Paige Mueller

Elk Valley RCMP arrested a suspected car thief in Elkford on April 1. File Photo

RCMP arrest suspected car thief in Elkford

Three stolen vehicles from Fernie, Sparwood and Alberta were located this week

Elk Valley RCMP arrested a suspected car thief in Elkford on April 1. File Photo
The District of Elkford has instituted several mandates to protect the health and safety of residents. File Photo

District of Elkford copes with COVID-19

The business community in Elkford has been hit hard by the economic slow down

The District of Elkford has instituted several mandates to protect the health and safety of residents. File Photo
The weekly online meetings are hosted by the Fernie Chamber of Commerce. Paige Mueller/The Free Press

Fernie business community rallies together

Weekly online meetings keep business owners and residents informed on all things COVID-19

The weekly online meetings are hosted by the Fernie Chamber of Commerce. Paige Mueller/The Free Press
RE/MAX Elk Valley Realty was forced to close their doors, although realtors are still working online with their clients. Photos Paige Mueller/The Free Press

Fernie real estate market sees effects of COVID-19

The way Elk Valley realtors work amidst COVID-19 is constantly evolving

RE/MAX Elk Valley Realty was forced to close their doors, although realtors are still working online with their clients. Photos Paige Mueller/The Free Press
The Fernie Women’s Resource Centre is continuing to offer their vital services to women and children in the community. Paige Mueller/The Free Press

Fernie Women’s Resource Centre continues to meet community needs

The centre will continue to offer their vital community services amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

The Fernie Women’s Resource Centre is continuing to offer their vital services to women and children in the community. Paige Mueller/The Free Press
Hosmer woman walks to Fernie, celebrates cancer remission

Hosmer woman walks to Fernie, celebrates cancer remission

Every year for the past 20 years, Sandy Lightfoot and her husband Fred walk from Hosmer to Fernie

Hosmer woman walks to Fernie, celebrates cancer remission
The City of Fernie is working to support residents and businesses during these hard times. Paige Mueller/The Free Press

City of Fernie responds to COVID-19 pandemic

The city has taken several steps to support residents and business owners at this time

The City of Fernie is working to support residents and businesses during these hard times. Paige Mueller/The Free Press
The Mountainside Community Church in Fernie is one of two headquarters for the Elk Valley COVID Support Team.                                 Paige Mueller/The Free Press

Elk Valley COVID Support Team helps residents cope

The group was started by Mountainside Community Church which has campuses in Fernie and Sparwood

The Mountainside Community Church in Fernie is one of two headquarters for the Elk Valley COVID Support Team.                                 Paige Mueller/The Free Press
The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Fernie remains closed although the food bank and Fernie Fresh are still open. Paige Mueller/The Free Press

Food bank and Fernie Fresh offering alternatives to bare grocery shelves

It’s almost business as usual for the two essential food service providers amidst COVID-19

The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Fernie remains closed although the food bank and Fernie Fresh are still open. Paige Mueller/The Free Press
Pamphlets regarding mental health services adorn a table at suicide information night earlier this year. Paige Mueller/The Free Press

Mental health in the time of COVID-19

Taking care of our mental health is just as important as protecting our physical health

Pamphlets regarding mental health services adorn a table at suicide information night earlier this year. Paige Mueller/The Free Press
The District of Sparwood has a new director of planning and development. File Photo

Sparwood welcomes new director of planning and development

Schaun Goodeve will be joining the District of Sparwood in his new position

The District of Sparwood has a new director of planning and development. File Photo
Teck will be cutting its work force by up to 50 per cent to respond to coronavirus concerns. File Photo

Teck reducing Elk Valley work force by up to 50 per cent

The mining company will be reducing their crews across B.C. and Alberta as a response to coronavirus

Teck will be cutting its work force by up to 50 per cent to respond to coronavirus concerns. File Photo
Teck Resources Ltd. released a press release listing the ways they are responding to the coronavirus. File Photo

Teck responds to COVID-19 pandemic

The company is making alterations to their operations and offices

Teck Resources Ltd. released a press release listing the ways they are responding to the coronavirus. File Photo
A sign posted at the Vogue Theatre announces their closure to the public. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press

COVID-19 closures and cancellations in the Elk Valley

An up to date list of all coronavirus related closures and cancellations in the Elk Valley

A sign posted at the Vogue Theatre announces their closure to the public. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press
The City of Fernie has released the results to their annual satisfaction survey. Paige Mueller/The Free Press

City releases 2020 satisfaction survey results

The survey proves that the majority of respondents think Fernie is pretty good place to live

The City of Fernie has released the results to their annual satisfaction survey. Paige Mueller/The Free Press
Red Apple manager Stacey Bickford just after drawing the winning ticket. Photo Submitted

Elkford man nets 50/50 win

Darcy Hutchinson was the lucky winner of the Ghostriders progressive draw

Red Apple manager Stacey Bickford just after drawing the winning ticket. Photo Submitted
About 40 women gathered to learn more about their health and wellness options. Paige Mueller/The Free Press

South Country women celebrate Women’s Health and Wellness Night

The event took place at Pioneer Hall in Grasmere on March 12

About 40 women gathered to learn more about their health and wellness options. Paige Mueller/The Free Press
Well #4 will replace Well #3 after water quality data suggests there is need for a change. Photo Submitted

Sparwood introducing new drinking water well

The new well will replace an old one that is affected by high seasonal selenium levels

Well #4 will replace Well #3 after water quality data suggests there is need for a change. Photo Submitted
Teck will require all employees at Fording River to take two weeks vacation in August of this year. File Photo.

Teck announces mandatory vacation shutdowns

Employees at the Fording River Operations will be affected by the shutdowns

Teck will require all employees at Fording River to take two weeks vacation in August of this year. File Photo.
Jade Fahie, bar manager at The Legion, Jeannie Watson, president of The Legion, Jen Wood, manager of Fernie Distillers, Jillian Rutherford, owner of Fernie Distillers, Jackie Graham, program officer for the Fernie and District Arts Council, Louise Ferguson, executive director of the Fernie and District Arts Council, Barrie Elliott, chef and owner of Fernie Catering, Vanessa Avery-Willems, owner of Soar Studios, Chelsea Tough, head chef at the Fernie Hotel and Pub, Alicia Dennis, manager of the Fernie Hotel and Pub, Stephanie Fleming, owner of Infinitea T-Bar and Julie Comete, owner of The Royal Bar are all part of the changing face of First Avenue. Read the full story on page A3.

The changing face of First Avenue

A group of entrepreneurial women are helping to revitalize First Avenue in Fernie

Jade Fahie, bar manager at The Legion, Jeannie Watson, president of The Legion, Jen Wood, manager of Fernie Distillers, Jillian Rutherford, owner of Fernie Distillers, Jackie Graham, program officer for the Fernie and District Arts Council, Louise Ferguson, executive director of the Fernie and District Arts Council, Barrie Elliott, chef and owner of Fernie Catering, Vanessa Avery-Willems, owner of Soar Studios, Chelsea Tough, head chef at the Fernie Hotel and Pub, Alicia Dennis, manager of the Fernie Hotel and Pub, Stephanie Fleming, owner of Infinitea T-Bar and Julie Comete, owner of The Royal Bar are all part of the changing face of First Avenue. Read the full story on page A3.