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Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka is calling for a campfire ban in the Southeast Fire Centre. Phil McLachlan photo/Black Press file.

Kootenay MLA calls for fire ban in the southern interior

Tom Shypitka calls for a campfire ban citing concerns over dry conditions, high temperatures

Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka is calling for a campfire ban in the Southeast Fire Centre. Phil McLachlan photo/Black Press file.
The federal government has provided $2 million in funding for Kootenay Connect that will go towards habitat preservation for at risk species in the Kootenays. Photo courtesy Pixabay.

Feds fund $2M for habitat conservation in the Kootenays

Kootenay Connect program to protect habitat for species at risk in four areas in the region

The federal government has provided $2 million in funding for Kootenay Connect that will go towards habitat preservation for at risk species in the Kootenays. Photo courtesy Pixabay.
The B.C. Wildfire Service has responed to a cluster of suspected lightning-caused fires in the Revelstoke area, as a thunderstorm is being blamed for multiple starts over the last 48 hours. Photo courtesy B.C. Wildfire Service.

Lightning blamed for multiple fire starts across Kootenays

Southeast Fire Centre says ground crews, air support responding to fires near Revelstoke, Nakusp

The B.C. Wildfire Service has responed to a cluster of suspected lightning-caused fires in the Revelstoke area, as a thunderstorm is being blamed for multiple starts over the last 48 hours. Photo courtesy B.C. Wildfire Service.
A wildfire continues to burn in the Sheep Creek area, west of Premier Lake. Crews are on site as of Thursday, July 23, 2020. (File photo)

Temperatures soar, wildfire danger rating rises across Kootenays

East, West Kootenays expected to hit high 30s C as fire danger rating increases to high and extreme

A wildfire continues to burn in the Sheep Creek area, west of Premier Lake. Crews are on site as of Thursday, July 23, 2020. (File photo)
Executive director for the Columbia River Treaty Review Kathy Eichenberg answers questions during the Community meeting held June 19, 2018 at the Revelstoke Community Centre. (Nathan Kunz/Revelstoke Review)

Province releases report on Columbia River Treaty public feedback

Reservoir levels, fair compensation for impacted communities, among many issues raised

Executive director for the Columbia River Treaty Review Kathy Eichenberg answers questions during the Community meeting held June 19, 2018 at the Revelstoke Community Centre. (Nathan Kunz/Revelstoke Review)
Pacific Coastal Airlines is resuming flight service between Cranbrook and Vancouver. (Pacific Coastal photo)

Pacific Coastal Airlines resumes Cranbrook-Vancouver flight service

Flight service between the two cities was cancelled last March due to competition

Pacific Coastal Airlines is resuming flight service between Cranbrook and Vancouver. (Pacific Coastal photo)
Columbia Valley Search and Rescue responded to a call for assistance on Monday, after an eight-year-old girl fell down a steep embankment in a mountain biking incident. Photo provided by CVSAR.

Young girl flown to Calgary after mountain biking accident near Invermere

Family had been mountain biking on the Johnson Trail in the Columbia Valley

Columbia Valley Search and Rescue responded to a call for assistance on Monday, after an eight-year-old girl fell down a steep embankment in a mountain biking incident. Photo provided by CVSAR.
Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer for B.C. (B.C. government)

COVID-19 staff case identified at Cranbrook seniors care facility

Staff member at Kootenay Street Village is self-isolating at home after being diagnosed

Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer for B.C. (B.C. government)
Camping has been restricted at Lake Koocanusa, and local officials are asking the province for a closure of the B.C./Alberta border to non-essential traffic. File photo.

B.C., Alberta health ministers urge public to stay home Easter weekend

Regional politicians, online petition calling for closure of provincial border to non-essential traffic

Camping has been restricted at Lake Koocanusa, and local officials are asking the province for a closure of the B.C./Alberta border to non-essential traffic. File photo.
Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick hosted a virtual town hall with Susan Brown, the Interior Health President and CEO (bottom right) and Dr. Sue Pollock, Interior Health Chief Medical Officer (bottom left) on Friday, March 27.

Interior Health officials outline pandemic response in virtual town hall

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick moderates digital discussion, Q&A with Interior Health leadership

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick hosted a virtual town hall with Susan Brown, the Interior Health President and CEO (bottom right) and Dr. Sue Pollock, Interior Health Chief Medical Officer (bottom left) on Friday, March 27.
Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons. File photo.

MP Morrison urges disclosure of communities with positive COVID-19 cases

Kootenay-Columbia parliamentarian says he has reached out to the province for clarity

Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons. File photo.
Jumbo Glacier and Lake of the Hanging Glacier. File

Province looking at steps to dissolve Jumbo resort municipality

Disincorporating municipality will likely require a legislative change, according to the province

Jumbo Glacier and Lake of the Hanging Glacier. File
Ktunaxa, supporters celebrate protection of Qat’muk and the Jumbo valley

Ktunaxa, supporters celebrate protection of Qat’muk and the Jumbo valley

Speeches, acknowledgements and ceremonies mark an emotional gathering in Cranbrook

Ktunaxa, supporters celebrate protection of Qat’muk and the Jumbo valley
Jumbo Glacier and Lake of the Hanging Glacier. File photo.

Jumbo Valley to be protected, ending decades-long dispute over proposed ski resort

Development rights permanently retired for site of proposed year-round ski resort west of Invermere

Jumbo Glacier and Lake of the Hanging Glacier. File photo.
Special prosecutor to review Cranbrook toddler drowning case

Special prosecutor to review Cranbrook toddler drowning case

Evidence disclosure at issue in the case of a woman sentenced for criminal negligence causing death

Special prosecutor to review Cranbrook toddler drowning case
If B.C. adopts year-round daylight time, each East Kootenay town would pick own time zone

If B.C. adopts year-round daylight time, each East Kootenay town would pick own time zone

Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka stopped by a recent regional district meeting to explain

If B.C. adopts year-round daylight time, each East Kootenay town would pick own time zone
Young woman on the mend after explosion at frozen Cranbrook lake

Young woman on the mend after explosion at frozen Cranbrook lake

Emergency personnel responded to a reported explosion in Cranbrook on Dec. 27.

Young woman on the mend after explosion at frozen Cranbrook lake
Province seeks feedback on proposed hunting regulation changes

Province seeks feedback on proposed hunting regulation changes

A number of proposals in the Kootenays will affect whitetail doe, elk, turkey hunting seasons

Province seeks feedback on proposed hunting regulation changes
RCMP are grappling with a $10 million deficit. Black Press file photo.

Government needs to step up to address $10M RCMP budget deficit: Morrison

Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison says governments need to ensure rural communities are protected

RCMP are grappling with a $10 million deficit. Black Press file photo.
Catherine Gibbons was reported missing on Oct. 30 and police believe Damon Brodeur may be with her and missing as well. Photos provided by RCMP.

UPDATED: Two missing people from Columbia Valley have been found

Catherine Gibbons was reported missing on Oct. 30, RCMP believe Damon Brodeur is with her as well

Catherine Gibbons was reported missing on Oct. 30 and police believe Damon Brodeur may be with her and missing as well. Photos provided by RCMP.