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Volunteers work on a past year’s poppy fund activities at the Trafalgar/Pro Patria Legion on Gorge Road in Victoria. The provincial government announced $1.5 million in one-time funding for B.C. and Yukon legions on June 2 to help them stay open through the remainder of the pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. government announces $1.5 million in pandemic relief for struggling Legion branches

Property tax exemption is what Legions really need, Victoria branch president says

Volunteers work on a past year’s poppy fund activities at the Trafalgar/Pro Patria Legion on Gorge Road in Victoria. The provincial government announced $1.5 million in one-time funding for B.C. and Yukon legions on June 2 to help them stay open through the remainder of the pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sebastian Mike

A journey to a mountain, and into a Ktunaxa soldier’s story

Sebastian Mike, a Ktunaxa from Cranbrook, was killed in action in 1944 while serving with the Calgary Highlanders in Europe. Climbing the mountain named after him revealed how history has the power to continue to affect the living

  • Jun 2, 2021
Sebastian Mike
BC Cancer Foundation canvassers are recognizable by their teal vests and ID badges. (Foundation file photo)

B.C. Cancer Foundation canvassers going door-to-door

Residents asked to support monthly donor program, but warned canvassers do not take cash

BC Cancer Foundation canvassers are recognizable by their teal vests and ID badges. (Foundation file photo)
Local artist Jamie Cross stands in front of the pride mural he painted to be hung on the wall of Centre64 and utilized as a background for a photo booth for people to snap pictures and celebrate pride. Paul Rodgers photo.

VIDEO: Centre 64 to celebrate Pride Month with Pride Wall photo booth and Artrageous Gallery

On Saturday, May 29 Centre64 hired local artist Jamie Cross to create…

Local artist Jamie Cross stands in front of the pride mural he painted to be hung on the wall of Centre64 and utilized as a background for a photo booth for people to snap pictures and celebrate pride. Paul Rodgers photo.
Cailey Chase and the Angora goats of Vahana Nature Rehabilitation at Idlewild Park in Cranbrook, Thursday, May 22. (Dave Humphrey photo)

The Weed Warrior: Having goats tackle invasive plants is an excellent strategy

On May 20th, I visited the weed control project at Idlewild Park…

  • May 28, 2021
Cailey Chase and the Angora goats of Vahana Nature Rehabilitation at Idlewild Park in Cranbrook, Thursday, May 22. (Dave Humphrey photo)
The Little Brown Myotis occurs across BC but is threatened by white-nose syndrome, a bat disease. Photo: B Paterson.

Kootenay residents asked to participate in bat count

Bats are returning to their summer roost sites

The Little Brown Myotis occurs across BC but is threatened by white-nose syndrome, a bat disease. Photo: B Paterson.
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
Kimberley Public Library has reopened

Kimberley Public Library reopens

The Kimberley Public Library has reopened to the public after being closed…

Kimberley Public Library has reopened
Kimberley's rainbow crosswalks are officially underway. Paul Rodgers photo.

Rainbow crosswalks underway in Kimberley

Kimberley’s rainbow crosswalks are getting painted on the intersection by the Platzl…

Kimberley's rainbow crosswalks are officially underway. Paul Rodgers photo.
Bob Finnie, Rotary Club of Golden, Ruth Finnie, Clare Mallow, JoAnna’s House volunteer and KGH Foundation board member; Doug Rankmore, CEO, KGH Foundation;Allison Ramchuk, Chief Development Officer KGH Foundation and Darlene Haslock, Manager JoeAnna’s House.

Kootenay Rotary clubs donate $50,000 to JoeAnna’s House at Kelowna General Hospital

JoeAnna’s House provides 20 guest bedrooms for out of town families

Bob Finnie, Rotary Club of Golden, Ruth Finnie, Clare Mallow, JoAnna’s House volunteer and KGH Foundation board member; Doug Rankmore, CEO, KGH Foundation;Allison Ramchuk, Chief Development Officer KGH Foundation and Darlene Haslock, Manager JoeAnna’s House.
The proposed plan for the garden. KEGG file

Opposition to garden plans perplexes Kimberley garden group

It has come to the attention of the Kimberley Edible Garden Group…

The proposed plan for the garden. KEGG file
Russ Ball (left) and another team member work to extract an ancient turtle fossil from along the Puntledge River in January 2021. (Credit: Derek Larson)
Russ Ball (left) and another team member work to extract an ancient turtle fossil from along the Puntledge River in January 2021. (Credit: Derek Larson)
Upcoming June events include sessions on music and dementia, as well as the opportunity to hear directly from people living with dementia as they reflect on what they have learned through their experience of the disease.

Dementia webinars offer practical tips to Kimberley residents and explore links between music and the brain

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. continues to provide residents of Kimberley affected…

Upcoming June events include sessions on music and dementia, as well as the opportunity to hear directly from people living with dementia as they reflect on what they have learned through their experience of the disease.
The Kimberley Underground Mining Railway has undergone extensive restoration work and looks forward to a bigger and better year, after substantial losses in 2020 due to the pandemic. Photo courtesy of the Sullivan Mine and Railway Historical Society.

Kimberley Underground Mining Railway looking forward to bigger, better season

The Kimberley Underground Mining Railway is looking forward to a bigger and…

The Kimberley Underground Mining Railway has undergone extensive restoration work and looks forward to a bigger and better year, after substantial losses in 2020 due to the pandemic. Photo courtesy of the Sullivan Mine and Railway Historical Society.
Wildsight is looking for a few gardeners with extra space this year. Wildsight photo

Wildsight Kimberley Backyard Farmers pilot project

Wildsight Kimberley Cranbrook has set a goal to address food security in…

Wildsight is looking for a few gardeners with extra space this year. Wildsight photo
Wildsight will be putting in plants and bee boxes to attract pollinators at the Eco Park in Marysville. Wildsight file

A park for the bees in Marysville

Wildsight will be putting in plants and bee boxes to attract pollinators at the Eco Park

Wildsight will be putting in plants and bee boxes to attract pollinators at the Eco Park in Marysville. Wildsight file
Learn all about making your garden a top producer at Wildsight garden workshops this year. Wildsight file

Wildsight offering garden workshops in Kimberley

It’s hard to find a lot of positives about a global pandemic,…

Learn all about making your garden a top producer at Wildsight garden workshops this year. Wildsight file
Grow a bucket of potatoes for the Kimberley Helping Hands Food Bank. File photo

It’s time to plant your bucket of spuds for the Kimberley Food Bank

Most people in Kimberley and area wait to plant their gardens until…

Grow a bucket of potatoes for the Kimberley Helping Hands Food Bank. File photo
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
The Science Fair Fun Run has gone virtual as Sweatin’ for Science, with over 470 participants logging their activity and collecting kilometres while fundraising for The Science Fair Foundation BC.

Science Fair Fun Run Goes Virtual as Sweatin’ for Science

The Science Fair Foundation BC fundraiser will help make science fairs more accessible

  • May 17, 2021
The Science Fair Fun Run has gone virtual as Sweatin’ for Science, with over 470 participants logging their activity and collecting kilometres while fundraising for The Science Fair Foundation BC.