Local Government Officials Target Jumbo: UBCM Unanimously Opposes Provincial Funding of Empty Towns

Today, the Union of BC Municipalities unanimously passed a motion opposing provincial funding of municipalities without residents.

Delegates representing municipalities across British Columbia voted unanimously to urge the Province of BC to stop funding towns without a population.

Put forward by Invermere Mayor Gerry Taft, the resolution is directed at the Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality:

"THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that UBCM inform the Province of British Columbia that they are strongly opposed to the funding of any municipalities without residents." ... Read more »

Jumbo Pass Hike Celebrates the wild Jumbo Valley

JumboPass2014_PatMorrow.jpg

Upwards of 100 hikers from the East and West Kootenays, infants to octogenarians, converged at various points in time at the Jumbo Pass hut on Saturday, September 20 to celebrate the wild Jumbo Valley. The popular annual hike, organized by Wildsight and the West Kootenay EcoSociety, attracted wilderness fans from Invermere, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Nelson, Kaslo, Argenta and coincided with the splendour of the autumn larches. The Jumbo Monitoring Camp, located at the junction of Leona and Jumbo creeks, is monitoring construction activity taking place in the Jumbo Valley and will stay functional until mid October.

Tree to Table: Apples!

AppleDQsmall.jpeg

The Kootenay region is abundant with apples. Too often, this nutritious, sweet fruit is left to rot or get munched by hungry bears and other wildlife. 

But what if you could join a community picking event or borrow a fruit picking ladder and harvest trees that need picking yourself? What if you could attend a festival celebrating the glorious apple, complete with a local meat barbeque, events for the wee ones, horticulture workshops and an apple-pressing extravaganza? Or even borrow a free apple grinder and press to bring home and make delicious amber-coloured juice to put on your family’s table? 

Well guess what? This fall, you can do all of those things!  ... Read more »

Cranbrook Joins Global Climate March Saturday

climaterally.jpeg

This Saturday in Cranbrook, the People’s Climate March hits the streets to demand action against climate change from our elected leaders. The march is part of the global weekend of action ahead of the UN Climate Summit in New York City. Cranbrook will be joining hundreds of thousands of people in New York City and at more than 1500 other rallies in 130 countries.
“This will be the biggest worldwide climate march yet” said Lars Sander-Green, Wildsight’s Climate Program Manager, “and will send a strong message to our elected leaders that real action on climate change just can’t wait any longer.” ... Read more »

Dispatches from the Jumbo Monitoring Camp

P1000220.JPG

Guest Blog: K.L. Kivi from the Jumbo Monitoring Camp

Jumbo Valley, September 9, 2014

After a sudden, fierce shower last night, the Jumbo sky cleared suddenly, revealing the full moon rising sharply over the ridge to the east.

Even though the ridge is kilometers away, each tree stood out like a jagged tooth in front of the perfectly round, bright face of the moon.

We crawled into our cold beds shortly after a bank of fog ate the vista, moon and all. ... Read more »

2014 Jumbo Wild Hike

jumbohike.jpg

Join us for a hike to Jumbo Pass to celebrate its wild splendour! On September 20, we will be hosting an East-West Jumbo hike. Groups from the West Kootenay and East Kootenay will meet at the pass in solidarity to keep Jumbo Wild. If you want to join us, please register here so we can arrange carpooling and logistics. For those of you coming from the west, please sign up on the ecosociety's website.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

#KeepitWild