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by Contributor on Wednesday Dec 30 2009

Ed. Note: The following is Lawrence Chernoff's annual mayor's report to council, delivered at council's regular meeting Dec. 21:

Our current city council has completed its first year of its term of office, and I would like to acknowledge and thank all members of council for their cooperation. Our community has been well-served by your collective willingness to participate in...

by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Dec 30 2009

I was out and about in Castlegar, chatting with locals, being snoopy, asking questions and generally not minding my own business ... you know, the usual ... when I asked a fellow what he's most excited about for 2010.

“It's not 2009,” he said.

I take his point.

Let's face it, '09 was not an easy year for many of us ... in fact, it often felt like we spent the final year...

by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Dec 30 2009

The final Castlegar police beat story for 2009 (bar any major calamity in the next 30-or-so hours, of course) includes an RCMP plea for public assistance and a heads-up for 2010.

Police are asking the public to come forward if they have any information regarding the damage to – and possible theft from – mailboxes in the 2200 block of Jenisa Road.

Castlegar RCMP Sgt....

by Castlegar Source on Wednesday Dec 30 2009

The New Year will include a move toward pesticide- and herbicide-free parks as Castlegar city council joins forces with the Kootenay Food Services Society to launch a pilot project exploring the city's lanscaping care options.

Councillor Russ Hearne, outgoing chair fo the Transportation and Civic Works committee, said the partnership seem an almost … well, organic marriage of...

by Mona Mattei on Wednesday Dec 30 2009

Ed Note: The following was penned by the editor of our sister paper in Grand Forks, The Boundary Sentinel. A brand-new addition to the Lone Sheep family, The Sentinel, like The Source, has enjoyed a rapid uptake in reader awareness and has become a fundamental element of the media mix in its community. To track what's going on with our neighbours over the hill...

by Castlegar Source on Tuesday Dec 29 2009

For the second year in a row now, the B.C. Transit Service will be providing a New Year's vehicle to help discourage drinking and driving as Castlegar rings in 2010.

Dubbed the “Russ Bus” by the press last year in honour of the city councillor who lobbied to have the service instituted, the New Year's Eve bus will run from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. along Castlegar's major routes.


by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Dec 23 2009

Zellstoff Celgar manager Al Hitzroth said it's a relief for his organization to head into the New Year with some framework in place for resolving its tax dispute with the City of Castlegar - this, after Celgar, last night, made an almost-half-million-dollar payment to the city and committed to monthly payments to reduce the outstanding $2.7 million in unpaid municipal taxes. (See ...

by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Dec 23 2009

The City of Castlegar got a stunning early Christmas present last night when they received the first real break in negotiations with the city's primary rate payer, Celgar.

The pulp mill has been in discussions with the city since July of this year, when Celgar declined to pay it's $3.6-million municipal tax bill and filed suit against the city in the BC Supreme Court instead, but...

by Contributor on Wednesday Dec 23 2009

Environmental educators across the Columbia Basin are being given a special holiday gift courtesy of the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN) and the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT): the opportunity to apply for a professional development bursary of up to $500.

A total of $5000 in bursaries will be available starting January 1, 2010 for formal and informal environmental...

by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Dec 23 2009

This reporter's annual interview with Mr. Santa Claus (AKA Kris Kringle, St, Nicolas, Pere Noel) took an unexpected turn when Claus ended up remaining silent for the bulk of the conversation.

The interview began normally enough, with Claus fielding questions as to how the North Pole has weathered the previous year's global economic downturn.

“Well, as much as I'd like...


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