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By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Nov 18 2009

The price tag for refurbishment of 12 spillway gates at Hugh Keenleyside Dam will exceed the $50 million mark, B.C. Hydro representatives told Castlegar city council Monday.

Project manager Paul Klawer said the high cost means they must get approval from the B.C. Utilites Commission, from which they anticipate a reply by June 2010. From there, they hope to see construction under way by autumn of the same year. The project will be carried out in phases, with completion slated for 2013, he added.

By Mona Mattei on Wednesday Nov 18 2009

Two very interesting conversations happened at the Grand Forks city council meeting on Monday on air quality issues that have grave impact on our community.

By Contributor on Monday Nov 16 2009

I have been on a cross-Canada “Food for Thought” tour since June of 2008. The purpose of this mission is to listen to what people have to say on the issue of food security and food sovereignty. As a result of this tour, my party will be presenting a report to our federal government, which will hopefully assist in the development of a national food policy.

By Mona Mattei on Thursday Nov 12 2009

“Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?” Who doesn’t remember this song from your childhood, at least those of us who grew up with television? Our parents surely will since they listened to hours of the program while we were glued to the TV.
Sesame Street is celebrating their 40th anniversary this month having aired over 4,200 episodes since 1969. In honour of three generations of children’s programming, a street in New York was temporarily named for the show this month.

By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Nov 11 2009

A "stabbing incident" at Castlegar's Twin Rivers Elementary was not as dire as rumours would indicate.

Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Mike Mysko said police recieved a 9-1-1 complaint Tuesday at just after 12:30 p.m. indicating a 10-year-old student had stabbed another student.

"The incident developed when a 12-year-old boy observed the young girl playing with a small penknife on the playground and decided he should remove it for safety reasons," Mysko explained. "During this attempt, he thought he was cut and phoned 9-1-1."

By Nik Green on Tuesday Nov 10 2009

Defense attorney for Kimberly Ruth Noyes claims lack of full disclosure of evidence by the Crown has resulted in further delays in Noyes' arraignment. The hearing for the murder of 12-year-old John Fulton was held in the Grand Forks courthouse Monday, Nov. 9 although the accused was not present. Defense attorney Deanne Gaffar represented Noyes by telephone conference, while prosecutor Phillip Seagram was on hand for the Crown.

By Contributor on Tuesday Nov 10 2009

This Remembrance Day, the City of Trail will be honouring those who have served our country but the community will also be recognizing the relentless volunteer efforts of many of its citizens. At the ceremony, members of the Trail branch of the Royal Canadian Legion will unveil the town’s much-awaited cenotaph statue – a project largely attributed to the town’s dedicated volunteers.


By Contributor on Tuesday Nov 10 2009

Many of us question the paradigm and necessity of war, even as we remember and honour the soldiers who have fought and died in battle. We often feel helpless in shifting this top down method of resolving conflict towards a peaceful process.

By Contributor on Monday Nov 09 2009

Note: The following is a press release from Toxco, Inc.

TRAIL, B.C., CANADA (November 9, 2009) – Toxco, Inc. has begun clean up operations from a primary lithium battery fire that occurred in one of the plant’s permitted approved storage building located at the BC site, on the evening of November 7, 2009.

By Contributor on Monday Nov 09 2009

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) is inviting municipalities, Regional Districts and First Nation communities to participate in the Columbia Basin Water Smart Initiative (Water Smart), which is working to establish a comprehensive approach to achieve a 20 per cent Basin-wide reduction in domestic water consumption by 2015.