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Sparwood artist Helene Schroeder is pursuing her passion.  Ezra Black/The Free Press

Driftwood and metal detecting

With effort, grit, ingenuity and a metal detector, local artist Helene Schroeder…

Sparwood artist Helene Schroeder is pursuing her passion.  Ezra Black/The Free Press
Wildsite’s Ryland Nelson was one of many to speak against the development of a new subdivision in the RDEK at a public hearing on May 24 at the Fernie Family Centre. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

RDEK postpones vote on subdivision citing possible conflict of interest

In June, the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) board postponed consideration…

Wildsite’s Ryland Nelson was one of many to speak against the development of a new subdivision in the RDEK at a public hearing on May 24 at the Fernie Family Centre. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Country music star Kenny Hess performed at Fernie Memorial Arena, on July 15. Ezra Black/The Free Press

Down-home country fundraiser

There was some down-right ornery fun Saturday night as country-music star Kenny…

Country music star Kenny Hess performed at Fernie Memorial Arena, on July 15. Ezra Black/The Free Press
City rescinds water quality advisory

City rescinds water quality advisory

On July 6, the City of Fernie rescinded a water quality advisory…

City rescinds water quality advisory
7-Eleven is raising funds for B.C. wildfire victims.  Black Press files

7-Eleven Canada launches in-store Red Cross campaign for B.C. fires relief fund

With raging fires and mandatory evacuation of over 14,000 B.C. residents, 7-Eleven…

7-Eleven is raising funds for B.C. wildfire victims.  Black Press files
A fire storm threatens the community of Tl’etinqox (Anaham) and the Petal ranch Saturday. Only fire fighting personnel remain in the community now to protect it from fire Harvey Petal photo

Nature Conservancy of Canada closes access to lands due to fire risk

Asks public to avoid Ancient Cottonwood Interpretive Trail and Mount Broadwood

A fire storm threatens the community of Tl’etinqox (Anaham) and the Petal ranch Saturday. Only fire fighting personnel remain in the community now to protect it from fire Harvey Petal photo
President Donald Trump points to a member of the audience before being introduced during a "Made in America," product showcase featuring items created in each of the U.S. 50 states, at the White House, Monday, July 17, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

What should we offer the godfather?

Earlier this year, Japanese technology company Sharp agreed to build a $7…

President Donald Trump points to a member of the audience before being introduced during a "Made in America," product showcase featuring items created in each of the U.S. 50 states, at the White House, Monday, July 17, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Little Hugo Hawkins and Kettle Black Bartending owners Andy Hawkins, Shea Hawkins, Cody Wakeford and Kristina Wakeford (not pictured). The business helped organize a 8,000 lbs food donation to the Fernie Food Bank. Ezra Black/The Free Press

Kettle Black organizes 8,000 pound food donation to Fernie Food Bank

The shelves at the Fernie Food Bank can be bare this time…

Little Hugo Hawkins and Kettle Black Bartending owners Andy Hawkins, Shea Hawkins, Cody Wakeford and Kristina Wakeford (not pictured). The business helped organize a 8,000 lbs food donation to the Fernie Food Bank. Ezra Black/The Free Press
SAR and RCMP respond to incident on the Elk River

SAR and RCMP respond to incident on the Elk River

On July 16 at approximately 2:30 p.m., emergency responders were called out…

SAR and RCMP respond to incident on the Elk River
Merl Shelley. Ezra Black/The Free Press

Sparwood golfer Merl Shelley plays through, despite Parkinson’s

Sparwood golf tournament raises almost $7,000 for Parkinson’s research

Merl Shelley. Ezra Black/The Free Press
Scott Cable spent two days decorating a dumpster for the Out of the Box: Dumpster Art Project. Read the full story on page A15.  Ezra Black/The Free Press

Locals redecorate new downtown dumpsters

Unbridled creativity was unleashed on the community’s trash containers on Sunday as…

Scott Cable spent two days decorating a dumpster for the Out of the Box: Dumpster Art Project. Read the full story on page A15.  Ezra Black/The Free Press
Robertson Estate Wine Vinegar sets up at Mountain Market

Robertson Estate Wine Vinegar sets up at Mountain Market

For Patrick Robertson, vinegar isn’t just a condiment, it’s a lifestyle. “I…

Robertson Estate Wine Vinegar sets up at Mountain Market
Disc golfer Chris Goldsmith performed admirably at the annual Lizard Range Disc Golf tournament in James White Park.                                  Ezra Black/The Free Press

Disc golfers toss for charity

Montana resident Brian Bjortomt had the best score at the fourteenth annual…

Disc golfer Chris Goldsmith performed admirably at the annual Lizard Range Disc Golf tournament in James White Park.                                  Ezra Black/The Free Press
Zion, Diesel and India Hughes paddled their cardboard boat to victory.                                  Ezra Black/The Free Press

Cardboard boat regatta on Maiden Lake

On its inaugural voyage, Willie Westerby’s boat immediately sank after being pushed…

Zion, Diesel and India Hughes paddled their cardboard boat to victory.                                  Ezra Black/The Free Press
Local kids got to meet Sher and other therapy horses at the Fernie Therapeutic Horse and Pony Club fundraiser.                                 Ezra Black/The Free Press

Healing hooves: Fernie group uses horses to promote mental health in kids

She does not know the first thing about psychotherapy. She cannot prescribe…

Local kids got to meet Sher and other therapy horses at the Fernie Therapeutic Horse and Pony Club fundraiser.                                 Ezra Black/The Free Press
Fernie SAR rescues injured mountain biker

Fernie SAR rescues injured mountain biker

On July 9 at about 11:48 a.m., Fernie Search and Rescue (SAR)…

Fernie SAR rescues injured mountain biker
Fernie Secondary School honours students

Fernie Secondary School honours students

School hosts academic and athletic achievement awards

Fernie Secondary School honours students
Folk musician and activist Luke Wallace performed at Infinitea.  Ezra Black/The Free Press

Luke Wallace sings the blues and talks green at Infinitea

On Friday, folk musician and activist Luke Wallace parked his touring van/home…

Folk musician and activist Luke Wallace performed at Infinitea.  Ezra Black/The Free Press
Tucson, a five-month old golden retriever, Luna, a four-month old Great Pyrenees, and their owners. Ezra Black/The Free Press

Trainer demonstrates puppy-positive reinforcement

Puppy love at the library

Tucson, a five-month old golden retriever, Luna, a four-month old Great Pyrenees, and their owners. Ezra Black/The Free Press
Elk Valley teachers and students installed the timber arch at Elk Pass in celebration of the country’s sesquicentennial and the completion of the TransCanada Trail.  Submitted photo

Elk Valley schools unite to install a timber arch on the TransCanada Trail

A massive wooden arch on the B.C.-Alberta border is uniting youth from…

Elk Valley teachers and students installed the timber arch at Elk Pass in celebration of the country’s sesquicentennial and the completion of the TransCanada Trail.  Submitted photo