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Chris Johns is running for another term as school trustee for the School District 5 board of education. Photo courtesy Chris Johns.

Chris Johns running for another trustee term with SD5 board of education

Chris Johns is running for re-election as trustee for the Southeast Kootenay…

Chris Johns is running for another term as school trustee for the School District 5 board of education. Photo courtesy Chris Johns.
Stan Chung is running for a trustee position on the Southeast Kootenay (SD5) Board of Education. Photo courtesy Stan Chung.

Stan Chung running as trustee for SD5 board of education

Stan Chung is running for a trustee position on the Southeast Kootenay…

Stan Chung is running for a trustee position on the Southeast Kootenay (SD5) Board of Education. Photo courtesy Stan Chung.
Cranbrook mayoral candidate Wayne Price speaks while incumbent mayor Lee Pratt looks on during a forum hosted by the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday. Trevor Crawley photo.

Cranbrook mayoral candidates field questions at business forum

Housing affordability, fiscal responsibility at city hall, inflationary challenges and policies to…

Cranbrook mayoral candidate Wayne Price speaks while incumbent mayor Lee Pratt looks on during a forum hosted by the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday. Trevor Crawley photo.
Doug McPhee is running for re-election as trustee for SD5 board of education. Photo courtesy Doug McPhee.

McPhee running for re-election as trustee for SD5 board of education

Doug McPhee is running for re-election as a trustee on the SD5…

Doug McPhee is running for re-election as trustee for SD5 board of education. Photo courtesy Doug McPhee.
Greater Victoria School District trustees Diane McNally and Rob Paynter were censured by the board and suspended from their duties until October for misconduct relating to bullying and harassment complaints. (Black Press Media file photos)

Judges says Greater Victoria School Board lacked authority to suspend trustees

Diane McNally and Rob Paynter have been reinstated after suspension over alleged bullying

Greater Victoria School District trustees Diane McNally and Rob Paynter were censured by the board and suspended from their duties until October for misconduct relating to bullying and harassment complaints. (Black Press Media file photos)
First responders working on an overdose victim in Penticton in September, 2022. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Interior-wide drug alert after cluster of fatal overdoses in Kelowna

Drug checks have found benzodiazepines and higher than average concentrations of fentanyl

First responders working on an overdose victim in Penticton in September, 2022. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
A Chilliwack psychiatric nurse has accepted a 12-month suspension after engaging in an intimate relationship with a former client.

Chilliwack psychiatric nurse suspended after violating professional boundaries

Ashley Grittner engaged in an intimate relationship with a vulnerable former client

A Chilliwack psychiatric nurse has accepted a 12-month suspension after engaging in an intimate relationship with a former client.
Pictured is the view from new lookout on Moir Park Perimeter Trail. There is a prescribed burn set to take place beginning Wednesday, Sept. 28 just north of the Athletic Park at Moir Park. (JCI Kootenay/Submitted file)

Prescribed burn set for Moir Park in Cranbrook Wednesday

Smoke will likely be visible from surrounding communities

  • Sep 26, 2022
Pictured is the view from new lookout on Moir Park Perimeter Trail. There is a prescribed burn set to take place beginning Wednesday, Sept. 28 just north of the Athletic Park at Moir Park. (JCI Kootenay/Submitted file)
Pictured (left to right) are Beth, Diane, Katie, Julie and Ian of the Cranbrook Food Bank on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. This team, along with other staff and volunteers, have been working hard to implement a new choice model for clients at the food bank. The new model rolls out on Oct. 24, 2022. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman)

Cranbrook food bank to roll out new choice model

New model will allow clients to shop the food bank, offering more variety and reducing waste

Pictured (left to right) are Beth, Diane, Katie, Julie and Ian of the Cranbrook Food Bank on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. This team, along with other staff and volunteers, have been working hard to implement a new choice model for clients at the food bank. The new model rolls out on Oct. 24, 2022. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman)
The Aleutian Isle sees the surface for the first time on Sept. 17, over a month after it sank off of San Juan Island. (Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest)

Fuel-leaking fishing boat pulled to surface one month after sinking near Victoria

Ongoing response looks to move the boat without releasing remaining fuel

The Aleutian Isle sees the surface for the first time on Sept. 17, over a month after it sank off of San Juan Island. (Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest)
Cranbrook City Hall. Townsman file photo.

