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Fernie businesses, individuals honoured

Fernie businesses, individuals honoured

Martin Brock was named Fernie’s 2019 Citizen of the Year

Fernie businesses, individuals honoured
Tom Shypitka at the Bingay concerns meeting, January 2018. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press/File

Bingay mine proposal still up in the air

Centermount proposes extraction of 1M tonnes of metallurgical coal annually over 13-year lifespan

Tom Shypitka at the Bingay concerns meeting, January 2018. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press/File
Jaslene Atwal was named Sparwood’s 2019 Citizen of the Year, for her leadership in the school system.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Sparwood businesses, individuals honoured

Sparwood Secondary School Vice-Principal Jaslene Atwal was named Sparwood’s 2019 Citizen of the Year

Jaslene Atwal was named Sparwood’s 2019 Citizen of the Year, for her leadership in the school system.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
The Rumble in the Rockies charity boxing event is set to take place in January. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press/File

Introducing the Coal Valley Boxing Club

Boxing organization changes name to better represent both Fernie and Sparwood clubs

The Rumble in the Rockies charity boxing event is set to take place in January. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press/File
Early Monday morning a bear was reported accessing garbage and compost close to Ecole Isabella Dicken Elementary School (EIDES) and Fernie Secondary School (FSS). File photo

Bear reported near preschool in Fernie

CO Service and RCMP responded, audit revealed bear accessing commercial garbage bin left open

Early Monday morning a bear was reported accessing garbage and compost close to Ecole Isabella Dicken Elementary School (EIDES) and Fernie Secondary School (FSS). File photo
Flag-bearer in Fernie.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

GALLERY: Ghostriders smother Steam in huge 7-0 win

The Riders take on the Creston Valley Thunder Cats, Saturday Oct. 26 in Fernie

Flag-bearer in Fernie.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Teck Resources announced they plan to lay off 500 full-time workers in order to achieve target cost reductions. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press/File

MLA anticipates further job loss in resource sector, following Teck announcement

MLA Tom Shypitka says this, “is devastating news for my communities.”

Teck Resources announced they plan to lay off 500 full-time workers in order to achieve target cost reductions. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press/File
Wild Honey will be celebrating the release of their debut album with a concert at The Arts Station on October 26.  Photo by Kevan Wilkie

Wild Honey releases debut album

Band celebrating release of new album at The Arts Station on October 26 from 8-10 p.m.

Wild Honey will be celebrating the release of their debut album with a concert at The Arts Station on October 26.  Photo by Kevan Wilkie
At the Galloway Lumber Mill the finishing touches are currently being put on a new a steel fabrication shop, which will be used to produce steel components and equipment to support the surrounding industries. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Kootenay logging companies diversifying products amid challenging time in forest industry

Galloway Lumber focused on specialty wood products, steel components, cross-laminated timber

At the Galloway Lumber Mill the finishing touches are currently being put on a new a steel fabrication shop, which will be used to produce steel components and equipment to support the surrounding industries. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
On Wednesday, October 23, North Coal presented donations of $5000 to each community fund in the Elk Valley. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

North Coal donates to local community funds

Today North Coal Limited presented $5000 donations to the Elkford, Sparwood and…

On Wednesday, October 23, North Coal presented donations of $5000 to each community fund in the Elk Valley. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Elkford businesses honoured at annual awards

Elkford businesses honoured at annual awards

Businesses in Elkford were honoured for their excellence during the Elkford Chamber…

Elkford businesses honoured at annual awards
On Tuesday, Teck announced the roll out of two new electric passenger buses.  Submitted/Teck

Teck announces roll out of electric buses for Elk Valley operations

Hon. Michelle Mungall says it’s great to see Teck taking action on climate change

On Tuesday, Teck announced the roll out of two new electric passenger buses.  Submitted/Teck
Sparwood’s John Garszczal is wanted by police. RCMP/File

RCMP search for Sparwood man wanted on numerous warrants

Twenty-nine-year-old John Garszczal is wanted by police

Sparwood’s John Garszczal is wanted by police. RCMP/File
The Fernie Ghostriders lost a hard-fought battle to the Kelowna Chiefs on Friday night, 2-3. Photos by Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Fernie loses tough battle against Kelowna

Ghostriders sit second in Eddie Mountain Division, three points behind Kimberley

The Fernie Ghostriders lost a hard-fought battle to the Kelowna Chiefs on Friday night, 2-3. Photos by Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
A BCEHS ambulance was dispatched to a call at Rocky Mountain Village in Fernie on October 7, 2.65km from the ambulance station, but was stopped short at the 4th Street train crossing when a train rolled through town. Multiple times a day, the communities of Ridgemont and beyond are isolated and unreachable by medical personnel for a period of four minutes or more. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Delays at railroad crossing cause for concern

About 1870 Fernie residents are temporarily isolated when the train passes through town

A BCEHS ambulance was dispatched to a call at Rocky Mountain Village in Fernie on October 7, 2.65km from the ambulance station, but was stopped short at the 4th Street train crossing when a train rolled through town. Multiple times a day, the communities of Ridgemont and beyond are isolated and unreachable by medical personnel for a period of four minutes or more. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Today marked two years since the tragic ammonia leak at Fernie Memorial Arena. The City of Fernie lowered their flags to half mast in remembrance. City of Fernie/Facebook

Two years later, City of Fernie remembers

Oct. 17, 2019 marks two years since the tragic ammonia leak at Fernie Memorial Arena

Today marked two years since the tragic ammonia leak at Fernie Memorial Arena. The City of Fernie lowered their flags to half mast in remembrance. City of Fernie/Facebook
Today marked two years since the tragic ammonia leak at Fernie Memorial Arena. The City of Fernie lowered their flags to half mast in remembrance. City of Fernie/Facebook

Two years later, City of Fernie remembers

Oct. 17, 2019 marks two years since the tragic ammonia leak at Fernie Memorial Arena

Today marked two years since the tragic ammonia leak at Fernie Memorial Arena. The City of Fernie lowered their flags to half mast in remembrance. City of Fernie/Facebook
The Canada Post Office in Grasmere will close on October 31, due to a disagreement between the owners of the building, and Canada Post. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Feud with Canada Post causes post office to close its doors

Grasmere Post Office will close Oct. 31, building owners unable to reach agreement with Canada Post

The Canada Post Office in Grasmere will close on October 31, due to a disagreement between the owners of the building, and Canada Post. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
UPDATE: Aquatic Centre vandalized, pool potentially contaminated

UPDATE: Aquatic Centre vandalized, pool potentially contaminated

Windows broken, bike jumps flipped, dirt jumps damaged

UPDATE: Aquatic Centre vandalized, pool potentially contaminated
A man was caught throwing away election signs near the highway in Fernie. File photo

Man caught throwing away election signs in Fernie, ordered to put them back

Man told RCMP he had ‘no faith in government’

A man was caught throwing away election signs near the highway in Fernie. File photo