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The Elk Valley Hospital is adapting to meet the needs of patients in the Elk Valley.

Fernie’s top doc calls it a day, retires after 42 years at Elk Valley Hospital

Dr. Ron Clark started work in the valley in 1979

The Elk Valley Hospital is adapting to meet the needs of patients in the Elk Valley.
Nurses in the Elk Valley were gifted flowers and goodies for International Nurses Day. (Contributed by Sherry Benko)

Elk Valley nurses get flowers for International Nurses Day

80 nurses in Fernie, Sparwood and Elkford were gifted flowers and goodies as a show of appreciation

Nurses in the Elk Valley were gifted flowers and goodies for International Nurses Day. (Contributed by Sherry Benko)
Backyard chickens are proposed only for large lots. (THE NEWS/files)

Sparwood council leans towards allowing chickens

The district will test the temperature on community support for backyard hens in coming weeks

Backyard chickens are proposed only for large lots. (THE NEWS/files)
Kevin Allen of Fernie helped research and untangle the relationship between West Fernie and the City of Fernie, and is now writing a book on West Fernie. (Phil McLachlan / The Free Press)

Local historian writing book on West Fernie

Kevin Allen of Fernie is compiling his research on West Fernie into a book thanks to a grant from the RDEK

Kevin Allen of Fernie helped research and untangle the relationship between West Fernie and the City of Fernie, and is now writing a book on West Fernie. (Phil McLachlan / The Free Press)
The design green-lit by the Sparwood District Council for the Centennial Square revitalization. It retains storefront parking, as desired by the business community in the square. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)

New Centennial Square design green-lit by Sparwood

The new design retains some storefront parking in the square

The design green-lit by the Sparwood District Council for the Centennial Square revitalization. It retains storefront parking, as desired by the business community in the square. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)
The Sparwood Golf Club has a new deck set up and ready to go for the 2021 summer season. (Contributed by Normal McDougall)

Sparwood Golf Club ready for summer

The club house and the course have been revitalized thanks to volunteer support and grants

The Sparwood Golf Club has a new deck set up and ready to go for the 2021 summer season. (Contributed by Normal McDougall)
file photo of fernie alpine resort sign (Scott Tibballs/The Free Press)

FAR looks ahead to 2021 summer season

The resort is facing a second year operating under COVID-guidelines

file photo of fernie alpine resort sign (Scott Tibballs/The Free Press)
RDEK board office in Cranbrook. File photo.

Elk Valley to move ahead with local organics processing facility

Local directors voted to approve moving ahead with a new facility to capture organics from landfill

RDEK board office in Cranbrook. File photo.
New business owner Kalina Whitelaw of Miner's Mud started selling coffee and fresh=baked goods in Fernie this weekend. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Coffee for the early risers: New coffee van gets going in Fernie

Miner’s Mud is a new business in Fernie

New business owner Kalina Whitelaw of Miner's Mud started selling coffee and fresh=baked goods in Fernie this weekend. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Teck's Elkview operations seen from Sparwood. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Teck profits up, coal sales to China a priority

The company is continuing to see increased interest in Elk Valley coal from China

Teck's Elkview operations seen from Sparwood. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
A conceptual image of a multi-family housing development envisioned by Abugov Kaspar Architects to go on a lot in Castle Mountain in Fernie. (Image courtesy of City of Fernie)

Developer withdraws zoning change application in Fernie

Plans to develop more affordable housing in the Castle Mountain neighbourhood appear to be on ice

A conceptual image of a multi-family housing development envisioned by Abugov Kaspar Architects to go on a lot in Castle Mountain in Fernie. (Image courtesy of City of Fernie)
Thomas Skelton will ride over 500km this summer to raise funds for MindRight for Athletes Society. (Contributed by Thomas Skelton)

Pedal power: Elkford’s Thomas Skelton to embark on 500-plus km journey for mental health

Skelton, who is the Fernie Ghostriders assistant coach will be raising funds and awareness for MindRight

Thomas Skelton will ride over 500km this summer to raise funds for MindRight for Athletes Society. (Contributed by Thomas Skelton)
The local detachment is short-staffed. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Police powers in travel restriction orders too vague: Sparwood mayor

Sparwood’s mayor said it was not clear how the RCMP would factor into the new orders announced today

The local detachment is short-staffed. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The City of Fernie is actively applying for a grant through the Ministry of Transportation. (Photo Submitted)

New orders change little: Fernie Mayor

Mayor Ange Qualizza said the message remained the same, and British Columbians needed to stay put

The City of Fernie is actively applying for a grant through the Ministry of Transportation. (Photo Submitted)
RCMP. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)

Police impersonator incident at Alberta-B.C. border

Elk Valley RCMP are searching for a man that pulled over an Alberta resident

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
A tractor unit on fire after being struck by a train in Sparwood on April 23, 2021. (Image courtesy of David Wilks, District of Sparwood)

Train collides with semi trailer in Sparwood

No injuries have been reported

A tractor unit on fire after being struck by a train in Sparwood on April 23, 2021. (Image courtesy of David Wilks, District of Sparwood)
Michel-Natal-Sparwood Heritage Society runs a museum that was established to display the heritage of the "no-longer towns" of Michel and Natal, and the Elk Valley Area. Photo Submitted/Monica Beranek, Artifact Curator

Sparwood to support museum financially through to December 2022

The district will provide financial support for the museum to hire a full-time director

Michel-Natal-Sparwood Heritage Society runs a museum that was established to display the heritage of the "no-longer towns" of Michel and Natal, and the Elk Valley Area. Photo Submitted/Monica Beranek, Artifact Curator
Jason Meldrum and his son Carter are raising funds for the Elkford Bike Park. (Contributed by Jason Meldrum)

Elkford bike park fundraising

Jason and Carter from the ELkford Biking Club were canvassing for donations over Easter Monday

Jason Meldrum and his son Carter are raising funds for the Elkford Bike Park. (Contributed by Jason Meldrum)
The golf course in Elkford would need to be re-zoned to allow for 10 camping sites. (Image courtesy of District of Elkford)

Elkford to consider allowing campsites at golf course

The district has expressed support for 10 campground spaces at the golf course

The golf course in Elkford would need to be re-zoned to allow for 10 camping sites. (Image courtesy of District of Elkford)
The IIO is investigating after a police dog bit a man during a traffic stop near Ladysmith on April 17, 2021. (Black Press Media stock photo)

Man arrested in incident at Canada-U.S. border near Roosville

A man who crossed the border illegally was apprehended by U.S. officials

The IIO is investigating after a police dog bit a man during a traffic stop near Ladysmith on April 17, 2021. (Black Press Media stock photo)