Regional news recap

A quick recap of the top news stories this week in Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie and Kimberley.

Special avalanche warning issued for East Kootenay

A special avalanche warning has been issued for the weekend by Avalanche Canada. Most of the popular recreational terrain in the area is under this warning including the North Rockies, Cariboos, North and South Columbia, Glacier National Park, the Purcells, South Rockies and Lizard Range.

Backcountry users are warned that the lower elevation is actually more dangerous than the high alpine, and Avalanche Canada says anyone recreating in the backcountry should be equipped with essential rescue gear.

Cranbrook youth facing weapons, drug charges

A 16-year-old Cranbrook youth has been arrested and hated with several firearms and drug offences, according to RCMP.

The youth remains in custody and is facing charges of uttering threats, possessing a weapon for dangerous purpose, trafficking and a breach of an Intensive Support and Supervision Order.

Province partners with three East Kootenay bands to improve housing

Three Indigenous bands in the East Kootenay are working with BC Housing to improve the quality of on-reserve homes.

The Shuswap Indian Band, Tobacco Plains Indian Band and the ʔaq̓am community will receive help from the housing crown corporation to maintain housing that meets industry standards for safety, durability, accessibility, healthy living and energy efficiency.

BC Housing will also provide training and education to strengthen expertise within each of the communities to manage housing supply.

The partnership is part of a three-year agreement through the Ktunaxa Shuswap Asset Management Initiative that includes funding support from the Columbia Basin Trust and Indigenous Services Canada.

RCMP Fernie arena probe ongoing

A criminal investigation into the Fernie arena tragedy is ongoing, with no indication of a completion date.

The RCMP continues to examine the events of October 17, 2017 when three men tragically died after an ammonia leak at the Fernie Memorial Arena.

WorkSafeBC and Technical Safety BC concluded their investigations last year, making several recommendations to improve arena and workplace safety, however the RCMP have made no indication of when their investigation is expected to be completed.

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Council approves 20-unit BC Housing apartment building

New apartment will replace two existing four plexes in the Laurie Middle School neighbourhood

East Kootenay Volleyball Club has a successful season

Teams with the EKVC saw success in many areas including at the provincial and national levels

Rocks thrown at vehicles on highway near Kimberley

RCMP investigate several incidents —a suspect has been identified, witnesses required

First Nations included in latest Columbia River Treaty talks

Seventh round of negotiations between Canada and U.S. wrap up in Washington D.C.

VIDEO: Killer whale steals fisherman’s catch off North Coast

Fishing duel results in eager orca snagging salmon in Prince Rupert

Fate of accused in Canadian couple’s 1987 killings in jury’s hands

William Talbott’s lawyer says DNA doesn’t prove murder

Child killed after being hit in driveway on Vancouver Island

The driver of the vehicle remained at the crash scene and is fully cooperating

Eating sandwiches, putting on makeup behind the wheel could land you a fine

RCMP say if you cause an accident while eating you could be penalized

Cat badly hurt in animal trap was likely stuck for days, B.C. owner says

Blu, a three-year-old house cat, suffered severe damage to his hind leg after being stuck in trap for days

40 cats surrendered in apparent hoarding at B.C. home

Officers found the cats living among piles of garbage and feces, suffering from fleas

Vancouver Aquarium drops cetacean ban lawsuit in new lease agreement

Ocean Wise CEO Lasse Gustavsson called the updated lease an exciting new chapter for the aquarium

Thieves steal two $40K chairs featuring gold serpents from B.C. furniture store

Chairs believed to be the only two of its kind in Canada, police said

Rising gas prices force B.C. residents to rethink summer road trips: poll

63 per cent of respondents reported gas prices are impacting their day-to-day finances

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