Aaron Hemens

B.C.’s 2021 budget is trending in the right direction to support farmers, says the BC Fruit Growers’ Association. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)

BC Fruit Growers’ Association gives thumbs up to provincial budget

BCFGA general manager said budgetary investments put farming industry on a good trajectory for recovery

B.C.’s 2021 budget is trending in the right direction to support farmers, says the BC Fruit Growers’ Association. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
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Indoor wine tastings still allowed in B.C., not considered a ‘social gathering’

“Tasting is really just part of the retail experience. The analogy I use is you wouldn’t buy a pair of pants without trying them on.”

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COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

Interior Health reports 42 cases of COVID-19, no new deaths

16 people are currently hospitalized, while eight are in critical care

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Aaron Hemens is the editor for the Creston Valley Advance. Photo: Rame Kader

Editor’s Note: My final issue at the Advance

“Thank you to everyone who supported me along the way.”

Aaron Hemens is the editor for the Creston Valley Advance. Photo: Rame Kader
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2-vehicle collision closes Highway 3 near Yahk

According to DriveBC, the incident occurred between Yahk-Meadow Creek Road and Ryan Bridge, about 7.5 km east of Yahk.

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A detailed close-up of Kate Tupper’s “Boreal Underground,” a 3-D resin and fibre botanical mandala on display at the Tilted Brick’s “View Point” exhibit. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Manipulated, stitched and dyed: Explore the versatility of fibre art at Creston exhibit

The “View Point: A Fibre-Based Exploration of the Natural World” exhibit features the fibre works of 20 artists — all of whom are women — from throughout the Columbia Basin Trust region

A detailed close-up of Kate Tupper’s “Boreal Underground,” a 3-D resin and fibre botanical mandala on display at the Tilted Brick’s “View Point” exhibit. Photo: Aaron Hemens
A 2020 drone photo of the former Creston open reservoir. Photo: Town of Creston

Creston’s Crawford Hill Reservoir Restoration Project to begin this month

The former Erickson reservoir will be addressed first, which will begin by removing dirt berms and filling the reservoir.

A 2020 drone photo of the former Creston open reservoir. Photo: Town of Creston
Father Kanickaisamy Lawrence, the priest at Creston’s Holy Cross Catholic Church, poses for a portrait in the living room of the church’s rectory on Feb. 5, 2021. Photo: Aaron Hemens

From India to Creston, the path to priesthood

Kanickaisamy Lawrence was barely nine-years-old when he developed an interest in becoming a priest.

Father Kanickaisamy Lawrence, the priest at Creston’s Holy Cross Catholic Church, poses for a portrait in the living room of the church’s rectory on Feb. 5, 2021. Photo: Aaron Hemens
The marsh landscape mural was defaced in early February by a graffiti tag. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Creston artists hoping to repair ‘bunker’ mural in summer

The marsh landscape mural was defaced in early February by a graffiti tag

The marsh landscape mural was defaced in early February by a graffiti tag. Photo: Aaron Hemens
Nasukin Jason Louie of the Lower Kootenay Band, left, and Mayor Ron Toyota pose for a picture, following a land acknowledgement that was made by Toyota at a regular council meeting for the Town of Creston on March 9. Photo: Town of Creston

Town of Creston begins meeting with land acknowledgement

This was the first time the municipality has honoured the Yaqan Nukiy — the original inhabitants of the land where the Creston Valley is situated — before one of their meetings.

Nasukin Jason Louie of the Lower Kootenay Band, left, and Mayor Ron Toyota pose for a picture, following a land acknowledgement that was made by Toyota at a regular council meeting for the Town of Creston on March 9. Photo: Town of Creston
The poster of the Unbound Film Festival. Photo: Vanessa Lozecznik

Diversity, mental health and addiction the focus of new Kootenay film program and festival

8 participants will receive free hands-on lessons on filmmaking from various experts in the industry to help produce a film that contributes to discussions surrounding mental health, diversity and addiction

The poster of the Unbound Film Festival. Photo: Vanessa Lozecznik
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High-speed internet now available in Wynndel

Swift Internet Inc. received $105,000 in funding to help improve the speed and reliability of internet access for those in the area

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Creston’s Lectric Avenue Electronics warns of online scammers after spike in hacks

In the past week, 10 to 12 customers have called in or stopped by the store requiring assistance after their gadgets were corrupted and bank accounts compromised

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Robert Klein holds up one of his stone oil lamp creations. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Creston artist turns rocks into candles, vases and more

It was around 25 years ago when Robert Klein got the idea to create stone oil lamps from rocks, after a geologist presented him with two one-inch core samples

Robert Klein holds up one of his stone oil lamp creations. Photo: Aaron Hemens
An artist’s rendering of the new fire hall and ambulance station for the Town of Creston, which announced the purchase of land on Jan. 14, 2020. (Photo: Town of Creston)

Town of Creston recommends increasing budget for emergency services building project from $5.4 million to $7 million

The town has cited rising construction costs exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic as a significant factor in driving the surge in the budget

An artist’s rendering of the new fire hall and ambulance station for the Town of Creston, which announced the purchase of land on Jan. 14, 2020. (Photo: Town of Creston)
Soldiers walk along a path in the Lower Kootenay Band’s wetlands on Feb. 20. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Editorial: Setting the record straight

“To reiterate, the military was not blowing holes in the ground for laughs and giggles … This was an event designed to further the development and growth of both parties.”

Soldiers walk along a path in the Lower Kootenay Band’s wetlands on Feb. 20. Photo: Aaron Hemens
A soldier walks along the outside of a crater formed through a demolition. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Military exercises assist with restoration of Lower Kootenay Band wetlands

A total of nine craters were created through demolitions, where the goal is to have them serve as future habitats for ducks and geese.

A soldier walks along the outside of a crater formed through a demolition. Photo: Aaron Hemens
Frisky Whisky owner Cori Karountzos, left, and Frisky Whisky manager Marissa Bilcik. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Creston’s Frisky Whisky wins two business awards in its inaugural year

The 1920’s style Speakeasy tapas lounge won the best in customer service for small businesses award, as well as the best in hospitality and tourism award.

Frisky Whisky owner Cori Karountzos, left, and Frisky Whisky manager Marissa Bilcik. Photo: Aaron Hemens
Fields Forward’s fruit press machine. (File photo)

Regional food processing facility coming to Creston

The facility will produce juices from fruits and vegetables, package vegetables for institutions, bottle jams, freeze-dry products into powders and provide other food processing services.

Fields Forward’s fruit press machine. (File photo)
One of the small homes in development at the Lower Kootenay Band. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Lower Kootenay Band developing energy-efficient small homes for members

There are two, 600 sq. ft., small homes currently in the works that are expected to be completed in April.

One of the small homes in development at the Lower Kootenay Band. Photo: Aaron Hemens