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By Contributor on Wednesday Oct 25 2017

Work is now underway on the BC SPCA’s new West Kootenay Community Animal Centre in Castlegar. The new 4,250-square-foot facility, to be located at 124 Heritage Way (west of the airport), is expected to open by June 2018.

“We are extremely excited about the new centreand are grateful to the provincial government, the Columbia Basin Trust, the City of Castlegar and all the generous animal...

By Timothy Schafer on Wednesday Oct 25 2017

The city continues to grapple with the transient camp issue, both out on the street and along the river, as well as within council chambers.

With 22 transient camps still in existence in the community — but only five on city-owned land — Grand Forks city council considered a request Monday night in its regular meeting to extend the...

By Bob Hall on Tuesday Oct 24 2017

A dozen Selkirk College students focused on the future of health care in rural British Columbia have received financial support from the medical community they hope to join one day.

Selkirk College’s Rural Pre-Medicine (RPM) Program recently welcomed its fourth cohort of students who are starting their post-secondary journey in the...

By Bob Hall on Friday Oct 20 2017

The West Kootenay may be half a world away from Cambodia, but for Selkirk College Instructor Sarah Youngblutt the troubled Asian nation never escapes her thoughts.

For most of the year, Youngblutt can be found at Selkirk College’s Trail Campus helping inspire learners seeking a second chance through the Academic Upgrading Program. Outside the Selkirk...

By Contributor on Thursday Oct 19 2017

As Halloween approaches, images of scary-looking bats become commonplace. Since the goal of the Kootenay Community Bat Project is to promote bat conservation, this is the perfect time of year to counter bat myths and do something to help bats. Such as build bat houses and find good locations for them, to give bats a place to roost. More...

By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Oct 18 2017

The timeline is set for the development of Castlegar’s 2018 budget and five-year plan, with opportunities for the public to weigh in on priorities at the outset, and later on the proposed finish product before it is adopted as law.

“For 2017, Council added a new line item into its budget. A communication budget line item was put forward to enhance and enable a culture of community...

By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Oct 18 2017

The City of Castlegar is now beginning a public consultation phase to bring the city closer to a user-pay water/sewer system, an initiative that has been in the works since 2005.

According to a report by city deputy director of finance Lois Hunter, the move toward water meters and consumption-based rates was a necessary goal for the city.

“The City of Castlegar’s existing water...

By Trail Champion sports on Wednesday Oct 18 2017

The Trail Smoke Eaters have added 19-year-old defenceman Trevor Zins to their roster.

Zins comes to the Trail Smoke Eaters after playing the past two seasons with the USHL’s Cedar Rapids Roughriders. The 6’0” defenceman is a commit of Umass-Lowell and will help to solidify the backend for the Smoke Eaters, who sit in second place overall in the BCHL. It is expected...

By Kyra Hoggan on Tuesday Oct 17 2017

The public will soon get a say in how they feel about a medical marihuana production facility on the surplus airport lands, after council voted unanimously to move forward with the public hearing process.

During their regular meeting last night (Monday), council received a report by Planning and Development Director Phil Markin, outlining what is being requested, what that would entail...

By Kyra Hoggan on Tuesday Oct 17 2017

Castlegar CIBC employees are receiving kudos from the Fire Chief after their management of the aftermath of a single-vehicle crash.

According to Fire Chief Sam Lattanzio, the call came in at 1:52 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

“A customer of CIBC inadvertently hit his gas pedal, accelerating instead of braking,” Lattanzio said. “He hit the metal parking poles beside the branch hard...

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