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Truckers take 2011 GFI title

The Lewiston Paffile Truckers took home $18,000 in winnings as the champions for the 2011 Grand Forks International tournament after defeating Australian Geelong Baycats 9-1 under the heat of a late Boundary summer sun Monday.
While the Baycats traveled the farthest for the tournament, the Truckers are experienced on the Grand Forks field having visited the tournament several times in the past possibly giving them an advantage.
But the Baycats had just finished a tough semi-final game against the Seattle Studs only minutes before gearing up to

BC rural caucus meetings bring forward concerns from the region

BC rural caucus members and staff (L-R) Melissa Nawakowski, staff, MLA John Slater, MLA Donna Barnett, MLA Eric Foster and Lorne Mayencourt, staff meet with Boundary region citizens to hear concerns; Photo, Mona Mattei
Over two days of tight meeting schedules the B.C. Rural Caucus met with Boundary region locals and politicians to take forward concerns to the provincial level.
MLAs Eric Foster (Vernon-Monashee), Donna Barnett (Cariboo-Chilcoltin), and John Slater (Boundary-Similkameen) held meetings in Grand Forks, Greenwood and Midway over Monday and Tuesday. They were joined by caucus staff Lorne Mayencourt, director of outreach for the B.C.

Golden man charged with two counts of sexual assault

A 19-year-old Golden man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a sexual assault that occurred in the summer of 2010.

On July 13, 2010, a woman from Vancouver was walking on the trail above Reflection Lake when she was approached by a male with a cell phone in hand. The male asked if she had dropped it, to which she replied she did not.

The victim assisted the male by looking through the contacts in the phone to see if an owner could be identified.  As she looked through the phone, the male shoved her into the bushes and sexually assaulted her.

FrontCounter BC now in Revelstoke

Columbia residents will now find it even easier to access government services with the official opening of a brand-new FrontCounter BC office in Revelstoke.
FrontCounter BC is a single-window service for clients of the natural resource sector. FrontCounter BC was created in 2005 with eight locations, a dedicated call centre and online applications.

What a load of garbage

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Staff from Compliance and Enforcement and the Wildfire Management Branch put on their gloves and removed approximately 1,432 kilograms (3,157 lbs) of garbage and 454 kg (1,000 lbs) of metal that had been illegally-dumped onto the forest floor, thereby restoring it to its natural and pristine condition.
Irresponsible people had been illegally dumping garbage in the forest along Airport Way, about 15 km south of Revelstoke, over the past several decades.

Parking rage over bylaw lands man in jail: graffiti-ist loses his muse

A dressing down of a City bylaw officer landed a man in jail Thursday afternoon.

The 31-year-old Nelson man took umbrage around 4 p.m. with a bylaw officer who had approached him about a parking infraction.

The male began to verbally abuse the female officer using offensive, degrading and profane language.  He then threatened violence and death to the officer and towards the officer's family, prompting the officer to call Nelson police in.

Canada's municipal leaders meet in Nelson to discuss federal municipal priorities ahead of parliament's return

Some of the nation's top municipal leaders will descend on Nelson next week as the Heritage city plays host to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' (FCM) national board of directors meeting.

With parliament set to return, the 75-member board  — which includes Nelson Mayor John Dooley — will discuss municipal priorities from Sept. 7-10, including the development of a federal long-term infrastructure plan and the upcoming federal budget.

FCM's board of directors comprises elected municipal officials and affiliate members

Grand Forks plays ball!

The Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament was kicked off with style on Wednesday night.

Committee members paraded to the pitchers mound following the Grand Forks Pipes and Drums band with an honour guard of Grand Forks Firefighters and the RCMP. After three national anthems were sung by Amanda Thate, Australia, United States and Canada, Mayor Brian Taylor threw the first pitch.