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Another property under RDCK evacuation alert due to Merry Creek Wildfire

Based on the recommendation from BC Wildfire Service (BCWS), the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has issued an Evacuation Alert for 1473 Meadowbrook Drive due to the Merry Creek Wildfire (N51165). Thirty-one properties will remain under an Evacuation Order.  The RDCK EOC originally...

GUEST COLUMN: Castlegar Community Garden promotes local food security

There is no doubt that COVID-19 has caused a variety of challenges within our lives, and our community, but access to safe healthy food shouldn't be one of them - which is why we want everyone to know about the Castlegar Community Garden. We are now living in a time where the health of ourselves, family and friends is of the...

Selkirk College Launches Emergency Fundraising Campaign to Assist Students

To address the financial challenges facing post-secondary students due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Selkirk College Foundation is appealing for help with those struggling the most. The COVID-19 Student Relief Fund will provide immediate financial support to students who are facing serious financial challenges as they complete...

BC distilleries volunteer to assist in making hand sanitizer

Distillers in the province have stepped up to the plate, offering excess alcohol and, in some cases, their production facilities for the production of hand sanitizer. The BC government has altered legislation to allow for the change, according to a press release issued Sunday, which reads as follows: Distillers in British...

DriveSmart BC: Let's Block the Road!

When I was posted in the Okanagan in the 1990s I was answering phones in the detachment dispatch office. A caller from Summerland asked what would happen if he decided to take his protest sign down to the highway and conduct his own personal blockade. He expressed the opinion that if he did that the police would arrive quickly...

DriveSmart BC: Parental Consent and Control of New Drivers

A young person's brain is not fully matured until the age of 25. The prefrontal cortex manages executive functions such as impulse control and weighing consequences but may not do a great job of it for teenagers. If you are faced with a teen driver who is consistently making bad choices, what do you do? This is a serious...

DriveSmart BC: The Difficulty With Stop Signs

One wouldn't think that stopping at a stop sign would be such a problem for drivers. It seems relatively simple, come to a complete stop, look both ways and then go if it is safe to do so. With the poor compliance rate, we should ask is the stop sign the best form of traffic control for intersections that are not controlled...

Wilma Turner, this year's Good Samaritan Award Winner

The City's Good Samaritan Award acknowledges individuals from Castlegar that perform public service acts in the community that often go unnoticed or without thanks or payment. Each year, the City asks residents of the community to nominate people who have performed a kind gesture or random act of kindness that improves the ...

DriveSmart BC: Reporting Commercial Transport Traffic Violations

A commuter asked "I would really like to see the article written about what to do when we see a commercial transport vehicle that is driving in an unsafe manner. You gave us a phone number to call that specifically relates to tractor trailers, and who to call when we witness a driving infraction. I see it on a regular basis...

Free workshop on applying for arts and culture grants

Want to learn more about how to apply for arts and culture grants delivered by the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance? Attend a free workshop with Krista Patterson, who will share how to apply and what to expect from the application process. Individuals working in all artistic disciplines as well as arts and cultural...
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