Regional news recap

A quick recap of the top news stories across Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie and Kimberley.

Campfire ban lifted across Kootenays

The campfire ban that has been in place across the Kootenays since July, was lifted at noon on Friday, Sept. 14.

The ban is lifted across the Southeast Fire Centre, however Category 2 fires are only allowed in the Columbia Fire Zone and Category 3 fires remain prohibited across the region.

Read More: 2018 now B.C.’s worst wildfire season on record

The 2018 wildfire season is the worst on record, having burned over a million hectares by the end of August, which followed the second worst fire season that had been seen last year.

B.C. 55+ Games underway in Kimberley and Cranbrook

The 55+ B.C. Games have been ongoing this week, with over 2,200 athletes competing in 23 different sports. Both cities have been bustling with happy and excited participants all week. The closing ceremonies will take place at the Kimberley Conference Centre at 1:30p.m. on Saturday, everyone is invited.

Cops for Kids’ southeast B.C. tour rolls on

The largest team in Cops for Kids’ southern interior cycling tour history hit the road on Friday morning.

34 cyclists and a six person support crew from RCMP supporting enforcement agencies leave from Kelowna and will make their way south along Highway 97, riding 1,000 kilometres to raise awareness and essential funds for children in medical, physical or traumatic crisis.

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School District 8 swears in new board

Four new trustees join the Kootenay Lake board of education

Forestry workers set to begin job action in Kootenays

Operations in Castlegar, Cranbrook, Galloway, Elko, Radium, Golden may see job action this week.

Tigz Designs making Christmas merry for Swan Valley Lodge residents

Lori Cameron and her husband, Bill, expect to deliver 90 gift bags to Swan Valley Lodge residents.

Proportional Representation makes your vote count

We can lead the rest of the country with democratic reform.

Enhancing recreational opportunities on Basin Trails

This program is one of the ways the Trust is addressing its strategic priority to support recreation and physical activity in the region.

REPLAY: B.C’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at the replay-worth highlights from this week across the province

Privacy concerns over credit card use for legal online pot purchases

Worries follow privacy breaches at some Canadian cannabis retailers

NEB approves operating pressure increase to repaired Enbridge pipeline

The pipeline burst outside of Prince George on Oct. 9, now operating at 85 per cent

B.C. VIEWS: Setting speed limits in a post-fact political environment

Media prefer ‘speed kills’ narrative, even when it fails to appear

Controversy erupts over Japanese flag in B.C. classroom

Online petition demanding removal has collected more than 5,700 signatures

Death toll rises to 76 in California fire with winds ahead

Nearly 1,300 people remain unaccounted for more than a week after the fire began

Trump says report on Khashoggi death expected in a few days

Jamal Khashoggi was a columnist for The Washington Post who was slain Oct. 2 inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul

CUPW requests mediator as deadline for Canada Post offer expires without deal

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau weighed in Saturday night with a last-minute plea to the two sides

Trudeau says he won’t negotiate in public on future of LGBTQ rights in USMCA

Legislators urged Trump not to sign the agreement unless the language was removed.

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