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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) 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/ServicesEventsObituariesContests and our newest section 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 websitefree 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 nearly 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.