Joshua Fischlin

About 21 kids participated in a youth golf tournament held at Mountain Meadows Golf Club in Elkford on July 30, 2022. It was the second year the event took place. (Courtesy of Mountain Meadows Golf Club)

Young golfers hit the greens for long-weekend tournament in Elkford

It was the second year the tournament took place

About 21 kids participated in a youth golf tournament held at Mountain Meadows Golf Club in Elkford on July 30, 2022. It was the second year the event took place. (Courtesy of Mountain Meadows Golf Club)
Katherine Russell is a glass artist from Elkford who will be featured in the 2022 Columbia Basin Culture Tour on Aug. 6 and 7. (Courtesy of Katherine Russell)

Elkford glass artist to be featured in 2022 Columbia Basin Culture Tour

Katherine Russell will be showcasing her glass works on Aug. 6 and 7

Katherine Russell is a glass artist from Elkford who will be featured in the 2022 Columbia Basin Culture Tour on Aug. 6 and 7. (Courtesy of Katherine Russell)
Isaac Hulme of Fernie competing in the Dunbar Summer Series 2022 Downhill Canada / BC Cup in Fernie the weekend of July 17, 2022. (Photo by Aidan Jones)

Fernie kids rock the trails in the Dunbar Summer Series 2022

Isaac Hulme of Fernie won the national championship in Kicking Horse

Isaac Hulme of Fernie competing in the Dunbar Summer Series 2022 Downhill Canada / BC Cup in Fernie the weekend of July 17, 2022. (Photo by Aidan Jones)
Maddox Johnson of Fernie took Gold in the U15 duathlon at the 2022 BC Summer Games. (Photo from BC Games Flickr)

Fernie local takes Gold in 2022 BC Summer Games

About 32 athletes and coaches from the Elk Valley participated in the return of the BC Summer Games

Maddox Johnson of Fernie took Gold in the U15 duathlon at the 2022 BC Summer Games. (Photo from BC Games Flickr)
Fernie Heritage Library senior library assistant Jessica Bozoky holds up a water bottle during a heat wave in the Elk Valley. The library offered a cool-down space from July 27 to 29, and will be offering it again on hot days when they re-open on Aug. 9. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Fernie library offers cool down space through heat wave

Here are some possible places to cool down during the summer heat

Fernie Heritage Library senior library assistant Jessica Bozoky holds up a water bottle during a heat wave in the Elk Valley. The library offered a cool-down space from July 27 to 29, and will be offering it again on hot days when they re-open on Aug. 9. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
File photo of a black bear.

Sparwood offers wildlife attractant tree replacement grant

WildSafe BC has been running a similar progam in the region since last year

File photo of a black bear.
A community appreciation barbecue was held by the Elk River Alliance (ERA) on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. From left: Nic Milligan (on the board of the ERA), Lee-Anne Walker (a director and founder of the ERA), Marie Wilfong (volunteer with the ERA), John Poirier (a founding director of the ERA), and Chad Hughes (executive director with the ERA). (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
A community appreciation barbecue was held by the Elk River Alliance (ERA) on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. From left: Nic Milligan (on the board of the ERA), Lee-Anne Walker (a director and founder of the ERA), Marie Wilfong (volunteer with the ERA), John Poirier (a founding director of the ERA), and Chad Hughes (executive director with the ERA). (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
A male grizzly bear in a fall apple tree in Elkford, BC. (Photo credit: Cindy Rideout)

District of Elkford touts 2021 bear record, promotes bear safety

In 2021, none of the 31 Elk Valley bear euthanizations were in Elkford

A male grizzly bear in a fall apple tree in Elkford, BC. (Photo credit: Cindy Rideout)
Emmery Martin (left) and Hailey Walsh, students of local artist Monica Beranek, were featured at Sparwood Museum’s July 22, 2022, rendition of ‘Culture on the Lawn.’ (Courtesy of Kim Pryhitko)

Sparwood enjoys Culture on the Lawn

Friday’s event featured local artists Monica Beranek, Hailey Walsh, Emmery Martin and Roger Fairhurst

Emmery Martin (left) and Hailey Walsh, students of local artist Monica Beranek, were featured at Sparwood Museum’s July 22, 2022, rendition of ‘Culture on the Lawn.’ (Courtesy of Kim Pryhitko)
Mandy McGregor will be running for mayor of Elkford in the 2022 October election. (Courtesy of the District of Elkford)

Mandy McGregor running for Mayor of Elkford

McGregor has served almost 14 years on district council

Mandy McGregor will be running for mayor of Elkford in the 2022 October election. (Courtesy of the District of Elkford)
The Elk Valley Thrift Shop donated $20,000 for the Sparwood Museum’s planned Jurassic Exhibit on June 15, 2022. (Courtesy of Kim Pryhitko)

