NK Ways to Raise Wartime Authenticity

first_img There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again Facebook Twitter Sources from inside North Korea have been describing to Daily NK the various ways in which the authorities are generating a tense domestic atmosphere following UN Resolution 2094 and the start of ‘Key Resolve-Foal Eagle’ ROK-U.S. military exercises.A source from the North Hamkyung Province city of Chongjin told Daily NK today, “Province, municipal and county administrations have been moved underground and civilian exercises are being held daily, so tensions are at a high right now. There are some people selling possessions to buy rice and other emergency foods.”“By moving provincial radio, provincial news and telephone communications agencies underground, they have moved the authenticity of the wartime crisis up a notch,” she also added. “Even those guys who used to see it as more of the same old ‘war atmosphere propaganda’ have grown tenser.” At the same time, however, people are still expressing annoyance at the war preparations. As the source said, “Everywhere I go there is propaganda about preparing for war. People would far rather have a war than live in these hard conditions.”She went on to explain that military and civilian rallies and ongoing defense evacuation drills are hindering market activities, forcing up food prices and making it more difficult to secure supplies. The price of rice has risen by 500 won/kg since last week, she explained, adding, however, “People are just praying that they won’t close the markets down, even if a war were to break out.” Meanwhile, another source from southerly Gangwon Province told Daily NK, “The authorities there are getting people to take part in a ‘grand army support project’, and collecting rice cake from the merchants in the market. These days food traders just leave their posts when they see Party cadres coming into the marketplace.” NewsEconomy News AvatarChoi Song Min RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img SHARE News NK Ways to Raise Wartime Authenticity News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) By Choi Song Min – 2013.03.11 8:41pm last_img read more

Ambassador Vows Missiles Shot in Self-defense

first_img Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News News By Daily NK – 2014.03.25 12:19pm News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Facebook Twitter There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARE News North Korea’s Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations RiDong Il has declared the country’s recent firing of scores of short-rangemissiles into the East Sea as “self-defensive exercises as part of a normal trainingregimen.”Speaking at a press conference at the UN headquarters in NewYork, Ri went on to assert that if the United States continues its nuclearthreat against North Korea “there will be no choice but to display the power ofour nuclear deterrent.”“If the United States raises the pressure stakes against theNorth through its joint military exercises with the South, analogousretaliatory measures may be taken,” he added. Criticism was also leveled at the United States forcontinuing to pose a nuclear threat to the North by pushing ahead with joint military drills during the recent separated family reunions and high-level inter-Korean talks.Continuing, the ambassador said, “The United States’continued hostile policy is an intentional strategy to bring about the collapseof North Korea.”“The United States is causing a ridiculous commotion abouthuman rights as part of its new hostile policy toward the North,” it wasfurther claimed.  Ambassador Vows Missiles Shot in Self-defense North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Soldiers dispatched to Pyongsan uranium mine

first_img SHARE North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) News Satellite view of Pyongsan mineSatellite picture of the Pyongsan uranium mine released by 38th North on August 27, 2019. / Image: 38th NorthNorth Korea has recently dispatched soldiers who finished their mandatory service periods to a uranium mine in Pyongsan, North Hwanghae Province, Daily NK has learned. This news comes after the UN Security Council Committee tasked with monitoring sanctionson North Korea released a report on September 5 stating that uranium is still being mined at the site. “After soldiers finish their mandatory service they normally return home, but these soldiers appear to be have been stationed at the site against their will,” a North Hwanghae Province-based source told Daily NK on Monday. “Uranium is still being mined at the site in Pyongsan and uranium refinement facilities are still operational,” the source continued, adding that the “mining of uranium for the country’s nuclear program is likely to continue given that the authorities have recently stationed a large number of soldiers there.” North Korea continues to suggest internationally that it plans to pursue the denuclearization process, but there is evidence to the contrary inside the country. That officials have openly stationed soldiers at the mine suggests that the regime is indicating to its domestic audience that it does not intend to give up its nuclear program. The stationing of these new troops at the site comes after First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son-hui announced that North Korea is open to working-level negotiations with the US on denuclearization. This suggests that North Korea has continued to mine and refine uranium in Pyongsan even as it seeks dialogue on denuclearization with the US. The Pyongsan uranium mine is North Korea’s largest and includes a uranium enrichment factory. The mine is one of the major nuclear facilities in the country mentioned by US President Donald Trump to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the Hanoi summit in February. The families of the soldiers forcibly stationed at the mine are reportedly unhappy with the turn of events. “Those families who have heard about their sons being dispatched to the mine are more or less in mourning for them,” the source said. “People who work for an extended period of time at the Pyongsan mine see their hair turn grey and their teeth fall out, even in their 30s,” another source in North Hwanghae Province said. “The rumors are that many people who have worked there suffer a great deal of health issues before dying at an early age.” It’s not clear, however, what kind of work the soldiers are doing at the site, the first source told Daily NK.The mine has also been the source of leaks of waste water and other waste products recently, raising pollution concerns for nearby rivers and the ocean. South Korea’s Nuclear Safety and Security Commission (NSSC) reported on September 2 that comparative tests of radioactive contamination, including uranium, were conducted at six points near Kanghwa Island, five areas along the West Sea coast, and one location on the Han River. None of the tests detected any unusual findings. The lack of any contamination from the Pyongsan mine may be due to an absence of nuclear reactors and reprocessing facilities at the site, which is only home to the mine and a uranium refinement facility. “While Pyongsan may not be a major nuclear site compared to Yongbyon [nuclear facility], there’s evidence that the mine is contributing to the country’s nuclear program,” another Daily NK source said. “Moving forward, the site will need to be included in any process aimed at denuclearizing the country.”Please direct any comments or questions about this article to [email protected] North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55% By Seulkee Jang – 2019.09.18 4:00pm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Soldiers dispatched to Pyongsan uranium minecenter_img News Facebook Twitter News AvatarSeulkee JangSeulkee Jang is one of Daily NK’s full-time journalists. Please direct any questions about her articles to [email protected] Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store News last_img read more

