Chelsea Novak

The Ktunaxa Nation argued its case in the Supreme Court of Canada that a proposed ski resort in the Jumbo Valley, an area known to the First Nation group as Qat’muk, is an infringement of their Charter right of religious freedom.

West Kootenay supporters of Ktunaxa Nation disappointed by Supreme Court of Canada decision

Supporters of the Ktunaxa Nation were disappointed by a Supreme Court of Canada decision Thursday.

The Ktunaxa Nation argued its case in the Supreme Court of Canada that a proposed ski resort in the Jumbo Valley, an area known to the First Nation group as Qat’muk, is an infringement of their Charter right of religious freedom.
Castlegar received 24.6 millimeters of water equivalent producing 18.2 centimeters of snow Thursday and over Thursday night. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

More snow not expected in Castlegar until next week

There’s little chance of snow over the weekend, but you can expect more precipitation next week.

Castlegar received 24.6 millimeters of water equivalent producing 18.2 centimeters of snow Thursday and over Thursday night. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)
Residents spent time considering the options before hearing a presentation and giving feedback at the “Build Your Own Activity Hub” open house in May. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)

Survey shows support for Castlegar Complex upgrade

The majority of respondants are in favour of a major upgrade to the Castlegar Complex.

Residents spent time considering the options before hearing a presentation and giving feedback at the “Build Your Own Activity Hub” open house in May. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)
Mark Zeabin builds casket furniture and is currently building a coffin bed for a client in California. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

Castlegar entrepreneur crafting coffin bed

The coffin under construction in one local entrepreneur’s garage isn’t a prop for Halloween.

Mark Zeabin builds casket furniture and is currently building a coffin bed for a client in California. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)
A screenshot of the Smithers Citizen Budget website. Castlegar’s version could look similar. (Black Press)

City of Castlegar invites public to use new online budget tool

This year the City of Castlegar has expanded its public engagement regarding the 2018 budget.

A screenshot of the Smithers Citizen Budget website. Castlegar’s version could look similar. (Black Press)
Following an ammonia leak at the Fernie arena that resulted in three fatalities, the Regional District of Central Kootenay is reviewing safety procedures at its own facilities, including the Castlegar and District Community Complex’s arena. (File photo)

Regional District of Central Kootenay reviewing arena safety

Our regional district is reviewing its own safety procedures.

Following an ammonia leak at the Fernie arena that resulted in three fatalities, the Regional District of Central Kootenay is reviewing safety procedures at its own facilities, including the Castlegar and District Community Complex’s arena. (File photo)
Mayor Lawrence Chernoff accepted a poppy from local Legion president Bob Brommeland. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

2017 poppy campaign kicks off

The local Legion president presented a poppy to Castlegar’s mayor Wednesday mayor.

Mayor Lawrence Chernoff accepted a poppy from local Legion president Bob Brommeland. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)
FILE — Castlegar CAO Chris Barlow and deputy director of finance Lois Hunter stand with a box representing one cubic meter of water. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)

City of Castlegar announces water interruption for next week

The City of Castlegar has announced a water interruption that will begin Wednesday, Nov. 1.

FILE — Castlegar CAO Chris Barlow and deputy director of finance Lois Hunter stand with a box representing one cubic meter of water. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)
Brandon Costa slips one past a sprawling Owen Sikkes in the second period. The Rebels lost 5-3 Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at Castlegar Complex. (John K. White/Castlegar News)

Castlegar Rebels downed 5-3

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks rode two power-play goals to a 5-3 victory over the Castlegar Rebels.

Brandon Costa slips one past a sprawling Owen Sikkes in the second period. The Rebels lost 5-3 Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at Castlegar Complex. (John K. White/Castlegar News)
Hydro lines are down on Highway 3 west of Moyie. (Google Maps)

UPDATED: Hydro lines down near Moyie

Hydro lines affecting traffic on Highway 3 south of Moyie.

Hydro lines are down on Highway 3 west of Moyie. (Google Maps)
Environment Canada is forecasting snow, rain and winds in the Kootenay Pass over the weekend. (YRBKT/Twitter)

Snow, rain and wind to hit Kootenay Pass over weekend: forecast

Environment Canada is calling for varying weather across the Kootenays this weekend

Environment Canada is forecasting snow, rain and winds in the Kootenay Pass over the weekend. (YRBKT/Twitter)
As of noon on Wednesday, catefory 2 and 3 open fires are once again permitted in the Southeast Fire Centre. (File photo)

Open fires allowed in Southeast Fire Centre

As of noon on Wednesday, category two and three open fires were once again permitted

As of noon on Wednesday, catefory 2 and 3 open fires are once again permitted in the Southeast Fire Centre. (File photo)
Building community through tech

Building community through tech

Communities in the Basin are exploring how tech can help build connections.

Building community through tech
Undercover Secrets is holding its October Pink Event on Friday, Oct. 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The event is about women’s health and offers an opportunity to learn more about the services Undercover Secrets offers for women who are pre or post-mastectomy or who are going to or have undergone other chest-related surgeries. (Courtesy of Undercover Secrets)

Castlegar lingerie boutique raising breast cancer awareness

A local lingerie boutique is celebrating women’s wellness this Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Undercover Secrets is holding its October Pink Event on Friday, Oct. 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The event is about women’s health and offers an opportunity to learn more about the services Undercover Secrets offers for women who are pre or post-mastectomy or who are going to or have undergone other chest-related surgeries. (Courtesy of Undercover Secrets)
The Kootenay region has the highest unemployment in B.C., according to data released by B.C. Stats. (Courtesy of B.C. Stats)

Kootenay region unemployment highest in B.C.

The Kootenay region has the highest unemployment of any region in B.C.

The Kootenay region has the highest unemployment in B.C., according to data released by B.C. Stats. (Courtesy of B.C. Stats)
Mayor Chernoff’s take on UBCM meetings

Mayor Chernoff’s take on UBCM meetings

Castlegar’s mayor attended the Union of B.C. Municipalities Convention at the end of September.

Mayor Chernoff’s take on UBCM meetings
(Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

Party in the Platzl

Fernie band Shred Kelly headlined “An Evening of Basin Culture and Entertainment”…

(Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)
B.C. expects to introduce ride sharing legislation before the end of 2018. (Katya Slepian/Black Press)

Ride sharing could be coming to Castlegar

Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft could be coming to Castlegar.

B.C. expects to introduce ride sharing legislation before the end of 2018. (Katya Slepian/Black Press)
Tom Rand, a managing partner of Arctern Ventures, gave the plenary keynote on climate change at the Columbia Basin Trust SHIFT! Thriving in Change Symposium. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

Shifting the story on climate change

The key to changing thinking about climate change action is to create stories of clean abundance.

Tom Rand, a managing partner of Arctern Ventures, gave the plenary keynote on climate change at the Columbia Basin Trust SHIFT! Thriving in Change Symposium. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)
Ryan Gibson

Talking generations in the Basin

The Columbia Basin has more baby boomers and fewer people under 50 than the Canadian average.

Ryan Gibson