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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. 

By Mona Mattei on Monday Jun 11 2012

The past year has been nothing short of amazing for Habitat for Humanity Boundary. As the board and members met for their annual general meeting last week, they took time to reflect on their most ambitious project’s success.

“It’s been a fun ride! Of course there’s been some stress, but a lot of amazing things happened as well,” Irene Friesen opened in her report as president of the society. “Maybe why is a more important message than what we do though. Wow, we have done a lot for a small board, but the why is what draws us to do it.”

By Contributor on Sunday Jun 10 2012

It’s just under a year that Search and Rescue volunteer Sheilah Sweatman went out on a “recovery mission” near Nelson, B.C. only to have her life ripped away.This past weekend two more female search and rescue volunteers lost their lives in a “training mission” near Skookumchuck Rapids just outside of Halfmoon Bay, B.C.

What the public needs to know is these women have families and whole communities left behind wondering - why?

Not why they chose to be volunteers.But why they lost their lives while participating in their chosen volunteer positions.  

By Contributor on Saturday Jun 09 2012

Anyone who thought Dan Albas’ private member’s bill was going to open the floodgates to cheap cross-border shopping for wine should think again. When Albas’s Bill C-311 is finally passed, the provinces will experience an immediate shortfall in revenue.

Indeed, John Skinner, the owner of Painted Rock Winery in Penticton is already complaining that provincial cabinet minister Rich Coleman has announced changes to B.C.’s alcohol exemption limits which “do nothing to support the intended purpose of federal Bill C-311.”

Well, what else did he expect?

By Christine Esovoloff on Thursday Jun 07 2012

All of the celebrations surrounding SunFest recently have me thinking about small-town dynamics. I am definitely a small-town girl through and through. I love the community support, the sense of safety, and being able to walk down the main drag and wave at a dozen people I know as they drive by. Don’t get me wrong, I have my moments of yearning for the big city.

Particularly the shoe shopping, the fantastic restaurants, and the plethora of night life activities.

By Mona Mattei on Thursday Jun 07 2012

Hearings continued this week for Christina Lake resident Allen Piche as B.C. provincial court Judge Donald Sperry heard testimony from the final witnesses in the case on outstanding marijuana charges.

Piche, fined in May 2012 for two counts of feeding bears on his property, was back in court this week for charges arising from the drug bust on his property that led to the discovery of the bears.

By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Jun 07 2012

WestJet has asked representatives of the West Kootenay Regional Airport Advisory Committee to meet with airline staff later this month to discuss why WestJet should come to Castlegar (see also:

By Contributor on Wednesday Jun 06 2012

With the heavy rainfall over the past two days, and snow at higher elevations, the Boundary rivers are on a high stream advisory and others throughout the Kootenays and Okanagan are on flood watch.

The BC River Forecast Centre is upgrading the advisory to a flood watch for: Monashees including Eagle River, Shuswap River, Sicamous and surrounding area tributaries and is maintaining the flood watch for rivers in the Kootenay and Columbia Regions including: West Kootenay, East Kootenay, and Columbia (Illecillewaet, Kicking Horse and surrounding rivers).

By Castlegar Source on Monday Jun 04 2012
A Coquitlam man was taken to hospital after being attacked by a bear yesterday, according to police S/Sgt. Steve LeClair.
"On June 3 at 2:56 pm, Whistler RCMP were notified of a bear attack that occurred in the 4800 block of Casabella Crescent in Whistler," said LeClair. "A 55-year-old Coquitlam male was relaxing in a backyard hot tub with his back to the forest.
"He felt a heavy blow to the back of his head which propelled him forward in the hot tub. He turned around and found himself face-to-face with a black bear.