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(L-R) Christina Lake Fifth-graders Emma Irwin, Maddison Winterburn and Rachel Marks made good time on Thursday’s run. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks, Christina Lake kids participate in Terry Fox Run

Kids and staff ran four kilometres on the Great Trail Thursday afternoon

The Octopus Creek wildfire on Aug. 19. Photo: BC Wildfire Service

Area restrictions lifting on Arrow Lakes wildfires

Smoke may still be visible for weeks to come at Michaud Creek and Octopus Creek wildfires

Grand Forks Fire/Rescue volunteers mop up a house fire on Granby Road Thursday, Sept. 23. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Fire burns family home in rural Grand Forks

No one hurt in Thursday morning’s blaze, says Grand Forks Fire/Rescue

Much as we may not want to think about it yet, snow is coming. Winter tires should be on vehicles by October 1, 2021. Black Press file

Winter tires should be installed by next Friday, October 1

Most routes in B.C. require snow tires from October to April

Much as we may not want to think about it yet, snow is coming. Winter tires should be on vehicles by October 1, 2021. Black Press file
New COVID-19 weekly cases continue to slide in the West Kootenay following summer surges. Illustration: BC Centre for Disease Control

West Kootenay COVID-19 cases drop again

New cases are slowly sliding in number from summer highs

New COVID-19 weekly cases continue to slide in the West Kootenay following summer surges. Illustration: BC Centre for Disease Control
The #BuyBasin event returns this fall.
The #BuyBasin event returns this fall.
L-R: Ruth Kohut, director of clinical operations at KBRH, guided Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy through the new ambulatory care wing, alongside Cindy Ferguson, KBRH ambulatory care and OR manager. The three are standing in the unit’s new procedure room. Photos: Submitted

New outpatient care unit opens in Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital

The top floor of the new wing at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital…

L-R: Ruth Kohut, director of clinical operations at KBRH, guided Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy through the new ambulatory care wing, alongside Cindy Ferguson, KBRH ambulatory care and OR manager. The three are standing in the unit’s new procedure room. Photos: Submitted
Past and present members of the Kootenay Lake Hospital Auxiliary came together Monday for a farewell gathering. The auxiliary is ending after 90 years of service. Photo: Tyler Harper

Kootenay Lake Hospital Auxiliary to disband after 90 years

Volunteers had fundraised for Nelson’s hospital since 1931

Past and present members of the Kootenay Lake Hospital Auxiliary came together Monday for a farewell gathering. The auxiliary is ending after 90 years of service. Photo: Tyler Harper
First Nations Health Authority Indigenous educators are offering a free virtual community education series called Courageous Conversations in collaboration with ANKORS, the Nelson Fentanyl Task Force, and the Circle of Indigenous Nations Society. File photo

Courageous Conversations: Community education offered on overdose crisis

Virtual event runs Sept. 22 and 29, to discuss substance use, harm reduction, reducing stigma

First Nations Health Authority Indigenous educators are offering a free virtual community education series called Courageous Conversations in collaboration with ANKORS, the Nelson Fentanyl Task Force, and the Circle of Indigenous Nations Society. File photo
The Bruins’ Ray Warrack is stopped by Thundercats’ goalie Harmon Laser-Hume at the Jack Sunday, Sept. 19. Photo: Peter Kalasz

Grand Forks Border Bruins lose hard-fought games over weekend

The Bruins have four more exhibition games before the regular season

The Bruins’ Ray Warrack is stopped by Thundercats’ goalie Harmon Laser-Hume at the Jack Sunday, Sept. 19. Photo: Peter Kalasz
Cascade Falls, shown here at peak freshet, is a notoriously violent set of rapids on the southern stretch of the Kettle River. Photo: Jensen Edwards

Court of Appeal sets aside lower court’s ruling in Cascade Falls drowning case

A Supreme Court justice had ordered the province to pay interim compensation to a drowned man’s family

Cascade Falls, shown here at peak freshet, is a notoriously violent set of rapids on the southern stretch of the Kettle River. Photo: Jensen Edwards
The ribbon was cut on Herridge Place during a ceremony Friday. L-R: Columbia Basin Trust board chair Jocelyn Carver, Mayor John Dooley, Pastor Jim Reimer, Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson, and Cover Architectural Collaborative’s principal Robert Stacey. Photo: Tyler Harper

In the works for nearly a decade, doors finally open at Nelson’s Herridge Place

Renters will starting moving into the affordable housing development next month

The ribbon was cut on Herridge Place during a ceremony Friday. L-R: Columbia Basin Trust board chair Jocelyn Carver, Mayor John Dooley, Pastor Jim Reimer, Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson, and Cover Architectural Collaborative’s principal Robert Stacey. Photo: Tyler Harper
Registered Nurse Lindsay Erlandson holds a free Naloxone Kit after demonstrating how to use one. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

First Nations educators to host web talks on opioid crisis, addiction

This week’s webinars supported by Grand Forks Community Action Team

Registered Nurse Lindsay Erlandson holds a free Naloxone Kit after demonstrating how to use one. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Brock Van Damme hopes to serve as the Boundary’s next full-time Conservation Officer. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Boundary Conservation Officer hopes for full-time position

The Grand Forks Conservation Service Office has been down to 1 officer since August

Brock Van Damme hopes to serve as the Boundary’s next full-time Conservation Officer. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Grand Forks fire dept. scraps open house amid high COVID-19 counts

The department suspended weekly training exercises after cases spiked last week

Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Scott Jeffery of Nelson Fire and Rescue and firefighter Gerry Schmidtke standing amongst downed woody debris and ladder fuels only a few hundred metres above Mountain Lakes Seniors Community in Nelson. This untreated forest is representative of the publicly owned lands that City of Nelson has been targeting for clean up. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson fire department cleans up urban wildfire fuel on city property

Work will be done near Mountain Lakes, at the Mountain Station water intake, and in Art Gibbon Park

Scott Jeffery of Nelson Fire and Rescue and firefighter Gerry Schmidtke standing amongst downed woody debris and ladder fuels only a few hundred metres above Mountain Lakes Seniors Community in Nelson. This untreated forest is representative of the publicly owned lands that City of Nelson has been targeting for clean up. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Remote control cars line up to the starting line at Greenwood’s GoldRush Speedway on Aug. 10. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Greenwood council dissolves land agreement for tiny race track

Council’s decision was a formality in an ongoing disagreement over liability insurance

Remote control cars line up to the starting line at Greenwood’s GoldRush Speedway on Aug. 10. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Fire Chief George Seigler smiles for the camera outside Grand Forks Fire/Rescue’s Station 354. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Chief Seigler to leave Grand Forks fire dept.

Seigler is headed for a new posting closer to his family

Fire Chief George Seigler smiles for the camera outside Grand Forks Fire/Rescue’s Station 354. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Castlegar from the air. (Photo: Betsy Kline)
Castlegar from the air. (Photo: Betsy Kline)
A row of solar panels help to produce renewable energy at Kootenay Meadows Farm in Creston. (Submitted West Kootenay EcoSociety)

Creston commits to 100% renewable energy by 2050

‘Creston is setting the path forward for other rural communities like theirs to live healthier, safer, and cleaner lives.’

A row of solar panels help to produce renewable energy at Kootenay Meadows Farm in Creston. (Submitted West Kootenay EcoSociety)