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by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Jul 29 2009

A meeting Friday between Celgar manager Al Hitzroth and the city's major industry task force is being characterized as “pleasant and positive”.

Councillor (and task force member) Russ Hearne said the meeting was not intended to serve as the last word on the issue, but rather as a first step in opening the lines of communication.

“The whole goal was just to sit down, explain (the...

by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Jul 29 2009

Photo courtesy RCMP Musical Ride

More than 1,250 people were regaled by the RCMP Musical Ride at Pass Creek Park Sunday.

Two RCMP members involved in the ride required medical attention that day, but worried spectators will be relieved to know both have recovered fully and are doing fine.
One police officer experienced an asthma attack, while another lost...

by Kyra Hoggan on Monday Jul 27 2009

Photo: Area J RDCK director Gordon Zaitsoff

Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) Area J director Gord Zaitsoff is squaring off with the City of Castlegar over the Celgar tax issue, after the pulp giant refused to pay its tax bill to the city, including the regional district portion of roughly $375,000.

Zaitsoff said Celgar's delinquent account doesn't get the city...

by Kyra Hoggan on Monday Jul 27 2009

Photo: Castlegar councillor Russ Hearne

The City of Castlegar is responding in no uncertain terms to Gord Zaitsoff's charge that the city is in violation of the Local Government Act by not paying Celgar's portion of the regional tax bill (as Celgar has not paid said bill).
Zaitsoff, a Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) director, said Monday morning that the city...

by Contributor on Monday Jul 27 2009

Photo by Susan Olheiser

Aboriginal Art Camp was a huge success for the 20+ children who took part. The two-week camp consisted of making aboriginal musical rattles, drums and button blankets, as well as fun in the sun at the local creek and neighborhood pools. Bonnie Vickers, Aboriginal educator for School District 20, led the children in aboriginal teachings, traditions and art...

by Contributor on Monday Jul 27 2009

You may think you know culture here in the Columbia Basin, but be prepared to discover
something new - The Columbia Basin Culture Tour (CBCT) is a free, self-guided tour showcasing local arts, culture and heritage throughout the region.

Take a road trip to a different community or discover the treasures in your own backyard. We invite you to visit artists' studios that are not...

by Contributor on Sunday Jul 26 2009

 Columbia Power Corporation and Fortis Inc. are pleased to announce that the board of directors of the Canadian Hydropower Association (CHA) will be holding its upcoming board meeting in Castlegar on July 26 and 27. Columbia Power Corporation and Fortis Inc., members of the CHA, are co-hosting the event.

The CHA, based in Ottawa, was formed in 1998 to promote the technical, economic,...

by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Jul 22 2009

The City of Castlegar and Celgar are slated to meet this Friday as a next step in seeking a resolution to the pulp mill’s refusal to pay its $3.6 million tax bill.

Councillor Kevin Chernoff, also a member of the city’s newly-formed major industry tax committee, said the goal of the meeting is to broaden the lines of communication between the two organizations.

“I’m hoping we can at...

by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Jul 22 2009

By the time this story is posted, the Castlegar’s judging will be over and local Communities in Bloom (CiB) representatives will be breathing a collective sigh of relief.

Castlegar is a national finalist this year, going flower-to-flower against Stettler, Alta., Dryden, Ont., and Yarmouth, N.S. Last year, in its rookie year of national competition, Castlegar won four blooms (out of a...

by Castlegar Source on Wednesday Jul 22 2009

The City of Castlegar’s Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP) has spawned an offshoot website that will be in place long after the planning process is complete.

Shannon Marshall, planning technician for the city, told council at its regular meeting that since community consultation is an integral element of the planning process, city staff looked into creating a website to...


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