Aaron Hemens

A man wears a mask while walking down Canyon Street in Creston on Nov. 13. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Creston resident living with COVID-19 reflects on experience

Contracting and living with the virus, she said, has led to a “major reset” in her life

A man wears a mask while walking down Canyon Street in Creston on Nov. 13. Photo: Aaron Hemens
The Creston Valley Hospital. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Town of Creston confirms positive cases of COVID-19

Mayor Ron Toyota said that the confirmation of test-positive cases of COVID-19 serves as a reminder that the virus is a reality

The Creston Valley Hospital. Photo: Aaron Hemens
Creston carver Bob Graham crafted this Remembrance Day tribute from a shed moose antler. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Creston carver

Bob Graham crafted this Remembrance Day tribute from a shed moose antler.

Creston carver Bob Graham crafted this Remembrance Day tribute from a shed moose antler. Photo: Aaron Hemens
Balancing Bountiful will be available for purchase on Oct. 23. Photo: Caitlin Press

Mary Jayne Blackmore to release memoir of life and growing up in Bountiful

Balancing Bountiful will explore Blackmore’s life growing up in the polygamist community of Bountiful, as well as her journeys around the world and how all of these experiences have contributed to the shaping of her understanding of faith, community, family and feminism

Balancing Bountiful will be available for purchase on Oct. 23. Photo: Caitlin Press
Anne Jimmie holds up a photo of her and her mother, Christine Jimmy, that was taken in 1948. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Saving the inner child: The Healing Journey

“There was this little girl inside that was so hurt, that was so wounded … I needed to nurture that little girl and understand her.”

Anne Jimmie holds up a photo of her and her mother, Christine Jimmy, that was taken in 1948. Photo: Aaron Hemens
Town of Creston receives pitch to host rock and roll festival

Town of Creston receives pitch to host rock and roll festival

The idea is to have the Red Hot Chili Peppers and AC/DC headline the “Rockin’ the Kootenays” music festival next May

Town of Creston receives pitch to host rock and roll festival
Anne Jimmie holds up a photo of her and her mother, Christine Jimmy, that was taken in 1948. (Aaron Hemens - Creston Valley Advance)

Saving the inner child: Life after Cranbrook’s St. Eugene residential school

“I struggled with alcoholism for the longest time. I drank just to numb out the pain. I didn’t have to think about things I had gone through.”

Anne Jimmie holds up a photo of her and her mother, Christine Jimmy, that was taken in 1948. (Aaron Hemens - Creston Valley Advance)
Anne Jimmie holds up a photo of her and her mother, Christine Jimmy, that was taken in 1948. (Aaron Hemens - Creston Valley Advance)

Saving the inner child: B.C. elder reflects on time in Kootenay residential school

“By the time I left the residential school, I didn’t like myself. To me, it was like I was one of God’s worst creations.”

Anne Jimmie holds up a photo of her and her mother, Christine Jimmy, that was taken in 1948. (Aaron Hemens - Creston Valley Advance)
Fields Forward’s fruit press machine. (File photo)

Creston’s Fields Forward collecting data for potential food processing plant

An Oct. 1 survey will collect input from regional farmers and food processors

Fields Forward’s fruit press machine. (File photo)
Jordan’s Cabin was destroyed in an overnight fire on Sept. 29. Photo courtesy of Sgt. Ryan Currie of the Creston RCMP

Creston RCMP investigating after Jordan’s Cabin destroyed by fire

Police responded to a call at around 2:28 a.m. on Sept. 29 from a witness who was driving by the structure on Highway 3 and saw the fire

Jordan’s Cabin was destroyed in an overnight fire on Sept. 29. Photo courtesy of Sgt. Ryan Currie of the Creston RCMP
Kootenay Lake, from the Kuskonook shore. (Aaron Hemens - Creston Valley Advance)

