by Castlegar Source on Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 2:11pm

Castlegar RCMP are requesting the public's assistance in locating a Castlegar man, Oscar Bot, who has not been seen or heard from since 9:35 p.m. on the night of Tuesday, June 28.

The man was last seen on video turning onto Highway 3A to head west from the entrance to the West Kootenay Regional Airport. He was supposed to return home but never did, and has recently failed to show up for an important appointment he had scheduled.

Recent News

Teen in Mount Sentinel evacuation charged with two counts of uttering threats

Denver Skey appeared in BC Provincial Court in Nelson Wednesday.

The teenager accused of making threats last Friday at Mount Sentinel High School in South Slocan made an appearance Wednesday in BC Provincial Court in Nelson.

Denver Skey, 18, was in court to hear charges of two counts of uttering threats.

The threats resulted in administration locking down the high school as well as sending students home from the Brent Kennedy Elementary School.

The incident also forced cancellation of Grad Ceremonies at Mount Sentinel Friday, which is located 20 kilometers west of Nelson on Highway 3A.

Category 2 open fires to be prohibited in Southeast District

Category 2 open fires to be prohibited in Southeast District

Effective at noon Pacific Time on Monday, July 4, 2016, Category 2 open fires will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

This prohibition is in addition to the Category 3 open fire prohibition that came into effect in the Southeast Fire Centre on June 3, 2016. A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online.

Selkirk College Board of Governors Approves Balanced Budget

The Selkirk College Board of Governors recently approved a $45 million budget that sets a course for regional college in the coming year.

The Selkirk College Board of Governors has approved an annual budget that allows the institution to continue providing high quality, sought after programs and services to students and to grow in areas that address future needs.

At its monthly meeting in May, the board passed the proposed $45 million budget that sets a financial course for the regional college in the coming year.

Regional News

Letter: Winlaw School Closure Consultation Process Flawed

Letter: Winlaw School Closure Consultation Process Flawed

To The Editor:

I’m new to the area and was curious why the local school board was planning to close Winlaw elementary school.

From what I had read it was a growing school at near capacity (seemingly opposite to that often cited case for closing a rural school - dwindling enrolment in an aging population).

Neither of the public consultations I attended at WE Graham elementary school in Slocan on May 17th or Winlaw elementary school on June 13th provided any answers - or did they. 


Pair charged by Nelson Police following firearm complaint in Heritage City

Weapons complaints kept NPD officers busy Sunday afternoon.

Nelson Police officers were kept busy Sunday afternoon with two potentially dangerous calls dealing with firearms complaints in the city.

Nelson Police Sergeant Paul Bayes said the two incidents occurred in Rosemont and Jam Factory Lane near Vernon Street, with the latter resulting in charges to two males.

“Both males were charged with: unauthorized possession of a firearm; possession of a firearm knowing it is unauthorized; careless use of a firearm; possession of weapon dangerous to public and unauthorized transport in motor vehicle.

Not even a little rain or wind will stop the Balfour Ferry from its mission

The Balfour Ferry was riding a rainbow recently during its return run back to Balfour. — Photos courtesy Rudy Benno

The Balfour Ferry Terminal, and the Balfour Ferry have been in the news of late.

So has the crazy June weather.

Rudy Benno saw a little bit of everything from his Queens Bay cottage as he caught the Balfour Ferry fighting through a recent storm on Kootenay Lake.


Benno took a few pictures of the Balfour Ferry making its way across Kootenay Lake during some of the temperamental weather.

Provincial & National

Mail disruptions loom as Canada Post rejects CUPW proposal

Canada Post Nelson location will be behind picket lines after the company rejected a proposal from CUPW to extend the July 2 deadline for a lockout by a period of two weeks. — The Nelson Daily

There appears to be no turning back on a potential disruption to mail delivery after Canada Post CEO Deepak Chopra officially rejected a letter from postal workers asking him to extend the July 2 deadline for a lockout by a period of two weeks.

Mike Palecek, national president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, says in a media release this could mean Canada Post is indeed preparing to lock out its workforce in the middle of a public postal review, spoiling the process.

6,100 boats inspected as B.C. leads the fight against invasive mussels

The stations in the Columbia Basin are located near the communities of Golden, Radium, Sparwood, Castlegar and Valemount.

British Columbia remains free of invasive mussels, thanks to ongoing efforts that have seen more than 6,100 watercraft inspected so far this year – already surpassing the number of inspections in all of 2015.

Through the Invasive Mussel Defence Program, a crew of 32 trained mussel inspectors are working seven days a week, 10 hours a day, at eight permanent inspection stations along B.C. borders to prevent the spread of invasive mussels.

The stations in the Columbia Basin are located near the communities of Golden, Radium, Sparwood, Castlegar and Valemount.