Israeli bank settles with OSC over unregistered trading

first_img OSC steps up crypto enforcement Related news Registration proves elusive for crypto firms: FCA Keywords RegistrationCompanies Ontario Securities Commission To settle the allegations, the bank agreed to make a $500,000 settlement payment to the OSC, and to either rely on the international dealer exemption, or seek registration in Ontario, if it engages in activities that require registration. According to the settlement, the allegations come in the wake of a compliance review carried out by the OSC and Quebec’s Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), in cooperation with banking regulators, back in 2011 to determine whether any Ontario- and Quebec-based branches of foreign banks were engaged in securities-related business without registration. That review found that the bank had opened accounts for Ontario residents and engaged in trading and advising without an exemption. The OSC notes that the bank stopped opening accounts, closed accounts for investors that don’t qualify as “permitted clients”, and voluntarily took steps to bring itself into compliance with Ontario securities law. It also says that the bank fully cooperated during the investigation, and that they are not aware of any harm caused to clients. The settlement indicates that the bank maintains that it acted in good faith “but did not turn its attention to the fact that such trading and advising could be construed as a breach of Ontario securities law or as conduct contrary to the public interest.” James Langton center_img Unilateral Ontario reforms could hurt harmonization, provincial regs warn The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has settled allegations against an Israeli bank that it accused of trading without registration. The OSC says it has approved a settlement agreement with Bank Leumi Le Israel B.M., which sees the bank admit that it traded without proper registration in Ontario. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

