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James Franssen is a second year RFW student at Selkirk College in Castlegar. Photo: submitted

Ecological Comment: Preventing wildlife collisions

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

James Franssen is a second year RFW student at Selkirk College in Castlegar. Photo: submitted
Laura Sacks of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Photo: Submitted

COLUMN: Some local good news climate stories you may have missed

From Laura Sacks and Judy O’Leary of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby

Laura Sacks of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Photo: Submitted
Decade Day at SHSS. Photo: submitted

Student Column: December happenings at Castlegar’s high school

Find out what’s been going at at Stanley Humphries Secondary School

Decade Day at SHSS. Photo: submitted
Columbia Avenue Redevelopment — Phase 2 will begin in February. Image: City of Castlegar

Open house scheduled for Columbia Ave. Phase 2

The event will be held Wednesday, Jan. 13.

Columbia Avenue Redevelopment — Phase 2 will begin in February. Image: City of Castlegar
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
Tara Gleboff is a second year Recreation, Fish and Wildlife students at Castlegar’s Selkirk College.

Ecology Comment: The Kootenay’s uninvited guest — the American bullfrog

Ecology Comment is written by Recreation, Fish and Wildlife students at Selkirk College

Tara Gleboff is a second year Recreation, Fish and Wildlife students at Castlegar’s Selkirk College.
A map showing where concentrations of radon can be found throughout British Columbia. Image: RadonAware

Radon Detectors available on loan from Castlegar Library

The Donna Schmidt Lung Cancer Prevention Society has donated the detectors

A map showing where concentrations of radon can be found throughout British Columbia. Image: RadonAware
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
The Twin Rivers Community Choir. Photo: submitted

Twin Rivers Community Choir celebrates 10th anniversary

Castlegar’s community choir now has a YouTube channel

The Twin Rivers Community Choir. 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.
Photo: Betsy Kline

Column: Life is meant to be celebrated, a Christmas reflection

Suzanne Lehbauer, executive director of the Castlegar Hospice Society gives some good advice

Photo: Betsy Kline
Kalesnikoff employees came together to raise $20,000 for Nelson and Castlegar families in need. Photo: Submitted

Kalesnikoff donates $20K to Nelson, Castlegar families in need

Gifts, grocery gift cards and food hampers were provided

Kalesnikoff employees came together to raise $20,000 for Nelson and Castlegar families in need. Photo: Submitted
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)
Suzanne Lehbauer is the director of the Castlegar Hospice Society.

Tips for surviving the holidays while dealing with grief

Castlegar Hospice director offers some good advice

Suzanne Lehbauer is the director of the Castlegar Hospice Society.
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
Students from the three schools may be bussed to Stanley Humphries next year. Photo by John Boivin

Find out what’s been happening at Castlegar’s high school

Stanley Humphries Secondary School student column

Students from the three schools may be bussed to Stanley Humphries next year. Photo by John Boivin
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