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Pets credited with saving man in Castlegar house fire

Pets credited with saving man in Castlegar house fire

A fire that completely gutted a house in the 1000 block of 7th Avenue last night may well have taken the homeowner's life as well, had it not been for the man's pets.

Fire chief Gerry Rempel said the homeowner was the only person in the house, and he was sleeping right through the smoke alarm when his dog jumped on him.

The man awoke to find both his dog and cat trying to get his attention, at which point he heard the alarm, smelled smoke and left the house, calling the fire department from a neighbour's place.

FLICKS: Dinner for Schmucks serves ample laughs, but...

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 Whenever I go to a comedy I lower my expectations. As someone once said, 'life is easy; comedy is hard'. How many truly classic comedy films are there in the world? I don't mean just funny movies, but movies that are funny AND quality productions/stories? Not that many, really. I'll go with His Girl Friday and Raising Arizona as two of my favourites. Other classics include What's New Pussycat?, Duck Soup, Groundhog Day, perhaps, and....it's a pretty short list in my humble opinion.

RCMP: Second grow-op bust in area within days

RCMP: Second grow-op bust in area within days

Police have arrested two people in connection with RCMP's second grow-op raid conducted in the area in the space of just a few days.

Castlegar RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew said officers executed a search warrant at a suspected marihuana grow operation on Relkoff road in Rasberry, on July  29.

 "Seized during the search were approximately 30 plants, all of which had been moved outside," she said. "Assorted equipment used in the growing of marihuana was also located throughout the property. "

City: quarter-million-dollar air monitoring site for Castlegar; summer paving projects done except in Blueberry

City: quarter-million-dollar air monitoring site for Castlegar; summer paving projects done except in Blueberry

 City workers today demolished an old washroom building at Zinio Tennis Court, making way for a new environmental monitoring trailer.

“The washroom was condemned several years ago and, as of today, it is no more,” said Chris Barlow, city director of transportation and civic works.
 
City CAO John Malcolm said the city has cause to be flushed with pride at our switch from bathroom to environmental monitoring equipment.

Chamber needs to know: should businesses have a vote in local elections?

Chamber needs to know: should businesses have a vote in local elections?

 The Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce is asking for community input as they decide whether to join a lobby calling for businesses to once again have a vote in municipal elections.

RCMP top cop challenges city councillor; radio personality

Source file photo: Deb McIntosh successfully defends her pie-eating crown at M&M barbecue earlier this year.

 Castlegar RCMP detachment commander Laurel Mathew has thrown down the gauntlet ... and her challenge has been received and accepted.

Mathew said city councillor and food bank manager Deb McIntosh had best be prepared to lose her crown as the city's reigning pie-eating-contest winner, as this Saturday's fundraising carnival for the Community Harvest Food Bank will see a new contender in the ring.
 
“It's to raise money for the food bank? And it's lemon meringue?

OP/ED: Food bank offers food for thought on when NOT to support a charity

OP/ED: Food bank offers food for thought on when NOT to support a charity

 My son did a really neat thing this week – a neat thing that served to underline some ugly truths of our modern world.

Let's start the story with my shameless bragging: my 12-year-old son, upon hearing me discuss the food bank's current crisis, took it upon himself (with no prompting from me), to answer the call.
 

TECH TALK: What to do with all those holiday pictures?

TECH TALK: What to do with all those holiday pictures?

It’s summer time, which often leads to holidays, which often lead to pictures ... lots of pictures.
 

One of the great things about digital cameras is that you can take crazy amounts of pictures without having to pay crazy amounts of developing costs. The down-side of this is, now that I have all of these pictures, what am I supposed to do with them?

IHA introduces new emergency reponse teams to the region

IHA introduces new emergency reponse teams to the region

 Interior Health (IH) is pleased to announce the launch of High Acuity Response Teams (HARTs) this fall that will enhance transport and care needs of acutely ill patients throughout the health region.

These teams will consist of highly-trained critical care nurses responding with a BC Ambulance Service (BCAS) basic life support ambulance team to transport acutely ill patients from outlying rural and remote health sites to higher levels of care. In more complex cases, a respiratory therapist will be called in to assist.
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