Corey Bullock

Smoke is pictured billowing from the Connell Ridge fire, south of Cranbrook. (Photo via BC Wildfire Service)

10 new lightning-caused wildfires in Southeast Fire Centre

Thunderstorms in the region have increased fire activity

Smoke is pictured billowing from the Connell Ridge fire, south of Cranbrook. (Photo via BC Wildfire Service)
Pictured is a screenshot of the BC Wildfire map, showing the Khartoum Creek fire near Fort Steele. This fire was discovered Friday, August 12 and is under control. (File Photo)

New fire start near Cranbrook under control

BC Wildfire Service says the new fire isn’t expected to spread any further

Pictured is a screenshot of the BC Wildfire map, showing the Khartoum Creek fire near Fort Steele. This fire was discovered Friday, August 12 and is under control. (File Photo)
A chance of thunderstorms may move through the East Kootenay region today. (Trevor Crawley file)

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for East Kootenay

Cranbrook and surrounding areas could see storm activity Thursday

A chance of thunderstorms may move through the East Kootenay region today. (Trevor Crawley file)
A Canadian Blood Services clinic in Calgary. (File photo: Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Far-flung geography affects blood collection in Kootenays

Blood supply dwindling; donors must drive to Alberta or Okanagan

A Canadian Blood Services clinic in Calgary. (File photo: Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)
Slocan Community Health Centre (pictured) emergency room is facing temporary service reductions. This is just one of many rural health centres that are experiencing staffing and other issues. Black Press File photo.

B.C. organization calls for more supports in rural healthcare sector

The BC Rural Health Network says rural healthcare crisis a ‘significant safety concern’

Slocan Community Health Centre (pictured) emergency room is facing temporary service reductions. This is just one of many rural health centres that are experiencing staffing and other issues. Black Press File photo.
Pictured are Dan Meldrum (left), Hunter and kitten Rocky (middle) and Ashlie Meldrum (right). The Meldrum family own Roto-Rooter in Cranbrook, and helped Hunter and her mom Tara save Rocky the kitten from an old well on Tuesday, July 12, 2022. (Submitted file)

In too deep: Rescuers suck distressed B.C. kitten out of abandoned well

Roto-Rooter came to the rescue after a kitten was stuck in an old well cavern

Pictured are Dan Meldrum (left), Hunter and kitten Rocky (middle) and Ashlie Meldrum (right). The Meldrum family own Roto-Rooter in Cranbrook, and helped Hunter and her mom Tara save Rocky the kitten from an old well on Tuesday, July 12, 2022. (Submitted file)
Gas in Cranbrook is currently listed at $2.13 per litre at most stations. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman)

High Kootenay gas prices mainly due to competition: analyst

While fuel transport is a factor, analyst says competition is a big factor in high Kootenay prices

Gas in Cranbrook is currently listed at $2.13 per litre at most stations. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman)
A Cranbrook dentist has been suspended and fined after self-reporting a sexual relationship with a patient to the CDSBC. (Aaron Hinks photo)

B.C. dentist suspended, fined for sexual relationship with patient

Dentist self-reported the misconduct to the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C

A Cranbrook dentist has been suspended and fined after self-reporting a sexual relationship with a patient to the CDSBC. (Aaron Hinks photo)
Pictured is the Valour Mural on the Wall of Honour at Cranbrook Rotary Park, where an information plaque has recently gone missing from. (Barry Coulter/Cranbrook Townsman file)

Commemorative plaques stolen from Cranbrook’s Rotary Park

Several plaques were also recently stolen from the Veterans Memorial Park in Kimberley

Pictured is the Valour Mural on the Wall of Honour at Cranbrook Rotary Park, where an information plaque has recently gone missing from. (Barry Coulter/Cranbrook Townsman file)
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‘Let’s talk tomatoes’

Opinion: Plants like tomatoes and peppers will rejoice about this heat …

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Conservation Officers, biologists, a retired park ranger and a concerned citizen rescued an osprey nest from high water on Kootenay Lake. (BCCOS file)

Osprey nest rescued from high water in Kootenay Lake

Conservation Officers, biologists, a retired park ranger and a concerned citizen rescued the nest

Conservation Officers, biologists, a retired park ranger and a concerned citizen rescued an osprey nest from high water on Kootenay Lake. (BCCOS file)
Free workshop will focus on electric fencing, solutions to protect crops and animals. Photo: Submitted

Electric fencing workshop coming to Nakusp

Those interested in attending can email newdenver@wildsafebc.com for registration and details.

Free workshop will focus on electric fencing, solutions to protect crops and animals. Photo: Submitted
TAWKROC members are pictured during a crag clean-up day at the Upper Slocan Bluffs. (Photo courtesy Daniel Raber)

Climbing routes established and maintained at Upper Slocan Bluffs

Association of West Kootenay Rock Climbers hosts two crag clean-up days

TAWKROC members are pictured during a crag clean-up day at the Upper Slocan Bluffs. (Photo courtesy Daniel Raber)
Kootenay & Boundary Farm Advisors have released a 12-part video series that focuses on optimizing irrigation as we head into the summer months. The series is available for free, online. (Corey Bullock/Arrow Lakes News)

Farmer video series offers resources for optimizing irrigation ahead of hot, dry months

Kootenay & Boundary Farm Advisors has filmed a series of field tours which are now available online

Kootenay & Boundary Farm Advisors have released a 12-part video series that focuses on optimizing irrigation as we head into the summer months. The series is available for free, online. (Corey Bullock/Arrow Lakes News)
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UPDATE: Stolen U-Haul located and returned, one person arrested

Police thanked community for providing information leading to arrest, return of U-Haul

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A prescribed burn is pictured in Williams Lake. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Prescribed burn set for McLeod Creek area near Nakusp

Burn set to begin Tuesday, May 3

A prescribed burn is pictured in Williams Lake. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
On July 29, 2021, the Cranbrook Climate Hub and Kimberly Youth Action Network co-hosted an art night for climate action with the goal of coming together to voice their concerns for climate change through art. This is one of the pieces that was created. (Submitted file)

B.C. youth climate groups call for Kootenay-wide energy transition by 2050

DTSS Climate Change and Columbi-YEA asking governments to commit to climate change policies

On July 29, 2021, the Cranbrook Climate Hub and Kimberly Youth Action Network co-hosted an art night for climate action with the goal of coming together to voice their concerns for climate change through art. This is one of the pieces that was created. (Submitted file)
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Regenerating our disappearing soil

Much of the area we have chosen for our new garden is dirt - not soil. And there’s a big difference.

Photo: Unsplash
Denise Hoffgaard, Fairmont Hot Springs, volunteer lead of Wings first annual Photo contest. (Photo courtesy Wings Over the Rockies 2021)

Wings Over the Rockies nature festival returns to the Columbia Valley for 25th year

The festival is based in Invermere from May 9 to 15, with events taking place from Wasa to Golden

Denise Hoffgaard, Fairmont Hot Springs, volunteer lead of Wings first annual Photo contest. (Photo courtesy Wings Over the Rockies 2021)
Pictured are past participants of the Columbia River Field School with Wildsight. Photo: Bailey Repp/Wildsight

Wildsight offers Columbia Basin youth a river adventure

Youth from across the Kootenays have an opportunity this summer to be immersed in the mighty Columbia River

Pictured are past participants of the Columbia River Field School with Wildsight. Photo: Bailey Repp/Wildsight