Corey Bullock

The province of B.C. is requiring irrigators, industries, waterworks and others who use groundwater from a well or dugout for non-domestic use to apply for a water license by March of 2022. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman)

Less than 25% of users have applied for groundwater licence as B.C.’s deadline nears

Those without a licence could face fines, penalties and lose water rights

The province of B.C. is requiring irrigators, industries, waterworks and others who use groundwater from a well or dugout for non-domestic use to apply for a water license by March of 2022. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman)
A winter storm warning is in effect for BC’s interior, with up to 40 centimetres of snow predicted to fall on Highway 3 - Paulson Summit to Kootenay pass between now (Thursday, Nov 25) and Friday afternoon.
(File photo)

Winter storm warning in effect for BC Interior

Up to 40 centimetres of snow is could hit Hwy 3 - Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass

A winter storm warning is in effect for BC’s interior, with up to 40 centimetres of snow predicted to fall on Highway 3 - Paulson Summit to Kootenay pass between now (Thursday, Nov 25) and Friday afternoon.
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BC Adventure Smart has a trip planning app that allows users to make a trip plan and send it to a friend or family member. The app is available for free. (BC Adventure Smart file)

Call 911, don’t change voicemail to detail location when lost on hikes: BC SAR

A post circulating the internet suggests changing outgoing voicemail if lost, SAR says call 911

BC Adventure Smart has a trip planning app that allows users to make a trip plan and send it to a friend or family member. The app is available for free. (BC Adventure Smart file)
Pictured is a fence that was erected along the property line of several homes on Mission Crescent in Cranbrook. Homeowners have expressed concerns that the fence reduces the value of their homes and impacts their quality of life. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)

Cranbrook residents concerned after fence abruptly installed on property line

City signed MOU to have fence installed for security purposes

Pictured is a fence that was erected along the property line of several homes on Mission Crescent in Cranbrook. Homeowners have expressed concerns that the fence reduces the value of their homes and impacts their quality of life. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)
Pictured is the Bill Nye Mountain Fire during the 2021 wildfire season. The area surrounding the fire is now closed to motor vehicle access until further notice. Many backroads in the Thompson Okanagan region are also closed to motor vehicle access. (Corey Bullock file)

New backcountry road closures in Okanagan, Kootenays aim to aid wildlife recovery

15 new motor-vehicle closures have been put in place by the province of B.C.

Pictured is the Bill Nye Mountain Fire during the 2021 wildfire season. The area surrounding the fire is now closed to motor vehicle access until further notice. Many backroads in the Thompson Okanagan region are also closed to motor vehicle access. (Corey Bullock file)
(Twitter/BC Conservation Officer Service)

Those responsible urged to come forward after grizzly bear, elk illegally shot and left near Elk Valley

A sow grizzly and two five point elk were recently killed and left in the bush near Elkford

(Twitter/BC Conservation Officer Service)
A region-wide Limited Entry Hunt for the Kootenay Boundary Region option was determined to be most likely to meet the harvest management objectives specified in the province’s regional management plan. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)

Wild Sheep Society of BC asks Kootenay residents to weigh in on proposed bighorn sheep draw

The province has proposed a Limited Entry Hunt bighorn sheep season in the Kootenay Boundary Region

A region-wide Limited Entry Hunt for the Kootenay Boundary Region option was determined to be most likely to meet the harvest management objectives specified in the province’s regional management plan. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)
Pictured is a screen shot of the What3Words app website. The app uses a unique three-word address for locations across the globe, as opposed to longitude and latitude coordinates. ‘///pines.patches.nano’ is one of the locations on Elizabeth Lake in Cranbrook. BC Search and Rescue groups are warning against the use of this app, stating it can cause confusion. (Cranbrook Townsman file)

BC Search and Rescue groups warning against use of What3Words app

UK-based app uses three words, instead of longitude and latitude, to locate someone

Pictured is a screen shot of the What3Words app website. The app uses a unique three-word address for locations across the globe, as opposed to longitude and latitude coordinates. ‘///pines.patches.nano’ is one of the locations on Elizabeth Lake in Cranbrook. BC Search and Rescue groups are warning against the use of this app, stating it can cause confusion. (Cranbrook Townsman file)
Highway 5, 61 kilometres south of Merritt looking north (elevation 1,193 metres) Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. (DriveBC image)

Special weather statement in effect for B.C. Interior over long weekend

Rain and snow are expected on most southern highway passes

Highway 5, 61 kilometres south of Merritt looking north (elevation 1,193 metres) Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. (DriveBC image)
A bull moose is wandering around the woods in the Fernie area with an arrow in its back hump. (Pixabay file)

Moose with arrow in back hump spotted wandering around near Fernie

Unfortunate but complicated situation, says COS

A bull moose is wandering around the woods in the Fernie area with an arrow in its back hump. (Pixabay file)
RCMP investigating after teens give young child candy outside school. Pixabay file.

