Chelsea Novak

School District 20’s completion rate has been trending up over the past five years and above provincial numbers. (From web)

School District 20 completion rate trending up

The B.C. Ministry of Education released completion rates in school districts across the province.

School District 20’s completion rate has been trending up over the past five years and above provincial numbers. (From web)
Suzie LaRose has opened a new nail salon at 2327 6th Ave. in Castlegar. Her daughter Zena is excited about LaRose’s new business. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

Local nail tech opens new nail salon in Castlegar

The new location offers her customers privacy while they have a manicure or pedicure.

Suzie LaRose has opened a new nail salon at 2327 6th Ave. in Castlegar. Her daughter Zena is excited about LaRose’s new business. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)
Dams roller derby squad loses to Spokane SASS

Dams roller derby squad loses to Spokane SASS

The Dams were behind from the get-go as the SASS effectively blocked the Dams’ jammers.

Dams roller derby squad loses to Spokane SASS
Brady Daniels scores a shorthanded goal on a breakaway with a quick snapper over the glove of Ross King. (John K. White/Castlegar News)

UPDATED: Castlegar Rebels lose to Leafs after critical bounce-back win

The Castlegar Rebels were in Nelson on Sunday where they battled the Leafs but came up short.

Brady Daniels scores a shorthanded goal on a breakaway with a quick snapper over the glove of Ross King. (John K. White/Castlegar News)
A new nightclub, The Woods, will be opening up in the space formerly occupied by The Element. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

New nightclub opening in Castlegar

The Woods will open mid-March in the space formerly occupied by The Element.

A new nightclub, The Woods, will be opening up in the space formerly occupied by The Element. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)
Mark Laver started as Castlegar & District’s new economic development manager at the end of November. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

Castlegar & District’s new economic development manager has high hopes

Mark Laver started his three-year contract within a pilot program.

Mark Laver started as Castlegar & District’s new economic development manager at the end of November. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)
The West Kootenay Take a Hike program will hold its second annual Moonlight Snowshoe & Fatbike Quest fundraiser at Red Mountain Resort on Feb. 8. Last year the program raised $6,000 with the event. (Submitted)

Go on a snowshoe quest with Take a Hike

An alternative education program invites area residents to its moonlight snowshoe fundraiser.

The West Kootenay Take a Hike program will hold its second annual Moonlight Snowshoe & Fatbike Quest fundraiser at Red Mountain Resort on Feb. 8. Last year the program raised $6,000 with the event. (Submitted)
A north-bound vehicle on Columbia Avenue went into the ditch and hit a tree Wednesday afternoon. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

UPDATED: Car hits ditch, tree in Castlegar

The Castlegar RCMP and Fire Department responded to a one-vehicle accident on Wednesday.

A north-bound vehicle on Columbia Avenue went into the ditch and hit a tree Wednesday afternoon. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)
Columbia Basin Trust announces board changes

Columbia Basin Trust announces board changes

The Columbia Basin Trust announced changes to its board Thursday but there is no one from Castlegar.

Columbia Basin Trust announces board changes
Naloxone kits like this one are available at ANKORS in Nelson. (Carmen Weld)

Interior Health alarmed at spike in OD deaths

Interior Health reported nine suspected fatal overdoses in five days.

Naloxone kits like this one are available at ANKORS in Nelson. (Carmen Weld)
The Albohaulics claimed the trophy in the 2018 Sonny Samuelson Bobsled Race. Left to right: Darrin Albo, Marilyn Samuelson, Ryan Kryski and Walker Sidoni. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

VIDEO: Albohaulics claim victory at Sonny Samuelson Bobsled Race

The winners of the 2018 Sonny Samuelson Bobsled Race were the Albohaulics .

The Albohaulics claimed the trophy in the 2018 Sonny Samuelson Bobsled Race. Left to right: Darrin Albo, Marilyn Samuelson, Ryan Kryski and Walker Sidoni. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)
The spectator who was injured in the accident at last year’s Sonny Samuelson Bobsled Race is suing for her injuries. (File photo)

UPDATED: Woman injured at 2017 Sonny Samuelson Bobsled Race in Rossland sues

Nicole Valliere was struck by a bobsled at last year’s race.

