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Alberta man dies in avalanche near Rossland

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An Alberta man in his 30s died in an avalanche near Rossland yesterday.

RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said four men, two from B.C. and one from Alberta, all in their 30s, snomobiled into the area around Mnt. Mackie.

“They snomobiled in to go downhill skiing,” he said. “At around 3:30 p.m., an avalanche struck.

Winter weather brings up air quality concerns

Open burning contributes to air quality problems in the Grand Forks valley; Photo, Mona Mattei

Wintertime in Grand Forks can mean anything from great skiing, to slippery roads but one of the greatest challenges on any winter day in the valley is the air quality. Winter brings a variety of weather patterns, but it is well-known to see inversions set in over the valley. Inversions sandwich warmer air up high with the colder air below and prevent air flow. Coupled with industrial emissions and higher levels of wood-smoke, these inversions can lead to poor air quality in the Grand Forks area.

Heavy snowfall leaves roads hazardous

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Emergency workers attend a two vehicle accident near Midway on Dec. 30

A heavy snowfall on Dec. 30 made roads around the southern interior slippery as Christmas visitors headed back home. The snow continued throughout most of Wednesday creating hazardous conditions around the region. Between Kelowna and Vernon the high number of accidents led the transportation authorities to ask people to refrain from travelling the roads at all during the day. 

School District 51 - year in review

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Teresa Rezansoff, chair School District 51 board of education

Teresa Reznasoff, chair of the board of education for School District #51, provided the board with a brief year in review at their Dec. 8 meeting. Below is a re-cap of her report.


Dec. 9, 2008 saw the first meeting of a newly elected board of education. Two new board members joined us, Kris Sabourin and Vicki Gee from the West Boundary area.

A look back at 2009, from your perspective and mine

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A look back at 2009, from your perspective and mine

I was out and about in Castlegar, chatting with locals, being snoopy, asking questions and generally not minding my own business ... you know, the usual ... when I asked a fellow what he's most excited about for 2010.

“It's not 2009,” he said.

I take his point.

2010: Castlegar promotes pilot project for pesticides

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2010: Castlegar promotes pilot project for pesticides

The New Year will include a move toward pesticide- and herbicide-free parks as Castlegar city council joins forces with the Kootenay Food Services Society to launch a pilot project exploring the city's lanscaping care options.


Councillor Russ Hearne, outgoing chair fo the Transportation and Civic Works committee, said the partnership seem an almost … well, organic marriage of mutual goals.

Celgar highlights importance of dialogue in city dispute

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Celgar highlights importance of dialogue in city dispute

Zellstoff Celgar manager Al Hitzroth said it's a relief for his organization to head into the New Year with some framework in place for resolving its tax dispute with the City of Castlegar - this, after Celgar, last night, made an almost-half-million-dollar payment to the city and committed to monthly payments to reduce the outstanding $2.7 million in unpaid municipal taxes. (See City/Celgar reach accord for more details).

City/Celgar reach accord

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City/Celgar reach accord

The City of Castlegar got a stunning early Christmas present last night when they received the first real break in negotiations with the city's primary rate payer, Celgar.


The pulp mill has been in discussions with the city since July of this year, when Celgar declined to pay it's $3.6-million municipal tax bill and filed suit against the city in the BC Supreme Court instead, but it seemed little headway had been made … until last night.

FEATURE: Annual Santa interview: a feminist Christmas?

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FEATURE: Annual Santa interview: a feminist Christmas?

This reporter's annual interview with Mr. Santa Claus (AKA Kris Kringle, St, Nicolas, Pere Noel) took an unexpected turn when Claus ended up remaining silent for the bulk of the conversation.


The interview began normally enough, with Claus fielding questions as to how the North Pole has weathered the previous year's global economic downturn.

Forget about white .. have a very green Christmas!

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Forget about white .. have a very green Christmas!

As we enter into the final days before Christmas and prepare to spend time with our loved ones, it’s a great time for us to also look at the impact our holiday season has on our environment. We all expect to have extra waste during the holidays, but every year our nations have increases as high as 25 per cent in terms of waste during the holidays, as compared to a regular week.

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