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Kimberley case counts not at the point for 18 years and older community vaccination, says Interior Health. (File photo)

Many factors considered for smaller community-wide vaccination: Interior Health

East Kootenay resort town’s COVID-19 situation not at the point of community-wide vaccination, say officials

A cougar encounter near the flagpole above Pulpit Rock has closed off a section of the popular trail. File photo

Part of Pulpit Rock trail closed by cougar sighting

Pulpit Rock to the flagpole will be blocked to the public for the next two weeks

Nav Canada will not be closing the tower at West Kootenay Regional Airport. Photo: Betsy Kline

Nav Canada tower to remain open at West Kootenay Regional Airport

The organization was considering closing the tower

After gaining international recognition as The Konkens back in the 1970s, Frank and Ruby Konken had their two boys join the band in the ‘80s. They renamed themselves K-Kountry, performing country music to adoring audiences near and far. Photo: Frank Konken

Trail Blazers: Renowned musicians Frank and Ruby Konken

From country to Russian tunes, the Konkens are instrumental players in the world of recorded music

After gaining international recognition as The Konkens back in the 1970s, Frank and Ruby Konken had their two boys join the band in the ‘80s. They renamed themselves K-Kountry, performing country music to adoring audiences near and far. Photo: Frank Konken
Dresses hang outside Nelson city hall as part of the REDress Project by Métis artist Jaime Black. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson’s REDress Project exhibit vandalized

The REDress Project brings attention to missing and murdered Indigenous women

Dresses hang outside Nelson city hall as part of the REDress Project by Métis artist Jaime Black. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Nelson and Trail saw another jump in cases. Illustration: BC Centre for Disease Control
Nelson and Trail saw another jump in cases. Illustration: BC Centre for Disease Control
School District 20 is advising the public there has been a positive case of COVID-19 at the Trail high school. Photo: Trail Times

COVID exposures at three West Kootenay schools

Three West Kootenay schools have students in isolation

School District 20 is advising the public there has been a positive case of COVID-19 at the Trail high school. Photo: Trail Times
A woman wears a protective face covering to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as she walks past the emergency entrance of Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

54 more cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

Thirty-two people in the region are in hospital with the virus, 11 of them in intensive care

A woman wears a protective face covering to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as she walks past the emergency entrance of Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Air Canada will not be resuming flight to Castlegar anytime soon. Photo: Betsy Kline

Service to West Kootenay Regional Airport not included in Air Canada deal announcement

Air Canada will not be resuming flights to Castlegar at this time

Air Canada will not be resuming flight to Castlegar anytime soon. Photo: Betsy Kline
While pharmacies across B.C. are using AstraZeneca for public immunizations for people 40 years of age and older, there is no availability currently in the Kootenays. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

No AstraZeneca vaccine availability in Kootenay pharmacies, says Interior Health

Vaccine has been opened up at pharmacies in other areas of the province to people 40 years of age and older

While pharmacies across B.C. are using AstraZeneca for public immunizations for people 40 years of age and older, there is no availability currently in the Kootenays. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Idle Eyes, Tad Campbell (middle). Photo: Idle Eyes Facebook page

Idle Eyes frontman, Trail native, sentenced to house arrest

Campbell avoided jail time at the Feb. 5 sentencing in the Vancouver courthouse.

Idle Eyes, Tad Campbell (middle). Photo: Idle Eyes Facebook page
Frisky Whisky has closed its doors to the public under COVID-19 health orders. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

Cocktail lounge in Creston gets creative to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions

Frisky Whisky is now offering a lunch takeout menu and take-home cocktail kits

Frisky Whisky has closed its doors to the public under COVID-19 health orders. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
An animal carrier full of bullet holes and containing a dead animal was found near Castlegar. Photo: Colleen Schwartz

Castlegar woman finds dead animal inside carrier riddled with bullet holes

The remains were discovered near Syringa Creek Provincial Park

An animal carrier full of bullet holes and containing a dead animal was found near Castlegar. Photo: Colleen Schwartz
The Open Street project may mean more spots like this popping up around Castlegar. Photo: Lachlan Labere

City of Castlegar extends Open Streets project through fall

Businesses can use public and private outdoor spaces

The Open Street project may mean more spots like this popping up around Castlegar. Photo: Lachlan Labere
A class is in isolation after a potential exposure at J.V. Humphries School in Kaslo. Photo: School District 8

Kaslo school’s class isolated due to possible COVID-19 exposure

A class at J.V. Humphries School is home for the week

A class is in isolation after a potential exposure at J.V. Humphries School in Kaslo. Photo: School District 8
Joudelie King wants to get out and live life to the fullest, but there are places she can’t go because they don’t meet her accessibility needs. (submitted photo)

New online tool provides accessibility map for people with disabilities

The myCommunity BC map provides accessibility info for nearly 1,000 locations in the province

Joudelie King wants to get out and live life to the fullest, but there are places she can’t go because they don’t meet her accessibility needs. (submitted photo)
Firesmart activities will be happening this week on city-owned forested land. File photo

Firesmart activities to take place this week on Castlegar’s 14th Ave.

City and Selkirk College Forestry program working together on project

Firesmart activities will be happening this week on city-owned forested land. File photo
Open burning is not permitted within the City of Castlegar. Submitted photo
Open burning is not permitted within the City of Castlegar. Submitted photo
The Interior Health COVID-19 testing site in Castlegar. Photo: Betsy Kline

Six new COVID cases in Castlegar last week

The Kootenay Boundary is seeing a rise in COVID cases

The Interior Health COVID-19 testing site in Castlegar. Photo: Betsy Kline
Tala MacDonald, a 17-year-old student at Mount Sentinel Secondary who is also a volunteer firefighter, has won the $100,000 Loran Award. Photo: Submitted

West Kootenay student wins $100K scholarship

Tala MacDonald is one of 30 Canadians to receive the Loran Award

Tala MacDonald, a 17-year-old student at Mount Sentinel Secondary who is also a volunteer firefighter, has won the $100,000 Loran Award. Photo: Submitted