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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.

By Erin Perkins on Friday Mar 09 2012

Grand Forks resident, Christopher James Cusack, 47, has been charged with two counts of arson endangering life in connection with the fires at the Grand Forks Hotel and the Winnipeg Hotel in the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 7.

Within two hours of the fires being reported, Grand Forks RCMP had Cusack in custody and by 8 p.m. that same night he had been formally charged.

"We were pretty quick with that one," said Grand Forks RCMP Staff Sergeant Jim Harrison.

By Erin Perkins on Wednesday Mar 07 2012

Imagine living somewhere that embodied a sense of community usually found only in rural Canada.

That's what cohousing can be, and is, for the growing number of people beginning to buy into this trendy concept.

Stuart McKinnon and Wolf Willow from the Middle Road Cohousing Community in Nelson, B.C. made a presentation about cohousing to more than 20 people in Grand Forks, Saturday, March 3 at the Anglican Church hall.

By Mona Mattei on Wednesday Mar 07 2012

Grand Forks RCMP have a suspect in custody for arson as another heritage landmark, the Grand Forks Hotel built in 1909, burnt to the ground last night.

"Given the suspicious circumstances of the fires we are not releasing anything about the suspect at this time," said Grand Forks RCMP Staff Sergeant Jim Harrison.

At about 3:30 a.m. Grand Forks fire chief Dale Heriot and his crew responded to a call on a fire at the Winnipeg Hotel.

By Erin Perkins on Wednesday Feb 29 2012

Not only is Justin Hines a world-class Canadian singer and song writer, he has a unique connection to Grand Forks -- his wife Savanna is from here.

This special connection is giving our small town a very unusual opportunity to see such a famous and inspiring performer up close and personal.

Fans of folk-pop, inspirational and uplifting style music won't want to miss Justin Hines Back at the Forks! on Friday, March 9 at 7 p.m. in the Grand Forks Secondary School Auditorium.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Feb 28 2012

RCMP in Castlegar is conducting a full investigation into a damaged Fortis BC fiber optics cable on right-a-way near a substation next to the Tarry’s Fire Hall across from Kalesnikoff Lumber at 2103 Highway 3A.

Sometime in the past few days a coiled fiber optics cable attached to the side off of a power pole had come loose probably during a recent windstorm.

Early Monday morning a person, possibly looking for copper, cut the hanging cable knocking out the communications at the Fortis BC System Control Centre.