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Darla Smith, then 11 years old, receives her first COVID-19 vaccination in 2021 in Vernon. Child vaccine rates in Interior Health are among the lowest in B.C. Photo: Jennifer Smith

After one year of child COVID-19 vaccines, most kids in Interior Health remain unprotected

The region has the second-lowest rate of child vaccinations in B.C.

Darla Smith, then 11 years old, receives her first COVID-19 vaccination in 2021 in Vernon. Child vaccine rates in Interior Health are among the lowest in B.C. Photo: Jennifer Smith
An investigation by Cranbrook RCMP into a knife blade located in a box of candy reveals no malicious intent.

Investigation into a knife blade in a box of candy reveals no malicious intent

Cranbrook RCMP determined the blade embedded in the candy box originated at the manufacturer’s

An investigation by Cranbrook RCMP into a knife blade located in a box of candy reveals no malicious intent.
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Snowfall warning in effect for East Kootenay, Elk Valley

A snowfall warning has been issued for the area around Cranbrook tonight…

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Public Works crews will be out and about keeping roads clear as winter looms. Photo courtesy City of Cranbrook.

City prepares for first blast of wintery weather

Winter is coming. Aside from being an iconic quote from Lord Eddard…

Public Works crews will be out and about keeping roads clear as winter looms. Photo courtesy City of Cranbrook.
Cranbrook Bucks head coach and general manager Ryan Donald breaks out the whiteboard during a stoppage in play in a game against the Trail Smoke Eaters earlier this year. Trevor Crawley photo.

Cranbrook Bucks extend head coach/GM Ryan Donald for six years

The Cranbrook Bucks have announced Ryan Donald, the club’s head coach and…

Cranbrook Bucks head coach and general manager Ryan Donald breaks out the whiteboard during a stoppage in play in a game against the Trail Smoke Eaters earlier this year. Trevor Crawley photo.
Cranbrook’s Mayor and Council, left to right: Wesly Graham, Wayne Stetski, Norma Blissett, Mayor Wayne Price, Lynnette Wray, Ron Popoff and Mike Peabody. (Barry Coulter photo)

Cranbrook’s new mayor and councillors sworn in

Judge Grant Sheard leads each councillor through the oath of office

Cranbrook’s Mayor and Council, left to right: Wesly Graham, Wayne Stetski, Norma Blissett, Mayor Wayne Price, Lynnette Wray, Ron Popoff and Mike Peabody. (Barry Coulter photo)
This handy manual can help you make your house more resistant to fire – and when your house is more resistant, so is the community.
This handy manual can help you make your house more resistant to fire – and when your house is more resistant, so is the community. BLACK PRESS file

RDEK hosting FireSmart event in Cranbrook

If you are a FireSmart champion in your East Kootenay community, the…

This handy manual can help you make your house more resistant to fire – and when your house is more resistant, so is the community.
This handy manual can help you make your house more resistant to fire – and when your house is more resistant, so is the community. BLACK PRESS file
Rossland and Trail Rotary Clubs are just two of countless Rotaries across the province that will miss out on community funds with the BC Gaming Policy Enforcement Branch’s cancellation of online Bingo. Photo: Mick Haupt/Unsplash

Kootenay Rotaries feel the pinch after gaming branch scuttles online Bingo

Community groups across the province will be impacted by decision to cancel online Rotary Bingo

Rossland and Trail Rotary Clubs are just two of countless Rotaries across the province that will miss out on community funds with the BC Gaming Policy Enforcement Branch’s cancellation of online Bingo. Photo: Mick Haupt/Unsplash
Kimberly Polman left Canada in 2014 to join Islamic State. Eight years later she’s being repatriated, and she’ll be living in Chilliwack. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

Former Islamic State member released on bail to live in Chilliwack

Kimberly Polman will live with her sister and she will have to adhere to 25 conditions

Kimberly Polman left Canada in 2014 to join Islamic State. Eight years later she’s being repatriated, and she’ll be living in Chilliwack. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)
The new #Ktunaxahomelands campaign, allowing locals and travellers to gain an understanding of how the Rockies and Kootenay waterways were formed, while appreciating the significance of the Hoodoos, all from a Ktunaxa perspective.

