Aaron Hemens

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2 men in hospital after evening shooting at Crawford Bay home

Investigators believe that this incident was targeted and isolated in nature.

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“Love Letters to the Creston Valley” initiative to support local businesses, show love for the region

Writers of all ages can pen a short-letter, poem or story expressing their love for the Creston Valley, where they will be entered into a random draw for a chance to win a $25 gift card from one of 40 local businesses.

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The Creston Museum’s Ford Model T turns 100 in July. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Creston Museum honouring its Ford Model T’s 100th birthday with a graphic novel

“I wonder what this truck has seen. What stories could it tell? Let’s just let it tell those stories.”

The Creston Museum’s Ford Model T turns 100 in July. Photo: Aaron Hemens
Aaron Hemens is the editor for the Creston Valley Advance. Photo: Rame Kader

Column: 6 months already?

“Moving to a small town in the midst of a global pandemic to serve at the helm of a community newspaper has been an interesting experience, to say the least.”

Aaron Hemens is the editor for the Creston Valley Advance. Photo: Rame Kader
The team behind the HUB receives an Interior Health Quality award in 2019. Back (left to right): Amber Riel, Justine Keirn, Kat Coleman, Mike Fischer, Dr. Carrie Armstrong and Bryce Loughran. Front (left to right): Tania Wiklund, Carla Kelsch, Dr. Nerine Kleinhans, Carolyn Hawton and Julie Miller. Photo: Nerine Kleinhans.

3 years of the HUB: How Creston’s high school clinic continues to support local youth

38 per cent of high school students are registered in the program

The team behind the HUB receives an Interior Health Quality award in 2019. Back (left to right): Amber Riel, Justine Keirn, Kat Coleman, Mike Fischer, Dr. Carrie Armstrong and Bryce Loughran. Front (left to right): Tania Wiklund, Carla Kelsch, Dr. Nerine Kleinhans, Carolyn Hawton and Julie Miller. Photo: Nerine Kleinhans.
Heath “Shpriken” Carra and Victoria “Pixie” Henriksen outside their home pottery studio in Boswell. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Shpriken and Pixie: The Pottery Artists behind Boswell’s ShprixieLand Studios

It was nearly 20 years ago when Victoria Henriksen and Heath Carra decided to trade in Calgary’s big city life for all the peace, quiet and seclusion that Boswell has to offer.

Heath “Shpriken” Carra and Victoria “Pixie” Henriksen outside their home pottery studio in Boswell. Photo: Aaron Hemens
The Piper Computer, a build-your-own-computer, is one of the kits available for loan at the Creston Public Library. Photo: Aaron Hemens

At-home, STEM-based learning kits available for loan at Creston Public Library

There are over a dozen learning kits available to borrow, which includes a build-your-own computer kit, circuit board kits, robot kits, a drone and more.

The Piper Computer, a build-your-own-computer, is one of the kits available for loan at the Creston Public Library. Photo: Aaron Hemens
Zaudanawng “Jay-Dan” Maran in his Creston home. Hanging on the wall behind him is a logo of Kachin’s Manaw festival. Photo: Aaron Hemens

From Myanmar to Creston: The story of a refugee

In October 2007, Zaudanawng “Jay-Dan” Maran and his friends encountered a woman being sexually assaulted by two Myanmar soldiers.

Zaudanawng “Jay-Dan” Maran in his Creston home. Hanging on the wall behind him is a logo of Kachin’s Manaw festival. Photo: Aaron Hemens
The Town of Creston was added to the SeeClickFix mobile app earlier this week. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Town of Creston looking to improve response to non-emergency requests through new program

Through the SeeClickFix mobile app, residents can submit requests for issues such as pot-holes, graffiti, defective streetlights and more. Users can include a photo and pin the location of the issue to the app’s GPS feature.

