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North Okanagan business Hytec Kohler set up a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Spallumcheen plant Friday, May 14. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

More than half of eligible adults in Interior Health vaccinated

Over 365,000 vaccine doses have been administered throughout the Interior Health region

Trina Hunt's remains were found in the Hope area on March 29. Her family is asking the public to think back to the weekend prior to when she went missing. (Photo courtesy of IHIT.)

Cousin of missing woman found in Hope says she won’t have closure until death is solved

Trina Hunt’s family urges Hope residents to check dashcam, photos to help find her killer

Student-nurse Kendra Waterstreet administers the Pfizer vaccine to Litia Fleming at the Waneta Plaza vaccination clinic in the old Zellers buiding. Photo: Jim Bailey

Trail vaccination clinic readies for adults age 40+

B.C.’s state of emergency is extended through the end of day on May 25

Jonathan Prest had to climb way up to the top of a dead red cedar tree to rescue a terrified cat, but he made it up and down successfully. (Facebook photos)

Tree cutter rescues cat stuck 100 feet up a dead and dried-out cedar

Jonathan Prest put himself in extreme peril to get a terrified cat out of a dangerous situation

Jonathan Prest had to climb way up to the top of a dead red cedar tree to rescue a terrified cat, but he made it up and down successfully. (Facebook photos)
Emerson Potter, a Grade 3 student at Blewett Elementary, advocated for changes to help him use his wheelchair on the school grounds. He’s seen here with his parents Lindsay Thompson and Keith Potter, and Blewett principal Tim Mushumanski (right). Photo: Tyler Harper

‘Pretty awesome’: Nelson-area student advocates for school to improve outdoor accessibility

Emerson Potter, who lives with cerebral palsy, had trouble moving around Blewett Elementary’s grounds

Emerson Potter, a Grade 3 student at Blewett Elementary, advocated for changes to help him use his wheelchair on the school grounds. He’s seen here with his parents Lindsay Thompson and Keith Potter, and Blewett principal Tim Mushumanski (right). Photo: Tyler Harper
Kimberley Cutler to weave Rossland’s mountain mindscapes into 7S promotional stickers. Photo: Submitted

Learning Centre sticks to Trail talent and invests in a collaborative future

Trail artist Kimberley Cutler and Seven Summits alumna partners with former school

  • May 14, 2021
Kimberley Cutler to weave Rossland’s mountain mindscapes into 7S promotional stickers. Photo: Submitted
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Paramedic training returning to Castlegar

Emergency Medical Responder and Primary Care Paramedic training to take place in Castlegar

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John Blizard has lived in Waneta Manor for five years. He was in the elevator on Feb. 18 when it stopped working. Photo: Sheri Regnier

Broken elevator strands Trail seniors in their apartments going on 3 months

Moving elsewhere is simply not an option.

John Blizard has lived in Waneta Manor for five years. He was in the elevator on Feb. 18 when it stopped working. Photo: Sheri Regnier
Katherine Shearer will be taking over as the SD20 superintendent. Photo: Submitted

SD20 superintendent Bill Ford to retire

Ford will be replaced by Katherine Shearer

Katherine Shearer will be taking over as the SD20 superintendent. Photo: Submitted
COVID-19 cases are once again dropping across the West Kootenay. Illustration: BC Centre for Disease Control

Ten new cases of COVID-19 in Nelson area

Numbers are steadily dropping across the West Kootenay

COVID-19 cases are once again dropping across the West Kootenay. Illustration: BC Centre for Disease Control
Ryler Dodds-Baker holds hatched robin eggshells found beneath the tree holding his cinquain poem titled “Drama.” A cinquain is a five-line poem that describes a person, place, or thing. Photo: Submitted

Kootenay Columbia students share poems for National Poetry Month

The League of Canadian Poets hosted the 23rd National Poetry Month in Canada in April.

Ryler Dodds-Baker holds hatched robin eggshells found beneath the tree holding his cinquain poem titled “Drama.” A cinquain is a five-line poem that describes a person, place, or thing. Photo: Submitted
The Period Promise Campaign has generated 1.2 million donated menstrual products from 2017 to 2020. Photo: United Way

United Way Period Promise Campaign underway

Financial donations go towards the United Way branch where the dollars are donated

The Period Promise Campaign has generated 1.2 million donated menstrual products from 2017 to 2020. Photo: United Way
Staff, board members and volunteers of the Kootenay Gallery of Art celebrate at the gallery’s future location. Photo: Jennifer Small

A new home for the Kootenay Gallery

The gallery will be moving to downtown Castlegar

Staff, board members and volunteers of the Kootenay Gallery of Art celebrate at the gallery’s future location. Photo: Jennifer Small
Portions of the Skattebo Reach Trail are being improved. Photo: Betsy Kline

Skattebo Reach Trail near Castlegar to become cycle friendly

Trail improvements geared towards cyclists being done in 2021

Portions of the Skattebo Reach Trail are being improved. Photo: Betsy Kline
BC Housing minister David Eby. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

Eby jabs back against Penticton mayor’s ad urging BC Premier to intervene in shelter dispute

Eby writes that Penticton’s ‘serious’ social issues won’t improve under leadership of the mayor

BC Housing minister David Eby. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
A Canadian Pacific train derailed near Nelson on Tuesday evening. Photo: Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press

Canadian Pacific freight train derails near Nelson

There were no injuries or spills related to the incident

A Canadian Pacific train derailed near Nelson on Tuesday evening. Photo: Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press
Brenda Ware. (RCMP)
Brenda Ware. (RCMP)
RCMP are searching for Philip Toner, who is a 'person of interest' in the investigation of a suspicious death in Kootenay National Park last week. Photo courtesy BC RCMP.

Man sought in suspicious Kootenay death found in Lake Country

Philip Toner is a person of interest in the death of Brenda Ware

RCMP are searching for Philip Toner, who is a 'person of interest' in the investigation of a suspicious death in Kootenay National Park last week. Photo courtesy BC RCMP.
Photo of handguns and illicit drugs Trail RCMP reported to have seized from a Trail man on Sunday. Photo: Trail RCMP

Drugs and guns seized from Trail man

A call came into the detachment that a man was asleep behind the wheel

Photo of handguns and illicit drugs Trail RCMP reported to have seized from a Trail man on Sunday. Photo: Trail RCMP
Rain clouds were absent for most of April in the West Kootenay. Photo: Betsy Kline

April precipitation only one-third of normal in West Kootenay

Third month in a row with below average rain fall

Rain clouds were absent for most of April in the West Kootenay. Photo: Betsy Kline