Chelsea Novak

Gera Al Hanafy and her husband opened Fundamentals at the end of November. The store offers educational toys for all ages, as well as office supplies and, coming soon, computers and cellphones. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

New Castlegar store offers educational toys and years of expertise

A former child-care worker with nearly 10 years of experience has opened…

Gera Al Hanafy and her husband opened Fundamentals at the end of November. The store offers educational toys for all ages, as well as office supplies and, coming soon, computers and cellphones. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)
VIDEO: Burning truck in Castlegar spews smoke and sparks

VIDEO: Burning truck in Castlegar spews smoke and sparks

Burning truck in Castlegar spews smoke and sparks

VIDEO: Burning truck in Castlegar spews smoke and sparks
The Hugh Keenleyside Dam near Castlegar was one of three built as part of the Columbia River Treaty. It has had a huge impact on the Columbia River valley all the way to Revelstoke. (Wikimedia Creative Commons)

Columbia River Treaty to be renegotiated in early 2018

News came in a Tweet from the U.S. Department of State

The Hugh Keenleyside Dam near Castlegar was one of three built as part of the Columbia River Treaty. It has had a huge impact on the Columbia River valley all the way to Revelstoke. (Wikimedia Creative Commons)
Members of the Castlegar Fire Department joined Shirley Henderson (third from left), franchisee for Castlegar A&W, and her staff on Saturday for the department’s 35th annual Toy Drive. Mayor Lawrence Chernoff (fourth from left) also stopped by. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

Castlegar Fire Department Toy Drive raises over $1,100 for food bank

The Castlegar Fire Department held its 35th annual Toy Drive at the Castlegar A&W on Saturday.

Members of the Castlegar Fire Department joined Shirley Henderson (third from left), franchisee for Castlegar A&W, and her staff on Saturday for the department’s 35th annual Toy Drive. Mayor Lawrence Chernoff (fourth from left) also stopped by. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)
Reid Wilson of the Castlegar Rebels scored his second goal of the night against the Spokane Braves in the second period, giving his team a three-point lead. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

Castlegar Rebels on eight-game winning streak after defeating Spokane Braves

The Castlegar Rebels defeated the Spokane Braves 6-3 on Saturday night.

Reid Wilson of the Castlegar Rebels scored his second goal of the night against the Spokane Braves in the second period, giving his team a three-point lead. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)
The BCHL’s Langley Rivermen have committed to Castlegar Rebels’ forward Brandon Costa for the 2018-19 season. (Jenn Small)

BCHL team commits to Castlegar Rebels’ forward

The Langley Rivermen have committed to Castlegar Rebels’ forward Brandon Cost for the 2018-19 season.

The BCHL’s Langley Rivermen have committed to Castlegar Rebels’ forward Brandon Costa for the 2018-19 season. (Jenn Small)
The VIJHL Peninsula Panthers had already mandated that all of their players wear full face protection this season. (Steven Heywood/Black Press)

BC Hockey mandates full face protection for Junior B players

BC Hockey announced full face protection will be mandatory for all BC Hockey Junior B players

The VIJHL Peninsula Panthers had already mandated that all of their players wear full face protection this season. (Steven Heywood/Black Press)
FILE — The Castlegar and District Community Complex’s arena. (File photo)

Recreation Commission launches Castlegar Complex survey

The invitation contains instructions for accessing an online survey.

FILE — The Castlegar and District Community Complex’s arena. (File photo)
Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce celebrates successful year

Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce celebrates successful year

The Castlegar District Chamber of Commerce was busy in 2017

Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce celebrates successful year
Kimberly Partanen, library director at the Castlegar & District Public Library, and Laura Zaytsoff, librarian, set up one of the library’s giving trees on Friday. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

Castlegar Public Library supports food bank with food for fines and giving trees

The library is supporting the food bank with giving trees and a food for fines program.

