Year in Review: July – September

Looking at the top stories of 2016 in the Cranbrook Townsman.

Jared du Toit became a household name in Canada after a stellar performance at the PGA's RBC Canadian Open.

Jared du Toit became a household name in Canada after a stellar performance at the PGA's RBC Canadian Open.

July 1

First Term City Councillor Tom Shypitka announced he would be seeking the B.C. Liberal nomination for Kootenay East. Former MP David Wilks had earlier also announced his intentions to seek the sam.

July 5

First term City Councillor Norma Blissett announced she would be seeking the NDP nomination for Kootenay East. Former Fernie Mayor Randal Macnair had earlier announced he would be seeking the same.

Sophie Pierre, a prominent member of the Ktunaxa First Nation, was named an Officer of the Order of Canada by Gov. Gen. David Johnston.

July 6

Local Municipal and Provincial politicians, including Mayor Lee Pratt and MLA Bill Bennett, took part in an official sod-turning ceremony at Idlewild Park to makr the upcoming construction of a new dam structure and spillway at the lake. The federal government’s gas tax fund provided $2.8 million towards the dam’s rehabilitation.

July 12

The Regional District of East Kootenay voted to deny a rezoning amendment that would have allowed a proposed commercial campsite in the JimSmith Lake area.

The East Kootenay Foundation for Health launched its fundraising campaign for a new MRI.

July 15

Kimberley golfer Jared Du Toit was set to make his PGA debut after being granted a tournament exemption into the 107th RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont.

July 19

RCMP made two arrests after an early morning robber on Slater Road — theft with violence — whereby one of the two victims had been beaten unconscious.

July 20

Cranbrook City Council adopted the seasonal outdoor patio bylaw.

Biologists reported that a local mule deer study showed the ungulates on the east side of the Koocanusa Reservoir were roaming as far as into Alberta and back.

July 22

Cranbrook RCMP reported to Cranbrook City Council that alcohol-involved motor vehicle accidents were way up.

Jared du Toit came out guns blazing at the RBC Canadian Open, sharing second place after the opening round.

July 26

Jared du Toit finished in the Top 10 at the past weekend’s Canadian Open — not bad for an amateur — becoming a Canadian household name in the process.

July 27

An outdoor patio outside the Heart Beet restaurant was destroyed in an early morning hit-and-run. Police followed a trail of oil through the streets of Kimberley, but it wasn’t until they received a tip from the public that they were able to locate the suspect vehicle.

July 29

A 31-year-old Kimberley resident drove into the Cranbrook RCMP detachment building after consuming alcoholic beverages. The female driver was issued a 90-day roadside prohibition. Neither the driver, the passenger, nor the building were harmed in the low speed collision.

August 2

On the eve of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Joy Ward Fera came down for some sessions on JimSmith Lake with Cranbrook’s Rockies Rowing Club. Fera (neé Ward) was on Canada’s first ever women’s Olympic Rowing team at the Montreal Olympics.

August 3

It was reported that Cranbrook veteran Lee Brown would be honoured by the nation of France for his service during the Second World War with a ceremony at the Cranbrook Legion, where he would be presented with the Legion of Honour.

August 5

It was reported that earlier, in July, the Cranbrook History Centre and paleontologist Dr. Jean Bernard Caron discussed a recent fossil discovery in the Fort Steele area — Anomolocaris Canadensis — a giant shrimp that swam local seas in the Cambrian era half a billion years ago, possibly feasting on trilobites.

RCMP and Conservation Officers caught people from out of province catching endangered painted turtles, thinking to take them home and give them away as pets.

August 9

It was reported that Cranbrook arm wrestler Ben Soles would be heading to the World Arm Wrestling Championships in Bulgaria in October. Soles would end up winning silver.

August 10

Injured birds were in the news. Young birds of prey got a new lease on life thanks to the rescue efforts of local volunteers and the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation facility in Delta, B.C. A young bald eagle and an osprey from the East Kootenay were recovering after sustaining injuries in respective misadventures.

August 12

Stephen Schalk, formerly of Cranbrook, reported on the action, events and fan experience from the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

August 16

On the past weekend (Saturday, July 13), Cranbrook veteran Lee Brown was presented with the Légion d’honneur by the nation of France, represented by French Deputy Consul Antoine Mention, at a ceremony at the Cranbrook Legion.

August 17

Cranbrook and Kimberley RCMP reported that a rash of car thefts over the past week kept them busy. Two individuals were taken into custody.

A bike accident in the West Kootenay claimed the life of Cranbrook man on August 14.

