Castlegar News Staff

Cranbrook’s East Kootenay Community Credit Union and Castlegar’s Heritage Credit Union have entered into merger discussions. Photo: Barry Coulter

Heritage Credit Union and East Kootenay Community Credit Union enter into merger discussions

Credit Unions based in Castlegar and Cranbrook explore merging

Cranbrook’s East Kootenay Community Credit Union and Castlegar’s Heritage Credit Union have entered into merger discussions. Photo: Barry Coulter
A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital. Photo: Jim Bailey

COVID outbreak declared at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail

IH says there are currently 15 cases connected to the outbreak

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital. Photo: Jim Bailey
Twin Rivers Elementary students helped to plant a pollinator meadow near the Kootenay Gallery of Art last fall. Photo: Castlegar Butterflyway

Five West Kootenay arts organizations receiving provincial grants

Kootenay Gallery of Art and Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre to benefit from funding boost

Twin Rivers Elementary students helped to plant a pollinator meadow near the Kootenay Gallery of Art last fall. Photo: Castlegar Butterflyway
An ecosystem restoration burn will take place near Deer Park this week. Photo: Betsy Kline

Prescribed burn planned for Deer Park area this week

Smoke may be visible from Deer Park, Renata, Castlegar, Edgewood and Highway 6

An ecosystem restoration burn will take place near Deer Park this week. Photo: Betsy Kline
SD20 will not be creating a COVID-19 vaccine requirement. File photo

Kootenay Columbia SD20 decides against staff vaccine policy

The district will not be implementing a COVID-19 vaccine requirement

SD20 will not be creating a COVID-19 vaccine requirement. File photo
Mercer Celgar is receiving $5 million to decrease natural gas use in its boilers. Photo: Mercer Celgar

Mercer Celgar receiving $5 million provincial grant

The money is slated to decrease natural gas use in the company’s boilers

Mercer Celgar is receiving $5 million to decrease natural gas use in its boilers. Photo: Mercer Celgar
New ECE seats opening at Selkirk College. Photo: Patrick Davies

Selkirk College receives funding for 14 new early childhood educator seats

Selkirk College’s program is delivered online

New ECE seats opening at Selkirk College. Photo: Patrick Davies
Waste Management is asking business owners to clear snow and ice around dumpsters. Photo: submitted by WM

Waste Management asking Kootenay business owners to clear snow and ice around dumpsters

If snow and ice blocking are blocking collection containers, trucks cannot collect the waste

Waste Management is asking business owners to clear snow and ice around dumpsters. Photo: submitted by WM
Photo: Google Street View
Photo: Google Street View
New cell towers are coming for Pass Creek and Crescent Valley. (File photo)

Rogers to build two cell towers in Pass Creek and Crescent Valley

Area residents will see better cell coverage

New cell towers are coming for Pass Creek and Crescent Valley. (File photo)
Black Press file photo

Castlegar area woodlot licence receives provincial award

Robert and Greg Sahlstrom are being recognized with a Minister’s Award for Innovation and Excellence

Black Press file photo
Clarence Wilkie won $150,000 with a scratch and win ticket. Photo: BCLC

Castlegar man wins $150,000 with scratch and win ticket

Clarence Wilkie purchased the ticket in Castlegar

Clarence Wilkie won $150,000 with a scratch and win ticket. Photo: BCLC
Air Canada Express is flying Dash 8-Q400 aircraft out of the West Kootenay Regional Airport. Photo: Betsy Kline

Air Canada increasing flights at Castlegar airport

Flights from the West Kootenay Regional Airport to Vancouver now available five days a week

Air Canada Express is flying Dash 8-Q400 aircraft out of the West Kootenay Regional Airport. Photo: Betsy Kline
The Forest Practices Board will be looking at Kalesnikoff Lumber’s practices near Castlegar. File photo

Forest Practice Board to audit Kalesnikoff forest license near Castlegar

The Forest Practices Board (FPB) will be conducting an audit of Kalesnikoff…

The Forest Practices Board will be looking at Kalesnikoff Lumber’s practices near Castlegar. File photo
Castlegar Search and Rescue was called out to help an injured Trail man. File photo

Castlegar Search and Rescue team rescues injured Trail man

The man was off-road motor biking when he was injured

Castlegar Search and Rescue was called out to help an injured Trail man. File photo
The Trozzo Creek fire as seen from Lemon Creek. Photo: Joel Pelletier

West Kootenay wildfires: Trozzo Creek evac order downgraded

The fire near Winlaw is over 5,000 hectares

The Trozzo Creek fire as seen from Lemon Creek. Photo: Joel Pelletier
The Trozzo Creek fire as seen from Lemon Creek. Photo: Joel Pelletier

West Kootenay wildfires weekend update

Winds and lightning may worsen conditions.

The Trozzo Creek fire as seen from Lemon Creek. Photo: Joel Pelletier
Crews working on the Arrow Lake fire complex. Photo: BC Wildfire Service

Planned ignition scheduled for Arrow Lake fires

Controlled burn may happen as soon July 29

Crews working on the Arrow Lake fire complex. Photo: BC Wildfire Service
The Octopus Creek fire seen from Edgewood. Photo: Jeannie Little

Drone interferes with firefighting at Arrow Lakes fires

Michaud Creek, Octopus Creek and other fires in the Arrow Lakes Complex have burned 27,000 hectares

The Octopus Creek fire seen from Edgewood. Photo: Jeannie Little
Casinos, such as Chances in Prince Rupert, closed in March 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: K-J Millar

Chances Casino Castlegar reopens Canada Day

Casinos can reopen in step three of B.C.’s restart plan

Casinos, such as Chances in Prince Rupert, closed in March 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: K-J Millar