Fawcett pleads guilty to animal cruelty in Whistler sled-dog case

Investigators exhume the bodies of sled-dogs from mass grave. Photo submitted.

Ed. Note: The following is a press release issued by the BC SPCA:

Bob Fawcett, former general manager of the Whistler-based Howling Dog Tours, pleaded guilty today to causing unnecessary pain and suffering to a number of sled dogs near Whistler in April 2010.  In April 2012, Fawcett was charged with one count of animal cruelty under Section 445.1(1) following an extensive BC SPCA investigation. A sentencing date is scheduled for November 22, 2012. 

Isaac hammers USA in more ways than one

 Isaac hammers USA in more ways than one

Bear perpetrates two 'home invasions' in Castlegar

This garbage bear was photographed in Rossland - cute, but dangerous
Castlegar RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew says two Castlegar residents experienced a young black bear up-close-and-personal last night (Aug. 27) in the south end of Castlegar.
"At 9:15 p.m., Castlegar RCMP received a call from a man on 12 Avenue, stating that there was a bear in his house," she said. "He had been sitting at his computer, with the patio door open, when he noticed a young black bear enter. He ran out of the house and opened other doors, and called police and conservation.

Rubberhead Bike Festival rolling into the Kootenays

Rubberhead Bike Festival rolling into the Kootenays

Rossland’s Rubberhead Bike Festival is back for its fourth year with two-wheeled fun for all types of riders, from dirt jumper/slopestyle rippers to enduro racers to cross-country heart pounders.

The always-popular Seven Summits Poker Ride goes down Sunday, Sept. 2 on the IMBA Classic Seven Summits Trail, featuring 36 kilometres of big climbs and long, flowing descents. This all-day event is all about the fun with a classic bike bash, refreshments and prizes to finish it off. Best poker hand and costumes win the day!

UPDATED: four buildings destroyed in suspicious fire at Christina Lake property renowned for bears/grow op

Photo courtesy Bud Alcock: A fire bomber helps fight the blaze at infamous Christina Lake property

Update: RCMP Staff Sgt. Jim Harrison said the house on a Christina Lake property was completely destroyed by fire yesterday, along with three outbuildings on the property.

"The house is completely totalled - it collapsed into the basement," he said. "It's just a smoking hole in the ground, now."

He said three outbuildings were likewise annihilated, but the situation could have been far worse.

Fourth annual Nelson Chrysler Soap Box Derby kicks off Road Kings weekend

The Soap Box drivers, similar to ones seen in this photo, will  be back for another run down Kootenay Street. — submitted photo

The Road Kings Queen City Cruise may deservedly so, get all the hype but there’s a race that slowly cruising up in popularity the same weekend.

The fourth annual Nelson Chrysler Soap Box Derby is to kick off the weekend Friday, September 7 beginning at 5 p.m. from the corner of Kootenay and Carbonate Streets.

Racers are ready to rocket down Kootenay Street with any sort of creation one can muster.

OP/ED: On putting the wrong foot forward to celebrate 40

OP/ED: On putting the wrong foot forward to celebrate 40

A good friend of mine just had her 40th birthday. Her birthday request – for a small group of friends to go on a three-day hiking excursion up Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park. The kind of adventure where you pack EVERYTHING you will need to survive in the wilderness for several days into a ginormous 30-pound backpack and waddle up the mountain with ski poles and bear spray. She’s the type of girl who always wants to do crazy stuff like that – hike so far up a mountain that you reach snow … in August.  

I know, crazy.

Cougar enters Trail home, attacks resident

Cougar enters Trail home, attacks resident

A cougar entered a Trail home through an open door Saturday evening and attacked a female resident inside, according to RCMP Sgt. Rob Hawton

" (At about) 8:30 p.m., Trail & Greater District RCMP received a report of a cougar attack on Glen Drive in the Sunningdale subdivision of Trail," he said. "A woman was in her house with a number of puppies when the cougar walked in through an open door and attacked her on the sofa.

"She fought the animal off with the help of her dog, which subsequently chased it out of the house.

The public can now help stop invasive plants

The "Report-a-Weed BC" app is now available.

Anyone with a smartphone can now help stop the spread of invasive plants in B.C., thanks to an innovative application developed by Hipwood Digital, the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

The "Report-a-Weed BC" app is free to download and is available for both iPhones and Android phones.

The easy-to-use interface allows users to submit reports on invasive plant sightings anywhere in B.C., upload photos of plants they find, and view previously logged sightings on a Google map.

Market Fest 2012 goes out with a bang

Backed by popular demand was Slava Doval's FolkFusion Dance group. — Bruce Fuhr photo

The 2012 Market Fest went out with a bang as huge crowds flocked to the 200 and 300 blocks of Baker Street for the grand finale Friday evening in Nelson.

Crowds began arriving even before 100 or so vendors had opened for business on a glorious August evening in the Heritage City.

There was something for everyone as the event, organized by the West Kootenay EcoSociety, provided many tents with merchandise, food and, of course, two entertainment stages.

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