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Motorcyclist sent to hospital after crash on 'Million Dollar Alley'

Yet another motor vehicle accident on Columbia Avenue in front of the Brick has sent a motorcyclist to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries this morning.

"An elderly man was driving a minivan southbound along Columbia in the lefthand lane," said Castlegar RCMP Const. Kyle Plotnikoff, noting the crash happened at roughly 8:50 a.m. "He was turning left onto Wade Road when a northbound motorcycle struck the rear passenger tire and bumper (of the minivan)."

Plotnikoff was careful to underline that police have not yet determined who was at fault in the collision.

Third annual Nature Fest in Castlegar this weekend

Looking for something to do on your May long weekend? Come down to Millennium Park in Castlegar (110 5th St) and enjoy the Third Annual Castlegar Garden and Nature Fest taking place on Saturday May 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In addition to the park’s winding walkways, native plants and a scenic river views, you can enjoy all our festival has to offer: plants and garden art, information booths showcasing local community organizations, great food and an ideal environment to sit, relax and enjoy the day.

DriveBC now offering webcam views of Kootenay Lake ferries

Cameras show the lineup at the Balfour Ferry Terminal.

The first of 30 new webcams to be installed this year on the DriveBC network are now live, giving motorists a real-time view of traffic queues, weather and road conditions at the Kootenay Lake ferry terminals.

DriveBC web cameras are now live at:

* The Balfour ferry terminal, 35 km east of Nelson, looking north toward Highway 3A:

Working together to prevent the spread of invasive plants

Invasive plants like this purple loosestrife can spread rapidly and cause significant impacts.

Many people recognize that invasive plants are a concern in the Central Kootenay but the question is “where do we begin?” The Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee (CKIPC) is attempting to answer that question through a strategic planning process.

Land managers from non-profit societies, government agencies, utility companies, consulting firms and others met in Trail recently to discuss the issue of invasive plants and come up with a coordinated approach to management.

Three new directors join CBT board

Gord DeRosa is one of three new members of CBT's board of directors.

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) welcomes three new members to its board this year and would like to also recognize the continued contribution of nine of its current members.

The new directors, who are appointed for a two-year term, are:
* Andru McCracken from Valemount;
* David Raven from Revelstoke; and
* Gord DeRosa from Trail.

US Border Patrol arrests two Canadians with 80 pounds of cocaine near Metaline Falls

Two Canadians and and a Mexican national have been arrested after CBP Spokane Sector Border Patrol agents seized approximately 80 pounds of cocaine last week near Metaline Falls, Washington.

CBP estimates value of the cocaine is $801,020.

“This seizure and arrests are a direct result of the coordinated efforts between our CBP Border Patrol Agents and Air Interdiction Agents in support of our national security mission", said Gloria Chavez, Chief of the Spokane Border Patrol Sector.

End prohibition of marijuana, say B.C. mayors

Tax and regulate say B.C. mayors calling for the end of prohibition of marijuana to lower violence in their communities.

Grand Forks mayor Brian Taylor joined his voice to the call that came out last week from the eight mayors of Vancouver, Burnaby, North Vancouver City, Vernon, Armstrong, Enderby, Lake Country and Metchosin. The joint letter from the mayors called on leaders at all levels of government to take responsibility for marijuana policy, end prohibition and tax the drug.

Busy weekend for police with bear spray and criminal mischief

Last weekend was a busy one for local police, who answered 71 calls for service (as compared to roughly 25 on a normal weekend, according to RCMP Cpl. Deb Postnikoff.

On April 29 at 12:30 a.m., police responded to an address on First Avenue and Fourth Street, where a caller said a group of young males had been harassing a homeowner and his guests, who were sitting on the homeowners deck, visiting.

A helping hand for hoppers

Pacific Chorus Frog found in Gilpin Grasslands Provincial Park. Photo Erin Perkins.

The modern dating scene might be a perilous one but the modern breeding scene for local frogs, salamanders and toads is just plain deadly.

The Pacific Chorus Frog, the Tiger Salamander, the Long-toed Salamander and the Spadefoot Toad spend their winters among the rocks and trees found in Gilpin Grasslands Provincial Park.