OUT OF LEFT FIELD: On the strike, random acts of kindness and family

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: On the strike, random acts of kindness and family

I’ve been in a total funk for the past few weeks – all the negativity and rage surrounding the current city strike have been so disheartening and demoralizing. I keep thinking, What about after the strike? We’re all going to have to go back to working together, shopping in each other’s stores, attending our children’s hockey games together. How to do that, when accusations are flying around, charging community members with everything from ineptitude to flat-out corruption?

Mayor speaks to issue of damaged snowplow

Mayor speaks to issue of damaged snowplow

In a politically-driven Facebook forum called The Castlegar Podium, striking union member Darrel Bojechko was expressing upset over the amount city managment are being paid to handle essential services such as snowplowing in the union's absence, and added, "And I might add they have done thousands of dollars damage to the equiptment (sic) also."

City/union to resume mediated talks

City/union to resume mediated talks

The City of Castlegar has initiated mediated talks with CUPE Local 2262 (striking city workers) to begin this coming Monday, according to Mayor Lawrence Chernoff.

Chernoff said David Schuab, the Labour Relations Board mediator who wrote recommendations for settlement on Sept. 22 of this year, will be mediating the discussion.

Rosemont's Vancouver Street closed Tuesday

Vancouver Street in Nelson was closed Tuesday due to a broken water main near Slocan Street.

Vancouver Street in Rosemont was an ice rink Tuesday as a broken water main filled the street with water forcing the closure of the busy Nelson artery.

The incident happened early Tuesday forcing City of Nelson Public Works crews to shutdown Vancouver Street for most of the day.

Traffic was re-routed onto Wasson Street.


Interior Health review of Lemon Creek spill reveals gaps in response, recommendations for improvement

On a Friday afternoon, in July of 2013, a driver delivering jet fuel for helicopters fighting a forest fire on Perry Ridge made a wrong turn. Interior Health has made recommendations to improve.

Interior Health (IH) has sifted through the details of its response to the 2013 Lemon Creek fuel spill in the Slocan Valley, and determined that responses to future incidents like this need to be faster and better coordinated.

The spill happened on July 26, 2013 when a truck delivering jet fuel for helicopters fighting a forest fire on Perry Ridge made a wrong turn and tipped over – spilling fuel into Lemon Creek and the Slocan River.

Castlegar Fire Department gone to the dogs

Castlegar Fire Department gone to the dogs

Castlegar firefighters had a howling good time last night, according to Deputy Fire Chief Sam Lattanzio.

Lattanzio said that last night, at 6:32 p.m., the Castlegar Fire Department responded to a single vehicle rollover approximately nine kilometres west of the city on Highway 3.  

"On arrival, no human occupants required rescue," Lattanzio said, "however over-the-bank rescue was performed  to retrieve mans best friend."

UPDATE: Trail accident proves fatal

UPDATE: Trail accident proves fatal

A woman has died after a being struck by a car on Dec. 9 in Trail, according to RCMP Sgt. John Ferguson, whose press release reads as follows:

On Dec. 9  at approximately 7:13 p.m., Trail RCMP and the West Kootenay Traffic Services were dispatched to a single motor vehicle crash involving an automobile and two pedestrians on Second Avenue and Robertson Street, Trail.

The Year-End Blues

The Year-End Blues

“What rough beast … slouches toward Bethlehem to be born?” -- W.B. Yeats, The Second Coming

“Americans still heralded the Enlightenment’s entry into history precisely because they’d all been uprooted from their several soils and ancestries and plunged together into one vortex, whirling irresistible in a space otherwise quite empty. To be an American is of itself almost a moral condition, an education and a career….” G. Santayana

Ecosociety wins gold in Nelson’s first annual Sustainability Awards

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The West Kootenay Ecosociety won first place in the city’s first annual Sustainability Awards presented on December 8 at the Prestige Inn.

Former city councillor Candace Batycki presented the gold, silver, and bronze awards for the event which she played a major part in creating.

Broadband to 'light up' downtown Trail in time for the holidays

Broadband to 'light up' downtown Trail in time for the holidays

Business-grade fibre broadband is ready to be lit-up in downtown Trail just in time for Christmas. Columbia Networks will be the first Internet Service Provider (ISP) to provide services on the new open access network. Initial business offerings include connectivity up to 100Mbps (upload and download), email, offsite data storage and Microsoft Partner software licensing.  

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