by Kyra Hoggan on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 3:39am

Social media proved its power on Nov. 19, becoming an instrumental tool in helping to find a missing 10-year-old Castlegar boy in Trail (his name is being withheld to protect his and his family’s privacy).

At roughly 6:30 p.m., RCMP Cpl. Dave Johnson contacted The Source and asked the word be spread about a missing child.

Within roughly two hours, 398 people had shared the link, 27,852 people read the story, and Facebook says the post reached 57,808 people.

Selkirk Forestry student Liz King was one of the residents who called 9-1-1.

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An open letter from CUPE to Castlegar

An open letter from CUPE to Castlegar

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PEOPLE OF CASTLEGAR, MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL

This is a call for calm. And a call for respect.  Your city workers are on a legal strike – for the first time in 60 years. That’s a long relationship and one that needs to be protected and respected.

Much has been said during this dispute and while most of the exchanges and discussion has been respectful and reasonable, some of it has not been appropriate or constructive.    

COMMENT: Mayor speaks to labour dispute

COMMENT: Mayor speaks to labour dispute

I’d like to thank the residents of Castlegar for your patience and understanding during the labour strike by our unionized CUPE city employees.

We are now in snow season and our management staff are working around the clock to keep the roads clear and safe. We appreciate that residents and businesses are helping to keep adjacent sidewalks clear for public safety.

All City facilities remain open as we endeavor to provide prompt service to residents, businesses and visitors alike.

LETTER: Resident offers a proposal to council/union

LETTER: Resident offers a proposal to council/union

Nov 25., 2014

Dear Mayor Chernoff and Council,

This Open Letter proposes a human-to-human way to break the labour dispute impasse that -- to put it mildly -- is negatively affecting all our citizens in a number of ways, and not just in practical terms.

Regional News

RCMP looking for clues in 10-year-old cold case of missing Creston man

George Franklin Davis . . . missing since 2004.

Creston RCMP are asking for public assistance in solving a cold case of a missing 40-year-old man from the East Kootenay City.

It was July 29, 2004 since George Davis went missing but the police continue to search for answers in his disappearance.

In late July 2004 at approximately 1:30 p.m., Creston RCMP received a report of a missing person from a residence on the 1300 block of Channel Road.

George Franklin Davis, who was 40-years-old at the time, apparently went to get some cigarettes driving a brown 1981 Chrysler Lebaron bearing BC plate 191BHR.

Op/Ed: The "War on Christmas;" It's a real thing

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This Op/Ed video is by Derek Forgie. Some readers might recognize him because he travelled with Clara Hughes' Big Ride as she came through the Boundary and West Kootenays. Check out his stance on the "War on Christmas." 

Bio (NSB): Equality Advocate

KETTLE RIVER Q&A: Small fish with big importance for the Kettle River.

KETTLE RIVER Q&A: Small fish with big importance for the Kettle River.

Unless you are really into fish, you have probably not heard of the Speckled Dace.

The Speckled Dace (Rhinichthys osculus) is a small minnow (5-9 cm) that is relatively abundant in the Kettle River watershed and in many waterways in the western United States.

The Speckled Dace is a small minnow found in the Kettle River watershed and western United States. Illustration by Nichola Lytle, Pink Dog Designs

Provincial & National

Op/Ed: The "War on Christmas;" It's a real thing

See video

This Op/Ed video is by Derek Forgie. Some readers might recognize him because he travelled with Clara Hughes' Big Ride as she came through the Boundary and West Kootenays. Check out his stance on the "War on Christmas." 

Bio (NSB): Equality Advocate

Avalanche warning throughout BC interior

Avalanche warning throughout BC interior

Avalanche Canada is issuing a special public avalanche warning for the mountains of BC’s interior, including the North Rockies, Cariboos, North Columbia, South Columbia, Purcells, Kootenay Boundary, South Rockies, and Lizard Range and Flathead. This warning applies to recreational backcountryusers and is in effect from Friday, November 28 to Monday, December 1.