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by Castlegar Source on Sunday Nov 08 2009

Photo by Randy Lebedow

Castlegar fire crews were among those that responded to a spectacular blaze in Trail Saturday night.

Fire chief Gerry Rempel said Castlegar sent both a crew and firefighting foam, but despite the best efforts of five different fire departments, the remains were still smouldering at 1 p.m. today.

Details on the fire itself remain sketchy, but...

by Andrew Zwicker on Thursday Nov 05 2009

Could the worst of the recession be behind us? Has Rossland reached its low point and begun its rebound? Signs are popping up quite literally along Columbia Avenue in the past two months that would indicate that might be the case.

Following a winter that saw a number of businesses disappear off our main street, including Delich Jewellers, Red Mountain Furnishings and the Red Mountain...

by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Nov 05 2009

Castlegar RCMP are cautioning residents that using Facebook as a method of reporting crime in the city is both dangerous and irresponsible - largely because heresay often gets the facts all wrong.

Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Deb Postnikoff explains:

"Claims made on Facebook of a female being chased by unknown assailants in the downtown core of Castlegar in early October are not...

by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Nov 04 2009

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.


“The City of Castlegar acts as collector of...

by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Nov 04 2009

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...

by Contributor on Wednesday Nov 04 2009

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.

Waneta Expansion Power Corporation (WEPC), a subsidiary of Columbia Power Corporation...

by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Nov 04 2009

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...

by Castlegar Source on Tuesday Nov 03 2009

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/...

by Kyra Hoggan on Monday Nov 02 2009

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...

by Contributor on Monday Nov 02 2009

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.

"With...

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