by Kyra Hoggan on Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 12:12pm

The count down is ON – the Kootenay Festival is just two days away!

What began as just a nifty committee idea has become a firmly-established Kootenay tradition, according to volunteer Audrey Maxwell-Polovnikoff.

“People know about us now, and we have groups and vendors approaching us to participate,” she said, adding roughly 2,500 people attended last year, and they expect significantly more this weekend.

Recent News

Crash claims life of Trail woman

Crash claims life of Trail woman

A Trail woman has died after a serious accident near Violin Lake Saturday, according to Trail RCMP Sgt. Darren Oelke.

“On July 26 at 5:58 p.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment, BC Ambulance Service and the Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue were notified of a serious motor vehicle accident in the Violin Lake area near Trail,” he said.

“Police and fire rescue eventually located a single vehicle rollover on a gravel road near Casino.

Castlegar lotto winners come forward

Castlegar lotto winners come forward

A $75,000 winning BC649 ticket sold at the Castlegar Pharmasave has been claimed, by Barb, 67, and Ted, 75, Healey, of Castlegar.

In an interview from BCLC offices in Kamloops, where they went to claim their winnings, the Healeys told The Source they didn't get much sleep last night, given all the kerfuffle.

"This is pretty exciting," Barb said.

The two have been buying 649 tickets twice a week for decades, only winning $80 on two occassions ... until now.

Ambulance crashes in Rossland

Ambulance crashes in Rossland

Three people were injured when an ambulance was involved in an accident today in Rossland, according to Trail RCMP Cpl. Kelly Hall.

"On July 24, at approximately 9:02 a.m., Trail and Greater District RCMP responded to a single vehicle motor vehicle incident involving an ambulance on Highway 3B near Feeney Road at Rossland," she said. "The ambulance left the roadway and travelled down an embankment.

"The three occupants of the vehicle were not trapped in the vehicle and are being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Regional News

A Brief History of Everything

A Brief History of Everything

Humans’ natural being, humans being natural

My column title is a steal from the book title by Ken Wilber. Wilber is one of those writers I so much admire for their attempt to synthesize vast quantities of history and other data about the human condition, alongside Charles Eisenstein and William Irwin Thompson. This a very long column for the middle of a heat wave, and I suspect I may not keep readers with me to the end.

Conservatives pick Marshall Neufeld as candidate in new SOWK riding

Marshall Neufeld . . . honoured and humbled

The race is on for the next federal election and the Conservative Party is happy to begin the campaign after nominating Marshall Neufeld for the new riding of South Okanagan West Kootenay (SOWK) by a margin of 88 percent during a meeting this past weekend in Penticton.

"I knew there was strong support, I was confident . . . our team worked hard right from day one, however, I am overwhelmed by the tremendous turn out and by the final results," Neufeld said.

Shambhala Music Festival: Before and After

Shambhala Music Festival is definitely a good time to be had by all, but organizers have security systems in place for a festival that draws some 10,000 electronic music lovers. — Photo courtesy Shambhala Music Festival

As excitement and numbers build for the 17th Shambhala Music Festival August 8-11 at a ranch outside Salmo, concerns over the security and safety of festivalgoers heighten in light of the recent death at the Pemberton Music Festival.

Foul play has been ruled out in the death of 21-year-old Nick Phongsavath, but the tragedy underscores the risks of bringing huge numbers of people together, who are partying for days with little sleep and often using drugs and alcohol.

Provincial & National

Happy Birthday Columbia Valley agriculture association

WDFI makes the 100-year grade in the East Kootenay.

The name has been changed several times but the commitment to promoting agriculture and rural life has remained the same.

The Windermere District Farmers’ Institute and Livestock Association (WDFI) was presented with a Century Farm Award at a Centenary Celebration in Windermere Sunday.

The WDFI was incorporated in 1914 under the B.C. Agricultural Association Act as the Windermere Farmers’ Institute – Incorporation #91. The institute’s first membership fees were set at “Fifty Cents”.