Home sales nosedive in March

first_img Related news Canadian Press Canadian home sales nosedived in March as the Covid-19 pandemic began to take hold and caused both buyers and sellers to pull back.The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) said Wednesday that home sales last month were down 14.3% compared with February, on a seasonally adjusted basis. Keywords Housing House. 123RF The drop marks an abrupt downward shift from what was expected to be a busy spring for home sales.“March 2020 will be remembered around the planet for a long time,” said association president Jason Stephen in a statement.“After Friday the 13th, everything went sideways.”Restrictions on physical distancing and the closure of non-essential businesses began in the middle of March in a bid to slow the spread of Covid-19.While realtors have been designated as essential services, real estate boards have urged increasingly stringent measures to avoid in-person activity as much as possible.Home sales for March were still up 7.8% compared with a slow March a year ago, but CREA noted that figure contrasted with a year-over-year gain of close to 30% in February.The March numbers also only started to drop near the end of the month, said CREA senior economist Shaun Cathcart.“The numbers that matter most for understanding what follows are those from mid-March on, and things didn’t really start to ratchet down until week four. Preliminary data from the first week of April suggest both sales and new listings were only about half of what would be normal for that time of year.”The drop in sales activity varied by region, with Calgary marking a 26.3% decline, Greater Toronto Area sales down 20.8%, Montreal down 13.3%, Ottawa down 7.9%, Greater Vancouver off 2.9%, while Regina actually saw a 7.1% sales gain.The national average price for a home sold in March was just over $540,000, up 12.5% from a year ago, while the composite price index rose 6.9% from a year ago.Excluding the Greater Toronto Area and Greater Vancouver, two of the country’s most active and expensive housing markets, the average price was about $410,000.The sales-to-new-listings ratio slipped to 64% from 65.4% in February, a relatively small change given what’s going on, said Dominion Lending chief economist Sherry Cooper in a note.“While this is down slightly, the bigger picture is that this measure of market balance was remarkably little changed considering the extent to which current economic and social conditions are impacting both buyers and sellers.”She said that with the market still largely balanced for March, the impact on housing prices will likely take a little longer to become apparent.“Clearly this is only the beginning, but the plunge in sales and new listings in the second half of March is indicative of the stall out in housing market activity likely until social distancing is removed and people feel safe enough to resume normal activities.”Activity could, however, then rebound fairly sharply if physical distancing measures are lifted by the end of June, said Royal LePage Canada president Phil Soper.“Unlike, say, restaurants, where you’ll never make up for a month of zero sales, in the real estate industry, bad weather, a short term economic shock, regulatory change, can shift the pattern of transactions from one quarter to the next.”He said he doesn’t expect a full rebound in sales this year, but that a lot will depend on what kind of knock-on effects the business restrictions end up having on the economy.“The question is, will the severe downturn in the second quarter carry on for the full year, and I just don’t believe it will. I believe some of those transactions, a significant number will be pushed into the third and fourth quarters.”He noted that most job losses to date have been with younger and part-time workers who are less likely to be in the housing market, while the potential drop in immigration levels could also have a more muted impact because newcomers generally take several years to enter the market.If physical distancing measures, however, stretch on past June, then the realtor agency forecasts that it could put pressure on the market and prices could decline.CREA, meanwhile, has held off on any revisions to its 2020 outlook, which in December called for an 8.9% rise in sales to 530,000 homes, because there is too much still unknown, said spokesman Pierre Leduc.“As the Bank of Canada said [on Wednesday], ‘the outlook is too uncertain at this point to provide a complete forecast’,” he said by email.“There isn’t enough data and way too much uncertainty to determine any trends moving forward. It will be near impossible to do so until containment measures are relaxed.” GTA home sales down 13% between April and May: TRREB Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Global housing prices rise amid pandemic: BIS Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Tougher stress tests won’t chill housing market: Scotialast_img read more

200k vaccines per day to meet Fed Budget target

first_img200k vaccines per day to meet Fed Budget target Provocate C-suite consultingFederal Budget Business & Media BriefBudget needs 200k vaccines per day to meet targetKEY FINDINGS: The Federal Budget is banking on current COVID19 vaccinations increasing five-fold to up to 200,000 per day every day to complete the rollout by the end of 2021 – the same rate as Australia’s original targets before they were scrapped, according to C-suite consulting firm Provocate.This is despite Australia’s current vaccination rate averaging just 35,000 per day, and its highest single day recorded to date (89,000) reached nearly four weeks ago.Provocate Managing Director Troy Bilsborough – a former Senior Advisor to the Federal Health & Aged Care Minister (2013-2017) – said the biggest question remaining for business was what rate of herd immunity the Budget was banking on, as it meant a difference of 50,000 extra vaccinations daily between high and low rates.“The safest bet is for Australia to collectively work towards the highest rate of herd immunity until we don’t.“Other than the hardest political opponents, most Australian businesses will be willing the government on to turbocharge the vaccination rollout and meet their ambitious target so borders can open.“However, to average 200,000 vaccines per day every day over the next seven months is going to be a monumental task, given we’re currently averaging about 35,000 per day, and business should plan conservatively and cautiously.“The Budget predicting international borders opening six months after completing the vaccine rollout is a signal in itself government is providing a buffer on delivery without throwing out its economic forecasts.“Until vaccination rates are consistently averaging at least one million per week, we would advise business C-suite continue to expect a vaccine rollout completion closer to 2023 than 2021.“The increased level of Federal spending and debt announced now should also see businesses cautious and realistic about future government spending over the next four years and demonstrating clear win-win-wins to receive it.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:aged care, Australia, Australian, banking, business, director, Federal, federal budget, future, Government, health, immunity, Minister, spending, vaccination, Vaccineslast_img read more

