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The Valley VOICE is a biweekly regional BC community newspaper serving the Slocan, Arrow Lakes and North Kootenay Lake Valleys. It is 100% independently and locally owned.



$1 Million Grant for SIFCo’s Wildfire Protection Plan

SIFCo, the Slocan Integral  Forestry Cooperative based in Winlaw, has received $1 million from the Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC) to continue with its landscape-level Strategic Wildfire Protection Plan. “This is huge,” says manager Stephan Martineau. “Since 2009, we … Continue reading


Columbia River Treaty Negotiations Underway

Important Negotiations are Underway! May 22, 2018 The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, announced today that Canada and the United States will launch negotiations on May 29, 2018, to renew the Columbia River Treaty. Katrine Conroy, B.C.’s Minister … Continue reading


RDI Focus – Checking in on Life in the Basin-Boundary

Checking in on Life in the Basin-Boundary Every year, the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute (RDI) at Selkirk College takes stock of well-being in the Columbia Basin-Boundary region. This region wide check-up investigates a number of indicators across economic, social, … Continue reading


Evacuation alerts issued for Slocan Valley

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) has issued evacuation alerts for residents and visitors in areas of the Slocan Valley due to the potential flooding. The alerts affect Indian Point Road and Slocan Valley Road West. Local firefighters will … Continue reading


Mosquito Control Program to be decided by Referendum

Mosquito Control Feasibility Study for a Portion of Electoral Area H A Mosquito Control Feasibility Study for a Portion of Area H is in progress, as a result of two related petitions submitted to the RDCK and the ensuing Board resolution #515/17. … Continue reading


State of the Basin 2017 for Columbia Basin-Boundary Region

State of the Basin 2017 full report State of the Basin is a region-wide check-up on life in the Columbia Basin-Boundary Region. This comprehensive report looks at current trends in the local economy, society, culture and the environment. The Columbia … Continue reading


Slocan City Suites now taking applications!

It’s time! The Slocan seniors’ affordable housing project (a.k.a the Slocan City Suites) is taking applications! Are you a senior thinking about applying to rent an affordable suite in beautiful Slocan? Construction is well underway on the seniors’ housing project … Continue reading


Sandon’s first ever Valley of the Ghosts Music Fest seeking volunteers

1st Annual Valley of the Ghosts Music Fest happening in Sandon!!!! Saturday, July 14th noon to midnight We are seeking volunteers (perks: free admission, free camping, free t-shirt, drink tickets and a meal – with a pancake/waffle breakfast for all … Continue reading


CBT Community Initiatives and Public Engagement – Meeting Schedule April 2018

Proponents are expected to attend the public input meeting in each area that funding support is requested from and organizations need to be prepared to make a short presentation regarding their project or be prepared to respond to inquiries about … Continue reading


Spring 2018 Small Business Training Schedule

Improve your business skills at Community Futures Getting publicity for your business is one of the most powerful and cost effective promotional tactics you can learn. The rules are simple: conventions must be followed, but the pay-off is worth the … Continue reading