Ezra Black

Southeast Fire Centre bans campfires

Southeast Fire Centre bans campfires

Fire danger rating high to extreme throughout the region.

Southeast Fire Centre bans campfires
Canadian country music star Kenny Hess will be playing a benefit concert at the Fernie Memorial Arena on July 15. Submitted photo

Kenny Hess is coming home

In a brazen act of rural-Canadian teenage rebellion, country music icon Kenny…

Canadian country music star Kenny Hess will be playing a benefit concert at the Fernie Memorial Arena on July 15. Submitted photo
Be on the look-out for an orphaned moose calve. Photo by Marcie Welsh

Sympathy for moose

We’ve been covering the story of the orphaned moose calves whose mother…

Be on the look-out for an orphaned moose calve. Photo by Marcie Welsh
Baked salmon wrapped in nuri, glazed with ponzu sauce and served with wasabi mashed potatoes and pickled ginger.   Ezra Black/The Free Press

Tandoor and Grill, an Indian restaurant with a twist

Indo-Oriental-Western food is hard to find in Fernie, except at the Tandoor…

Baked salmon wrapped in nuri, glazed with ponzu sauce and served with wasabi mashed potatoes and pickled ginger.   Ezra Black/The Free Press
A survey shows citizens want better downtown parking. Ezra Black/The Free Press

Fernie gets high marks for trails, culture and safety in Citizen Satisfaction Survey

Citizens want more parking, better road maintenance

A survey shows citizens want better downtown parking. Ezra Black/The Free Press
Dozens volunteered to repaint rainbow crosswalks on Saturday morning. Photo submitted by Mayor Mary Giuliano

Volunteers repaint vandalized rainbow crosswalks

Fernie Mayor Mary Giuliano is praising dozens of volunteers who repainted vandalized…

Dozens volunteered to repaint rainbow crosswalks on Saturday morning. Photo submitted by Mayor Mary Giuliano
On Monday, the U.S. imposed an additional 6.76 per cent duty on Canada’s smaller lumber companies. Ezra Black/The Free Press

Jaffray lumber mill lays off workers in the face of softwood lumber bills

A local forestry company is cutting production as the United States prepares…

On Monday, the U.S. imposed an additional 6.76 per cent duty on Canada’s smaller lumber companies. Ezra Black/The Free Press
Though the powder is long gone, there is still fun to be had at FAR. Ezra Black/The Free Press

Calgarian nabs first chair as summer starts at FAR

Trevor Beblow was first in line at Fernie Alpine Resort’s Timber Chair…

Though the powder is long gone, there is still fun to be had at FAR. Ezra Black/The Free Press
Clearing work on the Site C dam project near Fort St. John, 2016. Work has gone on for two years, with $1.7 billion spent and more than 2,000 people working. (BC HYDRO)

Politicians clash on Site hydroelectric project

Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka is speaking out against reviewing the Site…

Clearing work on the Site C dam project near Fort St. John, 2016. Work has gone on for two years, with $1.7 billion spent and more than 2,000 people working. (BC HYDRO)
Be on the look-out for an orphaned moose calve. Photo by Marcie Welsh

Efforts underway to save orphaned baby moose

Last week, a cow moose with two calves was killed by a…

Be on the look-out for an orphaned moose calve. Photo by Marcie Welsh
Racing solo and in teams, 57 participants had seven hours to complete as many circuits of a 15 kilometre loop as they could.  Ezra Black/The Free Press

57 bikers try their luck in grueling Lucky 7’s race

Over seven hours, seven sets of winners were crowned in seven categories…

Racing solo and in teams, 57 participants had seven hours to complete as many circuits of a 15 kilometre loop as they could.  Ezra Black/The Free Press
Mother of slain toddler gives statement at triple-murder sentencing

Mother of slain toddler gives statement at triple-murder sentencing

Derek Saretzky will receive an automatic life sentence in the killing of three people in 2015

Mother of slain toddler gives statement at triple-murder sentencing
Rafting down the Elk River. Ezra Black/The Free Press

Rafting down the Elk for a good cause

On June 21, a number of residents participated in the annual Fernie…

Rafting down the Elk River. Ezra Black/The Free Press
Madeline Bragg questioned how much the work would cost taxpayers.  Ezra Black/The Free Press

Armed with dandelions, residents make anti-herbicide plea to council

Backed by a handful of supporters and a bouquet of dandelions, Ayla…

Madeline Bragg questioned how much the work would cost taxpayers.  Ezra Black/The Free Press
Pianist, composer and Sparwood native Jesse Plessis is working toward mastering all of Beethoven’s 32 sonatas. Submitted photo

Sparwood composer to master all 32 of Beethoven’s sonatas

In honour of what would have been his 250th birthday, a Sparwood…

Pianist, composer and Sparwood native Jesse Plessis is working toward mastering all of Beethoven’s 32 sonatas. Submitted photo
Photo by Elvert Barnes/Flickr

Report finds Fernie’s long-term vacancy rate is relatively stable

Despite an increasing number of short term rentals, Fernie’s long-term rental vacancy…

Photo by Elvert Barnes/Flickr
Fernie Red Cross needs help

Fernie Red Cross needs help

Opening hours at the Fernie Red Cross are being reduced because of…

Fernie Red Cross needs help
Coal Creek Mine Disaster, loading dead onto a train, May 1902. Submitted by the B.C. Archives

Local archivist delves into the Coal Creek disaster

115th anniversary of the deadly tragedy

Coal Creek Mine Disaster, loading dead onto a train, May 1902. Submitted by the B.C. Archives
It’s time for a functioning government

It’s time for a functioning government

The other day I was covering BC NDP leader John Horgan’s visit…

It’s time for a functioning government
Paralympian Josh Dueck spoke to Elk Valley high school students about overcoming adversity. Ezra Black/The Free Press

Paralympian speaks at local high schools

Josh Dueck shares his story with local youth and shows off his gold and silver medals

Paralympian Josh Dueck spoke to Elk Valley high school students about overcoming adversity. Ezra Black/The Free Press