I would like to congratulate the Castlegar News for its excellent news coverage. The articles written by your reporters are well researched, articulate and to the point. The overall standard of journalism in the Castlegar News has not been as high as this for some time.
Your hardworking reporters, Chelsea Novak and Betsy Kline, cover a wide range of local issues; most recently the state of our roads in winter and the possible expansion of the Community Complex, as well as regular commentaries on City Hall news, cultural activities and sports. The continuing series about emergency health care in this area is an important update on the issues this community has been dealing with since the closure of the Castlegar Hospital in 2002. The increase in letters to the editor is an indication of readers’ concerns around the issues you report on.
I also enjoy your reporting and editorials — memories from the past, concerts and sports events you’ve attended, your stumbles and your celebrations, and commentaries on current issues here. Congratulations on your recent nomination for the Columnist Award from the BC and Yukon Community Newspapers Association.
Hats off also to the advertising and creative teams who work hard to give our local businesses exposure, and to the newspaper carriers slogging through snowy, icy streets this winter to deliver the newspaper right to our front doors.
Many community newspapers across the country have folded. We are fortunate that Black Press recognizes the importance of the Castlegar News in encouraging conversations and providing a platform for the exchange of opinions about community events and local issues of concern.