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The current state of the Royal Hotel. (Photo Contributed by Richard Leeks)

‘No one is willing to step up to take any responsibility’: Royal owners plow on with renovictions

Heat, kitchen appliances, doors, running water and WiFi have been allegedly removed

The current state of the Royal Hotel. (Photo Contributed by Richard Leeks)
City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

City of Fernie: New orders a challenge, but community is supportive

Mayor Qualizza said that the new public health orders were an opportunity to safeguard the winter season

City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Sparwood mayor David Wilks was in attendance at the street party to discuss potential changes to Centennial Square.

Wilks reflects on new public health orders

Sparwood Mayor Wilks said that it was important to work towards a normal Christmas in 2020

Sparwood mayor David Wilks was in attendance at the street party to discuss potential changes to Centennial Square.
The Elk Valley Hospital is adapting to meet the needs of patients in the Elk Valley.

MSA Update: Elk Valley fortunate in recruiting

President of the MSA Dr Chalmers-Nixon said new hires were closing gaps in the valley’s medical services

The Elk Valley Hospital is adapting to meet the needs of patients in the Elk Valley.
City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

City of Fernie to re-assess council liaison roles

Mayor Qualizza said the liason program had changed dramatically since it was first introduced

City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Fat biking at Montane. (Photo contributed)

Montane launches “Name That Trail” competition

A new 4km adaptive green trail needs a name

Fat biking at Montane. (Photo contributed)
Terra Gauthier, Taylor Foreman, Dustin Sturek and Karen Sturek helped put up this year’s Christmas decorations at the Greenwood Mall in Sparwood. (Photo contributed)

Mall decorations up in time for the snow

Volunteers set about brightening up the Greenwood Mall this week

Terra Gauthier, Taylor Foreman, Dustin Sturek and Karen Sturek helped put up this year’s Christmas decorations at the Greenwood Mall in Sparwood. (Photo contributed)
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Loblaws reports worker tested positive for COVID-19 in Fernie

The worker’s last shift at Kevin’s Your Independent Grocer was on November 10

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Fernie Mayor Ange Qualizza reading a proclamation recognizing the Transgender Day of Remembrance in Fernie in 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie recognizes Trans Day of Remembrance

Mayor Qualizza read a proclamation recognizing the day, and a flag was raised at City Hall

Fernie Mayor Ange Qualizza reading a proclamation recognizing the Transgender Day of Remembrance in Fernie in 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
City of Fernie welcome sign. (File photo)

Tourism Fernie reflects on new public health orders and the impact on tourism

Jikke Gyorki said it was important that everyone batten down the hatches to ensure a safe and successful Christmas season for tourism

City of Fernie welcome sign. (File photo)
Teck has reported increased Chinese interest in its product. (File photo)

Teck sees more interest from Chinese steelmaking coal buyers

China is currently imposing bans on importing Australian coal

Teck has reported increased Chinese interest in its product. (File photo)
file photo of fernie alpine resort sign (Scott Tibballs/The Free Press)

Expect lines to be longer at FAR: Resort general manager

General manager of FAR Andy Cohen said all resorts that were already open were seeing “amazing visitation”

file photo of fernie alpine resort sign (Scott Tibballs/The Free Press)
Logging in the Ridgemont area above Fernie. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Ridgemont trails to temporarily close due to debris removal

Parastone Developments said it needed to temporarily close some trails while it carried out burning of debris piles

Logging in the Ridgemont area above Fernie. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Southeast District's Major Crimes Unit of the RCMP has taken the investigative lead into the death of an Enderby man. (Black Press - file photo)

Crime stats in the Elk Valley: Noise complaints up in Fernie

Sgt. Trevor Tribes of the Elk Valley RCMP updated the City of Fernie and District of Sparwood on happenings in the municipalities

The Southeast District's Major Crimes Unit of the RCMP has taken the investigative lead into the death of an Enderby man. (Black Press - file photo)
The Griz is watching. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

City declines taxpayer funding, commits RMI funding to Griz Days

The City of Fernie traditionally contributes $10,000 to the popular festival

The Griz is watching. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Jason Meldrum said it was important for younger kids to have more to do in town. Pictured here with his son, Carter. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Elkford Biking Club pushes for local park

The club was set up after local dad Jason Meldrum put out a call for help on getting a bike park for Elkford kids

Jason Meldrum said it was important for younger kids to have more to do in town. Pictured here with his son, Carter. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The RCMP have released an online crime reporting tool. Photo: Phil McLachlan

RCMP update: Fatal accidents, animal cruelty and graffiti in the Elk Valley

Elk Valley RCMP have responded to two fatal traffic accidents in the last month

The RCMP have released an online crime reporting tool. Photo: Phil McLachlan
Teck today announced the development of a new centralized office building in Sparwood, B.C. File photo

District of Sparwood seeks public feedback on Recreation Master Plan

The community will have multiple opportunities for engagement

Teck today announced the development of a new centralized office building in Sparwood, B.C. File photo
City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Province dishes out extra funding for municipalities

The funding is to help facility re-opening and operational costs

City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The management plan renewal has been postponed as the Columbia Basin Trust moves to support communities during the pandemic. (Columbia Basin Trust photo)

Columbia Basin Trust releases strategic priorities

The CBT had delayed the release of the plan due to the election

The management plan renewal has been postponed as the Columbia Basin Trust moves to support communities during the pandemic. (Columbia Basin Trust photo)