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Kootenay Country Craft Distillery is trying to move from making liquor to hand sanitizer, but it’s not been easy. Photo submitted

Slocan Valley craft distiller wading through obstacles to help fight COVID-19

From raw materials to licences to bottles, getting production ramped up has been a challenge

Kootenay Country Craft Distillery is trying to move from making liquor to hand sanitizer, but it’s not been easy. Photo submitted
Peter Brockley at work on his prototype ventilator. Submitted photo.

West Kootenay octogenarian helping develop low-cost ventilator for COVID-19 patients

Peter Brockley is working with his doctor son, Graham, to develop the unit that could save lives

Peter Brockley at work on his prototype ventilator. Submitted photo.
Jessica Mitchell saw a need for masks and started an online group for people to co-ordinate supplying ones. Submitted photo.

Salmo woman starts Facebook group to organize mask-makers

Hopes to ease mask shortage for Kootenay first responders and essential service workers.

Jessica Mitchell saw a need for masks and started an online group for people to co-ordinate supplying ones. Submitted photo.
Air Canada is also laying off more than 5,000 flight attendants, in a March 23, 2020 story. (Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Air Canada cuts all flights in and out of Castlegar

Cut begins immediately as airline adapts strategy to COVID-19

Air Canada is also laying off more than 5,000 flight attendants, in a March 23, 2020 story. (Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
The College has sent a letter to all students with recommendations about coronavirus. (File photo)

Selkirk College student housing to remain open, with precautions

College won’t evict students in midst of COVID-19 pandemic, says prez

The College has sent a letter to all students with recommendations about coronavirus. (File photo)
An Air Canada jet takes off from Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Enfield, N.S. File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS

Air Canada suspends service to Castlegar, Cranbrook in April

Company responding to COVID-19 pandemic

An Air Canada jet takes off from Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Enfield, N.S. File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS
Selkirk College

Coronavirus spread prompts Selkirk College letter to students

‘We can’t stop COVID-19, all we can do is plan to deal with it.’

Selkirk College
Three Nakusp women enter international tattoo competition

Three Nakusp women enter international tattoo competition

Could one of them be the next Inked Magazine cover girl?

Three Nakusp women enter international tattoo competition
Snow levels in local watersheds show this year is higher than most. BC Gov’t.

Snowpack levels’ growth slowed in February, Boundary levels high

Boundary snowpack levels are high, but level of freshet depends on temperature, spring rain

Snow levels in local watersheds show this year is higher than most. BC Gov’t.
Much dryer, a little cooler: February saw half the normal precipitation, says SEFC

Much dryer, a little cooler: February saw half the normal precipitation, says SEFC

Precipitation in the form of rain was a rare thing in February

Much dryer, a little cooler: February saw half the normal precipitation, says SEFC
This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Photo courtesy NIAID-RML via AP.

No coronavirus in Colville area, says school district

Suspected person tested negative for the COVID-19 virus

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Photo courtesy NIAID-RML via AP.
Classes resume in Colville, Washington after coronavirus scare

Classes resume in Colville, Washington after coronavirus scare

Officials say they have isolated anyone who may have been in contact with a suspected case

Classes resume in Colville, Washington after coronavirus scare
Colville schools close a second day on coronavirus fears

Colville schools close a second day on coronavirus fears

All schools closed, extra-curricular activities banned while awaiting test results

Colville schools close a second day on coronavirus fears
Windstorm downs power lines across swath of West Kootenay

Windstorm downs power lines across swath of West Kootenay

Hundreds still without power on Wednesday morning

Windstorm downs power lines across swath of West Kootenay
Conservation land purchase to protect wildlife near Grand Forks

Conservation land purchase to protect wildlife near Grand Forks

The property is year-round habitat for a herd of 200-300 California bighorn sheep

Conservation land purchase to protect wildlife near Grand Forks
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
Physician recruitment is going to be done on a region wide basis now, thanks to a new hub model for attracting doctors. Flickr file photo

New ‘hub’ model takes regional approach to doctor recruitment in West Kootenay

Kootenay-Boundary a provincial leader in effectively attracting doctors to work here

Physician recruitment is going to be done on a region wide basis now, thanks to a new hub model for attracting doctors. Flickr file photo
Morrison was found after being missing more than a month. Submitted photo

Missing Slocan City man found dead

Douglas Morrison went missing in mid-January

Morrison was found after being missing more than a month. Submitted photo
Tracks from the errant snowmobilers can be seen amongst the trees in the forest around Nakusp. Photo: BC Government
Tracks from the errant snowmobilers can be seen amongst the trees in the forest around Nakusp. Photo: BC Government