Trevor Crawley

Advance voting was underway at the Seniors Centre in Cranbrook over the weekend. Trevor Crawley photo.

Advance voting up in Kootenay-Columbia, nationally as federal election looms

Advance turnout is up across the country as well as in Kootenay-Columbia,…

Advance voting was underway at the Seniors Centre in Cranbrook over the weekend. Trevor Crawley photo.
Mount Baker Secondary School welcomes students back for 2021/22 this week. Barry Coulter photo

School District 5 uses last year’s pandemic lessons as school gets underway

Staff and students across the Southeast Kootenay school district have headed back…

Mount Baker Secondary School welcomes students back for 2021/22 this week. Barry Coulter photo
Advance polling is open at the Seniors Centre in Cranbrook over the next four days. Trevor Crawley photo.

Kootenay-Columbia candidates debate issues during virtual forum

Topics included COVID-19 spending, federal debt, climate change, diversity and Indigenous issues

Advance polling is open at the Seniors Centre in Cranbrook over the next four days. Trevor Crawley photo.
Local advocates marked International Overdose Awareness Day in Cranbrook on Aug. 31 with an event in the parking lot by the Community Connections Society of Southeast B.C. Trevor Crawley photo.

Local advocates mark International Overdose Awareness Day

Local advocates marked International Overdose Awareness Day in Cranbrook on Aug. 31…

Local advocates marked International Overdose Awareness Day in Cranbrook on Aug. 31 with an event in the parking lot by the Community Connections Society of Southeast B.C. Trevor Crawley photo.
A campfire ban has been lifted in parts of the Kootenays, but remain prohibited in the Boundary region. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media - File)

Campfire ban lifted in parts of the Kootenays, remain prohibited in Boundary region

Campfire ban remains in place in the Boundary region as rain, seasonal conditions tamp down fire danger ratings

A campfire ban has been lifted in parts of the Kootenays, but remain prohibited in the Boundary region. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media - File)
Pictured, Rob Morrison campaigns for the Conservative Party in the 2019 federal election in the Elk Valley. Morrison is running again for the Conservative Party in the 2021 federal election. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press file photo

Conservative candidate running for re-election in Kootenay Columbia

Rob Morrison says economic recovery is a key plank of the Conservative Party platform

Pictured, Rob Morrison campaigns for the Conservative Party in the 2019 federal election in the Elk Valley. Morrison is running again for the Conservative Party in the 2021 federal election. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press file photo
(Black Press file photo)

Health minister urges vaccination as COVID-19 cases rise in B.C. Interior

COVID-19 cases rising in Okanagan, Kootenays as provincial vaccination efforts continue

(Black Press file photo)
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