Jim Bailey

REN Energy will source waste wood from ATCO Wood Products and other forest companies to create Renewable Natural Gas in a new facility planned for Park Siding just outside of Fruitvale. Townsman file photo.

Renewable Natural Gas facility targeted for Fruitvale

Once in a lifetime thing, it doesn’t happen in small communities very often, says Fruitvale mayor.

REN Energy will source waste wood from ATCO Wood Products and other forest companies to create Renewable Natural Gas in a new facility planned for Park Siding just outside of Fruitvale. Townsman file photo.
The Hugh Keenleyside Dam near Castlegar was one of three built as part of the Columbia River Treaty. Photo: Contributed

Utility companies isolate workers to keep power on

BC Hydro and FortisBC ensure essential workers stay healthy during COVID-19 crisis

The Hugh Keenleyside Dam near Castlegar was one of three built as part of the Columbia River Treaty. Photo: Contributed
Birchbank Golf Course files for receivership

Birchbank Golf Course files for receivership

The Receiver General plans to keep Birchbank Golf Course open and operational when safe to do so

Birchbank Golf Course files for receivership
West Kootenay couple Garrett Kucher and Tori Apostoliuk run the gauntlet, make it home after being locked down in Spain.

West Kootenay couple escapes Spain – safe, sound, and in self-isolation

BC couple Garrett Kucher and Tory Apostoliuk make it home after almost a week of lockdown in Spain

West Kootenay couple Garrett Kucher and Tori Apostoliuk run the gauntlet, make it home after being locked down in Spain.
Kootenay doctor mobilizes engineers in effort to bolster PPE supply

Kootenay doctor mobilizes engineers in effort to bolster PPE supply

West Kootenay doctor, engineers and volunteers create personal protection equipment with 3D printers

Kootenay doctor mobilizes engineers in effort to bolster PPE supply
Greater Trail native Garrett Kucher and Victoria Apostoliuk of Castlegar are patiently riding out the recent lockdown in Murcia, Spain. Kucher, who went to Spain to play professional golf, was caught up in the lockdown ordered by the regional government on Saturday.

West Kootenay couple caught up in Spain’s COVID-19 lockdown

Greater Trail’s Garrett Kucher and Castlegar’s Victoria Apostoliuk wait out lockdown in Murcia, Spain

Greater Trail native Garrett Kucher and Victoria Apostoliuk of Castlegar are patiently riding out the recent lockdown in Murcia, Spain. Kucher, who went to Spain to play professional golf, was caught up in the lockdown ordered by the regional government on Saturday.
Castlegar’s Bill van Yzerloo skipped his Kootenay Zone team to a bronze medal at the 2020 Master’s Curling championship in Duncan. Trail’s Richard Faunt was also honoured with the Sportsmanship Award from Curl BC. From left: skip van Yzerloo, third Myron Nichol, second Garry Beaudry, and lead Richard Faunt. CurlBC photo.

West Kootenay Zone curling team captures bronze at BC Masters

Kootenay Team Bill van Yzerloo curls to podium finish at the BC Master’s curling championship

Castlegar’s Bill van Yzerloo skipped his Kootenay Zone team to a bronze medal at the 2020 Master’s Curling championship in Duncan. Trail’s Richard Faunt was also honoured with the Sportsmanship Award from Curl BC. From left: skip van Yzerloo, third Myron Nichol, second Garry Beaudry, and lead Richard Faunt. CurlBC photo.
Kootenay Ice dropped from BC Major Midget League

Kootenay Ice dropped from BC Major Midget League

BC Hockey suspends operations of Kootenay Ice from BC Major Midget League

Kootenay Ice dropped from BC Major Midget League
Kootenay Savings Super League curling team made up of skip Bill van Yzerloo, third Myron Nichol, second Garry Beaudry, and lead Richard Faunt captured top spot at the Kootenay Masters Regional Playdowns to advance to the BC Masters Curling championship in March.                                 Submitted photo.

van Yzerloo team wins berth to Masters curling provincials

Kootenay Savings Super League curling team goes undefeated at Masters Kootenay Playdowns

Kootenay Savings Super League curling team made up of skip Bill van Yzerloo, third Myron Nichol, second Garry Beaudry, and lead Richard Faunt captured top spot at the Kootenay Masters Regional Playdowns to advance to the BC Masters Curling championship in March.                                 Submitted photo.
RNG plant

Construction on ground-breaking RNG plant in Fruitvale set to go in spring 2021

REN Energy partners with Calgary engineering firm for innovative West Kootenay gas plant

RNG plant
“Trophy Town” filmmakers were in Trail filming a documentary on the ‘39 and ‘61 Trail Smoke Eaters. From left writer/producer Dave Alexander, director/producer/cameraman Robert Barrett, and cinematographer/cameraman David Cain.

