Top stories from April-June

The Daily Townsman is reviewing the top stories in each issue throughout the 2015 calendar year.

April 1

Man sentenced in child porn case

A disturbing case unfolded in Cranbrook Provincial Court on Monday, March 30, as a local man pleaded guilty to child pornography charges and was given mandatory minimum sentencing. The man, who is 60 years old and mentally disabled, was sentenced to one year in jail for one count and six months for another count, which are to be served concurrently and followed by three years of probation.

Outpatient lab moving

A new location for Cranbrook outpatient laboratory services was announced Tuesday. A lease was signed for a space at the Tamarack Mall, to bring the majority of Cranbrook outpatient laboratory services to one location.

Deer trap vandal fined,


Devin Kazakoff did not get a permanent criminal record for his role in the  vandalism of clover traps in Kimberley, however, he paid over $2,700 in fines and restitution.

April 3

India Sherret wins world championship

India Sherret claimed a world title, winning the 2015 FIS Freestyle World Junior Championship Ski Cross Gold for Canada during a competition in Valmalenco, Italy.

Cranbrook Golf Club

turns 100

This year, the Cranbrook Golf Club celebrated 100 years since the formation of the club.

April 7

Pair arrested in Cranbrook charged with first-degree murder

Two men arrested in Cranbrook Sunday in connection with the beating and disappearance of an Alberta man were charged with first degree murder

RCMP describe arrest of murder suspects

On April 4, 2015, Cranbrook RCMP officers arrested two murder suspects in relation to a missing persons investigation which originated in Alberta. After receiving information that the two suspects may be traveling through Cranbrook, local officers spotted the vehicle and gave pursuit.

April 13

First Nations request seat

at RDEK table

Can representatives from First Nations have a seat at the regional district board table? That was the question asked by Chief Lorne Shovar of the Akisqnuk First Nation in a letter to the Regional District of East Kootenay.

April 14

Two from Bountiful

appear in court

Two defendants representing themselves in a case out of Bountiful were in Cranbrook Supreme Court on Monday, April 13 to fix a date for trial.

April 16

Auxilary donates

$450,000 to ICU

The new Intensive Care Unit at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital received a significant amount of funding on Wednesday, April 15 as the Cranbrook Health Care Auxiliary (CHCA) donated $450,000 that will go towards new equipment.

April 20

Man sentenced in UK in Cranbrook child-luring case

A 27-year-old British man was sentenced in the U.K. relating to an internet child luring investigation that involved a Cranbrook youth.

April 21

Of caribou and wolves

The B.C. government killed 11 wolves in the South Selkirk Mountains and another 73 in the South Peace region in the first year of a five-year plan to protect dwindling caribou herds.

April 23

Wild winning the wave of the future

A number of Mount Baker Secondary students joined others from all over B.C. at the Provincial Skills Canada competition, and students took home a bunch of medals.

Cranbrook house

consumed by fire

Firefighters with Cranbrook Fire & Emergency Services responded to a structure fire Tuesday, April 21, at 2505 4th Street South. The call for response arrived approximately 2:50 pm and upon arrival, crews found the home fully involved.

April 24

Vintage fire truck gets

new heart

Thanks to a band of volunteers the City’s 1929 International Ladder fire truck will have a newer engine and drivetrain. The volunteers are mostly made up of current firefighters, along with Larry LaPointe at the helm of the project.

Grand opening for the

History Centre

The Cranbrook History Centre and archives complex, formerly known as the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel, held a grand opening of Phase 1 of the new Cranbrook Museum and model railway display.

April 25

Idlewild drawdown begins

City Public Works staff began slowly drawing down the water level at Idlewild Lake on Wednesday.

Area residents coping with Nepal quake aftermath

Though Nepal is half a world away, there were plenty of local residents who have connections to the country and the tragic situation that resulted from the 7.9 magnitude earthquake,.

April 29

Locals in Nepal set

to head home

A pair of Cranbrook residents  confirmed with family members that they were okay following a massive earthquake.

April 30

Council votes to sell

old fire hall

On Monday, April 27, council voted to sell Fire Hall no. 1. Council also voted not to extend an agreement to repurpose the building to house the Cranbrook and District Arts Council.

Culprits admit fault in

illegal dumping

Two dump truck loads of pavement were dumped on private property in Marysville, which touched off an RCMP investigation. The culprits later contacted a nearby property owner and confessed to making an “honest mistake” in dumping the pavement.

May 4

‘It was absolute chaos’

Kimberley native Robyn Duncan described her firsthand experience of the devastating earthquake and subsequent aftermath in Nepal.

May 5

Local SPCA is B.C.

