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Terry Cryderman was awarded the 2021 George Majic Spritus Award at a ceremony on Dec. 21. (Photo by Summit Wannamaker)

‘Well-loved’ Fernie local Terry Cryderman awarded for years of community work

Cryderman was handed the 2021 George Majic Spiritus Award by Mayor Ange Qualizza on Dec. 21, 2021

Terry Cryderman was awarded the 2021 George Majic Spritus Award at a ceremony on Dec. 21. (Photo by Summit Wannamaker)
The turnoff to Teck’s Line Creek Operations in the Elk Valley. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Teck named to global 100 list for sustainable companies for fourth year in a row

The company was given the 74th spot this year, up the list from last year, when they were named 91st

The turnoff to Teck’s Line Creek Operations in the Elk Valley. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Members of Fernie and Sparwood Search and Rescue (SAR) conduct an operation to rescue a 38-year-old man who sustained serious spinal injuries timber biking in the McEvoy Creek area on Jan. 14, 2022. (Courtesy of Fernie Search and Rescue)

SAR rescues timber biker who sustained ‘serious’ spinal injuries

The 38-year-old man was injured in the McEvoy Creek area

Members of Fernie and Sparwood Search and Rescue (SAR) conduct an operation to rescue a 38-year-old man who sustained serious spinal injuries timber biking in the McEvoy Creek area on Jan. 14, 2022. (Courtesy of Fernie Search and Rescue)
The Regional District of East Kootenay board of directors voted on Jan. 14, 2022 to send the Galloway Lands development proposal bylaw amendments application back to staff to address issues with the proposal. (Image: The RDEK board meeting on Jan.14 2022).

RDEK seek more information on Elk Valley Galloway Lands proposal

Information sought was around traffic, fire safety, water and septic systems and conservation

The Regional District of East Kootenay board of directors voted on Jan. 14, 2022 to send the Galloway Lands development proposal bylaw amendments application back to staff to address issues with the proposal. (Image: The RDEK board meeting on Jan.14 2022).
The Regional District of East Kootenay Planning & Development Services Committee held a meeting on Jan. 13, 2022 to consider recommending the introduction of the Galloway Lands development proposal zoning and Official Community Plan amendment application for for first and second reading. Board members voted in favour of recommending the introduction, nine in favour and five opposed.

Galloway Lands development proposal clears major bureaucratic hurdle

The Regional District of East Kootenay held a planning committee meeting on Jan. 13 to consider the application

The Regional District of East Kootenay Planning & Development Services Committee held a meeting on Jan. 13, 2022 to consider recommending the introduction of the Galloway Lands development proposal zoning and Official Community Plan amendment application for for first and second reading. Board members voted in favour of recommending the introduction, nine in favour and five opposed.
Charli Allardice submitted a photo with the caption “When it rains look for rainbows!” for the 2020 Sparwood Bakes challenge. (Courtesy of Amy Cardozo)

‘A little spot of joy’: Sparwood Bakes 2.0 Teen Baking Challenge kicks off

The competition was initiated by a community youth coordinator in 2020 when COVID first began

Charli Allardice submitted a photo with the caption “When it rains look for rainbows!” for the 2020 Sparwood Bakes challenge. (Courtesy of Amy Cardozo)
The District of Elkford holds council meetings in the District Office next to the Community Conference Centre. File photo. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Elkford council supports project to improve water quality at Industrial Park

Council voted in favour of applying for a funding grant and supporting the project on Jan. 10

The District of Elkford holds council meetings in the District Office next to the Community Conference Centre. File photo. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
The Elkford Trails Alliance has a new snowdog on their roster to help them groom trails. (Courtesy of Elkford Trails Alliance)

‘New and exciting for us’: Elkford Trails Alliance gets a new grooming tool

The organization also has proposals in the works for new potential trails

The Elkford Trails Alliance has a new snowdog on their roster to help them groom trails. (Courtesy of Elkford Trails Alliance)
Stock photo of Fernie Search and Rescue snowmobiles. (Photo from Fernie Search and Rescue Facebook page)

Fernie SAR has first winter rescues of the season, urge satellite communication device use

The SAR team was called to two rescues within a day of each other, both for snowmobile riders

