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By Contributor on Wednesday Aug 24 2011

Believe it or not, the Grand Forks' Fall Fair is fast approaching. Amidst the planning for exhibits, mini-chuckwagon races and vendors, Chris-Anne Gilmore, owner of Your Dollar Store With More and head of the Parade Committee, is busy helping to organize the 2011 Fall Fair Parade.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Aug 23 2011

The constituency office of Alex Atamanenko, Minister of Parliament for B.C. Southern Interior is offering voters the opportunity to pay tribute to NDP Leader Jack Layton.

Layton died Monday at the age of 61 of cancer. His body is to lie in state on Parliament Hill and Toronto's City Hall.

Atamanenko’s office in Castlegar is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the rest of the week.

Voters are invited to leave messages or share stories about how Layton touched their lives.

By Kyra Hoggan on Tuesday Aug 23 2011

A dramatic accident/rescue took place in Pass Creek over the weekend, after an ATV and its driver went over a steep embankment.

The driver, a 42-year-old Alberta man, spent an entire night with various broken bones before managing to contact help. The accident took place on Norns Road, approximately 10 kilometers from Castlegar.

“It looks like there was a group of people quadding, and they were racing along, one in front of the other,” said Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Deb Postnikoff.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Aug 22 2011

Opposition leader Jack Layton died Monday morning at his home.

The Layton family announced the sudden passing in a statement.

Layton had been battling cancer and recently stepped down as federal NDP leader. He, however, had hoped this would be a short time away from politics, optimistic to return when Parliament resumed next month.

"We deeply regret to inform you that the Honourable Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, passed away at 4:45 am today," the statement said.

By Nelson Daily Sports on Sunday Aug 21 2011

It’s nice to have home court advantage for once.

And Zone 6 West Kootenay/Boundary took full advantage of the home cooking to score its best result ever, finishing second overall at the 2011 West Kootenay B.C. Senior Games Saturday.

The provincial event was hosted jointly Castlegar, Trail and Nelson.

By Nelson Daily Sports on Wednesday Aug 17 2011

Day One of the 2011 West Kootenay B.C.  Senior Games and, by all accounts, the provincial event couldn’t be better.

Weather, how could that better?

The games, with organizing like this, well, once again, how could that be better?

And the competition, well in the thick of battle everyone wants to come out on top.

However, sportsmanship was at its best.

Trail and Castlegar kicked off the games competition with a host of events.

Haley Park in Warfield was a beehive of activity as track and field captured center stage.

By Contributor on Wednesday Aug 17 2011

A former New Denver Mountie has been charged with the second-degree murder of his common-law wife.

Keith Gregory Wiens, who worked in the New Denver detachment of the RCMP, was arrested Tuesday after police were called to a home in a gated adult community.

Wiens was charged after the Aug. 16 shooting death of his 55-year-old wife at their Pentiction home.

Penticton RCMP are continuing the investigation and have not released the victim’s name. An autopsy was conducted in Penticton Wednesday.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Saturday Aug 13 2011

The B.C. Coroners Service announced Friday that a public inquest will be held into the death of Sheilah Sweatman, a 29-year-old search-and-rescue (SAR) volunteer from Ymir who drowned while on duty July 29.

Presiding coroner Mark Coleman and a jury will hear evidence from subpoenaed witnesses to establish the facts surrounding Sweatman’s death.

The jury will then make a series of recommendations to help prevent deaths in similar situations in the future.

The inquest is a result of an incident that happened on the afternoon of June 29.

By Mona Mattei on Thursday Aug 11 2011
Millions of moths infesting the forests in the Boundary region could threaten key lumber sources for the area.
The Western Spruce Budworm has made areas of the Boundary and Okanagan regions home for many years, but a current population explosion could be the largest ever seen in the area, reaching as far as the West Kootenays.
By Mona Mattei on Thursday Aug 11 2011

 As I stood alongside search teams on the 68 Street Bridge Sunday night looking into the waters of the Kettle River for signs of a missing river rafter, I reflected on my afternoon’s float down the Granby. It was an eery reminder that what is regular fun for locals and visitors alike can so easily turn into tragedy.

In talking about the tragic death of Wade Brunelle, the search and rescue teams commented that it is fairly common to see at least one death every year, and last year there were three.