Barry Coulter

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Alberta bike gangs battle in Cranbrook

RCMP separate two brawling gangs; several bikers went to hospital with apparent stab wounds; one group escorted out of town

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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

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.
The Bill Nye Mountain wildfire at midnight Saturday/Sunday, July 17/18. Trevor Crawley photo

Bill Nye Mountain wildfire grows to 785 hectares

The Bill Nye Mountain wildfire is the major wildfire in the East…

The Bill Nye Mountain wildfire at midnight Saturday/Sunday, July 17/18. Trevor Crawley photo
Kurt Swanson, Magda Idasz, Jessica Marusyk, and Dillon, a seven-year-old Clydesdale, at Fort Steele Heritage Town, with the Bill Nye Fire in the background. (Gerry Frederick photo)

Fort Steele plans for wildfire emergency

Plans in place to evacuate animals, create firebreak should wildfires threaten heritage town

Kurt Swanson, Magda Idasz, Jessica Marusyk, and Dillon, a seven-year-old Clydesdale, at Fort Steele Heritage Town, with the Bill Nye Fire in the background. (Gerry Frederick 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.
Team Canada paracyclist Tristen Chernove, with the three medals (Gold, Silver, Bronze) from the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Chernove is preparing for the Tokyo Paralympic Games, set for August 24-Sept. 5

A cyclist’s journey, measured in more than just miles

Tristen Chernove, a Team Canada paracyclist from Cranbrook, speaks of Rio, Tokyo and facing challenges

Team Canada paracyclist Tristen Chernove, with the three medals (Gold, Silver, Bronze) from the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Chernove is preparing for the Tokyo Paralympic Games, set for August 24-Sept. 5
Gerry Frederick shot this photo of the fire burning near the top of Bill Nye Mountain, east of Wasa.

Fire at the top of Bill Nye Mountain near Wasa

Gerry Frederick shot this photo of the fire burning near the top…

Gerry Frederick shot this photo of the fire burning near the top of Bill Nye Mountain, east of Wasa.
A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)

Mobile immunization clinic heading to Cranbrook

Interior Health’s mobile immunization clinic travelling to Cranbrook area for drop-ins July 24 and July 25

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
East Kootenay Community Credit Union in Cranbrook — one of six credit unions in southeast B.C. that were proposing to merge into one $3 billion institution: The Elevatus Credit Union. The project has been cancelled due to increasing costs. (Barry Coulter photo)

Kootenay credit unions call off proposed merger

Boards of directors cite prohibitive increasing costs involved with the Elevatus project

East Kootenay Community Credit Union in Cranbrook — one of six credit unions in southeast B.C. that were proposing to merge into one $3 billion institution: The Elevatus Credit Union. The project has been cancelled due to increasing costs. (Barry Coulter photo)
East Kootenay Community Credit Union in Cranbrook — one of six credit unions in southeast B.C. that were proposing to merge into one $3 billion institution: The Elevatus Credit Union. The project has been cancelled due to increasing costs. (Barry Coulter photo)

Kootenay credit unions call off proposed merger

Boards of directors cite prohibitive increasing costs involved with the Elevatus project

East Kootenay Community Credit Union in Cranbrook — one of six credit unions in southeast B.C. that were proposing to merge into one $3 billion institution: The Elevatus Credit Union. The project has been cancelled due to increasing costs. (Barry Coulter photo)
A pick-up left the street and collided with a tree on someone’s property on 7th Avenue South in Cranbrook, Wednesday, July 7. (Mike Turner photo)

Truck leaves street, smashes into tree

An intersection near Gyro Park and 7th Avenue South was closed to traffic Wednesday afternoon

A pick-up left the street and collided with a tree on someone’s property on 7th Avenue South in Cranbrook, Wednesday, July 7. (Mike Turner photo)
The Aquatic Centre at Western Financial Place.

Cranbrook Aquatic Center to close temporarily

The annual shutdown of the Aquatic Center at Western Financial Place will begin earlier than scheduled this year and does not have a defined end date at this time.

The Aquatic Centre at Western Financial Place.
The latest EKASS survey confirms a steady decline in substance use among EK youth over the years. (image compilation via Pixabay)

Latest survey shows steady decline in adolescent substance use over the years

Starting in 2002, the survey has been conducted every two years to monitor changes in substance use patterns, attitudes and behaviors amongst East Kootenay youth.

The latest EKASS survey confirms a steady decline in substance use among EK youth over the years. (image compilation via Pixabay)
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“Gift card scam,” and “grandparent scam” are on the rise, Cranbrook RCMP say

Folks are falling for these scams: “No Government agency or reputable company will ever ask anyone to pay with gift cards in lieu of their fines”

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These juvenile Great Horned Owls are growing quickly and getting ready to leave their nest.  They are one of the most common owls in North America and can be found in many different habitats, from the Arctic to the tropics, including within cities.  Great Horned Owls can take down prey larger than themselves but also eat smaller animals such as frogs and rodents. Helga Knote photos

Urban wildlife Part XII: The Kootenay birds (and others) of 2021

Our feathered friends in action, as captured on camera by local photographers

These juvenile Great Horned Owls are growing quickly and getting ready to leave their nest.  They are one of the most common owls in North America and can be found in many different habitats, from the Arctic to the tropics, including within cities.  Great Horned Owls can take down prey larger than themselves but also eat smaller animals such as frogs and rodents. Helga Knote photos
Jeffrey Taylor and Leanne MacFarlane.

Saturday marks 11th anniversary of MacFarlane-Taylor murders

Couple were killed near Cranbrook in a case of mistaken identity; murder trial underway in Vancouver

Jeffrey Taylor and Leanne MacFarlane.
The goats of Vahana Nature Restoration were fighting and feasting on weeds at Cranbrook’s Idlewild Park, Thursday, May 20. (Barry Coulter photo)

VIDEO: Goats tackle weeds at Idlewild Park in Cranbrook

A “new, ancient” technology is helping out in the fight against invasive plants

The goats of Vahana Nature Restoration were fighting and feasting on weeds at Cranbrook’s Idlewild Park, Thursday, May 20. (Barry Coulter photo)
BC Wildfire Service personal put out a suspected human-caused fire near Horseshoe Lake. (Photo courtesy Jaime Vienneau)

Small wildfires near Cranbrook are under control or out, but risk still high

The small Hidden Valley wildfire southeast of Cranbrook which started Sunday is…

BC Wildfire Service personal put out a suspected human-caused fire near Horseshoe Lake. (Photo courtesy Jaime Vienneau)
The Regional District of East Kootenay is looking for nominations for electoral area volunteers of the year

RDEK seeks nominations for volunteer of the year

Volunteers are the heart of the RDEK’s rural communities. If you know…

The Regional District of East Kootenay is looking for nominations for electoral area volunteers of the year
A small wildfire — .10 hectare — is burning just southwesst of Cranbrook.

Small wildfire burning just southwest of Cranbrook

According to the BC Wildfire Service, the .10 hectare fire is human-caused

A small wildfire — .10 hectare — is burning just southwesst of Cranbrook.