Regional news recap

A look at the top news stories this week in Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie and Kimberley.

Cranbrook Candidates face off in election debate

Cranbrook candidates faced off in an election debate last week at the candidates forum, with ten candidates up for election. Topics ranged from housing and attracting light industry to rainbow crosswalks, roads and infrastructure.

Cranbrook Council tweaks proposed cannabis bylaw

Cranbrook City Council has taken another crack at drilling down specific bylaw procedures for the upcoming federal legalization of cannabis, discussing capping the number of stores to ten or less, and amending other related bylaws.

Clean farms set up event to collect unwanted agricultural pesticides & livestock medications in Creston

Creston Valley Farmers will be able to dispose of unwanted agricultural pesticides and outdated livestock medications that have accumulated at their farms at a special collection event hosted by Cleanfarms. The collection is scheduled for Oct. 31, 2018 at Grower’s Supply from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..

CBT grant will help east cost of Creston Education Centre purchase

A Columbia Basin Trust grant of $200,000 will help to ease the cost of purchasing the Creston Education Centre. The purchase was made after a years-long scramble to keep Homelinks and early childhood and family programs under one roof when School District No. 8 announced it was closing the facility and selling the property.

RDEK freezes West Fernie septic rates

Thanks to a recently adopted motion, West Fernie residents will have two years to adjust higher septic costs which come as a result of being inducted into the City of Fernie.

Elk Valley water treatment plant restarts

Teck Coal has announced the restart and recommissioning of the West Line Creek Active Water Treatment Facility, which will treat up to 7.5 million litres of water per day once it reaches full capacity later this year.

City of Kimberley gives go ahead to two cannabis dispensaries

Two Kimberley cannabis dispensaries that have been serving the community for nearly three years have gotten the go ahead from Kimberley City Council to apply for licensing to become Cannabis Retail stores through the Provincial Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch.

Kimberley International School update

Kimberley Mayor Don McCormick and President of Purcell International Education, Duncan MacLeod, are back from China after pitching a proposed full-time international education school to investors and government officials.

PIE is working on the next steps including procuring funding and finding a location for the campus.

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Police investigate abduction and assault

Police received 40 calls for assistance from December 11 to December 17.

Snowfall warning issued for Kootenay passes

Up to 35 cm of snow expected Monday night and Tuesday.

Creston & District Credit Union will not be taking part in new single credit union

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Avalanche Canada issues special public warning

Very weak layer buried under recent snow a cause for concern

Creston motel may soon be allowed to rent rooms by the month

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Story of the Year: Deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash

The Canadian Press annual survey of newsrooms across the country saw 53 out of 129 editors cast their votes for the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.

Trial date postponed for man charged with killing Abbotsford police officer

Oscar Arfmann’s trial pushed back from January to May 2019

Privacy watchdog says legal cannabis buyers should use cash, not credit

Some countries could bar entry to individuals if they know they have purchased cannabis

‘A start:’ Alberta critical of Ottawa’s $1.6B package for ailing energy sector

A further $150 million is to be used for clean growth and infrastructure projects

New B.C. Lions coach DeVone Claybrooks adds eight to coaching staff

DeVone Claybrooks has filled out his staff for the 2019 season

Two-year-old attacked by cougar near Mission, B.C.

Boy not seriously injured in incident on Monday afternoon

Snowboarder buried in Elk Valley avalanche

Group self-rescues after triggering an avalanche south of Sparwood

Trump signs order to create US Space Command

President Donald Trump signs an executive order to create a U.S. Space Command.

Groups preparing new pipeline legal challenge, argue government’s mind made up

A Vancouver-based environment charity is readying itself to go back to court if the federal government reapproves the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

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