Branch of the Year

The BC SPCA’s East Kootenay Branch in Cranbrook was honoured as Branch of the Year at the BC SPCA’s 120th Annual General Meeting in Richmond on May 2.

May 6

Local couple aiding with Nepali recovery

Though it wasn’t the trip they envisioned, Alex and Tricia McLeod reported that they were safe in Nepal and had moved from a small rural community to the national capital of Kathmandu.

May 7

Canadian Tire buys

12 Target leases, including Cranbrook

The answer to the question of what to do with the empty space at the former Target location in the Tamarack Centre was answered. Canadian Tire Corp. said it signed a deal to buy 12 real estate leases in former Target locations across the country, one of which is in Cranbrook

May 12

SAR rescues injured hiker off Fisher Peak

A hiker was rescued off of Fisher Peak this past weekend by Cranbrook Search and Rescue and required an airlift due to a leg injury.

May 21

City flies new flag policy

At last week’s meeting, Cranbrook city council approved a new flag policy, setting out guidelines for how flags are approved to fly over city hall.

May 25

Liquor sales a possibility

at farmers’ markets

When it comes to farmer’s markets, locally grown produce or locally made artisan goods usually come to mind. However, there are ongoing conversations with local microbreweries and wineries in Creston to add some more adult beverages to the market selection.

May 26

Cranbrook to bid for

2017 Grand Slam

Cranbrook hopes to play host to the 2017 Sportsnet Grand Slam of Curling. City council agreed, in principle, to support a joint bid between the City of Cranbrook and the Cranbrook Curling Club to host the event  January 2017.

May 27

Youth drug use trending downward, survey says

Substance abuse in youth around the East Kootenay region was in a downward trend, according to a new survey from the East Kootenay Addictions Services Society.

May 28

Ktunaxa announce appeal of Jumbo judicial review

The Ktunaxa Nation announced they would be appealing a judicial review of the Jumbo Glacier Resort that went in favour of the provincial government in April.

May 29

Dam report sheds light on Idlewild decision

The Idlewild Dam Breach Inundation Study shed some light on an in-camera decision to decommission the Idlewild Dam.

June 1

A break in the cold case

Cranbrook RCMP said they have some new information on a double homicide, which marked its fifth anniversary on May 29.

Johnston receives

Sustainable Community Builder Award

Long-time Cranbrook resident Gord Johnston was awarded the 2014 Sustainable Community Builder Award.

June 2

Five kayakers rescued from Kootenay River

Five people in three kayaks were rescued after they overturned in the Kootenay River near Skookumchuck on Saturday afternoon.

June 4

Residential school report the start of a long process

A light was shone on a dark, troubling chapter in Canada’s history on Tuesday, June 2. The country’s church-run, government-funded system of residential schools, which operated for more than 120 years, was officially branded a “cultural genocide” that tore aboriginal families apart.

June 10

Wildfire risk down

due to rain

While there have been many more fires to this date this year than last in the Southeast Fire Centre — 47 in 2015 compared to 16 in 2014 — there is also reason for optimism.

June 11

Sweetheart of a celebration

This year was a special one for the Sweethearts of Sam Steele, as they celebrated 50 years of the tradition. It will be a reunion of sorts and many former pageant participants returned to Cranbrook to celebrate the occasion.

June 12

SCOC ruling is great news, Dycar says

Though Dycar Pharmaceuticals hasn’t even set up shop yet in Cranbrook, there were already plans for expansion due to Thursday’s Supreme Court of Canada ruling on medical marijuana.

June 17

Search continues for

missing man

The Kimberley RCMP reached out to the public to assist in an overdue motorcyclist investigation.

June 18

Bikers find missing man ‘barely hanging on’

Paul Kerr was located and taken to hospital after mountain bikers discovered him pinned beneath his motorcycle near St. Mary’s Lake on Tuesday evening.

June 22

Reactions pour in to

Jumbo decision

Jumbo Glacier Resort hit a major roadblock when Environment Minister Mary Polak determined the project was not substantially started.

June 24

City concerned with

Greyhound route cut

Greyhound announced it was eliminating its Highway 93 bus route will be eliminated. The route is between the Alberta border and Cranbrook, and stops in a number of towns along the way.

June 25

EK SPCA gets $84,000 grant

The East Kootenay branch of the B.C. SPCA got some help to address a cat overpopulation in Cranbrook thanks to an $84,000 grant from PetSmart Charities.June 29

Celebrating Canada Day

Connect Church again took the lead on organizing the Canada Day celebration at Moir Park, seeking to build off the success from last year.

June 30

Fire danger high to

extreme in region

The fire danger rating was high in the entire East Kootenay and extreme in areas around Jaffray and Fernie, the Southeast Fire Centre reports.