City recognized for work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

The City of Cranbrook has been recognized for efforts to reduce greenhouse…

Cranbrook City Hall. Townsman file photo.
Shadow Mountain residents and property owners can have their say if they don’t support a proposal to connect into the municipal sewer system. Photo courtesy City of Cranbrook.

Shadow Mountain residents to have say on municipal sewer service proposal

Residents out at Shadow Mountain will have the chance to have their…

Shadow Mountain residents and property owners can have their say if they don’t support a proposal to connect into the municipal sewer system. Photo courtesy City of Cranbrook.
Pictured is Tucker, a dog that is currently in foster care through Meant 2B Loved pet rescue society. (Meant 2 B Loved file)

Meant 2B Loved Pet Rescue Society temporarily pausing intake of animals

Adoptions, fosters have slowed down, making it difficult for society to find homes for pets

Pictured is Tucker, a dog that is currently in foster care through Meant 2B Loved pet rescue society. (Meant 2 B Loved file)
Poverty conference

Cranbrook conference will discuss ways to deal with homelessness, poverty

East Kootenay Collaborative for Reducing Poverty, Oct. 28 and 29, will share ideas and look a models that are working elsewhere

Poverty conference
Cranbrook city hall. Trevor Crawley photo.

Local governance faces challenges responding to housing, social issues

City says province has jurisdiction on providing housing, social services supports

Cranbrook city hall. Trevor Crawley photo.
Cranbrook Fire and Emergency Services responded to the vehicle fire early Thursday morning, when a fire was discovered in the back of a GFL collection truck downtown. City of Cranbrook File.

Crews respond to garbage truck fire in Cranbrook

No injuries reported, but truck sustained damage

Cranbrook Fire and Emergency Services responded to the vehicle fire early Thursday morning, when a fire was discovered in the back of a GFL collection truck downtown. City of Cranbrook File.
East Kootenay Climate Hub is putting to all candidates in the local government elections a questionnaire, to get each one’s take on the climate issues of the day.

Group seeks candidates’ position on climate issues

East Kootenay Climate Hub will be posting responses from all candidates in the B.C. election

East Kootenay Climate Hub is putting to all candidates in the local government elections a questionnaire, to get each one’s take on the climate issues of the day.
Ron Popoff is running for another term on Cranbrook city council.

Popoff seeking another term on Cranbrook city council

Incumbent city councillor Ron Popoff is running for a third term in…

Ron Popoff is running for another term on Cranbrook city council.
The view from a woman's car after she was forced to stop on Bailey Road while driving home early Saturday morning (Sept. 17). A man had placed large orange pylons in the middle of the road, and was later arrested by RCMP. (Facebook Messenger screenshot)

Chilliwack women frightened by unexpected road block

Driving home just after midnight, they came across a man placing pylons in the middle of Bailey Road

The view from a woman's car after she was forced to stop on Bailey Road while driving home early Saturday morning (Sept. 17). A man had placed large orange pylons in the middle of the road, and was later arrested by RCMP. (Facebook Messenger screenshot)
BC Conservation Officer Service said five U.S. citizens fishing on the Dean River near Bella Coola were fined for using barbed hooks. (BC Conservation Officer Facebook photo)

Five U.S. citizens fined for fishing with barbed hooks near Bella Coola

BC Conservation officers caught them during a patrol of the Dean River

BC Conservation Officer Service said five U.S. citizens fishing on the Dean River near Bella Coola were fined for using barbed hooks. (BC Conservation Officer Facebook photo)