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Posted: January 1, 2017

2016 in the East Kootenay

Here is a look back at 2016 in the East Kootenay.

In total, e-KNOW published 2,850 stories, columns, letters and photo essays last year, from all four corners of the region (Cranbrook, Kimberley, Columbia Valley and Elk Valley).

News ranged from terrible to miraculous; heartbreaking, tragic to heartwarming; achievements, progress, key moments, anniversaries, town birthdays and well-earned people birthday celebrations; goodbyes, retirements, promotions, reunions and hellos; festivals, medieval invasions, people in sports, sporting events, annual community events, special events, ceremonies, recognition and honours.

Many of these images are from our former monthly photo feature (now quarterly) as well as stand out shots from throughout the year; a sample of the news and events e-KNOW covered over the past year.

Happy New Year to one and all and thanks to all our contributing photographers for their awesome work.

Please click on an image to enlarge and to begin self-directed slide show…

Photos by Ian Cobb and Carrie Schafer/e-KNOW, as well as by Chris Newel, Chad St. Pierre, Bob Ede, Pat Morrow, Stephanie Stevens, Krista Nebloch, Bill Russell, David + Katie Photography, Loree Duczek and submitted

Lead image: Search and Rescue volunteers from Cranbrook and Kimberley, organized by Kimberley RCMP, helped bring about a best-case scenario at Premier Lake last April, when two-year-old Issac Leuenberger was found safe. A search was initiated on April 30 at Premier Lake Provincial Campground when young Isaac disappeared while out for a walk with his mother and two siblings. Here Mom and Dad bring Isaac to see some of the searchers who brought him home safe from being alone in the wilderness.  Photo by Sgt. Chris Newel

e-KNOW welcomes all submissions from community organizations, clubs, sports teams etc. Please e-mail submissions to: [email protected] / We publish an image with every story so please try to forward a representative image if you can; larger file format jpegs preferred.

e-KNOW is also looking for reporters and photographers to cover news and events in the Columbia Valley, Elk Valley, Kimberley and Cranbrook. E-mail [email protected] for more details.

Ian Cobb/e-KNOW


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