Syringa Creek fire. (Stefanie Harron photo)

Top Castlegar News web stories of 2018

Find out what Castlegar was reading in 2018.

Many of the stories that made the top of the most-viewed list for Castlegar News in 2018 were related to forest fires.

The top story, “Kootenay fires grow — more evacuation alerts,” was read by 25,000 people on our local news site, and by many thousands more across the Black Press Media chain.

Fire closes Hwy 3” was read about 20,000 times locally.

Stories related to the November death of tow truck operator Wayne Kernachan were also among the most read stories of the year, attracting close to the same number of readers as the wildfire stories.

Police seek witnesses to fatal weekend accident

VIDEO: Tribute to fallen tow truck driver fills Castlegar streets

VIDEO: Kootenay teen writes song dedicated to accident victim’s family

Other top stories:

New night club opening in Castlegar” — The Woods opened downtown in March

Body discovered in burnt out car near Trail” — Police report a body was found in the trunk of a 1999 Honda Civic

Cops raid Castlegar house in burned-body investigation” — Police investigating the death of Jordan Workman, who was found in the trunk of a car in January

New restaurant opens in downtown Castlegar” — The Trackside Bistro opens

Conservation officer says farmers not doing enough after three grizzlies killed

Woman carjacked on Highway 6, cops led on wild chase” — New Denver woman found herself an unwilling participant in a long-distance police chase

Bounty on West Kootenay northern pike” —Reward for northern pike caught in Columbia, Kootenay and Pend d’Oreille Rivers.

Transit bus crashes in Castlegar” — BC Transit bus went off the road near Southridge Drive

Castlegar voters choose Tassone as new mayor“ — Election results

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Nelson and Rossland accepted as interveners in Supreme Court of Canada carbon pricing case

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Rapping mom busts rhymes for Castlegar rec centre kid’s drop-in

Funny video with important message about importance of service

Byelection for rural Castlegar school trustee set

The election is to replace board chair Teri Ferworn

New system to keep Nakusp-area snowmobilers, caribou from meeting

GPS tracking keeps caribou safe while opening up the backcountry for sledding

VIDEO: Boys help rescue Cariboo bear cub

The cub, weighing just 24lbs, has been taken to wildlife sanctuary in Northwest B.C. for the winter

‘Things haven’t changed enough:’ Ecole Polytechnique anniversary prompts reflection

Fourteen women were fatally shot by a gunman at the Montreal school on Dec. 6, 1989

Bear raids freezer, gorges on Island family’s Christmas baking

Hungry bruin virtually ignored meat and fish, focused, instead, on the sweets

B.C. pharmaceutical company’s stocks double in value after successful lupus drug trial

More than 40 per cent of patients using voclosporin saw improvements in kidney function

Second warning on romaine lettuce from California region as another E. coli case reported

Two cases of E. coli have been reported in relation to the illness in the U.S.

Residents in B.C. city could face 133% tax hike in ‘worst case’ lawsuit outcome: report

An average home could see a tax increase of $2,164 in one year

B.C. Transit finds 28 used fareboxes online, saves $300,000

‘Someone joked maybe we can buy used fareboxes on eBay,’ CEO says

Many of Canada’s working poor can’t afford lawyers, don’t qualify for legal aid

One lawyer says many people earn too much to qualify for legal aid, but not enough to really live on

Economy lost 71,200 jobs in November, unemployment rate climbs to 5.9%

Jobless rate is at its highest since August 2018, when it hit 6%

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