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By Gerry Foster on Friday Aug 24 2012

Over the long history of Grand Forks International (GFI) baseball thousands of players from North America and beyond have displayed their talents at James Donaldson Park before thousands of fans.

Hundreds of these athletes have been drafted and signed by Major League organizations. Close to forty have made it to the ‘Big Show’ but many who didn’t take that final step to fulfill their dream of playing in the Majors experienced many years of professional baseball before being released.

By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Aug 23 2012

Over 150 Canadian and US battle engineers are pulling out of Trail and Castlegar after Wednesday’s traditional close-of-exercise pig roast, according to Canadian Forces Major Dan Thomas, at the end of EXERCISE KOOTENAY CASTOR, a joint training exercise with combat engineers from Washington and Trail, Chilliwack and Vancouver.

Thomas said the two-week exercise was “hugely successful”, and that he hopes an incident on the Lower Arrow Lake at around noon on Monday doesn’t mar the memory of an otherwise brilliantly-planned, neatly-executed and significantly productive event.

By Castlegar Source on Thursday Aug 23 2012


A 27-year-old Calgary man is facing  charges stemming from an incident which occurred in Robson on Aug. 18, according to RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew.

"Castlegar RCMP received a call of a suspicious vehicle parked in the Lion's Head Pub parking lot," she said. "The vehicle had been parked there over night and was covered in tarps."

Mathew said it appeared the man had been sleeping in his car, and the tarps were apparently for shade.

By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Aug 23 2012

Bar a blaze that destroyed a Genelle home and injured a firefighter (see:, the tri-city area remains relatively unscathed during a hot, dry fire season this year, even though several smaller fires have started this past week - including one at the Zellstoff Celgar pulp mill.

By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Aug 23 2012

A firefighter is coping with non-life-threatening injuries and a family with the loss of their home after a blaze in the China Creek portion of Genelle this morning.

Kootenay Boundary Fire Rescue Cpt. Jason Milne said Trail was dispatched to a residential home in Genelle for the smell of smoke at 5 a.m.

"Once (we were) on scene, heavy smoke could be observed venting from roof," he said. "Soon after, it was confirmed that the attic space was completely engulfed in fire.

By Mona Mattei on Tuesday Aug 21 2012

Grand Forks city council voted a resounding “no” to the idea of supporting the regulation and taxation of marijuana last night.

As a follow up to previous conversations at the council table about the Stop the Violence BC campaign, started by a group of B.C. mayors and law enforcement authorities to pressure provincial and federal governments to decriminalize, regulate and tax the widely used drug, Mayor Brian Taylor put the topic forward once again for a decision.

By Mona Mattei on Sunday Aug 19 2012

The Grand Forks airport is rated as one of the best in the Southern Interior of B.C. so volunteers are inviting the community to celebrate with them at the airport appreciation day next Saturday.

The Grand Forks Flying Association is hosting this celebration of transportation. The day’s events including: fly-in, car and bike show, pancake breakfast, flying demonstrations and a skydiving company will be attending.

By Gerry Foster on Sunday Aug 19 2012

In most sports a good official is considered one who is not noticed by the spectators; who remains in the shadow of the players. The umpiring crew at the 2012 event in Grand Forks, put together by Crew Chief Steve Boutang, calls for recognition.

By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Aug 16 2012

Police are recommending assault charges against a Castlegar man after he allegedly assaulted Castlegar Fire Chief Gerry Rempel last night.

Rempel says he answered a call just before 9 p.m., in which a resident (whose name will not be released until/unless the Crown files formal charges) had a fire that was too large to be legal.

By Mona Mattei on Tuesday Aug 14 2012

The Grand Forks valley has been waking up to intense levels of smoke over the past week. The good news is there are no local fires, but the bad news is the poor air quality is from ongoing fires in Russia.