March 2015

Prescribed burns set for Syringa

Prescribed burns set for Syringa

The Wildfire Management Branch will be conducting a prescribed burn near Tulip Creek in Syringa Provincial Park between March 13 and March 31, weather conditions permitting, in conjunction with BC Parks and BC Hydro's Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program.

This controlled burn is part of the Lower Arrow Lake Ecosystem Restoration Program and will cover about 10 hectares. Smoke may be visible from Castlegar and surrounding communities.

Human-caused fires raise concerns in Southeast B.C.

Human-caused fires raise concerns in Southeast B.C.

On Monday, March 9, crews from the Southeast Fire Centre responded to four new wildfires, all of which were human-caused and therefore preventable.

Two of the fires were the result of poorly planned open burning:

* Wildfire Management Branch crews supported local RCMP members and fire departments at a five-hectare grass fire near Lind Creek in Greenwood. One home in the area was temporarily evacuated.

* A 2.6-hectare fire just outside Baynes Lake was the result of industrial pile burning and the fire escaped into surrounding grassy areas.

LETTER: Family of man killed in officer-involved shooting speaks out

LETTER:  Family of man killed in officer-involved shooting speaks out

This letter is in response to Jean H. Broeckx letter: What is the Delay in Investigation of Officer-Involved Shooting of Waylon Edey.

Let me first say that your letter was well written and I am by no means refuting any of your thoughts or questions. However, I am going to explain to you and all the readers why you haven’t heard from us, his family.

LETTER: Join Castlegar and area in opposing C-51 - and here's why it matters so much:

LETTER: Join Castlegar and area in opposing C-51 - and here's why it matters so much:

To the Editor:

As an ex-South African who was affected by and had friends scarred and killed by “The Terrorism Act” and its spy network during the anti-Apartheid days, I’m so alarmed by the doors of abuse opened by Prime Minister Harper’s Bill C-51 that I’ve committed to co-organizing – with local childcare worker Michelle Davis -- Castlegar’s part in the nation-wide “Defend Our Freedom” rally this Saturday , March 14, at 1 pm in Spirit Square, 460 Columbia Avenue.

Council to create connections with kids

Council to create connections with kids

City councillors Florio Vassilakakis and Bruno Tassone met with SD 20 school board representatives last Monday during the board’s regular meeting to pitch an idea designed, not to bring youth into civic politics, but rather to bring civic politics to our youth.

“I thought Florio’s idea was an excellent one, and I thought it was very well-received (by the board),” Tassone said.

$300,000 Grant for Miners Hall Restoration

Rossland Miners Union Hall circa 1900

Miners Hall Renovation granted $300,000 by Columbia Basin Trust

With the announcement of a $300,000 grant from the Columbia Basin Trust,  the renovation and restoration of the Rossland Miners Union Hall is one step closer to reality.

PODCAST: How to get great stories about your business in the world's biggest publications with Fiona Richads of Cartolina

PODCAST: How to get great stories about your business in the world's biggest publications with Fiona Richads of Cartolina

About the podcast: The You can do that here! podcast is produced by Andrew Zwicker of AZcreative for the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology. The podcast is a weekly series of 30 minute conversations with some of the most innovative and successful entrepreneurs in the Kootenays.

You can CLICK PLAY on the triangle below, or you can listen on iTunes for free, by searching "You can do that here" in the iTunes store

Rise in 'sextortion' cases prompts public warning

Rise in 'sextortion' cases prompts public warning

The RCMP is issuing a public warning after seeing a recent uptick in the number of “sextortion” cases.

What happens? After visiting a companionship or dating website, victims are befriended online. A suspect then entices the victim into performing intimate acts streamed over webcam or mobile device. Unbeknownst to the victim, the interaction is secretly recorded. The suspect then threatens to release the video online unless they are paid by the victim.

Here are some clues:

Castlegar squares off against Bill C-51

Castlegar squares off against Bill C-51

Castlegar residents took to the street last weekend to protest the Harper government’s proposed Bill C-51, a controversial piece of potential legislation garnering negative reactions across the country, even from life-long Neo-Conservatives such as Conrad Black.

In Castlegar, upwards of 125 people gathered in Spirit Square beside City Hall to show their opposition and to listen to impassioned speeches decrying the Bill.

Hometown help leads local lady to national notoriety

Hometown help leads local lady to national notoriety

The past month or so has been a wild ride for Castlegar’s Krystal Sutherland, who has been catapulted to heights of both fame and success that she never could have imagined just weeks ago.