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by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Aug 19 2009

The Castlegar police blotter for the past week shows 65 calls for service, most of which, according to RCMP Cpl. Deb Postnikoff, were routine in nature, with the following exceptions:

On Aug. 14 at 3:17 p.m., police responded to a single motor vehicle incident involving a motorcyclist who was lying on the side of the road in the 900 Block of Waterloo Road, Ootischenia. A 47-...

by Contributor on Wednesday Aug 19 2009

Boaters are being asked to beware of an invasive weed cauding problems in regional waterways, and now showing up here in the West Kootenay.
Photo by Barb Houston:  Anneli Schadeli (left) and Claire Schadeli (right) during sign installation.

Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum L.) has been a troublesome aquatic invader in B.C. since the 1970s, impacting waterways...

by Contributor on Wednesday Aug 19 2009

Photo: A close-up of the toxic weed threatening equine food sources

Hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana) is an invasive weed species that has been introduced from Eurasia in “Wildflower” seed mixes and is quickly spreading throughout the West Kootenay, particularly in the Fruitvale, Harrop-Procter, and Lower Arrow Lake areas - and sometimes in the food supply of horses, to which it...

by Contributor on Wednesday Aug 19 2009

Photo courtesy Carrie Voysey
Wilf Sweeney (right) of Castlegar recently established an endowment at Selkirk College in the name of his late wife, Doris Sweeney. The two have been long-time residents of Castlegar and supporters of the college. Revenue from the investment of the endowment will be put towards a yearly scholarship for a student enrolled in either the Nursing or...

by Contributor on Wednesday Aug 19 2009

Story courtesy Fraser Hayes

The Columbia Trail, which links the communities of Castlegar and Trail by way of Ootischenia on the east side of the Columbia River, is receiving upgrades thanks to a successful a proposal by Castlegar Friends of Parks and Trails (CFPT). CFPT is a registered charitable society established to encourage the creation, maintenance and use of...

by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Aug 19 2009

Hopes for a quick decision from the B.C. Supreme Court in a situation mirroring the Celgar/Castlegar tax dispute have been dashed after the presiding judge suffered a death in his family.

Mayor Lawrence Chernoff said all parties have been closely watching as the court case unfolds between the coastal community of North Cowichan and Catalyst Paper, as this case is so similar to the...

by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Aug 12 2009

A second meeting between the city and Celgar has taken place in the wake of Celgar's decision to withhold its taxes and, instead, file suit against the city in the B.C. Supreme Court.

Mayor Lawrence Chernoff characterized the meeting, held Monday night during council's in-camera session, as positive, saying opening lines of communication is a critical step in finding some sort of middle...

by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Aug 12 2009

A 9-1-1 call Friday afternoon saw Castlegar RCMP responding to an assault, and the subsequent arrest of a 35-year-old Castlegar man, according to Cpl. Deb Postnikoff.

She said the caller indicated a man had just assaulted a family member and was engaged in destroying property in the 800 block of Columbia Road.

“(When police arrived) the suspect had fled in a vehicle, which was...

by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Aug 12 2009

Photo: Community Harvest Food Bank co-ordinator Deb McIntosh.

It's almost that time of year again, and the Community Harvest Food Bank is sending out a plea for donations of school supplies to help ensure local kids can make the most of their educational opportunities.

Food bank co-ordinator Deb McInotsh said that, despite Bank of Canada assurances the recession is over,...

by Castlegar Source on Wednesday Aug 12 2009

Castlegar's new tagline, “Happily Ever After,” was unveiled at Monday night's regular council meeting as the latest element of the branding process the city started last year.

Mayor Lawrence Chernoff said he thinks the tagline is an ideal next step in a undertaking designed to forward the city's economic development goals.

“It reflects upon the city's name (the “castle...


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