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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

To aid it in case of fires like this, Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi’it (Tobacco Plains Indian Band) will hire and train current employees and volunteers to establish a fire service for itself and neighbouring Grasmere, with support from the partnership. CBT file

16 projects receive $1.7 million through Columbia Basin Trust and the Province

Projects will create jobs while completing wildfire mitigation work

Tammy Bradford, manager of the Creston Museum, poses with Derry the Ford Model T outside of the Farmers’ Market on July 10. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
Tammy Bradford, manager of the Creston Museum, poses with Derry the Ford Model T outside of the Farmers’ Market on July 10. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

Creston Museum celebrates Ford Model T’s 100th birthday

Originally manufactured in the United States in July 1921, Derry has travelled many miles during his lifetime

The Elko sawmill is part of the province-wide Canfor sawmill shutdowns. File Photo

Canfor trims lumber production due to BC wildfires

The company has announced it is reducing lumber production by 115 million board feet due to supply chain disruptions

The Elko sawmill is part of the province-wide Canfor sawmill shutdowns. File Photo
The Octopus Creek Fire on July 20. Photo: BC Wildfire Service
The Octopus Creek Fire on July 20. Photo: BC Wildfire Service
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.
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RDEK seeks public input as short term rental planning process gets underway

It’s not just municipalities such as Kimberley and Cranbrook that are trying…

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A pyrocumulus cloud, also known as a fire cloud, forms in the sky as the Tremont Creek wildfire burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

BC Hydro keeping eye on large wildfire burning near transmission line

The Brenda Creek wildfire in Central Okanagan is still classified as out of control

A pyrocumulus cloud, also known as a fire cloud, forms in the sky as the Tremont Creek wildfire burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Evacuation orders and alerts are in place near the Michaud Creek fire. Photo: BC Wildfire Service

UPDATE: Evacuation orders, alerts continue as Lower Arrow Lake fire grows to 2500 hectares

Michaud Creek fire now over 2500 hectares, Octopus Creek fire over 1000 hectares

Evacuation orders and alerts are in place near the Michaud Creek fire. Photo: BC Wildfire Service
A list of capital requests from Interior Health was approved by the Cariboo Chilcotin Hospital Regional District board, including a shower room upgrade and condensing unit at the 100 Mile Hospital. (File photo)

Another 45 care home residents ‘proactively evacuated’ in 100 Mile

100 Mile District General Hospital remains open at this time

A list of capital requests from Interior Health was approved by the Cariboo Chilcotin Hospital Regional District board, including a shower room upgrade and condensing unit at the 100 Mile Hospital. (File photo)
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.
Residents line up outside the Vernon Recreation Complex for their COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, June 5. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Interior Health COVID-19 case count highest in B.C.

Wednesday marked fourth straight day that the region’s numbers were the highest

Residents line up outside the Vernon Recreation Complex for their COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, June 5. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
District of Sparwood logo and flag. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

A look inside the wallet: Elk Valley municipalities release financial info for 2020

Municipalities are mandated to report on pay to elected officials and employees by the provincial government

District of Sparwood logo and flag. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
District of Sparwood gateway banner. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood moves along with indoor multi-use facility proposal

The district has now voted to create an advisory committee to make recommendations on design

District of Sparwood gateway banner. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
As of noon on Wednesday, July 14 an area restriction will be in effect for the Akokli and Redding Creek areas due to wildfires in the Kootenay Lake and Cranbrook zones.

Area restriction in effect for Akokli, Redding Creek areas

In the interest of public and responder safety, an area restriction will be going into effect Wednesday

As of noon on Wednesday, July 14 an area restriction will be in effect for the Akokli and Redding Creek areas due to wildfires in the Kootenay Lake and Cranbrook zones.
Larry Walker Jr., a former Colorado Rockies player, will not attend all-star events in Denver this week after being “bit” by COVID-19. (National Baseball Hall of Fame)

COVID-19 keeps Larry Walker out of all-star festivities

B.C. baseball great will be inducted into Hall of Fame in September

Larry Walker Jr., a former Colorado Rockies player, will not attend all-star events in Denver this week after being “bit” by COVID-19. (National Baseball Hall of Fame)
A special air quality statement has been issued for the East Kootenay region as of Monday, July 12. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)

Special air quality statement issued for East Kootenay region

There are currently 65 wildfires burning throughout the Southeast Fire Centre

A special air quality statement has been issued for the East Kootenay region as of Monday, July 12. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)
Susan Brown, president and CEO of Interior Health. (Interior Health photo)

2 Interior Health employees withdraw from Aboriginal health positions over criticism

The employees were not Indigenous, and the positions weren’t made publicly available

Susan Brown, president and CEO of Interior Health. (Interior Health photo)
Some of the signage installed on 1st Avenue in Fernie following the creation of the Station Square Park on 6th Street. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie’s Station Square Park ‘not working’ according to council

Councillors decided to give the park another 30 days of life on the proviso more was added to make it appealing

Some of the signage installed on 1st Avenue in Fernie following the creation of the Station Square Park on 6th Street. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
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.