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Massive illegal dumping site in Ymir visible from space; now removed

Compliance and Enforcement staff removed almost 240 tons(529,000 lbs.) of illegally-dumped garbage from Crown land near Oscar Creek earlier this month with help from local volunteers and businesses.

Clean-up involved using a special, long-reach backhoe that could reach 19 metres (65 feet) downhill to remove the waste - everything from old cars, appliances, furniture, yard waste, household garbage to animal carcasses.

Illegal dumping has occurred at this site for over 30 years and was so extreme, it could be seen on a Google Earth map.

Plane crashes into truck near BCIT

At approx 4:15 p.m. Richmond RCMP received a report of a plane crash near BCIT. 

A small passenger plane crashed on the northbound lanes of Russ Baker & struck a car containing two people. 

The plane burst into flames upon impact however Richmond Fire Rescue & YVR’s Emergency Response was on scene within moments to extinguish the flames.  Seven passengers were on board as well as two crew members. 

B.C. School Sports hits Mount Sentinel athlete with side out

Myles Christman is caught between a rock and a hard place. — Bruce Fuhr photo

By Bruce Fuhr
The Nelson Daily Sports

There’s a player cruising the gymnasium at Mount Sentinel High School in South Slocan that has become the latest poster boy with what is wrong in B.C. School Sports.

His name is Myles Christman.

The 16-year-old setter for the varsity boy’s squad at Mount Sentinel has been declared ineligible to play volleyball for the Wildcats, without explanation by B.C. High School Sports Eligibility Officer Don Wallace.

Going online: regional district moves to create greater presence through social media

There’s nothing like tweeting your own horn.

A social media policy that includes “tweeting” emergency information on Twitter will be employed by the regional district on a six month trial basis as the local government body tries to improve its lagging online presence.

Proposal opens trails to all users - can motorized traffic co-exist with bikes?

Section of the Trans Canada Trail near Fisherman's Creek where George Longden met a motorbike on a collision course; Photo, George Longden
In what they hope will become an international tourism attraction for the future, the Grand Forks All-Terrain-Vehicle (ATV) Club has linked up with the West Kootenay ATV Club to develop a world-class multi-user trail system spanning from Creston in the Rockies to the Okanagan.
Dubbed the South Kootenay Trail System, the trails would be open 365 days a year to mountain bikers, hikers, horses, ATVs, off road motorcycles and snowmobiles.

Behind closed doors: CETA

Our federal government is negotiating a free trade agreement with the European Union (CETA).  This is an all encompassing agreement that covers labour standards, the environment and the ability of provincial and local governments to conduct business.

Unfortunately, the negotiations are taking place behind closed doors – so CETA is not on most people’s radar.

POLICE: Armed standoff in Midway ends without injury

A 61-year-old man wielding a shotgun surrendered to police after a four hour stand-off last night in Midway, B.C.

At about 7 p.m. police responded to a call that a man had loaded weapons and was threatening to harm himself in his home.

RCMP members of the Boundary Regional Detachment (Midway and Grand Forks) secured the area warning neighbours and putting paramedics on standby.

The area around the home was blocked off by the Midway Fire Department keeping traffic a safe distance from the situation.