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Caroline Lafond is a Recreation Fish and Wildlife student at Selkirk College. Photo: Submitted

Ecological Comment: Help keep the goats of Gimli wild

A column written by Recreation Fish and Wildlife students at Selkirk College

Caroline Lafond is a Recreation Fish and Wildlife student at Selkirk College. Photo: Submitted
Kootenay Columbia Teachers’ Union president Andy Davidoff. Photo: Jennifer Small

An open letter to Premier Horgan and Minister Whiteside: Let’s stop harming our children during a pandemic

A letter from Andrew Davidoff, President Kootenay Columbia Teachers’ Union

Kootenay Columbia Teachers’ Union president Andy Davidoff. Photo: Jennifer Small
Big White firefighters follow a century-long tradition of using human power to push their new apparatus into its fire station bay. The one-of-a-kind Ladder 311 is ready for deployment to fight structural fires at Big White. Photo: Andrew Jay

New ladder truck for Big White fire department

The new RDKB workhorse is the product of five years’ work

Big White firefighters follow a century-long tradition of using human power to push their new apparatus into its fire station bay. The one-of-a-kind Ladder 311 is ready for deployment to fight structural fires at Big White. Photo: Andrew Jay
A member of the Gitxsan First Nation, Cindy Blackstock has more than 30 years of experience working in child welfare and Indigenous children’s rights. Selkirk College will welcome the McGill University professor to the Truth and Justice Speaker Series in a virtual presentation on Jan. 14. Photo: Submitted

Selkirk College speaker series focuses on equity for Indigenous children

Cindy Blackstock will speak online Jan. 14

A member of the Gitxsan First Nation, Cindy Blackstock has more than 30 years of experience working in child welfare and Indigenous children’s rights. Selkirk College will welcome the McGill University professor to the Truth and Justice Speaker Series in a virtual presentation on Jan. 14. Photo: Submitted
Crowe grad Agnes Hamill is encouraging locals to make a New Year’s food resolution to go vegetarian, maybe even vegan, in 2021. There’s plenty of recipes and helpful tips online to start a new plant-based diet for ‘Veganuary.’ Photo: Vivienne Hurley

Kootenay grad encourages locals to live ‘Life on the Veg’

Log on to veganuary.com, to join or support the 31-day vegan challenge in January.

Crowe grad Agnes Hamill is encouraging locals to make a New Year’s food resolution to go vegetarian, maybe even vegan, in 2021. There’s plenty of recipes and helpful tips online to start a new plant-based diet for ‘Veganuary.’ Photo: Vivienne Hurley
Rick Taylor is the November winner of the Angler Incentive Program’s November draw, taking home $1,000 in gift certificates. Photo: Submitted

Kootenay Lake local wins $1,000 in gift certificates

Kootenay Lake incentive meant to help kokanee salmon population recover after their collapse in 2013

Rick Taylor is the November winner of the Angler Incentive Program’s November draw, taking home $1,000 in gift certificates. Photo: Submitted
A group of women wear masks to help guard them against the Spanish flu. Photo: courtesy of the University of Waterloo

Castlegar woman survives two pandemics

Molly Pacey turned 102 years old on Dec. 30, 2020.

A group of women wear masks to help guard them against the Spanish flu. Photo: courtesy of the University of Waterloo
Two former Selkirk College students recently made a pitch on Dragons’ Den. Photo: Submitted

Selkirk College alumni venture into the Dragons’ Den

Mitchell Rosko and Steven Glass made their pitch

Two former Selkirk College students recently made a pitch on Dragons’ Den. Photo: Submitted
Tom Kline has been the pastor of Castlegar Baptist Church for 22 years.

Column: An unusual Christmas

Mary and Joseph found themselves alone and isolated on the first Christmas

Tom Kline has been the pastor of Castlegar Baptist Church for 22 years.
Okanagan resident Debra Ceravelo grabbed this photo of the planetary conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn Dec. 20, 2020. (Submitted)

Astrophotographer captures out-of-this-world shot from the Okanagan

A Western News reader snapped a photo of the rare celestial event

Okanagan resident Debra Ceravelo grabbed this photo of the planetary conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn Dec. 20, 2020. (Submitted)
This City of Trail flag hands in city hall today. Photo: Andrea Jolly photo

Trail CAO recognized for three decades of service

The LGMA hosted its Member Awards Ceremony recognizing local government staff across B.C.

This City of Trail flag hands in city hall today. Photo: Andrea Jolly photo
Zoey Uniat has a rare genetic disorder. Photo: submitted

Fundraiser started for Castlegar baby with rare genetic disorder

Zoey Uniat was born on Thanksgiving with breathing difficulties

Zoey Uniat has a rare genetic disorder. Photo: submitted
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Interested in being part of Rossland’s heritage conservation?

Elements of the city’s heritage conservation plan are being worked on

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Trail Smoke Eaters captain Cody Schiavon will join the University of Vermont for the second semester to play NCAA Div. 1 hockey. Photo: Jim Bailey.

Smoke Eaters captain to join U of Vermont

Smokies captain Cody Schiavon commits to Univ. of Vermont Catamounts for rest of 2020/21 season

Trail Smoke Eaters captain Cody Schiavon will join the University of Vermont for the second semester to play NCAA Div. 1 hockey. Photo: Jim Bailey.
Improving transportation is one of the biggest moves people can make to cut emissions in their communities, such as using more electric vehicles, public transit and active transportation like biking or walking. Photo: Submitted

Renewable energy plan ready to go before West Kootenay councils

The plan by West Kootenay EcoSociety partners nine local governments

Improving transportation is one of the biggest moves people can make to cut emissions in their communities, such as using more electric vehicles, public transit and active transportation like biking or walking. Photo: Submitted
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Rossland Library Connection

Featuring a Q&A with Jacqueline Dawes, co-chair of the Rossland Public Library Board

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B.C. has now made masks mandatory in public indoor spaces. Photo: Ashley Wadhwani

Castlegar doctor shares personal COVID story, calls for adherence to guidelines

Dr. Megan Taylor was recently diagnosed with COVID

B.C. has now made masks mandatory in public indoor spaces. Photo: Ashley Wadhwani
L to R: Seven Summits students Raya, Lily and Jaden sporting their dresses. Photo: submitted
L to R: Seven Summits students Raya, Lily and Jaden sporting their dresses. Photo: submitted
Selkirk College Nursing Program fourth-year students Amanda Sigurdson (left) and Jordan Sherstobitoff (right) were part of a research team that surveyed homeless populations in Nelson, Castlegar and Trail. The pair are seen here at the Nelson Civic Centre outdoor homeless camp this past summer. Photo: Submitted

Selkirk College project studies homelessness during pandemic

Three students talked to more than 70 homeless people in the summer

Selkirk College Nursing Program fourth-year students Amanda Sigurdson (left) and Jordan Sherstobitoff (right) were part of a research team that surveyed homeless populations in Nelson, Castlegar and Trail. The pair are seen here at the Nelson Civic Centre outdoor homeless camp this past summer. Photo: Submitted
Selkirk College Saints players with some of the 1,500 individual food items they collected as part of the team’s annual food drive. Along with $900 in cash donations, the student-athletes will provide both the Selkirk College Student Food Bank and other regional food banks with much-needed resources for December. Photo: submitted
Selkirk College Saints players with some of the 1,500 individual food items they collected as part of the team’s annual food drive. Along with $900 in cash donations, the student-athletes will provide both the Selkirk College Student Food Bank and other regional food banks with much-needed resources for December. Photo: submitted