Cranbrook RCMP investigating after teens give young child candy outside school

No harmful substances found, RCMP say incident could have turned out worse

RCMP investigating after teens give young child candy outside school. Pixabay file.
Pictured is the kamnin’tk (The Children) statue at St. Eugene. This statue was put in place to honour all of the children who attended Indian Residential Schools. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)

Ktunaxa Nation releases statement on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

How to honour the day and make personal commitments to reconciliation

Pictured is the kamnin’tk (The Children) statue at St. Eugene. This statue was put in place to honour all of the children who attended Indian Residential Schools. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)
Pictured above: Evan Bueckert served as guest conductor of the Symphony of the Kootenays, Saturday, Feb. 2. 2019. Lyle Grisedale photo

Symphony of the Kootenays returns to the stage in Cranbrook, Nelson

A total of four concerts will be available for those with BC Vaccination Cards

Pictured above: Evan Bueckert served as guest conductor of the Symphony of the Kootenays, Saturday, Feb. 2. 2019. Lyle Grisedale photo
Five kittens have all found homes after being rescued from a landfill in Fort Steele on Monday, September 20, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Leslie Long)

PAWSITIVE UPDATE: 5 kittens thought to be dumped at Kootenay landfill actually born there

One worker at the landfill luckily saw something moving in the pile

Five kittens have all found homes after being rescued from a landfill in Fort Steele on Monday, September 20, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Leslie Long)
Cranbrook Bucks are pictured at their recent training camp. The Bucks and the Smoke Eaters will play host to the Canadian National Women’s team in October. (Trevor Crawley file)

Cranbrook Bucks, Trail Smoke Eaters to play host to Canadian National Women’s Team

Team Canada will continue its road to Beijing with a pair of games against BCHL teams

Cranbrook Bucks are pictured at their recent training camp. The Bucks and the Smoke Eaters will play host to the Canadian National Women’s team in October. (Trevor Crawley file)
Open burning will once again be allowed in parts of the Southeast Fire Centre, as of noon on Thursday, September 16.
(File Photo)

Ban on open burning lifted in parts of Southeast Fire Centre

The ban will remain in place for the Boundary region

Open burning will once again be allowed in parts of the Southeast Fire Centre, as of noon on Thursday, September 16.
(File Photo)
Robin Goldsbury is running for the Liberals in Kootenay-Columbia.

Liberal candidate Robin Goldsbury campaigns in Cranbrook ahead of federal election

Goldsbury is in the running for MP of Kootenay-Columbia

Robin Goldsbury is running for the Liberals in Kootenay-Columbia.
Wayne Stetski and members of his campaign are pictured on the sidewalk outside of the Save On Foods parking lot Monday morning, August 16th, holding their signs, waving to passers by, and speaking with community members. Stetski will be running as MP for Kootenay-Columbia in the upcoming Sept. 20th Federal Election. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman)

NDP Wayne Stetski gets campaign rolling as writ dropped

Stetski was outside of Cranbrook Save On Foods Monday campaigning for the upcoming Federal Election

Wayne Stetski and members of his campaign are pictured on the sidewalk outside of the Save On Foods parking lot Monday morning, August 16th, holding their signs, waving to passers by, and speaking with community members. Stetski will be running as MP for Kootenay-Columbia in the upcoming Sept. 20th Federal Election. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman)
$45,000 has been awarded for invasive plant management on critical bighorn sheep winter ranges in the Wigwam Flats, Bull River and Columbia Lake East, co-funded by the Forest Enhancement Society of BC. Pictured is a Bighorn sheep in the Bull River area. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)

Kootenay-based fish, wildlife projects to receive over $1M in funding

Several projects based in the East Kootenay region to benefit

$45,000 has been awarded for invasive plant management on critical bighorn sheep winter ranges in the Wigwam Flats, Bull River and Columbia Lake East, co-funded by the Forest Enhancement Society of BC. Pictured is a Bighorn sheep in the Bull River area. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)
Joseph Creek Village in Cranbrook, one of Golden Life’s senior’s living residences. (File Photo)

Staff shortages, substantiated concerns being addressed at Joseph Creek Care Village: agencies

Golden Life Management, Interior Health and Ministry of Health all issue statements

Joseph Creek Village in Cranbrook, one of Golden Life’s senior’s living residences. (File Photo)