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The Burden Family. (HAVAN Photo)

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The Burden Family. (HAVAN Photo)
Wendy McCulloch (third from the left), Executive Director of Community Futures British Columbia, and Naina Sloan (third from the right), Vice President of programs and partners with the Pacific Economic Development Canada, with representatives of the communities receiving a portion of the funding. (Zachary Delaney)

Feds kick in $5.5 million to help B.C. mitigate economic effects of disasters

Funds given to Community Futures British Columbia to distribute to small business and non-profits

Wendy McCulloch (third from the left), Executive Director of Community Futures British Columbia, and Naina Sloan (third from the right), Vice President of programs and partners with the Pacific Economic Development Canada, with representatives of the communities receiving a portion of the funding. (Zachary Delaney)
Keygan Power graduates alongside his peers from Spectrum Community School in June 2022. (Courtesy Allison Power)

B.C. teen defeats brain bleed, cancer, works way back to graduate with his peers

Keygan Power overcomes two life-threatening ailments and a resulting partial paralysis

Keygan Power graduates alongside his peers from Spectrum Community School in June 2022. (Courtesy Allison Power)
Residents enjoy a block party gathering Aug. 4 on Elm Street in Saanich, organized as a way to help people come together and continue healing following the June 28 shootout at the nearby BMO Bank of Montreal branch on Shelbourne Street. (Courtesy of Rebecca Kirkwood)

Neighbourhood block party helps B.C. residents heal after trauma of bank shootout

ER nurse who cared for 2 wounded officers, is married to ERT member, organized event

Residents enjoy a block party gathering Aug. 4 on Elm Street in Saanich, organized as a way to help people come together and continue healing following the June 28 shootout at the nearby BMO Bank of Montreal branch on Shelbourne Street. (Courtesy of Rebecca Kirkwood)
18-year-old Samir Olyad Suleiman Ali (left) and 17-year-old Yasbirat Ytatek were killed by a driver fleeing a traffic stop in New Westminster on July 26. (Oliyad Ali/Youtube & GoFundMe photos)

2 teens killed after driver flees police in Lower Mainland; fundraisers launched for families

Yasbirat Ytatek and Samir Olyad Suleiman Ali were killed in a collision on July 26

18-year-old Samir Olyad Suleiman Ali (left) and 17-year-old Yasbirat Ytatek were killed by a driver fleeing a traffic stop in New Westminster on July 26. (Oliyad Ali/Youtube & GoFundMe photos)
Greenwood Founders Day celebrations on July 16 and 17 — kicked off by Saturday's Parade — were a huge success. Spencer Coyne photo

Greenwood Founder’s Day sees huge turnout

The event marks Greenwood’s 125th anniversary

Greenwood Founders Day celebrations on July 16 and 17 — kicked off by Saturday's Parade — were a huge success. Spencer Coyne photo
A group of local kids participating in the Earth Day “Clean up the park” event at the Grand Forks Skate Park. (Submitted by Grand Forks Skate Park Committee)

Grand Forks skate park set to begin revitalization plan this fall, thanks to community support

The skate park is in need of repairs and expansion, and is currently raising funds for the project

A group of local kids participating in the Earth Day “Clean up the park” event at the Grand Forks Skate Park. (Submitted by Grand Forks Skate Park Committee)
The junior ultimate Frisbee camp gives kids from Grades 5 to 8 the opportunity to gain technical skills, as well as sportsmanship. (Photo submitted by Grand Forks Ultimate)

Junior ultimate Frisbee camp returns to Grand Forks

Camp is for kids in Grades 5 to 8 provides lessons on both technical skills and sportsmanship

The junior ultimate Frisbee camp gives kids from Grades 5 to 8 the opportunity to gain technical skills, as well as sportsmanship. (Photo submitted by Grand Forks Ultimate)
GFI team coordinator Steve Boutang takes a minute to chat with James Wilson, one of the GFI Guest Relations volunteers. Photo: Chris Hammett

Grand Forks International baseball tournament a huge success

This was the first tournament since 2019

GFI team coordinator Steve Boutang takes a minute to chat with James Wilson, one of the GFI Guest Relations volunteers. Photo: Chris Hammett
The Reverend Canon Andrea Brennan of the combined ministry of Christ Church Anglican and Knox United in Fernie has been made Regional Dean of the East Kootenays. Pictured in Christ Church Anglican in July 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Anglican Fernie Reverend appointed Regional Dean

