by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 11:01am

A public open house next month will be one of the final steps in seeing user-pay water and sewer services in Castlegar, as water-meter installation in the city nears completion.

Director of Transportation and Civic Works Chris Barlow says the city is nearing the end of a process that involved roughly 2,700 homes and has been almost a decade in the making.

“We started residential metering with a voluntary program in 2006,” Barlow explained. “Then, in 2012, council decided to go ahead with universal metering.”

Recent News

Strange odor forces staff to evacuate Mount Sentinel Friday morning

Students got the afternoon off from classes due to smoke from an unknown source.

Mount Sentinel staff took no chances, evacuating the school Friday morning after the smell of a suspicious odor began to filter through the South Slocan-based High School.

The Kootenay Lake School District Twitter account said the school was “evacuated due to smoke from unknown source.”

The Nelson Daily has learned the evacuation occurred at approximately 10:30 a.m. Friday.

Kootenay Lake Superintendent Jeff Jones confirmed staff noticed an odor in the building as well as saw a light smoke in the hallway.

Castlegar wins award for Celgar Pavilion at Millennium Park

Castlegar wins award for Celgar Pavilion at Millennium Park

The City of Castlegar was one of six communities to receive Community Recognition awards from Wood WORKS! BC at the annual Union of BC Municipalities Convention in Victoria this week, in honour of the Celgar Pavilion at Millennium Park.

Refugee family safely landed in Castlegar Tuesday

Refugee family safely landed in Castlegar Tuesday

This Tuesday the Castlegar Refugee Project Team was thrilled to greet a Burmese refugee family who arrived safely, after travelling for more than 24 hours from Kuala Lumpur. The young couple originally fled their Chin State in Myanmar and applied for refugee status in Malaysia. They have been waiting in crowded conditions in Malaysia a few years, where their 14-month-old daughter was born, hoping they would get a sponsor. The family are now settled into a home in downtown Castlegar.

Regional News

Man arrested for assault following fight with NPD officer

A local man facing charges after fight with police.

The flood of sirens and police cars descending on lower Gyro Park concluded with the arrest of man for assault Friday afternoon said a Nelson Police media release.

"A local man was arrested and charged with assaulting police, resisting arrest and obstruction after an incident in the lower Gyro Park area," said Acting NPD Sergeant Matt Caldwell in the media release.

Letter: When it comes to seniors, think again

Letter: When it comes to seniors, think again

To The Editor:

October 1st is the United Nations-declared “International Day of the Older Person.”

The theme this year is ageism, a prejudice that the UN describes as the most socially-normalized form of discrimination worldwide.

The term was coined in 1969 to describe a form of discrimination based on age.

Trail seas cadets join Nelson neighbours on Kootenay Lake

Navy Cadets from Nelson and Trail get a taste of on-the-water action during a recent sailing outing on Kootenay Lake.

Recently, cadets and staff took to Kootenay Lake by the Big Orange Bridge at the Interior Cadet Nautical Site located in Nelson BC.
 
The cadets were from 81 Hampton Gray Corp in Nelson and 131 Kootenay Corp in Trail.
 
During the weekend the cadets were taught basic sailing skills under supervision of qualified cadet and adult instructors.
 
The cadet program is open to all youth between the ages of 12 and 18.
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Provincial & National

RCMP collar alleged child predator

RCMP collar alleged child predator

A proactive online investigation by the BC Integrated Child Exploitation (BC ICE) Unit has resulted in charges of Making Child Pornography and Arrangement or Agreement to commit a sexual offence against a child. 

On March 10, 56-year-old Ronald Gardner, of no fixed address, was arrested and subsequently charged with the above noted offences, as well as Failing to Comply with Prohibition Order originating from historical child-pornography-related charges.

Fitness apps more effective when they are personalized — UBC study concludes

Mary Jung, an assistant professor in UBC Okanagan’s School of Health and Exercise Sciences, recently completed an eight-week study that examined the effectiveness of fitness apps. — Submitted photo


When fitness apps include personal touches such as individualized goals and contact with a ‘real live trainer’, users tend to exercise more consistently, a UBC study concludes.

Mary Jung, an assistant professor in UBC Okanagan’s School of Health and Exercise Sciences, recently completed an eight-week study that examined the effectiveness of fitness apps.