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Fort Steele Spooktacular on Saturday, October 26, 2019. (Colin Ferguson/Syltography file)

Fort Steele set to host Spooktacular this October

Last year’s event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

An Elections Canada sign directing voters to a polling place in north Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file photo)

Where to vote in Cranbrook on Monday

The federal election is this coming Monday, September 20th

A row of solar panels help to produce renewable energy at Kootenay Meadows Farm in Creston. (Submitted West Kootenay EcoSociety)

Creston commits to 100% renewable energy by 2050

‘Creston is setting the path forward for other rural communities like theirs to live healthier, safer, and cleaner lives.’

L-R, the Kootenay-Columbia federal election candidates: Sarah Bennett (People’s Party of Canada), Rob Morrison (Conservative), Wayne Stetski (New Democratic Party), Robin Goldsbury (Liberal), and Rana Nelson (Green Party). File photos
L-R, the Kootenay-Columbia federal election candidates: Sarah Bennett (People’s Party of Canada), Rob Morrison (Conservative), Wayne Stetski (New Democratic Party), Robin Goldsbury (Liberal), and Rana Nelson (Green Party). File photos
Proof of vaccination will be required to access all adult sports and activities at City recreation facilities. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)

Proof of vaccine required for adult sports, activities at City of Cranbrook facilities

Adults ages 23 and older will need to show their vaccine card to participate in sports, activities

Proof of vaccination will be required to access all adult sports and activities at City recreation facilities. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)
BC Centre for Disease Control reporting COVID-19 cases by Local Health Area for Sept. 4-11. Image provided by BC Centre for Disease Control.

Cranbrook COVID-19 case count remains high as numbers drop elsewhere: BC CDC

While COVID-19 case counts and rates are falling across the southern interior,…

BC Centre for Disease Control reporting COVID-19 cases by Local Health Area for Sept. 4-11. Image provided by BC Centre for Disease Control.
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.
There were six additional deaths across Alberta reported over the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 1,926 since the beginning of the pandemic. (File photo)

One death connected to Joseph Creek Village outbreak: Interior Health

Health authority acknolwedged the death in Wednesday update; outbreak now up to 14 cases

There were six additional deaths across Alberta reported over the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 1,926 since the beginning of the pandemic. (File photo)
Open burning will once again be allowed in parts of the Southeast Fire Centre, as of noon on Thursday, September 16.
(File Photo)

Ban on open burning lifted in parts of Southeast Fire Centre

The ban will remain in place for the Boundary region

Open burning will once again be allowed in parts of the Southeast Fire Centre, as of noon on Thursday, September 16.
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Advance voting was underway at the Seniors Centre in Cranbrook over the weekend. Trevor Crawley photo.

Advance voting up in Kootenay-Columbia, nationally as federal election looms

Advance turnout is up across the country as well as in Kootenay-Columbia,…

Advance voting was underway at the Seniors Centre in Cranbrook over the weekend. Trevor Crawley photo.
Mount Baker Secondary School welcomes students back for 2021/22 this week. Barry Coulter photo

School District 5 uses last year’s pandemic lessons as school gets underway

Staff and students across the Southeast Kootenay school district have headed back…

Mount Baker Secondary School welcomes students back for 2021/22 this week. Barry Coulter photo
Main trunk project to impact traffic on Hwy3/Victoria starting Thursday, Sept. 16. (City of Cranbrook file)

Influent trunk main project to further impact traffic in Cranbrook

Highway 3 and Victoria Avenue will experience reduced lanes, speed limits starting Thursday

Main trunk project to impact traffic on Hwy3/Victoria starting Thursday, Sept. 16. (City of Cranbrook file)
Mount Baker Secondary School in Cranbrook.

COVID-19 vaccine clinics to be held in select local schools

Students in Cranbrook and Kimberley can get immunized against COVID-19 right in…

Mount Baker Secondary School in Cranbrook.
The Kootenay-Columbia candidates are now live in Black Press’ candidate forum. (Contributed)
The Kootenay-Columbia candidates are now live in Black Press’ candidate forum. (Contributed)
A contractor has been hired to trap and relocate a 'problematic' beaver in the Idlewild Park wetlands area. Photo courtesy Karen Peters.

City clarifies Idlewild relocation plan after beaver backlash

Relocating a beaver in the Idlewild Park area to a more suitable…

A contractor has been hired to trap and relocate a 'problematic' beaver in the Idlewild Park wetlands area. Photo courtesy Karen Peters.
Advance polling is open at the Seniors Centre in Cranbrook over the next four days. Trevor Crawley photo.

Kootenay-Columbia candidates debate issues during virtual forum

Topics included COVID-19 spending, federal debt, climate change, diversity and Indigenous issues

Advance polling is open at the Seniors Centre in Cranbrook over the next four days. Trevor Crawley photo.
A group of local seniors — The Chain Rattlers — has discovered the joys of Disc Golf, and head out every morning, every day of the year, to partake of it. Brian Clarkson photos

‘Chain Rattlers’ hosting disc golf clinic for seniors

A group of local seniors has discovered the joys of Disc Golf, and head out every morning, every day of the year, to partake of it

A group of local seniors — The Chain Rattlers — has discovered the joys of Disc Golf, and head out every morning, every day of the year, to partake of it. Brian Clarkson photos
Nick Taylor has been hired as the new secretary-treasurer for School District 5. (Submitted file)

SD5 hires Nick Taylor as new secretary-treasurer

Taylor will be moving to the East Kootenay region with his wife and two kids

Nick Taylor has been hired as the new secretary-treasurer for School District 5. (Submitted file)
(Right) Junior Firefighter Jessica Mickelson, a Creston local, was awarded with a full scholarship for Fire Academy with Training Division. She will have the choice to attend in Surrey or Texas. (Photo by Dave Harcus of Maple Ridge Fire)

Vancouver-based camp ignites career passions in young women

Creston Fire Rescue would like to bring Camp Ignite to the Kootenays

  • Sep 10, 2021
(Right) Junior Firefighter Jessica Mickelson, a Creston local, was awarded with a full scholarship for Fire Academy with Training Division. She will have the choice to attend in Surrey or Texas. (Photo by Dave Harcus of Maple Ridge Fire)
Axis House Withdrawal Management offers short-term detox stays in Castlegar. Photo: Betsy Kline

Castlegar detox centre sees uptick in alcohol-related visits during pandemic

Axis House Withdrawal Management services are available to anyone in the Kootenay-Boundary region

Axis House Withdrawal Management offers short-term detox stays in Castlegar. Photo: Betsy Kline