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By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Oct 18 2017

The timeline is set for the development of Castlegar’s 2018 budget and five-year plan, with opportunities for the public to weigh in on priorities at the outset, and later on the proposed finish product before it is adopted as law.

“For 2017, Council added a new line item into its budget. A communication budget line item was put forward to enhance and enable a culture of community...

By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Oct 18 2017

The City of Castlegar is now beginning a public consultation phase to bring the city closer to a user-pay water/sewer system, an initiative that has been in the works since 2005.

According to a report by city deputy director of finance Lois Hunter, the move toward water meters and consumption-based rates was a necessary goal for the city.

“The City of Castlegar’s existing water...

By Trail Champion sports on Wednesday Oct 18 2017

The Trail Smoke Eaters have added 19-year-old defenceman Trevor Zins to their roster.

Zins comes to the Trail Smoke Eaters after playing the past two seasons with the USHL’s Cedar Rapids Roughriders. The 6’0” defenceman is a commit of Umass-Lowell and will help to solidify the backend for the Smoke Eaters, who sit in second place overall in the BCHL. It is expected...

By Kyra Hoggan on Tuesday Oct 17 2017

The public will soon get a say in how they feel about a medical marihuana production facility on the surplus airport lands, after council voted unanimously to move forward with the public hearing process.

During their regular meeting last night (Monday), council received a report by Planning and Development Director Phil Markin, outlining what is being requested, what that would entail...

By Kyra Hoggan on Tuesday Oct 17 2017

Castlegar CIBC employees are receiving kudos from the Fire Chief after their management of the aftermath of a single-vehicle crash.

According to Fire Chief Sam Lattanzio, the call came in at 1:52 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

“A customer of CIBC inadvertently hit his gas pedal, accelerating instead of braking,” Lattanzio said. “He hit the metal parking poles beside the branch hard...

By Contributor on Monday Oct 16 2017

The BC SPCA said in a media release Monday they are urging British Columbians to speak out against grizzly bear hunting across the province.

BC SPCA said the public has until November 2 to provide input to the B.C. government on two policy documents outlining proposed changes to the grizzly bear hunt.

“This summer the B.C....

By Contributor on Monday Oct 09 2017

The public is invited to attend an evening learning about bats at the Lion's Hall in Invermere on Friday, October 27.

The evening, beginning at 7 p.m, is supported by Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club and the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund.

Kootenay Community Bat Project biologist, Leigh Anne Isaac, will be on hand to help with the learning about these...

By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Oct 05 2017

It’s official – our former, long-time CAO John Malcolm is now retired, and incoming CAO Chris Barlow attended his first council meeting as city manager at council’s regular meeting Monday night.

Malcolm came to Castlegar as CAO in January of 2008.

When asked what he’ll remember most fondly of Castlegar, Malcolm said, “There seems to have been a transformation – a continuing...

By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Oct 05 2017

A local retired RCMP officer played a huge role in getting six Castlegar residents to safety during the mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night.

Jo-Ann Bursey, a local realtor, and her husband, retired RCMP Const. Wally Bursey, were part of a group of eight people attending the country music festival (six were from Castlegar and two from Texas).

“We went there specifically for...

By Trail Champion on Thursday Oct 05 2017

A Trail woman is in police custody after a drug raid last month, according to a press release issued by Trail RCMP Acting Sgt. Darryl Orr.

“On Sept. 22, the Trail Crime Reduction Unit with the assistance of Castlegar Crime Reduction Unit and Regional General Investigation Section executed a search warrant granted under the authority of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act at a...

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