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Fire guts truck and powerboat at residence near Thrums

Volunteer firefighters from Tarrys Fire Department attempt to extinguish a fire in a truck and powerboat Saturday afternoon. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Volunteer fire crews from Tarrys and Ootischenia departments responded to a fire near Lookout Road in Thrums Saturday afternoon.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. neighbours ran to 1407 Lookout Road approximately 10 kilometers east of Castlegar to inform the resident there was a fire in the back yard.

The resident had been working in his shop at the time and was unaware some of his vehicles were ablaze.

Fire crews were called however when trucks arrived an older Dodge truck and powerboat could not be saved.

Castlegar RCMP was also dispatched.

UPDATE: RCMP report no other persons caught in avalanche at Panorama Ski Resort

RCMP said Monday that no other persons have been reported missing or overdue after a group skiers were involved in an avalanche in area known as Jessie’s Monstor near Taynton Bowl, just outside of the controlled ski area boundary Sunday at the Panorama Ski Resort near Invermere.

“The search did not uncover any debris indicating any other persons were involved,” said Staff Sargent Marko Shehovac of the Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment.

Proposed Nelson Budget Includes Tax Increase, No Increases to Programs or Services

At an open house on April 4, citizens can scrutinize the city's budget plan for the upcoming year (Photo: Andrew Currie, Flickr, Creative Commons)

There will be a 3% tax increase to homeowners in the coming year, if City Council passes its own budget proposal later this month. For a $330,000 home (the average assessed value in Nelson), that would amount to about $39 per year. It will bring in about $195,000 for the city.

A Bad Week for the Environment

The Canadian Flag posted outside Nelson City Hall says it all about what's happening to the environment. — The Nelson Daily photo

“We prove what we want to prove, and the real difficulty is to know what we want to prove.”   - Emile Chartier

There is no doubt what Christy Clark and Stephen Harper were trying to prove with their announcements over the past 10 days.

The environment – and anyone who stands up for it – is not just taking a back seat to economic growth, but the environment and environmentalists are not even allowed in the car.

Selkirk students protest program cuts

As many as 100 people – staff, students and members of the community – showed up for a Selkirk College Board of Governors meeting Tuesday night to hear the proposed suspension in college programming that is the result of more than $1 million in funding cuts from the province.

Current Selkirk students Christina Livingston, Arielle Roberts and Henry Gerelle gave a presentation protesting the program cuts.

Roster for GFI sporting some big names

U.S. Military All-stars at Fenway Park; Photo, courtesy of the USMA website

“They wore spikes, not boots. They wore caps, not helmets. They carried bats and gloves, not rifles.” This is how one reporter described the U.S. Military All-Stars just before they were to play the Boston Red Sox.

Former Red Sox general manager, and previous director of player development for the U.S.  Military All-Stars, Dan Duquette, said, “They are the best of the best in the armed forces.”

Castlegar man sentenced to prison after Friday's armed robbery

A 22-year-old Castlegar man, David Halvorsen, pled guilty to several offences stemming from the robbery at Paragon on March 23, and was sentenced to two years in jail, according to Castlegar RCMp Sgt. Laurel Mathew.

"He was also given three years of probation following that sentence, and given a ten-year firearms prohibition," she added. "The convictions include: robbery, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and disguised with intent."

The following is The Source's original coverage of the crime:

Co-op membership overwhelmingly approves purchase of Extra Foods building

The wheels are now in motion for the Kootenay Co-op to purchase the Extra Foods building at 708 Vernon Street. — Submitted photo

The wheels are now in motion for the Kootenay Co-op to move to the other end of Baker Street in Nelson after a special resolution to purchase the Extra Foods building was overwhelmingly approved.

During a special general meeting Monday at the Best Western Baker Street Inn, that attracted more than 100 members, the resolution — that the Cooperative invest over 75% of its financial reserves for the sole purpose of acquiring and developing the property described as 708 Vernon Street, Nelson, British Columbia — was approved by 119 for to six against.