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Fort Steele Spooktacular on Saturday, October 26, 2019. (Colin Ferguson/Syltography file)

Fort Steele set to host Spooktacular this October

Last year’s event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

A row of solar panels help to produce renewable energy at Kootenay Meadows Farm in Creston. (Submitted West Kootenay EcoSociety)

Creston commits to 100% renewable energy by 2050

‘Creston is setting the path forward for other rural communities like theirs to live healthier, safer, and cleaner lives.’

BC Centre for Disease Control reporting COVID-19 cases by Local Health Area for Sept. 4-11. Image provided by BC Centre for Disease Control.

Cranbrook COVID-19 case count remains high as numbers drop elsewhere: BC CDC

While COVID-19 case counts and rates are falling across the southern interior,…

BC Centre for Disease Control reporting COVID-19 cases by Local Health Area for Sept. 4-11. Image provided by BC Centre for Disease Control.
The BC Centre for Disease’s Control’s latest COVID-19 map shows new cases reported in each local health area between Sept. 5-11.

COVID-19 cases plummet across West Boundary, Kootenays

The latest numbers from the BC CDC offer hope that the 4th wave may be cresting in both regions

The BC Centre for Disease’s Control’s latest COVID-19 map shows new cases reported in each local health area between Sept. 5-11.
Open burning will once again be allowed in parts of the Southeast Fire Centre, as of noon on Thursday, September 16.
(File Photo)

Ban on open burning lifted in parts of Southeast Fire Centre

The ban will remain in place for the Boundary region

Open burning will once again be allowed in parts of the Southeast Fire Centre, as of noon on Thursday, September 16.
(File Photo)
Advance voting was underway at the Seniors Centre in Cranbrook over the weekend. Trevor Crawley photo.

Advance voting up in Kootenay-Columbia, nationally as federal election looms

Advance turnout is up across the country as well as in Kootenay-Columbia,…

Advance voting was underway at the Seniors Centre in Cranbrook over the weekend. Trevor Crawley photo.
Black Press file

Election 2021: What you need to know

Two polling places in Kimberley

Black Press file
Mount Baker Secondary School in Cranbrook.

COVID-19 vaccine clinics to be held in select local schools

Students in Cranbrook and Kimberley can get immunized against COVID-19 right in…

Mount Baker Secondary School in Cranbrook.
The Kootenay-Columbia candidates are now live in Black Press’ candidate forum. (Contributed)
The Kootenay-Columbia candidates are now live in Black Press’ candidate forum. (Contributed)
Advance polling is open at the Seniors Centre in Cranbrook over the next four days. Trevor Crawley photo.

Kootenay-Columbia candidates debate issues during virtual forum

Topics included COVID-19 spending, federal debt, climate change, diversity and Indigenous issues

Advance polling is open at the Seniors Centre in Cranbrook over the next four days. Trevor Crawley photo.
Marie-Christine Cadieux and her daughter Eliana on the first day of school at Kimberley's new French school. Paul Rodgers photo.

First week of classes at Kimberley’s new French school

Kimberley’s new French school had its first day of classes this past…

Marie-Christine Cadieux and her daughter Eliana on the first day of school at Kimberley's new French school. Paul Rodgers photo.
(Right) Junior Firefighter Jessica Mickelson, a Creston local, was awarded with a full scholarship for Fire Academy with Training Division. She will have the choice to attend in Surrey or Texas. (Photo by Dave Harcus of Maple Ridge Fire)

Vancouver-based camp ignites career passions in young women

Creston Fire Rescue would like to bring Camp Ignite to the Kootenays

  • Sep 10, 2021
(Right) Junior Firefighter Jessica Mickelson, a Creston local, was awarded with a full scholarship for Fire Academy with Training Division. She will have the choice to attend in Surrey or Texas. (Photo by Dave Harcus of Maple Ridge Fire)
Axis House Withdrawal Management offers short-term detox stays in Castlegar. Photo: Betsy Kline

Castlegar detox centre sees uptick in alcohol-related visits during pandemic

Axis House Withdrawal Management services are available to anyone in the Kootenay-Boundary region

Axis House Withdrawal Management offers short-term detox stays in Castlegar. Photo: Betsy Kline
Two are in custody following a police incident in the Southview neighbourhood of Cranbrook Thursday afternoon. Trevor Crawley photo.

One adult in custody following police incident in Cranbrook

One adult male has been taken into police custody following a vehicular…

Two are in custody following a police incident in the Southview neighbourhood of Cranbrook Thursday afternoon. Trevor Crawley photo.
L-R: Rob Morrison (Conservative), Robin Goldsbury (Liberal), Wayne Stetski (NDP), and Rana Nelson (Green) participated in an online forum for Kootenay-Columbia election candidates about climate change on Sept. 8. File photos

Kootenay-Columbia candidates talk climate change in online forum

160 people attended event hosted by youth members of Fridays for Future

L-R: Rob Morrison (Conservative), Robin Goldsbury (Liberal), Wayne Stetski (NDP), and Rana Nelson (Green) participated in an online forum for Kootenay-Columbia election candidates about climate change on Sept. 8. File photos
Board Chair Jocelyn Carver and President and CEO Johnny Strilaeff will share highlights of the Trust’s annual report at the Trust’s Annual General Meeting on September 24. CBT file
Board Chair Jocelyn Carver and President and CEO Johnny Strilaeff will share highlights of the Trust’s annual report at the Trust’s Annual General Meeting on September 24. CBT file
COVID-19 data by LHA for Aug. 29-Sept. 4. Photo courtesy BC Centre for Disease Control.

Cranbrook COVID-19 cases remain high: BC CDC

68 cases reported between Aug. 29-Sept.4, according to latest data from public health officials

COVID-19 data by LHA for Aug. 29-Sept. 4. Photo courtesy BC Centre for Disease Control.
Bulletin file

Kimberley RCMP investigating vandalism at Lions Park in Marysville

In a Facebook post, Sgt. Steve Woodcox of the Kimberley RCMP is…

Bulletin file
Pictured is the prescribed burn on the Bill Nye fire from July 25th, 2021. This prescribed burn tied into the already treated Lakit Lake Logical Burn Unit, completed years ago. (Peter Hisch, FNESS file)

Bill Nye firefighting made easier through previous mitigation efforts

Tying in the south boundary of the fire to a previous prescribed burn area aided in efforts, experts say

Pictured is the prescribed burn on the Bill Nye fire from July 25th, 2021. This prescribed burn tied into the already treated Lakit Lake Logical Burn Unit, completed years ago. (Peter Hisch, FNESS file)