Building ‘Trophy Town’: A Home of Champions story

Filmmakers visit Trail to create upcoming documentary on world champion ‘39 and ‘61 Smoke Eaters

“Trophy Town” filmmakers were in Trail filming a documentary on the ‘39 and ‘61 Trail Smoke Eaters. From left writer/producer Dave Alexander, director/producer/cameraman Robert Barrett, and cinematographer/cameraman David Cain.
Greater Trail at odds with BC Hockey

Greater Trail at odds with BC Hockey

Greater Trail Bantam Rep players left without a league

Greater Trail at odds with BC Hockey
Trail athlete Jaxon Kuchar won gold in the 1,500-m Steeplechase at the Legion national youth track and field meet in Cape Breton on Sunday.

Trail athlete wins gold at the National Youth Track and Field Meet

Trail athlete Jaxon Kuchar was at the top of his game on Sunday winning gold in the 1,500-m steeple

Trail athlete Jaxon Kuchar won gold in the 1,500-m Steeplechase at the Legion national youth track and field meet in Cape Breton on Sunday.
West Kootenay Orioles capture Washington State ‘A’ championship

West Kootenay Orioles capture Washington State ‘A’ championship

West Kootenay Orioles make history, beat Hanford to claim the Washington Legion ‘A’ title

West Kootenay Orioles capture Washington State ‘A’ championship
The West Kootenay Orioles won their semifinal match against the Olympic Crosscutters, 7-6, Tuesday night, and play in the final of the Washington American Legion State championship against Hanover Wednesday at 4 p.m. Keith DeWitt photo.

West Kootenay ‘A’ Orioles in prime position for Washington State final

The West Kootenay Orioles defeated Olympic in the semifinal on Tuesday, play Hanover in State final

The West Kootenay Orioles won their semifinal match against the Olympic Crosscutters, 7-6, Tuesday night, and play in the final of the Washington American Legion State championship against Hanover Wednesday at 4 p.m. Keith DeWitt photo.
Trail videographer Jordan Stobel films “Sport Fishing on the Fly” host Don Freschi fighting a rainbow on the Columbia River with the slopes of Red Mountain looming in the background. Freschi is launching ontheflyadventures.ca this coming week, a portal to many of Freschi’s ultimate fly-fishing experiences.  Jim Bailey photo

Host/creator of ‘Sport Fishing on the Fly’ shares destination portal

‘Sport Fishing on the Fly’ host Don Freschi hooks people up with the ultimate fly-fishing experience

Trail videographer Jordan Stobel films “Sport Fishing on the Fly” host Don Freschi fighting a rainbow on the Columbia River with the slopes of Red Mountain looming in the background. Freschi is launching ontheflyadventures.ca this coming week, a portal to many of Freschi’s ultimate fly-fishing experiences.  Jim Bailey photo
Trail native Katie Yuris (left) won the Coach of the Year Award from BC Hockey and says she wouldn’t have received the award if not for the support of sister McKayla (right), who is co-coach of the West Kootenay Pee Wee Wildcats female hockey team.

Katie Yuris receives BC Hockey Coach of the Year

Katie Yuris, coach of West Kootenay Wildcats, honoured with the Ernie Gare Coach of the Year Award

Trail native Katie Yuris (left) won the Coach of the Year Award from BC Hockey and says she wouldn’t have received the award if not for the support of sister McKayla (right), who is co-coach of the West Kootenay Pee Wee Wildcats female hockey team.
Community Futures-Greater Trail launched its wesportfish.com website to promote sport-fishing on the Columbia River and its surrounding communities. Jim Bailey photo.

Community Futures launches Columbia River sport-fishing website

Website promotes Columbia River’s excellent sport fishing and local communities and businesses

Community Futures-Greater Trail launched its wesportfish.com website to promote sport-fishing on the Columbia River and its surrounding communities. Jim Bailey photo.
Garrett Kucher with Rattlesnake Open low-gross-champion trophy. Submitted photos.

Greater Trail golfer rallies for second straight win at Rattlesnake Open

Garrett Kucher broke away from the pack in the final three holes to win the Rattlesnake Open

Garrett Kucher with Rattlesnake Open low-gross-champion trophy. Submitted photos.
Guest fly tyer Ed Smith shares the tricks of his fly-tying trade at the West Kootenay Fly Fishing Clubs 20th annual Symposium at the Castlegar Rec Complex this weekend. Jim Bailey photos.

West Kootenay Fly Fishing Club hosts fly-fishing symposium

Castlegar fly-fishing symposium delivers an intriguing mix for local fly anglers

Guest fly tyer Ed Smith shares the tricks of his fly-tying trade at the West Kootenay Fly Fishing Clubs 20th annual Symposium at the Castlegar Rec Complex this weekend. Jim Bailey photos.