Many of you readers will recognize me from the last two years as one of the reporters for the Grand Forks Gazette, and others will be new to my work. I’m glad you chose to take the time to check us out!
EdNote: The following is a press release issued by the provincial government
As B.C. continues to experience increased pandemic H1N1 influenza activity, health officials are reiterating important messages regarding the use of antivirals to treat infection from this novel virus.
The Grand Forks community was devasted in August when 12-year-old John Fulton was found dead in his neighbour's home. Shortly afterward police arrested Kimberly Noyes for his murder. On Oct. 31, police issued a request for possible witnesses to come forward.
The RCMP Southeast District Serious Crimes Unit, who is continuing their investigation into the murder of Fulton, announced that they are currently attempting to identify any and all witnesses that may have been at the Gables housing complex in Grand Forks between Saturday, Aug. 15th and Monday, Aug. 17, 2009.
Photo: artist's rendering of the proposed new gaming centre, courtesy the City of Castlegar.
Castlegar mayor Lawrence Chernoff said today that the $7.9-million gaming centre slated for Castlegar is still very much on the books, with Terrim Properties' Terry Segarty spearheading the development.
“He's still a part of the project – he's just bringing in a partner,” said Chernoff, adding that a meeting last week between Segarty, the mayor and senior city staff helped clarify the project's future direction.
Castlegar mayor Lawrence Chernoff threw down the gauntlet for the city's small business community at the Chamber of Commerce's annual general meeting at the Fireside Inn last night.
"There's a change coming that will effect absolutely everyone, not just in Castlegar, but throughout the entire province," he said. "Small business in B.C. employs one million people, accounts for over a third of the province's gross domestic product, represents 56 per cent of private sector jobs ...that's huge."
Photo by Phil Markin: City council members unveil the new name, sign and logo what was once the Castlegar Airport.
Monday night's regular council meeting saw the final report for the Castlegar Airport – from now on, reports will speak to the progress and traffic levels of the West Kootenay Regional Airport, instead.
This meeting's report said traffic was down more than nine per cent at the airport – a statistic the new name, which was unveiled Monday, may help improve.
I’m sure to receive at least a couple of accusations of being racist after writing this column, to which I would respond that I am not; However I am frustrated by what I believe are undeserved special rights the government is willing to grant Canadian native groups.
Celgar manager Al Hitzroth confirmed today that the mill he manages here in Castlegar has gotten the green light for $57.8 million in federal grant money through a program intended to help level the playing field after the U.S. announced $8 billion in black liquor subsidies for American pulp mills.
Unlike the U.S. program, which allows mills to use the money as general revenue, the Canadian program requires the funds to be spent on capital projects furthering environmental stewardship goals.
Photo: Castlegar Chamber of Commerce executive director Pam McLeod.
More than a dozen local business interests were on hand Oct. 6 at the CBT Forum (across from city hall) to hear from Jon Garson, vice president of public policy development for the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, regarding the new Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).
Representatives were on hand from the Castlegar, Nakusp and Rossland chambers, and the Columbia Basin Business Exchange, as well as several Castlegar business owners.
The first half of this he-said/she-said debate can be found in Rob Leggett's Right to the Point column, in the Op/Ed page of the Castlegar Source.
Rob and I have had some difficulty, lately, in finding an issue on which we passionately disagree. He solved that problem, however, with his most recent column on Winston Blackmore (leader of polygamist community Bountiful).
Due respect, Rob ...what a load of bunk.