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By Contributor on Tuesday Mar 03 2020

Coronavirus, or COVID19, continues to be of public concern. With Washington State being our neighbor and indicating that the virus has been detected there and is impacting a growing number of people, it is understood that anxiety here in the West Kootenays is growing. In terms of the School District and the virus, please note the following:

• There are no known cases of the virus in our area;

• To date, there have been isolated cases in Canada, with primarily mild illness but no widespread human-to-human transmission;

By Bob Hall on Monday Mar 02 2020

The Selkirk College Saints will ride the underdog train into the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) playoffs after clinching the final spot in the run for the championship.

The Saints returned to the West Kootenay from a weekend roadtrip on Vancouver Island with one out of a possible four points, but it was enough to secure fourth place in the BCIHL regular season standings. The Saints lost 9-4 to the University of Victoria on Friday night and then dropped a 3-2 OT heartbreaker to Vancouver Island University on Saturday night in Nanaimo.

By Castlegar Source on Monday Mar 02 2020

The Coleville School District has closed all its facilities and cancelled all planned activities while they await the results of a test for COVID-19, according to a press release posted on their website, which reads as follows:

"This is a very important message from the Colville School District. In consultation with the NE Tri County Health Officer and Tri County Health Department, all Colville School District Schools will be closed tomorrow, Monday. March 2

By Michael Jessen on Sunday Mar 01 2020

“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are so certain of themselves and wiser people so full of doubts.” – Bertrand Russell

Since 2007 my writing has focussed almost exclusively on our changing climate. Yet – like life – the concern remains a mystery. And, as the climate emergency intensifies – widening my view of this enigma – it creates more space for uncertainty.

By Contributor on Friday Feb 28 2020

By Emanuel Sequeira, KIJHL Communications Manager

Jeff Dubois has been hired as the new Commissioner for the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL), the league announced today.

Dubois will succeed Larry Martel, who will continue in his duties through the conclusion of the 2020 Cyclone Taylor Cup in 100 Mile House. Dubois will take over the position on May 1, allowing for a smooth and successful transition into the position.

By Bob Hall on Thursday Feb 27 2020

An abundance of opportunity awaits at the Great Kootenay Career Fair that will bring together regional employers and job seekers at Selkirk College’s Castlegar Campus.

The career fair is a collaboration with Selkirk College, Trail Skills Centre and the Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce featuring more than 40 regional employers who are looking for those wanting to take on a new challenge. The Castlegar Campus Gym will be buzzing with excitement on March 6 and 7 in an event open to anybody looking for the right employment fit.

By Benjamin Phillips on Wednesday Feb 26 2020

 The British Columbia Hockey League announced today the various league award winners from the regular season, with two Trail Smoke Eaters receiving three of the awards.

Kent Johnson - 

Along with already claiming the Brett Hull Trophy as the leagues leading scorer with 101 points in 52 games, Johnson has been named the winner of the Vern Dye Memorial Trophy and the leagues Most Valuable Player and the Bob Fenton Trophy as the leagues Most Sportsmanlike player. 

By Contributor on Wednesday Feb 26 2020

On Feb. 23, Teck announced it is withdrawing the Frontier Project from the regulatory review process.


Teck CEO and President Don Lindsay has written to the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change outlining the reasons for the withdrawal. The letter is included below: 

Letter to Minister Wilkinson

Dear Minister:

By Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Feb 25 2020

The body of a woman missing since December 1, 2019, has been found Nelson Police said in a media release Tuesday.

Nelson Police said the body of the woman, identified as Heather Gunderson, was recovered from a ravine below the spillway in Cottonwood Creek by Nelson Search and Rescue, Nelson Fire Rescue Thursday, February 20. Police blocked the exit lane from Highway 3A heading south to Highway 6 to execute the recovery late Thursday afternoon.