Trevor Crawley

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in February. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Suspense building for potential federal election

With federal party leaders doing campaign-style tours, an election may be on the horizon

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in February. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (B.C. government)

Interior Health leads recent provincial COVID-19 case counts

COVID-19 case counts are rising in the Interior, while falling in other jurisdictions

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (B.C. government)
Lake Koocanusa. File photo.

Politicians pitch Koocanusa weir proposal into Columbia River Treaty talks

Proponents say a weir across the Koocanusa reservoir would ensure more consistent water levels

Lake Koocanusa. File photo.
BC Wildfire Service responded to a wildfire in the Moyie River region southwest of Cranbrook on Friday afternoon. Chad St. Pierre Photography photo.

Wildfire activity picks up in the Kootenays

Wildfire activity is picking up in the Southeast Fire Centre as the…

BC Wildfire Service responded to a wildfire in the Moyie River region southwest of Cranbrook on Friday afternoon. Chad St. Pierre Photography photo.
Water levels at Baynes Lake and other water bodies in the South Country have been low for years, according to Stan Doehle, the Area B director for the RDEK. Photo courtesy RDEK.

RDEK seeks plan to address South Country water crisis

With low water levels in the region, RDEK is suggesting voluntary water conservation measures

Water levels at Baynes Lake and other water bodies in the South Country have been low for years, according to Stan Doehle, the Area B director for the RDEK. Photo courtesy RDEK.
BC Wildfire Service responded to a wildfire in the Moyie River region southwest of Cranbrook on Friday afternoon. Chad St. Pierre Photography photo.

Bootleg fire near Kimberley under control, crews responding to Moyie River fire

A wildfire burning west of Kimberley in the Bootleg area is now…

BC Wildfire Service responded to a wildfire in the Moyie River region southwest of Cranbrook on Friday afternoon. Chad St. Pierre Photography photo.
Many factors make it difficult to establish whether or not these unmarked graves contain the remains of children who attended the St. Eugene Residential School, according to the ʔaq̓am statement.

ʔaq̓am confirm 182 unmarked burials near Cranbrook

Many factors make it difficult to establish if graves contain the remains of children who attended the St. Eugene Residential School, says ʔaq̓am

Many factors make it difficult to establish whether or not these unmarked graves contain the remains of children who attended the St. Eugene Residential School, according to the ʔaq̓am statement.
People cool down under a tree in the Old Port of Montreal, Saturday, June 20, 2020, as the port launches its 2020 summer season and a heat wave hits the city. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Warm temperatures soar as heat wave blankets the Kootenays

Temperatures expected to reach up to 40 degrees C heading into next weeek

People cool down under a tree in the Old Port of Montreal, Saturday, June 20, 2020, as the port launches its 2020 summer season and a heat wave hits the city. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
COVID-19 vaccines are the "ticket out of this pandemic" said Charmaine Enns, medical health officer (Ronan O'Doherty/Black Press Media)

East Kootenay COVID-19 case counts spike as provincial numbers fall

Case counts jump in the area as vaccination efforts continue

COVID-19 vaccines are the "ticket out of this pandemic" said Charmaine Enns, medical health officer (Ronan O'Doherty/Black Press Media)
Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison. Photo courtesy Conservative Party of Canada.

MP Morrison appointed to parliamentary national security committee

Kootenay-Columbia parliamentarian one of five candidates appointed to national security committee

Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison. Photo courtesy Conservative Party of Canada.
Brent Bidston is the president of Angel Flight East Kootenay. Black Press file photo.

RDEK speeds up grant funding to local medical transport service

While the total dollar amount committed to Angel Flight East Kootenay remains the same, more funding will come in faster

Brent Bidston is the president of Angel Flight East Kootenay. Black Press file photo.
IH is concerned by Penticton's rate of fatal overdoses as a result of opioid use. The healthy authority has been ramping up its outreach efforts, even implementing the Naloxone Challenge to train businesses and organizations how to administer the lifesaving drug, yet the death rate still increased this year. (File Photo)

April records 176 overdose deaths: B.C. Coroners Service

The B.C. Coroners Service is reporting 176 deaths due to drug toxicity…

IH is concerned by Penticton's rate of fatal overdoses as a result of opioid use. The healthy authority has been ramping up its outreach efforts, even implementing the Naloxone Challenge to train businesses and organizations how to administer the lifesaving drug, yet the death rate still increased this year. (File Photo)
East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Cranbrook. Google maps photo

Regional hospital board planning for large infrastructure projects

The regional hospital board is planning for large infrastructure projects on the…

East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Cranbrook. Google maps photo
Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka takes over as energy and mines critic for the B.C. Liberal opposition. Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick moves from health critic to assistant deputy speaker. (Hansard TV)

MLA Shypitka welcomes provincial restart plan

The provincial restart plan lifting pandemic related restrictions through a gradual four-step…

Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka takes over as energy and mines critic for the B.C. Liberal opposition. Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick moves from health critic to assistant deputy speaker. (Hansard TV)
Land has been purchased for a Foundry East Kootenay facility in Cranbrook. Photo submitted.

Land purchased in Cranbrook for regional youth mental health and wellness facility

A Foundry East Kootenay facility is expected to beegin construction in the summer, completed by early 2022

Land has been purchased for a Foundry East Kootenay facility in Cranbrook. Photo submitted.
Firefighters extinguished a small fire in an industrial area of Elko on Tuesday, May 18. Photo courtesy RDEK.

Overnight fire extinguished in Elko industrial area

Firefighters tackled a small fire in an industrial area of Elko Tuesday…

Firefighters extinguished a small fire in an industrial area of Elko on Tuesday, May 18. Photo courtesy RDEK.
An undeveloped camping area at Colvalli in the Koocanusa. Photo courtesy KRSC.

Koocanusa Recreation Strategy eases crown land camping restrictions

The provincial government is easing up on restrictions that had previously banned…

An undeveloped camping area at Colvalli in the Koocanusa. Photo courtesy KRSC.
Mount Baker Secondary School in Cranbrook.

Provincial capital funding comes in for SD5 schools

Annual capital funding provided by the province is being distributed to school…

Mount Baker Secondary School in Cranbrook.
RDEK is calling for nominations for their Volunteer of the Year award in all six electoral districts.

RDEK posts operating surplus as pandemic reduces costs

The RDEK has posted an operational surplus of $8 million as local…

RDEK is calling for nominations for their Volunteer of the Year award in all six electoral districts.
North Okanagan business Hytec Kohler set up a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Spallumcheen plant Friday, May 14. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

More than half of eligible adults in Interior Health vaccinated

Over 365,000 vaccine doses have been administered throughout the Interior Health region

North Okanagan business Hytec Kohler set up a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Spallumcheen plant Friday, May 14. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)