Corey Bullock

Pictured is the Cranbrook gravel pit, located between two graveyards near the public works yard. This is where two lost kids were located by a Salvador Ready Mix driver on Thursday, November 19, 2020. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)

Two lost Cranbrook kids find their way home thanks to Salvador Ready Mix driver

The driver found the children wandering near the gravel pits in Cranbrook

Pictured is the Cranbrook gravel pit, located between two graveyards near the public works yard. This is where two lost kids were located by a Salvador Ready Mix driver on Thursday, November 19, 2020. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)
A Cranbrook mother is receiving praise across the world for her design of a sensory path aimed at helping kids in school when they need a movement break. (Chantal Marra file)

Cranbrook mother receives international praise for sensory paths business

Chantal Marra has sold her sensory path packages to schools across the world

A Cranbrook mother is receiving praise across the world for her design of a sensory path aimed at helping kids in school when they need a movement break. (Chantal Marra file)
A sign informing guests of guidelines due to COVID-19 is seen at Playland amusement park at the Pacific National Exhibition, in Vancouver, on Friday, July 10, 2020. The park is now open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with a limited number of rides operating under reduced capacity due to COVID-19. Guests must purchase admission ahead of time online for one of two daily time slots and are also required to wear face masks while waiting in lines and while on rides. The park is closed for an hour each afternoon for sanitization. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Masks4Canada group calls for federal mask mandate to slow spread of COVID-19

The group says cases continue to rise in crowded places, close-contact settings and closed spaces

A sign informing guests of guidelines due to COVID-19 is seen at Playland amusement park at the Pacific National Exhibition, in Vancouver, on Friday, July 10, 2020. The park is now open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with a limited number of rides operating under reduced capacity due to COVID-19. Guests must purchase admission ahead of time online for one of two daily time slots and are also required to wear face masks while waiting in lines and while on rides. The park is closed for an hour each afternoon for sanitization. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Any vehicles travelling in either direction of a stopped bus must stop for the bus when it has its stop sign out and red lights flashing. The fine for not stopping for a school bus is $368. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)

Cranbrook RCMP urge caution after 5 instances of vehicles not stopping for school busses

Most of the reports involve drivers who are travelling on the opposite side of the road

Any vehicles travelling in either direction of a stopped bus must stop for the bus when it has its stop sign out and red lights flashing. The fine for not stopping for a school bus is $368. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)
Category 2 open burning prohibitions rescinded throughout the Southeast Fire Centre. Category 3 open fires, as defined in the Wildfire Regulation, remain prohibited. (BC Wildfire Service file)

Category 2 open burning prohibitions rescinded throughout Southeast Fire Centre

Category 3 open fires, as defined in the Wildfire Regulation, remain prohibited

Category 2 open burning prohibitions rescinded throughout the Southeast Fire Centre. Category 3 open fires, as defined in the Wildfire Regulation, remain prohibited. (BC Wildfire Service file)
Pictured: Partners and stakeholders celebrated the completion of the Accelerate Kootenays network in May 2018 in Creston. Representatives from the RDEK, RDCK, RDKB were joined by local government officials, Teck, Columbia Basin Trust, BC Hydro, FortisBC and the Provincial government – including Hon. Michelle Mungall. (Community Energy Association file)

Kootenay Regional Districts win 2020 Sustainable Communities Award

The award recognizes the Accelerate Kootenays project

Pictured: Partners and stakeholders celebrated the completion of the Accelerate Kootenays network in May 2018 in Creston. Representatives from the RDEK, RDCK, RDKB were joined by local government officials, Teck, Columbia Basin Trust, BC Hydro, FortisBC and the Provincial government – including Hon. Michelle Mungall. (Community Energy Association file)
The B.C. government is asking hunters to once again submit the heads of white-tail and mule deer for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) testing now that hunting season has begun. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)

Province of B.C. once again testing for Chronic Wasting Disease

Mandatory submission is required in some Kootenay management units

The B.C. government is asking hunters to once again submit the heads of white-tail and mule deer for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) testing now that hunting season has begun. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)
RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)

Charges laid after Columbia Valley woman’s dog dragged by stolen vehicle

Luckily, the dog is expected to fully recover

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
A storm watch has been issued for the Okanagan, Kootenays and Columbia regions of B.C. Calvin Dickson photo

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Kootenays, Okanagan, Columbias

Environment Canada says conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms

A storm watch has been issued for the Okanagan, Kootenays and Columbia regions of B.C. Calvin Dickson photo
The travelling ladybug rocks from Ladybug Coffee are pictured sunbathing on a dock in Kootenay Bay near the ferry terminal. (Ladybug Coffee file)

Travelling ladybugs bring smiles to Kootenay residents

Did you know, a group of ladybugs is called a loveliness?

