Barry Coulter

Province launches Elko Overhead Replacement Project website

Province launches Elko overhead replacement project website

The Province has launched new website to provide people with details of…

Province launches Elko Overhead Replacement Project website
The Elk River near Fernie.

Elk River: Clean up, clean up, everybody, everywhere

Celebrate World Rivers Day with ERA’s annual Shoreline Cleanup

The Elk River near Fernie.
Tom Medlicott, U18 winner in the Fernie Junior Tournament, organised by Fernie Sports Co. And photos courtesy Emily Park

Tennis holds court at Fernie Junior Tournament

After a delayed start, some serious court mopping (thank you Jae Harrup)…

Tom Medlicott, U18 winner in the Fernie Junior Tournament, organised by Fernie Sports Co. And photos courtesy Emily Park
Bear spray doesn’t help much if it’s at the bottom of your pack or if you don’t know how you use it. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News) Bear spray doesn’t help much if it’s at the bottom of your pack or if you don’t know how you use it. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News)

Wildlife Awareness and Safe use of Bear Spray Workshop in Fernie

Saturday September 18th at 10 am at the Fernie Info Centre on Highway 3

Bear spray doesn’t help much if it’s at the bottom of your pack or if you don’t know how you use it. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News) Bear spray doesn’t help much if it’s at the bottom of your pack or if you don’t know how you use it. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News)
The USW Local 9346 — Women of Steel — made a sizeable donation recently as part of our 10th annual Back to School Backpacks Campaign to the Sparwood Food Bank

Women of Steel make backpack donation as part of 10th annual campaign

The USW Local 9346 — Women of Steel — made a sizeable…

The USW Local 9346 — Women of Steel — made a sizeable donation recently as part of our 10th annual Back to School Backpacks Campaign to the Sparwood Food Bank
Rana Nelson of Revelstoke is running for the Green Party in Kootenay-Columbia, in the 44th federal election set for Sept. 20.

Nelson brings Green Party values to the voters

Rana Nelson of Revelstoke running for Greens in Kootenay-Columbia

Rana Nelson of Revelstoke is running for the Green Party in Kootenay-Columbia, in the 44th federal election set for Sept. 20.
Thanks to the cooler temperatures, rain and tireless work of the BC Wildfire Service crews, Plumbob fire west of Koocanusa is now classified as Being Held.

Plumbob fire classified as being held – Evacuation alert rescinded

Thanks to the cooler temperatures, rain and tireless work of the BC…

Thanks to the cooler temperatures, rain and tireless work of the BC Wildfire Service crews, Plumbob fire west of Koocanusa is now classified as Being Held.
Bif Naked, with Ace, at Huckleberry Books in Cranbrook (Barry Coulter photo)

Rock’s Bif Naked on the return to performance post-COVID and rock as protest music

“Maybe not revolutionary, but evolutionary … bands have had to really shift their thinking”

Bif Naked, with Ace, at Huckleberry Books in Cranbrook (Barry Coulter photo)
Thirteen cats and kittens rescued from a Creston property last month are getting a new lease on life at the East Kootenay SPCA in Cranbrook. (Photo courtesy SPCA)

Cats rescued in Creston get new lease on life at Cranbrook SPCA

13 cats and kittens rescued from a Creston property last month are getting a new lease on life at the SPCA in Cranbrook.

Thirteen cats and kittens rescued from a Creston property last month are getting a new lease on life at the East Kootenay SPCA in Cranbrook. (Photo courtesy SPCA)
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Alberta bike gangs battle in Cranbrook

RCMP separate two brawling gangs; several bikers went to hospital with apparent stab wounds; one group escorted out of town

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Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. Right: The Government of B.C. is investing $2.5 million to support new and existing Community Action Teams, including one in Cranbrook.

New Community Action Team in Cranbrook will help respond to overdose crisis

An on-the-ground support team for people with mental health or addiction issues is being formed in Cranbrook

Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. Right: The Government of B.C. is investing $2.5 million to support new and existing Community Action Teams, including one in Cranbrook.
The emergency department at the Elkford Health Centre is closed July 19 to 23 due to limited staffing availability.

