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RELIGION: Making room for divine interruptions

Pastor Cynthia Pelletier talks about slowing down to receive blessings

(Phil McLachlan – Western News)

We can’t predict the next wildfire disaster – but we can plan for it

Twenty years ago, there were no national statistics on wildfire evacuations

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LETTER: To the community from the family doctors of Castlegar

Twelve physicians urge caution as COVID-19 cases increase

  • Jul 21, 2021
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RELIGION: The lesson of the Good Samaritan

Pastor Tom Kline talks abut loving our neighbours

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Although The Lunn family’s beehive was covered in red fire retardant dropped from above, their bees survived the fire. Photo: Submitted

LETTER: Property owners next to Merry Creek fire say thank you

The Merry Creek fire almost reached the home of Ralph and Vanessa Lunn

Although The Lunn family’s beehive was covered in red fire retardant dropped from above, their bees survived the fire. Photo: Submitted
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A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)

OPINION: The Village of Lytton turned to ashes in moments

‘We drive by piles of ash and crumbled brick. What used to be there?’ writes Jenna Hauck

A motorhome sits amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. (Jenna Hauck/ Black Press Media)
FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, customers look at iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus phones at an Apple Store in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Apple’s Siri is no longer a woman by default, but is this really a win for feminism?

Users must now choose between two male and two female voices when enabling the voice assistant

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, customers look at iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus phones at an Apple Store in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Some Castlegar residents continue to leave their bear-resistant carts unlocked. (Photo: Betsy Kline)
Some Castlegar residents continue to leave their bear-resistant carts unlocked. (Photo: Betsy Kline)
Robin Martens is the pastor of Kinnaird Park Community Church. Photo: Submitted

FAITH: What is the truth and where do I find it?

Column from Robin Martens, pastor of Kinnaird Park Community Church

Robin Martens is the pastor of Kinnaird Park Community Church. Photo: Submitted
Gary Boyle is an astronomy educator, guest speaker and monthly columnist for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. He has been interviewed on more than 50 Canadian radio stations as well as television in Canada and the United States. Photo: Submitted

Embrace the Kootenay summer night for all it has to offer

Sunday night look for the moon in a crescent low in the low western sky just after sunset

  • Jul 11, 2021
Gary Boyle is an astronomy educator, guest speaker and monthly columnist for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. He has been interviewed on more than 50 Canadian radio stations as well as television in Canada and the United States. Photo: Submitted
Merry Creek Wildfire on June 2, 2021. Photo: Regional District Central Kootenay
Merry Creek Wildfire on June 2, 2021. Photo: Regional District Central Kootenay
A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)

COLUMN: Looking back on historic fire that nearly destroyed a B.C. town

Enormous firefighting effort saved Beaverdell from destruction in 1989

A map created by the Ministry of Forests shows the activity of the Bea Fire in Beaverdell, B.C. in 1989, including one house in particular (at bottom right) that was nearly completely surrounded by flames. (Ministry of Forests)
Some Castlegar residents continue to leave their bear-resistant carts unlocked. (Photo: Betsy Kline)

Letter: Castlegar should go back to weekly garbage

Reader Michael Landrecht say community dumpster not the answer

Some Castlegar residents continue to leave their bear-resistant carts unlocked. (Photo: Betsy Kline)
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COVID proved that local news is a lifeline. We’re investing in its future

‘Today, local media is as valued as it’s ever been’

  • Jun 24, 2021
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Protesters blocking Columbia Avenue on June 12. Photo: Betsy Kline

COMMUNITY COMMENT: On Castlegar’s old growth protests

Find out what our readers had to say about the recent protest blocking Columbia Avenue

Protesters blocking Columbia Avenue on June 12. Photo: Betsy Kline
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LETTER: Castlegar reader calls for end of old growth logging

Gerry Sobie writes about protests at Forest Minister Katrine Conroy’s office

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Castlegar-Robson Legion representative Jean Bonin, recognized grade 8 student Erica Sandland for taking second place in an art competition. Photo: Submitted
Castlegar-Robson Legion representative Jean Bonin, recognized grade 8 student Erica Sandland for taking second place in an art competition. Photo: Submitted
Smoke from wildfires burning in the U.S. fills the air as the Grouse Mountain tram transports people down the mountain, in North Vancouver, B.C,, on Saturday, September 12, 2020. The World Air Quality Index, a non-profit that tracks air quality from monitoring stations around the world, rated Vancouver’s air quality as the second worst in the world Saturday. Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for Metro Vancouver, showing a very high risk to health due to wildfire smoke from Washington and Oregon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Prepare for the worst: 10 steps to get ready for wildfire smoke

The summer of 2021 has the potential to be worse than any wildfire season before it

Smoke from wildfires burning in the U.S. fills the air as the Grouse Mountain tram transports people down the mountain, in North Vancouver, B.C,, on Saturday, September 12, 2020. The World Air Quality Index, a non-profit that tracks air quality from monitoring stations around the world, rated Vancouver’s air quality as the second worst in the world Saturday. Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for Metro Vancouver, showing a very high risk to health due to wildfire smoke from Washington and Oregon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Thieves stole cash and the cash register from St. David’s Thrift on April 25. Photo: Betsy Kline
Thieves stole cash and the cash register from St. David’s Thrift on April 25. Photo: Betsy Kline