Trevor Crawley

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)
Brenda Ware. (RCMP)

Murder charge laid against man in Kootenay National Park homicide

Philip Toner was located in Lake Country on May 11

Brenda Ware. (RCMP)
RCMP are searching for Philip Toner, who is a ‘person of interest’ in the investigation of a suspicious death in Kootenay National Park last week. Photo courtesy BC RCMP.

RCMP identify ‘person of interest’ in Kootenay National Park suspicious death

Police are looking for Philip Toner, who was known to a woman found dead near Radium last week

RCMP are searching for Philip Toner, who is a ‘person of interest’ in the investigation of a suspicious death in Kootenay National Park last week. Photo courtesy BC RCMP.
F.W. Green Memorial Home in Cranbrook. Photo courtesy Google Streetview.

Plan for future expansion of F.W. Green Home taking shape

Capital projects underway at East Kootenay Regional Hospital, per update from Interior Health

F.W. Green Memorial Home in Cranbrook. Photo courtesy Google Streetview.
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Second doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be available, as AstraZeneca supply runs low: Interior Health

Province expecting large volumes of Pfizer BioNTech as age-based cohort immunization program ramps up

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SD5 and SD6 have added electric school buses to their transportation fleets. Photo courtesy B.C. Government.

East Kootenay school districts add electric buses to fleets

Two school districts in the East Kootenay are adding an electric school…

SD5 and SD6 have added electric school buses to their transportation fleets. Photo courtesy B.C. Government.
Firefighters responded to a grass fire near Hosmer Friday, April 30. Photo courtesy Regional District of East Kootenay.

Firefighters respond to grass fire near Hosmer

Firefighters in the Elk Valley responded to a small grass fire less…

Firefighters responded to a grass fire near Hosmer Friday, April 30. Photo courtesy Regional District of East Kootenay.
RCMP. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)

Edmonton man facing charges for illegal U.S. border crossing at Lake Koocanusa

A 32-year-old Edmonton man is facing charges for illegal entry into the…

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
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 reacts to provinical budget

Kootenay East MLA notes lack of attention to mining and natural resource sector

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)
B.C.’s public health restrictions on non-essential travel are reinforced by orders effective April 23, 2021 to stay within your own regional health authority except for essential travel such as work and medical appointmens. (B.C. government)

Province unveils non-essential travel restrictions to stem COVID-19 transmission

Penalties can include a $575 fine, as highway signage will be placed at provincial highway border boundaries

B.C.’s public health restrictions on non-essential travel are reinforced by orders effective April 23, 2021 to stay within your own regional health authority except for essential travel such as work and medical appointmens. (B.C. government)
Kimberley case counts not at the point for 18 years and older community vaccination, says Interior Health. (File photo)

Many factors considered for smaller community-wide vaccination: Interior Health

East Kootenay resort town’s COVID-19 situation not at the point of community-wide vaccination, say officials

Kimberley case counts not at the point for 18 years and older community vaccination, says Interior Health. (File photo)
While pharmacies across B.C. are using AstraZeneca for public immunizations for people 40 years of age and older, there is no availability currently in the Kootenays. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

No AstraZeneca vaccine availability in Kootenay pharmacies, says Interior Health

Vaccine has been opened up at pharmacies in other areas of the province to people 40 years of age and older

While pharmacies across B.C. are using AstraZeneca for public immunizations for people 40 years of age and older, there is no availability currently in the Kootenays. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison. Photo courtesy Conservative Party of Canada.

Kootenay-Columbia MP pans federal budget

Conservative Rob Morrison says budget doesn’t have a plan for long-term spending priorities

Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison. Photo courtesy Conservative Party of Canada.
Crews and volunteers responded to a four-hectare wildfire on the lower half of the Aqam community lands near Cranbrook on Friday afternoon. Trevor Crawley photo.

Wildfire season gets early start in the East Kootenay

Fire crews, volunteers respond to two local wildfires, while prescribed burns turn weekend skies smoky

Crews and volunteers responded to a four-hectare wildfire on the lower half of the Aqam community lands near Cranbrook on Friday afternoon. Trevor Crawley photo.