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Posted: November 8, 2015

October in the East Kootenay

October was a crazy month right across Canada.

Pummeled senseless by endless lies and promises spat freely about by those stampeding toward Ottawa’s ripe trough, we watched as the Kootenay-Columbia riding swung from the right to the left, with former Cranbrook mayor Wayne Stetski (NDP) unseating incumbent MP David Wilks (Conservative Party).

In the Columbia Valley, about 170 Canal Flats Canfor Sawmill employees and their families began to enter the reality of unemployment and upheaval.

On the weather front, October was fairly okay mostly. Autumn’s colours were on full display but we only managed to get in a couple of rambles.

One was a special journey into the Flathead Valley and Kishinea area in the very southeastern corner of the region and province; world-class stunning!

The image of the Canfor flag flying half-mast and upside down at the Canal Flats Mill was sent to us by Edgewater resident Anne Jardine who noticed it as she drove south to Cranbrook one day.

Another image shows a fire pit at the Monroe Lake day use area that is stuffed full of trash. A couple of other fire pits were in the same condition. Come on Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, that’s a fail on your part. I want to also point out that a couple of our friends, who recently moved to Cranbrook from Winnipeg, took the time to clean out the fire pits. Kudos to you Chris and Paul for your civic mindedness.

Other images include: Flathead Valley and river; Kishinea Creek and Canyon; Proctor Lake and Sage Creek; Lodgepole FSR/Mount Broadwood; Monroe Lake.

Lead image: Starvation Peak, Kishinea Creek drainage

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By Ian Cobb and Carrie Schafer/e-KNOW

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