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Tia Wayling is the recreation services coordinator with the Regional District of Central Kootenay. File photo

Rec Perspectives: Use Family Day to Restore Well-Being

“While the usual celebrations and gatherings are not happening, the whole premise behind this fairly-new appointed statutory holiday is so families can take a break from hectic schedules and spend some quality time together sometime during the long weekend.”

  • Jan 22, 2021
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.

Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons. File photo.

MP Morrison calls Keystone XL permit cancellation ‘devastating news’

Kootenay-Columbia MP reacts to the Conservative Party’s removal of a controversial Ontario MP

Interior Health reported 91 new COVID-19 cases in the region Jan. 20, 2021 and three additional deaths. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

95 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health, two deaths

Another member of Vernon’s Noric House has passed

Interior Health reported 91 new COVID-19 cases in the region Jan. 20, 2021 and three additional deaths. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Interior Health reported 91 new COVID-19 cases in the region Jan. 20, 2021 and three additional deaths. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Interior Health reported 91 new COVID-19 cases in the region Jan. 20, 2021 and three additional deaths. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
COVID-19 test tube. (Via Getty)

COVID-19 moving out of southern Interior and into the north: IH

IH says vaccinations reaching care homes, Big White cluster hard to control, virus spike in Fernie

COVID-19 test tube. (Via Getty)
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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
Stand-up paddleboarder Christie Jamieson kneels as a pod of transient orcas put on a dramatic show on Jan. 19 in the Ucluelet Harbour. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Stand-up paddleboarder Christie Jamieson kneels as a pod of transient orcas put on a dramatic show on Jan. 19 in the Ucluelet Harbour. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Dr. Cori Lausen, bat specialist, has questions about logging in an unusual bat habitat near Beasley. Photo: Submitted

Kaslo biologist questions logging at unique West Kootenay bat site

Dr. Cori Lausen, a bat specialist, studies a population of bats above Beasley

Dr. Cori Lausen, bat specialist, has questions about logging in an unusual bat habitat near Beasley. Photo: Submitted
Letters to the Editor. File photo

Letter to the Editor: Try Thank-you

“Maybe it’s time for the ‘silent majority’ to become ‘vocal’ and at least support those who are positively vocal. Let’s encourage those who are serving us in all walks of life instead of increasing their pain and frustration.”

  • Jan 19, 2021
Letters to the Editor. File photo
A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A Trail man has a lucky tin for a keepsake after it saved him from a stabbing last week. File photo

RCMP: Small tin saved Trail man from stabbing

The man was uninjured thanks to a tin in his jacket

A Trail man has a lucky tin for a keepsake after it saved him from a stabbing last week. File photo
A Trail man has a lucky tin for a keepsake after it saved him from a stabbing last week. File photo

RCMP: Small tin saved Trail man from stabbing

The man was uninjured thanks to a tin in his jacket

A Trail man has a lucky tin for a keepsake after it saved him from a stabbing last week. File photo
Creston Fire Rescue insignia. File photo

Creston Fire Rescue report: 6 calls for assistance between Jan. 12 and 14

On Jan. 13, CFR responded to a call for downed power lines in the area of Speers Road and Kootenay River.

  • Jan 18, 2021
Creston Fire Rescue insignia. File photo
School District 8 is asking the education ministry to stop making the Foundation Skills Assessment data public. File photo

Kootenay Lake School District requests education ministry make annual student assessments private

The district is concerned the data is being misused by the Fraser Institute

School District 8 is asking the education ministry to stop making the Foundation Skills Assessment data public. File photo
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
Zoey Uniat is now three months old. Photo: Submitted

Castlegar baby with rare disorder progressing towards coming home

Fundraiser for Zoey Uniat has raised more than $50,000

Zoey Uniat is now three months old. Photo: Submitted
Pioneer Arena is closing for the season. Photo: John Boivin

Castlegar’s Pioneer Arena and Nelson Civic Centre closing for season

RDCK is closing the ice at two of its arenas due to financial concerns related to COVID-19

Pioneer Arena is closing for the season. Photo: John Boivin
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 Polyphemus cocoon. Photo: Ed McMackin