Woodland Park site to be cleared

The site of the former Woodland Park school, where fire razed an abandoned primary school last month, is now fenced, and the owners are accepting quotes to have the debris cleaned up and removed, said city director of development services Phil Markin in an interview Tuesday.

Leo Bottos, project manager for Twin River Estates (owners of the Woodland Park property) said Wednesday that it's difficult to say what the ultimate disposition of the property will be, given the current economic climate.

Kidnapping and Assault in Trail

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On July 12, 2009, at approximately 9:00 p.m. a male in his mid 20's attended the Trail & Greater District Detachment to report that he had been assaulted in his residence in Trail earlier that morning and his girlfriend abducted by the assailant. Apparently it was over money that he allegedly owed. He had also been assaulted in his home the previous day over the same issue.

Mayor says Celgar meeting 'not a top priority'

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In response to Celgar's latest statements regarding its decision not to pay its $3.6-million municipal tax bill, but to file suit with the B.C. Supreme Court against the city tax rate instead, Mayor Lawrence Chernoff said he's not sure meeting with Celgar is even an option anymore.

"What it really boils down to is that (they) filed the writ, and now we need to know whether we're eligible to continue the conversation or not," Chernoff said. "First of all, we need to find out what the legal boundaries are."

Celgar defends decision not to pay taxes


Celgar executives told The Source today they had “no other option” than to take their municipal taxation issue to court, contending there was simply no other way to get City of Castlegar representatives to listen to their concerns.

Interfor not following suit in legal tax battle


The Source has confirmed that Interfor will not be one of several forestry firms opposing municipal taxation in B.C. courts for this tax year.

The Source reported, on July 7, that Interfor had not yet paid its municipal tax bill in Castlegar, which gave rise to concerns about whether the struggling forestry company would be following in the footsteps of three other companies (Catalyst Paper, Timberwest, and Celgar) that have declined to pay thier tax bils in full and are filing suit in the B.C. Supreme Court against "unreasonable, illegal" tax rates instead.

Celgar/city in $3.6-million conflict

The City of Castlegar is on the horns of $3.6 million dilemma, as Zellstoff Celgar has refused to pay municipal taxes for 2009, as well as taxes for other levels of government that are invoiced on the city bill, all of which were due at the close of business July 2. (City taxes are $2.785 mil and other jurisdictions are $863,000).

City representatives explained in a press release that, “the City of Castlegar has been served by a petition for a judicial review of 'unreasonable tax rate' or 'illegal' tax bylaw to the B.C. Supreme Court by Zellstoff Celgar.”

Fire at Teck Trail

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 A fire occured at the No.2 Slag Fuming Furnace at Teck Resources Limited's Trail Operations at 12:50 am, Thursday, July 2, 2009, lasting approximately two hours. The cause, and the extent and estimate of the cost of damages, and the time required for repair will not be available until a full investigation is completed. There were no injuries and there was no impact to other areas of the facility.

RCMP : Vandalism growing; city flowers ... not so much


Castlegar RCMP issued a strongly-worded press release June 29 regarding vandalism perpetrated against Communities in Bloom floral features around the city.

"Culprits should be ashamed that they pulled flowers from the Communities in Bloom planters at various locations around (the city), including at 850 Columbia Avenue, Ministry of Forests, Pioneer Arena, Benjamin Moore, Millennium Walkway and Arrow Lakes Glass," said RCMP Const. Sherri Karn. "The damage is estimated at $200 (but  that doesn't factor in) the additonal volunteer hours required to clean up the mess."

Cops for Kids cashes in

Cops for Kids cashes in

Const. Dirk Finkensiep accepts a cheque for Cops for Kids from the staff of the Castlegar branch of Kootenay Savings Credit Union.  The month of May saw several fundraisers in Castlegar for Cops for Kids: one was Tip Night at Boston Pizza, which raised over $2,100.  Also, most of the financial institutions in town raised money for the month totalling over another $2,225. Kootenay Savings Credit Union won the friendly challenge by raising the most money and being treated to a pizza party at Boston Pizza.  A big thank-you to all who helped.  The next Cops for Kids fundraiser will be held during the RCMP Musical Ride at the Pass Creek Fair grounds on July 26....stay tuned for more details.

Cash for culprits

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Trowelex is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a recent theft of a White Ford F550 truck valued at roughly $60,000.

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