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by Contributor on Wednesday Aug 12 2009

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Castlegar RCMP Const. Dirk Finkensiep and Const. Allison Barker were among many out flipping burgers at M&M Meat Shops' Third Annual Cops for Kids barbecue, held Aug 8.

Over $825 was raised for Cops for Kids this year, thanks to the generous folks around town.

Please see www.copsforkids.org for more information on donating or applying...

by Kyra Hoggan on Tuesday Aug 11 2009

A Castlegar man was sentenced Friday, in a Nelson court, to four years in prison after pleading guilty to nine charges stemming from two dramatic altercations with local police.

Kelly Lee Gyurkovits, 39, was convicted of breach of probation, assault causing bodily harm, escaping lawful custody, flight (from police pursuit), theft (of a police car) ... a total of nine charges, reduced...

by Kyra Hoggan on Friday Aug 07 2009

A Castlegar man is slated for sentencing in Nelson court today in connection with charges ranging from assault of a police officer to break-and-enter after two dramatic incidents, one this year and one last year.

Kelly Gyurkovits, 38, faces multiple charges that also include escaping lawful custody, breach of probation and theft of a police car.

The first set of charges is related...

by Kyra Hoggan on Friday Aug 07 2009


Criminal charges will not be laid against Calgary Police Service (CPS) officers in the death of a Castlegar man while in police custody last fall.

A nine-month investigation by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) found that the death of Gordon Walker Bowe, 30, was not the result of taser use by attending police officers.

"On Nov. 1, 2008 the CPS received a...

by Castlegar Source on Wednesday Aug 05 2009

Smoke funnelling into Castlegar is most likely from an almost 2,000-hectare wild fire near Galena Bay in the Regional District of Central Kootenay, as well as another, of almost 8,000 hectares, on Terrace Mountain in the Central Okanagan, according to the Southeast Fire Centre.

The Galena Bay fire was caused by lightning, while the Terrace Mountain blaze was human-caused and is still...

by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Aug 05 2009

Celgar manager Al Hitzroth said Wednesday that he couldn't speak to an RDCK director's suggestion that the mill lobby to change tax jurisdictions (from the City of Castlegar to the Regional District of Central Kootenay), as he wasn't even sure such a move was legally possible.

"It isn't an issue that we ever raised, or something that we had considered," he said. "We're just looking to...

by Castlegar Source on Wednesday Aug 05 2009

On July 30, the Highway 3 Mayors’ and Regional District Chairs’ Coalition met at the Prestige Mountain Resort in Rossland, B.C., to discuss issues of common interest with respect to the Highway 3 corridor from Hope through to the B.C./Alberta border.

In attendance was Castlegar mayor Lawrence Chernoff, who said the meeting was an important step in drawing attention to this critical...

by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Aug 05 2009

Photo: Castlegar mayor Lawrence Chernoff

Castlegar mayor Lawrence Chernoff said Wednesday that no new meetings are set with Celgar due to scheduling issues that arise over the summertime, but that he's confident the process will continue in a  productive and positive vein.

"Holidays and summer make scheduling difficult, but we're still absolutely committed to moving...

by Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Aug 05 2009

Photo: RDCK board chair Gary Wright

 The Aug. 1 deadline for the City of Castlegar to pay the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) $375,000 for its 2009 tax requisition has come and gone, and the two entities now have to determine next steps in dealing with the contentious issue.

City representatives argue that the amount is only collected by the city on behalf of...

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...

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