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Bowers reaching the north end of the lake. Photo: Aerin Bowers

Rossland resident Aerin Bowers completes 19-km swim along Christina Lake

Bowers said her dad inspired her to complete the epic adventure

Bowers reaching the north end of the lake. Photo: Aerin Bowers
The smoke alarm went off at the Sandman Inn. Photo: Connor Trembley

Up to 90 people forced to evacuate Sandman Inn in Castlegar on Monday night

A heating appliance in hotel started to burn dust and caused smoke alarm to go off

The smoke alarm went off at the Sandman Inn. Photo: Connor Trembley
The fire is currently 1302 hectares in size. Photo: Connor Trembley

RDCK rescinds evacuation alert for properties near Talbott Creek fire

Cooler and wetter condition are expected to help crews fight fire in coming days

The fire is currently 1302 hectares in size. Photo: Connor Trembley
Yellow indicates where the evacuation alert remains in place and green indicates where the evacuation alert has been rescinded. Photo: Regional District Central Kootenay

RDCK reduces number of properties under evacuation alert from Talbott Creek Fire to 46

Improved visibility has allowed helicopters to resume water suppression efforts on fire

Yellow indicates where the evacuation alert remains in place and green indicates where the evacuation alert has been rescinded. Photo: Regional District Central Kootenay
A view of the updated evacuation alert area. Photo: Regional District Central Kootenay

RDCK reduces number of homes under evacuation alert from Talbott Creek Fire

129 homes in the vicinity of the fire are no longer under an evacuation alert

A view of the updated evacuation alert area. Photo: Regional District Central Kootenay
Low visibility has grounded helicopters trying to fight the fire. Photo: BC Wildfire Service

Talbott Creek fire grows to 860 hectares

Helicopters haven’t been able to fight fire recently due to low visibility

Low visibility has grounded helicopters trying to fight the fire. Photo: BC Wildfire Service
The school district has not confirmed who has tested positive. Photo: John Boivin

COVID-19 case confirmed at Castlegar secondary school

Interior Health has contacted people if they might’ve been exposed to the virus

The school district has not confirmed who has tested positive. Photo: John Boivin
Empty beer cans have been found along the trail. Photo: Columbia and Western Society Facebook page

Huge spike in garbage found along Columbia and Western Trail

Empty beer cans, piles of unburned garbage in fire pits have been found along trail

Empty beer cans have been found along the trail. Photo: Columbia and Western Society Facebook page
Slocan’s waterfront could soon look a lot different. Photo: Royal LePage

Village of Slocan purchases former mill site for $1.5 million

Residential and commercial area, park space now set to be built on site

Slocan’s waterfront could soon look a lot different. Photo: Royal LePage
Up to 147 firefighters are now fighting the Talbott Creek fire. Photo: Connor Trembley

Talbott Creek fire grows to 610 hectares

Up to 147 firefighters, 10 helicopters now being used to fight the fire

Up to 147 firefighters are now fighting the Talbott Creek fire. Photo: Connor Trembley
(L to R) Carys Rodgers, Brenda Zoobkoff (coach) and Summer Merwin at the event. Photo: Roland Handley

Two Castlegar bowlers go undefeated in provincial championships

It’s the first time that any Castle Bowl member/group has gone 10-0 at event

(L to R) Carys Rodgers, Brenda Zoobkoff (coach) and Summer Merwin at the event. Photo: Roland Handley
Choir members spent several weeks getting prepared to sing for the video. Photo: Twin Rivers Community Choir Youtube page

Castlegar choir releases online music video

Members participated in several rehearsals through Zoom to prepare for music video

Choir members spent several weeks getting prepared to sing for the video. Photo: Twin Rivers Community Choir Youtube page
Visitor attendants will greet customers to the mountain to ensure they have masks. Photo:Christoph Johann

Red Mountain to require all visitors to wear masks this winter season

Visitors won’t be able to go inside facilities, board chairlifts without a mask

Visitor attendants will greet customers to the mountain to ensure they have masks. Photo:Christoph Johann
The Talbott Creek fire has recently grown in size. Photo: BC Wildfire Service

Human-caused fire starts near Castlegar, Talbott Creek fire grows to 539 hectares

The fire near Castlegar was discovered on Sept. 7

The Talbott Creek fire has recently grown in size. Photo: BC Wildfire Service
The fire department responded to the incident at 4:25 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. Photo: Connor Trembley

Nine firefighters help put out shed fire in Castlegar on Thursday afternoon

The fire started from a cigarette butt

The fire department responded to the incident at 4:25 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. Photo: Connor Trembley
More crews have been deployed to suppress the fire around steep and rocky terrain. Photo: BC Wildfire Service

Up to 138 firefighters now battling Talbott Creek Fire

People are advised to stay off the Slocan River with helicopters bucketing water to fight fire

More crews have been deployed to suppress the fire around steep and rocky terrain. Photo: BC Wildfire Service
The driver was the only occupant in the vehicle. (Now-Leader file photo)

Man uninjured following single-vehicle crash along Highway 3A

The crash temporarily closed the southbound lane of the highway on Tuesday night

The driver was the only occupant in the vehicle. (Now-Leader file photo)
A view of the fire from Highway 6. Photo: Connor Trembley

Talbot Creek fire holds steady at 446 hectares

Helicopters have been collecting water in buckets to suppress eastern and northern flanks of fire

A view of the fire from Highway 6. Photo: Connor Trembley
(L to R) Matthew McClelland, Deb McIntosh and Jordan Sherstobitoff. Photo: Connor Trembley

Health officials help to educate public on naloxone kits in Castlegar

Over 50 people have died from overdoses in West Kootenays over last 10 years

(L to R) Matthew McClelland, Deb McIntosh and Jordan Sherstobitoff. Photo: Connor Trembley
A view of the Talbot Creek fire from Ward’s Ferry Trail on Aug. 29. Photo: Connor Trembley

Talbot Creek fire in the Slocan Valley grows to 445 hectares

Controlled burnoff operation, high winds responsible for fire’s growth

A view of the Talbot Creek fire from Ward’s Ferry Trail on Aug. 29. Photo: Connor Trembley