Corey Bullock

Cranbrook Search and Rescue safely and effectively rescued an injured snowmobiler on January 16. Pictured are six members took part in a Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 course, which also took place on the 16th. Members are required to have at minimum AST1 for winter responses. (Facebook/Cranbrook SAR file)

Cranbrook SAR rescues injured snowmobiler from Lumberton area

A helicopter crew assisted in safely and quickly located the injured person

Cranbrook Search and Rescue safely and effectively rescued an injured snowmobiler on January 16. Pictured are six members took part in a Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 course, which also took place on the 16th. Members are required to have at minimum AST1 for winter responses. (Facebook/Cranbrook SAR file)
Pictured are Volunteer Tom Blom (left) SPCA Manager Christy King (middle) and Volunteer Jack Selman (right) on Thursday, January 7, 2021. This date marks the one year anniversary of Blom and Selman taking over the recycling program at the East Kootenay SPCA branch. In just one year, the local branch raised over $50,000 through the program. (East Kootenay SPCA file)

East Kootenay SPCA celebrates $50K milestone with recycling program

In just one year, the local branch raised over $50,000 through their recycling program

Pictured are Volunteer Tom Blom (left) SPCA Manager Christy King (middle) and Volunteer Jack Selman (right) on Thursday, January 7, 2021. This date marks the one year anniversary of Blom and Selman taking over the recycling program at the East Kootenay SPCA branch. In just one year, the local branch raised over $50,000 through the program. (East Kootenay SPCA file)
Cranbrook RCMP are investigating after several ducks were allegedly ran over in Tamarack Parking lot (Barry Coulter file)

Cranbrook RCMP investigating dead ducks found in Tamarack Centre parking lot

The local detachment is asking anyone with information to come forward

Cranbrook RCMP are investigating after several ducks were allegedly ran over in Tamarack Parking lot (Barry Coulter file)
Paisley Keays was born at East Kootenay Regional Hospital on Friday, January 1 at 3:37pm to mom Katherine and Dad Michael. (Interior Health photo)

East Kootenay’s first baby of 2021

Baby girl Paisley was born on New Year’s Day at 3:37 p.m. at East Kootenay Regional Hospital

Paisley Keays was born at East Kootenay Regional Hospital on Friday, January 1 at 3:37pm to mom Katherine and Dad Michael. (Interior Health photo)
A recent collision between a logging truck and a Ford F350 on a forest service road near Invermere is shining a light on the importance of backroad safety and communication in B.C. Luckily, no one was injured in this particular incident. (File Photo)

Collision between Ford F-350, logging truck sheds light on backroad safety

Contractors, search and rescue calling for use of radios on forest service roads

A recent collision between a logging truck and a Ford F350 on a forest service road near Invermere is shining a light on the importance of backroad safety and communication in B.C. Luckily, no one was injured in this particular incident. (File Photo)
A member of the Avalanche Canada South Rockies field team gathers important snowpack data that is used to produce daily avalanche forecasts for the region. Photo by Jennifer Coulter.

Avalanche danger ratings high across East Kootenay

Monday’s snow storm is expected to bring an avalanche cycle

A member of the Avalanche Canada South Rockies field team gathers important snowpack data that is used to produce daily avalanche forecasts for the region. Photo by Jennifer Coulter.
15 to 25 centimetres of snow is expected to fall on Monday, December 21, 2020, according to Environment Canada. (Cranbrook Townsman file)

Winter storm warning in effect for East Kootenay region

15 to 25 centimetres of snow is expected to fall before Tuesday morning

15 to 25 centimetres of snow is expected to fall on Monday, December 21, 2020, according to Environment Canada. (Cranbrook Townsman file)
Dr. James Heilman

Now is the time to double down on collective efforts, Cranbrook doctor says

Even with Christmas upon us, we must not give in to complacency of pandemic fatigue

Dr. James Heilman
Pictured is Ted Murrell, Manager of Cranbrook’s Save On Foods, presenting a cheque to Brent Bidston, President and Pilot of Angel Flight East Kootenay on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. Save On Foods locations across the Kootenays have banded together to raise funds for the charity. This year over $14,000 was raised. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)

Save On Foods raises over $14,000 for Angel Flight East Kootenay

Stores in Kimberley, Cranbrook, Sparwood, Fernie, Golden and Nelson participated

Pictured is Ted Murrell, Manager of Cranbrook’s Save On Foods, presenting a cheque to Brent Bidston, President and Pilot of Angel Flight East Kootenay on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. Save On Foods locations across the Kootenays have banded together to raise funds for the charity. This year over $14,000 was raised. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)
Mount Baker Secondary School in Cranbrook. Photo courtesy SD5.

