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By Mona Mattei on Thursday May 19 2011
The Ministry of Education is in consultation with the B.C. Teachers’ Federation after a B.C. Supreme Court ruling struck down portions of Bill 28 introduced in 2002 that effectively took class size limits out of the collective bargaining process.
In early May Education Minister George Abbott issued a statement outlining the provincial government’s next steps.
By Rachel Selkirk on Thursday May 19 2011
Despite a late start to spring, the bears are waking up and strolling around town. This year, Bear Aware hopes to cut down on local bear problems by means of a a string of innovative garbage cans it hopes will soon be lining Columbia Avenue. The proposed cans are not only critter proof, they also compact the trash using energy from built-in solar panels.
“They are...
By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday May 19 2011

Photos courtesy Linda Swanson

Castlegar city council met the eight contenders for Miss Castlegar 2011 during its regular meeting Monday night, as each young lady introduced herself and offered a short speech.

Pageant coordinator Carol Summerville says the ladies have been working since January to prepare for pageant day June 3.
“They’ve been...
By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday May 19 2011

How would you like a say in shaping your community for years – perhaps even decades – to come?

That’s exactly what the City of Castlegar wants, as council encourages residents to offer their suggestions and input at the final public consultation regarding the Official Community Plan (OCP).
“We’re re-doing ours – it hasn’t been re-worked in years,”...
By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday May 18 2011

Continued complaints about odours emanating from the city’s south sewage treatment plant have Civic Works searching for solutions, council heard at its regular meeting Monday night.

City councillor Kevin Chernoff said the Civic Works department has already expended a great deal of energy trying to rectify the problem – but with only varying degrees of success.
By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday May 18 2011

 Pitbull owners in Castlegar will not enjoy a reduction in the cost of dog licensing, as council voted Monday night to maintain the status quo.


This, after controversy arose surrounding the city’s $1,000 licensing fee for pit bulls and Staffordshire Terriers (as compared $15 to $45 for other breeds). Nelson and Trail both have $300 licensing fees for pit bulls.
By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday May 18 2011

Castlegar women struggling with domestic abuse may find it easier to get help, after the signing of the Domestic Violence Accord tomorrow.

Thursday will see representatives from fully 20 local organizations and agencies gathered at the Community Forum, signing off on 20 protocols that offer clear action plans in the event a woman experiencing violence reaches out for help.
By Timothy Schafer on Wednesday May 18 2011

A developer looking to put 27 resort cabins in Shutty Bench, five kilometres north of Kaslo, has asked the regional district area to relax a floodplain building setback so he can build closer to the water.

Kevin Hoffart. owner of Wing Creek Resort, applied for the setback for five of the 27 cabins planned to be built within the 15 metre setback required from Wing Creek...

By Rachel Selkirk on Wednesday May 18 2011
The Fraser Institute, a BC-based research and educational organization, has ranked Rossland Secondary School (RSS) thirtieth in the province in terms of academic performance. The study included 273 public and private schools in the province. Among public schools on the list, RSS ranked a remarkable fifth in BC.
The school performance score is based on graduation...
By Andrew Zwicker on Wednesday May 18 2011

Mining has long been a staple of the Kootenay region and in many cases was the catalyst that initially influenced the founding of the area’s cities, towns and villages. For the better part of the last century mining has been the backbone of much of our economy. With most of the old mines now long since shut down, many former mining communities have gotten creative and turned their mining...