by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 2:26pm

Residents rallied after reading a heartfelt – and heartbroken – Facebook post written by a local pig farmer who was nearing the end of his rope after hundreds of dollars of meat were stolen right out of the freezer at his farm.

Jim Ross, 51, is the owner of Havesome Hogs in Slocan and creator of the Facebook page Farm the Kootenays, a popular page allowing farmers and gardeners to share information, ideas, questions and best practices, sell produce/livestock/equipment etc., and network with others in the region who share similar interests.

Ross’ post on July 26 was a sad one, and it got the attention of many people on the page.

Recent News

Castlegar Selkirk student earns prestigious title of UBC Chancellor Scholar

Fraser Sutherland is spending the summer working at the Rossland Museum where she has the opportunity to continue to explore our region’s past while she prepares to enter the University of British Columbia in September. After two years in the Selkirk College School of University Arts & Sciences, Sutherland has received the academic foundation she needs to reach her educational goals.

 Fraser Sutherland entered Selkirk College with an open mind to the meanderings of her post-secondary interests, confident the School of University Arts & Sciences would point her in the right direction.

“If you are not sure what you want to do or where you want to go, Selkirk provides that opportunity to explore,” says the 19-year-old, who graduated from Castlegar’s Stanley Humphries Secondary and came straight to Selkirk College. “The teachers really mentor you, they really invest in you and foster your learning. It gives you more confidence and helps you find what you are passionate about and what interests you the most.”

LETTER: Canadian election system fundamentally undemocratic

LETTER: Canadian election system fundamentally undemocratic

What good can come of an election, where a fraudulent, discriminatory disconnection exists between the Canadian voter, and those who Rule?

Canada, and its working class, at this moment are held in a death grip by traitorous political powers. Powers, which cannot be seen to be serving the interests of Canada’s popular majority, or providing Governance in Canada's best interests. The entire Westminster system of domination, which has been entrenched at Ottawa, and which has subordinate offices spread out, and set up in the Capital Cities of the Nation, is a totally un-democratic, and un-servile, system of Governance. Those who impose Westminster’s Imperial, top down authority, are sworn agents, and are found in middleman organizations, which we (Canadians) know as political parties.

Electricity rates to go up next week

Electricity rates to go up next week

Electricity rates are set to increase next month, according to a press release issued by FortisBC this afternoon.The release reads as follows:

FortisBC has completed its annual rates review with the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) and has received approval from the BCUC for a 1.6 per cent increase effective August 1, 2015.

The increase is necessary to make upgrades and improvements to the electrical system and to purchase added capacity for the system. Capacity is needed to provide customers with electricity during peak times of the day and year.

Regional News

Wildfire south of 49th parallel to blame for smoke-filled holiday weekend

 Smoke filled the valley from a wildfire in Central Washington State as motorists traveled Highway 31 near Woodbury Creek Monday. — Photo courtesy Deb Pasacreta

Smoke filtering out the sun during the BC Day Holiday weekend is blowing into the region from a fire south of the 49th parallel said Karlie Shaugnessy of the Southeast Fire Centre Monday.

“Most of the smoke in the area is from a fire burning in Central Washington (State) and its blowing directly up into areas along the border,” Shaugnessy, Communications Specialist with the Southeast Fire Centre.

“So that’s pretty much where the smoke is coming from.”

Rural Family Practice Program aims to draw physicians

Two of Nelson’s longstanding family physicians, Dr. Jim Noiles and Dr. Trevor Janz hosted the new medical residents and students at their homes. Also present, was acting Major of Nelson, Janice Morrison. — Submitted photo

In an attempt to combat a projected doctor shortage local health authorities have banded together to create a new hands on program and it is ready to kick off.

Trail doctor, Cheryl Hume, is the director of the new Kootenay Boundary Rural Family Practice Residency Program that aims to engage future physicians in the lifestyle and practices presented by smaller towns such as Nelson.

Cain breezes to seventh Cyswog’n’Fun Triathlon title; Ramsay surprises women's division

The start was frantic as competitors jockeyed for a piece of Kootenay Lake at the 2015 Nelson Cyswog’n’Fun Triathlon Sunday at Lakeside Rotary Park. — Photo courtesy Madeleine Guenette

Athletes have their favourite places to compete, and for Rossland’s Dallas Cain, the Nelson Cyswog’n’Fun Triathlon is number on his list.

Cain breezed to his seventh title in the Heritage City, blowing the field away to capture the 2015 Nelson Cyswog’n’Fun Triathlon Sunday at Lakeside Rotary Park.

Cain finished the 1.5-kilometer swim, 39 km cycle and 10 km run distance in a time of two hours and five minutes.

The time was more than eight minutes ahead of second place finisher, Seth Bitting.

Provincial & National

Water use reduction order to protect fish

Coldwater River near Claybanks. — Photo courtesy Province of BC

To protect coho, chinook and steelhead populations in the Coldwater River, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson has issued temporary water use restrictions on the river and its tributaries effective midnight Friday, July 31, 2015.

The Coldwater River is located in south central part of BC.

It is the largest tributary of the Nicola River, which it joins at the city of Merritt.

Prime Minister announces longest campaign in Canada since 1872

The race is on as what may had predicted when he met with Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall Sunday. — Photo courtesy Facebook

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Sunday the start of the 42nd federal election campaign, following his meeting with Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall.

Canadians will go to the polls on October 19, 2015, after the Governor General indeed dissolved Parliament, launching the longest campaign in Canada since 1872.

“This is an election about leadership on the big issues that affect all Canadians: the economy and our country’s security,” said the Prime Minister in a release on the Conservative Party of Canada website.