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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)
Mount Baker Secondary School welcomes students back for 2021/22 this week. Barry Coulter photo

SD5 board holding off on COVID-19 vaccine mandate decision

No template has been made available to help guide trustee decision-making, says board chair

Mount Baker Secondary School welcomes students back for 2021/22 this week. Barry Coulter photo
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)
ʔaq̓am and Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi’I communities are receiving grant funding from the First Nations Well Being Fund. File photo.

Grant funding awarded to local First Nation communities

Two local First Nation bands are receiving just under $100,000 in funding…

ʔaq̓am and Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi’I communities are receiving grant funding from the First Nations Well Being Fund. File photo.
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)
One proposal is for 1716 - 4th Street North, a 71-unit, six-storey apartment building on a 1.5-acre vacant lot behind the Save-On-Foods shopping complex.

Two proposed apartment developments move to public hearing

A pair of proposed apartment buildings are heading to public hearings, following…

One proposal is for 1716 - 4th Street North, a 71-unit, six-storey apartment building on a 1.5-acre vacant lot behind the Save-On-Foods shopping complex.
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)
Fernie SAR assisted an injured mountain biker on Monday. (Photo Submitted)

Two missing women found safe and well in Bull River area: Fernie SAR

Two missing women were found safe and well out in the Bull…

Fernie SAR assisted an injured mountain biker on Monday. (Photo Submitted)
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)
East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Cranbrook. Google maps photo

Interior Health officials update RDEK board on regional operations, pandemic response

As COVID-19 cases surge in the Cranbrook area, Interior Health officials provided…

East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Cranbrook. Google maps photo
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)
Elk will be gathering near the highway between Marysville and Cranbrook over the month of October, says WildSafeBC Kimberley-Cranbrook. Brittany Pukas photo.

Watch for elk around highway between Cranbrook and Marysville this month

WildSafeBC Kimberley-Cranbrook says a herd of elk will be gathering near Highway…

Elk will be gathering near the highway between Marysville and Cranbrook over the month of October, says WildSafeBC Kimberley-Cranbrook. Brittany Pukas photo.
The BC CDC COVID-19 map for LHA data between Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2021.

Cranbrook hits pandemic high of 90 cases in one reporting week: BC CDC

Cranbrook hit a new pandemic high since localized case data became publicly…

The BC CDC COVID-19 map for LHA data between Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2021.
Snow is right around the corner and highway maintenance vehicles will be out. Above, snow removal equipment near Jaffray in the East Kootenay. Mainroad file
Snow is right around the corner and highway maintenance vehicles will be out. Above, snow removal equipment near Jaffray in the East Kootenay. Mainroad file
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.
Police, Search and Rescue working to locate an overdue hunter who may be in the Bull River drainage area. Photo courtesy RCMP.

UPDATE: Hunter reported missing has been found safe and well

Danny Fijila, 35, went out for a hunt Tuesday morning, possibly in the Bull River drainage area, per RCMP

Police, Search and Rescue working to locate an overdue hunter who may be in the Bull River drainage area. Photo courtesy RCMP.
Black Press file
Black Press file
The Creston RCMP are seeking a missing person. (Black Press Media stock photo)

Missing person: Creston RCMP seeking Jesse Markwart

The 21-year-old was last seen on Sept. 21

The Creston RCMP are seeking a missing person. (Black Press Media stock photo)
B.C.’s top health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has reversed her position on requiring proof of vaccine for indoor entertainment and sports, as the province copes with an unexpected summer surge in COVID-19 transmission. (B.C. government photo)

Mask mandate expanded to cover K-Grade 12 in B.C. schools

Cranbrook teachers’ union representative raises transparency concerns over potential student exposures

B.C.’s top health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has reversed her position on requiring proof of vaccine for indoor entertainment and sports, as the province copes with an unexpected summer surge in COVID-19 transmission. (B.C. government photo)
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)