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by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Oct 22 2009

Castlegar mayor Lawrence Chernoff (pictured left) said the next step for Castlegar in its $3.6-million taxation conflict with local pulp mill Celgar is to see a court date set, so the whole issue can be dealt with and everyone can move on.

He said the whole situation has been incredibly frustrating, which is why he welcomes a court ruling - particularly after the B.C. Supreme Court. last...

by Contributor on Thursday Oct 22 2009

Columbia Basin Trust’s (CBT) leading-edge initiative, Communities Adapting to Climate Change, is wrapping up Phase 1 with two communities in the Columbia Basin now equipped with action plans on how to adapt to impacts of climate change at a local level...and three more ready to get started on new work, including Castlegar.

“After months of community and scientific input, the first two...

by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Oct 22 2009

Castlegar city council, at its regular meeting Monday, appeared to evidence a greater emphasis on decision-making regarding grant money, overturning two finance committee recommendations in response to community requests.

The first committee recommendation was that council deny the United Way's request for $1,000 to help support their annual Hallowe'en for Kids event, but council...

by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Oct 22 2009

More than a few Castlegar residents find dire environmental predictions scary – so the city is offering its own twist on Hallowe'en, hosting a Sustainability Fair at the Complex to help ease fears and assist the environment as we head into autumn.

On Oct. 31 the City of Castlegar, along with community partners like Fortis B.C., Columbia Power and the Columbia Basin Trust, will...

by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Oct 22 2009

An accident backed up traffic along Castlegar's main drag this morning, but police say there's no cause for concern.

According to Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Deb Postnikoff, a call came in at 6:40 a.m. indicating a pedestrian had been hit by a motorist while using the crosswalk at Fourth Street on Columbia Avenue.

“It turns out, the pedestrian was not even involved, had not even started to...

by Castlegar Source on Thursday Oct 22 2009

Photo by Phil Markin: City council members unveil the new name, sign and logo what was once the Castlegar Airport.

Monday night's regular council meeting saw the final report for the Castlegar Airport – from now on, reports will speak to the progress and traffic levels of the West Kootenay Regional Airport, instead.

This meeting's report said traffic was down more...

by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Oct 22 2009

Organizers are confident the spectre of vandalism will not be haunting the annual Spooks on Zooks Hallowe'en event at Zuckerberg Island this year, despite last year's high-jinks.

Heritage Society manager Deb McIntosh says Search and Rescue has, in the past, provided security services for the event, to ensure all the things that go bump in the night are in good fun – but they were unable...

by Kyra Hoggan on Friday Oct 16 2009

Celgar manager Al Hitzroth confirmed today that the mill he manages here in Castlegar has gotten the green light for $57.8 million in federal grant money through a program intended to help level the playing field after the U.S. announced $8 billion in black liquor subsidies for American pulp mills.

Unlike the U.S. program, which allows mills to use the money as general revenue, the...

by Kyra Hoggan on Friday Oct 16 2009

Photo: City councillor and major industry taxation task force member Russ Hearne.

A much-anticipated B.C. Supreme Court decision has been handed down in the matter of Catalyst Paper versus the City of North Cowichan, in a case closely mirroring one pending between Castlegar and its primary rate payer, Celgar.

Celgar, this summer, declined to pay its $3.6-million...

by Castlegar Source on Thursday Oct 15 2009

The CPR Holiday Train will be steaming into Castlegar once again, this time on Dec. 13, to offer family fun and entertainment while raising money for local food banks and service organizations.

Those who remember the Holiday Train's first stop in Castlegar, winter before last, will understand just how exciting the visit can be.

“It was extremely well-received – a huge community...


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