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Province’s drug use decriminalization begins Tuesday 

B.C.’s experiment in decriminalizing small amounts of illicit drugs for personal use is about to begin. It's an effort to end the shame and stigma preventing people with substance-use challenges from getting help. This does not mean drugs are being legalized, but adults will no longer be arrested, charged or...

Fernie gets 33 new $10-a-day childcare spaces

Fernie will get 33 $10-a-day childcare spaces as part of the B.C. Government's latest expansion of the program. Provincial government officials said the Fernie Childcare Centre will get 8 infant and toddler spaces and 25 for children 2.5 years old to kindergarten age. This expansion is part of 725 new spaces...

Public meeting set to discuss planned residential development in Sparwood

New Dawn Developments will host a meeting for residents to learn about their planned Westwood Heights project next Monday. The Cranbrook-based company purchased the 20.45-hectare plot of land from Sparwood for $818,400. New Dawn plans to use the land to build a mix of single-family homes and multi-family fourplex units. "If New...

Plow crews working to catch up after snowstorm

Mainroad East Kootenay's snow plow crews are out clearing local roadways after the region was hit by a heavy winter storm. Officials with the company said the Cranbrook and Kimberley area bore the brunt of the storm, as the area was buried by about 30 centimetres of snow on Friday. According...

Golden-Field RCMP seize weapons and suspected break-in tools

A tip from the public helped a Golden-Field RCMP seizure of firearms, other weapons and suspected break-in tools. RCMP officials said a resident saw two people carrying long guns into a house on Jan 12. Police said this particular residence is known and its occupants are not allowed to have guns. "Police...

Winter Blitzville coming back to Cranbrook with Snowmageddon event

Cranbrook's Winter Blitzville will be back in a big way after a two-year hiatus with its latest event: Snowmageddon. The City of Cranbrook said the Western Financial Place festival grounds will light up with X Games snowmobilers and snowboarders who will be pulling off stunts throughout the evening. Entry to the...
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