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Developers told Grand Forks city council last week that they hoped to open a Tim Hortons in the city by May 2021. (Nicole Crescenzi/Black Press Staff)

Developers aim for Grand Forks Tim Hortons by May 2021

The original development permit expires this month

Developers told Grand Forks city council last week that they hoped to open a Tim Hortons in the city by May 2021. (Nicole Crescenzi/Black Press Staff)
Enderby’s Starlight Drive In Theatre hasn’t yet decided if it will open for the summer season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Starlight photo)

Drive-in theatre proposed for Grand Forks

City councillors will vote next month on whether to permit the use of the private property

Enderby’s Starlight Drive In Theatre hasn’t yet decided if it will open for the summer season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Starlight photo)
Sarah Dinsdale began her role as the marketing manager for the Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce last month, just as COVID-19 restrictions began hitting local businesses.                                (Photo submitted)

Boundary Chamber’s marketing manager hits ground running

Sarah Dinsdale took the job with an eye on revitalization. Now the focus is keeping business running

Sarah Dinsdale began her role as the marketing manager for the Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce last month, just as COVID-19 restrictions began hitting local businesses.                                (Photo submitted)
Boundary Bucks were launched by the Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce in late 2019. (Jensen Edwards/Grand Forks Gazette)

Boundary shoppers asked to save receipts for $10 bonus

The regional chamber of commerce is handing out ‘Boundary Bucks’ to people that spend more than $100

Boundary Bucks were launched by the Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce in late 2019. (Jensen Edwards/Grand Forks Gazette)
Interfor’s sawmills in Grand Forks and Castlegar are scheduled to slow production for two weeks amid pandemic-related market changes.                                (Jensen Edwards/Grand Forks Gazette)

Interfor cuts production and staff at Grand Forks, Castlegar mills

The curtailment is scheduled to last two weeks, amid pandemic-related market changes

Interfor’s sawmills in Grand Forks and Castlegar are scheduled to slow production for two weeks amid pandemic-related market changes.                                (Jensen Edwards/Grand Forks Gazette)
An Air Canada jet takes off from Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Enfield, N.S. File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS
An Air Canada jet takes off from Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Enfield, N.S. File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS
Kat Gellerman brings years of experience in the food business to her new store, Chef Sense Supplies, in downtown Courtenay. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Edible straws one B.C. entrepreneur’s latest weapon in war against plastic

Kat Gellerman has spent more than 20 years working in the food business

Kat Gellerman brings years of experience in the food business to her new store, Chef Sense Supplies, in downtown Courtenay. Photo by Mike Chouinard
An aerial shot of the SpeakEasy property near Rock Creek. (SpeakEasy Growers/Submitted)

Cannabis company gets green light to plant at Rock Creek facility

SpeakEasy Cannabis Club gets indoor growing license from Health Canada

An aerial shot of the SpeakEasy property near Rock Creek. (SpeakEasy Growers/Submitted)
Celgar says equipment failure won’t affect production next week

Celgar says equipment failure won’t affect production next week

The chip dumper collapse on Oct. 6 is still under investigation

Celgar says equipment failure won’t affect production next week
Graphic designer Samantha Wey speaks with Community Futures business analyst Susan Green at the first annual BizConnect event, held last week in Rock Creek. (Jensen Edwards/Grand Forks Gazette)

Networking event connects businesses across the Boundary

The Biz Connect will be held in Grand Forks on Oct. 17

Graphic designer Samantha Wey speaks with Community Futures business analyst Susan Green at the first annual BizConnect event, held last week in Rock Creek. (Jensen Edwards/Grand Forks Gazette)
Grand Forks native Chuck Varabioff stands in his Grand Forks store as he, family and staff prepare it for opening.                                (Jensen Edwards/Grand Forks Gazette)

‘Peace of mind’ for legal cannabis store owner in Grand Forks

Chuck Varabioff opened a cannabis store in Vancouver more than five years ago

Grand Forks native Chuck Varabioff stands in his Grand Forks store as he, family and staff prepare it for opening.                                (Jensen Edwards/Grand Forks Gazette)
Cannabis growers, processors and retailers from the Kootenays had a 90-minute session with the province’s solicitor general Mike Farnworth (centre, back row) and MLA Michelle Mungall (centre) on Saturday.                                Photo: John Boivin

Kootenay cannabis growers, retailers air issues with minister

Solicitor General Mike Farnworth and local MLA Michelle Mungall host chat on industry problems

Cannabis growers, processors and retailers from the Kootenays had a 90-minute session with the province’s solicitor general Mike Farnworth (centre, back row) and MLA Michelle Mungall (centre) on Saturday.                                Photo: John Boivin
Interfor’s Castlegar mill has benefitted from tens of millions of dollars in investment, says a senior official.                                 Photo: John Boivin

West Kootenay mills weathering perfect storm in industry

Most say they’re set to persevere through tough economic times

Interfor’s Castlegar mill has benefitted from tens of millions of dollars in investment, says a senior official.                                 Photo: John Boivin
Castlegar police say missing woman found safe
Castlegar police say missing woman found safe
Castlegar police seek missing indigenous woman

Castlegar police seek missing indigenous woman

Darilee Nolie was last seen earlier this week.

Castlegar police seek missing indigenous woman
Felix Belczyk (left) and Ben Conroy co-own the Spirit Leaf franchise.                                The Spirit Leaf franchise owners say it’ll be customer service that makes the difference. (Photo by: John Boivin)

Trio of pot shops to open in Castlegar by July, owners hope

Each trying to find a way to stand out from the pack

Felix Belczyk (left) and Ben Conroy co-own the Spirit Leaf franchise.                                The Spirit Leaf franchise owners say it’ll be customer service that makes the difference. (Photo by: John Boivin)
MTI has begun offering charters for West Kootenay groups looking for transportation in the region. Submitted photo

Castlegar player enters charter bus service in West Kootenay

MTI hopes to fill gap left by the closing of Queen City Shuttle service

MTI has begun offering charters for West Kootenay groups looking for transportation in the region. Submitted photo
Interfor’s Castlegar mill. (Photo: Chelsea Novak)

Interfor to reduce Castlegar, Grand Forks mill hours next month to cut production

Company says low lumber prices and high log costs forcing its hand

Interfor’s Castlegar mill. (Photo: Chelsea Novak)
Cannabis promoters call for ‘reset’ of federal pot rules

Cannabis promoters call for ‘reset’ of federal pot rules

Changes in regulation are causing chaos for small growers, say letter’s authors

Cannabis promoters call for ‘reset’ of federal pot rules
Health Canada’s new policies for cannabis licences is being criticized by small growers. File photo

Kootenay cannabis growers, analysts pan new Health Canada policy

New requirement to build facility before licence approval will discourage growers from going legit

Health Canada’s new policies for cannabis licences is being criticized by small growers. File photo