Sparwood Museum’s planned Jurassic Exhibit receives $20,000 donation

The donation was made in June by the Elk Valley Thrift Shop

The Elk Valley Thrift Shop donated $20,000 for the Sparwood Museum’s planned Jurassic Exhibit on June 15, 2022. (Courtesy of Kim Pryhitko)
The Coal Creek Heritage Society, along with Tourism Fernie, Parastone Developments, and Columbia Basin Trust, worked on major parking lot and signage improvements at the Montane trailhead in Fernie in July, 2022. (Courtesy of Rick Wiess)

Montane trailhead gets a glow-up

The CCHS and their sponsors recently completed major work at the Montane trailhead parking lot

The Coal Creek Heritage Society, along with Tourism Fernie, Parastone Developments, and Columbia Basin Trust, worked on major parking lot and signage improvements at the Montane trailhead in Fernie in July, 2022. (Courtesy of Rick Wiess)
The District of Elkford announced on July 21, 2022 that the Josephine Falls trail near town was closed due to CanWel logging activity. (Dan Sarkany / Elkford Trails Alliance)

Josephine Falls trail near Elkford temporarily closed due to CanWel logging

The logging work is expected to last two weeks from July 21

The District of Elkford announced on July 21, 2022 that the Josephine Falls trail near town was closed due to CanWel logging activity. (Dan Sarkany / Elkford Trails Alliance)
Marty Williams of Aq’am leading a walk and talk with members of the Fernie Nordic Society at their annual general meeting on July 10, 2022. (Courtesy of Megan Lohmann)

Fernie Nordic Society hosts AGM and volunteer appreciation event

The Fernie Nordic Society gathered for their annual general meeting on July 10

Marty Williams of Aq’am leading a walk and talk with members of the Fernie Nordic Society at their annual general meeting on July 10, 2022. (Courtesy of Megan Lohmann)
The 2022 Fernie Dunbar Summer Series Canada Cup/BC Cup Downhill Mountain Bike Race took place at the Fernie Alpine Resort on July 16 an 17. (Ryan Schultz / Rjschultzphoto)

Dunbar downhill race brings hundreds of pro-bikers to Fernie

The race took place on July 16 and 17 at the Fernie Alpine Resort

The 2022 Fernie Dunbar Summer Series Canada Cup/BC Cup Downhill Mountain Bike Race took place at the Fernie Alpine Resort on July 16 an 17. (Ryan Schultz / Rjschultzphoto)
A wall-ride on the Bin Logdin bike trail at the Fernie Alpine Resort was painted by local artist Joey Kosolofski in mid-July, 2022. (Courtesy of Joey Kosolofski)

Fernie Alpine Resort sports new wall-ride artwork

The work was done by Fernie artist Joey Kosolofski

A wall-ride on the Bin Logdin bike trail at the Fernie Alpine Resort was painted by local artist Joey Kosolofski in mid-July, 2022. (Courtesy of Joey Kosolofski)
About 30 people gathered on the evening of July 18, 2022, in Elkford to celebrate the official opening of the Elkford Trails Alliance’s first trail. (Courtesy of Colin Standish)

Elkford Trails Alliance celebrates official opening of first trail, announces names

The northern section of the ETA’s first trail is named after the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

About 30 people gathered on the evening of July 18, 2022, in Elkford to celebrate the official opening of the Elkford Trails Alliance’s first trail. (Courtesy of Colin Standish)
A cat named Jingo from the Annex in Fernie has been missing since July 10, and the family is offering a $500 reward for anyone who helps locate him. (Courtesy of Claire Hirst)
A cat named Jingo from the Annex in Fernie has been missing since July 10, and the family is offering a $500 reward for anyone who helps locate him. (Courtesy of Claire Hirst)
A private event was held at the Cast Iron Grill Tuesday, July 19, 2022, to celebrate the airing of The Amazing Race Canada episode featuring Fernie, and to thank the businesses, organizations and individuals involved in making the episode happen. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Fernie in the spotlight in Amazing Race Canada

Fernie (and the Sparwood sign) was featured in an Amazing Race Canada episode on July 19, 2022

A private event was held at the Cast Iron Grill Tuesday, July 19, 2022, to celebrate the airing of The Amazing Race Canada episode featuring Fernie, and to thank the businesses, organizations and individuals involved in making the episode happen. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
A couple of families and members of the Elkford Snowmobile Association (about half a dozen people) were working at the safety and warmup cabin on the Koko Claims / Crossing Creek Trail near Elkford on Saturday, July 16, 2022, doing winter prep. (Courtesy of Jason Miller)

Winter preparation for Elkford warm-up cabin a ‘success’

Members of the Elkford Snowmobile Association did some work on the cabin over the weekend

A couple of families and members of the Elkford Snowmobile Association (about half a dozen people) were working at the safety and warmup cabin on the Koko Claims / Crossing Creek Trail near Elkford on Saturday, July 16, 2022, doing winter prep. (Courtesy of Jason Miller)