Rev. Andrea Brennan has ministered the combined Christ Church Anglican and Knox United congregations since 2019

The Reverend Canon Andrea Brennan of the combined ministry of Christ Church Anglican and Knox United in Fernie has been made Regional Dean of the East Kootenays. Pictured in Christ Church Anglican in July 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Homecoming brought people of all ages to the Christina Lake public beach. (Audrey Gunn/Grand Forks Gazette)

“It’s Lake Time!” Christina Lake Homecoming sees huge turnout after two year hiatus

The festival brought people of all ages to the lake for a weekend of celebrations

Homecoming brought people of all ages to the Christina Lake public beach. (Audrey Gunn/Grand Forks Gazette)
Councillor Everett Baker and area D/rural Grand Forks director Danna O'Donnell pose for a picture with the newly acquired fire engine. (Photo submitted by Everett Baker)

RDKB acquires new fire truck for North Fork fire hall in Grand Forks

The new vehicle has been added to the Grand Forks fleet of emergency response vehicles

Councillor Everett Baker and area D/rural Grand Forks director Danna O'Donnell pose for a picture with the newly acquired fire engine. (Photo submitted by Everett Baker)
The food packs include a variety of healthy foods, including fresh produce. (Audrey Gunn/Grand Forks Gazette)

Grand Forks Food bank keeps kids fed all summer long

The “After the Bell” program provides healthy foods to children during the summer

The food packs include a variety of healthy foods, including fresh produce. (Audrey Gunn/Grand Forks Gazette)
The Boundary Museum & Interpretive Centre stands at the Fructova Site owned by the Doukhobors' Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ. Photo: Facebook - Boundary Museum Society

Grand Forks city council receives update from Boundary Museum

The museum reopened in May after several years of closures

The Boundary Museum & Interpretive Centre stands at the Fructova Site owned by the Doukhobors' Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ. Photo: Facebook - Boundary Museum Society
Les Folles Jambettes perform at the Canada Day celebration at the Boundary Museum (Audrey Gunn/Grand Forks Gazette)

Grand Forks celebrates Canada Day at Boundary Museum

The day’s festivities also included a parade and pancake breakfast

Les Folles Jambettes perform at the Canada Day celebration at the Boundary Museum (Audrey Gunn/Grand Forks Gazette)
A couple travelled from Osoyoos to Penticton on Friday, June 24, to pick up their new vehicle after winning a Canada-wide contest, courtesy of General Motors. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

PHOTOS: B.C. couple presented with new car after winning Canada-wide contest

‘We thought it was some scam when we found out we won,’ they said

A couple travelled from Osoyoos to Penticton on Friday, June 24, to pick up their new vehicle after winning a Canada-wide contest, courtesy of General Motors. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
(Black Press file photo)

Okanagan-based group ready for B.C.-wide celebration of collector cars

July 9 is recognized as Collector Car Appreciation Day in the province

(Black Press file photo)
The Piranhas swim team in the 2019 Canada Day parade (Gazette file photo)

Canada Day events scheduled for Grand Forks

A variety of family-friendly activities are scheduled for the celebration

The Piranhas swim team in the 2019 Canada Day parade (Gazette file photo)
As a long-time supporter of the Canadian Red Cross, it felt natural for Kootenay resident Helen James to join them as an Emergency Management volunteer after her retirement.

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As a long-time supporter of the Canadian Red Cross, it felt natural for Kootenay resident Helen James to join them as an Emergency Management volunteer after her retirement.
Fernie artist Michael Hepher working on yet another new addition to his solo exhibition, ‘All in this together’, which will go on display at the Fernie Museum gallery from July 1. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

The Columbia Basin in bright, bold colour: Fernie artist paints the region

Michael Hepher’s solo exhibit ‘All in this together’ will appear at the Fernie Museum gallery from next month

Fernie artist Michael Hepher working on yet another new addition to his solo exhibition, ‘All in this together’, which will go on display at the Fernie Museum gallery from July 1. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)