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North Coal is proposing the Michel Coal Project, a metallurgical coal mine that may one day be located just 15 kilometres southeast of Sparwood. Photo Submitted

Participant funding available for Michel Coal Project assessment

The proposed coal mine would be located about 15 kilometres southeast of Sparwood, B.C.

North Coal is proposing the Michel Coal Project, a metallurgical coal mine that may one day be located just 15 kilometres southeast of Sparwood. Photo Submitted
School District 5 approved both their balanced budget of approximately $74.4 million and their Needs Budget assessment in June 2020. File Photo

School District 5 identifies funding needs in yearly budget report

The SD5 board presented three main projects that need increased funding in the coming years

School District 5 approved both their balanced budget of approximately $74.4 million and their Needs Budget assessment in June 2020. File Photo
Residents of Fernie and Sparwood might notice the storywalk signs spread throughout town in the coming months for the Summer Stories Around Town program. Photo Submitted

Summer Stories Around Town program encourages outdoor reading in Elk Valley

With storywalks and clothesline stories in Fernie and Sparwood, everyone can get reading

Residents of Fernie and Sparwood might notice the storywalk signs spread throughout town in the coming months for the Summer Stories Around Town program. Photo Submitted
British Columbia has some of the highest populations of black bears in the world. Photo Submitted

Food conditioned black bear destroyed in Elk Valley

The bear was destroyed by the Conservation Officer Service on June 28

British Columbia has some of the highest populations of black bears in the world. Photo Submitted
Alisia Dvorak, Autumn Lightburn, Brooke Demmings, Morgan Trand, Cam Wall, Diego Grijalva, Asher Hannemann and Nesta Malcolm are all players on the FSS senior girls and boys basketball teams. They were presented with their athletic awards last week.

Student athletes recognized for outstanding seasons

Fernie Secondary School students got their awards in a drive by ceremony last week

Alisia Dvorak, Autumn Lightburn, Brooke Demmings, Morgan Trand, Cam Wall, Diego Grijalva, Asher Hannemann and Nesta Malcolm are all players on the FSS senior girls and boys basketball teams. They were presented with their athletic awards last week.
The City of Fernie discussed a myriad of important issues at their June 22, 2020 council meeting. File Photo

Fernie city council approves reopening of outdoor recreation spaces

Staff from the City of Fernie recommended that a non-medical cannabis retail…

The City of Fernie discussed a myriad of important issues at their June 22, 2020 council meeting. File Photo
Brad Wright organized the clean up event on June 27, 2020.

Local conservationists clean up public land near Galloway

Twenty members of the community volunteered their time for the clean up effort

Brad Wright organized the clean up event on June 27, 2020.
A grizzly bear attempts to cross the highway. Photo Submitted

Elk Valley wildlife conservation projects receive funding

The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation announced $9.2 million in funding across the province

A grizzly bear attempts to cross the highway. Photo Submitted
A mountain biker catches a lift up the Elk Chair on FAR’s 2020 summer opening day.

FAR celebrates summer opening

The mountain is now open to hikers, bikers and sightseers who want some terrain to explore

A mountain biker catches a lift up the Elk Chair on FAR’s 2020 summer opening day.
Author and playwright Rod MacIntyre has been awarded the Fernie Writers Conference residency and will also attend the conference in August. Photo Submitted

Registration opens for Fernie Writers Conference

The conference will take place from August 17-23 and will feature several accomplished authors

Author and playwright Rod MacIntyre has been awarded the Fernie Writers Conference residency and will also attend the conference in August. Photo Submitted
Youngsters can benefit from Wildsight’s various educational programs that have now moved online as a result of the pandemic. Photo Submitted

Wildsight turns a sour situation into sweet online learning

The group is offering a variety of resources for home learning

Youngsters can benefit from Wildsight’s various educational programs that have now moved online as a result of the pandemic. Photo Submitted
Island Lake Lodge opened for their summer operations on June 26. Photo Submitted

Fernie businesses get back to work

As COVID-19 restrictions loosen, a variety of businesses in the valley are getting back to work

Island Lake Lodge opened for their summer operations on June 26. Photo Submitted
EDITORIAL: Jagmeet Singh’s fight against racism

EDITORIAL: Jagmeet Singh’s fight against racism

Oh Canada. I say this not as a term of national pride…

EDITORIAL: Jagmeet Singh’s fight against racism
Fernie Search and Rescue helped with a helicopter evacuation of an injured hiker this week. Photo Submitted

Fernie SAR assists Kimberley with evacuation

One man sustained a serious lower limb injury after falling and sliding into a tree

Fernie Search and Rescue helped with a helicopter evacuation of an injured hiker this week. Photo Submitted
Melanie Jeannotte with Mae, 6, and Tate Elson, 8, enjoying Canada Day in Fernie in 2018. File Photo

Fernie’s virtual Canada Day celebrations in the works

The events will look a little different this year but offer residents a way to show their pride

Melanie Jeannotte with Mae, 6, and Tate Elson, 8, enjoying Canada Day in Fernie in 2018. File Photo
All areas scheduled to be sprayed will be marked with signage and will be clearly marked once treatments are complete. Photo Submitted

City of Fernie undertakes annual summer projects

Road repair and herbicide spraying are underway within the City of Fernie

All areas scheduled to be sprayed will be marked with signage and will be clearly marked once treatments are complete. Photo Submitted
This graphic shows the proposed changes to Second Avenue in Fernie, including one way traffic, a bike lane, angled street parking and a temporary commercial use expansion area. Photo Submitted

Proposed switch to one way traffic for Fernie’s Second Avenue

The proposal was presented to council at a committee of the whole meeting on June 15

This graphic shows the proposed changes to Second Avenue in Fernie, including one way traffic, a bike lane, angled street parking and a temporary commercial use expansion area. Photo Submitted
Michiel Spittael works on his almost completed utility shed, which he later sold for a $1,500 donation to Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Photos Submitted

Elkford student builds and sells shed to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis

Grade 12 student Michiel Spittael raised $1,500 for CF Canada

Michiel Spittael works on his almost completed utility shed, which he later sold for a $1,500 donation to Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Photos Submitted
RCMP located the vehicle west of Sparwood. File Photo

Interprovincial erratic driver apprehended in Alberta

A female youth was taken into custody after erratic driving in B.C. and Alberta

RCMP located the vehicle west of Sparwood. File Photo
Fernie Search and Rescue aids an injured mountain biker on the evening of June 15, 2020. Photo Submitted

Search and Rescue responds to injured mountain biker

A female rider sustained injuries after hitting a tree on the Swine Flu trail in Fernie

Fernie Search and Rescue aids an injured mountain biker on the evening of June 15, 2020. Photo Submitted