Railway debate was intense at public meeting

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Grand Forks city council got an earful from the public at a meeting about the options to save the international railway running to Kettle Falls, WA.

Pets credited with saving man in Castlegar house fire

Pets credited with saving man in Castlegar house fire

A fire that completely gutted a house in the 1000 block of 7th Avenue last night may well have taken the homeowner's life as well, had it not been for the man's pets.

Fire chief Gerry Rempel said the homeowner was the only person in the house, and he was sleeping right through the smoke alarm when his dog jumped on him.

The man awoke to find both his dog and cat trying to get his attention, at which point he heard the alarm, smelled smoke and left the house, calling the fire department from a neighbour's place.

IHA introduces new emergency reponse teams to the region

IHA introduces new emergency reponse teams to the region

 Interior Health (IH) is pleased to announce the launch of High Acuity Response Teams (HARTs) this fall that will enhance transport and care needs of acutely ill patients throughout the health region.

These teams will consist of highly-trained critical care nurses responding with a BC Ambulance Service (BCAS) basic life support ambulance team to transport acutely ill patients from outlying rural and remote health sites to higher levels of care. In more complex cases, a respiratory therapist will be called in to assist.

The Fraser Institute and the subversion of Canadian values, Part Two

The Fraser Institute and the subversion of Canadian values, Part Two

Last week, David Livingstone traced the history of right wing think tanks up until the end of the 1970s. This week, he completes his look at the people behind 'astroturf' groups like the Fraser Institute by bringing us up to the present.

Christina Living Arts Centre set to open

Christina Living Arts Centre set to open
The culmination of over 13 years of planning, proposals, grant writing, and construction will be coming to fruition next Friday as the Christina Living Arts Centre hosts it's grand opening. 
This official ceremony will mark the region's first Leadership in Energy and Ecological Design (LEED) building which will house Canada's first LEED artisan's gallery.
The project is the end result of the community's vision for a park and welcome centre for the region.

ARTS: Dustin Bentall rides into town for the Starlight Saloon

Dustin Bentall and Kendel Carson; Photo, submitted
Vancouver seems an unlikely place to nurture such a rustic troubadour as Dustin Bentall, but Canada seemed like an unlikely country to be the birthplace of artists like Rick Danko, Robbie Robertson, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel or Neil Young. If you look you’ll find as deep a frontier spirit and hard luck charm as any nation. 
You’ll find a reverence for the tales of everyday life and loss, and you’ll find a lot of people who have time to learn their craft. Spinning songs by Neil Young, The Band, Bob Dylan, John Prine, Tom

The Fraser Institute and the subversion of Canadian values: part one

 The Fraser Institute and the subversion of Canadian values: part one

Since the early 1970s, there has been a broad international agenda led by right-wing American foundations to sway public opinion towards greater acceptance of an economic philosophy called Neoliberalism, of which Canada’s Fraser Institute has been a pivotal part.

STAYCATION: The Gardner Cave

8.5 tons of subterranean fun. Photo by A. Barnes
A hot summer day and a’caving we did go. Okay, okay, I realize that a visit to the Gardner Cave with its sturdy metal staircases, electric flood lighting, and friendly tour guide can’t exactly be called ‘caving’ here in the oh-so-rugged West Kootenays. But still. It was a cave and we went in it. I stand by my choice of words.

STATEMENT: John Fulton's family responds to verdict in Noyes trial

John Fulton
Open Letter:
To begin, our family would like to thank the community of Grand Forks, Constable Bell and our Victim Service Worker Catherine Riddle for their overwhelming support and kindness. Words cannot express the loss our family has suffered, nor the horror of having to do it in such a public way.
We have heard repeatedly that the mental health system has let Ms. Noyes down.

POLICE: Cyclist hit on highway #3

POLICE: Cyclist hit on highway #3

A cyclist sustained a head injury and a broken leg when he was struck by a vehicle while riding on Highway 3 between Christina Lake and Grand Forks. Vincent Castiglione, age 79, appeared to veer into traffic as if he intended to cross the highway, said Staff Sergeant Jim Harrison.

The accident took place on Thursday, July 22 and the highway was closed for a short time as West Kootenay Traffic Services assisted in the investigation of the events.

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