Kimberly Partanen, library director at the Castlegar & District Public Library, and Laura Zaytsoff, librarian, set up one of the library’s giving trees on Friday. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)
Stefanie Zaytsoff, office manager for the Castlegar Hospital Foundation, updated the Light Up campaign fundraising total after several large donations had been made. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

Castlegar & District Hospital Foundation’s Light Up campaign starts strong

The Castlegar Hospital Foundation launched its Light Up 2017 campaign with a pledge day.

Stefanie Zaytsoff, office manager for the Castlegar Hospital Foundation, updated the Light Up campaign fundraising total after several large donations had been made. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)
Non-profits looking to update their office tech can apply to the Columbia Basin Trust’s new Non-profit Tech Grants program. (Submitted)

Columbia Basin Trust announces tech grants for non-profits

The CBT announced $1 million in funding for non-profit organizations to update critical technology.

Non-profits looking to update their office tech can apply to the Columbia Basin Trust’s new Non-profit Tech Grants program. (Submitted)
RCMP continue to investigate a motor vehicle accident that took place on Highway 22 between Blueberry and Fairview on Nov. 20, after the 78-year-old driver involved passed away. (File photo)

78-year-old driver in Highway 22 accident outside Castlegar dies

The motor vehicle accident that closed Highway 22 on Nov. 20 resulted in a fatality.

RCMP continue to investigate a motor vehicle accident that took place on Highway 22 between Blueberry and Fairview on Nov. 20, after the 78-year-old driver involved passed away. (File photo)
Castlegar Rebles captain Vince Bitonti celebrated his goal against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks on Wednesday night. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

Rebels make it five in a row with big win

The Castlegar Rebels are on fire after winning their fifth game in a row on Wednesday night.

Castlegar Rebles captain Vince Bitonti celebrated his goal against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks on Wednesday night. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)
Castlegar’s Harvest Community Food Bank and Drop In Center volunteers were hard at work putting together Christmas hampers last year. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

Castlegar Community Harvest Food Bank kicking off Christmas hamper campaign

The local food bank has started raising funds and food for this year’s Christmas hampers.

Castlegar’s Harvest Community Food Bank and Drop In Center volunteers were hard at work putting together Christmas hampers last year. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)
Kevin Anderson, managing director for Zellstoff Celgar, presented a donation to Suzanne Lehbauer, executive director of the Castlegar Hospice Society, at the Castlegar Hospice Holiday Reception last Thursday. The event marked the beginning of the Hospice Society’s Celebrate a Life Campaign. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

Castlegar Hospice Society launches holiday fundraising campaign

“It’s one of our major fundraisers.”

Kevin Anderson, managing director for Zellstoff Celgar, presented a donation to Suzanne Lehbauer, executive director of the Castlegar Hospice Society, at the Castlegar Hospice Holiday Reception last Thursday. The event marked the beginning of the Hospice Society’s Celebrate a Life Campaign. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)
Blueberry resident Bob Horst wants to see this section of Dubé Road closed, consistent with a City of Castlegar bylaw signed 20 years ago, but the city has applied to take over the section of road from the Crown to ensure access to businesses further north. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

Dubé Road traffic causes controversy

No one was able to provide a clear reason as to why the road was never closed in the first place.

Blueberry resident Bob Horst wants to see this section of Dubé Road closed, consistent with a City of Castlegar bylaw signed 20 years ago, but the city has applied to take over the section of road from the Crown to ensure access to businesses further north. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)
Brandon Costa scored the first goal against the Beaver Valley Nighthawks for the Castlegar Rebels Friday night. (Jenn Small)

Rebels on a roll with weekend wins

The Castlegar Rebels were second in their division and riding a four-game streak.

Brandon Costa scored the first goal against the Beaver Valley Nighthawks for the Castlegar Rebels Friday night. (Jenn Small)
The Twin Rivers choir performs. (John K. White/Castlegar News)

Twin Rivers Choir aims to bring joy with Christmas concert

‘The intent behind the concert is to provide some joy of the season and peace and comfort’

The Twin Rivers choir performs. (John K. White/Castlegar News)
(Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

Selkirk College celebrates intercultural dance

Selkirk College’s International Department hosted its fifth-annual Intercultural Dance Show on Friday.…

(Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)