August 19

Jaffray archer Kevin Evans told the Townsman he was excited to be off to his third Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, set for September.August 23The third annual Cranbrook Multicultural Festival drew great crowds on Saturday, Aug. 20.

It was reported that a chance of a lockout was looming in Kimberley, with ongoing labour strife between the City of Kimberley and the United Steelworkers.

Police asked for the public’s help in seeking a missing Cranbrook man, Daniel Curtis Ladd.

August 24

The 30th Cranbrook Pro Rodeo ran all weekend, Aug. 19, 20, 21, at the Wycliffe Exhibition Grounds.

August 26

Another attack on a small dog by a bigger dog running loose in recent days left the small dog’s owner shaken and the neighbours angry.

The City of Kimberley issed a 72-hour lockout notice to its unionized employees.

August 30

A tentative agreement reached at the last minute between the City of Kimberley and its unionized employees meant a lockout was averted.

A woman taken into custody by police after found driving in an erratic manner was found to have been injured in a previous altercation at 1:30 a.m. on August 29.

August 31

Jaffray athlete Shacarra Orr was set to head to the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as part of Canada’s national sit-volleyball team.

Sept. 2

A robotic ‘sailbot’ built at UBC that included some expertise from a Cranbrook student, set sail in Newfoundland for a autonomous trans-Atlantic crossing. Unfortunately, there was an issue with the rudder that interfered with the attempt roughly 800 kilometres into the journey.

Sept. 6

Kootenay-Columbia MP Wayne Stetski met with RDEK board members for an update on the federal government’s legislative agenda and to listen to feedback to take to Ottawa.

Sept. 7

The federal NDP opposition critic was in Cranbrook lauding an indigenous rights bill that would align Canadian law with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Romeo Saganash, a Quebec MP and member of the Cree First Nation, spoke about the importance of the bill in regards to reconciliation.

Sept. 9

Cranbrook was announced as one of the stops in the Rogers Hometown Hockey tour through the country. The city will host sports broadcast personality Ron McLean and Tara Slone on Feb. 19, 2017 as they conduct a broadcast of an NHL game in Cranbrook.

Sept. 13

Tristen Chernove opened his Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro by winning two medals at the velodrome— a silver in the 3,000-metre C2 Individual Pursuit and a bronze in C1-2-3 1,000-metre time trial.

Also making an appearance at the Rio Paralympics were fellow local athletes Shacarra Orr, who competed in sitting volleyball, while Kevin Evans represented Canada in archery.

Sept. 14

Former Social Credit cabinet minister Terry Segarty announced his intention to run for the B.C. Liberal nomination in the stead of Bill Bennett, who had previously announced his retirement from provincial politics after the 2017 election. Segarty previously represented the East Kootenay region in Victoria from 1979-1986.

Sept. 16

Tristen Chernove struck gold at the Rio Paralympics in Brazil, winning his third medal after finishing in first place in the C2 time trial in the road race portion of his cycling events.

Sept. 20

NDP leader John Horgan stopped in Cranbrook for a pre-election gathering at the St. Eugene Resort and Casino. Horgan spoke with the Cranbrook Townsman about the state of the party and issues that will resonate with British Columbians before heading to the polls.

Sept. 21

Organizers of the Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo celebrated their ever-growing event that had attracted 430 riders to the area. The event served as a fundraiser for the Sunrise Rotary Club, which distributes money back into Rails 2 Trails maintenance and community projects.

Sept. 23

The Kootenay Ice opened the regular season following training camp and exhibition games with a home-and-home series against the Calgary Hitmen.

Integra Air shut down their service flights to Calgary, citing low passenger loads. The service had been in operation for less than a year.

Sept. 27

The city unveiled a draft plan for Idlewild Park that would add amenities for families and seniors, following the reconstruction of the lake dam. The plan was presented at an open house at the Manual Training School by the Cranbrook Public Library.

The city installed banners promoting the Grand Slam of Curling Tour Challenge on the clock tower in downtown Cranbrook. Curling legend Kevin Martin was also in town as Sportsnet officials toured facilities to check up on how things looked for the then-upcoming event.

Sept. 28

The Cranbrook RCMP announced a new position at the detachment to focus on mental health files. Cst. Erin Stevenson was named to the position to help tackle the ever-growing number of files and incidents that involved a mental health aspect.

Sept. 30

A small 2.9 earthquake was reported near Elkford. Natural Resources Canada said the quake was felt in Sparwood and Elkford but no damage was incurred.