WATCH: The week in review

A look back at some of this week’s top stories in Cranbrook


READ MORE: Bud Abbot Memorial

Cranbrook bid farewell to one of its most well-known, well loved and most prolific figures at a memorial service held on Saturday for Philip “Bud” Abbot, who passed away on January 30 at the age of 98. The Heritage Inn was filled to capacity with family, friends and dignitaries who gathered to share stories and pay their respects to this remarkable individual. Bud Abbott and others launched Cranbrook Community Theatre more than a half a century ago, and saved what is now the Studio Stage Door theatre, performance space and cultural centre from demolition in the 1970s.

READ MORE: SD5 treasurer Rob Norum retires

Rob Norum announced his retirement after 30 years as treasurer for School District 5. Rob Norum’s career as secretary-treasurer has seen him guide the district’s financial planning and management through challenges that include legislative and collective bargaining issues, wage freezes, labour disputes, fluctuating student enrolments and lean funding years.

Norum told the SD5 Board of Education of his intention to retire last fall, but he will remain in his role until April to assist and mentor Alan Rice, who has been named as his replacement.

READ MORE: Amigo’s Blue Guitar opens at Studio Stage Door

Cranbrook Community Theatre’s latest presentation opens tonight, Friday Feb. 8 at the Studio Stage Door. Amigo’s Blue Gutar tells the story of a family who open their home to Elias, a refugee of El Salvador’s Civil War. The darkness Elias carries with him begins to bring out the darkness of his host family — and both must confront their pasts. Tickets are available at Lotus Books.

READ MORE: Special avalanche warning issued

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

For this particular warning, backcountry users are warned that the elevation below the treeline is actually more dangerous than the high alpine.

READ MORE: Indoor facility

After getting some clarity from volunteers and stakeholders about lingering project details, City Council is ready to vote on the proposed KEYSA indoor facility at the next council meeting on Feb. 25. Council made the decision to push the vote as both Mayor Lee Pratt and Chief Administrative Officer David Kim were Absent from monday’s meeting.

READ MORE: Sheldon Kelly makes it to finals of snowmobile competition

Local sledder Sheldon Kelly has advanced into the finals of Ski-Doo’s North America’s Top Snowmobiler competition. Kelly has now beaten Kari Amlin, Tom Kallman and Chris Keihne and now is in the final round of voting against Dustin Boyd. The finals began this morning, Friday February 8, and supporters can vote once per day for the next two weeks. Kelly stands to win a 2020 Ski-Doo sled of his choice, $2,500 in Ski-Doo accessories plus a weekend at X-Games snowmobile racer Car Kister’s Mountain Park in Sicamous.

READ MORE: Kootenay Ice

After months of circulating rumours, the WHL and Kootenay Ice management and ownership officially made the announcement that the team will be relocating to Winnipeg as of next season. Now, two local groups have approached the British Columbia Hockey League to look at getting a franchise in Cranbrook for the fall, once the Kootenay Ice relocates to Manitoba after the WHL season.

Mike Hawes, the general manager of the Prince George Spruce Kings, confirmed that two groups have made inquiries to the league about the possibility of a Jr. A hockey franchise to Cranbrook.

The Kootenay Ice also recently launched a Hall of Fame that will recognize and honour former Ice players and staff who made outstanding contributions on and off the ice during their time with the organization. Kootenay Ice alumnus Jarret Stoll will be the first inductee to the new ICE Hall of Fame, and will be honoured during a pregame ceremony in March.

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