WATCH: The week in review

WATCH: The week in review

A look back at this week’s top stories

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READ MORE: First Blitzville Winter Festival

Crowds flocked to the downtown Cranbrook core to take in the inaugural CBK-X Blitzville Winter Festival, organized by the City of Cranbrook. The event featured the railjam, extreme snowmobile stunts, music and beer gardens and a fireworks display to cap it off.

READ MORE: Air Canada ends flights between Cranbrook and Calgary

Last week, Air Canada made the announcement that they will be discontinuing regional flights between Cranbrook and Calgary, effective April 29.

A statement from the company said that all of their regional flights in Western Canada will now be operated exclusively by Jazz. their twice daily flights between Cranbrook and Vancouver will continue, but the smaller aircraft currently flying between Cranbrook and Calgary are being phased out as they modernize their fleet.

“We had to make a difficult decision,” the statement read, “as the Cranbrook-Calgary route did not perform at a level that would make commercial sense for us to continue operating. The factors we look at include demand between the two cities, the connections being made at the hub, aircraft availability, overall profitability, and in this case, whether the market could sustain a larger aircraft (with the Beech aircraft being phased out as we begin modernizing the fleet) among other economic factors.”

READ MORE: City closes aquatic centre for repairs

The Aquatic Centre at Western Financial Place will be closed for four days due to repairs starting on Thursday, Feb. 21.The city will be repairing the water line to the hot tub, and for the safety of workers and the public, the leisure pool will also be drained. Once the repairs are completed, both the hot tub and leisure pool will be refilled and reheated. All swimming and fitness classes scheduled over those four days are cancelled. The lane pool will reopen at 6:30 a.m. on Monday, while the leisure pool is not expected to be open for public use until the next day.

READ MORE: KEYSA opens soccer registration

KEYSA — the Kootenay East Youth Soccer Association is starting to gear up for the 2019 season and registration is open now. KEYSA had more than 500 athletes signed up for soccer last year, so make sure to get applications in soon for REP/development and house streams.

READ MORE: Business features

Recently we have been doing a series of features focusing on the downtown businesses of Cranbrook. From Soulfood moving into the Mount Baker Hotel, Great Western Garage Sale getting new owners and renamed to Retro Sound and Collectibles, to Lotus Books changing location and their name to Huckleberry Books, a lot is happening downtown.