July 2015

The Gold Fever Follies -- Song, Laughter, Colour and Action!

The cast of the Follies posing after the show.

 The  storyline is new to the Gold Fever Follies, but familiar to us all --  a love forbidden because of  prejudice and animosity between two factions -- in this case, two communities:  Rossland and  Trail.    Audience members will recognize many allusions to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, as well as some direct quotes, such as " No, sir, I do not bite my thumb at you, sir, but I bite my thumb, sir."

Violating fire ban could even lead to jail time

Violating fire ban could even lead to jail time

BC Wildfire Service firefighting personnel and structural  protection crews have been busy dismantling illegal burn piles put in place in anticipation of Canada Day celebrations, and the RCMP have been  consulted. These incidents divert critical resources from responding to wildfires and other emergencies.  The Southeast Fire Centre is reminding people that the current Category two and three open burning prohibitions in place specifically prohibit fires other than campfires, as defined in the wildfire regulation. 

Back-to-back storms wreak havoc; vex officials

Back-to-back storms wreak havoc; vex officials

While many are hailing (forgive the pun) Monday evening’s storm as the ‘storm of the century’, it actually wasn’t, according to Southeast Fire Centre’s weather expert Ron Lakeman. In fact, it wasn’t even ‘a’ storm at all … it was a bunch of them.

“It was a north/south line of storms moving east,” he said. “How that would appear (to someone on the ground) would depend on the maturity of the particular thunder cell.”

Windspeeds recorded near the Nelson airport peaked at roughly 105 km/hour (the maximum recorded in Castlegar has been roughly 115), but Lakeman says this kind of storm is a fairly common occurrence, happening every year or two in the region … just not usually in such densely-populated areas.

The dense population certainly increased the storm’s impact – the Castlegar Fire Department usually averages roughly 50 calls amonth, but fielded 42 calls in just two hours Monday (between 7 and 9 p.m.).

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: So, so, so proud of Castlegar and Kate McEachern

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: So, so, so proud of Castlegar and Kate McEachern

They say to have compassion for someone, you must walk a mile in their shoes. Castlegar will go you one better. They’ll walk five kilometres in your boots, in 30+degree heat, and suffer right along beside you … and, I hope, still understand that their journey is shorter than yours, and the emotional/mental burden you’re offering to carry is too great to measure in pounds.

I have many times thought I couldn’t be prouder of our people – but this one just takes all the cakes, and eats them, too.

UPDATED: Missing couple found, safe and sound

Missing:  Donald Quiring (69) and Linda Munro (63).
The couple reported missing has been found safe and sound, according to RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew.  
 
"They had made a detour from their destination and spent the night in a camp site, with no cell service to update their family."
 
Previous coverage:
 
The Castlegar RCMP are asking the public to keep their eyes open for a couple that has been reported missing. The couple, both in their 60s,  was travelling from Penticton to Nelson to meet family, but they never arrived.
 
They were last heard from several km outside of Castlegar, and were believed to be travelling on Hwy 3.

Mayor offers thanks for storm-damage management

Mayor offers thanks for storm-damage management

Castlegar mayor Lawrence Chernoff is expressing gratitude in the aftermath of a significant storm Monday evening.

"On behalf of the Castlegar City Council and the residents of the City of Castlegar, I would like to thank our emergency responders, City workers and Castlegar residents for their efforts and hard work during the city's recent extreme wind and rain event," he said.

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Trail and Castlegar's good Karma?

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Trail and Castlegar's good Karma?

Has anyone else noticed how very different the current news cycle is, compared to what we've become accustomed to?

We had a couple of stretches where it seemed like we were dealing with one horrific, traumatizing, heartbreaking story after another - I spent many nights on the phone or Facebook chat with readers trying to sort out how to process such awful information about death and tragedy and loss. (I'm not going make everyone relive it by listing anything, but I think a lot of people will know exactly what I am talking about).

UPDATED: Wildfire outside Castlegar 100% contained

UPDATED: Wildfire outside Castlegar 100% contained

Sunday evening brought with it some good news for Castlegar residents.

Jordan Turner, information officer with the Southeast Fire Centre reported that a wildfire just one kilometre away from the city was 100 per cent contained and in the mop up stage.

Previous coverage:

Initial attack crews from the Southeast Fire Centre are fighting a wildfire near Blueberry Creek, about one kilometer west of Castlegar, according to Fire Information Officer Jordan Turner, who adds the fire is roughly half a hectare in size.

Castlegar fire ban in effect now

Castlegar fire ban in effect now

Due to the very dry weather conditions, the City of Castlegar is implementing a prohibition on all outdoor burning effective July 6 (today) until further notice.  This prohibition includes backyard campfires and fireworks.

Deputy fire chief Sam Lattanzio said conditions within the city (as well as the rest of the province) are tinder-dry and dangerous.

Castlegar men gather to overcome trauma and barriers to employment

Castlegar men gather to overcome trauma and barriers to employment

The Transitions for Men program, first developed in Nelson in 2013, will be