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by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Jul 15 2009

Castlegar Mayor Lawrence Chernoff, at city council's regular meeting Monday night, unveiled a four-point plan to deal with the fallout of Celgar refusing to pay its municipal tax bill. Celgar's move left the city with a roughly $2.8 million budget shortfall and a legal battle to cope with, and Chernoff said he feels it's important the community understands there are plans in place to see the...

by Castlegar Source on Wednesday Jul 15 2009

Police are warning residents and businesses alike to be wary of when and how they either give or receive private information such as credit card numbers.

Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Mike Mysko said many people are unaware that transmission over an average cordless phone or radio can be picked up by a third party with the use of a commercially-available scanner.

“We often ask...

by Castlegar Source on Wednesday Jul 15 2009

The city's pest management program came under scrutiny at Monday night's regular council meeting after the city's public works department spent months exploring non-toxic alternatives to weed control products currently in use.

Councillor and Transportation and Civic Works committee chair Russ Hearne said the current program has been in place since it implementation in 2004,...

by Castlegar Source on Wednesday Jul 15 2009

City council got ambushed at its own regular meeting Monday night, when a non-profit delegation asked for help and refused to take no for an answer.

Susan Olheiser and Rauni Naud told council the Castlegar United Way is trying a new approach for this year's kick-off event.

“We're hoping you're going to be as excited about this as we are,” Naud said as she introduced...

by Castlegar Source on Wednesday Jul 15 2009

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'...

by Contributor on Tuesday Jul 14 2009

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.

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by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Jul 09 2009

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...

by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Jul 09 2009

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.

Al Hitzroth, general manager of Celgar's Castlegar mill, said in the almost three years he's been at the helm of the operation, he has...

by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Jul 09 2009

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...

by Kyra Hoggan on Tuesday Jul 07 2009

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...

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