The Town of Creston was added to the SeeClickFix mobile app earlier this week. Photo: Aaron Hemens
An ARBOC Spirit of Freedom bus. Photo: BC Transit

Creston Valley Transit receives new fleet of buses

The 26-foot light-duty ARBOC Spirit of Freedom buses can carry up to 21 passengers and provide flexibility for up to two mobility aids.

An ARBOC Spirit of Freedom bus. Photo: BC Transit
The refrigeration plant at the Creston Curling Club is shut off and the ice is broken up as it thaws. Photo: Dave Dyck

Creston Curling Club cancels 2020-21 season

“Financially, it is not feasible to continue with the club sitting idle and no revenue coming in.”

The refrigeration plant at the Creston Curling Club is shut off and the ice is broken up as it thaws. Photo: Dave Dyck
The Ginkgo Biloba is the only surviving species of the Ginkgoales. Photo: pixabay.com

Cranbrook man hoping to bring 200 million-year-old trees to Creston

The Ginkgo Biloba is the only surviving species of the Ginkgoales, and Dan Hicks has been on a mission since last summer to bring them back to this side of Canada.

The Ginkgo Biloba is the only surviving species of the Ginkgoales. Photo: pixabay.com
Andre Robert won $500,000 through a Lotto Extra ticket on Dec. 23, 2020. Photo: Jeanne d’Arc Allard

Creston resident wins $500k through Lotto ticket

“I was surprised. I wasn’t sure if it was true or not.”

Andre Robert won $500,000 through a Lotto Extra ticket on Dec. 23, 2020. Photo: Jeanne d’Arc Allard
FortisBC crew members clean up downed power lines and debris on Highway 3A in Crawford Bay on Jan. 14. Photo: Aaron Hemens

UPDATE: Gusty winds results in power outages across the Creston Valley

Gusts reached speeds of 50 to 70 km/h, according to Environment Canada. As of Friday, FortisBC is reporting that most affected areas have had their power restored. There are spots throughout the Kootenay Bay region that are still without power.

FortisBC crew members clean up downed power lines and debris on Highway 3A in Crawford Bay on Jan. 14. Photo: Aaron Hemens
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Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce’s third annual Business Awards scheduled for Feb. 12

“Local businesses have carried on with resiliency and strength, meeting their customers’ needs during these challenging times and are doing their best to support the Creston Valley.”

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“Leave a message and someone will call you back right away”: Help offered through Creston COVID Support

Services provided by the group are free and confidential, which includes grocery pickup and delivery, medicine pickup, mental health phone support and more

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A Smash Heart treat package made by Bienka Rosch and her daughter Elivia. Photo courtesy of Bienka Rosch

Creston mom and daughter duo creating chocolate Smash Heart gifts for the community

“It gives us the chance to do it together and spend time together.”

A Smash Heart treat package made by Bienka Rosch and her daughter Elivia. Photo courtesy of Bienka Rosch
A RCMP vehicle pictured at the scene of a double homicide near Creston, Thursday, Jan. 7 (Mike Turner photo)

Suspect in roadside stabbing near Creston found dead, police confirm

A man allegedly responsible for a double homicide in Creston on Wednesday evening was found dead in Salmo.

A RCMP vehicle pictured at the scene of a double homicide near Creston, Thursday, Jan. 7 (Mike Turner photo)
A man wearing a face-mask walks past protestors at a rally against COVID-19 public health measures in Creston on Nov. 28, 2020. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Editorial: We Can Do Better

“Residents in town who detest provincial COVID-19 health measures have stayed true to their word in hosting weekly protests against such orders. The RCMP have also stayed true to their word in issuing consequences to anyone who breaks the law.”

A man wearing a face-mask walks past protestors at a rally against COVID-19 public health measures in Creston on Nov. 28, 2020. Photo: Aaron Hemens
Aaron Hemens is the editor for the Creston Valley Advance. Photo: Rame Kader

Column: Thank you, Creston

“Through the countless efforts and initiatives to bring cheer to the town, I want to thank the community for reminding me that there is still good in this world.”

Aaron Hemens is the editor for the Creston Valley Advance. Photo: Rame Kader