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By Contributor on Thursday Jan 25 2018

BC bats may be threatened by disease, and researchers are asking for the public to help.

White Nose Syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease responsible for the death of millions of bats in eastern North America, has moved to the west coast. Confirmed in Washington State in 2016 and 2017, the presence of the fungus is very worrisome for the health of bat populations in British Columbia, with near 100% mortality for some species of bats exposed to the fungus. Although devastating for bats, WNS does not affect humans.

By Bob Hall on Thursday Jan 25 2018

When Emmett Deuling received confirmation of acceptance into the Selkirk College Nursing Program, there was elation knowing he was moving closer to his dream of a career in health care. The next emotion Deuling felt was anxiety, knowing that four years of education was going to be a costly venture.

By Contributor on Thursday Jan 25 2018

'Work hard, play hard' is the motto for many sports enthusiasts, and women who play roller derby are no exception.
Castlegar’s Dam City Rollers’ hard work will be on display Feb. 3 when they take on Spokane’s Lilac City Roller Derby team at Selkirk College Gym in Castlegar. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first whistle at 7 p.m.

By Castlegar Source on Thursday Jan 25 2018

Award-winning Canadian country music artist and Castlegar native Lisa Nicole is excited to announce the release of Mad About It to Canadian radio along with an accompanying music video in conjunction with a tour that will take her from the Canadian Kootenays all the way to Nashville.

By Castlegar Source on Thursday Jan 25 2018

Two related MVIs involving five vehicles closed Hwy 22 between Castlegar and Trail this morning, according to Fire Chief Sam Lattanzio. He said the call came in at roughly 7:19 a.m., and nine firefighters responded to an area near Pipeline Pitt Road (just north of Genelle).

The original crash involved three vehicles, he said, and BCAS was already on scene when CFD arrived.

"A one-ton deck truck lost control and hit a small sedan head on," Lattanzio said, explaining a third vehicle, a Jeep SUV, then t-boned the truck. "All three vehicles were heavily damaged."

By Dermod Travis on Thursday Jan 25 2018


When the political landscape changes, it changes fast.

On July 27, the B.C. Liberal party was one case of a bad flu away from trying to regain power.

But in less than 24 hours, former Premier Christy Clark was gone, both as leader and as MLA.

Within five weeks the race was on to find a successor, but there was one more tectonic shift to come.

By Castlegar Source on Wednesday Jan 24 2018

The RCMP Southeast District Major Crimes Unit and the Nakusp RCMP are continuing their investigation into the deaths of two Needles, BC men.

RCMP investigative efforts are continuing, into the Dec, 18, 2017 shooting deaths of the 83-year-old man and that of the 58-year-old man, which occurred at two neighbouring properties. Investigators have confirmed that the death of the 83-year-old man was a homicide. The death of the 58-year-old was determined to be non-criminal in nature.

No further information is being released.

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By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Jan 24 2018

Castlegar and Ootischenia fire departments responded to a single-vehicle rollover Tuesday, according to Castlegar Fire Chief Sam Lattanzio.

He said the call came in at 3:50 p.m., and crews, along with RCMP and BCAS, attended Hwy 3 about five kilometres west of the city, near Merry Creek Forest Service Road.

“The vehicle had rolled several times down a 50- or 60-foot embankment, landing on its roof,” Lattanzio said. “He (the driver) was trapped inside, and we needed the Jaws of Life to extricate him, then rope rescue to bring him up the embankment.”

By Castlegar Source on Tuesday Jan 23 2018

The RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit has confirmed the identity of the remains found in the trunk of a burnt out vehicle left abandoned and ablaze on Hwy 22 on Jan.14.

Following the completion of a forensic examination of the remains found in a vehicle near Trail, the RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit and Trail and Greater District RCMP have confirmed the identity of the remains as those of 38-year-old Jordan Workman of Castlegar. RCMP investigators in conjunction with the BC Coroners Service have also determined that Workman’s death was a homicide.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Jan 23 2018

The worst is over, unless a person lives in the higher elevations, after Environment Canada ended its snowfall warning.

Drivers are advised to check DriveBC for any delays on Highways, especially the Paulson Summit and Kootenay Pass — the latter experiencing delays Thursday morning as work crews deal with avalanche deposit removal.