Barry Coulter

(Black Press Media stock photo)

Alberta bike gangs battle in Cranbrook

RCMP separate two brawling gangs; several bikers went to hospital with apparent stab wounds; one group escorted out of town

(Black Press Media stock photo)
Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. Right: The Government of B.C. is investing $2.5 million to support new and existing Community Action Teams, including one in Cranbrook.

New Community Action Team in Cranbrook will help respond to overdose crisis

An on-the-ground support team for people with mental health or addiction issues is being formed in Cranbrook

Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. Right: The Government of B.C. is investing $2.5 million to support new and existing Community Action Teams, including one in Cranbrook.
At left: A Cedar Waxing (Craig Montgomery photo) At right: Jacob Peter Gowy’s The Flight of Icarus (1635–1637).

What would the Waxwing birds think of Icarus?

The Bohemian and Cedar Waxwings have been handling the heat wave. Icarus didn’t do so well

At left: A Cedar Waxing (Craig Montgomery photo) At right: Jacob Peter Gowy’s The Flight of Icarus (1635–1637).
Passing lanes — the greatest invention since the solid/dashed double line.

A salute to the passing lanes of Highway 3

I want to take a moment to welcome the new passing lane…

Passing lanes — the greatest invention since the solid/dashed double line.
The Bill Nye Mountain wildfire at midnight Saturday/Sunday, July 17/18. Trevor Crawley photo

Bill Nye Mountain wildfire grows to 785 hectares

The Bill Nye Mountain wildfire is the major wildfire in the East…

The Bill Nye Mountain wildfire at midnight Saturday/Sunday, July 17/18. Trevor Crawley photo
Kurt Swanson, Magda Idasz, Jessica Marusyk, and Dillon, a seven-year-old Clydesdale, at Fort Steele Heritage Town, with the Bill Nye Fire in the background. (Gerry Frederick photo)

Fort Steele plans for wildfire emergency

Plans in place to evacuate animals, create firebreak should wildfires threaten heritage town

Kurt Swanson, Magda Idasz, Jessica Marusyk, and Dillon, a seven-year-old Clydesdale, at Fort Steele Heritage Town, with the Bill Nye Fire in the background. (Gerry Frederick photo)
A new passing lane on Highway 3 near Jaffray is complete.

New passing lane on Highway 3 near Jaffray is complete

A new passing lane is complete, adding to the half dozen or…

A new passing lane on Highway 3 near Jaffray is complete.
Team Canada paracyclist Tristen Chernove, with the three medals (Gold, Silver, Bronze) from the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Chernove is preparing for the Tokyo Paralympic Games, set for August 24-Sept. 5

A cyclist’s journey, measured in more than just miles

Tristen Chernove, a Team Canada paracyclist from Cranbrook, speaks of Rio, Tokyo and facing challenges

Team Canada paracyclist Tristen Chernove, with the three medals (Gold, Silver, Bronze) from the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Chernove is preparing for the Tokyo Paralympic Games, set for August 24-Sept. 5
Gerry Frederick shot this photo of the fire burning near the top of Bill Nye Mountain, east of Wasa.

Fire at the top of Bill Nye Mountain near Wasa

Gerry Frederick shot this photo of the fire burning near the top…

Gerry Frederick shot this photo of the fire burning near the top of Bill Nye Mountain, east of Wasa.
A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)

Mobile immunization clinic heading to Cranbrook

Interior Health’s mobile immunization clinic travelling to Cranbrook area for drop-ins July 24 and July 25

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Barry Coulter photo

Cranbrook RCMP looking for volunteers

Cranbrook RCMP is currently looking to expand our volunteer programs and encourage…

Barry Coulter photo
Vancouver-Langara MLA Michael Lee (left) is pictured with Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka at Idlewild Lake in Cranbrook, Friday morning, July 9. Lee is seeking the leadership of the BC Liberal Party. (Barry Coulter photo)

Lee taking second run at BC Liberal leadership

Michael Lee, one of five contesting the party leadership, visits Cranbrook, Kootenays

Vancouver-Langara MLA Michael Lee (left) is pictured with Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka at Idlewild Lake in Cranbrook, Friday morning, July 9. Lee is seeking the leadership of the BC Liberal Party. (Barry Coulter photo)
1914

Hugs & Slugs: What’s the word from July?

