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Mickey (right) and Sharon (center) Tarasoff were recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award for 48 years with Mother Natures. Their daughter Shawna Tarasoff (left) helps manage the store. Photo: Betsy Kline

Castlegar businesses recognized for excellence

Mickey and Sharon Tarasoff recognized with Life Time Achievement Award.

Mickey (right) and Sharon (center) Tarasoff were recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award for 48 years with Mother Natures. Their daughter Shawna Tarasoff (left) helps manage the store. Photo: Betsy Kline
Financial advisor Tricia Pujos-Michel (right) has opened an Edward Jones branch in Castlegar. She is assisted by Ellen Mahan (left).                                Photo: Betsy Kline

Edward Jones opens Castlegar branch

Tricia Pujos-Michel will be advising local clients at the new branch.

Financial advisor Tricia Pujos-Michel (right) has opened an Edward Jones branch in Castlegar. She is assisted by Ellen Mahan (left).                                Photo: Betsy Kline
Province to spend $1 million on Castlegar airport

Province to spend $1 million on Castlegar airport

One of 16 airports given grants for improvements this year

Province to spend $1 million on Castlegar airport
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MTI has begun offering charters for West Kootenay groups looking for transportation in the region. Submitted photo

Castlegar player enters charter bus service in West Kootenay

MTI hopes to fill gap left by the closing of Queen City Shuttle service

MTI has begun offering charters for West Kootenay groups looking for transportation in the region. Submitted photo
Interfor’s Castlegar mill. (Photo: Chelsea Novak)

Interfor to reduce Castlegar, Grand Forks mill hours next month to cut production

Company says low lumber prices and high log costs forcing its hand

Interfor’s Castlegar mill. (Photo: Chelsea Novak)
Cannabis promoters call for ‘reset’ of federal pot rules

Cannabis promoters call for ‘reset’ of federal pot rules

Changes in regulation are causing chaos for small growers, say letter’s authors

Cannabis promoters call for ‘reset’ of federal pot rules
Health Canada’s new policies for cannabis licences is being criticized by small growers. File photo

Kootenay cannabis growers, analysts pan new Health Canada policy

New requirement to build facility before licence approval will discourage growers from going legit

Health Canada’s new policies for cannabis licences is being criticized by small growers. File photo
When did you last sit and read a newspaper? (Wiki Commons)

Don’t stop the presses: Report finds Canadian newspaper readership at all-time high

88% of Canadians read newspapers every week, highest since first Newspapers 24/7 Report in 2012

When did you last sit and read a newspaper? (Wiki Commons)
Cannabis co-op promoters issue report after Kootenay meetings

Cannabis co-op promoters issue report after Kootenay meetings

Small producers group plans to incorporate a co-op later this year

Cannabis co-op promoters issue report after Kootenay meetings
Rossland moves forward on single-use plastic bag ban bylaw

Rossland moves forward on single-use plastic bag ban bylaw

Bylaw given first reading at last council meeting

Rossland moves forward on single-use plastic bag ban bylaw
Premier John Horgan addresses Steelworkers at the Interfor plant in Castlegar on Wednesday. (Photo by: John Boivin)

Premier Horgan talks jobs and opportunity at Castlegar mill

Upbeat visit brings message of hope and co-operation among Kootenay forestry players

Premier John Horgan addresses Steelworkers at the Interfor plant in Castlegar on Wednesday. (Photo by: John Boivin)
Merry Creek Trail to see improvements

Merry Creek Trail to see improvements

Columbia Basin Trust supplies $484,000 for 29 trail projects around the Basin.

  • Apr 20, 2019
Merry Creek Trail to see improvements
Jim Leslie, Kootenay United Cannabis Association vice president, addresses delegates at the symposium in Nelson. Photo submitted

Facing high regulatory barriers, Kootenay cannabis producers gather for support

Symposium on barriers facing legalization attended by hundreds

Jim Leslie, Kootenay United Cannabis Association vice president, addresses delegates at the symposium in Nelson. Photo submitted
Minister of Citizen’s Services Jinny Sims said the province is continuing to work to ensure every resident has access to high-speed Internet.                                Photo: John Boivin

Slocan Valley to be ‘lit up’ with high-speed internet in 12 months

125 kilometres of fibre-optic cable to be laid from Nakusp to Playmor Junction

Minister of Citizen’s Services Jinny Sims said the province is continuing to work to ensure every resident has access to high-speed Internet.                                Photo: John Boivin
Construction to start in a few weeks on Kalesnikoff’s $35 million project

Construction to start in a few weeks on Kalesnikoff’s $35 million project

Business expansion will create 50 new full-time jobs in the Castlegar area.

Construction to start in a few weeks on Kalesnikoff’s $35 million project
Growing flowers of cannabis intended for the medical marijuana market. After years of producing some of the world’s best pot, small-scale growers in the Kootenays say they can’t overcome the regulatory hurdles facing going legal. Black Press file photo

Co-op aims to help small BC cannabis producers go legit

“There is an injustice happening, these people are not going to be invited to participate.”

Growing flowers of cannabis intended for the medical marijuana market. After years of producing some of the world’s best pot, small-scale growers in the Kootenays say they can’t overcome the regulatory hurdles facing going legal. Black Press file photo
Maglio Building Centre will soon be renovated under the RONA brand banner. File photo

Maglio Building Centre sold to RONA affiliate

The stores in Nelson and Trail will remain open

Maglio Building Centre will soon be renovated under the RONA brand banner. File photo
Cannabis entrepreneur Jeff Thompson is opening his second shop in Castlegar on Friday.                                 (Photo: John Boivin)

Castlegar’s first pot shop to open on Friday

The Higher Path is the culmination of years of hard work by owner Jeff Thompson

Cannabis entrepreneur Jeff Thompson is opening his second shop in Castlegar on Friday.                                 (Photo: John Boivin)
Wandering Greek Oven owners George and Heather Salivaras have opened Recharge Fuel and Fitness next door. Photo: Betsy Kline

Castlegar’s Salivaras family opening new gym next to Wandering Greek Oven

Lots of renos and changes are underway at downtown Castlegar gym.

Wandering Greek Oven owners George and Heather Salivaras have opened Recharge Fuel and Fitness next door. Photo: Betsy Kline
(Left to right) Coun. Sue Heaton-Sherstibitoff, Coun. Maria McFadden, Coun. Florio Vassilikakis, CAO Chris Barlow, mayor Bruno Tassone, corporate services Tracy Butler, Coun. Cherryl Macleod, Coun. Dan Rye, Coun. Bergen Price.

Castlegar property taxes may rise 7 per cent

New infrastructure investment levy means a higher-than-usual tax increase

(Left to right) Coun. Sue Heaton-Sherstibitoff, Coun. Maria McFadden, Coun. Florio Vassilikakis, CAO Chris Barlow, mayor Bruno Tassone, corporate services Tracy Butler, Coun. Cherryl Macleod, Coun. Dan Rye, Coun. Bergen Price.