Corey Bullock

Pictured: Partners and stakeholders celebrated the completion of the Accelerate Kootenays network in May 2018 in Creston. Representatives from the RDEK, RDCK, RDKB were joined by local government officials, Teck, Columbia Basin Trust, BC Hydro, FortisBC and the Provincial government – including Hon. Michelle Mungall. (Community Energy Association file)

Kootenay Regional Districts win 2020 Sustainable Communities Award

The award recognizes the Accelerate Kootenays project

Pictured: Partners and stakeholders celebrated the completion of the Accelerate Kootenays network in May 2018 in Creston. Representatives from the RDEK, RDCK, RDKB were joined by local government officials, Teck, Columbia Basin Trust, BC Hydro, FortisBC and the Provincial government – including Hon. Michelle Mungall. (Community Energy Association file)
College of the Rockies transfer students are among the most successful transfer students in B.C., according to a new British Columbia Council on Admission and Transfer report. (Submitted file)

College of the Rockies transfer students rank well provincially

Students have higher graduation rates and top GPAs: B.C. Council on Admission and Transfer

College of the Rockies transfer students are among the most successful transfer students in B.C., according to a new British Columbia Council on Admission and Transfer report. (Submitted file)
The B.C. government is asking hunters to once again submit the heads of white-tail and mule deer for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) testing now that hunting season has begun. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)

Province of B.C. once again testing for Chronic Wasting Disease

Mandatory submission is required in some Kootenay management units

The B.C. government is asking hunters to once again submit the heads of white-tail and mule deer for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) testing now that hunting season has begun. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)
On August 5, 2020, Calib McCollister pulled over 60 cans out of the Elk River. (Calib McCollister file)

Litterbugs a cause for concern in East Kootenay backcountry

Litter has ended up in local rivers, popular hiking destinations

On August 5, 2020, Calib McCollister pulled over 60 cans out of the Elk River. (Calib McCollister file)
RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)

Charges laid after Columbia Valley woman’s dog dragged by stolen vehicle

Luckily, the dog is expected to fully recover

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
A storm watch has been issued for the Okanagan, Kootenays and Columbia regions of B.C. Calvin Dickson photo

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Kootenays, Okanagan, Columbias

Environment Canada says conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms

A storm watch has been issued for the Okanagan, Kootenays and Columbia regions of B.C. Calvin Dickson photo
The travelling ladybug rocks from Ladybug Coffee are pictured sunbathing on a dock in Kootenay Bay near the ferry terminal. (Ladybug Coffee file)

Travelling ladybugs bring smiles to Kootenay residents

Did you know, a group of ladybugs is called a loveliness?

The travelling ladybug rocks from Ladybug Coffee are pictured sunbathing on a dock in Kootenay Bay near the ferry terminal. (Ladybug Coffee file)
Parts of the Kootenay Boundary region are now closed to commercial-scale huckleberry harvesting for the summer. The identified closure areas remain open to household picking. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)

Commercial huckleberry harvesting restricted in Kootenays

The province of B.C. has banned commercial-scale picking from July 15 to October 15

Parts of the Kootenay Boundary region are now closed to commercial-scale huckleberry harvesting for the summer. The identified closure areas remain open to household picking. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)
Kevin Evans (right) is pictured with one of his many students. Evans has recently been named Coach of the Year for 2019 by Archery Canada. (Cranbrook Archery Club/Facebook file)

Archer Kevin Evans named Coach of the Year by Archery Canada

Gold medal Paralympian and two-time world champion, Evans coaches archery in the East Kootenay region

Kevin Evans (right) is pictured with one of his many students. Evans has recently been named Coach of the Year for 2019 by Archery Canada. (Cranbrook Archery Club/Facebook file)
The 2020 Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo race has been postponed until September 2021. (Cranbrook Townsman file)

Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo cancelled for 2020

The event has been postponed to September 2021 due to COVID-19

The 2020 Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo race has been postponed until September 2021. (Cranbrook Townsman file)
Columbia Basin Trust is expanding the ways it can help people and businesses move forward in response to ongoing COVID-related developments. (Columbia Basin Trust photo)

Columbia Basin Trust expands programming to support businesses

The revised programs will help local businesses to reopen and modify operations

Columbia Basin Trust is expanding the ways it can help people and businesses move forward in response to ongoing COVID-related developments. (Columbia Basin Trust photo)
Heavy rain from the storm Saturday night and Sunday morning caused flooding on the Wildhorse River, and elsewhere through southeast. Pictured here in a photo by Rick Nowell, a torrent of chocolate brown water is thundering through the narrow channel. This wide-angle photo shows the Wildhorse Bridge, just half a kilometre from Fort Steele, as water spills out out over the floodplain, cutting new channels towards the Kootenay River. Rick Nowell photo

