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By Castlegar Source on Monday Nov 14 2022

Thirty-eight-year-old Andrew Cancela who was awaiting sentencing for two separate drug trafficking charges is back in custody after police execute search warrant at a residence, according to Castlegar RCMP top cop Sgt. Monty Taylor..

"On Nov. 10, the Castlegar RCMP Crime Reduction Unit, with support from frontline ... officers executed a search warrant at a residence in the 2600 block of 5th Avenue of Castlegar," Taylor said. "The search warrant was obtained to further the investigation into the trafficking of a controlled substance.

By Contributor on Sunday Nov 13 2022

After winning a Maxmillions prize from the October 21, 2022 draw, Chad Madrigga knew exactly what his first purchase was going to be — his dream car: a 1998 Dodge Viper.

“I’ve always wanted a Viper and a few times before I almost bought one, but then common sense kicked in,” Madrigga recalled.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Saturday Nov 12 2022

The water quality for the residents of Six Mile will likely be affected after a portion of the Duhamel Creek watershed burned this fall, a recent report released by the Ministry of Forests claims.

A post-wildfire and natural hazard risk analysis report for the Monument Creek wildfire — 660 hectares burning on Crown land from September into late October — noted that eight per cent of the Duhamel Creek watershed (443 ha.) was burned in the blaze.

By Province of British Columbia on Thursday Nov 10 2022

Highway 8 between Merritt and Spences Bridge is now open to all vehicle traffic, restoring connectivity to residents, Indigenous communities and the local forestry and mining industries.

“From the first day of the atmospheric river, people have gone above and beyond to help us to reach this important milestone,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.

“We all owe a huge debt of gratitude for the impressive work that crews and staff have done to reconnect the people and communities along Highway 8.”

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Thursday Nov 10 2022

The last 100 years of fire suppression efforts in the province have resulted in some forests near communities becoming over mature and very dense, making them susceptible to wildfire, according to the Forest Enhancement Society of B.C.

“Many times, these types of stands have less value to wildlife and are less desirable for recreation activities,” read a new report released by the FESBC.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Wednesday Nov 09 2022

Nelson’s new mayor has an agenda.

Janice Morrison admitted she wanted the newest version of Nelson city council to have more open and public discussions — as well as agendas — than it has ever had.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Tuesday Nov 08 2022

A recent report detailing the events of a backcountry helicopter crash north of Nelson in March points to the cumulative effects of weather in the mishap.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released a seven-page report Nov. 2 on the March 16 tail rotor strike and roll over of an Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3 helicopter in the Kootenay Valley, 35 NM north of Nelson.

By Timothy Schafer Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on Monday Nov 07 2022

The bright prospect of a dropping unemployment rate in the region is being shaded by the decrease in the labour pool across the Kootenays, according to a provincial report on employment trends.

BC Check-Up: Work, an annual report by the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC), charted employment trends across the province, with the West and East Kootenay unemployment rate falling to 6.1 per cent (September 2022), a .4 per cent drop from one year ago.

By Emanuel Sequeira KIJHL Director of Communications on Saturday Nov 05 2022

The British Columbia Hockey Conference announced today the coaches and staff that will be a part of the first annual BCHC Prospects Game on Tuesday, November 22nd at the Sardis Sports Complex in Chilliwack, BC.

The KIJHL’s Top Prospects team will be led by head coach Dave Hnatiuk, whose Grand Forks Border Bruins currently lead the Neil Murdoch Division with a 9-4-1 record.

Hnatiuk is in his second year as the Head Coach & General Manager in Grand Forks, where he has transformed the Border Bruins into an immediate contender.

By Letters to the editor on Wednesday Nov 02 2022

To The Editor:

I served as a Lieutenant with the Queen’s Own Rifles regiment in the Second World War. In 1945, in the Rhine Valley, Germany, I was injured by an anti-personnel mine explosion, resulting in the loss of my left leg below the knee.  

When I returned home from the war, I joined The War Amps and have been a member ever since. This Association was started by First World War amputee veterans to help each other adapt to their new reality as amputees.