The spectator who was injured in the accident at last year’s Sonny Samuelson Bobsled Race is suing for her injuries. (File photo)
The Sasquatch sculpture in front of Kootenay Market on Columbia Avenue seems to have transformed after the snow Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. I’m sure artist Dale Lewis would approve of the addition. (John K. White/Castlegar News)

Snowstorm causes power outages in West Kootenay and Boundary

Tuesday night’s snow storm has led to power outages throughout the West Kootenay and Boundary.

The Sasquatch sculpture in front of Kootenay Market on Columbia Avenue seems to have transformed after the snow Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. I’m sure artist Dale Lewis would approve of the addition. (John K. White/Castlegar News)
Castlegar Fire along with Ootischenia FD responded to a report of a single vehicle rollover with entrapment on Highway 3 West. The Jaws of Life and rope rescue equipment were required to free the occupant. (Castlegar Fire Department)                                Castlegar and Ootischenia firefighters worked to extract the occupant of a vehicle that had rolled down a 50- to 60-foot embankment after being involved in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 3 Tuesday afternoon. (Courtesy of the Castlegar Fire Department)

Castlegar first responders attend to two highway collisions

Firefighters used the Jaws of Life and rope rescue equipment to free the occupant of the vehicle.

Castlegar Fire along with Ootischenia FD responded to a report of a single vehicle rollover with entrapment on Highway 3 West. The Jaws of Life and rope rescue equipment were required to free the occupant. (Castlegar Fire Department)                                Castlegar and Ootischenia firefighters worked to extract the occupant of a vehicle that had rolled down a 50- to 60-foot embankment after being involved in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 3 Tuesday afternoon. (Courtesy of the Castlegar Fire Department)
Top five female 12 to 14-year-olds: Erin Flood from Rossland in first place, Claire Mcpherson from High River in second place, Sofia Guy from Pemberton in third place, Kiana Gardiner from Calgary in fourth place and Amber Mullings from Whistler in fifth place. (Ryan Flett)

Rossland junior skiers dominate podium at Canadian Open Freeride Championships

A number of Rossland skiers took a spot on the podium.

Top five female 12 to 14-year-olds: Erin Flood from Rossland in first place, Claire Mcpherson from High River in second place, Sofia Guy from Pemberton in third place, Kiana Gardiner from Calgary in fourth place and Amber Mullings from Whistler in fifth place. (Ryan Flett)
The Pack AD (Maya Miller and Becky Black) rocked the Flying Steamshovel on Friday night. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

Nelson band Saint Mountain thrilled to open for The Pack AD

The Pack AD was originally scheduled to play the Shovel on Friday, Jan. 12.

The Pack AD (Maya Miller and Becky Black) rocked the Flying Steamshovel on Friday night. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)
Edward Lindsey scored the goal that put the Castlegar Rebels back in the lead during Saturday night’s game against the Fernie Ghostriders. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

Rebels return from break to win two

The Castlegar Rebels returned from a 10-day break in play to net two wins over the weekend.

Edward Lindsey scored the goal that put the Castlegar Rebels back in the lead during Saturday night’s game against the Fernie Ghostriders. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)
Conrad Brattebo, charter member of the Sons of Norway Club, signalled the start for the 30-km and 40-km Troll Loppet participants at the Castlegar Nordic Ski Club’s event on Sunday. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

Castlegar Nordic skiers gather for Troll Loppet

“We’re so happy what has taken place over all the years.”

Conrad Brattebo, charter member of the Sons of Norway Club, signalled the start for the 30-km and 40-km Troll Loppet participants at the Castlegar Nordic Ski Club’s event on Sunday. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)
Efforts to rescue two snowboarders were underway early Sunday afternoon. The two men were safely returned to Red Mountain hours later. (Chelsea Novak/Rossland News)

VIDEO: Dramatic video shows return of rescued B.C. snowboarders

Two snowboarders were rescued near Rossland, B.C. on Sunday after being lost overnight.

Efforts to rescue two snowboarders were underway early Sunday afternoon. The two men were safely returned to Red Mountain hours later. (Chelsea Novak/Rossland News)
Efforts to rescue two snowboarders were underway early Sunday afternoon. The two men were safely returned to Red Mountain hours later. (Chelsea Novak/Rossland News)

VIDEO: Dramatic video shows return of rescued snowboarders

Two snowboarders were rescued near Rossland, B.C. on Sunday after being lost overnight.

Efforts to rescue two snowboarders were underway early Sunday afternoon. The two men were safely returned to Red Mountain hours later. (Chelsea Novak/Rossland News)