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BC Renal Agency promotes awareness of “silent” disease on World Kidney Day

This is the cover photo of an FB page devoted to supporting Castlegar's own Zach Tremblay in his valiant search for a kidney. See it at

BC Renal Agency is taking the opportunity of World Kidney Day to remind British Columbians to assess their kidney health—because one in 10 have kidney disease, many without knowing.

Often called the “silent” disease, kidney disease has virtually no symptoms in its early stages. BC Renal Agency will host a Facebook Live on March 8 to answer questions and encourage people to use the agency’s online kidney health assessment tool.

Last chance to buy/lease incredible artwork of Sculpturewalk 2017

Magic Fish by Adma Schultz of Colorado

Which of Castlegar’s downtown sculptures has caught your eye? With only a month before Castlegar Sculpturewalk’s 2017 sculptures are taken down, now is the time to purchase or lease one of these beautiful works of art and keep it in the Kootenays.                         

Castlegar & District Recreation Commission recommends reducing borrowing for Complex enhancements

At its meeting on March 5, the Castlegar and District Recreation Commission passed a resolution to reduce the amount of borrowing on enhancements to the Castlegar and District Community Complex to $22 million. The project is currently estimated to cost $32,370,000. The Commission would pursue grants and other sources of funding for the remaining cost of the project.

Another Blast of Winter expected through Friday

Snowplows will be making another trip to the highways as a Pacific low pressure system brings snow to Boundary, West Kootenay and Kootenay Lake regions.

Old Man Winter just doesn't want to leave just yet.

Environment Canada said a Pacific low pressure system is spreading snow to Boundary, West Kootenay and Kootenay Lake regions, causing havoc for driving on Highway 3 - Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass Thursday morning.

"Periods of light snow today will become heavy at times tonight as the low crosses the area," Environment Canada said, sparking a Public Alert for the region.

"Total snow accumulations of 20 to 30 cm can be expected before the snow tapers off to a few flurries Friday morning."

Beware of scammers, police warn Nelson area residents

Scams circulating relate to Canada Revenue Agency, credit card company or US Federal Reserve Bank.

Nelson Police is advising the public to be cautious of scammers after the department recently received several complaints from concerned citizens.

In a media release, Nelson Police said scammers are pretending to be calling from the Canada Revenue Agency, credit card company or US Federal Reserve Bank.

“There are many variations of these scams out there,” Nelson Police said.

“Always think before you provide personal information to anyone.”

The CRA scam tells the victim there is a warrant out for their arrest.

Grand Forks RCMP investigate assault complaint

Police said during the altercation one male was stabbed.

A male was stabbed over the weekend Grand Forks RCMP said in a media release.

Shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday, RCMP members responded to a complaint of an Assault.

"The subsequent investigation revealed that there was an altercation involving several males and during the altercation one male was stabbed," RCMP said.

"The matter is still under investigation and RCMP will be recommending charges. The male that was stabbed suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Police said this was not a random attack, there is no danger to the public.

Government, ICBC, police up Distracted Driving enforcement

Dangerous driving behaviour claims 78 lives each year, including 30 in the Southern Interior.

Drivers should focus on the road after the announcement of enhanced police enforcement on distracted driving that will begin across B.C., including a province-wide blitz.

The blitz comes after tougher penalties for distracted drivers takes effect this month, alongside the piloting of new technologies, in support of B.C.'s latest enforcement and awareness campaign against this high-risk driving behaviour.