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Breaking: Newspaper has website

December 16, 2011 2 comments

News flash: The Castlegar News is on the Internet. Who would’ve thunk it — a newspaper, in 2011 no less, accessible by the Internet.

Below you will find two examples of news stories — with bylines featuring the names of real journalists — the sole purpose of which is to alert reader’s to the Black Press-owned paper’s website.

First thing: my amusement here is focused solely on whoever decided these stories should run in such a format. (Presumably, and I can only presume, the blame lies with the publisher.)

That out of the way, there’s no way in hell that these stories should ever have bylines attached to them. A byline is all a writer has. Don’t waste it.

I have seen small brief-y stories in the editorial section that are ostensibly advertising for something that has to do with the paper. I don’t really see much of a problem with that, so long as they’re shilling an editorial, or even an editorialish product. The website is such a thing. But don’t just announce, in 2011, that you have a website when 1) you have operated the same website for years; 2) it’s 2011; and 3) there’s nothing groundbreaking or new about it. Sure, if you replace your shitty old website with a beautiful new one, let your readers know about it. But the article should NOT bear a reporter’s byline. Never. Ever.

It just looks, frankly, ridiculous.

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Bobsleds, drug dealers, and landfill rage (!)

February 7, 2011 1 comment

A bobsled wipes out at last year's Rossland Winter Carnival

The roundup is back this week with a look at papers in the Interior.

There’s a very interesting story by Tracy Hughes and Lachlan Labere in the Salmon Arm Observer that is a little too twisted for me to summarize completely without just ripping off, word-for-word, everything Tracy and Lachlan very capably write. In short: a court has pulled a $1.75 million house off the market because one of its residents is a convicted drug traffickers facing new charges. However, the property’s owners is not facing charges and only a little bit of pot was found on the property. But the alleged traffickers did own the home in the past. Great reportage.

Also, in the Salmon Arm Observer, Barb Brouwer reports on what may be British Columbia’s single worst job: defending the local landfill from angry and violent would-be dumpers.

Anger from customers continues to be an issue at the Salmon Arm Landfill and police are recommending assault charges following the latest instance of violence.

For the second time in three months, attendant Debbie Dystant has been injured on the job by a customer expressing his anger over the 4 p.m. closing.


Over the past three years, Dystant has been sworn at and had angry customers attempt to run her down. But, while she was vocal about her previous experiences, she has hired a lawyer following this latest incident and did not comment. In November, another irate customer sprayed Dystant with gravel by peeling his tires, which bruised her legs and ruined her eyeglasses in the process.


I. Will. Never. Complain. About. My. Job. Again. (Or at least I’ll feel a tinge of guilt when I do so.)

A 100-year-old Kamloops curler is is the oldest active curler in the world according to no less an authority than the Guiness Book of World Records. Marty The Reporter Hastings of Kamloops This Week has the story, while photographer Dave Eagles‘s very imaginative and all-round awesome profile shot may be included in the 2012 version of the book. Here’s what centenarian Steve Gittus has to say about being in the book:

“I don’t know why I should be in there,” Gittus said.

“I didn’t have anything to do with me getting older. That’s just the way it is. I didn’t make a deliberate choice to become old.

“It just happened.”


An aside that has nothing to do with any of the story’s mentioned today: don’t use the word “noted” if it’s not absolutely perfect for the sentence. Use “said” instead. When you write “noted” it implies that the writer accepts whatever is being said as the clear and unarguable truth. It’s also just clumsy.

Matt Coxford of the Cranbrook Daily Townsman writes about mullet madness on the local junior hockey team:

Whether it’s lying down in front of a speeding puck or colouring his mullet red and black, Kimberley Dynamiter Rylan Duley will do what it takes to help his team win.

“Blocking shots is hard, but committing to a mullet is a different thing,” said Duley, shrugging off the suggestion it takes courage to sport the short-in-front, long-in-back hairdo.

“It makes you faster out there.”


Elsewhere in the crazy Kootenay International Junior Hockey Leauge, there’s this Nelson Star story and photo, I think by Andrea Klassen (?), about a crazy end to a recent game between Nelson and Castlegar:

“I looked at the ref before I even shot the puck, and I’m like, ‘how hasn’t he blown the whistle?'” a bemused Moir told the Star following the game. “The goalie’s behind the net without his helmet, just swarmed. I shot the puck anyway. It’s probably the greasiest goal I’ve ever scored in my life.”

By the time play resumed a smattering of Castlegar fans were climbing the glass at the Nelson and District Community Complex and screaming from the stands, while a water bottle went sailing from the Rebel bench.


Meanwhile, a terrific helmet-cam video (from YouTube) of a bobsled run down city streets is attached to the Rossland News’ story on the annual race, which was attended by Rick Mercer last year. Watch the video, it’s insane.

In the Castlegar News: a mother whose 11-year-old son *Cole (*CORRECTED) “suffered a life-altering spinal cord injury while skiing” leaving him paralyzed from the waist down — at least for now — writes a long and touching letter about her child’s recover and future. Making things more difficult is the fact that *Cole’s parents are separated meaning that there are two houses that need to be made wheelchair accessible. I wonder how often that happens, or how a paralysis affects families that have already split up. I don’t know how you’d get access to someone to write that feature, though…

Will someone write a column about the thousands of dollars ICBC is spending on all those bloody Vicky Gabereau advertisements? They’re fucking everywhere.

Finally, from the better-late-than never files: last week Prince George Free Press editor Bill Phillips wrote on his blog that the competing Citizen failed to sufficiently correct a wrong Page 1 story last week.

