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Crowe grad Agnes Hamill is encouraging locals to make a New Year’s food resolution to go vegetarian, maybe even vegan, in 2021. There’s plenty of recipes and helpful tips online to start a new plant-based diet for ‘Veganuary.’ Photo: Vivienne Hurley

Kootenay grad encourages locals to live ‘Life on the Veg’

Log on to veganuary.com, to join or support the 31-day vegan challenge in January.

Crowe grad Agnes Hamill is encouraging locals to make a New Year’s food resolution to go vegetarian, maybe even vegan, in 2021. There’s plenty of recipes and helpful tips online to start a new plant-based diet for ‘Veganuary.’ Photo: Vivienne Hurley
A group of women wear masks to help guard them against the Spanish flu. Photo: courtesy of the University of Waterloo

Castlegar woman survives two pandemics

Molly Pacey turned 102 years old on Dec. 30, 2020.

A group of women wear masks to help guard them against the Spanish flu. Photo: courtesy of the University of Waterloo
Two former Selkirk College students recently made a pitch on Dragons’ Den. Photo: Submitted

Selkirk College alumni venture into the Dragons’ Den

Mitchell Rosko and Steven Glass made their pitch

Two former Selkirk College students recently made a pitch on Dragons’ Den. Photo: Submitted
Grand Forks’ Gallery 2 hosted the Festival of Trees Dec. 14 — 19. File photo

Gallery 2 hosts 2020’s Festival of Trees

The auction raised over $2,500 for local food programs

Grand Forks’ Gallery 2 hosted the Festival of Trees Dec. 14 — 19. File photo
Okanagan resident Debra Ceravelo grabbed this photo of the planetary conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn Dec. 20, 2020. (Submitted)

Astrophotographer captures out-of-this-world shot from the Okanagan

A Western News reader snapped a photo of the rare celestial event

Okanagan resident Debra Ceravelo grabbed this photo of the planetary conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn Dec. 20, 2020. (Submitted)
Grand Forks’ Choral Society put out four Christmas choral performances for seniors unable to have visitors due to COVID-19 restrictions. Choristers and producer Gary Cuthbert brought the choir to seniors’ care homes and the city at large by digitally combining 21-part harmonies for each performance. Video shared by Gary Cuthbert, Musical Director Kirsten Rezansoff and everyone at the Grand Forks Choral Society.

WATCH: GF Choral Society sings “In the Bleak Midwinter”

The song is the third of four digital performances the society released for Grand Forks’ seniors

Grand Forks’ Choral Society put out four Christmas choral performances for seniors unable to have visitors due to COVID-19 restrictions. Choristers and producer Gary Cuthbert brought the choir to seniors’ care homes and the city at large by digitally combining 21-part harmonies for each performance. Video shared by Gary Cuthbert, Musical Director Kirsten Rezansoff and everyone at the Grand Forks Choral Society.
The Grand Forks Choral Society (GFCS) unveiled its virtual Christmas concert Wednesday, Dec. 9. Photo courtesy of the GFCS’s Gary Cuthbert.

Grand Forks Choral Society sings “Come o Ye Faithful”

The second of four songs by society’s digital choir

The Grand Forks Choral Society (GFCS) unveiled its virtual Christmas concert Wednesday, Dec. 9. Photo courtesy of the GFCS’s Gary Cuthbert.
B.C. has now made masks mandatory in public indoor spaces. Photo: Ashley Wadhwani

Castlegar doctor shares personal COVID story, calls for adherence to guidelines

Dr. Megan Taylor was recently diagnosed with COVID

B.C. has now made masks mandatory in public indoor spaces. Photo: Ashley Wadhwani
Selkirk College Nursing Program fourth-year students Amanda Sigurdson (left) and Jordan Sherstobitoff (right) were part of a research team that surveyed homeless populations in Nelson, Castlegar and Trail. The pair are seen here at the Nelson Civic Centre outdoor homeless camp this past summer. Photo: Submitted

