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Accident near Fairview sends six to hospital

Accident near Fairview sends six to hospital

A motor vehicle incident Saturday night/Sunday morning ended far better than it could have, with six people being transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Castlegar RCMP received the call at roughly 1:45 a.m. on Sunday, and members attended at Highway 22 near Fairview, where a car had gone off the road and over an embankment, striking several trees and a telephone pole.

Two of the passengers were able to get out of the vehicle, but four had to be extricated using the Jaws of Life.

Fire in Deer Park destroys home, threatens to require area evacuation

Fire in Deer Park destroys home, threatens to require area evacuation

Sad news coming out of Deer Park this week – an elderly couple has lost their home and belongings after a chimney fire blazed out of control and burned their house to the ground.

Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Debbie Postnikoff said the call came in at 10:41 p.m. on April 12.

“Members were dispatched but, as it happens, Deer Park is out of the fire protection area, so fire crews did not attend,” Postnikoff explained. “When members arrived, the house was fully engulfed in flames.”

Two files: Trail cops win, but need assistance

Two files: Trail cops win, but need assistance

Trail police are both celebrating a win and asking for help after two unrelated cases they investigated this week, according to RCMP Cpl. Darryl Orr.

“On April 16, the Trail and Greater District RCMP executed a search warrant issued under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act at a rural Fruitvale residence,” Orr said. “One male was arrested relating to this investigation and charges of Possession of Marihuana for the Purpose of Trafficking and Production of Marihuana will be recommended by police.”

Orr said it was a significant grow-op.

China's Disastrous Air Pollution is a Lesson for us All

Photo from David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki

Beijing’s 21-million residents live in a toxic fog of particulate matter, ozone, sulphur dioxide, mercury, cadmium, lead and other contaminants, mainly caused by factories and coal burning. Schools and workplaces regularly shut down when pollution exceeds hazardous levels. People have exchanged paper and cotton masks for more elaborate, filtered respirators. Cancer has become the leading cause of death in the city and throughout the country.

West Kootenay Trade Show a sell-out

West Kootenay Trade Show a sell-out

The forecast for this weekend in Castlegar holds not just sunny skies and balmy weather, but also fun and excitement with this year’s newly-expanded West Kootenay Trade Show at the Complex.

Chamber of Commerce executive director Tammy Verigin-Burk says every single one of the more-than 130 vendor booths is sold out, with an outrageous range of goods and services to check out, as well as an outdoor food court, entertainment, draws, prizes, and more.

Clothesline project to raise awareness about domestic violence

Clothesline project to raise awareness about domestic violence

The Clothesline Project happening on April 22, 2015 is recognizing the Violence against women week and the victims of crime awareness week.

Castlegar & District Community Services Society would like to invite you in the dialogue about these important issues which could impact anyone.

Digging up dirt on Bike Park plan

Digging up dirt on Bike Park plan

The organizers of an incredibly ambitious plan to bring recreation and tourism to Castlegar are asking you to throw dirt at them.

Well, not at them, per se, but they do want your dirt, to help build up what they intend will become one of the largest bike parks in the West Kootenay region.

LETTER: Local man raising funds/awareness for Parkinson's Disease

Todd Wallace (left) accepts donation from Norm, of Enormous Productions, at last year's Parkinson's fundraiser.

April is Parkinson's Awareness month. I would like to share my story with you to hopefully help someone understand Parkinson's disease.

In April/May 2013 noticed a couple of things with my left arm/hand. I noticed my left arm didn't swing like normal when I walked. Also I found it took me a long time to get stuff (ball markers for golf) out of my left pocket (slower than normal). I decided I would go to my family doctor (in June), she suspected I may have Parkinson's disease.

Local artist makes short list in CBC music contest

Local artist makes short list in CBC music contest

Big news! You may know her as Christina Amelio, vocal coach at SuperCat Studios here in town, but soon you’ll know her like the rest of the country, as singing sensation Nina Amelio.

Amelio, 25, has now made it past the first round in CBC’s Searchlight competition, billed as a venue to find Canada’s next greatest musical artist – and now voting has resumed for the semi-finalists (the top 20 in the region). Voting closes April 20, so there’s not much time to show your support for Castlegar talent.

Salmo RCMP looking for owner of double hull pontoon fishing boat

A double hull pontoon fishing boat, looking similar to the photo, was found on Highway 3 near Salmo.

Salmo RCMP is looking for the owner of a double hull pontoon fishing boat which was found on Highway 3 near the intersection of Highway 3 and Highway 3B.

The boat appears to have fallen off the roof of a travelling vehicle.

If anyone has information on the owner, they are asked to please contact the Salmo RCMP with full description and hull number to claim.

Salmo RCMP phone number 250-357-2212.

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