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By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Jan 05 2012
An investigation is being launched by BC Ambulance Services into why Castlegar was left without ambulance coverage Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, according to BCAS Central Kootenay Superintendent Chris Mason. He also said the investigation will also encompass the fact that Castlegar first responders (fire crews) weren’t notified of the coverage gap until 5:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve – just half an hour before Castlegar ambulance coverage came to a holiday halt.
“I can assure the public that this will be dealt with,” Mason said.
By Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Jan 02 2012

The Nelson Police Department has been called into investigate an arrest of a man by RCMP on New Year's Eve in the South Okanagan City of Penticton.

On Saturday, December 31, about 11:30 pm a man allegedly stumbled onto the street in front of a RCMP vehicle.

The police officer stopped to talk to the man, who appeared to be intoxicated. A struggle with police ensued and the man suffered an injury to his leg. He was taken to hospital where it was determined that his leg was broken.

By Mona Mattei on Sunday Jan 01 2012
Grand Forks residents will ring in the New Year with electrical rate increases of four percent passed on from FortisBC.
At their Monday, Dec.
By Erin Perkins on Sunday Jan 01 2012
A Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) official says no decisions or action timelines have been made for any of the Midway, Boundary and other B.C. area border crossings listed in a document accidentally released in early December.
"Our government is focused on ensuring our shared border is secure while easing the flow of legitimate travel and trade," stated the official in an email interview.
By Contributor on Sunday Jan 01 2012

A skier triggered avalanche left one man dead in Revelstoke, B.C. on Friday as a group of heli-skiers took to the backcountry.

Ronald Gregory Sheardown, age 45, from Dubaï, a former Canadian from Stouffville, Ontario, was the victim of the heli-skiing avalanche on Friday, Dec. 30.

Shearman was with a group of eleven skiers and one guide heli-skiing with Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH), in the Selkirk Mountain range southeast of Revelstoke at the time of the avalanche.

By Erin Perkins on Saturday Dec 31 2011
A leaked government document about the future of Canada's border crossings -- including possible closure, reduced hours, sharing of facilities and remote monitoring --  lists Midway, Cascade, Nelway and Chopaka crossings.
The document, "Small Port Working Group - Initial Results and Paths Forward", was done collectively between Canada's Customs and Border Services Agency(CBSA) and U.S.
By Erin Perkins on Thursday Dec 29 2011
An intoxicated 19 year-old man has been charged with assault and breach of a probation order to obstain from alcohol after an incident outside the Grand Forks Arena on Friday, Dec. 23.
The man was seen milling around outside the arena, yelling at passing vehicles during the public skate session that day. Then the 45-year-old victim left the arena and approached the younger man.
The 19 year-old then assaulted the 45-year-old, who defended himself.
By Nelson Daily Sports on Wednesday Dec 28 2011

Now that Santa has come and gone, it’s time for Nelsonites to focus on the next big event — and no, it’s not New Year’s Eve.

Push ahead one more day to New Year’s Day and the annual Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation Polar Bear Dip into Kootenay Lake.

The Foundation welcomes all of Nelson’s swimmers and floaters, young and not so young, to take the plunge for health, personal pride, and appropriately, to raise money to support surgical services at our local hospital with the purchase of an Insufflator, camera system and three high definition monitors.

By Mona Mattei on Thursday Dec 15 2011
A 16-year-old high school student launched a human rights complaint against B.C. School Sports and the Ministry of Education for discrimination after losing his chance to play volleyball this year.
Myles Christman, from Christina Lake, B.C., was ruled ineligible for competitive team play this year by B.C. School Sports (BCSS) when he moved to a new school to participate in their team. On Dec. 6 the same association cancelled his appeal.
By Castlegar Source on Wednesday Dec 14 2011

Six Castlegar residents appeared in court today facing charges of trafficking cocaine, but all six were put over to a new court date, according to RCMP Cpl. Darryl Orr.

While he couldn't offer much information about the investigation, Orr told The Source that it went on for four months, from June to September. 

"We brought in undercover operators - they come from all over B.C.," Orr said. "They were the ones who worked the magic and purchased drugs from people we (Castlegar cops) were already well aware of (sic)."