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OP/ED: Open letter to residents from aunt of woman killed in Saturday's accident

OP/ED: Open letter to residents from aunt of woman killed in Saturday's accident

Dear Readers,

This is a message from the aunt of the beautiful girl who was in the fatal April 20 accident in Castlegar.

I would like you to read this, and have it in your mind the next time (God forbid) something of this nature happens.

Facebook is an amazing site, that can be used in so many brilliant ways. That being said, it can also be used to devastate people. I understand that after learning the name of someone that's life has been taken-it's natural to post status updates, and comments. It's how a lot of people deal with their grief.

UPDATED: Police issue release re: fatal accident at Pass Creek

UPDATED: Police issue release re: fatal accident at Pass Creek

Ed. Note: the following is a press release issued by West Kootenay Traffic Services Cpl. John Ferguson:

Prolific gas thieves frustrate police/residents

Prolific gas thieves frustrate police/residents

A rash of gas thefts throughout town have residents frustrated and police asking the public to keep a sharp eye out for suspicious behaviour.

Castlegar top cop Sgt. Laurel Mathew said there have been seven calls since Monday (one of which was regarding a weekend incident) from residents who have had gas siphoned from their vehicles – mostly cars/trucks, but even one rototiller was, “sucked dry”.

30-Something Scribbles: Thrown to the wolves ...

30-Something Scribbles: Thrown to the wolves ...

I came across an old Cherokee story last night about a grandfather telling his grandson about a battle going on inside of him. It is between two wolves, one that is good and represents kindness, love, and truth, and the other that is evil and stands for resentment, hate, and lies. The little boy, engrossed in his grandfather’s story, asks which wolf will win the battle; to which his grandpa replies, “Whichever one I feed.”

First of all, how awesome is that story?! I immediately shared it with my family and we all discussed how we felt it could relate to us.

Highway 3 closed for hours after truck flips

Semi-trailer rests on its side after spilling its load of lumber across highway 3 near Greenwood; Photo, Mona Mattei

A fully loaded semi-trailer flipped on Highway 3 spilling its load of lumber and closing the road to all traffic for over three hours.

Shortly before 3:00 p.m. today the truck, swerving to miss a female dog crossing the highway with her puppies, flipped and landed on its side across the highway about 10 kilometers east of Greenwood.

Witness Bill Kitchen, a trucker based in Rock Creek, said he was on the scene just minutes after the accident. The driver, a lone male, was taken to hospital although his injuries did not appear to be life threatening, Kitchen said.

Trail man to face trafficking charges

Trail man to face trafficking charges

A Trail man will be facing charges for trafficking cocaine, according to Crime Reduction Unit Cpl. Darryl Orr.

"On April 13 at 2:30 a.m., members of the Trail Crime Reduction Unit arrested a 32-year-old male for Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act," he said.

"The male was stopped in a vehicle by Crime Reduction Unit members shortly after leaving a local bar. Approximately four grams of Cocaine and $490 in cash was seized during the suspect’s arrest."

Compleat Washtub Bass--Straight from the heart of the Mountain Kingdom

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Since 1965 I have found pleasure plucking the gut string on my washtub bass. I have given hundreds of brief lessons to people and several extensive workshops to large groups. I am pleased to announce the completion of my comprehensive two part washtub bass instructional video, "Compleat Washtub Bass". You can find it on YouTube under either 

BC Coroners Service identifies woman who died falling into pond near Kimberley golf course

BC Coroners Service identifies woman who died falling into pond near Kimberley golf course

BC Coroners Service has confirmed a woman died after falling into a golf course pond near Kimberley as Deborah Marie Blais.

Blais, 55, was reported her missing to Kimberley RCMP by her family just before 6 p.m. Sunday. She had taken her dog for a walk along pathways at a local golf course.

Family members later found the dog.

Kimberley Search and Rescue was called in to assist with the search.

RCMP said it became evident that Blais may have fallen into a retention pond.

The dive team found the body Monday.

Environmental projects receive support from CBT

he Kootenay Community Bat Project is one of 36 projects receiving support through Columbia Basin Trust's Environmental Initiativ

Thirty-six projects striving to help maintain or enhance environmental conditions and environmental education in and around their communities will be receiving over $1 million in support from Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) through its Environmental Initiatives Program (EIP).

"These projects will have positive effects on the Basin environment through both direct action and education," said Sabrina Curtis, CBT Director, Sector Initiatives, "helping reduce the impacts people have on our region's aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems."

Out of Left Field: She promises gluten-free recipes, then just yatters on and on ....

Out of Left Field: She promises gluten-free recipes, then just yatters on and on ....

I'm sorry I didn't get this posted in time to make Sunday dinner – I'll aim to post Sunday mornings from now on, but ...well, it's Sunday morning, so don't watch the clock. Cartoons end when they end, man.

The reason for my tardiness is that I couldn't settle on a recipe – I kept deciding on one, then thinking of another and changing my mind, then remembering that rib recipe that was so fabulous, then ...

Finally, I settled on starting off with some tips and tricks to making the diet easier, with recipes to follow.