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By Chris Stevenson on Sunday Jun 24 2012

Local governments and the public have until the end of this month to come up with a plan to preserve Marshall Lake.

That’s all the time the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO) will allow for a decision to be made on whether or not the city, regional district or the public are willing and able to take over responsibility for the dam.

If no one steps up, the dam will be decommissioned by the end of this year, and the lake will shrink to less than half its current size.

By Contributor on Friday Jun 22 2012
Ed Note: the following is a press release issued by Castlegar RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew:
Charges have now been filed in the Mohawk robbery incident which occurred on Feb 27, 2011. 
Robert Leggett, 40, of Trail, has been charged with Robbery, and Disguising Face with Intent to Commit an Indictable offence. Leggett appeared in Nelson court on June 19, and was released from custody on an undertaking given to a judge.
By Contributor on Thursday Jun 21 2012

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a woman whose body was found floating in Okanagan Lake near Kelowna on June 19.

She is Melissa Joy Van Diemen, aged 34, originally from Grand Forks, but most recently living in Kelowna.

Ms. Van Diemen was last seen swimming in Okanagan Lake behind City Park on June 13.

The BC Coroners Service and RCMP are continuing to investigate Ms. Van Diemen’s death. At this point, it does not appear to be suspicious.

By Erin Perkins on Thursday Jun 21 2012

Ian Jason Peregoodoff, 43 of Grand Forks, has been charged with two counts of arson and damage to private property and two counts of mischief after allegedly bottle bombing the Midway RCMP Detachment and police vehicle on Monday, June 18.

Peregoodoff remains in police custody appeared in the Nelson provincial court on Wednesday, June 20 and the matter has been set over to July 17 in Grand Forks.

Wife of “Bear Dude” trial set for July 17

The wife of Christina Lake “Bear Dude” Allen Piche will have her day in court, July 17.

By Christine Esovoloff on Thursday Jun 21 2012

One of my good friends is turning 30 this month, so I thought I would dedicate this column to her and lay out certain things that she can expect this coming year.

I have been 30 for a total of eight months now, so I thought it was only right for me to share my wisdom on the subject.

Now before all of you 40-, 50-, or 60-somethings and beyond start rolling your eyes at me, may I remind you that you once celebrated this grand milestone too, and it’s BIG. Thirty changes things, you can’t deny it. So just humour me and read.

By Kyra Hoggan on Thursday Jun 21 2012

Castlegar mayor Lawrence Chernoff said letters are coming in fast and furious from across the region in support of the West Kootenay Regional Airport's bid to entice WestJet to Castlegar … with some glaring omissions.

By Contributor on Thursday Jun 21 2012

Ed Note: The following is a press release issued by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure: This summer, key sections of provincial highway and local side roads in the West Kootenay region will be resurfaced to improve safety and travel for local residents, tourists and commercial vehicles.

By Contributor on Wednesday Jun 20 2012

By: Bill Bourgeois

In the past two decades, British Columbians have witnessed two starkly different approaches to managing the province’s forest resources.

Following the so-called “war in the woods” in the early 1990s, the Provincial Government responded with a series of initiatives emphasizing land-use planning, greater public involvement in forest management decisions and increased public investments in the forests.

By Erin Perkins on Monday Jun 18 2012

A 43 year-old man from Grand Forks is in custody after the Midway RCMP detachment and police cruiser was damaged by a flaming bottle bomb at 12:10 a.m. on Monday, June 18.

An RCMP officer was startled during the night shift when he saw a bright flash outside the window of the detachment, said Grand Forks RCMP staff sergeant Jim Harrison.

According to a RCMP press release, the officer heard "a loud noise and saw a bright flash where something appeared to have hit the office window".

By Castlegar Source on Monday Jun 18 2012

A Trail man is facing five criminal charges stemming from a recent shoplifting/resisting arrest incident in Castlegar, according to Castlegar RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew.

“On June 15, RCMP received a report that an adult male had stolen a bottle of liquor from the Uptown Liquor Store,” she said. “The suspect was not identified or located at that time.”

On June 16, she continued, at roughly 11:05 a.m., Castlegar RCMP received a tip that the suspect from the day before was now at Shopper's Drug Mart in Castlegar.