by Kyra Hoggan on Friday, August 22, 2014 - 5:06pm

The Castlegar Source is thrilled to once again sponsor the Kootenay’s coolest evening – Raise the Woof!

A fundraiser for local animal rescue society KAAP (Kootenay Animal Assistance Program), Raise the Woof is also an incredibly upbeat fundraiser with something for everyone.

This is the second annual Raise the Woof, and KAAP president Laurel Mathew says last year’s event was a screaming success.

Recent News

CBT hire a student program continues in fall

The School Works Program benefited Tom Oglow, owner of Oglow’s Paint, Wallcoverings and Window Blinds in Castlegar, and student Patrick Linkletter. — Submitted photo

Businesses and organizations around the Basin can once again get support to hire students through Columbia Basin Trust’s School Works program.

Applications  are available at  and are assessed on a first-come, first-served basis.
The program provides a wage subsidy of up to $8/hour to encourage employers to provide part-time employment to full-time high school and post-secondary students during the school year.

OOPS! You spelled that wrong. So what?

OOPS! You spelled that wrong. So what?

Spell lots of words wrong! Use apostrophes when you have no earthly reason to do so! Confuse ‘C’, ‘see’, and ‘sea’!

No movement in impasse between city and union workers

Union president Leford Lafayette speaks to city council Aug. 11.

The impasse between the City of Castlegar and its union workers seems as relentless as ever today, after the second day of labour action.

While not fully on strike per se, CUPE 2262 has issued a ban on overtime work as a first step after issuing 72-hour strike action notice on Friday, Aug. 15.

Chris Barlow, city director of Transportation and Public Works, said the ball is in the union’s court.

Regional News

New metric shows Lower Columbia to be thriving

New metric shows Lower Columbia to be thriving

The Lower Columbia Region is thriving! The most recent economic statistic in a series of published metrics highlighting our thriving economy is the number of non Canadian visitors entering the Lower Columbia region via our local, Paterson and Waneta, borders. From January through May 2014, a whopping 11,800 non Canadian visitors passed through the borders into the Lower Columbia region.

Queen City Cruise 2014 Bigger and Better than Ever

The 2013 Queen City Cruise attracted 350 cars and 10,000 people to Nelson’s downtown streets. — Photo courtesy Nelson Road Kings

The Queen City Cruise had humble beginnings just over a decade in the minds of a few car buffs who wanted to revive the spirit of the muscle car era in the Nelson Area.

They took action and started the Nelson Road Kings car club, launched the first Queen City Cruise and the rest, as they say, is history.

The club now has over 100 members and its annual gala event is expected to attract about 350 cars and 10,000 people to Nelson’s downtown streets this year.

NDTA protests Kootenay Lake School Board 'celebration' meeting

One of the rally signs mocks the Kootenay School Board "celebration" meeting Wednesday at the Prestige Inn Lakeside Resort. — The Nelson Daily photo

The two sides in the BC Teachers’ dispute have been sitting under a Maxwell-Smart-like "Cone of Silence" for the past two weeks hoping a lack of public rhetoric or media mudslinging would put an end to the strike/lockout that has shut down public schools in the province since June.

Provincial & National

COMMENT: Lessons from Mount Polley

COMMENT: Lessons from Mount Polley

B.C.'s economy – already facing what seems like the perfect economic storm of stagnant job growth, an acute skills shortage and the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision on First Nation land title claims – can now add one more low pressure system into that mix: the Mount Polley Mine disaster.

Fatal hit and run investigation turns to the public for assistance

The map image shows where the body of a Penticton resident was found earlier this month. — Photo courtesy RCMP

Police continue to investigate a hit and run fatality and are requesting public assistance in moving the investigation forward.
The investigation is a result of police finding a boyd lying in the middle of Skaha Lake Road (Tuesday) August 12 at approximately 4:40 a.m.