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City to pay Celgar school taxes

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City to pay Celgar school taxes

Castlegar city council has decided to pay the final amount of Celgar's major industry municipal taxes owed to other jurisdictions – in this case, just over $334,000 owed for school taxes.


In a report to council brought forward at Monday night's regular meeting, city finance director Andre Buss recommended paying the bill.

Castlegar schools not hard hit by H1N1

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Castlegar schools not hard hit by H1N1

School District 20 superintendent Jean Borsa said today that Castlegar schools have not been as hard-hit as some others in the region by the H1N1 virus (swine flu).


“It's sort of going away now,” she said, explaining Castlegar Primary School say an absenteeism rate of about 20 per cent last week, but that number is down this week to around 10 per cent.


“Kinnaird, Robson and Twin Rivers (elementary schools) are all below 10 per cent,” she added, “and Stanely Humphries (secondary school) is at just over 10 per cent.”

Waneta Expansion project in jeopardy

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Artist's rendering of Waneta Expansion

Ed. Note: The following is a press release issued jointly by the Columbia Power Corporation and the Columbia Basin Trust. The Source logged calls to five executive-level representatives at the two organizations, but no one had returned our calls bas of this press time.

RCMP warn against driving distracted, ignoring winter conditions, and torching cars

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RCMP warn against driving distracted, ignoring winter conditions, and torching cars

Castlegar RCMP are asking for the public's help in finding out who stole a blue 2005 GMC Sierra pick-up truck from the 100 block of 6th Avenue sometime during the night Nov. 3, then abandoned the vehicle after setting it on fire on Hall Road.


Anyone with information is asked to call the detachment at 250-365-7721.
In related news, while the above is an extreme example of irresponsible vehicular care, police across the province are also turning a gimlet eye to distracted drivers, after new provincial legislation has been passed and is set to take effect on Jan.1, 2010.

Castlegar residents included in RCMP drug round-up

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Castlegar residents included in RCMP drug round-up

Two Castlegar residents were among 12 arrested in relation to a months-long RCMP drug investigation, according to RCMP Inspector Nick Romanchuk.


“On Oct. 29, a three-month investigation lead by the Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment General Investigation Section culminated with warrants for arrest being issued for 12 alleged drug dealers from throughout the West Kootenay/Boundary,” he said.

Where's there's smoke, there's ... not much of anything?

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Where's there's smoke, there's ... not much of anything?

Photo by Kyra Hoggan: Deputy fire chief Dwayne Monsen looks on as crews try to determine the source of foul-smelling smoke emanating from a downtown office building Friday.

The smell of acrid smoke surrounding the Castlegar Community Services Society (CCSS) building on Second Street saw fire crews responding to a 9-1-1 call Friday afternoon, only to find a common autumn issue at work.

Legislation to stop ambulance strike

Legislation to stop ambulance strike

Ed Note: The following is a press release issued by the provincial government:

The province is taking action to restore full emergency care to  protect British Columbians, Minister of Health Services Kevin Falcon  announced today in introducing legislation to end the strike by CUPE 873, the union representing BC Ambulance Service (BCAS) paramedics and dispatchers.

Gaming centre a go for 2010

Gaming centre a go for 2010

Photo: artist's rendering of the proposed new gaming centre, courtesy the City of Castlegar.

Castlegar mayor Lawrence Chernoff said today that the $7.9-million gaming centre slated for Castlegar is still very much on the books, with Terrim Properties' Terry Segarty spearheading the development.


“He's still a part of the project – he's just bringing in a partner,” said Chernoff, adding that a meeting last week between Segarty, the mayor and senior city staff helped clarify the project's future direction.

Province responds to allegations of diminished H1N1 vaccine supply

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Province responds to allegations of diminished H1N1 vaccine supply

Ed Note: the following is a press release from the B.C. provincial government, issued Oct. 30:

Despite unexpected delays in the manufacture of pandemic H1N1 influenza vaccine in Canada, all British Columbians who need or want the vaccine will be able to receive it before the end of the year as has been said previously, Minister of Healthy Living and Sport Ida Chong and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall reiterated today.

Landmark season for DDC

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Landmark season for DDC

The Doukhobor Discovery Centre (DDC) has completed its 38th season, and is pleased to report its highest attendance, sales and revenue to date. Visitors attended from a total of 73 different states, provinces and countries. With the close of the season, two new signs have been erected at the turn-in to the DDC.

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