Laurie Tritschler

Greg McNeil, operations manager at Yellowhead Road and Bridge, looks into a crater in Gilpin Road left by Wednesday night’s flooding. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Flash flood still under investigation in Grand Forks

A sudden torrent of water washed out a section of rural road near the city Wednesday night

Greg McNeil, operations manager at Yellowhead Road and Bridge, looks into a crater in Gilpin Road left by Wednesday night’s flooding. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
The BC Centre for Disease’s Control’s latest COVID-19 map shows new cases reported in each local health area between Sept. 5-11.

COVID-19 cases plummet across West Boundary, Kootenays

The latest numbers from the BC CDC offer hope that the 4th wave may be cresting in both regions

The BC Centre for Disease’s Control’s latest COVID-19 map shows new cases reported in each local health area between Sept. 5-11.
The BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BC CDC) latest COVID-19 map shows a rise in new cases in the West Kootenay in the week of Aug. 29 - Sept 4, compared to the previous week. New cases generally fell in the East Kootenay in the same period.

New COVID cases rise in West Kootenay, generally fall to the east

This week’s numbers were released by the BC CDC on Wednesday, Sept. 8

The BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BC CDC) latest COVID-19 map shows a rise in new cases in the West Kootenay in the week of Aug. 29 - Sept 4, compared to the previous week. New cases generally fell in the East Kootenay in the same period.
Barry Brandow, Sr. stands at the foot of a bighorn sheep preserve in the Gilpin Grasslands Wednesday, Sept. 1. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Bighorn sheep die-off prompts look at Grand Forks’ history

‘Anytime you do anything for wildlife, it’s a helluva fight,’ says Barry Brandow, Sr., a driving force behind the herd’s reintroduction in 1985

Barry Brandow, Sr. stands at the foot of a bighorn sheep preserve in the Gilpin Grasslands Wednesday, Sept. 1. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Wildfire smoke covers Grand Forks on Sept. 14, 2020. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks, Castlegar had highest soot levels in B.C. in 2020

The cities topped the list for fine particulate matter in the B.C. Lung Association’s latest State of the Air report

Wildfire smoke covers Grand Forks on Sept. 14, 2020. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Midway Mayor Martin Fromme (centre) presents Finely Kamigochi with her honourary Volunteer of the Year award at a village corn roast Saturday, Aug. 28. Photo courtesy of Van Atkinson

Midway fire dept. shares volunteer award with its youngest member

Finley Kamigochi, 5, joined the dept’s honourary ranks after a fantastic fundraiser

Midway Mayor Martin Fromme (centre) presents Finely Kamigochi with her honourary Volunteer of the Year award at a village corn roast Saturday, Aug. 28. Photo courtesy of Van Atkinson
Dep. Fire Chief Stephane Dionne said a thick plume of natural gas treated volunteer firefighters who went inside the home at 7004 1st St. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Gas leak threatens Grand Forks neighbourhood gutted by 2018 flood

All city utilities had been cut to the area, according to city staff at the scene

Dep. Fire Chief Stephane Dionne said a thick plume of natural gas treated volunteer firefighters who went inside the home at 7004 1st St. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
The Windsor Hotel (centre) has been vacant since 2017. Photo courtesy of Kendall Ballantine

Windsor Hotel set to reopen next summer

Boundary ranchers recently bought the building in a foreclosure sale

The Windsor Hotel (centre) has been vacant since 2017. Photo courtesy of Kendall Ballantine
General manager Lisa Sims said the board had to consider that up to 1,500 people would be in the stands for the lawnmower races at this year’s Rock Creek Fall Fair. These racers are pictured at the 2018 fair. Photo: Jensen Edwards

Rock Creek Fall Fair put off for another year

The fair’s board of directors had to consider a recent health order that sharply limited gatherings, says GM Lisa Sims

General manager Lisa Sims said the board had to consider that up to 1,500 people would be in the stands for the lawnmower races at this year’s Rock Creek Fall Fair. These racers are pictured at the 2018 fair. Photo: Jensen Edwards
Bighorn sheep like this one shown here are dying in large numbers near Grand Forks, according to the Wild Sheep Society of B.C. Photo: Facebook / Wild Sheep Society of BC

20 bighorn sheep near Grand Forks die due to disease; group searching the area for others

Twenty sheep found dead near city, says concerned non-profit

Bighorn sheep like this one shown here are dying in large numbers near Grand Forks, according to the Wild Sheep Society of B.C. Photo: Facebook / Wild Sheep Society of BC
Midway firefighters and Chief Mike Daloise stop for lemonade at Finley Kamigochi’s department fundraiser Saturday, Aug. 7. Photo courtesy of Cam Kamigochi.

Adorable little girl raises money for West Boundary fire dept.

The department honoured five-year-old Finley Kamigochi at a special presentation this week

Midway firefighters and Chief Mike Daloise stop for lemonade at Finley Kamigochi’s department fundraiser Saturday, Aug. 7. Photo courtesy of Cam Kamigochi.
Grand Forks’ Rosemary Phillips said she was twice approached by online scammers who offered her bogus rentals. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

West Kootenay renter warns of online scams

Rosemary Phillips wasn’t taken in, but she wants other renters to be on their guard

Grand Forks’ Rosemary Phillips said she was twice approached by online scammers who offered her bogus rentals. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
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Grand Forks man allegedly assaults paramedics, takes up sword in armed stand-off

Police say the man had been serving house arrest for a prior conviction at the time of the alleged assault

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Woman drowns in Christina Lake, say Grand Forks RCMP

The woman’s death marks the area’s first reported drowning in 2021

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Grand Forks saw 21 cases of COVID-19 last week. Illustration: BC Centre for Disease Control

Grand Forks leads B.C. in COVID-19 infection rates

The city and surrounding areas saw 18 cases two weeks ago, according to the BC Centre for Disease Control

Grand Forks saw 21 cases of COVID-19 last week. Illustration: BC Centre for Disease Control
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Grand Forks sees repeat rash of COVID-19 cases

The city and surrounding area were dubbed a viral “hot spot” last month

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Grand Forks Fire/Rescue volunteers attended Sunday’s incident at the Hardy View Lodge. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Sunday’s heat trips sprinkler system at West Kootenay seniors’ home

Interior Health was still assessing the damage at Grand Forks’ Hardy View Lodge as of Sunday evening

Grand Forks Fire/Rescue volunteers attended Sunday’s incident at the Hardy View Lodge. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Helping Hands President Kimberly Feeny holds one of 17 kittens now staying at the cat shelter. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

West Kootenay cat shelter needs new home following council vote

Grand Forks city council gave the shelter a three-month lease in March

Helping Hands President Kimberly Feeny holds one of 17 kittens now staying at the cat shelter. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
The pilot of this single-engine propeller plane was unhurt after crash-landing in a Como Road orchard Friday, June 18. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Plane crash lands into Grand Forks orchard, pilot injured

RCMP have secured the crash site, pending investigation by Transport Canada

The pilot of this single-engine propeller plane was unhurt after crash-landing in a Como Road orchard Friday, June 18. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Thursday, June 10, mentioned Grand Forks among two other COVID “hot spots” in B.C. Photo: Screenshot - YouTube COVID-19 BC Update, June 10, 2021

PHO Henry says West Kootenay city is a COVID ‘hot spot’ in B.C.

There are 11 cases of COVID-19 in the Grand Forks local health area, according the BC CDC

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Thursday, June 10, mentioned Grand Forks among two other COVID “hot spots” in B.C. Photo: Screenshot - YouTube COVID-19 BC Update, June 10, 2021