The Audi SQ7 and SQ8 are coming to North America

first_img The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca The 2020 Audi SQ7 and SQ8 SUVs will arrive in late spring. Pricing for the SQ7 in Premium Plus trim starts at US$$84,800 ($112,000) in the U.S., while SQ8 pricing is still to be announced. 2019 Audi SQ8 debuts with 429-horsepower turbo-diesel V8—in EuropeAs for the styling, the S line elevates the style of the standard Q7 and Q8 with Alu-optic or Black-optic design elements such as the air intake “blades,” side sills, standard silver mirror caps and quad exhaust tips. Audi is bringing its latest sporty SUVs to the North American market, the 2020 SQ7 and SQ8. The vehicles slot right under the RS Q8 in terms of performance.Under the hood of both vehicles is a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, which produces 500 horsepower and 568 lb.-ft. of torque. That power is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.Both vehicles can accelerate to 60 miles per hour (96 km/h) in 4.3 seconds, on to a top speed of 155 miles per hour (250 km/h). We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. First Drive: 2021 Audi RS Q8 Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending in Canada COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The wheels do more than just handle all that power — the SQ7 and SQ8 are also equipped with all-wheel steering, which can increase maneuverability in tight situations and aid with high-speed stability. The performance is aided by the available quattro sport differential, which can send up to 80 per cent of the power to the rear axle. Power can also be ratioed out side-to-side for improved handling.The technology doesn’t end there. The vehicles are also fitted with electro-mechanical active roll stabilization, which stiffens the front and rear roll bars in more active driving situations.RELATED ‹ Previous Next › Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Static photoColour: Daytona gray  Audi RELATED TAGSAudiLuxuryLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles advertisement See More Videos Trending Videoslast_img read more

2021 Kia K5 packs wild styling, new tech — and AWD outside of Canada, for now

first_img The 2021 Kia K5 arrives in the fall of this year. Pricing and detailed specifications will be released closer to the launch date. Under the hood, the new base engine is a 1.6-litre turbo-four that produces 180 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm. New is the Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) system, where independent control of the valve open time provides a boost in performance and better efficiency. This engine drives the front wheels through an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission. The combination promises to deliver much better performance than the previous entry-level 2.4L four-cylinder and six-speed automatic.The boss engine is going to be the 2.5L turbo-four. It fires 290 horsepower and 311 lb.-ft. of torque through a new eight-speed dual wet-clutch transmission. The advantage to the wet part is as the clutch pack runs in an oil bath, it doesn’t burn and become smelly when forced to slip as the dry-clutch units tend to do. This combination will a be a late arrival for Canada. The good news is when it does arrive, this K5 variant will boast a quick zero-to-100 km/h time of 6.6 seconds, according to Kia. As with the outgoing Optima, expect a hybrid powertrain option down the road.The K5’s adjustable drive modes features Smart, Comfort, Eco, Sport, and Custom settings. The 2.5L turbo-four gets a Sport+ mode as well. Depending on the mode selected, the system sharpens the throttle, and changes the transmission’s shift points and the steering feel.2021 Kia K5 We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Peek inside and the cabin has been reworked to great effect. Replacing the infotainment screen that was built into the dash on the outgoing model is one of two free-standing screens. On most models it will be an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. New is the fact these two apps can be connected wirelessly while the phone is being charged on a Qi pad. The optional display is a 10.25-inch unit. It features server-based navigation with real-time traffic data, a more intuitive user interface, and new multi-connection Bluetooth wireless connectivity. The K5’s interior can be further customized with a selection of black leather seating, chrome metallic and wood-like finishes, a flat-bottom sport steering wheel, and an available panoramic sunroof, along with a 12-speaker Bose audio systemStandard safety equipment includes Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with automatic braking, a drowsy driver monitor and lane follow assist. New is the availability of Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA) and Junction Turning (FCA-JT). It helps the driver avoid a collision when making a left turn through braking intervention, if an oncoming vehicle is approaching and the driver does nothing to avoid it. Blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross-traffic alert was standard on the outgoing Optima, so one hopes this continues with the new K5. 2021 Kia K5Handout, Kia 2021 Kia K5Handout, Kia 2021 Kia K5Handout, Kia 2021 Kia K5Handout, Kia 2021 Kia K5Handout, Kia 2021 Kia K5Handout, Kia 2021 Kia K5Handout, Kia 2021 Kia K5Handout, Kia 2021 Kia K5Handout, Kia 2021 Kia K5Handout, Kia 2021 Kia K5Handout, Kia 2021 Kia K5Handout, Kia 2021 Kia K5Handout, Kia 2021 Kia K5Handout, Kia 2021 Kia K5Handout, Kia Trending Videos You know it as the Kia Optima, but the next-generation is going to be called the K5. In many other parts of the world, Kia’s product portfolio uses an alphanumeric badging system — the Forte is the K3, the Cadenza is the K7. The K5, which will be offered in LX, EX and GT-Line trims, arrives with a stunning style and the wherewithal needed to back up its salacious new looks.The exterior style adopts a Stinger-like profile, minus the liftback. This means a fastback four-door sedan with a coupe-like profile. Up front, the latest expression of Kia’s “tiger nose” grille is flanked by slim headlights that are underscored by LED daytime running lights. The large under-bumper air opening then suggests the K5 means business. Around the back, the use of a full-width taillight design adds yet more pizzazz. It is, as four-door sedans go, a good-looking piece with a striking presence.RELATED Car Review: 2019 Kia Stinger GT RELATED TAGSKiaOptimaNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesPreviewNon-Luxury COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The 2021 Kia Sedona will look a lot like this Korean-market CarnivalKia’s third-generation “N3” platform underpins the new K5. It’s now larger and more accomodating; overall length is up 50 millimetres, width is up 25, and the wheelbase is now longer — at 2,850 millimetres, it will now have more rear-seat legroom — and the outgoing Optima was already generous in that regard. In other markets, the K5 will be offered with all-wheel-drive. It will be available in the U.S., but according to Kia Canada, “the plans for Canada are still being finalized” and “we’ll have more spec details this fall.” Reading between the lines suggests AWD likely isn’t coming; of all of the improvements, the addition of AWD for the first time in Canada would be one of the more newsworthy items. So, fingers crossed the right decision will be made, because when winter hits AWD is a boon. 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Samsung hit by Qualcomm chip shortage

