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More housing on the cards for Cranbrook

Mayor Wayne Price said Cranbrook's Housing Task Force has been making good headway in creating a more ambitious housing strategy. This comes as the task force published its recommendations, highlighting a need for updated affordable housing policies. "There's still a way to go. I think we'll be getting back and going...

Police searching for missing Cranbrook woman

The Cranbrook RCMP is asking for the public's help in locating 53-year-old Genavene "Genny" Qunital. She was last seen on May 10 at around 12 p.m. She is an indigenous woman, approximately five feet two inches tall, 119 pounds and has black hair and hazel eyes. "Anyone who sees Genavene Qunital is...

RDEK says residents have important role in emergency preparations

The Regional District of East Kootenay spent Emergency Preparedness Week helping residents sign up for their alert system and teaching the importance of preparation. "It looks like it's going to be a bit of a dry spring. We're starting to get some green-up, but we've already seen some brush fires,"...

City denies design funding increase for RCMP building renovation

Cranbrook city council has defeated a request to increase funding for the RCMP building renovation design. "The RCMP renovation project has expanded significantly since it was first proposed and requires additional funding to deliver the project to a tender-ready stage," said public works director Tony Hetu. Council had previously approved a...

Out of control blaze being actioned near Fort Steele

BC Wildfire Service crews are on the scene of a grass fire between the Kootenay River and Wardner-Fort Steele Road. The fire is classified as out of control and has grown to at least 2.1 hectares. No evacuation alerts or orders are in place and there is no threat to properties...

RDEK fire departments respond to multiple fires

A pair of fires had crews in the South Country and Columbia Valley active Wednesday evening. Regional District of East Kootenay officials said six firefighters and two pieces of apparatus responded to a bin fire at the Columbia Valley Landfill. “We were dispatched at approximately 9:30pm and found the fire to...
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