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Kootenay Country Craft Distillery is trying to move from making liquor to hand sanitizer, but it’s not been easy. Photo submitted

Slocan Valley craft distiller wading through obstacles to help fight COVID-19

From raw materials to licences to bottles, getting production ramped up has been a challenge

Kootenay Country Craft Distillery is trying to move from making liquor to hand sanitizer, but it’s not been easy. Photo submitted
Fire crews responded to a fire on 7th Avenue Thursday morning. Photo: Betsy Kline

Fire Department douses fire at Castlegar home

Firefighters were called to a chimney fire on 7th Avenue Thursday morning.

Fire crews responded to a fire on 7th Avenue Thursday morning. Photo: Betsy Kline
Jennifer Rodrigues, in red, with husband Phil behind her, are awaiting word in Florida that her cancer treatment will be proceeding in April. Submitted photo.

COVID-19 adds worry and unexpected costs to Castlegar woman’s cancer fight

Community fundraiser raises $9,000 for Jennifer Rodrigues’ family

Jennifer Rodrigues, in red, with husband Phil behind her, are awaiting word in Florida that her cancer treatment will be proceeding in April. Submitted photo.
Peter Brockley at work on his prototype ventilator. Submitted photo.

West Kootenay octogenarian helping develop low-cost ventilator for COVID-19 patients

Peter Brockley is working with his doctor son, Graham, to develop the unit that could save lives

Peter Brockley at work on his prototype ventilator. Submitted photo.
IRIS volunteers Joanne Cotter (left), Linda Krantz (middle) and activity co-ordinator Deb Wandler stand before the 80 meals that would usually be served at a monthly seniors’ lunch. Last week, they were picked up or sent out for seniors to eat at home. Photo submitted

Castlegar ‘Grocery Buddies’, Rossland Rotarians helping ensure seniors are stocked up

Volunteers getting groceries to seniors who need them during the COVID-19 outbreak

IRIS volunteers Joanne Cotter (left), Linda Krantz (middle) and activity co-ordinator Deb Wandler stand before the 80 meals that would usually be served at a monthly seniors’ lunch. Last week, they were picked up or sent out for seniors to eat at home. Photo submitted
Visitors are asked to refrain from visiting the Health Centre during the outbreak. File photo.

UPDATED: Respiratory outbreak, not COVID-19, hits New Denver health facility

Visitors asked to stay away from Slocan Community Health Centre

Visitors are asked to refrain from visiting the Health Centre during the outbreak. File photo.
Jessica Mitchell saw a need for masks and started an online group for people to co-ordinate supplying ones. Submitted photo.

Salmo woman starts Facebook group to organize mask-makers

Hopes to ease mask shortage for Kootenay first responders and essential service workers.

Jessica Mitchell saw a need for masks and started an online group for people to co-ordinate supplying ones. Submitted photo.
Air Canada is also laying off more than 5,000 flight attendants, in a March 23, 2020 story. (Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Air Canada cuts all flights in and out of Castlegar

Cut begins immediately as airline adapts strategy to COVID-19

Air Canada is also laying off more than 5,000 flight attendants, in a March 23, 2020 story. (Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
RDCK takes measures to protect onsite waste and recycling staff

RDCK takes measures to protect onsite waste and recycling staff

Free tipping fees for homeowners, but caution not to overuse it

RDCK takes measures to protect onsite waste and recycling staff
Man in jail after early-morning break-and-enter

Man in jail after early-morning break-and-enter

Homeowner woke to find man breaking into his house

Man in jail after early-morning break-and-enter
IRIS volunteers Joanne Cotter (left), Linda Krantz (middle) and activity co-ordinator Deb Wandler stand before the 80 meals that would usually be served at a monthly seniors’ lunch. Last week, they were picked up or sent out for seniors to eat at home. Photo submitted

Castlegar ‘Grocery Buddies’, Rossland Rotarians helping ensure seniors are stocked up

Volunteers getting groceries to seniors who need them during the COVID-19 outbreak

IRIS volunteers Joanne Cotter (left), Linda Krantz (middle) and activity co-ordinator Deb Wandler stand before the 80 meals that would usually be served at a monthly seniors’ lunch. Last week, they were picked up or sent out for seniors to eat at home. Photo submitted
Only toilet paper down the loo, pleads City of Castlegar

Only toilet paper down the loo, pleads City of Castlegar

Other paper and disinfectant wipe products can clog up sewer lines

Only toilet paper down the loo, pleads City of Castlegar
The College has sent a letter to all students with recommendations about coronavirus. (File photo)

Selkirk College student housing to remain open, with precautions

College won’t evict students in midst of COVID-19 pandemic, says prez

The College has sent a letter to all students with recommendations about coronavirus. (File photo)
An Air Canada jet takes off from Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Enfield, N.S. File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS

Air Canada suspends service to Castlegar, Cranbrook in April

Company responding to COVID-19 pandemic

An Air Canada jet takes off from Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Enfield, N.S. File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS
Nakusp’s doctors are concerned the local hospital could be quickly overwhelmed by the pandemic. The best thing to do now: stay home. File photo.

Don’t let system get overwhelmed by COVID-19, urges Nakusp doctors

Stay isolated, stay safe, the system can be easily pushed over limit, they say

Nakusp’s doctors are concerned the local hospital could be quickly overwhelmed by the pandemic. The best thing to do now: stay home. File photo.
Castlegar COVID-19 cancellations and closures

Castlegar COVID-19 cancellations and closures

List of closures and cancellations — updated continuously

Castlegar COVID-19 cancellations and closures
CMH-hotel

Heli-ski operator shuts down early amid COVID-19 concerns

CMH made the decision on the weekend

CMH-hotel
RED Mountain will close operations on Tuesday. File photo

RED Mountain to close in response to COVID-19 pandemic

RED joins Whitewater resort in shutting operations for public health concerns

RED Mountain will close operations on Tuesday. File photo
Red Mountain runs. File photo

‘Business as usual’ at RED Mountain Resort, despite COVID-19

Some large events cancelled, but ski conditions are great, says resort

Red Mountain runs. File photo
Selkirk College

Coronavirus spread prompts Selkirk College letter to students

‘We can’t stop COVID-19, all we can do is plan to deal with it.’

Selkirk College