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by Kyra Hoggan on Tuesday Nov 24 2009
Police are still investigating the cause of a traffic fatality that brought rush hour traffic to a screeching halt for hours Nov. 20 on Hwy. 3A near Thrums.

They have identified 62-year-old Brian William Chernoff of Castlegar as the victim, who was killed after stepping in front of a semi-tractor-trailer at roughly 3:30 p.m.

Alcohol and speed are...
by Andrew Zwicker on Thursday Nov 19 2009

One hundred of the Kootenays' finest young minds recently put their brain power into action as part of Kootenay Contraption contest. Tasked with the open-ended assignment of coming up with an invention that either does something, addresses a need, or solves a problem, entrants from across the area sent in photos, drawings, and videos explaining their projects.

Organized by...

by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Nov 18 2009

The price tag for refurbishment of 12 spillway gates at Hugh Keenleyside Dam will exceed the $50 million mark, B.C. Hydro representatives told Castlegar city council Monday.

Project manager Paul Klawer said the high cost means they must get approval from the B.C. Utilites Commission, from which they anticipate a reply by June 2010. From there, they hope to see construction under way by...

by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Nov 18 2009

This, the second, wave of the Swine Flu pandemic is winding up in Castlegar – but there's a third wave yet to come, according to officials.

Cheryl Whittleton, team leader of emergency in Castlegar and flu coordinator for IHA staff in the Kootenay Boundary, said in an interview yesterday that the cases of H1N1 presenting at the local emergency ward are tapering off.


by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Nov 18 2009

Water management is the issue on tap for the City of Castlegar, as they introduce Phase 2 of a comprehensive, 20-year, $66-million water management plan generated in cooperation with contractor Urban Systems....and may include utilities hikes for Castlegar residents.

Phase 1, adopted by council in February 2009, looked at everything from water sources and quality to infrastructure...

by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Nov 18 2009

The City of Castlegar has applied to the B.C. Supreme Court to have the case between Celgar and the city heard this January ...but Celgar has to agree for the application to be approved, according to Castlegar mayor Lawrence Chernoff.

This, after an in-camera meeting Monday night saw Celgar hand the city a cheque for $377,000, the portion of Celgar's unpaid tax bill due the...

by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Nov 18 2009

Photo of Woodland Park school fire in June, by Kyra Hoggan.

Clean up is all set for the site of Castlegar's Woodland Park Elementary School, an abandoned building that burned to the ground last June in a fire set by youth vandals (five of whom have since been arrested).

John Vicars, spokesman for the group of owners of the site (Twin Rivers Estates), said in an...

by Mona Mattei on Tuesday Nov 17 2009

Storm warnings could not stop the devastation the wind brought to the Boundary region on Monday night and early Tuesday, Nov. 17. Wind gusts ranging from 50 to 70 kilometres per hour were seen in the last 24 hours around the area along with heavy rainfall. While the weather warning has now been lifted, the damage clean up is just beginning.

At Evergreen Cemetery in Grand Forks six trees...

by Contributor on Monday Nov 16 2009

Teck Metals Ltd. has donated $400,000 to create an endowment fund ensuring future management of the 964-hectare Fort Shepherd Conservancy area, which runs along more than 8 kilometres of the Columbia River, south of the city of Trail.



by Contributor on Monday Nov 16 2009

“How do you get to your health care appointments, including emergencies?”

Thanks to funding from Area I, that’s the question Castlegar & District Health Watch Society intends to ask in a survey which will be mailed out to every household in Castlegar, and Areas I and J in the second week of November.

Health-related services have been centralized in Trail, Nelson, and even...


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