The travelling ladybug rocks from Ladybug Coffee are pictured sunbathing on a dock in Kootenay Bay near the ferry terminal. (Ladybug Coffee file)
Parts of the Kootenay Boundary region are now closed to commercial-scale huckleberry harvesting for the summer. The identified closure areas remain open to household picking. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)

Commercial huckleberry harvesting restricted in Kootenays

The province of B.C. has banned commercial-scale picking from July 15 to October 15

Parts of the Kootenay Boundary region are now closed to commercial-scale huckleberry harvesting for the summer. The identified closure areas remain open to household picking. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)
Kevin Evans (right) is pictured with one of his many students. Evans has recently been named Coach of the Year for 2019 by Archery Canada. (Cranbrook Archery Club/Facebook file)

Archer Kevin Evans named Coach of the Year by Archery Canada

Gold medal Paralympian and two-time world champion, Evans coaches archery in the East Kootenay region

Kevin Evans (right) is pictured with one of his many students. Evans has recently been named Coach of the Year for 2019 by Archery Canada. (Cranbrook Archery Club/Facebook file)
The 2020 Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo race has been postponed until September 2021. (Cranbrook Townsman file)

Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo cancelled for 2020

The event has been postponed to September 2021 due to COVID-19

The 2020 Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo race has been postponed until September 2021. (Cranbrook Townsman file)
Kootenay Meadows Farm in Creston has set up a community pickup program to drive bottle returns. The farm has less than half of their normal return numbers amid concerns of COVID-19. Some stores in the Kootenays have stopped accepting the bottles for return. (Creston Valley Advance file)

Kootenay Meadows Farm experiencing shortage of glass milk bottles

Some grocery stores have stopped accepting bottle returns amid COVID-19 concerns

Kootenay Meadows Farm in Creston has set up a community pickup program to drive bottle returns. The farm has less than half of their normal return numbers amid concerns of COVID-19. Some stores in the Kootenays have stopped accepting the bottles for return. (Creston Valley Advance file)
Dr. James Heilman is an Emergency Physician at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital. He says that the community needs to work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Townsman file photo)

Take COVID-19 seriously, says B.C. doctor

Cranbrook’s top emergency doctor stresses importance of working together to protect one another

Dr. James Heilman is an Emergency Physician at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital. He says that the community needs to work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Townsman file photo)
The moat at the Kootenay Trout Hatchery near Cranbrook, where a group of pesky river otters were fishing for meals in the summer of 2019. (Courtesy of Owen Schoenberger)

Trout ‘doing quite well’ at Kootenay hatchery after otters, who ate 150 fish, relocated

River otters had been pillaging a moat outside the facility for months, gobbling up about 150 trout

The moat at the Kootenay Trout Hatchery near Cranbrook, where a group of pesky river otters were fishing for meals in the summer of 2019. (Courtesy of Owen Schoenberger)
The Kimberley SunMine is now officially owned by Teck. (Corey Bullock file)

City of Kimberley finalizes sale of SunMine to Teck

Teck officially purchased the SunMine from the City of Kimberley on December 31, 2019.

The Kimberley SunMine is now officially owned by Teck. (Corey Bullock file)
UPDATE: Highway 3, Kootenay Pass remains closed due to avalanche hazard

UPDATE: Highway 3, Kootenay Pass remains closed due to avalanche hazard

The road is expected to re-open at 6p.m. on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

UPDATE: Highway 3, Kootenay Pass remains closed due to avalanche hazard
An example of the course work provided at the mental health first aid course, which takes place Oct. 19 and 20, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort in Cranbrook. (BCMFRC/submitted file)

Free mental health first aid course for veterans, RCMP coming to Cranbrook

The course is offered to medically released veterans, RCMP, family members, friends and colleagues.

An example of the course work provided at the mental health first aid course, which takes place Oct. 19 and 20, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort in Cranbrook. (BCMFRC/submitted file)
Abandoned cat brought into Kootenay SPCA with broken sternum

Abandoned cat brought into Kootenay SPCA with broken sternum

The East Kootenay SPCA branch is seeking help to cover $1,455 in medical bills for Claude the cat.

Abandoned cat brought into Kootenay SPCA with broken sternum