KETTLE RIVER Q&A: Small fish with big importance for the Kettle River.

KETTLE RIVER Q&A: Small fish with big importance for the Kettle River.

Unless you are really into fish, you have probably not heard of the Speckled Dace.

The Speckled Dace (Rhinichthys osculus) is a small minnow (5-9 cm) that is relatively abundant in the Kettle River watershed and in many waterways in the western United States.

The Speckled Dace is a small minnow found in the Kettle River watershed and western United States. Illustration by Nichola Lytle, Pink Dog Designs

COLUMN: Climate change and skeptics -- part II

COLUMN: Climate change and skeptics -- part II

In Part I of this column, I attempted to present over whelming evidence that human activities are affecting global climate.  The intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is composed of over 2,000 atmospheric scientists from every major country.  In 2001, the IPCC stated unequivocally that human activities are having detectable effects on the Earth’s climate, on the atmosphere and the Earth’s water.

Avalanche warning throughout BC interior

Avalanche warning throughout BC interior

Avalanche Canada is issuing a special public avalanche warning for the mountains of BC’s interior, including the North Rockies, Cariboos, North Columbia, South Columbia, Purcells, Kootenay Boundary, South Rockies, and Lizard Range and Flathead. This warning applies to recreational backcountryusers and is in effect from Friday, November 28 to Monday, December 1.

An open letter from CUPE to Castlegar

An open letter from CUPE to Castlegar


This is a call for calm. And a call for respect.  Your city workers are on a legal strike – for the first time in 60 years. That’s a long relationship and one that needs to be protected and respected.

Much has been said during this dispute and while most of the exchanges and discussion has been respectful and reasonable, some of it has not been appropriate or constructive.    

West Kootenay Provincial Parks get New Operators

Anne and Rick Pigeon are turning in skis for parks after being selected to run six West Kootenay provincial parks. — Submitted photo

It was a no-brainer for Anne Pigeon. 

After 24 years  in the ski biz, taking care of  indoor operations, marketing and sales  for Whitewater Ski Resort, running a few provincial parks with her husband Rick is right up her alley.

BC Parks awarded  the Pigeons a 10 year contract to operate six West Kootenay provincial parks this fall and they’re already hard at it, taking over for long time operators Ross Burrell and Mike Shoniker who retired this year.

Decline in Kootenay Lake fish population forces Family Day Derby cancellation

Kootenay Lake won't see as many boats during the 2015 Family Day Holiday after the derby was cancelled. — Photo courtesy BC Family Day Fishing Derby

Organizers of the popular BC Family Day Fishing Derby that happens during the February holiday weekend on Kootenay Lake are voicing concerns about a decline in fish stocks in the main lake.

Robert Di Pietro of the 2015 Kootenay Lake Family Day Fishing Derby said the event has now been cancelled due to “an extreme decline in fish stock.”

The 2015 BC Family Day holiday is Monday, February 9.

COMMENT: Mayor speaks to labour dispute

COMMENT: Mayor speaks to labour dispute

I’d like to thank the residents of Castlegar for your patience and understanding during the labour strike by our unionized CUPE city employees.

We are now in snow season and our management staff are working around the clock to keep the roads clear and safe. We appreciate that residents and businesses are helping to keep adjacent sidewalks clear for public safety.

All City facilities remain open as we endeavor to provide prompt service to residents, businesses and visitors alike.

LETTER: Resident offers a proposal to council/union

LETTER: Resident offers a proposal to council/union

Nov 25., 2014

Dear Mayor Chernoff and Council,

This Open Letter proposes a human-to-human way to break the labour dispute impasse that -- to put it mildly -- is negatively affecting all our citizens in a number of ways, and not just in practical terms.

Vancouver parking company waives tickets for toys

Vancouver parking company waives tickets for toys

A Vancouver parking company, Impark, is getting into the Christmas spirit for drivers with unpaid tickets.

Impark is offering a four-hour window to waive unpaid parking tickets for drivers who donate a toy to the Salvation Army.

The window of opportunity is between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. PT at the Salvation Army at 555 Homer Street in Vancouver.

Impark said the company will be accepting new, unused and unwrapped toys, and in exchange, the donor’s unpaid parking violation notice will be waived.

Santa Claus makes special trip to Nelson's Baker Street Saturday

Santa was recently in the Kootenay Co-op filling up his shopping cart with candy for Saturday's arrival in Nelson. — The Nelson Daily photo

Guess whose making a special trip to the Heritage City in advance of the big day next month?

Well, Santa Claus, of course.

Santa is coming to Baker Street as part of the Nelson Business Association Customer Appreciation Day, Saturday, November 29.

Santa's arrival, set for 6:30 p.m. on a Nelson Fire Department truck, is just one of the many events planned for the evening — which includes Family Entertainer Mr. Mojo; a performance by the Nelson Rhythm Ropers along with Live music and entertainment for the entire family.

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