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Sentence handed down for 'bear dude'

Allen Piche talks with his friend Fierce Heart; Photo, Mona Mattei

Allen Piche, known as the bear dude of Christina Lake, was fined $6000 today for feeding up to 24 black bears on his property over the past 15 years.

Judge Ronald Fabbro gave his decision in Grand Forks court Thursday, May 24 in Piche’s case which was delayed since December of last year. In his statement Fabbro told Piche that his actions were “foolish” and he considered bear feeding a flight of fancy. Fabbro’s decision was to fine Piche $3500 for the first count and $2500 for the second charge.

Smash-and-grab at local liquor store

A smash-and-grab theft at local liquor store Wednesday morning has RCMP asking the public to come forward with any information they may have, according to Cpl. Dan Pollock.

"Castlegar RCMP received a complaint of a break-and-enter to the Castlerock Liquor Store located at 1101 4 Street," he said. "Overnight, unknown culprits threw rocks through the business windows to gain entry to the business."

Pollock said it wasn't a particularly high-tech theft, as the thieves stole only two Texas Mickeys worth about $100 each, despite all the expensive merchandise within the store.

Motorcyclist sent to hospital after crash on 'Million Dollar Alley'

Yet another motor vehicle accident on Columbia Avenue in front of the Brick has sent a motorcyclist to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries this morning.

"An elderly man was driving a minivan southbound along Columbia in the lefthand lane," said Castlegar RCMP Const. Kyle Plotnikoff, noting the crash happened at roughly 8:50 a.m. "He was turning left onto Wade Road when a northbound motorcycle struck the rear passenger tire and bumper (of the minivan)."

Plotnikoff was careful to underline that police have not yet determined who was at fault in the collision.

Third annual Nature Fest in Castlegar this weekend

Looking for something to do on your May long weekend? Come down to Millennium Park in Castlegar (110 5th St) and enjoy the Third Annual Castlegar Garden and Nature Fest taking place on Saturday May 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In addition to the park’s winding walkways, native plants and a scenic river views, you can enjoy all our festival has to offer: plants and garden art, information booths showcasing local community organizations, great food and an ideal environment to sit, relax and enjoy the day.

DriveBC now offering webcam views of Kootenay Lake ferries

Cameras show the lineup at the Balfour Ferry Terminal.

The first of 30 new webcams to be installed this year on the DriveBC network are now live, giving motorists a real-time view of traffic queues, weather and road conditions at the Kootenay Lake ferry terminals.

DriveBC web cameras are now live at:

* The Balfour ferry terminal, 35 km east of Nelson, looking north toward Highway 3A:

Working together to prevent the spread of invasive plants

Invasive plants like this purple loosestrife can spread rapidly and cause significant impacts.

Many people recognize that invasive plants are a concern in the Central Kootenay but the question is “where do we begin?” The Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee (CKIPC) is attempting to answer that question through a strategic planning process.

Land managers from non-profit societies, government agencies, utility companies, consulting firms and others met in Trail recently to discuss the issue of invasive plants and come up with a coordinated approach to management.

Three new directors join CBT board

Gord DeRosa is one of three new members of CBT's board of directors.

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) welcomes three new members to its board this year and would like to also recognize the continued contribution of nine of its current members.

The new directors, who are appointed for a two-year term, are:
* Andru McCracken from Valemount;
* David Raven from Revelstoke; and
* Gord DeRosa from Trail.

US Border Patrol arrests two Canadians with 80 pounds of cocaine near Metaline Falls

Two Canadians and and a Mexican national have been arrested after CBP Spokane Sector Border Patrol agents seized approximately 80 pounds of cocaine last week near Metaline Falls, Washington.

CBP estimates value of the cocaine is $801,020.

“This seizure and arrests are a direct result of the coordinated efforts between our CBP Border Patrol Agents and Air Interdiction Agents in support of our national security mission", said Gloria Chavez, Chief of the Spokane Border Patrol Sector.

End prohibition of marijuana, say B.C. mayors

Tax and regulate say B.C. mayors calling for the end of prohibition of marijuana to lower violence in their communities.

Grand Forks mayor Brian Taylor joined his voice to the call that came out last week from the eight mayors of Vancouver, Burnaby, North Vancouver City, Vernon, Armstrong, Enderby, Lake Country and Metchosin. The joint letter from the mayors called on leaders at all levels of government to take responsibility for marijuana policy, end prohibition and tax the drug.