John Boivin

The fully-loaded fuel truck slipped off a forest service road and landed in Lemon Creek in July 2013. File photo

Trucking company fined $175K for Kootenay creek fuel spill

Decision handed down last Friday in Nelson court

The fully-loaded fuel truck slipped off a forest service road and landed in Lemon Creek in July 2013. File photo
Fanny Rodgers shows a 45-year-old message left in the walls of her Castlegar home.                                 Photo: John Boivin

Hidden message connects Castlegar homeowners decades apart

The Rodgers family was surprised when a message fell out of the walls as they were renovating

Fanny Rodgers shows a 45-year-old message left in the walls of her Castlegar home.                                 Photo: John Boivin
UBC’s Centre for Rural Health Research has released a summary of its ongoing rural health survey. Photo: Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press

Health care access, cost of travel top concerns for B.C. rural residents

Interim report highlights concerns of rural folks when it comes to health services

UBC’s Centre for Rural Health Research has released a summary of its ongoing rural health survey. Photo: Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press
‘I thought I was going to die:’ Skier recovering after being lost for two days on B.C. mountain

‘I thought I was going to die:’ Skier recovering after being lost for two days on B.C. mountain

Mark Gayowski, 34, says the experience was ‘life-changing’

‘I thought I was going to die:’ Skier recovering after being lost for two days on B.C. mountain
Needles Ferry. (Photo by WaterBridge Ferries)

Truck with body inside found at bottom of lake near ferry in Kootenays

Investigators believe no foul play is expected but are unsure how the vehicle ended up in the Arrow Lakes

Needles Ferry. (Photo by WaterBridge Ferries)
‘It’s more than a lost pet, it’s a family member’: Rossland residents help find Molly the dog

‘It’s more than a lost pet, it’s a family member’: Rossland residents help find Molly the dog

Molly the dog didn’t find its way home; home found its way to Molly.

‘It’s more than a lost pet, it’s a family member’: Rossland residents help find Molly the dog
Cannabis growers, processors and retailers from the Kootenays had a 90-minute session with the province’s solicitor general Mike Farnworth (centre, back row) and MLA Michelle Mungall (centre) on Saturday.                                Photo: John Boivin

Kootenay cannabis growers, retailers air issues with minister

Solicitor General Mike Farnworth and local MLA Michelle Mungall host chat on industry problems

Cannabis growers, processors and retailers from the Kootenays had a 90-minute session with the province’s solicitor general Mike Farnworth (centre, back row) and MLA Michelle Mungall (centre) on Saturday.                                Photo: John Boivin
Kenneth McAlpine, right, with Amazing Race Canada teammate Ryan Lachapelle. Instagram photo

Former Amazing Race star dies in Kootenay hiking accident

Kenneth McAlpine was on Season Five of The Amazing Race Canada

Kenneth McAlpine, right, with Amazing Race Canada teammate Ryan Lachapelle. Instagram photo
Representatives from Ottawa, B.C. and aboriginal organizations signed a treaty Monday on the banks of the Columbia River. Photo by: John Boivin

First Nations, governments agree to bring salmon back to Upper Columbia River

The three-year commitment is being described as ‘historic’

Representatives from Ottawa, B.C. and aboriginal organizations signed a treaty Monday on the banks of the Columbia River. Photo by: John Boivin
A security guard at the event speaks to one of the protesters at the Mighty Men’s Conference in Castlegar on Sunday, June 30, 2019. (John Boivin/Castlegar News).

Protesters crash controversial pastor’s sermon in Castlegar

First ‘Mighty Men’s Conference’ in Canada doesn’t go unchallenged

A security guard at the event speaks to one of the protesters at the Mighty Men’s Conference in Castlegar on Sunday, June 30, 2019. (John Boivin/Castlegar News).
‘Chicken TV’ in action.                                (Submitted photo)

At Kootenay senior’s centre, ‘Chicken TV’ enriches lives

Trio of chickens bringing unexpected joy to seniors at Castlegar residence

‘Chicken TV’ in action.                                (Submitted photo)
Jack Gray has received an outpouring of support after someone vandalized and poisoned his beehive. Photo courtesy Graham family

Rossland boy finds human kindness sweet as honey after beehive destroyed

Family overwhelmed by kind offerings of strangers all across B.C.

Jack Gray has received an outpouring of support after someone vandalized and poisoned his beehive. Photo courtesy Graham family
Jack Gray, 13, (in protective clothing) and his 99-year-old great-grandfather Alan Graham install a bee hive in the boy’s Rossland backyard two weeks ago. Photo courtesy Graham family

B.C. teen heartbroken after thieves poison his beehive

Mom says she can’t understand why someone would kill bees for no apparent reason

Jack Gray, 13, (in protective clothing) and his 99-year-old great-grandfather Alan Graham install a bee hive in the boy’s Rossland backyard two weeks ago. Photo courtesy Graham family
Health Canada’s new policies for cannabis licences is being criticized by small growers. File photo

Kootenay cannabis growers join chorus of critics against Health Canada’s licensing process

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
Dog-stealing women likely an urban myth, say Castlegar police

Dog-stealing women likely an urban myth, say Castlegar police

Kootenay social media frenzy has no local basis in reality

Dog-stealing women likely an urban myth, say Castlegar police
A deactivated ordinance was found in Krestova. (Facebook photo)                                A deactivated ordinance was found in Krestova. (Facebook photo)

Kootenay couple calls cops when spring cleanup unearths bomb

Luckily, no danger from the rusty ordinance

A deactivated ordinance was found in Krestova. (Facebook photo)                                A deactivated ordinance was found in Krestova. (Facebook photo)
Investigation, cleanup continues after fuel tanker crash in B.C. Interior

Investigation, cleanup continues after fuel tanker crash in B.C. Interior

50,000 litres of fuel spilled into Salmo River

Investigation, cleanup continues after fuel tanker crash in B.C. Interior
B.C. couple fakes sex to steal laundry room coins

B.C. couple fakes sex to steal laundry room coins

Rossland couple fakes the dirty to clean out the washers and dryers

B.C. couple fakes sex to steal laundry room coins
Grizzly bears, like the one shown in this file photo, are causing problems for local farmers. But conservation officers say local farmers have to do more to prevent harmful interactions.                                (File photo)

B.C. conservation officer says farmers not doing enough after 3 grizzlies killed

Little uptake on incentive programs for fencing frustrates local conservation officer

Grizzly bears, like the one shown in this file photo, are causing problems for local farmers. But conservation officers say local farmers have to do more to prevent harmful interactions.                                (File photo)
B.C. woman launches campaign for trick-or-treaters who can’t eat candy

B.C. woman launches campaign for trick-or-treaters who can’t eat candy

The teal pumpkin is a welcome sign for families whose kids can’t have candy

B.C. woman launches campaign for trick-or-treaters who can’t eat candy