City of Cranbrook accepts advertising award featuring #KtunaxaHomelands campaign

The City of Cranbrook recently accepted a national advertising award for a…

The new #Ktunaxahomelands campaign, allowing locals and travellers to gain an understanding of how the Rockies and Kootenay waterways were formed, while appreciating the significance of the Hoodoos, all from a Ktunaxa perspective.
Police are looking to speak with the driver of a small red hatchback after a hit-and-run on Cranbrook Street North. (Photo submitted by RCMP)

Cranbrook RCMP seek hit-and-run driver

On October 17 Cranbrook RCMP were called to a hit-and-run on Cranbrook…

Police are looking to speak with the driver of a small red hatchback after a hit-and-run on Cranbrook Street North. (Photo submitted by RCMP)
Harold (left) and Trevor Simkins present Kristen Amy of the Cranbrook Women’s Resource Center with a cheque for the funds raised at their end of year fundraiser. Photo submitted.

Bootleg Gap Golf Course raises $6000 at two events for Cranbrook Women’s Resource Center

Bootleg Gap Golf Course, in their second-annual “Rec 9 Rounds for Charity”…

Harold (left) and Trevor Simkins present Kristen Amy of the Cranbrook Women’s Resource Center with a cheque for the funds raised at their end of year fundraiser. Photo submitted.
Deemed as an historic milestone for conservation, it was the result fo a partnership between the provincial Spotted Owl Breeding and Release Program and Spuzzum First Nation. (BC Gov News)

Wild B.C. population of critically endangered spotted owl jumps from 1 to 4

Conservation made possible due to partnership between Spuzzum First Nation and provincial government

Deemed as an historic milestone for conservation, it was the result fo a partnership between the provincial Spotted Owl Breeding and Release Program and Spuzzum First Nation. (BC Gov News)
Actors dressed in Halloween costumes each wore a mask of one of the most wanted individuals. (Photo: Anna Burns)

List of B.C.’s ‘scariest and least-wanted trick-or-treaters’ unveiled with actors

Crime Stoppers offers reward of up to $5,000 for anonymous information that leads to an arrest

Actors dressed in Halloween costumes each wore a mask of one of the most wanted individuals. (Photo: Anna Burns)
The funeral for Lawrence Taylor, World War II veteran, was held at the Cranbrook Veterans Cemetery, Monday, Oct. 24. Taylor’s was the first funeral held in the Veteran’s Cemetery for many years. (Barry Coulter photo)

Seaforth Highlander laid to rest in Veterans Cemetery

The funeral for Lawrence Taylor, World War II veteran, was the first held in the Cranbrook Veterans Cemetery, for many years

The funeral for Lawrence Taylor, World War II veteran, was held at the Cranbrook Veterans Cemetery, Monday, Oct. 24. Taylor’s was the first funeral held in the Veteran’s Cemetery for many years. (Barry Coulter photo)
East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Cranbrook. Google maps photo

New program to support safer workplaces for health care workers

A new security model at health care facilities designed to protect health…

East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Cranbrook. Google maps photo
Conservation officers seized five firearms during an arrest Thursday, Oct. 20 west of Williams Lake where three individuals were hunting at night on private property. (BC Conservation Officer Service photo)

Night hunting near Williams Lake leads to 3 arrests, seizure of 5 dead deer, guns and truck

The individuals were hunting with high powered lights

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Conservation officers seized five firearms during an arrest Thursday, Oct. 20 west of Williams Lake where three individuals were hunting at night on private property. (BC Conservation Officer Service photo)
Highway contractor Mainroad takes care of a 3,673 kilometres long stretch of highway and secondary roads in the East Kootenay. Bulletin file.

Winter is coming: What to expect from the highway contractor

The East Kootenay highway contractor is Mainroad

Highway contractor Mainroad takes care of a 3,673 kilometres long stretch of highway and secondary roads in the East Kootenay. Bulletin file.
Anne Edwards, pictured in 2013, at a fundraiser for NDP candidate Norma Blissett. Anne Edwards passed away Oct. 15, 2022. (Barry Coulter photo).

Anne Edwards: 1935-2022 — Journalist, educator, politician, writer, community advocate

There are few East Kootenay individuals who have had contributed in so…

Anne Edwards, pictured in 2013, at a fundraiser for NDP candidate Norma Blissett. Anne Edwards passed away Oct. 15, 2022. (Barry Coulter photo).
Outgoing Peticton Mayor John Vassilaki Burnaby RCMP officer Shaelyn Yang should be honoured with more than just words after the officer was fatally stabbed while on duty. (Canadian Press/HO, B.C. RCMP)

Burnaby RCMP member’s death ‘an immeasurable loss,’ says Kootenay MP

In a statement in the House of Commons, Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison…

Outgoing Peticton Mayor John Vassilaki Burnaby RCMP officer Shaelyn Yang should be honoured with more than just words after the officer was fatally stabbed while on duty. (Canadian Press/HO, B.C. RCMP)