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Suppression equipment was stolen from a trailer at the Beasley Fire Hall. Photo: Beasley Fire Department

$40K in fire suppression equipment stolen from Beasley Fire Department

Locks cut on structure protection unit trailer

The Octopus Creek fire seen from Edgewood on July 18. Photo: Jeannie Little

Michaud Creek fire evacuation reduced, Octopus Creek fire grows

The Octopus Creek Fire on Lower Arrow Lake now covers 11,444 hectares

The first phase of improvements to the Wagon Road trail is moving ahead with the award of a contract to a Grindrod company. Photo: Jim Bailey

Contract awarded for Rossland to Redstone Wagon Road improvement

The bulk of the project will be paid for through a provincial grant of $132,000

  • Jul 23, 2021
The Trozzo Creek fire, July 21. Photo: BC Wildfire Service

Evacuation order for Trozzo Creek fire reduced

32 properties still remain on an evacuation order

The Trozzo Creek fire, July 21. Photo: BC Wildfire Service
New tools available to treat chronic pain. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE

Kootenay Boundary introduces new tools for chronic pain patients and health-care providers

Persistent pain has a profound impact on well-being and quality of life

  • Jul 23, 2021
New tools available to treat chronic pain. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
The Cultus Creek fire evacuation order area. Map: B.C. Wildfire Service

Evacuation order issued for Cultus Creek wildfire

Order covers residences on the west shore of the south arm of Kootenay Lake

The Cultus Creek fire evacuation order area. Map: B.C. Wildfire Service
To aid it in case of fires like this, Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi’it (Tobacco Plains Indian Band) will hire and train current employees and volunteers to establish a fire service for itself and neighbouring Grasmere, with support from the partnership. CBT file

16 projects receive $1.7 million through Columbia Basin Trust and the Province

Projects will create jobs while completing wildfire mitigation work

To aid it in case of fires like this, Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi’it (Tobacco Plains Indian Band) will hire and train current employees and volunteers to establish a fire service for itself and neighbouring Grasmere, with support from the partnership. CBT file
Tammy Bradford, manager of the Creston Museum, poses with Derry the Ford Model T outside of the Farmers’ Market on July 10. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
Tammy Bradford, manager of the Creston Museum, poses with Derry the Ford Model T outside of the Farmers’ Market on July 10. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

Creston Museum celebrates Ford Model T’s 100th birthday

Originally manufactured in the United States in July 1921, Derry has travelled many miles during his lifetime

Tammy Bradford, manager of the Creston Museum, poses with Derry the Ford Model T outside of the Farmers’ Market on July 10. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
Tammy Bradford, manager of the Creston Museum, poses with Derry the Ford Model T outside of the Farmers’ Market on July 10. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
The Michaud Creek fire on July 17. Photo: BC Wildfire Service

UPDATE: Edgewood evacuated due to growing Michaud Creek wildfire

Michaud Creek fire has now reached 4,600 hectares in size

The Michaud Creek fire on July 17. Photo: BC Wildfire Service
The Trozzo Creek fire, July 21. Photo: BC Wildfire Service
The Trozzo Creek fire, July 21. Photo: BC Wildfire Service
Metal Tech Alley leader Pete Stamper, CEO of KC Recycling, participated in ICE 2021.

West Kootenay tech innovator hosts circular economy conference

Metal Tech Alley welcomed leaders from across the globe to virtually rethink the linear economy

Metal Tech Alley leader Pete Stamper, CEO of KC Recycling, participated in ICE 2021.
The Octopus Creek Fire on July 20. Photo: BC Wildfire Service
The Octopus Creek Fire on July 20. Photo: BC Wildfire Service
Police Briefs

Police briefs: Wanted woman arrested for fraud

Greater Trail and District RCMP stress importance of locking vehicles and removing valuables

Police Briefs
Greater Trail Community Skills Centre staff have long enjoyed the benefits of a four-day work week. From left: Morag Carter, Alison Girard, Jay Shete, Frank Marino, Tristan Ploeg, Harshil Patel, Karina Allis.

Greater Trail Skills Centre embraces four-day work week

An evolving trend? Greater Trail Skills Centre has long enjoyed the benefits of a four-day work week

Greater Trail Community Skills Centre staff have long enjoyed the benefits of a four-day work week. From left: Morag Carter, Alison Girard, Jay Shete, Frank Marino, Tristan Ploeg, Harshil Patel, Karina Allis.
Thanks to volunteer foster homes, pets like Smokey Joe can recover and thrive.

SPCA seeks foster volunteers

There’s an elevated need for foster volunteers in the Kootenays during the warmer months

Thanks to volunteer foster homes, pets like Smokey Joe can recover and thrive.
Back on stage: the cast of this year’s Gold Fever Follies is (from left) Daniel, Rhythm Storm, Konrad Lasocki, Jean Hart, Kevin Wasilenkoff, Mimi Hicks, Landon Lafond and Michaela McLean. (Gold Fever Follies photo)

Rossland’s Gold Fever Follies back with The Great Invention

After a one-year hiatus and a few casting changes, the popular summer theatre production returns.

  • Jul 19, 2021
Back on stage: the cast of this year’s Gold Fever Follies is (from left) Daniel, Rhythm Storm, Konrad Lasocki, Jean Hart, Kevin Wasilenkoff, Mimi Hicks, Landon Lafond and Michaela McLean. (Gold Fever Follies photo)
KBRFR responded to a brush fire in Rossland Saturday night.

Brush fire started in Rossland deemed suspicious

Kootenay Boundary Fire and Rescue were called out late Saturday night to a fire on Dunn Cres.

KBRFR responded to a brush fire in Rossland Saturday night.
Rossland city council said no to buying a vehicle similar to this one for their new bylaw enforcement officer to use.

Rossland rethinking electric vehicle purchase

The city will lease an EV for its bylaw officer but wants to consider its options before buying.

  • Jul 18, 2021
Rossland city council said no to buying a vehicle similar to this one for their new bylaw enforcement officer to use.
A pyrocumulus cloud, also known as a fire cloud, forms in the sky as the Tremont Creek wildfire burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

BC Hydro keeping eye on large wildfire burning near transmission line

The Brenda Creek wildfire in Central Okanagan is still classified as out of control

A pyrocumulus cloud, also known as a fire cloud, forms in the sky as the Tremont Creek wildfire burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Evacuation orders and alerts are in place near the Michaud Creek fire. Photo: BC Wildfire Service

UPDATE: Evacuation orders, alerts continue as Lower Arrow Lake fire grows to 2500 hectares

Michaud Creek fire now over 2500 hectares, Octopus Creek fire over 1000 hectares

Evacuation orders and alerts are in place near the Michaud Creek fire. Photo: BC Wildfire Service