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SECOND UPDATE: Columbia Avenue shut down by gas line break

It wasn't until around 7 p.m. last night that crews finally re-opened Columbia Avenue for traffic, after a gas main was broken by a construction crew just before 11 a.m.

Early estimates of how long it would take to fix the severed gas main  turned out to be unfoundedly optimistic. Fire Chief Gerry Rempel was originally told Fortis crews would be able to complete repairs by about 1 p.m.

Columbia Power supports Selkirk grads

Columbia Power Corporation (Columbia Power) supported Selkirk College graduates by providing summer employment opportunities at their Castlegar office.

Josh Verigin, graduate of the Business Administration, Professional Management Diploma Program, and Daniel Chaboya, graduate of the Advanced Diploma of Geographic Information Systems Program, worked with Columbia Power to assist with a variety of projects.

Aquatic species are invading--and you can help repulse them!

Aquatic invasive species may be hitching a ride to our area on boats, trailers and equipment. Photo credit: Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.

What aquatic invasive species should we be on the look out for? Why should we care? How do we stop their spread?

These are some of the questions that will be answered at the upcoming Aquatic Invasive Species Workshop being hosted by the Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee (CKIPC) in Castlegar. Funded by Columbia Basin Trust and FortisBC, this workshop is geared towards boaters, anglers, fisheries biologists and technicians, and any other individuals who spend time working or playing on the water.

Truckers take 2011 GFI title

The Lewiston Paffile Truckers took home $18,000 in winnings as the champions for the 2011 Grand Forks International tournament after defeating Australian Geelong Baycats 9-1 under the heat of a late Boundary summer sun Monday.
While the Baycats traveled the farthest for the tournament, the Truckers are experienced on the Grand Forks field having visited the tournament several times in the past possibly giving them an advantage.
But the Baycats had just finished a tough semi-final game against the Seattle Studs only minutes before gearing up to

BC rural caucus meetings bring forward concerns from the region

BC rural caucus members and staff (L-R) Melissa Nawakowski, staff, MLA John Slater, MLA Donna Barnett, MLA Eric Foster and Lorne Mayencourt, staff meet with Boundary region citizens to hear concerns; Photo, Mona Mattei
Over two days of tight meeting schedules the B.C. Rural Caucus met with Boundary region locals and politicians to take forward concerns to the provincial level.
MLAs Eric Foster (Vernon-Monashee), Donna Barnett (Cariboo-Chilcoltin), and John Slater (Boundary-Similkameen) held meetings in Grand Forks, Greenwood and Midway over Monday and Tuesday. They were joined by caucus staff Lorne Mayencourt, director of outreach for the B.C.

Golden man charged with two counts of sexual assault

A 19-year-old Golden man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a sexual assault that occurred in the summer of 2010.

On July 13, 2010, a woman from Vancouver was walking on the trail above Reflection Lake when she was approached by a male with a cell phone in hand. The male asked if she had dropped it, to which she replied she did not.

The victim assisted the male by looking through the contacts in the phone to see if an owner could be identified.  As she looked through the phone, the male shoved her into the bushes and sexually assaulted her.

FrontCounter BC now in Revelstoke

Columbia residents will now find it even easier to access government services with the official opening of a brand-new FrontCounter BC office in Revelstoke.
FrontCounter BC is a single-window service for clients of the natural resource sector. FrontCounter BC was created in 2005 with eight locations, a dedicated call centre and online applications.

What a load of garbage

Public domain image.

Staff from Compliance and Enforcement and the Wildfire Management Branch put on their gloves and removed approximately 1,432 kilograms (3,157 lbs) of garbage and 454 kg (1,000 lbs) of metal that had been illegally-dumped onto the forest floor, thereby restoring it to its natural and pristine condition.
Irresponsible people had been illegally dumping garbage in the forest along Airport Way, about 15 km south of Revelstoke, over the past several decades.

Parking rage over bylaw lands man in jail: graffiti-ist loses his muse

A dressing down of a City bylaw officer landed a man in jail Thursday afternoon.

The 31-year-old Nelson man took umbrage around 4 p.m. with a bylaw officer who had approached him about a parking infraction.

The male began to verbally abuse the female officer using offensive, degrading and profane language.  He then threatened violence and death to the officer and towards the officer's family, prompting the officer to call Nelson police in.

Canada's municipal leaders meet in Nelson to discuss federal municipal priorities ahead of parliament's return

Some of the nation's top municipal leaders will descend on Nelson next week as the Heritage city plays host to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' (FCM) national board of directors meeting.

With parliament set to return, the 75-member board  — which includes Nelson Mayor John Dooley — will discuss municipal priorities from Sept. 7-10, including the development of a federal long-term infrastructure plan and the upcoming federal budget.

FCM's board of directors comprises elected municipal officials and affiliate members