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By Contributor on Monday Aug 31 2009

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) invites Basin youth ages 15-29 to sign up now for CURRENTS: Columbia Basin Trust Youth Water Forum 2009, being held in Golden, September 25-27 at the Kicking Horse River Lodge.

By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Aug 26 2009

Monday morning saw police managing an unusual situation after a huge St. Bernard dog became trapped in a dumpster – with the garbage collectors en route.

Castlegar RCMP Const. Sherry Karn said the call came in around 7 a.m. from staff at the Kootenay Market, who were concerned about the dog unwittingly ending up in a landfill. She said it appeared the dog had climbed up into the dumpster using some boards that were leaned against the receptacle, essentially forming a ramp – but then was unable to get out again.

By Contributor on Tuesday Aug 18 2009

by Barb Houston

Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum L.) has been a troublesome aquatic invader in British Columbia since the 1970’s, impacting waterways in the Okanagan and elsewhere. Unfortunately, a recent survey funded by the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program and Fortis BC, confirmed that this aquatic invader has made its way into the Kootenay River system. Thick mats were detected in the Kootenay River and plants were also found at several locations in Kootenay Lake.

By Contributor on Wednesday Aug 12 2009
Alex Atamanenko (BC Southern Interior) is asking the Minister for Public Safety, Peter Van Loan, to reconsider his decision not to allow Perley Holmes, a constituent who was convicted in the US for drug trafficking, to serve his time in Canada.
“I am deeply disappointed in the Minister’s denial of this application,” said Atamanenko. “Mr. Holmes made a serious mistake and is paying for it by serving 8 years in prison.
By Castlegar Source on Wednesday Aug 05 2009

Smoke funnelling into Castlegar is most likely from an almost 2,000-hectare wild fire near Galena Bay in the Regional District of Central Kootenay, as well as another, of almost 8,000 hectares, on Terrace Mountain in the Central Okanagan, according to the Southeast Fire Centre.

The Galena Bay fire was caused by lightning, while the Terrace Mountain blaze was human-caused and is still under investigation.

By Contributor on Wednesday Jul 29 2009

In a time of political unrest and transformation, the Republic of Georgia continues to press forward, looking for innovative ways to turn their economy around. With the help of Canadian partners such as Selkirk College, Georgians are increasing community economic development through educational change.

By Contributor on Wednesday Jul 22 2009

 CASTLEGAR— Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy says the community members that attended the Glacier-Howser meeting in Nelson were energized and inspired to continue the fight against the controversial private power project.
“This is just the beginning,” said Conroy. “The people of this region are ready to fight hard against Gordon Campbell’s plan to privatize our waterways and wilderness areas.”

By Contributor on Wednesday Jul 22 2009

Castlegar, BC – Before a public meeting in Kaslo on Wednesday that drew 1100 citizens from the town and other Kootenay communities, MP Alex Atamanenko (BC Southern Interior) told one of the largest crowds ever assembled against a proposed Independent Power Project (IPP) “This Glacier-Howser IPP must be stopped in its tracks!”

Addressing a rally outside the local school where the Environmental Assessment Office and proponent AXOR’s presentations took place, the NDP MP pointed out that the proposed project is the largest “run-of-the-river” project in the Kootenays.

By Contributor on Tuesday Jul 14 2009

On July 12, 2009, at approximately 9:00 p.m. a male in his mid 20's attended the Trail & Greater District Detachment to report that he had been assaulted in his residence in Trail earlier that morning and his girlfriend abducted by the assailant. Apparently it was over money that he allegedly owed. He had also been assaulted in his home the previous day over the same issue.

By Kyra Hoggan on Tuesday Jul 07 2009

The City of Castlegar is on the horns of $3.6 million dilemma, as Zellstoff Celgar has refused to pay municipal taxes for 2009, as well as taxes for other levels of government that are invoiced on the city bill, all of which were due at the close of business July 2. (City taxes are $2.785 mil and other jurisdictions are $863,000).

City representatives explained in a press release that, “the City of Castlegar has been served by a petition for a judicial review of 'unreasonable tax rate' or 'illegal' tax bylaw to the B.C. Supreme Court by Zellstoff Celgar.”