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By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Jun 21 2012

Castlegar mayor Lawrence Chernoff said letters are coming in fast and furious from across the region in support of the West Kootenay Regional Airport's bid to entice WestJet to Castlegar … with some glaring omissions.

By Contributor on Thursday Jun 21 2012

Ed Note: The following is a press release issued by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure: This summer, key sections of provincial highway and local side roads in the West Kootenay region will be resurfaced to improve safety and travel for local residents, tourists and commercial vehicles.

By Contributor on Wednesday Jun 20 2012

By: Bill Bourgeois

In the past two decades, British Columbians have witnessed two starkly different approaches to managing the province’s forest resources.

Following the so-called “war in the woods” in the early 1990s, the Provincial Government responded with a series of initiatives emphasizing land-use planning, greater public involvement in forest management decisions and increased public investments in the forests.

By Erin Perkins on Monday Jun 18 2012

A 43 year-old man from Grand Forks is in custody after the Midway RCMP detachment and police cruiser was damaged by a flaming bottle bomb at 12:10 a.m. on Monday, June 18.

An RCMP officer was startled during the night shift when he saw a bright flash outside the window of the detachment, said Grand Forks RCMP staff sergeant Jim Harrison.

According to a RCMP press release, the officer heard "a loud noise and saw a bright flash where something appeared to have hit the office window".

By Castlegar Source on Monday Jun 18 2012

A Trail man is facing five criminal charges stemming from a recent shoplifting/resisting arrest incident in Castlegar, according to Castlegar RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew.

“On June 15, RCMP received a report that an adult male had stolen a bottle of liquor from the Uptown Liquor Store,” she said. “The suspect was not identified or located at that time.”

On June 16, she continued, at roughly 11:05 a.m., Castlegar RCMP received a tip that the suspect from the day before was now at Shopper's Drug Mart in Castlegar. 

By Contributor on Sunday Jun 17 2012

By: Steve Huebl & Rob McLister, Canada Mortgage Trends

With debt levels up and savings rates down, more people are lugging a mortgage into retirement. But not everyone.

According to a recent CIBC/Harris-Decima survey, mortgage freedom comes earlier than expected for some. Of those polled who successfully paid off their mortgage, they were able to do so (on average) by age 48.

By Nelson Daily Sports on Thursday Jun 14 2012

The Nelson Cyswogn' Fun triathlon has been a big hit for more than 25 years.

However, there's a new triathlon starting to make waves — the Kids-Tri event.

Participants from ages four to 12 are invited to compete in the third-annual event Saturday, July 7, in Trail.

"The race is open to all communities and we encourage young kids to participate in a fun and active event," said a Kids-Tri spokesperson.

The Kids Tri is for kids ages 4-12, with different routes and distances for each age group (4 years; 5-6 years; 7-8 years; 9-10 years; 11-12 years).

By Christine Esovoloff on Thursday Jun 14 2012

'Tis the season for weddings, and I have two friends getting ready to walk down the aisle this summer. It is so much fun….the preparing, the planning, and the decorating. But it is also so much work.

The decision-making; the color-scheming; the guest list ...

On top of all that, you need to make all of these decisions with another person - that's a whole lot of compromising. Of course, my two friends are terribly excited, but they are also stressed out of their trees.

By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Jun 14 2012

Four area chambers of commerce have offered regional airport representatives their endorsement in a bid to encourage WestJet to come to the Kootenays – meanwhile the Castlegar chamber is being flooded with letters of support from local businesses.

Just last week, WestJet invited members of the West Kootenay Regional Airport Advisory Committee (including Castlegar Mayor Lawrence Chernoff and Nelson Mayor John Dooley) to WestJet’s Calgary campus at the end of this month to offer a presentation detailing the merits of WestJet service in the region.

By Nik Green on Wednesday Jun 13 2012

The lack of foresight our government has can be absolutely staggering sometimes. Our new currency and the application of it to our daily lives is a prime example of how we operate as a country.

Force of habit led me to dumping two shiny 2012 toonies into an already overpriced parking meter the other day before realizing I may as well have deposited them into the storm drain.