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By Contributor on Tuesday Nov 12 2019

The Joint Castlegar/Trail RCMP Crime Reduction Unit with assistance from the Salmo RCMP have been conducting an ongoing investigation into a 39-year-old Salmo woman who was believed to be transporting controlled substances between Salmo, Castlegar and Trail.

On Nov. 6, 2019, a traffic stop was initiated on the 900 block of Columbia Avenue in Castlegar by CRU, Salmo and Castlegar RCMP members. The 39-year-old Salmo woman was arrested and her vehicle was searched. Police located almost two ounces of what is believed to be methamphetamine, along with some Canadian currency.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Nov 07 2019

Nelson Fire Rescue said the cause of the fire Wednesday in the pool area at the Villa Motel, meters north of the Big Orange Bridge, does not appear to be suspicious but remains under investigation.

In a media release Thursday, Nelson Fire Rescue said it was all hands of deck with assistance require from neighbouring Regional District of Central Kootenay Fire Departments, to extinguish the blaze that sent smoke Wednesday morning that could be seen from Nelson.

By Timothy Schafer on Thursday Nov 07 2019

What has long been the calling card of the region’s underground economy is now looking for above-board validation in the budding of a new industry for Nelson.

Kootenay cannabis is the product ready to begin cultivation in the Heritage city as the Nelson Cannabis Collective has applied for an indoor cannabis operation use at 45 Government Road on the edge of the city.

By Bob Hall on Wednesday Nov 06 2019

Love of literature united writers from both sides of the border as Eastern Washington University’s (EWU) graduate students recently returned to Selkirk College for the third annual A Stone’s Throw Writing Symposium.

Held at the Mir Centre for Peace on the Castlegar Campus on Saturday, October 26, Creative Writing students from Selkirk College spent the afternoon putting pen to paper in workshops with graduate students in EWU’s Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing.

By Contributor on Wednesday Nov 06 2019

Housing Crisis, by Winlaw artist Rabi’a, has won the coveted 2019 People’s Choice Award, presented at the Castlegar Sculpturewalk Awards Gala at the Lionshead Smoke & Brew Pub on Nov. 2.

This piece will now stay in Castlegar, joining the City’s growing permanent public art collection. Rabi’a, in partnership with Carl Schlichting, had previously captured the People's Choice award in 2016 for Imagine the Stories.

By Katrine Conroy on Wednesday Nov 06 2019

New Democrat MLA Katrine Conroy is welcoming funding to provide greater access to low and no-cost mental health and substance use supports in the Kootenays.

Circle of Indigenous Nations Society based in Castlegar is receiving a grant to add additional hours of direct services, including individual and group counselling, and support for Elders. Grants are being awarded to 29 community organizations across B.C. through the Community Counselling grants program administered by Community Action Initiative.

By Trail Champion on Wednesday Nov 06 2019

A city street sweeper mysteriously burst into flames yesterday, according to a press release issued by RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.

“On Nov. 5, at 9:58 a.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP assisted Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Department after a City of Trail street sweeper caught on fire while travelling on Hwy 22 toward Rossland (Rossland Hill),” Wicentowich said. “The street sweeper was brand new and noted to be in working order by the operator just before the fire started. 

By Contributor on Wednesday Nov 06 2019

Yvonne Moore, born May 18, 1938,  passed away unexpectedly October 30 2019.

Yvonne was a lifetime resident of Trail. Yvonne had an enjoyment of living and always saw the positive in every situation.

Yvonne never stopped learning, loved playing scrabble and adored reading a good book. She became computer literate when she was in her 70s.

She was most proud of her three children Lynn, Heather and Donald Moore. Yvonne was a devoted single mother and gave all three children wonderful childhoods. She was a devoted daughter to her parents and very proud of her siblings.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Nov 06 2019

The fire at the Villa Motel has moved to the mop-up stage said Nelson Fire Rescue after confirming the blaze was extinguished as of 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

Nelson Fire Rescue Chief Len MacCharles said fire suppression tactics continued throughout the day after initial reports came in early Wednesday morning.

The main fire was located in the pool building adjacent to the main building.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Nov 06 2019


Calling all Pot Growers.

Kootenay cannabis producers have been invited to attend a free workshop on operational compliance, offered by Community Futures Central Kootenay (CFCK) and the Vancouver-based developers of the CertiCraft software system for craft growers.

The session is set for Friday, November 15th from 4-7 p.m. at the Prestige Hotel in Nelson and will offer a deep dive into cannabis crop volume tracking and reporting.