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BC welcomes out-of-province firefighters

BC welcomes out-of-province firefighters

In preparation to rest crews for mandatory days off and with the forecasted return to hot and dry conditions by this weekend, Wildfire Management Branch welcomed 153 more fire personnel yesterday. One Structural Protection Unit arrives today.

Beaverdell man dies in Hwy crash

Beaverdell man dies in Hwy crash

The Midway RCMP Detachment and West Kootenay Traffic Services responded to a report of a single motorcycle crash on Highway 33, south of Beaverdell.

When the RCMP arrived at the scene, they found a 56-year-old male deceased on site.

According to Sgt. John Ferguson of the West Kootenay Traffic Services,  Beaverdell man and was driving an uninsured Harley Davidson when he lost control of the motorcycle and went onto the shoulder where he was ejected from the bike.

No injuries after Teck incident last night

No injuries after Teck incident last night

While some residents may have been alarmed by an incident at Teck Cominco last night, spokesperson Catherine Adair says there is no cause for concern, despite sirens and what appeared to be smoke coming from the mill.

"Shortly after 9 p..m., the Lead Smelter experienced an unplanned local power outage," Adair said. "This resulted in the venting of some in-process gases from the KIVCET furnace and Slag Fuming Furnaces, which was visible both on site and to the community.

LETTER: Water meter fines too high; more respect for residents needed

LETTER: Water meter fines too high; more respect for residents needed

Dear Mr. Allin and members of the Grand Forks city council,

Concerning the new water metering bylaws now under consideration for first, second and third readings at this evening's meeting (July 21), and for probable adoption on August 18, I understood that these draft bylaws were only available within the Information Package that was prepared for the COTW (Committee of the Whole) meeting held on June 23rd; draft bylaws are not posted on the city's website because they are not yet in force.

COMMENT: Troubled Times

Alex Atamanenko, MP BC Southern Interior . . . convinced that Canada is not acting in a responsible manner on the international stage.

The more I reflect upon our troubled times, the more I am convinced that Canada is not acting in a responsible manner on the international stage.  As Robert Murray, Professor and Columnist for the Frontier Centre for Public Policy stated, “The Harper government has come out with its ‘principled foreign policy’.  Exactly what that principled foreign policy looks like, though, is very short on details but very big on strong, sometimes inflammatory rhetoric”

No campfire ban, at this time, for the Southeast Fire Centre

Campfires are still allowed in the Southeast Fire Centre

Despite a large number of inquiries the Southeast Fire Centre will not be issuing a campfire prohibition at this time.

However, staff will continue to evaluate the situation on a daily basis.

Jordan Turner, Fire Information Officer, said sometimes it is necessary to implement campfire prohibitions to reduce the risk of wildfires.

He said multiple factors determine the timing of such a ban, including weather conditions, local fire activity and whether fire centre staff are encountering widespread non-compliance with campfire regulations.

Hikers discover body of local man

Hikers discover body of local man

Police are not suspecting foul play after hikers discovered the body of a local man near Fruitvale this weekend, according to RCMP Cpl. Kelly Hall.

"On July 12, Trail and Greater District RCMP were contacted after a group of hikers noted what they believed to be a human body in the water at Beaver Falls near Fruitvale," Hall said.

"On July 13,  the South Columbia Search andRescue (SAR) Team with the assistance of a Helicopter Long Line Extraction Team recovered the body of an 88-year-old West Kootenay man.

Mounties nab two offenders, one accused of robbery, and seek public help in finding third

David Grant Mack

The Trail Crime Reduction Unit is determined to prove the Mounties always get their man - or men, as the case may be.
 

RCMP Cpl. Darryl Orr is the non-commissioned officer in charge of both Trail and Castlegar CRUs, and he said his unit recently arrested two local offenders, one of whom police believe robbed the Spot Restaurant in Trail.

Castlegar residents step up after vehicular mishap

Castlegar residents step up after vehicular mishap

A Warfield resident is praising the quick minds and kind hearts of Castlegar residents after she was injured in a vehicular mishap last week.

Diane Ross, 47, was driving up Sherbico Hill with her five-year-old daughter, Madison, onTuesday when her Land Rover started to overheat.

"I pulled into the Husky gas station and lifted the hood," she said. "I had only turned the radiator cap barely a quarter of a turn, and it just blew."

Castlegar cops trash talk criminal

Castlegar cops trash talk criminal

Police are asking for public assistance in solving an unusual crime - a theft from the dump.

Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Debbie Postnikoff says the Ootischenia landfill was robbed on the evenings of May 18 and June 8.

"The suspect stole roughly $1,000 worth of vehicle batteries," she said, adding the thief was caught on the landfill's video surveillance camera. "He can be seen loading up a wheelbarrow, which he wheels off camera to what we presume was a get away vehicle."

(Please see attached photo).