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By Castlegar Source on Tuesday Mar 27 2012

A 22-year-old Castlegar man, David Halvorsen, pled guilty to several offences stemming from the robbery at Paragon on March 23, and was sentenced to two years in jail, according to Castlegar RCMp Sgt. Laurel Mathew.

"He was also given three years of probation following that sentence, and given a ten-year firearms prohibition," she added. "The convictions include: robbery, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and disguised with intent."

The following is The Source's original coverage of the crime:

By Contributor on Monday Mar 26 2012

Registrations are currently being accepted for artists/venues in the Columbia Basin to participate in the Columbia Basin Culture Tour (CBCT). The CBCT is a two day celebration of culture taking place August 11-12, 2012 from 10 am to 5 pm.

By Mona Mattei on Sunday Mar 25 2012

After four years of hard work and advocacy funding is finally in place for the construction of a mobile abattoir for the Boundary region.

The realization of years of work for volunteers committed to reviving the flagging meat production in the East Boundary area, the project’s final piece in the funding puzzle fell into place as Western Economic Diversification Canada agreed to contribute $240,000.

By Castlegar Source on Thursday Mar 22 2012

The RCMP has confirmed the identity of the two people who were buried and killed in an avalanche near Nelson March 21: Katie Aring, a 32-year-old Salt Lake City woman and Ryan Keene, a 31-year-old man from London, England.

The RCMP has completed next of kin notifications with the families.

By Erin Perkins on Thursday Mar 22 2012

Local country singer Amanda Thate needs your vote by Friday, March 30 to be the opening act in the Merrit Mountain Music Festival this summer.

Thate, a Grand Forks graduate of 2011 who is now earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work at University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, has a noteworthy music career that's more mature than the 18 years she's had on this earth.

By Erin Perkins on Wednesday Mar 21 2012

A request for bail was adjourned pending a psychiatric assessment for accused arsonist, Christopher James Cusack.

Cusack, a 47 year-old Grand Forks resident, appeared in the Grand Forks courthouse yesterday, Tuesday, March 20.

He faces two counts of arson endangering life in connection with the fires at the Grand Forks Hotel and the Winnipeg Hotel on March 7 and could be sentenced a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Cusack has been in custody since Grand Forks RCMP apprehended him only hours after the fires were reported in the early morning hours of March 7.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Mar 20 2012

The wheels are now in motion for the Kootenay Co-op to move to the other end of Baker Street in Nelson after a special resolution to purchase the Extra Foods building was overwhelmingly approved.

During a special general meeting Monday at the Best Western Baker Street Inn, that attracted more than 100 members, the resolution — that the Cooperative invest over 75% of its financial reserves for the sole purpose of acquiring and developing the property described as 708 Vernon Street, Nelson, British Columbia — was approved by 119 for to six against.

By Mona Mattei on Sunday Mar 18 2012

Most days citizens of a city don’t give a second thought to taking a drink of water from their taps. They trust that their city’s staff have done their jobs to ensure safe, quality water is there for everyone.

But what happens when something is not quite right? Last week Bruce Davidson, a local from Walkerton, Ontario, told an audience of 75 in Grand Forks just what it is like when something goes horribly wrong.

By Kyra Hoggan on Friday Mar 16 2012

A meeting between Castlegar representatives and BC Health Minister Mike de Jong is creating conflict between Castlegar and Trail city councillors.

Castlegar councillors Kevin Chernoff and Russ Hearne, along with city manager John Malcolm, met with de Jong March 1 to discuss a variety of issues – including the possibility of a new regional hospital.

By Boundary Sentinel on Thursday Mar 15 2012

The Kettle River remains high on B.C.'s endangered rivers list at number four as a remote wilderness landscape widely known as “the Sacred Headwaters”, and the Kokish River on Vancouver Island have jointly topped British Columbia’s most endangered rivers list for 2012.

The Kettle has topped the list, developed by the Outdoor Recreation Council of B.C., for two years with the low water levels and fears for fish habitat.