Slugs: To the city of Cranbrook for not enforcing watering restrictions. Bigger…

1914
East Kootenay Community Credit Union in Cranbrook — one of six credit unions in southeast B.C. that were proposing to merge into one $3 billion institution: The Elevatus Credit Union. The project has been cancelled due to increasing costs. (Barry Coulter photo)

Kootenay credit unions call off proposed merger

Boards of directors cite prohibitive increasing costs involved with the Elevatus project

East Kootenay Community Credit Union in Cranbrook — one of six credit unions in southeast B.C. that were proposing to merge into one $3 billion institution: The Elevatus Credit Union. The project has been cancelled due to increasing costs. (Barry Coulter photo)
A pick-up left the street and collided with a tree on someone’s property on 7th Avenue South in Cranbrook, Wednesday, July 7. (Mike Turner photo)

Truck leaves street, smashes into tree

An intersection near Gyro Park and 7th Avenue South was closed to traffic Wednesday afternoon

A pick-up left the street and collided with a tree on someone’s property on 7th Avenue South in Cranbrook, Wednesday, July 7. (Mike Turner photo)
A crowd in front of Buckingham Palace, London, July, 1914. (Photo via Wikipedia)

A tale of two Julys – 2021 and 1914

These are, we might say, febrile times. This summer so far has…

A crowd in front of Buckingham Palace, London, July, 1914. (Photo via Wikipedia)
The Cranbrook Lions Club, donors, sponsors, and Mayor Lee Pratt commemorate the opening of the Cranbrook Lions Club Dog Park Shelter on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. (Photo courtesy City of Cranbrook)

New gazebo opens at Cranbrook dog park

Mayor Lee Pratt and the Cranbrook Lions Club officially cut the ribbon…

The Cranbrook Lions Club, donors, sponsors, and Mayor Lee Pratt commemorate the opening of the Cranbrook Lions Club Dog Park Shelter on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. (Photo courtesy City of Cranbrook)
Kevin Falcon, former BC Liberal MLA and cabinet minister, is again seeking the leadership of the party. He’s pictured at the Colombo Lodge in Cranbrook with Faye Street and Kotoenay East MLA Tom Shypitka, Monday, June 28. (Barry Coulter photo)

Falcon’s vision is a “root and branch reboot” of BC Liberals

BC Liberal leadership candidate Kevin Falcon tours through East Kootenay

Kevin Falcon, former BC Liberal MLA and cabinet minister, is again seeking the leadership of the party. He’s pictured at the Colombo Lodge in Cranbrook with Faye Street and Kotoenay East MLA Tom Shypitka, Monday, June 28. (Barry Coulter photo)
Clockwise from top left: 101 Kootenay Street Building; Left to right: Corinna Robinson (owner), Mike Robinson (owner) and Christel Hagn (general manager); Morchella Market & Cafe artist rendering; 101 Building co-working space, interior. (Photos submitted

New market, cafe and co-working space opening in downtown Cranbrook in August

Local business owners team up with local entrepreneur to transform one of Cranbrook’s historical buildings to a modern co-working space, cafe & market

Clockwise from top left: 101 Kootenay Street Building; Left to right: Corinna Robinson (owner), Mike Robinson (owner) and Christel Hagn (general manager); Morchella Market & Cafe artist rendering; 101 Building co-working space, interior. (Photos submitted
Hugs & Slugs

Cool things down with some Hugs & Slugs

Hugs: To the lady making and handing out the “sunchatchers of appreciation”…

Hugs & Slugs