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UPDATE: Missing Westbridge man located safe

UPDATE: Following several reported sightings by Westbridge residents,  Wesley John Feist, missing since Monday, Aug. 20, was located on Christian Valley Road in Westbridge.  Feist had walked away from his Westbridge, B.C. home and was apparently staying in outbuildings in this area, said Staff Sgt. Dan Seibel of the Kootenay...

Second body found in Cascade Gorge

A 71-year-old Christina Lake woman’s body was recovered by helicopter this morning from the Cascade Falls gorge after dying from injuries sustained when her raft was dragged over the falls by the current on Saturday afternoon. The woman’s body was trapped in an eddy just below the first steps of the falls along the Kettle...

Two missing after raft swept over falls

One person is dead and two more are missing after the raft they were floating in went over Cascade Falls near Christina Lake Saturday afternoon. There were four people in the raft on the Kettle River when they neared the falls and attempted to reach shore. A 16-year-old boy jumped from the raft and was able to swim to the...

Copper theft sent a curve ball with new regulations requiring ID

A new provincial regulation aimed at stopping copper thieves in their tracks has scrap metal dealers doubtful. The new law came into effect yesterday, Monday, July 23, requiring the more than 60 BC scrap metal dealers to ask for and record the identification of anyone selling high-value metals like copper to them. That...

Officials say free ride for squatters costs the environment

Human waste, unattended fires and toxic litter often accompanies seasonal squatters in the Boundary. It happens every year -- people who are down on their luck set up house along a river bank or in the bush to save themselves rent and utility costs while the weather is good. Their activity may seem harmless enough but it is...

Grand Forks B & B owners held responsible for human rights violation

A gay couple from Vancouver was awarded over $4500 for discrimination in a  B.C. Human Rights Tribunal decision yesterday after being refused Grand Forks accommodations in 2009. The decision, by Tribunal member Enid Marion, found that Les and Susan Molnar, operating the Riverbend Bed and Breakfast business at the time, were...

Mayor to meet with CBSA over Canada Day comments

Grand Forks mayor Brian Taylor will be meeting with officials from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) after comments he made during his annual Canada Day speech this year. Taylor openly criticized the CBSA for being too tough on American tourists and locals, thereby making the border crossing experience a “frightening”...

Local man in custody after broad-daylight sexual assault in downtown Trail

A sexual assault in downtown Trail in the middle of the afternoon this weekend saw police identify and arrest a suspect within hours of the incident, according to RCMP Sgt. Rob Hawton. “On Sunday …at approximately 1:50 p.m., a young lady in her late teens was sitting on a bench on Cedar Avenue in Trail, when she was approached...

Hail and slush cause logging truck to sideswipe minivan

A logging truck sideswiped a minivan after losing control on the slush that covered Highway 3 around the Mud Lake area – just east of the Paulson Bridge – at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3.  “That was ugly weather,” said Trail RCMP sergeant Rob Hawthon. “(The bad weather) was not unusual but not to that extent. You’re at a pretty...

POLICE: Grand Forks woman identified as drowning victim

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a woman whose body was found floating in Okanagan Lake near Kelowna on June 19. She is Melissa Joy Van Diemen, aged 34, originally from Grand Forks, but most recently living in Kelowna. Ms. Van Diemen was last seen swimming in Okanagan Lake behind City Park on June 13. The...

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