Police pull pooch patrol

Police pull pooch patrol

Monday morning saw police managing an unusual situation after a huge St. Bernard dog became trapped in a dumpster – with the garbage collectors en route.

Castlegar RCMP Const. Sherry Karn said the call came in around 7 a.m. from staff at the Kootenay Market, who were concerned about the dog unwittingly ending up in a landfill. She said it appeared the dog had climbed up into the dumpster using some boards that were leaned against the receptacle, essentially forming a ramp – but then was unable to get out again.

“He (the dog) looked to me like a small horse ... he was a big dog,” she said, estimating his weight at about 160 pounds. “He outweighed me, that's for sure.”

KOOTENAY WEED INVASION! Help Stop the Spread of Eurasian Watermilfoil and Hoary Alyssum


by Barb Houston

Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum L.) has been a troublesome aquatic invader in British Columbia since the 1970’s, impacting waterways in the Okanagan and elsewhere. Unfortunately, a recent survey funded by the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program and Fortis BC, confirmed that this aquatic invader has made its way into the Kootenay River system. Thick mats were detected in the Kootenay River and plants were also found at several locations in Kootenay Lake.

Frutivale Man Dead In Crash of Stolen SUV


At approximately 3:30 a.m. on August 17, Trail & Greater District RCMP received a report of a single vehicle accident on Columbia Gardens Road at Kelly Creek, near Stang Road, in Fruitvale. Upon attendance, police noted a vehicle in the creek and local residents had pulled the driver, who was the lone occupant, up on the bank. The vehicle had caught fire, which spread to the surrounding foliage.

The fire was quickly extinguished by the Regional Fire Service however the vehicle was totally destroyed.

Connecting Tastebuds To Mother Nature

Kelly's Huckleberry Pie - Andrew Zwicker Photo

What better way to connect with the earth than to wander throughout its forests, gather its bounty and enjoy its feast after an afternoon’s hike?

After being inspired one recent morning by the plump, ripe and seemingly endless huckleberries lining the Redhead trail, particularly near the summit, we set out later that afternoon on a search and collect mission for more berries.

Rossland Ready For Wildfires

Rossland Ready For Wildfires

What would happen if a lightning strike, errant cigarette butt or careless campfire sparked a fire that got out of control and threatened Rossland? If you had asked City Hall that question a year or even a month ago, you would have likely gotten some surprised faces or shoulder shrugs for answers.

“We’ve always had one (Emergency plan) but we had very little input and or activity with it because the Regional District was doing it on behalf of the city so we really were in the dark. We had no clue,” explained Jason Ward.

Where there's smoke ...

Where there's smoke ...

Smoke funnelling into Castlegar is most likely from an almost 2,000-hectare wild fire near Galena Bay in the Regional District of Central Kootenay, as well as another, of almost 8,000 hectares, on Terrace Mountain in the Central Okanagan, according to the Southeast Fire Centre.

The Galena Bay fire was caused by lightning, while the Terrace Mountain blaze was human-caused and is still under investigation.

Rossland's Olympian Asks Home Town For Support

George Grey at Haywood Noram '09

George Grey, a cross-country skiing star on both the national and international circuit, made an appearance before Council Monday night. In light of his qualification for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, he presented a delegation requesting a sponsorship from the City of Rossland to help him on his way to Whistler.

Walkers Wanted! No Experience Necessary

On Sunday, August 9, walkers of all speeds and modes of transportation will join friends, family, co-workers and neighbours in a fun-filled morning at Trail's Gyro Park that will include a Kiwanis pancake and sausage breakfast, Katrine & Ed Conroy as MC's, a non-competitive Walk consisting of short, medium and long lengths, Castlegar's Elaine Ryder - her voice students & duo Sistas, Balloon & Face Painting Ladies, refreshments and door prizes, as well as the opportunity to participate in our First Kootenay Kidney Memory Quilt.
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Bear-proof Garbage Cans Installed in Rossland and Trail

Bear Aware's program coordinator Rachael Roussin with Rossland's public works Bob Williams and Michael Page Pose with the newly

Bear Aware is pleased to announce the installation of eight bear proof garbage cans in Trail and two in Rossland. The steel cans were purchased by Bear Aware with a grant from the Provincial Bear Smart program. One can was purchased by Teck.

Meet The New Chamber Boss - Julie Parker

Julie Parker

Rossland business got a new leader in the battle for economic development this Monday as Julie Harper took the reins as the new executive director of the Rossland Chamber of Commerce.

A transplant from Vancouver, Julie has been living and loving the Rossland lifestyle for the past two years and has high hopes for using her experience and passion to bring more life to the Rossland commercial scene.

Chatting with Julie over the phone this week we got to know a little more about the new Chamber boss.

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