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By Erin Perkins on Monday Jul 23 2012

A new provincial regulation aimed at stopping copper thieves in their tracks has scrap metal dealers doubtful.

The new law came into effect yesterday, Monday, July 23, requiring the more than 60 BC scrap metal dealers to ask for and record the identification of anyone selling high-value metals like copper to them.

That information is then sent to the local RCMP detachment daily for review. If the dealer does not comply, they could face up to $100,000 in fines and up to six months imprisonment.

By Kyra Hoggan on Saturday Jul 21 2012

A man was pulled out of raging Columbia River currents Saturday evening after the Trail fire department was notified someone had been swept away by the current.

Cpt. Jason Milne says the call came in at 7:48 p.m., and a heart-stopping 40 minutes ensued before the man, who remains unidentified, was brought to safety.

"We're still not exactly sure who he is or how and why he ended up in the river," he said. "We dispatched our river rescue boat and river rescue team. We missed him on the initial search, which is a fast one.

By Mona Mattei on Friday Jul 20 2012


Christina Lake is mourning one of its children after trees toppled by near gale-force winds crushed a cabin at the local summer camp. 

The 11-year-old boy has not been identified and the details of his injuries are not yet available pending notification of next of kin, explained Sgt Dan Seibel of the Kootenay Boundary Regional RCMP detachment.

Summer fun ended abruptly for 65 children at Pines Bible Camp, about 10 kilometres north of Grand Forks, when the camp, a popular local summer vacation for youth, was hit hard.

By Christine Esovoloff on Thursday Jul 19 2012

It was exactly a year ago that I embarked on my quest for fitness. My goal: to be in the best shape that I had ever been in for my 30th year. I wanted to have endurance, I wanted to have strength, and most of all I wanted to feel good about my body. Before those of you who know me get your feathers all ruffled, let me just say this: thin does not mean fit. I have gotten some serious flack when sharing my work-out plans. I get the whole eye-roll followed by “Pfffft, like you need to exercise. Look at you, you’re tiny!”

By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Jul 19 2012

It is with deep regret that The Source reports the death, Friday night, of 73-year-old Wayne Ackerman. He did not regain consciousness after Tuesday's massive heart attack - but was surrounded by family and friends when he died just before midnight. The family will be holding a celebration of life, and The Source will provide details as soon as arrangements have been finalized.

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By Erin Perkins on Thursday Jul 19 2012

Human waste, unattended fires and toxic litter often accompanies seasonal squatters in the Boundary.

It happens every year -- people who are down on their luck set up house along a river bank or in the bush to save themselves rent and utility costs while the weather is good.

Their activity may seem harmless enough but it is both illegal and environmentally damaging, say local law enforcement officials.

By Mona Mattei on Wednesday Jul 18 2012

A gay couple from Vancouver was awarded over $4500 for discrimination in a  B.C. Human Rights Tribunal decision yesterday after being refused Grand Forks accommodations in 2009.

The decision, by Tribunal member Enid Marion, found that Les and Susan Molnar, operating the Riverbend Bed and Breakfast business at the time, were not complying with B.C. laws when they advised Shaun Eadie and Brian Thomas that they could not accept their reservation for a room.

By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Jul 18 2012

UPDATE: Ashley Patrick Koftinoff, a 37-year-old Castlegar man who suffers from mental illness and was presumed dangerous after failing to return from a one hour pass from Hillside Psychiatric Centre in Kamloops, has been found safe and sound.

"He was taken into custody without incident in Invermere," said Castlegar RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew.

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By Kyra Hoggan on Tuesday Jul 17 2012

Highways 3A and 6 at the Playmore junction between Castlegar and Nelson were closed tonight after a car burst into flame.

Crescent Valley fire chief Glenn Leidloff said the incident was totally unrelated to the storms that plagued the area earlier in the day.

"We got the call at roughly 8 p.m., and we were already at the hall for a ceremony, so our response time was quick," Leidloff said. "But the car was already fully engulfed in flame by the time we arrived."

By Mona Mattei on Monday Jul 16 2012

Large crevices and sinkholes appearing in the Grand Forks slag piles along the Granby river were cause for serious investigation today.

The changes in the slag piles were noted by Pacific Abrasives Ltd. and city crews. 

"If the entire slag pile shifts and lands in the river we could see the Granby running through town on 2nd Street," said mayor Brian Taylor. 

Taking quick action, especially in light of the recent landslides elsewhere in the Kootenays, the city and Pacific Abrasives agreed to shut down operations as a precaution and to wait on a technical opinion.