Celebrate the First Year of Kimberley's Open Gate Garden

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It's potato harvest time at Wildsight's Open Gate Garden and everyone is invited. To celebrate the first year of the garden, Wildsight is hosting a potato and apple harvest party, with fresh garden potatoes, local sausages, and fresh pressed apple juice.
The event, on Sunday, October 5th, kicks off at noon with apple harvesting from trees in the area, following by the big potato dig at 2PM, apple juice pressing at 3PM, and finishes with the garden feast at 4PM.
"The harvest party is a celebration to thank everyone who has helped out in the garden this year, from preparing the soil, fencing, planting, watering, to helping construct our new shed," said Wildsight's Shannon Duncan, "and a great chance for everyone else to come out and see what we've been working on." ... Read more »

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

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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!

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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

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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

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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 »