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A Polyphemus cocoon. Photo: Ed McMackin

Out There: Wrapped Up for the Winter

“Probably, one of the most intricate works done for winter is completed by some species of moths that spend the winter in the pupa stage — the stage between larva and adult — enclosed in a protective covering.”

  • Jan 15, 2021
A stroll through the Wildlife Management Area. Photo: Margaret Miller

Valley Views: IT’S ABOUT TIME

“Time often feels elastic, but one thing is certain. It never stands still. Winters come and go, some more difficult than others. Months become years; years become decades. And in our busy human world, pandemics can happen. And linger over time. And pass.”

  • Jan 15, 2021
Rec Perspectives with Tia Wayling (File photo)

Rec Perspectives: Winter Can Be Fun For Everyone

“Put down your phone, turn off the TV and put on your woolly socks, snow pants, boots and jacket, and leave the confines of your warm house to explore your capabilities while you appreciate what’s in our backyard.”

  • Jan 8, 2021
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TIPS from TAPS Column: Yes, Creston’s TAPS is still going

“Despite the mandated and precautionary steps which led to cancelling face to face gatherings, we are happy to report that the connections and fellowship that marked our program are very much alive.”

  • Jan 5, 2021
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Dove Sprout co-owns and operates the Creston Acupuncture and Natural Health Centre alongside her husband, Paul Gaucher (R.TCM.P). File photo

A Natural Health Approach Column: Wired and Tired

“Chronic, long-term stress can be devastating to your body’s ability to cope. We often abuse our bodies and take them for granted as we grab another cup of coffee or sugary snack so that we can push through to get that last thing done, and then the next thing, and the next.”

  • Jan 5, 2021
Dove Sprout co-owns and operates the Creston Acupuncture and Natural Health Centre alongside her husband, Paul Gaucher (R.TCM.P). File photo
Tia Wayling is the recreation services coordinator with the Regional District of Central Kootenay. File photo

Rec Perspectives: Restrictions, Reflection and Reaction

“You may not be able to control how this pandemic plays out, but you have every bit of control over your attitude, words and actions.”

  • Dec 21, 2020
Tia Wayling is the recreation services coordinator with the Regional District of Central Kootenay. File photo
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“Think on These Things” is a column written by retired Creston pastor Ian Cotton. (File photo)

Think on These Things: No Greater Gift

“Christmas should serve to remind us of God, who gave the world the greatest ‘gift’; Jesus.”

  • Dec 21, 2020
“Think on These Things” is a column written by retired Creston pastor Ian Cotton. (File photo)
University Hospital of Northern B.C., in Prince George. (UBC photo)

‘I am tired, and my soul hurts’: B.C. nurse reflects on working in ICU unit during COVID

Renée Bush writes about what it is like on the front-line of the pandemic in the north

  • Dec 16, 2020
University Hospital of Northern B.C., in Prince George. (UBC photo)
Blackpress file photo

Guest Column: Am I a Buddhist?

“It is quite possible to engage in Buddhist spiritual practices and in the process to deepen one’s personal faith. The greater our understanding of ourselves, our own faith practices and the practices of others, the greater our own faith becomes and the very fabric of our community becomes stronger as a result.”

  • Dec 15, 2020
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Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson says she’ll be spending the holidays close to home with her partner Paul and dog Stella. Photo: Submitted

COLUMN: Holiday greetings from your new MLA

Brittny Anderson writes about how she’ll work virtually for Nelson-Creston

Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson says she’ll be spending the holidays close to home with her partner Paul and dog Stella. Photo: Submitted
Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia (submitted)

FINLAYSON: The long economic tail of COVID-19

‘Fast forward to late 2020 and the situation has partially stabilized’

  • Dec 11, 2020
Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia (submitted)
Columnist Margaret Miller is a longtime Creston Valley resident. File photo

Valley Views: The Freedom Debate

“In Canada, peaceful protest is a right, but arguments based on obvious generalization, a disregard for science or fear-mongering are not credible.”

  • Dec 10, 2020
Columnist Margaret Miller is a longtime Creston Valley resident. File photo
Alpine wolf spider on the mountain tops. Photo: Ed McMackin

Out There: Mountain-Top Wolf Spiders

“Wolves are not only found in our Kootenay Lake mountains, but they are found in the spider world.”

  • Dec 8, 2020
Alpine wolf spider on the mountain tops. Photo: Ed McMackin
Tia Wayling is the recreation services coordinator with the Regional District of Central Kootenay. File photo

Rec Perspectives: Use the Low-key Holidays to Inspire Change

“Ditch the pity party and take charge of your self-improvement sooner than later. That is one thing nobody ever regrets.”

  • Dec 8, 2020
Tia Wayling is the recreation services coordinator with the Regional District of Central Kootenay. File photo
Library staff member Lauriane Mehrer works with library materials at the service desk. Photo: Saara Itkonen

Lit Column: Let the Library Help Keep You Cozy Over Winter

“I want to reassure you that even if the province asks us to close our public space, our library staff will continue to offer materials loaning through curbside pickup and home delivery service.”

  • Dec 1, 2020
Library staff member Lauriane Mehrer works with library materials at the service desk. Photo: Saara Itkonen
“Think on These Things” is a column written by retired Creston pastor Ian Cotton. (File photo)

Think on These Things: Prophecies of Jesus

“He is the ‘beginning and the end, the alpha and the omega.’ He had no beginning and has no end. In Jesus is life original, underived, for He is ‘life.’

  • Dec 1, 2020
“Think on These Things” is a column written by retired Creston pastor Ian Cotton. (File photo)
A construction worker wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of COVID-19 is framed by Christmas lights, in downtown Vancouver, on Sunday, November 22, 2020. The use of masks is mandatory in indoor public and retail spaces in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Op-ed: Together, for a brighter future for all British Columbians

“The fact that every British Columbian – whether they’re on the front line, driving a truck, in a leadership position or running a household – is dealing with this pandemic in their own way, but, at the same time, continuing to find ways to show compassion and help each other has been extraordinary.”

  • Nov 24, 2020
A construction worker wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of COVID-19 is framed by Christmas lights, in downtown Vancouver, on Sunday, November 22, 2020. The use of masks is mandatory in indoor public and retail spaces in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Creston Town Hall is located on 10 Avenue North. File photo

Council Column: November Update

“Collaboratively, our local governments and community partners are working together to create a strong foundation for economic development and recovery,” writes councillor Jen Comer

  • Nov 23, 2020
Creston Town Hall is located on 10 Avenue North. File photo
Tia Wayling is the recreation services coordinator with the Regional District of Central Kootenay. File photo

Rec Perspectives: Winter Pickleball…It’s a Thing!

“We are seeing pickleballers braving the cold on dry days as well. Some of the local pickleball enthusiasts have even created a Facebook group and use it to message each other to let everyone know who’s up for a round of games.”

  • Nov 23, 2020
Tia Wayling is the recreation services coordinator with the Regional District of Central Kootenay. File photo
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry views the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver’s Gastown, July 5, 2020. (The Canadian Press)

GUEST COLUMN: COVID-19 masks mandatory in B.C., but not everywhere

Orders require them where necessary, Provincial Health Officer says

  • Nov 17, 2020
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry views the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver’s Gastown, July 5, 2020. (The Canadian Press)