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By Mona Mattei on Thursday May 19 2011
In an emotional meeting between Boundary residents and Interior Health Authority (IHA) locals heard that there will not be a reversal in the decision to hire an outside contractor to build new seniors’ housing facility.
Boundary area advocates looking for a reversal in the decision made in April to hire Golden Life Management to build a new seniors’ facility with 40...
By Andrew Zwicker on Thursday May 19 2011

Imagine the scene: 88 people fill a century-old room, surrounded by local works of art. To your left the ten foot tall arched windows of the former bank afford spectacular views as the sun dips behind the snow capped mountains. Above you, ornate beams adorn a ceiling that is as much a piece of art as the works hung on the surrounding walls. In front of you is a small raised stage and atop that...

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...