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By Andy George on Wednesday May 04 2011
Two meter high flames leaped above the rim of a steel bin before firefighters arrived on the scene to douse a dumpster fire Tuesday night in the alleyway behind Pharmasave in Grand Forks.
 
“Something just didn’t smell right,” was the initial impression of Jay Alblas, night manager at Panago Pizza. At approximately 8:18 p.m., Tuesday, May 3 he went behind the store...
By Boundary Sentinel on Sunday May 01 2011

The independent coffee universe in Canada is about to be showcased to the world as the first episodes of Common Grounds TV are set to air in the coming weeks. CGTV is the culmination of an investigative yet humorous look at the otherwise serious coffee industry in Canada.

Last September, Producers Edan Marshall and Nik Green took to the road as part of a 25,000 kilometre trek undertaken...

By Adrian Barnes on Sunday May 01 2011

Let's be honest: it's spring, it's sunny, it's the Kootenays, and the great outdoors beckons. Life beckons. There are a lot more attractive things to do with our time than drag ourselves to the voting station and choose between a list of...politicians. But if anything can sway you into the shadows of the voting booth is should be this: negative campaigning. What?

This sounds...

By Adrian Barnes on Saturday Apr 16 2011

 After last week's debate, during which the combatants were fairly well-behaved (not surprising since if they pulled any fast ones they'd have been instantly called on it by the other leaders) Liberal poll numbers did not rise, so now they're getting desperate. And when politicians (or human beings) get desperate, they get mean and ugly. Hence the new attack ad from the Liberal Party, which...

By Mona Mattei on Thursday Apr 14 2011
Nearly 200 people turned out to witness the official re-opening of the Midway mill and to meet the new operators from Vaagen Bros. Lumber Inc. Officials from local and provincial government as well as a long list of dignitaries were present to lend their support for the venture.
 
Midway Mayor Randy Kappes acted as master of ceremonies for the opening welcoming local...
By Nelson Daily Editor on Tuesday Apr 12 2011

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

Some of the problems inherent in the West Kootenay region’s main airport will be tackled by a new board created to oversee its operation, says the mayor of Castlegar.

Lawrence Chernoff told the board of directors of the Regional District of Central Kootenay recently the West Kootenay Regional Airport...

By Contributor on Tuesday Apr 12 2011

Selkirk College’s Mir Centre for Peace Lecture Series invites you to come down “The Long Hard Road” with guest speaker, indigenous activist and academic, Sharon McIvor.

A member of the Lower Niclola Indian Band located outside of Merritt, B.C., Sharon McIvor will talk about her decades-long struggle to correct a century of discrimination against aboriginal women; her recent Supreme...

By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Apr 06 2011
A car bomb that exploded in Ootischenia this morning has brought up a number of issues, not the least of which (of course) is “whodunit”.
 
Police say they don’t yet have any suspects in the bombing, which occurred in the 1300 block of Columbia Road at about 1 a.m.
 
“Castlegar RCMP officers responded, and located a 1992 car that was parked on...
By Adrian Barnes on Monday Apr 04 2011

It’s been a somewhat interesting week on the campaign trail. Locally, we’ve mostly been experiencing what some call ‘lawn sign democracy’ whereby the two main candidates, incumbent Alex Atamanenko and Stephen Hill have been playing an extended game of checkers. When one puts a sign up, the other soon follows with a counter-sign. Pretty gripping stuff!

 

Beyond that, I didn’t...

By Kyra Hoggan on Friday Apr 01 2011

Castlegar RCMP are standing by their raid of a marijuana grow-op in Pass Creek last month after the grow’s owner, Velma Mullaney, alleged unfair treatment by police.

Mullaney spoke to several local media outlets, claiming she and her partner had permits to grow 49 plants each, and that police refused to either look at her permits or count the plants. She also suggested the possibility...

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