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People are rallying behind the Drombolis family of North Langley. Dad Shane has been battling a rare form of cancer and mom Kristine was recently diagnosed with the very same condition. (GoFundMe)

Community rallies to help B.C. couple battling rare form of cancer

GoFundMe launched after wife was diagnosed with the same rare cancer husband is fighting

Ron MacLeod is part of the Dream Chopper competition. (Screen grab)

B.C. man needs votes to build dream motorcycle on Orange County Choppers

Ron MacLeod needs votes to build motorcycle with Paul Teutul Sr. of Orange County Choppers T.V. fame

Eva Hompoth says she isn’t getting hung up on what her cancer diagnosis is taking away from her, but is focusing instead on cherishing the time she has left. (Contributed photo)

Facing terminal cancer, BC woman holds ‘Ashes Shower’

‘Even if I’m not here, the memories, I still want them to be fun,’ says Eva Hompoth

Eva Hompoth says she isn’t getting hung up on what her cancer diagnosis is taking away from her, but is focusing instead on cherishing the time she has left. (Contributed photo)
Canada Reads finalist Angie Abdou brings her new memoir to Elephant Mountain Literary Festival. She’ll be joined by authors Suzanne Simard, Shaena Lambert, and Tom Wayman at the All-Star event on Saturday, June 25 at the Prestige Lakeside Resort. Photo: Submitted
Canada Reads finalist Angie Abdou brings her new memoir to Elephant Mountain Literary Festival. She’ll be joined by authors Suzanne Simard, Shaena Lambert, and Tom Wayman at the All-Star event on Saturday, June 25 at the Prestige Lakeside Resort. Photo: Submitted
An Indigenous drumming circle at the event. (ISKRA Publications/Contributed)

Grand Forks peace conference brings community together

The conference brought together over 40 people

  • May 6, 2022
An Indigenous drumming circle at the event. (ISKRA Publications/Contributed)
Teens on the 2019 adventure. Dave Quinn photo

Wildsight invites Kootenay youth to GoWild!

This summer, 14 Kootenay teenagers will have the opportunity to truly experience…

Teens on the 2019 adventure. Dave Quinn photo
The Mother’s Day Walk for Peace has brought together people from both sides of the border annually since 1983. (Photo: Mother’s Day Walk for Peace)

Mother’s Day Walk for Peace crosses borders after hiatus

The annual event has been held virtually recently due to COVID restrictions

The Mother’s Day Walk for Peace has brought together people from both sides of the border annually since 1983. (Photo: Mother’s Day Walk for Peace)
From left, Sunshine Guild president Angie Swift, member Rae Salkeld, and Vice-President Stephanie Alcock show off comfort quilts created by members over the winter, thanks in part to a donation of fabric by Larry Besler. (Photo by Michelle Mallette)

Quilters Create Comfort with Fabric, Thread

Grand Forks’ Sunshine Quilters Guild has long embraced the tradition of the giving of comfort quilts

  • May 3, 2022
From left, Sunshine Guild president Angie Swift, member Rae Salkeld, and Vice-President Stephanie Alcock show off comfort quilts created by members over the winter, thanks in part to a donation of fabric by Larry Besler. (Photo by Michelle Mallette)
“ReConnected” was the name of the performance, and that’s exactly what the Grand Forks Choral Society did this weekend by performing two concerts at the GEM Theatre. This was the first time in over two years that the society was able to perform in front of a live audience. (photo submitted)

Choral Society performs for first time in two years

“ReConnected” was the name of the performance, and that’s exactly what the…

“ReConnected” was the name of the performance, and that’s exactly what the Grand Forks Choral Society did this weekend by performing two concerts at the GEM Theatre. This was the first time in over two years that the society was able to perform in front of a live audience. (photo submitted)
Photo: Submitted by Columbia Basin Trust
Photo: Submitted by Columbia Basin Trust
A memorial scholarship in June Lythgoe’s name funds education opportunities for aspiring West Kootenay musicians. Photo: Submitted

Nominations open for June Lythgoe Scholarship

Aspiring West Kootenay musicians can win the $1,000 bursary

A memorial scholarship in June Lythgoe’s name funds education opportunities for aspiring West Kootenay musicians. Photo: Submitted
Paula Gross, an educational assistant at Eric Langton elementary, created a display of hobbit houses made primarily from discarded objects, for the front display case at the school. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)

Hobbit house display created for Earth Day by Lower Mainland educational assistant

Paula Gross created the display using discarded objects and natural items

Paula Gross, an educational assistant at Eric Langton elementary, created a display of hobbit houses made primarily from discarded objects, for the front display case at the school. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)
Run 4 Refugees will take place in Castlegar May 7. Photo: Jenna Hauck/Chilliwack Progress

Castlegar run raising money for Ukrainian refugees

Run 4 Refugees will also feature a mini international festival

Run 4 Refugees will take place in Castlegar May 7. Photo: Jenna Hauck/Chilliwack Progress
A family of ducks crossed Lougheed Highway with the help of a good samaritan on Tuesday. (Monique Patton/Special to The News)

Good Samaritan helps family of ducks cross B.C. highway

Duckings follow mother duck navigating six lanes of traffic

A family of ducks crossed Lougheed Highway with the help of a good samaritan on Tuesday. (Monique Patton/Special to The News)
Sasha, Katrin and Tim. Sasha has remained in Ukraine to fight with the army. Katrin and Tim will hopefully arrive in Kimberley in May. Photo contributed.

Kimberley church fundraising to bring family from Ukraine

Summit Church hopes to raise enough to support the young family for their first year

Sasha, Katrin and Tim. Sasha has remained in Ukraine to fight with the army. Katrin and Tim will hopefully arrive in Kimberley in May. Photo contributed.
Columbia Basin youth recently took part in climate action sessions and workshops. Photo contributed

Columbia Basin youth engage in climate events

Columbia Basin youth, ages 14 to 18, had an opportunity this winter…

Columbia Basin youth recently took part in climate action sessions and workshops. Photo contributed
Frances Myers Lynch won the UBC Okanagan short story contest in the high school category with her story Bird Bones. Photo: Wild ARC

Nelson teen wins UBC Okanagan short story contest

Frances Myers Lynch is a Grade 10 student at L.V. Rogers Secondary

Frances Myers Lynch won the UBC Okanagan short story contest in the high school category with her story Bird Bones. Photo: Wild ARC
The workshops at Yunesit’in were set up in stations, where different aspects of the landscape and ecosystem were explored and incorporated into the mixed-media canvas pieces by participants. (Cindy Charleyboy photo)

Cariboo Art Beat workshops combine fire and art

Williams Lake workshops help build bridges between First Nations and government

The workshops at Yunesit’in were set up in stations, where different aspects of the landscape and ecosystem were explored and incorporated into the mixed-media canvas pieces by participants. (Cindy Charleyboy photo)
L-R: Indigenous elders Ann-Marie Smith and Donna Wright with participants from Kootenay Kids and the Lalin choir at the drum awakening event in Nelson on April 10. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Awakening the drum: Nelson community groups gather for Indigenous ceremony

Nelson choir and Indigenous family group shared drum-making and ceremony

L-R: Indigenous elders Ann-Marie Smith and Donna Wright with participants from Kootenay Kids and the Lalin choir at the drum awakening event in Nelson on April 10. Photo: Bill Metcalfe