RDEK urges residents to be prepared for emergencies including flooding, wildfire

The East Kootenay region has been placed on a high streamflow advisory

Heavy rain from the storm Saturday night and Sunday morning caused flooding on the Wildhorse River, and elsewhere through southeast. Pictured here in a photo by Rick Nowell, a torrent of chocolate brown water is thundering through the narrow channel. This wide-angle photo shows the Wildhorse Bridge, just half a kilometre from Fort Steele, as water spills out out over the floodplain, cutting new channels towards the Kootenay River. Rick Nowell photo
Columbia Basin Trust announces $11.7 million in COVID-19 support funding

Columbia Basin Trust announces $11.7 million in COVID-19 support funding

The funding will help businesses, First Nations, food banks, social service agencies and child care operators.

Columbia Basin Trust announces $11.7 million in COVID-19 support funding
Kootenay Meadows Farm in Creston has set up a community pickup program to drive bottle returns. The farm has less than half of their normal return numbers amid concerns of COVID-19. Some stores in the Kootenays have stopped accepting the bottles for return. (Creston Valley Advance file)

Kootenay Meadows Farm experiencing shortage of glass milk bottles

Some grocery stores have stopped accepting bottle returns amid COVID-19 concerns

Kootenay Meadows Farm in Creston has set up a community pickup program to drive bottle returns. The farm has less than half of their normal return numbers amid concerns of COVID-19. Some stores in the Kootenays have stopped accepting the bottles for return. (Creston Valley Advance file)
Shealo Blackwell, Senior Outreach Coordinator teaching children how to cast with a spinning rod at Wasa Lake last summer. The Learn to Fish program has been suspended until further notice due to COVID-19. (Corey Bullock/Kimberley Bulletin)

Visitor Centre at Kootenay Trout Hatchery closed until further notice

Outreach programs, such as the learn to fish program, have also been suspended for the time being

Shealo Blackwell, Senior Outreach Coordinator teaching children how to cast with a spinning rod at Wasa Lake last summer. The Learn to Fish program has been suspended until further notice due to COVID-19. (Corey Bullock/Kimberley Bulletin)
Dr. James Heilman is an Emergency Physician at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital. He says that the community needs to work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Townsman file photo)

Take COVID-19 seriously, says Cranbrook doctor

Cranbrook’s top emergency doctor stresses importance of working together to protect one another

Dr. James Heilman is an Emergency Physician at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital. He says that the community needs to work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Townsman file photo)
BC Centre for Disease Control naloxone kit (Darryl Dick/The Canadian Press)                                BC Centre for Disease Control naloxone kit (Darryl Dick/The Canadian Press)

Interior Health issues drug alert in Cranbrook, warns of MDMA overdoses

There have been recent reports of multiple overdoses with severe outcomes in Cranbrook.

BC Centre for Disease Control naloxone kit (Darryl Dick/The Canadian Press)                                BC Centre for Disease Control naloxone kit (Darryl Dick/The Canadian Press)
The moat at the Kootenay Trout Hatchery near Cranbrook, where a group of pesky river otters were fishing for meals in the summer of 2019. (Courtesy of Owen Schoenberger)

Trout ‘doing quite well’ at Kootenay hatchery after otters, who ate 150 fish, relocated

River otters had been pillaging a moat outside the facility for months, gobbling up about 150 trout

The moat at the Kootenay Trout Hatchery near Cranbrook, where a group of pesky river otters were fishing for meals in the summer of 2019. (Courtesy of Owen Schoenberger)
A home was destroyed in a structure fire in Fairmont on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. RDEK file.

Fairmont home destroyed in fire

Firefighters are on scene today to investigate the cause of the fire.

A home was destroyed in a structure fire in Fairmont on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. RDEK file.
Pictured is a screen shot of a fire that has broken out at the old saw mill site in Canal Flats. The live video was recorded and posted to Facebook via Dylan Agnew.

UPDATE: Fire under control at old planer mill in Canal Flats

The large fire was quickly extinguished and will continue to be monitored for hot spots.

Pictured is a screen shot of a fire that has broken out at the old saw mill site in Canal Flats. The live video was recorded and posted to Facebook via Dylan Agnew.