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By Nelson Daily Staff on Friday Apr 15 2011

Residents in the West Kootenay will now find it even easier to access government services with the official opening of a brand-new FrontCounter BC office in Castlegar.

FrontCounter BC is a single-window service for clients of the natural resource sector. FrontCounter BC was created in 2005 with eight locations, a dedicated call centre and online applications.

By Mona Mattei on Thursday Apr 14 2011
Nearly 200 people turned out to witness the official re-opening of the Midway mill and to meet the new operators from Vaagen Bros. Lumber Inc. Officials from local and provincial government as well as a long list of dignitaries were present to lend their support for the venture.
Midway Mayor Randy Kappes acted as master of ceremonies for the opening welcoming local...
By Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Apr 13 2011

An additional $5.9 million will be available in 2011 to enhance the care provided to residents living in publicly funded residential care sites, the region’s health authority announced Wednesday.

The investment will standardize the delivery of residential care across Interior Health and will be directed to staffing, education and quality initiatives. Particular...

By Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Apr 13 2011

While the wild days of the gold rush may be over, future miners are discovering there is still prosperity to be found in the West.

Supported by more than $1.6 million from the Province, this year the Workforce Exploration Skills Training (WEST) program will give 58 participants the skills and training they need to fill the jobs that mining companies are looking to...

By Andrew Zwicker on Wednesday Apr 13 2011

Rossland’s continuing effort to become a Bear Smart-certified community took three steps forward this week as a new bylaw aimed at reducing wildlife attractants in town passed 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings at this Monday's council meeting. If the bylaw gets adopted when it comes back before council in two weeks, it will represent the culmination of years of effort by various Bear Aware...

By Nelson Daily Editor on Tuesday Apr 12 2011

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

Some of the problems inherent in the West Kootenay region’s main airport will be tackled by a new board created to oversee its operation, says the mayor of Castlegar.

Lawrence Chernoff told the board of directors of the Regional District of Central Kootenay recently the West Kootenay Regional Airport...

By Contributor on Tuesday Apr 12 2011

Selkirk College’s Mir Centre for Peace Lecture Series invites you to come down “The Long Hard Road” with guest speaker, indigenous activist and academic, Sharon McIvor.

A member of the Lower Niclola Indian Band located outside of Merritt, B.C., Sharon McIvor will talk about her decades-long struggle to correct a century of discrimination against aboriginal women; her recent Supreme...

By Nelson Daily Staff on Saturday Apr 09 2011

An ecosystem restoration project on the west side of Columbia Lake has earned kudos for the Rocky Mountain Trench Ecosystem Restoration (ER) Program and its partners.

The Land Trust Alliance of British Columbia has awarded its first Outstanding Land Program prize to the Trench ER Program; Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program; Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural...

By Kyra Hoggan on Friday Apr 08 2011

 A terrifying high-air emergency kept Castlegar emergency crews busy Friday afternoon, when an Air Canada airplane with 25 people (22 passengers and three crew members) on board reported engine failure immediately after taking off from Castlegar.

The plane, destined for Calgary, took off at 11:50 a.m., but radioed the airport just seven minutes later with an urgent S.O.S call.
By Castlegar Source on Thursday Apr 07 2011

 It took years of legal battles to reach this point, but only hours once demolition began to see the City Centre Motel on 2nd Street completely razed.

Demolition began at 9:30 a.m and the buildings were reduced to rubble by 1 p.m. on April 7.

Click on this story for a photo gallery of the demo.

Photos by Kyra Hoggan and Judy Soroke