Aaron Hemens

Volunteer Signe Miller prepares the envelope and chocolate bars portion of the hamper package for a recipient. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Creston Ministerial delivers Christmas Hampers in a safe and socially distanced manner

Over $79,000 was raised for this year’s edition of the hamper program, with 320 individuals and families in the community receiving a hamper package

Volunteer Signe Miller prepares the envelope and chocolate bars portion of the hamper package for a recipient. Photo: Aaron Hemens
Rehabilitation work on the Kootenay River Bridge on Highway 3 began in September 2019. Photo: Brian Lawrence

Rehabilitation of Creston’s Kootenay River Bridge Complete

The project was completed before its Oct. 31, 2021 deadline

Rehabilitation work on the Kootenay River Bridge on Highway 3 began in September 2019. Photo: Brian Lawrence
Creston RCMP detachment. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Creston RCMP to issue fines for violating provincial COVID-19 health measures

A $2,300 fine can be issued for organizing a non-compliant event, while failure to wear a face-covering in an indoor public space can earn you a $230 fine

Creston RCMP detachment. Photo: Aaron Hemens
Wayne Gilmore, a school bus driver for Yaqan Nukiy School, said that not a day goes by where a driver doesn’t run through his stop sign or lights. Photo: Aaron Hemens
Wayne Gilmore, a school bus driver for Yaqan Nukiy School, said that not a day goes by where a driver doesn’t run through his stop sign or lights. Photo: Aaron Hemens
Creston RCMP detachment. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Creston RCMP report: 37 calls for assistance from Dec. 7 to Dec. 14

On Dec. 13, police received a report of loud Christmas playing music outside a residence in Creston

Creston RCMP detachment. Photo: Aaron Hemens
A still frame of Creston Valley Hospital physicians doing the Jersulema dance challenge. Photo courtesy of Dr. Nerine Kleinhans

Creston Valley Hospital Staff participate in Jerusalema Dance Challenge

Creston Valley Hospital’s version of the trend was filmed in the first week of December, and features staff from all departments engaging in the dance routine

A still frame of Creston Valley Hospital physicians doing the Jersulema dance challenge. Photo courtesy of Dr. Nerine Kleinhans
Richard Murray sits in his office as his 3D printer works on a face shield in the background. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Creston resident uses 3D printing to create face shields and ear savers for community

Since March, Richard Murray has distributed 100 face shields and over 900 ear savers across the community, free of charge.

Richard Murray sits in his office as his 3D printer works on a face shield in the background. Photo: Aaron Hemens
Creston Town Hall. File photo

Town of Creston launches program to support local businesses amid pandemic

The program offers a 2021 business licence free of charge, as well as an initial supply of signage, disposable masks and hand sanitizer

Creston Town Hall. File photo
A customer sanitizes their hands upon entry into Pealow’s Your Independent Grocer in Creston. Photo: Aaron Hemens

UPDATED: Creston security guard allegedly assaulted twice in a day over mask mandate

The security guard said that he lost his thumbnail after a cart was slammed into his hands

A customer sanitizes their hands upon entry into Pealow’s Your Independent Grocer in Creston. Photo: Aaron Hemens
Artwork on display at the Creston Arts and Crafts Studio. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Future uncertain for Creston Arts and Crafts Studio

“It would be sad to see it go. We’ve had a lot of locals come in and say how glad they are to see all this local art.”

Artwork on display at the Creston Arts and Crafts Studio. Photo: Aaron Hemens
Comfort Welding staff member Matt Staite inside the facility’s new sea container. Photo: Kari Kylo

Used oil recycling facility at Creston’s Comfort Welding receives upgrade

A 20-foot modified sea container was implemented, which houses a new 2,200-litre tank that has replaced the facility’s old collection tank

Comfort Welding staff member Matt Staite inside the facility’s new sea container. Photo: Kari Kylo
Creston’s historic grain elevators were purchased in 2018 by the Columbia Basin Trust, who will begin work to restore the structures in 2021. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Columbia Basin Trust seeking community input for future uses of Creston grain elevators

One of the top-rated ideas submitted by a resident is converting the site into a climbing gym

Creston’s historic grain elevators were purchased in 2018 by the Columbia Basin Trust, who will begin work to restore the structures in 2021. Photo: Aaron Hemens
Richard Reeves examines a painted film strip in his home studio. Photo: Aaron Hemens

PHOTOS: Pandemic inspires creativity for Creston animator Richard Reeves

For more than 30 years, Richard Reeves has been creating abstract animated short-films by drawing and painting images onto strips of film.

Richard Reeves examines a painted film strip in his home studio. Photo: Aaron Hemens
A man wearing a face-mask walks past protestors at a rally against COVID-19 public health measures in Creston on Nov. 28. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Editorial: A Divisive Demonstration

“Protesting public health measures isn’t going to solve anything. In fact, that’s exactly why we’re still in this pandemic. We are stuck in this pandemic because we refuse to work together to pull ourselves out of it.”

A man wearing a face-mask walks past protestors at a rally against COVID-19 public health measures in Creston on Nov. 28. Photo: Aaron Hemens
A man wearing a face-mask walks past protestors at a rally against COVID-19 health measures in Creston on Nov. 28. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Creston residents rally against COVID-19 health measures

More than 100 community members of all ages were in attendance, and many were not wearing masks or practicing social distancing

A man wearing a face-mask walks past protestors at a rally against COVID-19 health measures in Creston on Nov. 28. Photo: Aaron Hemens
A still frame from “Wheels”. Submitted by Mark Wolfe

Creston short film wins festival award

“Wheels” was selected as one of the recipients of a merit award for the Canada Shorts film festival

A still frame from “Wheels”. Submitted by Mark Wolfe
Black Press file photo

60-70% of Creston residents want to see kitchen scrap, recyclables added to curbside collection

Data shows that respondents were not only satisfied with the current curbside collection service, but were also enthusiastic about the recommended enhanced service

Black Press file photo
Creston RCMP detachment. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Anti-mask sentiment, physical and sexual assault cases on the rise: Creston RCMP

Calls for service is expected to reach 3,600 by the end of the year, compared to 3,349 in 2019

Creston RCMP detachment. Photo: Aaron Hemens
Black Press file photo

Creston RCMP hosting “Cram the Cruiser” holiday donation event

“The Creston RCMP would like to give back to the community that has supported us and all first responders through the pandemic”

Black Press file photo
A man wears a mask while walking down Canyon Street in Creston on Nov. 13. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Creston resident living with COVID-19 reflects on experience

Contracting and living with the virus, she said, has led to a “major reset” in her life

A man wears a mask while walking down Canyon Street in Creston on Nov. 13. Photo: Aaron Hemens