Regional News

Pro driver slams Emcon after harrowing crash

Pro driver slams Emcon after harrowing crash

Emcon (our regional road maintenance contractor) is once again under fire after only the second significant snowfall of the season (see last year’s story by clicking here http://castlegarsource.com/news/emcon-answers-uproar-after-record-snowfalls-22622#.VKGxwdWk0 )

No one injured in Warfield house fire

No one injured in Warfield house fire

A Warfield family is dealing with between $5,000 - $10,000 damage to their house after a fire this morning, according to Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue deputy chief Dan Derby.

Derby said the call came in at roughly 11:30 a.m.

“Crews from Warfield and Trail responded,” he said, explaining a dishwasher had caught fire while the residents were out.

Holiday hinders council ratification of labour agreement

Holiday hinders council ratification of labour agreement

Logistics are standing in the way of city council ratifying the tentative agreement with striking city workers (CUPE Local 2262), according to Mayor Lawrence Chernoff.

“I have three councillors out of town for the holiday,” Chernoff said. “For a vote like this, we can only have one councillor participating on the phone or electronically, according to legislation – and it’s important everyone participates in this.

Fire totals vehicle, occupant uninjured

Fire totals vehicle, occupant uninjured

A Castlegar man got an early Christmas present yesterday when he escaped unscathed from a burning vehicle.

Dan Derby, deputy fire chief at Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue, said a man was driving home from work in Trail when he noticed a serious problem.
“He saw flames coming from under his vehicle, and pulled over to exit the vehicle as quickly as possible,” Derby said, adding this was on Highway 22 near Oasis.

The 9-1-1 call came in at roughly 3:23 p.m., two firefighters arrived on scene by 3:30 p.m. and the fire was extinguished by 3:37 p.m.

Strike ends on Christmas Eve as union ratifies new deal

Strike ends on Christmas Eve as union ratifies new deal

Christmas Eve has brought with it an end to Castlegar’s first-everlabour dispute, ending more than five weeks of conflict.

The union issued the following release on Dec. 23:

Trail says 'no' to regional airport study; sticks to Trail Regional Airport plan instead

Trail says 'no' to regional airport study; sticks to Trail Regional Airport plan instead

The City of Trail would like to clarify that it does not support the proposed Regional Airport Study being developed through the West Kootenay Economic Development group. The City of Trail will be moving forward with the Trail Regional Airport Plan that will advance options to improve and enhance current operations, infrastructure and economic development.

Striking city workers reach tentative deal

Striking city workers reach tentative deal

CUPE Local 2262 civic workers and the City of Castlegar have reached a tentative new collective agreement.

The deal was reached this afternoon following two days of mediated talks.  It must still be ratified by both sides. CUPE 2262 is holding a ratification meeting this evening.  

The city workers have been on strike since August and out on the picket line since Nov. 8. The labour dispute marks the first civic strike in Castlegar’s history.

Details of the agreement will be available following ratification.

Love Snow? Climate Change Bites

Love Snow?  Climate Change Bites

The 2014 Haywood NORAM was a success largely thanks to the work of volunteers who ensured that there enough snow on the track ... by shovelling it.  You can watch video footage of the event, some of it shot from a drone, on YouTube. 

Soon to be completed Waneta Expansion Project

Wally Penner (right) is joined to help light the Christmas Tree at the Waneta Expansion power project one last time.

The annual Christmas tree is lit for the holiday season at the Waneta Expansion Project site.

This is the last Christmas that will see construction on the project which is slated for completion in 2015.

The $900 million Waneta Expansion Project, located next to the Waneta Dam south of Trail, will see the addition of a second powerhouse located immediately downstream of the Waneta Dam on the Pend d’Oreille River.

The expansion will share the existing hydraulic head and generate power from water that would otherwise be spilled.

UPDATED: Safeway bomb threat deemed a hoax

UPDATED: Safeway bomb threat deemed a hoax

On Dec. 18, at roughly 1 p.m., the Castlegar RCMP, Kootenay Boundary GIS, Trail Detachment, Castlegar Fire Department and emergency services responded to a complaint of a bomb threat called in to the manager of Canada Safeway, according to RCMP Cpl. Debbie Postnikoff.

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