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Couple in custody after series of crimes

Couple in custody after series of crimes

Two people are in police custody after a rash of crimes in Trail and Kamloops, according to Trail top cop Sgt. Darren Oelke.

"In the early morning hours of Jan. 23, the Trail RCMP were called to two commercial break-and-enters in the city within an hour of each other. Ackland Grainger and Gerick's Cycle both had their front doors smashed and cash and property stolen. Video surveillance captured images of the male suspect and a vehicle," Oelke said.

Crime spree sees three men sentenced

Crime spree sees three men sentenced

Three men arrested in Castlegar after a brief crime spree have pleaded guilty and been sentenced, according to RCMP Cpl. Kelly Hall.

"On Jan. 27, Huyghebaert, Pike and Smith entered guilty pleas on a number of the charges," Hall said. "As a result, Huyghebaert and Pike received sentences of 50 days in custody and a $100 Victim Surcharge each. SMITH received a sentence of 80 days in custody and a $100 Victim Surcharge."

Local environmental groups have mixed opinions on wolf cull

Valhalla Wilderness Society believes a park maybe the answer, instead of the wolf cull.

Local environmental groups are at odds over the province’s recent decision to cull nearly 200 wolves in the region, in an effort to save a herd of endangered mountain caribou.

The province announced plans last week to cull up to 184 wolves in an “immediate action” to protect the South Selkirk mountain caribou herd, which has dwindled to just 18 members, and is in danger of extinction.

Castlegar Art Walk call to artists

Castlegar Art Walk call to artists

To all Visual Artists,

Plans are under way for Castlegar’s 2015 summer Art Walk. An ongoing venture for Castlegar, the Art Walk has been a welcome opportunity for artists to show their work to the community and its visitors, in places of local business.

Nelson raises household water and sewer rate by $24.30 per year

Nelson continues to impose annual increases to fund a 25-year, multi-million dollar plan to replace deteriorating water and sewer pipes in the city (Photo: Water, FlickrCC)

Nelson’s residential water rates will increase by 3% and sewer rates by 2% for 2015, as follows:

 

2014 rate

2015 rate

Net change

Water

$496.80

$525.10

$15.30

Sewer

$436.50

More than 100 celebrate Robert Burns Night

Kootenay Kiltie Pipe Band Major Allan MacLeod performed during Saturday's Robert Burns night. — Submitted photo

Saturday (January 24), a day before the Scottish Bard’s 256th birthday, 100 people joined the Kootenay Kiltie Pipe Band to enjoy the poetry and songs of Robert Burns.

A traditional dinner of haggis, roast beef, neeps, and taddies was served, and has been served in Nelson for almost a century, and indeed around the world on every continent and in every country - on or around the anniversary of his birth.

The Immortal Memory was presented this year by Pat and John Dooley, a couple well known to Nelsonites.

RDCK pitches in to complete the Trans Canada Trail

A map of the Trans Canada Trail as it winds through the Regional District of Central Kootenay.

If all goes well, a 25 year dream will be completed in 2017,  just in time for Canada’s 150th birthday party, when the East and West Kootenays are linked to the Trans Canada Trail (TCT).

To date, nearly 17,000 kilometres of the trail---hailed as the longest recreational trail in the world--- are operational, which is 75 percent of the proposed route. Four out of five Canadians live within 30 minutes of the Trail.

Slippery roads blamed for single-vehicle accident

No one was hurt in a single vehicle accident Friday on Highway 3A near Beasley.

A driver walked away unharmed after his utility truck slide into the ditch Friday afternoon during the evening rush hour on Highway 3A near Beasley.

First responders from the Beasley Fire Hall were joined by RCMP and BC Ambulance.

The driver lost control on the slippery road, sliding into the ditch and flipping the vehicle onto its roof, 750 meters west of the Beasley Fire Hall.

No one was injured.

Warmer temperatures continue into Monday in the West Kootenay region.

Family Fishing Derby returns for 6th year on BC Family Day

It's for the family.

Mark your calendars for Monday, February 9th as the Family Fishing Derby for Kids with Cancer will be back for its sixth year this BC Family Day.

Camping to cost more after province raises rates

Campers can expect to pay more when Kokanee Creek Park opens in the spring.

The province says to maintain high service levels in B.C. provincial parks for an increasing number of visitors, it's raising camping fees as of March 15, 2015.

"British Columbia’s world-renowned parks provide superb recreational opportunities for visitors from throughout the province and around the world. From diverse terrain to temperate climate, our parks are truly a unique treasure," said Mary Polak, Minister of Environment in a media release.

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