Selkirk College project studies homelessness during pandemic

Three students talked to more than 70 homeless people in the summer

Selkirk College Nursing Program fourth-year students Amanda Sigurdson (left) and Jordan Sherstobitoff (right) were part of a research team that surveyed homeless populations in Nelson, Castlegar and Trail. The pair are seen here at the Nelson Civic Centre outdoor homeless camp this past summer. Photo: Submitted
Selkirk College Saints players with some of the 1,500 individual food items they collected as part of the team’s annual food drive. Along with $900 in cash donations, the student-athletes will provide both the Selkirk College Student Food Bank and other regional food banks with much-needed resources for December. Photo: submitted
Selkirk College Saints players with some of the 1,500 individual food items they collected as part of the team’s annual food drive. Along with $900 in cash donations, the student-athletes will provide both the Selkirk College Student Food Bank and other regional food banks with much-needed resources for December. Photo: submitted
Donors are asked to contact program co-ordinator Darrell Hardy at 250-666-0451. File photo

Grand Forks’ Christmas hamper program collection donations until Nov. 30

The program has been helping those less fortunate in the community for the past 10 years

Donors are asked to contact program co-ordinator Darrell Hardy at 250-666-0451. File photo
(Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)

Nav Canada says it would never compromise safety at West Kootenay Regional Airport

Submission from Nav Canada regarding potential cuts to the West Kootenay Regional Airport

(Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)
This home in Nelson is available from Habitat for Humanity. Photo: Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity seeks Nelson families for first-time home ownership

A property is available at 2108 Creek Street

This home in Nelson is available from Habitat for Humanity. Photo: Habitat for Humanity
Polls closed across the province at 8 p.m., but we won’t have the final election results until at least the first week of November. File photo

Polls closed across British Columbia

Get the latest preliminary results for the Boundary-Similkameen here

Polls closed across the province at 8 p.m., but we won’t have the final election results until at least the first week of November. File photo
Roly Russell is the BC NDP’s candidate in the riding of Boundary-Similkameen. (Contributed)

Meet the candidates: Roly Russell

Roly Russell is the BC NDP candidate in the Boundary-Similkameen riding

Roly Russell is the BC NDP’s candidate in the riding of Boundary-Similkameen. (Contributed)
Author and activist Desmond Cole will the keynote speaker at an Oct. 23 event being put on by Selkirk College’s Mir Centre for Peace and School District 8. Cole is the author of the bestselling book The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power, which was released in January. Photo: Kate Yang-Nikodym
Author and activist Desmond Cole will the keynote speaker at an Oct. 23 event being put on by Selkirk College’s Mir Centre for Peace and School District 8. Cole is the author of the bestselling book The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power, which was released in January. Photo: Kate Yang-Nikodym
The Conservatives of British Columbia’s Darryl Seres joined the electoral race for the Boundary-Similkameen over the weekend. (Submitted)

BC Conservatives Darryl Seres running in Boundary-Similkameen

Seres said he would appear at this Friday’s all candidates meeting hosted by the Boundary Chamber of Commerce

The Conservatives of British Columbia’s Darryl Seres joined the electoral race for the Boundary-Similkameen over the weekend. (Submitted)
Brandy Rafuse holds a diploma in Criminal Justice Policing as well as certificates in Bylaw Compliance, Enforcement and Investigative Skills; Investigation and Enforcement Skills; Emergency Management; and Addiction Studies. (RDKB photo)

Kootenay Boundary bylaw officer hard at work

Rafuse carries out bylaw enforcement from Area A in the Kootenays to Big White in the Boundary

Brandy Rafuse holds a diploma in Criminal Justice Policing as well as certificates in Bylaw Compliance, Enforcement and Investigative Skills; Investigation and Enforcement Skills; Emergency Management; and Addiction Studies. (RDKB photo)
Grand Forks Fire/Rescue chief George Seigler, left, and deputy chief Rich Piché, right, present long-time volunteer Loren Dorner with his First Bar towards a Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal. (Grand Forks Fire/Rescue/Submitted)

Grand Forks firefighter recognized for exemplary service

Loren Dorner was presented with the First Bar of his Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal

Grand Forks Fire/Rescue chief George Seigler, left, and deputy chief Rich Piché, right, present long-time volunteer Loren Dorner with his First Bar towards a Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal. (Grand Forks Fire/Rescue/Submitted)
Violet Perkins, 2, enjoys helping getting the garden starts ready. (Erin Perkins/Submitted)

What gardeners need to know now to save seeds this fall

Boundary Seed Bank hosting two online sessions to help gardeners get the most out of their plants

Violet Perkins, 2, enjoys helping getting the garden starts ready. (Erin Perkins/Submitted)