Monday’s banner story in the Citizen says the college board is “vowing to keep” the aboriginal programs. Nowhere in the story does it mention that they got it wrong on Saturday. To top it off, there is a small correction on page two that simply states their page one story on Saturday contained incorrect information … without offering any corrected information.

As mentioned above, the measure of a newspaper is in how it handles its own mistakes. I rest my case.


Photo by urbanbenchwork via Flickr.

Interior roundup

December 22, 2010 Comments off

Castlegar News reporter Kim Magi skis for the third time ever, faceplants into a snowbank and writes about the experience, which always makes for an entertaining story. Welcome to the Kootenays. Money quote:

Even though my first ski of the season brought many lessons and words of advice from various mountain-goers, the best came from Rossland News reporter Andrew Bennett:

“Just don’t fall into the ‘slow’ signs, because that’s really embarrassing.”


Kevin Parnell of the Kelowna Capital News profiles a hockey player who has turned his career around by finding a new attitude.

Across town at the Kelowna Daily Courier, Ron Seymour writes an interesting council story. It helps that it involves a grandfather-to-be councillor’s success at saving bunny rabbits. Nice pun in the lede too. Also, Kelowna has a councillor named Graeme James? Tough luck for him. (Among other things, the Daily Courier web stories really need paragraph breaks. It’s the least they can do to make it easier to read on the web.)

Two stories from Revelstoke Times-Review reporter Alex Cooper: one on two Revelstoke men on opposite ends of a dramatic rescue at Lake Louise; the other on the local high school’s embrace of social media. The latter seems like a great way to get parents involved in their kids’ schooling:

One parent (who asked not to be named) said he checked the blog for his son’s grade 12 biology class several times a week. He used to e-mail his son’s teachers for updates, which his son resented because he perceived it as going behind his back to keep track of his work. Now, the parent accesses the blog to find out what is going on in class and help out his son.


The Rossland News goes on the attack against a Mr. Dirty Hippo in an editorial. I’m not joking. He’s a mean web commenter, turns out. Then it gets better:

At about the same time, David Sidley — or at least someone calling from his phone — left a voice message at the Rossland News with regard to last week’s editorial. Without introducing himself, the caller jumped right into claims that “you are obviously just another psychopath” and described city staff as “minions,” in response to our critique of what we described as Coun. Laurie Charlton’s “persistent negativity.”

It was the caller’s opinion that “it’s not a real newspaper when you vilify people who don’t agree with your masters.” Masters? Ah yes, did we forget to mention the suitcase of cash we received for the editorial?


Ba-doop-boop-tssssh…(That’s supposed to sound like a symbol ala. Late Night)

Kevin Mitchell of the Vernon Morning Star writes that Kevin Martin is going to Hawaii and Jeff Stoughton is going to Winnipeg after their battle at a recently wrapped major curling event in Vernon. Martin’s team agreed that the game was really “a beauty.”

And another new reporter (OK, not brand new, I’m slow on the uptake): Megan Cole left Vancouver to work at the Fernie Free Press.  First she wanted to be a journalist. Then she wanted to be a lawyer. Then she wanted to be a journalist again. I’m guessing the paycheque convinced her. Or note. Either way, welcome. Now you can ask Kim for skiing lessons.

Finally, back in the Lower Mainland, here’s part two of Paul Henderson‘s two part series on a killer who infiltrated Chilliwack.

Photo by Greg Younger via Flickr.


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Ogopogo, Santa Claus and genetically modified apples

December 4, 2010 Comments off

Lots of links today from the southern interior:

J.P. Squire of the Kelowna Daily Courier is on the Ogopogo beat this week. Seems like someone saw some suspicious water spouts happening on the lake. He also reveals that, unusually, nobody has reported an Ogopogo sighting this year. By the way, the websites of the Courier and its sister paper, the Penticton Herald, are truly horrendous. Like 1997 bad. Sorry. Apparently some company called WEM-Tech claims responsibility for the site. If I was them, I wouldn’t.

Great story by Alex Cooper of the Revelstoke Times-Review on contrasting projections for the future of the mountain town. Some say the population will double, others disagree.

Frigid and dark Christmas parades can be a nightmare to shoot, but Castlegar News reporter Kim Magi and editor Robson Fletcher pulled off the treat and delivered a pretty good slide show.

Angela Treharne of the Fernie Free Press talks to a guy who was finally — yes, he has tried before — allowed to camp next to the Fernie Alpine Resort ski lift the night before opening day.

An engineer is warning that a “housing unit” will fall onto a business Kamloops street, according to a lawsuit dug up by Cam Fortems of the Kamloops Daily News.

Steve Kidd of the Penticton Western News writes about a new type of apple that doesn’t go brown. The apple was developed in neighbouring Summerland but is causing concern among B.C. fruit growers. Also in the Western News, Kristi Patton on a judge overruling a dead man’s will.

Did you know that if you t take a bottle of wine with you into Alberta this holiday season you’ll be breaking the law, a.k.a. smuggling? I do, thanks to Judie Steeves of the Kelowna Capital News.

This volleyball photo looks good on the Merritt Herald website. But it’s hard to tell because it’s so freaking small.

Locals give mixed reviews to the filming of a movie in the West Kootenay to Nelson Star reporter Greg Nesteroff. Also in the Star is this story about a lawyer and university professor convicted of fraud. Good story but no byline (although Nesteroff is credited for the photo).


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