Elkford emergency department closed July 19 to 23

The emergency department at the Elkford Health Centre is closed July 19…

The emergency department at the Elkford Health Centre is closed July 19 to 23 due to limited staffing availability.
A new passing lane on Highway 3 near Jaffray is complete.

New passing lane on Highway 3 near Jaffray is complete

A new passing lane is complete, adding to the half dozen or…

A new passing lane on Highway 3 near Jaffray is complete.
Sonny Muzzin, of Fernie, scored a hole-in-one on the 7th hole at the Fernie Golf Club on Saturday, July 10, during the Fernie Open. Sonny won $10,000 for the shot. The two-day Fernie Open itself, along with the July 7 Men’s League event on July 7,  was the club’s first major tournament to be held since the pandemic began — a sure sign things are returning to normal, perhaps?  (Photo courtesy Max Sherwood)

Fernie Golf Club hosts two July tournaments

The Fernie Golf Club hosted two different tournaments recently. July 7 was…

Sonny Muzzin, of Fernie, scored a hole-in-one on the 7th hole at the Fernie Golf Club on Saturday, July 10, during the Fernie Open. Sonny won $10,000 for the shot. The two-day Fernie Open itself, along with the July 7 Men’s League event on July 7,  was the club’s first major tournament to be held since the pandemic began — a sure sign things are returning to normal, perhaps?  (Photo courtesy Max Sherwood)
East Kootenay Community Credit Union in Cranbrook — one of six credit unions in southeast B.C. that were proposing to merge into one $3 billion institution: The Elevatus Credit Union. The project has been cancelled due to increasing costs. (Barry Coulter photo)

Kootenay credit unions call off proposed merger

Boards of directors cite prohibitive increasing costs involved with the Elevatus project

East Kootenay Community Credit Union in Cranbrook — one of six credit unions in southeast B.C. that were proposing to merge into one $3 billion institution: The Elevatus Credit Union. The project has been cancelled due to increasing costs. (Barry Coulter photo)
The Aquatic Centre at Western Financial Place.

Cranbrook Aquatic Center to close temporarily

The annual shutdown of the Aquatic Center at Western Financial Place will begin earlier than scheduled this year and does not have a defined end date at this time.

The Aquatic Centre at Western Financial Place.
The latest EKASS survey confirms a steady decline in substance use among EK youth over the years. (image compilation via Pixabay)

Latest survey shows steady decline in adolescent substance use over the years

Starting in 2002, the survey has been conducted every two years to monitor changes in substance use patterns, attitudes and behaviors amongst East Kootenay youth.

The latest EKASS survey confirms a steady decline in substance use among EK youth over the years. (image compilation via Pixabay)
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“Gift card scam,” and “grandparent scam” are on the rise, Cranbrook RCMP say

Folks are falling for these scams: “No Government agency or reputable company will ever ask anyone to pay with gift cards in lieu of their fines”

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The flag at half mast at the Ktunaxa Nation Government Buildling in Cranbrook, Monday, May 31. Corey Bullock photo

MLA writes of “terrible and tragic discovery” at former residential school

Flags at half-mast after remains of 215 children discovered near Kamloops

The flag at half mast at the Ktunaxa Nation Government Buildling in Cranbrook, Monday, May 31. Corey Bullock photo
These juvenile Great Horned Owls are growing quickly and getting ready to leave their nest.  They are one of the most common owls in North America and can be found in many different habitats, from the Arctic to the tropics, including within cities.  Great Horned Owls can take down prey larger than themselves but also eat smaller animals such as frogs and rodents. Helga Knote photos

Urban wildlife Part XII: The Kootenay birds (and others) of 2021

Our feathered friends in action, as captured on camera by local photographers

These juvenile Great Horned Owls are growing quickly and getting ready to leave their nest.  They are one of the most common owls in North America and can be found in many different habitats, from the Arctic to the tropics, including within cities.  Great Horned Owls can take down prey larger than themselves but also eat smaller animals such as frogs and rodents. Helga Knote photos