Electric-ready ferry for Kootenay Lake to begin operations in 2023

Construction of the $62.9-million project will begin later this year

Kootenay Lake, from the Kuskonook shore. (Aaron Hemens - Creston Valley Advance)
Vanessa Farnsworth is a Creston-based author and journalist. (Photo courtesy of Vanessa Farnsworth)

Kootenay writer pens novel on murder of great, great, great grandfather

Vanessa Farnsworth is the descendant of William Bryan, a homesteader who was brutally murdered alongside his son Charles on Ontario’s Manitoulin Island in 1877

Vanessa Farnsworth is a Creston-based author and journalist. (Photo courtesy of Vanessa Farnsworth)
Creston’s historic grain elevators were purchased in 2018 by the Columbia Basin Trust, who will begin work to restore the structures in 2021. (Aaron Hemens photo)

Architects found for Creston grain elevators restoration project

Next Architecture is an architecture firm based in Edmonton, Alta., and they will take the lead in helping to design and restore the elevators

Creston’s historic grain elevators were purchased in 2018 by the Columbia Basin Trust, who will begin work to restore the structures in 2021. (Aaron Hemens photo)
A Creston woman in her early-80s waited nearly two weeks to receive homecare help after sustaining an injury. (Aaron Hemens photo)

Creston senior waits 2 weeks for homecare after injury

The woman in her early-80s waited 13 days to take a shower

A Creston woman in her early-80s waited nearly two weeks to receive homecare help after sustaining an injury. (Aaron Hemens photo)
The Lower Kootenay Band’s office, captured from the yard of the Yaqan Nukiy School. (Aaron Hemens photo)

Lower Kootenay Band reclaims land on Highway 21

The Band signed a settlement agreement on July 31 and will receive $1.3 million from the federal government

The Lower Kootenay Band’s office, captured from the yard of the Yaqan Nukiy School. (Aaron Hemens photo)
B.C. Fruit Growers revealed last week that a number of cherry and apple farms in Creston and throughout the Okanagan are abandoning some of their crops due to a shortage of workers. (Pixabay)

Shortage of B.C. fruit workers due to COVID-19

‘The tree fruit industry and the Ministry of Agriculture are asking local workers to consider helping with the harvest so that food waste is reduced’

B.C. Fruit Growers revealed last week that a number of cherry and apple farms in Creston and throughout the Okanagan are abandoning some of their crops due to a shortage of workers. (Pixabay)
The Creston Valley Hospital’s chief of staff squashed any rumours about temporary seasonal workers spreading COVID-19 around town on Aug. 6. Aaron Hemens - Creston Valley Advance

Creston Valley Hospital addresses COVID-19 rumours regarding farms

‘Not one seasonal worker in Creston has tested positive for COVID-19,’ said Dr. Nerine Kleinhans

The Creston Valley Hospital’s chief of staff squashed any rumours about temporary seasonal workers spreading COVID-19 around town on Aug. 6. Aaron Hemens - Creston Valley Advance
Around 400 gardeners received a free package of seeds from Kootenay Food in April. Source: pixabay

400 gardeners receive free seeds courtesy of Kootenay Food

A variety of seeds were delivered, which included carrots, beans, kale and peas

Around 400 gardeners received a free package of seeds from Kootenay Food in April. Source: pixabay
Creston RCMP investigating after remains of missing Alberta man found

Creston RCMP investigating after remains of missing Alberta man found

Lewis Pierce White’s remains were recovered in the Moyie River on July 27

Creston RCMP investigating after remains of missing Alberta man found
Lewis Pierce White is described as a 33-year-old caucasian male with brown hair and hazel eyes. He is listed as five ft 9 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds. Photo courtesy of Creston RCMP

Creston RCMP continue search for missing Alberta man

Lewis Pierce White was last seen on July 23 in Lethbridge, Alberta

Lewis Pierce White is described as a 33-year-old caucasian male with brown hair and hazel eyes. He is listed as five ft 9 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds. Photo courtesy of Creston RCMP