche forecaster examines the snowpack. Photo courtesy of Raven Eye Photography
An Avalanche Canada public avalanche forecaster examines the snowpack. Photo courtesy of Raven Eye Photography

Avalanche Canada is receiving $325,000 over two years from Columbia Basin Trust to help it continue its work of increasing public safety for winter backcountry users.
The Trust’s commitment includes $100,000 per year for two years for ongoing activities, such as the Public Avalanche Warning Service, Avalanche Canada’s training courses and youth-specific initiatives. It also includes a one-time $125,000 grant that will enable the organization to continue developing its new website and its Mountain Information Network, which allows backcountry users to share real-time data and observations from the field. In addition, this grant will allow Avalanche Canada to make important information technology purchases that will help stabilize its public avalanche warning services and reach a broader base of winter backcountry users.
“Today’s announcement is vital to the maintenance of our service level for the backcountry community, and it will also allow us to continue to innovate avalanche risk management tools,” Gilles Valade, Avalanche Canada’s executive director, said in a statement released on Thursday, March 5.
CBT President Neil Muth described Avalanche Canada’s services as essential when it comes to winter safety.
“We know that both residents and visitors to the Basin benefit greatly from the daily bulletins and avalanche warnings,” he said. “As a non-profit, the organization’s funds come from a variety of sources and vary from year to year. We’re pleased we can help increase Avalanche Canada’s stability so it can strengthen these important services to the public.”
To learn more about Avalanche Canada, visit
The Columbia Basin Trust supports efforts to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin. To learn more about the Trust’s programs and initiatives, visit or call 1-800-505-8998.


Kootenay Business magazine is seeking nominees for its 4th annual Influential Women in Business Awards. The awards are designed to recognize and salute the tremendous accomplishments of women in business throughout our Kootenay/Boundary region.
“Do you know of an influential woman in business who deserves to be recognized?” The magazine said in an e-mail. “It could be a business owner, manager or someone who is essential to the success of your business.”
You can submit your nomination to
Please include the nominee’s first and last name, company name, nominee’s contact info (phone or email) and a brief write-up on why you are nominating this person.
The deadline for nominations is April 11, 2015.


The North Columbia Environmental Society is setting out to create “a resource for consumers… to become informed and inspired by local environmental initiatives.”

“We understand that there are several businesses in town that are actively trying to reduce their environmental impact and we want to showcase this on our website,” the group said in a recent letter to local businesses.

The NCES letter included a list of examples of the kind of info it is seeking:

  • Is your business LEED cefrtified?
  • Are you involved in a waste-diversion program?
  • Have you gone bagless?
  • Do you carry a brand that is known for its environmental integrity?
  • Do you offer reusable packaging for your products?
  • Does your business run on renewable energy?

If you can answer yes to these questions or are doing something else that you think is environmentally productive please contact the NCES at