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Hosmer resident Don Caldwell stands where his farmland used to be, before the river washed it away over the course of 25 years. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Elk River reclaims property as its own

Laws make it harder to protect private land than ever before says farmer, local government

Hosmer resident Don Caldwell stands where his farmland used to be, before the river washed it away over the course of 25 years. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
UPDATE: Wildfire near Sparwood under control, suspected person caused

UPDATE: Wildfire near Sparwood under control, suspected person caused

UPDATE: Friday, August 23, 2:00 p.m. The Robert Creek wildfire is now…

UPDATE: Wildfire near Sparwood under control, suspected person caused
The Ktunaxa Nation, Retirement Concepts and the BC RCMP are just three of over 35 employers who will be present at the Black Press Extreme Education and Career Fair today in Cranbrook. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press)

Black Press Kootenay Career Fair underway in Cranbrook

Today, Thursday, August 22, around 40 employers will be waiting to meet potential new employees

The Ktunaxa Nation, Retirement Concepts and the BC RCMP are just three of over 35 employers who will be present at the Black Press Extreme Education and Career Fair today in Cranbrook. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press)
Fernie artist Michael Hepher sits downtown Fernie, by the wall which he will begin painting shortly. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Artist Michael Hepher selected to paint mural downtown Fernie

The mural will be located on The Beanpod, 691 2 Ave, Fernie, on the outside wall.

Fernie artist Michael Hepher sits downtown Fernie, by the wall which he will begin painting shortly. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
A Subaru Forester stolen from 1st Avenue in Fernie was found two days later torched at the Tie Lake Transfer Station. Submitted

Vehicle stolen from downtown Fernie found torched at transfer station

RCMP are seeking witnesses to the theft of a yellow 2002 Subaru…

A Subaru Forester stolen from 1st Avenue in Fernie was found two days later torched at the Tie Lake Transfer Station. Submitted
Fernie SAR training. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press/File

Stranded hikers rescued from Mt. Hosmer

On Monday, Fernie Search and Rescue (SAR) responded to two hikers stranded…

Fernie SAR training. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press/File
Photo courtesy of Teck

Teck’s water treatment facility on track for 2020 completion

Teck is on schedule for late 2020 for the completion of their…

Photo courtesy of Teck
The Ktunaxa Nation, Retirement Concepts and the BC RCMP are just three of over 35 employers who will be present at the Black Press Extreme Education & Career Fair, August 22 in Cranbrook. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Career fair in Cranbrook to present a world of new opportunities

Come Thursday, around 40 employers will be waiting to shake hands with their potential new employees

The Ktunaxa Nation, Retirement Concepts and the BC RCMP are just three of over 35 employers who will be present at the Black Press Extreme Education & Career Fair, August 22 in Cranbrook. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Photo: City of Fernie

River rescue near Fernie prompts log jam warning

The City of Fernie announced at the beginning of August a dangerous…

Photo: City of Fernie
To the thrill of the crowd, Black Pistol Fire frontman Kevin McKeown (right) spent much of his set playing among them.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Black Pistol Fire ignites Wapiti festival crowd

Off stage, Kevin McKeown is a calm, collected individual. On stage, he…

To the thrill of the crowd, Black Pistol Fire frontman Kevin McKeown (right) spent much of his set playing among them.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Barry Marchi’s spirits high as treatment in Seattle continues

Barry Marchi’s spirits high as treatment in Seattle continues

Barry Marchi’s spirits are high as he continues treatment in the United…

Barry Marchi’s spirits high as treatment in Seattle continues
Black Pistol Fire. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

PHOTOS: 2019 Wapiti Music Festival

With eyes to the stage and hands to the sky the crowd…

Black Pistol Fire. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Tara Higgins stands in her new gallery space, downtown Fernie.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

New art gallery opens downtown Fernie

Two local artists, Tara Higgins and Kerri Holmes have joined forces to open H2 Studio Gallery

Tara Higgins stands in her new gallery space, downtown Fernie.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Search continues for new leads in Mt. Bisaro cave system

Search continues for new leads in Mt. Bisaro cave system

Cavers returning October, November to push new leads, extend Canada’s deepest cave near Fernie

Search continues for new leads in Mt. Bisaro cave system
Mike O’Kane (middle) explains their water quality solutions to a member of the public at their open house last Thursday, August 1.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

North Coal presents water quality solutions to public

The mining company held an open house in Sparwood, August 1

Mike O’Kane (middle) explains their water quality solutions to a member of the public at their open house last Thursday, August 1.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Fernie Mayor says City is committed to hosting Mine Rescue competitions

Fernie Mayor says City is committed to hosting Mine Rescue competitions

Fernie mayor Ange Qualizza says that a rumour alleging the City will…

Fernie Mayor says City is committed to hosting Mine Rescue competitions
Over 350 lost but not forgotten; memorial plaque unveiled in Fernie

Over 350 lost but not forgotten; memorial plaque unveiled in Fernie

365 individuals, for whom there is no known final resting place, now share a common one

Over 350 lost but not forgotten; memorial plaque unveiled in Fernie
A suspicious package has closed part of downtown Fernie, August 4. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

UPDATE: Suspicious package deemed not a threat, downtown re-opened

As of 12:35 on Sunday, business returned to normal. Police re-opened the…

A suspicious package has closed part of downtown Fernie, August 4. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
(Andrew McCormick was the first customer at Summit Cannabis, Friday. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press)

Elk Valley’s first cannabis store opens its doors, serves first customer

Summit Cannabis will open Saturday morning at 10 a.m. for their first full day of business

(Andrew McCormick was the first customer at Summit Cannabis, Friday. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press)
“For the sake of tradition” - Queer Anglican minister reflects on same-gender marriage vote

“For the sake of tradition” – Queer Anglican minister reflects on same-gender marriage vote

Minister feels ‘hamstrung’ by group of people intent on preserving the traditional view of marriage

“For the sake of tradition” - Queer Anglican minister reflects on same-gender marriage vote