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Castlegar man facing charges after break-and-enter

A 19-year-old Castlegar man is in custody after he was caught allegedly trying to break in  to the Kinnaird Community church on 26th street on the evening of Nov. 13.

Someone inside the church heard strange noises and called police.  Upon arrival, the male was located by police and arrested for attempting to break into the church.   Additional charges are:  possessing an instrument suitable for the purpose of breaking in to a place,  possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose ( bear spray), and possession of a Controlled substance.

Advanced polls draw record numbers for civic election

One hundred and ninety people cast their ballot early on Nov. 8 or 9, as compared to only 151 early voters during the last municipal election in 2008.

According to Chief Election Officer Carolyn Rempel, Castlegar has 5,929 registered voters, as well as 13 non-resident, property-owner voters.

She said that in the 2008 election, only 1,616 residents made it to the polls - just 27.6 per cent - but there's a greater buzz for this political race, if advanced polling numbers are any indication.

Christina Lake heads to the polls over cemetery referendum

Although the job of area director for Christina Lake, B.C. was filled by acclamation, the area still needs to cast their votes for school trustee and a referendum question – does the area need a cemetery service?
Grace McGregor enters her third term as regional director with the support of her community, but faces a tough vote nonetheless.
“It is my honor to have the confidence of the Christina Lake electorate as their acclaimed area director,” McGregor commented.
“Our primary concern for the coming year is milfoil.

A bear for all seasons: The RCAC makes plans for a public sculpture that won't disappear and hibernate on you

Bear cub hanging out to dry in lower Rossland.

As local bears hunker down for their long winter naps, the Rossland Council for Arts and Culture (RCAC) plans to immortalize the iconic beasts with a downtown bear sculpture that will represent "the integration of nature and community."

The bark of a dog control bylaw in Area H bitten by public in opinion poll

Tails are wagging in the regional district’s Area H.

The majority of respondents in a recent opinion poll in the Regional District  of Central Kootenay rural area of the Slocan Valley said they were not in favour of implementing a dog control service in the area.

Of the 37.5 per cent of the opinion poll surveys returned, 69.2 per cent of the residents who returned the survey were not in favour of implementing a dog control service.

In thrall to snowfall: Glen Saby looks back on a quarter century of snow measurements

Glen Saby has diligently measured snowfall in his Rossland backyard since 1987, and this year is no exception. To our knowledge, Saby's data are the only consistent snow measurements in the Rossland area over the last quarter century.

"I'm still measuring," he said on Tuesday afternoon. "We had a little bit a week and a half ago, three-quarters of an inch or so, but then we got 3 inches last week and 3.5 inches last night."

Private property within Valhalla Provincial Park sparks controversy with setback request

A private landowner within Valhalla Provincial Park boundaries will have to wait for a regional district board decision on a request to have a floodplain setback relaxed so they could build closer to the shore of Slocan Lake.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay rural affairs committee has referred the controversial matter back to RDCK staff for a site review, said committee chair and Area D director Andy Shadrack.