Betsy Kline

Blazed Creek wildfire approximately 20 km west of Creston is causing delays at Kootenay Pass.

Delays on Highway 3 at Kootenay Pass

DriveBC reminding travellers the area is an active wildfire zone and warning of fallen debris.

Blazed Creek wildfire approximately 20 km west of Creston is causing delays at Kootenay Pass.
The Kinnaird Bridge in Castlegar was designed by the architect of the bridge that collapsed this week in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Betsy Kline)

Castlegar bridge designed by architect of collapsed Italian bridge

Riccardo Morandi designed the Kinnaird Bridge, which is part of Highway 3.

The Kinnaird Bridge in Castlegar was designed by the architect of the bridge that collapsed this week in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Betsy Kline)
Sunday update: dozens of new fires discovered yesterday in West, East Kootenay

Sunday update: dozens of new fires discovered yesterday in West, East Kootenay

Weather front moving through area sparks fires including in Syringa Provincial Park and Valhalla.

Sunday update: dozens of new fires discovered yesterday in West, East Kootenay
Lightning sparks more than 20 new fires in West Kootenay

Lightning sparks more than 20 new fires in West Kootenay

Fires burning across West Kootenay include Syringa Provincial Park and Valhalla.

Lightning sparks more than 20 new fires in West Kootenay
The Blazed Creek fire was discovered Tuesday, August 7 two kilometers north of Highway 3 and about 26 km northwest of Creston.

UPDATE: Fire closes BC Hwy 3 between Salmo and Creston

‘Extreme fire behaviour’ of Blazed Creek fire forces road closure on main southern route to Alberta.

The Blazed Creek fire was discovered Tuesday, August 7 two kilometers north of Highway 3 and about 26 km northwest of Creston.
CTF argues that because many Interior businesses depend on long haul trucking, tourism and shipping and are separated from the Lower Mainland by long distances that they are affected disproportionately by the high cost of fuel and fuel taxes.

B.C. Interior residents should get break, taxpayers’ group says

Canadian Taxpayers Federation calls on government to cut fuel taxes, fix ICBC and axe new health tax

CTF argues that because many Interior businesses depend on long haul trucking, tourism and shipping and are separated from the Lower Mainland by long distances that they are affected disproportionately by the high cost of fuel and fuel taxes.
Two fires of note burning in Southeast Fire Centre

Two fires of note burning in Southeast Fire Centre

As of Saturday afternoon there were more than 20 fires burning in the Southeast Fire Centre.

Two fires of note burning in Southeast Fire Centre
B.C Conservation Officers caught these orphaned bear cubs in Castlegar. The cubs were good candidates for rehabilitation so have been transferred to the Northern Lights Wildlife facility. (BCCO Service)

Happy ending for orphaned bear cubs

Two orphaned bear cubs were captured in Castlegar and sent for rehabilitation.

B.C Conservation Officers caught these orphaned bear cubs in Castlegar. The cubs were good candidates for rehabilitation so have been transferred to the Northern Lights Wildlife facility. (BCCO Service)
B.C. Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy spoke to the Stanley Humphries Secondary School Class of 2018 in Castlegar. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)

Children and Family Minister tells B.C. grads to ‘Seize the day’

Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy spoke to Castlegar grads Friday night.

B.C. Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy spoke to the Stanley Humphries Secondary School Class of 2018 in Castlegar. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)
RCMP officer accused in Castlegar shooting death elects jury trial

RCMP officer accused in Castlegar shooting death elects jury trial

Case of RCMP Constable Jason Tait has first hearing in 2015 shooting death of Waylon Jesse Edey.

RCMP officer accused in Castlegar shooting death elects jury trial
Slide near Castlegar. Air transportation provided by Dam Helicopters. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)

VIDEO: Highway 3A reopened after mudslide cleared

A mudslide closed Highway 3A between Castlegar and Nelson just north of the Brilliant Dam on Wednesday.

Slide near Castlegar. Air transportation provided by Dam Helicopters. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)
Plush bunnies sold in Dollar Tree Canada stores are being recalled.

Health Canada recalls plush bunnies sold at Dollar Tree

Approximately 41,000 units were sold at stores in Canada.

Plush bunnies sold in Dollar Tree Canada stores are being recalled.
UPDATED: Constable charged in 2015 Castlegar shooting

UPDATED: Constable charged in 2015 Castlegar shooting

The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) has announced a charge of manslaughter has been approved.

UPDATED: Constable charged in 2015 Castlegar shooting
FILE — Paramedics Suzie Cameron and Kathy Crandlemire are currently training to deliver BC Emergency Health Services’ (BCEHS) new community paramedicine program in Sicamous. (Black Press)

Exploring the path to healing rural health care in B.C.

BCEHS is looking at several ways to improve service including its Action Plan.

FILE — Paramedics Suzie Cameron and Kathy Crandlemire are currently training to deliver BC Emergency Health Services’ (BCEHS) new community paramedicine program in Sicamous. (Black Press)
Better pre-hospital care in rural B.C. could save lives AND money

Better pre-hospital care in rural B.C. could save lives AND money

The yearly cost of injury exceeds $2.8 billion according to Provincial Health Services Authority.

Better pre-hospital care in rural B.C. could save lives AND money
Screen grabs from the advertising campaign by APBC.

Policy prevents advanced paramedic care in rural areas

Advanced Care Paramedics (ACP) in rural communities are not allowed to practice at that level.

Screen grabs from the advertising campaign by APBC.
Paramedic union president Bronwyn Barter, Health Minister Terry Lake and Emergency Health Services vice-president Linda Lupini were on hand as Tofino paramedic Rhiannon Davis addresses a press conference. (Government of B.C.)

Health Minister says coming changes will make difference in rural communities.

“As a government, Premier Horgan is committed to improving the ambulance service.”

Paramedic union president Bronwyn Barter, Health Minister Terry Lake and Emergency Health Services vice-president Linda Lupini were on hand as Tofino paramedic Rhiannon Davis addresses a press conference. (Government of B.C.)
FILE — An air ambulance helicopter lifts off with a patient following a multiple-vehicle collision on Highway 1 near Shuswap Lake Estates on Thursday, July 20. (Lachlan Labere/Black Press)

Critical Condition: Reports support claims of sub-par care in B.C.

The Auditor General of BC is working on the second audit of BCEHS.

FILE — An air ambulance helicopter lifts off with a patient following a multiple-vehicle collision on Highway 1 near Shuswap Lake Estates on Thursday, July 20. (Lachlan Labere/Black Press)
BCEHS operates 183 ambulance stations and 519 ambulances. (File)

Critical Condition: ‘People are dying from treatable medical conditions’

Problems with ambulance service policies are systemic and province-wide, advocacy group leader says.

BCEHS operates 183 ambulance stations and 519 ambulances. (File)
Dr. Nic Sparrow volunteers his time assisting emergency services at some of the most serious 911 calls in the West Kootenay. (Submitted photo)

West Kootenay doctor brings innovative approach to emergency response

He remains on call and leaves the comforts of his home for some of the harshest realities of life.

Dr. Nic Sparrow volunteers his time assisting emergency services at some of the most serious 911 calls in the West Kootenay. (Submitted photo)