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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.

By Contributor on Monday Aug 13 2012

Shambhala Music Festival is sad to inform the passing of one of our patrons in the early hours of Sunday, Aug. 12.

At approximately 5:20 a.m., a patron collapsed in the food court. Several patrons in the area quickly notified first aid services. First responders rushed to the scene and at that time found him unconscious, non-responsive but breathing.

He was quickly transported to our on site medical center where he received a high level of emergency medical treatment from a doctor, a registered nurse, paramedics and several first aid attendants.

By Kyra Hoggan on Monday Aug 13 2012
Sunday morning (Aug. 12), Trail RCMP Detachment were contacted by the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail.
Mitchell Joseph Fleischacker of Sidney was transported from the Shambhala Music Festival near Salmo to Trail, according to RCMP Staff Sgt. Dan Seibel.
By Gerry Foster on Thursday Aug 09 2012

The Grand Forks International (GFI) baseball tournament received word on Aug. 2 that the U.S. Military All-Stars will be unable to attend the 2012 Grand Forks International.

Terry Allvord, general manager of the team, said in their announcement, “It is with our deepest regret that we must request to reschedule your event if it falls during the time period 23 August – 15 September, due to global events, player availability and circumstances beyond our control.”

This not only affects the GFI but other teams, events and communities who were also scheduled to host the team.

By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Aug 09 2012

One hundred and fifty soldiers from BC and Washington are about to invade the tri-city area … not with hostile intent, but rather for an ambitious training exercise to run for the two weeks between Aug. 10 and 24.

Castlegar’s own Sgt. Bart Fyffe, 32 and an Afghanistan veteran, has taken the lead in designing the training to take place, which will include demolitions work (yup, blowing stuff up) at the Stoney Creek Range, and floating bridge exercises on the Columbia River starting up near Syringa.

By Christine Esovoloff on Thursday Aug 09 2012

I’ve been toying around with the idea of writing about gingerism for a while now. You know, the awesomeness of being a ginger. I’ve been a ginger my whole life, no kidding. I came into the world with a flaming red melon – none of this strawberry blonde stuff for me. And I didn’t always appreciate being a carrot-top. (By way, to all of you nimrods who called me that in grade school, carrot tops are actually green. Do your research, sheesh!)

By Contributor on Wednesday Aug 08 2012

Selkirk College has brought together three program areas that reflect different aspects of the arts.  The new School of the Arts includes Digital Arts and New Media, Contemporary Music and Technology, and Craft programming that was previously under Kootenay School of the Arts. Leadership for the School of the Arts will come from School Chair Jason Taylor, and Kate Pelletier, Dean of Instruction for all Nelson campuses.

By Erin Perkins on Wednesday Aug 08 2012

George Dore's ethical, innovative and insightful woodlot management style has earned him the top provincial Minister's Award of Excellence for Woodlot Management for the second time.

"It's humbling to get it a second time," said Dore, who also took home the prestigious award in 2003.

The Rock Creek resident, now 65, manages 600 hectares, or 1,500 acres in Christian Valley. He's been managing the woodlot since 1989.

By Castlegar Source on Wednesday Aug 08 2012

It was a busy weekend for Castlegar cops – including some serious gardening issues.

Castlegar RCMP Cpl Debbie Postnikoff said police responded to 70 calls for service over the second long weekend of summer.