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East Kootenay News Online Weekly (e-KNOW) is a free daily newspaper from the East Kootenays only locally-owned regional community news provider.  We serve the communities of Cranbrook, Kimberley, Elk Valley (Fernie, Sparwood & Elkford), Columbia Valley (Canal Flats, Fairmont Hot Springs, Windermere, Invermere & Radium Hot Springs), Ktunaxa Nation and all the communities in-between.

E-KNOW is an organic entity, providing daily news about regional politics, news, community, sports, arts and entertainment, travel and tourism, Kootenay Life, Flyers/Services, EventsObituariesContests and Public Hearings.

e-KNOW publishes an online-only news publication which is updated daily and sends out a weekly update e-news on the top stories in the region for the past week and breaking stories.

e-KNOW gives FREE access to the website, free subscriptions, and free community events listings.


e-KNOW is owned and operated by professional journalist Ian Cobb & Carrie Schafer. Ian has been working in the East Kootenay since 1991. Ian has over 30 years experience working in community newspapers in the East Kootenay and Sunshine Coast as a reporter/photographer and editor. He also served as a SAIT Journalism program advisor. Ian is one of the most peer honoured community journalists in Canada in that time with over 40 awards for journalism, photojournalism and newspaper/magazine general excellence.

The aim with East Kootenay News Online Weekly (e-KNOW) is to create a classic regional community newspaper that brings old school journalism to the new frontier, meaning there is no gratuitous corporate interference in the product — which is all about need-to-know information, being a lively forum of regional voices and home to the best photojournalism in the Kootenays. Our viewers are diverse, connected, technology-and media-savvy and form the backbone of the region’s economy. Our on-the-spot coverage has resulted in viewers checking with us for news—first and repeatedly. Our site is made possible from the support of regional advertisers.  Please take the time and check out their ads and websites and please support these great advertisers.

Please see our Terms of Service for use of this site.


2016 Top 25

  • 2 – e-KNOW +500%

2014 Best of Business Awards

  • Platinum – Coolest Kootenay Website
  • Gold – Most Eco-Friendly Business

2014 Readers’ Choice Award

  • Gold – Newspaper Columnist – Ian Cobb

2013 Digi-tech Awards from Kootenay Business Magazine

  • Platinum – Overall website
  • Platinum – News website
  • Platinum – Website use of photography
  • Platinum – Facebook
  • Platinum – eNewsletter
  • Gold – Twitter feed
  • Gold – Classified ad website

e-KNOW Staff


We are very pleased to include regional writers and photographers to our pages, with an eye on creating a strong writers’ and photographers’ village where a fascinating variety of voices and styles will be available for readers to enjoy. If you are interested in submitting columns or photographs please contact us for more details and our writers guidelines at [email protected] We’re very pleased to thus far to be presenting the work of the following regional writers and photographers:


Nowell Berg is a writer, photographer and filmmaker residing in Ktunaxa territory. He has deep roots in the area having spent a lot of time in the East Kootenay, from the days of his youth until the present. Professionally, his work covers sales, marketing and corporate communications. Nowell covers the City of Kimberley council meetings. For info check out or  Nowell Berg Youtube


Erin Knutson Erin brings a multitude of experience in the communications field. She holds a Bachelor of Communications Studies Degree from the University of Calgary and a Journalism Diploma from SAIT Polytechnic, where she majored in Photojournalism and graduated with honours.  She has worked across the province of B.C. and in her hometown of Calgary A.B. in the non-profit sector as a communications specialist and in community newspapers as an editor and reporter. Erin loves her cat, the mountains, music, road trips, travel, history, volunteering, and meeting new people. Her goal is to change the world and to tell compelling stories.

Stephanie Stevens, Columbia Valley – Stephanie Stevens is a writer and professional photographer who once again lives back home in the Columbia Valley. Stephanie earned a great reputation as a community journalist while employed with The Valley Echo in Invermere, between 2002-2006. Her gentle, musing style is sometimes blended with fire and passion and at other times humour. Today she manages a Columbia Valley ranch with her husband Tony and an assortment of pets. Stephanie covers the District of Invermere and Village of Radium Hot Springs council meetings.



Chad St. Pierre is a photojournalist and professional wedding, event and marketing photographer who has worked in the field for nine years. Documenting real life and entertainment with his photos, St. Pierre makes the viewer become part of the situation and controversy. It’s all about capturing raw emotion, style, feelings and personality. Photography is amazing and I want to share as much as I can. You can find more of Chad’s work at his website  


Tammy Oates Tammy is originally from Lethbridge, AB, I moved to Cranbrook to work as an RN. I am a volunteer with our local Search and Rescue group, and enjoy snowboarding, camping and other outdoor pursuits. I have pursued a passion for photography and love to shoot sports, events and family portraits. you can find some of my event photography at


Weekly Contributors 

GerrywGerry Warner, Cranbrook – Gerry Warner is a semi-retired journalist, a lover of the great outdoors and a bit of an iconoclast. His passion now is to complete his bucket list, live long enough to have grandchildren and to confront the ideologues of the world whenever he can.

carrieianCarrie Schafer/Ian Cobb Through My Eyes Photography – Cranbrook – Carrie Schafer & Ian Cobb photographers. Carrie has blended her passion for photography and artistic expression, utilizing the art of B&W handpainted photography to create unique, one of a kind pieces. Ian is a national award-winning photo journalist.

Special Topic Contributors 

ChrisBotterill Chris Botterill/Genex Marketing, Cranbrook
Chris Botterill is a tech-savvy, marketing expert that loves to talk websites, ad campaigns and anything else that helps you and your business grow. Since starting Genex Marketing in 2008, Chris has grown his business year by year, to become a successful entrepreneur. He started in virtual web design and is now offering full Agency Services to businesses local and abroad. Agency Service includes all types of marketing from web, social media, print, radio and creating business collateral. Chris and Genex Marketing know how to help you adjust to the radical change in the marketplace from print and word of mouth to digital, social and virtual. 

bobedeBob Ede, Columbia Valley – Bob Ede was born and raised in the Columbia Valley. Bob mows lawns as a profession and spends as much time cruising the backroads as possible. He takes his role as pack leader to two dachshunds very seriously. He is an avid photographer, fisherman, writer, historian and a full time crank.

Elinor FlorenceAuthor Elinor Florence of Invermere, grew up on a former wartime airfield near North Battleford, Saskatchewan, worked for newspapers in all four western provinces, and was a regular contributor to Reader’s Digest. She also owned and published the Columbia Valley Pioneer newspaper in Invermere.  Bird’s Eye View is her first novel, published by Dundurn Press of Toronto. It’s available from any bookstore, and as an ebook. For more information, visit Elinor’s website at

Mayor Mary GiulianoMary Giuliano, Fernie – Mary Giuliano has lived in Fernie since 1953. After marriage she and her husband Nick chose to remain in Fernie to raise their children because they both felt this was a great place to live. Mary remains committed to Fernie, she has been a councillor with the City for three terms (9 years) and is currently the Mayor of Fernie. Mary has always been and still is a very involved community volunteer. She hosts a talk show on Shaw Community Channel also seen on line at (10 years), has contributed to the Free Press as a columnist and reporter for 22 years as well as writing for other publications. She also has a blog on, a premier website featuring all things Fernie.


Would you like to become part of our Writers Village and  share your views, expertise or photographs with our readers.  Contact Ian Cobb at [email protected]