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By Contributor on Wednesday Mar 15 2017

The Castlegar community has the opportunity this week to view the eye-opening and entertaining documentary film Merchants of Doubt. The film will be shown on March 16 at 7 p.m. at the Castlegar United Church (809 Merry Creek Rd.). Admission is by donation.

Merchants of Doubt exposes the campaign to confuse the public and discredit climate science.

The Charles Bailey Theatre is set to pull back the curtains and welcome to the stage the Youth Arts Festival Third Annual Talent Slam, a display of talent chosen in auditions by youth ranging in age from 15-29, according to Miriam Needoba, director of the Oxygen Arts Centre.

She said there will be two shows – one in Nelson Feb. 23 and another in Trail on March 4.

By Timothy Schafer on Tuesday Feb 07 2017

Although business licence fees proposed for a medical cannabis operation in the city are still considered to be “too high” according to public feedback, the city is sticking to its financial guns as it prepares for an early March public meeting showdown on the draft bylaw.

City council agreed to keep the cost of a medical cannabis business licence at $5,000, a sum which 16 of the 38 respondents to a city public feedback opportunity said was too high — the most frequently expressed comment.

By Contributor on Tuesday Feb 07 2017

The Columbia Basin Trust is making history as it establishes a new program, a new partnership and new funding to support the Basin’s heritage values.
The Trust has allocated $6.15 million for a three year large capital grants program for built heritage and $600,000 for a Heritage Support Program that will see a professional heritage position established in the Basin to support a broad range of heritage organizations.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Feb 06 2017

While the snowfall warning has been rescinded, Environment Canada is continuing an snow alert for Highway 3 from the Paulson Pass through to the Elk Valley, which includes the Kootenay Pass from Salmo to Creston.

"The low pressure system that brought heavy snow to the Kootenays will move east of the area today. Snow will continue to ease through the day with additional amounts of 5 to 10 cm expected."

The alert said snow will continue today and tonight over the Elk Valley and Kootenay Pass with additional amounts of 15 to 25 cm.

By CBT on Wednesday Feb 01 2017

Forty-nine projects were approved for funding in 2016 with a combined total of $1.07 million from Columbia Basin Trust's Environment Grants program. The projects address one or more of the program’s four goals: Ecosystems, Climate, Water and Environmental Education.

“We know residents value a healthy environment,” said Tim Hicks, Columbia Basin Trust Manager, Water and Environment. "We are pleased to support so many worthwhile projects that will contribute to environmental well-being.”

Projects in the Castlegar region are:

By Timothy Schafer on Thursday Jan 26 2017

Alcohol could become a more pervasive and accessible aspect of Kootenay-Boundary life after the province implemented province-wide updates to the Liquor Control and Licencing Act Monday.

All types of businesses — like barbershops, salons, book stores and art galleries — are now eligible to apply for a liquor licence, after the Liquor Policy Review acted upon some of its 73 recommendations to update liquor laws, giving businesses “opportunities to generate new revenue” in the process.

By Castlegar Source on Thursday Jan 26 2017
Nolie was located in Kelowna at the hospital and is safely with police there. She is fine, and will be brought back home to Castlegar in the near future. Thank you to everyone who took the time to share and discuss.  The sharing of this story through social media is what led us to know she was in Kelowna and allowed us to locate her.
Police issued the following release this morning:
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By Timothy Schafer on Tuesday Jan 10 2017

During Monday's Nelson City Council meeting, it was discussed that the city will be helping to propel a feasibility report on the region’s main airport with a financial contribution for its analysis.

Council agreed to contribute $10,000 from the airport reserve fund to the City of Castlegar towards Jeppesen Aviation’s Registered Navigation Procedure Analysis for the West Kootenay Regional Airport.