Stock photo of Fernie Search and Rescue snowmobiles. (Photo from Fernie Search and Rescue Facebook page)
The Fernie Alpine Resort turned 60 years old on Jan. 10, 2022. Photo from 1964. (Courtesy of the Fernie Alpine Resort)

‘Huge milestone’: Fernie Alpine Resort turns 60 years old

There will be a 60-year anniversary celebration in April

The Fernie Alpine Resort turned 60 years old on Jan. 10, 2022. Photo from 1964. (Courtesy of the Fernie Alpine Resort)
An Avalanche Canada field team member in the South Rockies. File photo. (Photo by Jen Coulter)

‘Unprecedented’ nine bursaries awarded for avalanche safety training in Fernie

The Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club awarded more avalanche bursaries than usual this year

An Avalanche Canada field team member in the South Rockies. File photo. (Photo by Jen Coulter)
Reto Barrington of Handshake Holdings, the proponent behind the Galloway lands residential development proposal, delivers closing remarks during a virtual open house about the project held on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022.

Galloway Lands proponent holds open house, critics unsatisfied but engagement continues

A project overview was given and dozens of questions were answered about the residential development proposal in an ‘open house’ on Jan. 6

Reto Barrington of Handshake Holdings, the proponent behind the Galloway lands residential development proposal, delivers closing remarks during a virtual open house about the project held on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022.
File photo of Fernie Ghostriders logo. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Ghostriders members test positive for COVID

Players with the Ghostriders and three other teams have tested positive, forcing the postponement of three games

File photo of Fernie Ghostriders logo. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Jen and James Woodall opened up Bramasole, a restaurant for wine, cheese, and more, on Dec. 21, 2021. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

New Fernie restaurant Bramasole offers wine, cheese, chats, and more

The restaurant will cater to wine lovers of all stripes, from novice to expert

Jen and James Woodall opened up Bramasole, a restaurant for wine, cheese, and more, on Dec. 21, 2021. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
The Fernie SAR used their helicopter long-line gear for 10 to 12 rescues in 2021. (Courtesy of Simon Piney)

Head of Fernie SAR looks back on a year of rescues

The usual amount of calls came in this year, but there has been a lack of calls so far this winter

The Fernie SAR used their helicopter long-line gear for 10 to 12 rescues in 2021. (Courtesy of Simon Piney)
Charles Archibald placed first in a couple of categories at a Dec. 22 bodybuilding championship, put on by the Canadian Physique Alliance (CPA) at Vancouver’s Massey Theatre. (Courtesy of Charles Archibald)

Sparwood bodybuilder takes wins at Vancouver championships

Charles Archibald is now looking towards the North American championships in Pittsburgh

Charles Archibald placed first in a couple of categories at a Dec. 22 bodybuilding championship, put on by the Canadian Physique Alliance (CPA) at Vancouver’s Massey Theatre. (Courtesy of Charles Archibald)
The Galloway Lands proposed residential development map. (Image from gallowaylands.com)

Petition opposed to Galloway Lands development proposal gains momentum

The petition recommends more impact studies and exploring other options for the land

The Galloway Lands proposed residential development map. (Image from gallowaylands.com)
Nell and The Flaming Lips. Nell Smith of Fernie, 14, released a cover album in collaboration with The Flaming Lips called Where The Viaduct Looms on Nov. 26, 2012. (Photo bt Atria Creative)

‘It’s like a miracle’: Fernie musician featured on Stephen Colbert

Young Nell Smith recently released a cover album in collaboration with The Flaming Lips

Nell and The Flaming Lips. Nell Smith of Fernie, 14, released a cover album in collaboration with The Flaming Lips called Where The Viaduct Looms on Nov. 26, 2012. (Photo bt Atria Creative)
Snow safety director Tyler Carson checking the snowpack conditions on Red Tree in Snake Ridge. (Courtesy of Robin Siggers)

‘Incredible powder skiing’: FAR conditions looking good for new year

Conditions this year are already turning out to be better than last

Snow safety director Tyler Carson checking the snowpack conditions on Red Tree in Snake Ridge. (Courtesy of Robin Siggers)
Montane and Ridgemont trails are ready for winter use. (Courtesy of Pat Gilmar)

‘It’s a true winter’: Montane and Ridgemont trails ready for winter use

The trail networks, especially lower-elevated Montane trails, took damage during recent flood events

Montane and Ridgemont trails are ready for winter use. (Courtesy of Pat Gilmar)