Corey Bullock

Pictured is the Bill Nye Mountain Fire during the 2021 wildfire season. The area surrounding the fire is now closed to motor vehicle access until further notice. Many backroads in the Thompson Okanagan region are also closed to motor vehicle access. (Corey Bullock file)

New backcountry road closures in Okanagan, Kootenays aim to aid wildlife recovery

15 new motor-vehicle closures have been put in place by the province of B.C.

Pictured is the Bill Nye Mountain Fire during the 2021 wildfire season. The area surrounding the fire is now closed to motor vehicle access until further notice. Many backroads in the Thompson Okanagan region are also closed to motor vehicle access. (Corey Bullock file)
Pictured is an example of the text message that will be sent to your phone when you sign up for curb-side garbage and recycling pickup reminders. You can sign up by downloading the City of Cranbrook 311 app on your phone. (Cranbrook Townsman file)

City of Cranbrook reminds residents of proper curb-side recycling procedures

Recycling carts need to be placed curb-side properly, not over-filled, City says

Pictured is an example of the text message that will be sent to your phone when you sign up for curb-side garbage and recycling pickup reminders. You can sign up by downloading the City of Cranbrook 311 app on your phone. (Cranbrook Townsman file)
Cranbrook Hyundai is hosting a free community pumpkin carving event on Saturday, October 23rd, starting at 12 noon. (Image via Pixabay)

Cranbrook Hyundai hosting free community pumpkin carving event

Take your pumpkin creation home, or donate it to a local seniors centre

Cranbrook Hyundai is hosting a free community pumpkin carving event on Saturday, October 23rd, starting at 12 noon. (Image via Pixabay)
(Twitter/BC Conservation Officer Service)

COS asking those responsible to come forward after grizzly bear, 5 point elk illegally shot and left

A sow grizzly and two five point elk were recently killed and left in the bush near Elkford

(Twitter/BC Conservation Officer Service)
The City of Cranbrook is reminding residents of their responsibility to clear sidewalks outside of their properties within 24 hours of a snow event. The Snow Angels program is available for anyone who needs help with snow clearing. (Photo: Amy Reid)

City of Cranbrook reminds residents to clear sidewalks within 24hrs of snow

Snow Angels program is available for those who cannot clear sidewalks on their own

The City of Cranbrook is reminding residents of their responsibility to clear sidewalks outside of their properties within 24 hours of a snow event. The Snow Angels program is available for anyone who needs help with snow clearing. (Photo: Amy Reid)
A region-wide Limited Entry Hunt for the Kootenay Boundary Region option was determined to be most likely to meet the harvest management objectives specified in the province’s regional management plan. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)

Wild Sheep Society of BC asks Kootenay residents to weigh in on proposed bighorn sheep draw

The province has proposed a Limited Entry Hunt bighorn sheep season in the Kootenay Boundary Region

A region-wide Limited Entry Hunt for the Kootenay Boundary Region option was determined to be most likely to meet the harvest management objectives specified in the province’s regional management plan. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)
Pictured is Area F Volunteer of the Year, Doug Charlton, with Susan Clovechok. (RDEK file)

RDEK announces 2021 volunteers of the year

The 2021 award recipients have contributed to RDEK rural communities in so many ways

Pictured is Area F Volunteer of the Year, Doug Charlton, with Susan Clovechok. (RDEK file)
The City of Cranbrook is asking residents who have wood stoves or fireplaces to inspect their chimneys as the cold weather sets in. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)

Time to clean out and inspect chimneys, says City of Cranbrook

Residents are encouraged to clean and inspect chimneys prior to first fire

The City of Cranbrook is asking residents who have wood stoves or fireplaces to inspect their chimneys as the cold weather sets in. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)
JCI Kootenay will be hosting ʔaq̓am Chief Joe Pierre in an online event on October 14th, where Chief Pierre will present the Ktunaxa Creation Story. (JCI Kootenay File)

JCI Kootenay to host ʔaq̓am Chief Joe Pierre in online telling of Ktunaxa Creation Story

JCI Kootenay will be hosting ʔaq̓am Chief Joe Pierre in an online…

JCI Kootenay will be hosting ʔaq̓am Chief Joe Pierre in an online event on October 14th, where Chief Pierre will present the Ktunaxa Creation Story. (JCI Kootenay File)
Pictured is a screen shot of the What3Words app website. The app uses a unique three-word address for locations across the globe, as opposed to longitude and latitude coordinates. ‘///pines.patches.nano’ is one of the locations on Elizabeth Lake in Cranbrook. BC Search and Rescue groups are warning against the use of this app, stating it can cause confusion. (Cranbrook Townsman file)

BC Search and Rescue groups warning against use of What3Words app

UK-based app uses three words, instead of longitude and latitude, to locate someone

