Paige Mueller

Todd Weselake and Brent Bidston are two pilots with Angel Flight East Kootenay, a charity organization that has resumed their operations . Photo Submitted

Angel Flight takes to the skies once more

Angel Flight East Kootenay is once again offering free flights to Kelowna for medical appointments

Todd Weselake and Brent Bidston are two pilots with Angel Flight East Kootenay, a charity organization that has resumed their operations . Photo Submitted
The City of Fernie approved their five year financial plan at a May 11 council meeting. File Photo

City of Fernie approves financial plan

The 2020 budget will see a reduction in capital spending although some projects will still go ahead

The City of Fernie approved their five year financial plan at a May 11 council meeting. File Photo
The District of Sparwood has adopted their five year financial plan. File Photo

District of Sparwood adopts five year financial plan

The financial plan, which spans from 2020-2024 was adopted at a May 5 meeting of council

The District of Sparwood has adopted their five year financial plan. File Photo
FortisBC will be conducting upgrades to an existing gas line in the Sparwood and Elkford area starting in spring 2020. File Photo

Gas line upgrade to begin near Sparwood and Elkford

FortisBC will be starting a gas line upgrade project expected to last five years

FortisBC will be conducting upgrades to an existing gas line in the Sparwood and Elkford area starting in spring 2020. File Photo
A black bear and two cubs were reported on Ridgemont Avenue in Fernie on May 17 and 18. Photo Submitted

Grizzly bear and two cubs seen on Fernie trails and in neighbourhoods

Living in wildlife habitat comes with the responsibility to be bear aware

A black bear and two cubs were reported on Ridgemont Avenue in Fernie on May 17 and 18. Photo Submitted
Food producers in the Columbia Basin might now be eligible for two different funding programs from the Columbia Basin Trust. Photo Submitted

CBT launches food producer support programs

Two new programs will support food producers in the Columbia Basin

Food producers in the Columbia Basin might now be eligible for two different funding programs from the Columbia Basin Trust. Photo Submitted
Editor Paige Mueller shares her thoughts on Red Dress Day in this week’s editorial. File Photo

EDITORIAL: Remembering Red Dress Day

The Free Press editor Paige Mueller shares her take on Red Dress Day 2020

Editor Paige Mueller shares her thoughts on Red Dress Day in this week’s editorial. File Photo
Alan Donaldson, general manager of Legacy Ford Fernie, makes a donation of face shields to Dr. Alistair Nicoll for the Elk Valley Dental Association. Photo Submitted

Generosity abounds in Elk Valley despite pandemic

Many local businesses and organizations are continuing to make donations during COVID-19

Alan Donaldson, general manager of Legacy Ford Fernie, makes a donation of face shields to Dr. Alistair Nicoll for the Elk Valley Dental Association. 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: compassion for ourselves and others

Dr. Tyla Charbonneau explores compassion in her weekly mental health column

Community members reach for various mental health pamphlets at a community suicide information night earlier this year. File Photo
The Mining Association of British Columbia has gone virtual with their annual celebrations. Photo Submitted

Mining Month celebrations move online

The Mining Association of British Columbia is getting creative in moving the celebrations online

The Mining Association of British Columbia has gone virtual with their annual celebrations. Photo Submitted
This photo was taken on scene during a shop fire on May 5, 2020 on Fifth Avenue in Fernie. Photo Submitted

Fernie Fire Rescue responds to shop fire

The fire broke out on Fifth Avenue in Fernie but was quickly contained by firefighters

This photo was taken on scene during a shop fire on May 5, 2020 on Fifth Avenue in Fernie. Photo Submitted
A fresh haul of produce from a backyard garden.

Pandemic inspires people to get their hands dirty

New and expert gardeners are digging deep to ensure their own food security this spring

A fresh haul of produce from a backyard garden.
The City of Fernie is pursuing a zero per cent tax increase for 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. File Photo

City of Fernie budget undergoes public review

The public feedback phase for the City of Fernie’s five year financial plan ended on May 4

The City of Fernie is pursuing a zero per cent tax increase for 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. File Photo
The Elk Valley RCMP release their monthly crime stats to keep community members informed about crime levels in the area. Photo Submitted

Elk Valley RCMP release monthly crime stats

The statistics reflect the time period between March 1 and April 21, 2020

The Elk Valley RCMP release their monthly crime stats to keep community members informed about crime levels in the area. Photo Submitted
Golfers hit the course for last year’s opening weekend at the Fernie Golf Club. File Photo

Fernie Golf Club preparing to swing into spring

While golf courses in B.C. are allowed to operate, there are many health and safety restrictions

Golfers hit the course for last year’s opening weekend at the Fernie Golf Club. File Photo
Community members reach for various mental health pamphlets at a community suicide information night earlier this year. File Photo

Mental health and COVID-19: all aspects of health

This week’s column by Dr. Tyla Charbonneau examines the intersecting aspects of our mental health

Community members reach for various mental health pamphlets at a community suicide information night earlier this year. File Photo
Charli Allardice was announced as the winner for week four of the Sparwood Bakes Challenge. Allardice’s colourful creation won her first prize in the cupcake category. Photo Submitted

Sparwood youth bake, paint, and sew their way through pandemic

A variety of exciting programming from Youth Action Sparwood and partners is keeping teens engaged

Charli Allardice was announced as the winner for week four of the Sparwood Bakes Challenge. Allardice’s colourful creation won her first prize in the cupcake category. Photo Submitted
The grizzly bear in this photo was reported to be passing through yards near Fernie Alpine Resort on May 4. Photo Submitted

Grizzly sightings reported in FAR backyards

Several people reported seeing a grizzly bear in backyards near Fernie Alpine Resort

The grizzly bear in this photo was reported to be passing through yards near Fernie Alpine Resort on May 4. Photo Submitted
Last season’s all girls hockey team come together to listen to their coach. Photo Submitted

Registration for girls hockey teams open now

The Elk Valley Minor Hockey Association hopes to host two all girl teams this upcoming season

Last season’s all girls hockey team come together to listen to their coach. Photo Submitted
The Elk Valley Covid Support Team was started by members of the Fernie and Sparwood Mountainside Community Church. Paige Mueller/The Free Press

Elk Valley Covid Support Team upholds commitment to community

After about one month of operations, the project has helped over 100 people

The Elk Valley Covid Support Team was started by members of the Fernie and Sparwood Mountainside Community Church. Paige Mueller/The Free Press