Potential COVID-19 exposure reported at Mount Baker Secondary in Cranbrook

The individual was present at school on November 30, December 1

Mount Baker Secondary School in Cranbrook. Photo courtesy SD5.
(Black Press file photo)

RCMP seeking driver of burnt out car found on HaHa Creek Road

Cranbrook RCMP are looking for the driver of a vehicle that was found on fire Monday

(Black Press file photo)
Starting in January of 2021, the RDEK will be removing yellow bins designated for glass collections. East Kootenay residents will be able to recycle their glass at one of the many Recycle BC depots across the region. (RDEK file)

Changes coming to RDEK glass recycling program

Starting in January 2021, glass will no longer be collected through the yellow bin program

Starting in January of 2021, the RDEK will be removing yellow bins designated for glass collections. East Kootenay residents will be able to recycle their glass at one of the many Recycle BC depots across the region. (RDEK file)
College of the Rockies Avalanche volleyball coaches (l-r) Bryan Fraser and Cisco Farrero continue to help their players develop their skills, despite the cancellation of competitive play for the 2020 academic year. (Submitted file)

Winter 2021 Avalanche volleyball season cancelled

Pacwest has curtailed competitive play for the winter 2021 semester

College of the Rockies Avalanche volleyball coaches (l-r) Bryan Fraser and Cisco Farrero continue to help their players develop their skills, despite the cancellation of competitive play for the 2020 academic year. (Submitted file)
Pictured is the Cranbrook gravel pit, located between two graveyards near the public works yard. This is where two lost kids were located by a Salvador Ready Mix driver on Thursday, November 19, 2020. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)

Two lost Cranbrook kids find their way home thanks to Salvador Ready Mix driver

The driver found the children wandering near the gravel pits in Cranbrook

Pictured is the Cranbrook gravel pit, located between two graveyards near the public works yard. This is where two lost kids were located by a Salvador Ready Mix driver on Thursday, November 19, 2020. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)
The annual Santa Claus parade will not be taking place this year in Cranbrook. Photo courtesy of Donna Nakahara.

Cranbrook Santa Claus parade cancelled

Kimberley’s Light Up visit with Santa has already been cancelled

The annual Santa Claus parade will not be taking place this year in Cranbrook. Photo courtesy of Donna Nakahara.
Pictured is a screen shot of the latest data from the BC CDC. It shows the geographic distribution of COVID-19 by local health area between January and October, 2020. (File photo)

The East Kootenay saw 49 COVID-19 cases between January and October

To date, Interior Health has seen 1,001 cases

Pictured is a screen shot of the latest data from the BC CDC. It shows the geographic distribution of COVID-19 by local health area between January and October, 2020. (File photo)
A barred owl is wrapped in a blanket at Hope for Wildlife rehabiliation and education centre in Seaforth,  N.S. on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2011. The owl was caught in a rabbit snare and is being treated for a damaged leg. Hope for Wildlife has opened the province's first wildlife veterinary hospital which will allow injured animals to receive complete medical care with out being transported off site. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Advocates call for provincial ban on rodenticides

Owl Watch BC is asking residents to report dead or sick wildlife as owls continue to die from poisonings

A barred owl is wrapped in a blanket at Hope for Wildlife rehabiliation and education centre in Seaforth,  N.S. on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2011. The owl was caught in a rabbit snare and is being treated for a damaged leg. Hope for Wildlife has opened the province's first wildlife veterinary hospital which will allow injured animals to receive complete medical care with out being transported off site. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
A Cranbrook mother is receiving praise across the world for her design of a sensory path aimed at helping kids in school when they need a movement break. (Chantal Marra file)

Cranbrook mother receives international praise for sensory paths business

Chantal Marra has sold her sensory path packages to schools across the world

A Cranbrook mother is receiving praise across the world for her design of a sensory path aimed at helping kids in school when they need a movement break. (Chantal Marra file)
A sign informing guests of guidelines due to COVID-19 is seen at Playland amusement park at the Pacific National Exhibition, in Vancouver, on Friday, July 10, 2020. The park is now open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with a limited number of rides operating under reduced capacity due to COVID-19. Guests must purchase admission ahead of time online for one of two daily time slots and are also required to wear face masks while waiting in lines and while on rides. The park is closed for an hour each afternoon for sanitization. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Masks4Canada group calls for federal mask mandate to slow spread of COVID-19

The group says cases continue to rise in crowded places, close-contact settings and closed spaces

A sign informing guests of guidelines due to COVID-19 is seen at Playland amusement park at the Pacific National Exhibition, in Vancouver, on Friday, July 10, 2020. The park is now open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with a limited number of rides operating under reduced capacity due to COVID-19. Guests must purchase admission ahead of time online for one of two daily time slots and are also required to wear face masks while waiting in lines and while on rides. The park is closed for an hour each afternoon for sanitization. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Edward Johnson was last seen yesterday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the area of Cross Road North. He is described as an 80 year-old caucasian male, six feet tall and was last seen wearing a black golf shirt, jeans and brown moccasins. (Photo submitted)

UPDATE: Missing Cranbrook man located safely

The local detachment is asking for the public’s help in finding Edward Johnson

Edward Johnson was last seen yesterday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the area of Cross Road North. He is described as an 80 year-old caucasian male, six feet tall and was last seen wearing a black golf shirt, jeans and brown moccasins. (Photo submitted)