Paige Mueller

The Free Press editor, Paige Mueller reflects on the history of Pride Month. File Photo                                The Free Press editor, Paige Mueller reflects on the history of Pride Month. File Photo

EDITORIAL: The history of Pride Month

June marks Pride Month here in Canada and in many other places…

The Free Press editor, Paige Mueller reflects on the history of Pride Month. File Photo                                The Free Press editor, Paige Mueller reflects on the history of Pride Month. File Photo
The Sparwood CRN hopes to raise awareness of elder abuse and neglect. File Photo

June 15 marked World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Especially in this time of COVID-19, our elders are vulnerable to abuse and neglect

The Sparwood CRN hopes to raise awareness of elder abuse and neglect. File Photo
The District of Sparwood has released their 2019 annual municipal report. File Photo

Sparwood reflects on 2019 with annual municipal report

The report highlights all actions taken by the various district departments last year

The District of Sparwood has released their 2019 annual municipal report. File Photo
Teck’s Elkview Operations was fined $28,000 for failing to comply with permit requirements in June 2018. File Photo

Teck’s Elkview Operations fined $28,000

An environmental assessment led by the Province of British Columbia led to the fine

Teck’s Elkview Operations was fined $28,000 for failing to comply with permit requirements in June 2018. File Photo
Fernie’s Bike Park is once again open for public use. Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press

Elk Valley municipalities take steps towards new normal

Elkford, Sparwood and Fernie are all seeing consistent reopenings of facilities

Fernie’s Bike Park is once again open for public use. Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press
James White Park is currently closed to both vehicle and pedestrian traffic due to flooding. Photo Submitted

City of Fernie responds to high water levels

The city is monitoring water levels daily in order to keep residents safe

James White Park is currently closed to both vehicle and pedestrian traffic due to flooding. Photo Submitted
Elk Valley RCMP have released the area’s crime statistics between April 22 and May 25, 2020. Photo Submitted

Elk Valley RCMP release monthly crime statistics

Residents are reminded to lock their vehicles at night after an increase in theft from vehicles

Elk Valley RCMP have released the area’s crime statistics between April 22 and May 25, 2020. Photo Submitted
Moose are the tallest land mammals in North America. File Photo

Moose safety of paramount importance for residents

People are reminded to never approach a moose and to give the animals a wide berth

Moose are the tallest land mammals in North America. File Photo
A UBC study is looking to talk to new moms or pregnant women in Fernie to find out how their pregnancies have been affected by COVID-19. File Photo

Research project looks at surgical and obstetrical services in rural B.C. communities

Fernie residents who are currently pregnant or gave birth after March 17 are invited to join

A UBC study is looking to talk to new moms or pregnant women in Fernie to find out how their pregnancies have been affected by COVID-19. File Photo
A number of changes have been made to regulations governing shipping container use. File Photo

City of Fernie introduces shipping container restrictions

Containers are prohibited on residential properties except in very specific instances

A number of changes have been made to regulations governing shipping container use. File Photo
Teck is proposing a significant expansion to their Fording River Operations. File Photo

Castle Project seeking public input

The comment period surrounding the expansion closes on June 23

Teck is proposing a significant expansion to their Fording River Operations. File Photo
City council will present the public comments at their June 22 meeting. File Photo

City seeks public input on new cannabis retail license

The application must first gather approval from city council before being approved by the province

City council will present the public comments at their June 22 meeting. File Photo
Fernie Alpine Resort will be open for biking, hiking and scenic chairlift rides this summer. Photo Submitted

Fernie Alpine Resort to reopen this summer

The resort will open for summer operations on Saturday, June 27, 2020

Fernie Alpine Resort will be open for biking, hiking and scenic chairlift rides this summer. Photo Submitted
Mugshots Cafe in Fernie will not be reopening as a result of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo Submitted

Elk Valley businesses announce permanent closures

Three local businesses will not be reopning their brick and mortar stores

Mugshots Cafe in Fernie will not be reopening as a result of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo Submitted
Community members reach for various mental health pamphlets at a community suicide information night earlier this year. File Photo

Mental health and COVID-19: going forward

Dr. Tyla Charbonneau offers some mental health advice for moving into our new normal

Community members reach for various mental health pamphlets at a community suicide information night earlier this year. File Photo
Grade six students studied the art of Canadian Artist Lawren Harris and recreated their own mountain landscapes to be featured in the Mother’s Day Art Show at The Fernie Academy. Photo Submitted

The Fernie Academy hosts virtual art show

The school’s annual Mother’s Day Art Show went online through The Arts Station

Grade six students studied the art of Canadian Artist Lawren Harris and recreated their own mountain landscapes to be featured in the Mother’s Day Art Show at The Fernie Academy. Photo Submitted
The District of Elkford announced their phased approach to returning to normal last week. File Photo

District of Elkford rolls out four phase reopening plan

Phase two will begin in mid May with the reopening of some public outdoor spaces

The District of Elkford announced their phased approach to returning to normal last week. File Photo
Approximately $140,000 in funding is available for charities in Kimberley, Cranbrook, Fernie, Sparwood, Elkford and surrounding areas. Photo Submitted

Funding available for Elk Valley charities coping with COVID-19

Almost $110,000 is set aside to be distributed by the Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies

Approximately $140,000 in funding is available for charities in Kimberley, Cranbrook, Fernie, Sparwood, Elkford and surrounding areas. Photo Submitted
Community members reach for various mental health pamphlets at a community suicide information night earlier this year. File Photo

Mental health and COVID-19: regression

Dr. Tyla Charbonneau shares mental health tips in her weekly column

Community members reach for various mental health pamphlets at a community suicide information night earlier this year. File Photo
AFRoS general director Maylis Destremau and president Stephanie Lemieux at the AFRoS office in December 2019. Paige Mueller/The Free Press

AFRoS offers online programming for French community

The francophone association is adapting to the COVID-19 crisis by moving online

AFRoS general director Maylis Destremau and president Stephanie Lemieux at the AFRoS office in December 2019. Paige Mueller/The Free Press