Pictured is a screen shot of the What3Words app website. The app uses a unique three-word address for locations across the globe, as opposed to longitude and latitude coordinates. ‘///pines.patches.nano’ is one of the locations on Elizabeth Lake in Cranbrook. BC Search and Rescue groups are warning against the use of this app, stating it can cause confusion. (Cranbrook Townsman file)
Highway 5, 61 kilometres south of Merritt looking north (elevation 1,193 metres) Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. (DriveBC image)

Special weather statement in effect for B.C. Interior over long weekend

Rain and snow are expected on most southern highway passes

Highway 5, 61 kilometres south of Merritt looking north (elevation 1,193 metres) Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. (DriveBC image)
A bull moose is wandering around the woods in the Fernie area with an arrow in its back hump. (Pixabay file)

Moose near Fernie wandering around with arrow in back hump

Unfortunate but complicated situation, says COS

A bull moose is wandering around the woods in the Fernie area with an arrow in its back hump. (Pixabay file)
Pictured above: Evan Bueckert served as guest conductor of the Symphony of the Kootenays, Saturday, Feb. 2. 2019. Lyle Grisedale photo

OPINION: The symphony is back

Review on recent Symphony of the Kootenays concert

Pictured above: Evan Bueckert served as guest conductor of the Symphony of the Kootenays, Saturday, Feb. 2. 2019. Lyle Grisedale photo
RCMP investigating after teens give young child candy outside school. Pixabay file.

Cranbrook RCMP investigating after teens give young child candy outside school

No harmful substances found, RCMP say incident could have turned out worse

RCMP investigating after teens give young child candy outside school. Pixabay file.
A new, harsh strain of Kennel cough is making its rounds through the Cranbrook and Kimberley area. Back in August, the BC SPCA warned of a similar situation in the Kamloops area. (BC SCPA file)

New strain of kennel cough making its rounds through East Kootenay region

Even dogs who have been vaccinated against kennel cough can still be infected with this strain

A new, harsh strain of Kennel cough is making its rounds through the Cranbrook and Kimberley area. Back in August, the BC SPCA warned of a similar situation in the Kamloops area. (BC SCPA file)
Elkford Health Centre emergency department closed until further notice

Elkford Health Centre emergency department closed until further notice

The closure is due to limited staffing availability

Elkford Health Centre emergency department closed until further notice
Elkf River Alliance volunteers are pictured during the 2021 Elk River Cleanup. (Submitted file)

Over 1,500 pieces of trash removed during annual Elk River Cleanup

Almost 100 volunteers collected 48 bags of trash

Elkf River Alliance volunteers are pictured during the 2021 Elk River Cleanup. (Submitted file)
Pictured is the kamnin’tk (The Children) statue at St. Eugene. This statue was put in place to honour all of the children who attended Indian Residential Schools. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)

Ktunaxa Nation releases statement on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

How to honour the day and make personal commitments to reconciliation

Pictured is the kamnin’tk (The Children) statue at St. Eugene. This statue was put in place to honour all of the children who attended Indian Residential Schools. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)
Replace the batteries in your smoke alarm annually, and test them monthly.

‘Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety’ during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 3 to 9

Fire prevention week runs nationally, every year, during October

Replace the batteries in your smoke alarm annually, and test them monthly.
2021 Spring Gran Team Champions - Elizabeth Lake Lodge. Back row – Shelby Lehmann and Alex McLeod Front row from left – Liam Thompson, Deidre Rundberg, Amanda Thompson, Lochlann Freitag, Elizabeth McLeod, Paul Freitag, Tricia McLeod, Rachel Freitag, George Freitag, Lynnette Wray - Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary President Not pictured – Alyssa Williams, Anika Fleming, Rob Crowder, Mike Kosof, Carson Damm, Becky Lockhart, Daryl Calder, Michelle Freitag, Thomas Gilhooly, Brian McMahon, Michael McMahon Shelby (Submitted file)

GoByBike Cranbrook returns for fall edition

The autumn ride takes place for two weeks, Monday September 27th to Sunday, October 10th

2021 Spring Gran Team Champions - Elizabeth Lake Lodge. Back row – Shelby Lehmann and Alex McLeod Front row from left – Liam Thompson, Deidre Rundberg, Amanda Thompson, Lochlann Freitag, Elizabeth McLeod, Paul Freitag, Tricia McLeod, Rachel Freitag, George Freitag, Lynnette Wray - Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary President Not pictured – Alyssa Williams, Anika Fleming, Rob Crowder, Mike Kosof, Carson Damm, Becky Lockhart, Daryl Calder, Michelle Freitag, Thomas Gilhooly, Brian McMahon, Michael McMahon Shelby (Submitted file)