Trout Trickery

Fly fishing is more than a past-time, it offers the purveyor an opportunity to humble oneself in nature, pitting themselves against a quarry with a pea-sized brain, and often returning with little more than stories of the beautiful scenery. There have been days fishing where the magic of the moment has been indescribable, one in particular my wife […]

Castlegar’s Recreation Complex – The Referendum

Castlegar and surrounding communities are preparing to go to referendum on whether to build a $25 million dollar renovation for the Castlegar and District Community Complex. As a parent of two kids, I’ve spent a fair bit of time in the facility –  for swim lessons, casual swimming, and drop-in skating – not as much […]

Bears and Garbage in the Kootenays – 2010

Bears are a common problem in Kootenay towns, and it seems that Castlegar is making the news – because the Conservation Officers are shooting bears. Some area residents were “horrified” to see three black bears killed in a north Castlegar backyard last Friday, but conservation officers say they were left with no other option. There […]

The Future of Rural Life on the Columbia River

Image via Wikipedia While driving down in Eastern Washington State this weekend, I was stuck by the remoteness of many of the small towns and villages in this region, (both in BC and Washington). In some of these places you wonder how it is that people are able to scrape a living from the land […]

Flagging Doggy Doo

Public spaces should be respected and kept clean for the enjoyment of all; and around here, there is a group of people who are not all pulling their weight – Dog Owners.

Seasons Come and Go

This weekend I took my sister for a walk along the lovely Waldie Island Trail on the Brilliant side of the Columbia River in Castlegar. This time of year, the colours are stunning along the trail if you can get a sunny day. Although a beautiful trail, it also represents an historical site for the […]

Ice Safety

As an engineer for a municipality in British Columbia, you get some pretty funny requests for assistance. Assuming the lakes freeze up over the next month, Rossland is hosting the annual Canadian Western Regional Pond Hockey Championships in January. Several of the ponds are going to be man-made, but there are hopes of using some […]