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By Mona Mattei on Friday Jul 06 2012

Proposed environmental and safety precautions are not enough for residents along the Granby River north of Grand Forks to believe that a granite mine, whose products are heading to China, should proceed.

By Contributor on Thursday Jul 05 2012

Work is continuing following sloughing and seepage issues at the tailings pond on the old HB Mine site near the Village of Salmo. The tailings pond is owned by the Regional District of Central Kootenay as part of their central landfill area.

Heavy rainfall, particularly Tuesday, and inflow from creeks and streams caused sloughing and ongoing seepage to the dam structure and road surface. The problems were identified as part of a regular monthly inspection of the dam.

By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Jul 05 2012

Five spot fires in brush in Fairview and Genelle saw fire crews dispatched this afternoon from The Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue (KBRFR) and the Castlegar Fire Department at about 3 p.m. today (Thursday).

Firefighter Kyle Boutin, speaking on behalf of Fire Chief Terry Martin, said the spot fires were started by sparks thrown by a train, and are now in the clean-up stage, with no one injured and no damage to homes or other structures.

Traffic along Highway 3 was not impacted, except as emergency vehicles drove to the scene.

By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Jul 05 2012

Police are reporting … well, not much of anything, after inclement weather washed out most of the activity normally expected during the summer’s first long weekend.

Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Deb Postnikoff said people were out and about, and roadblocks saw a great deal of activity, but otherwise there wasn’t a ton of stuff going on.

“Between June 28 and July 2, we issued nine violation tickets, one 12-hour suspension, one three-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP), four 90-day IRPs (which are the result of blowing a ‘fail’ on the breathalyzer), and two 24-hour suspensions.”

By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Jul 05 2012

Meet little How-Cute-Am-I, a baby alpaca who was born in a vicious thunderstorm and still doesn't have a name of her own.

This baby's soon to become the best-adored face of our local exhibition society, which puts on the Bule Grass Jamborie as well as the Pass Creek Fall fair, not to mention hosting a variety of events at the exhibition grounds ranging from Relay for Life to dog agility contests to events in last year's BC Summer Games.

By Erin Perkins on Wednesday Jul 04 2012

A logging truck sideswiped a minivan after losing control on the slush that covered Highway 3 around the Mud Lake area – just east of the Paulson Bridge – at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3.

 “That was ugly weather,” said Trail RCMP sergeant Rob Hawthon. “(The bad weather) was not unusual but not to that extent. You’re at a pretty good altitude (around Paulson) and can expect dramatic weather changes.”

The roads were so bad that the RCMP officer who was going to the accident had to slow down to 30 km an hour, said Hawthon.

By Christine Esovoloff on Wednesday Jul 04 2012

Technology rocks.

Just look at all of wonderful things it has brought into our lives … I can sit here on my couch with my coffee and my mini laptop and send this to my editor within seconds of finishing. I can listen to 800 different songs on something that’s smaller than a box of tic tacs. I can tweet, google, facebook, text, blog, email, skype, youtube, watch the news, movies, and all my favorite shows from a tiny handheld device.

By Contributor on Tuesday Jul 03 2012

A new state of emergency has been declared in the area, this time by regional district Area G, according to emergency centre public information officer Bill Macpherson:

"Heavy localized rainfall today continues to create problems for numerous areas within the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK).

By Erin Perkins on Monday Jul 02 2012

Six local Christina Lake Golf Club members are set to golf alongside 66 other competitors from across the province during the 2012 British Columbia Women’s Amateur/Mid-Amateur Championships, July 3-6.

Round one tee time starts at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, July 3) and at regular intervals all morning long as the top women golfers test their skills at the 18-hole, par 72, 6,189 yardgolf course known for its black sand traps.

By Mona Mattei on Sunday Jul 01 2012

My craving for a great science fiction / alien thriller was thoroughly satiated this weekend after an intense ride with director Ridley Scott aboard the spaceship Prometheus.

Scott's classic original Alien set the bar high for every alien from space film for the past   three decades. As a co-owner of the Alien trilogy, I have to agree with my passionate (about the Alien films) husband that Scott’s film was undoubtedly one of the best. But to go to this movie comparing the two would be stepping into a great story on the wrong foot.