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 12 MAR 2021 European operators target phone sustainability Devices HomeDevicesNews Samsung hit by Qualcomm chip shortage Tags Author chipsQualcommsmartphones Diana Goovaerts center_img Previous ArticleRakuten Mobile retail reach risesNext ArticleMobile Mix: 5G colours in the blanks Apple faces 5G modem wait Related Samsung was among a number of device manufacturers affected by a shortage of Qualcomm chips attributed to a surge in demand related to US sanctions on Chinese vendor Huawei, Reuters reported.Sources told the news outlet Samsung was facing a shortfall of application processors, which impacted production of its low- and mid-tier handsets. Short supply of premium chips was also noted.Several other major smartphone brands were tipped to be in similar straits, with a source from a top contract manufacturer telling Reuters it would slash device shipments in 2021.A Qualcomm representative pointed Mobile World Live to recent comments from company executives acknowledging supply constraints.During its annual shareholder meeting on 10 March, president Cristiano Amon noted an “industry-wide” semiconductor shortage, adding demand for the company’s products was “basically higher than supply”.He said supply was expected to “meet demand towards the later part of 2021”, but added Qualcomm expected long-term demand for its silicon to remain high due to the impact of US sanctions on Huawei. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back India smartphone shipments grow Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more last_img read more

Mission Mountain Mercantile Set to Reopen this Fall

first_imgA year after the Mission Mountain Mercantile in Condon burned to the ground, its owners have broken ground on its replacement.Manager Grace Siloti said she and her partner, part owner Len Kobylenski, hope to have the new general store built and open to the public by fall.For decades, the “Merc” was an important gathering place for locals in the Swan Valley. Kobylenski opened the grocery store, deli and gas station in 1979 and in the years since it became an important pit stop for locals and those traveling through the remote area. But it all came crashing down on the early morning of May 18, 2016, when the store caught fire. The blaze destroyed the building and everything inside. The cause of the fire has never been determined.For a few months, Kobylenski and Siloti went back and forth on whether they would rebuild. But Siloti said they came to a conclusion: “You can’t have a community without a general store.”So the couple got to work designing a general store that will be “better than ever,” said Siloti. The new building will maintain the old mercantile’s rustic charm, but will have more windows to look out at the mountains that surround the Swan Valley.“It’s going to be the coolest store ever,” Siloti said. “And it will still have the big front porch that everyone loved.”Having the store back will help local residents, especially senior citizens who struggled to get the supplies they needed during an especially harsh winter. Siloti said there were some occasions where local residents had to tread treacherous roads to go grocery shopping in either Seeley Lake or Bigfork.Siloti said if one positive emerged from the ordeal it’s that the community pulled together and helped neighbors in need. She said whenever people were heading to Seeley Lake or Bigfork, they would ask what others need. She said attitudes like that are what makes places like Condon special and why they are proud to be a part of the community.“I have never seen a community come together like that,” she said. “I don’t think this community has ever been closer.” Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more