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Teck’s Elkview operations seen from Sparwood. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Teck’s profits up, coal recovers from 2020 lows in Q2 report

Profits from coal are up to $233 million for Q2 this year, compared to $58 million last year

Teck’s Elkview operations seen from Sparwood. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Elko sawmill is part of the province-wide Canfor sawmill shutdowns. File Photo

Canfor trims lumber production due to BC wildfires

The company has announced it is reducing lumber production by 115 million board feet due to supply chain disruptions

The Elko sawmill is part of the province-wide Canfor sawmill shutdowns. File Photo
District of Sparwood logo and flag. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

A look inside the wallet: Elk Valley municipalities release financial info for 2020

Municipalities are mandated to report on pay to elected officials and employees by the provincial government

District of Sparwood logo and flag. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
District of Sparwood gateway banner. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood moves along with indoor multi-use facility proposal

The district has now voted to create an advisory committee to make recommendations on design

District of Sparwood gateway banner. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Some of the signage installed on 1st Avenue in Fernie following the creation of the Station Square Park on 6th Street. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie’s Station Square Park ‘not working’ according to council

Councillors decided to give the park another 30 days of life on the proviso more was added to make it appealing

Some of the signage installed on 1st Avenue in Fernie following the creation of the Station Square Park on 6th Street. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
It's all smiles at Lilac Terrace after a generous donation from the Sparwood Futures Society allowed for the purchase of dozens of portable air-conditioning units to keep residents more comfortable in BCs summer heat. (Contributed by Michelle Matal)

Lilac Terrace residents cool off with new air-conditioners

A generous donation allowed for the purchase of dozens of new air-conditioners in response to the heatwave

It's all smiles at Lilac Terrace after a generous donation from the Sparwood Futures Society allowed for the purchase of dozens of portable air-conditioning units to keep residents more comfortable in BCs summer heat. (Contributed by Michelle Matal)
Former Surrey-Cloverdale MLA Kevin Falcon is running for BC Liberal Party leadership. (Contributed photo)

Kevin Falcon: Move to remove rural riding protections ‘a terrible disservice’

BC Liberal Leadership contender Kevin Falcon was in Kootenay East this week

Former Surrey-Cloverdale MLA Kevin Falcon is running for BC Liberal Party leadership. (Contributed photo)
Owner of the Fernie Fox Hotel on Hwy 3 Jeremiah Pauw with the giant sign on his building, which is against city bylaws. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Giant fox under the microscope

The Fernie Fox Hotel sign is way bigger than permitted

Owner of the Fernie Fox Hotel on Hwy 3 Jeremiah Pauw with the giant sign on his building, which is against city bylaws. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Wildfire in Lytton, B.C., seen on June 30, 2021. (@guyatsfu/Twitter)

Teck shaves coal sales guidances due to wildfire disruptions

The company forecasts a drop of 300-500,000 tonnes in sales due to broken rail links

Wildfire in Lytton, B.C., seen on June 30, 2021. (@guyatsfu/Twitter)
History is being preserved thanks to a project by the Fernie and District Historical Society to digitize historic copies of The Free Press Newspaper. Pictured: RDEK Area A Director Mike Sosnowski, FDHS Executive Director Sara Edmondson, Fernie Museum Collections Services Coordinator Lindsay Vallance and president of the FDHS Nic Milligan reading a particuarly enthralling edition of The Free Press from 2012 when the newspaper turned 115. It has now been in operation for 124 years. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Taking print online: FSHS digitises historical copies of The Free Press

The society had been loaned microfilm that covers the first 50 years of The Free Press’s historical print run

History is being preserved thanks to a project by the Fernie and District Historical Society to digitize historic copies of The Free Press Newspaper. Pictured: RDEK Area A Director Mike Sosnowski, FDHS Executive Director Sara Edmondson, Fernie Museum Collections Services Coordinator Lindsay Vallance and president of the FDHS Nic Milligan reading a particuarly enthralling edition of The Free Press from 2012 when the newspaper turned 115. It has now been in operation for 124 years. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The new park is on the west bank of the Elk River in Fernie, and preserves natural forest in a 10-acre plot. (Photo credit: Ben Campbell / First Light Visual Media)

Riverbank park dedicated in Fernie

10 acres of forest on the west side of the river are now locked up in a park

The new park is on the west bank of the Elk River in Fernie, and preserves natural forest in a 10-acre plot. (Photo credit: Ben Campbell / First Light Visual Media)
Captain Justin Hanlon is an Air Combat Systems Officer aboard HMCS CALGARY’s embarked air detachment, planning, coordinating and directing the missions of the embarked CH-148 Cyclone detachment, along with operating the precision tactical navigation systems, sensors, communication systems, electronic warfare equipment, and weapon delivery systems.
Photo taken on 14 June, 2021 in the Arabian Sea during OPERATION ARTEMIS and part of Combined Task Force 150.
Please credit: Corporal Lynette Ai Dang, Her Majestys Canadian Ship CALGARY, Imagery Technician ©2021 DND/MDN CANADA

Sparwood local takes part in counter-terrorism mission

Justin Hanlon has been aboard the HMCS Calgary in the Middle East

Captain Justin Hanlon is an Air Combat Systems Officer aboard HMCS CALGARY’s embarked air detachment, planning, coordinating and directing the missions of the embarked CH-148 Cyclone detachment, along with operating the precision tactical navigation systems, sensors, communication systems, electronic warfare equipment, and weapon delivery systems.
Photo taken on 14 June, 2021 in the Arabian Sea during OPERATION ARTEMIS and part of Combined Task Force 150.
Please credit: Corporal Lynette Ai Dang, Her Majestys Canadian Ship CALGARY, Imagery Technician ©2021 DND/MDN CANADA
Executive director of the Elkford Women’s Task Force Kim Bauer (left) with young Locklyn. (Contributed by District of Elkford)

New Elkford childcare centre due to open fall 2022

The centre will be in the old municipal building

Executive director of the Elkford Women’s Task Force Kim Bauer (left) with young Locklyn. (Contributed by District of Elkford)
The Elk Valley Regional park near Elkford. (Image courtesy of RDEK)

RDEK seeks public input on Elk Valley Regional Park plan

The park is located between Elkford and Sparwood

The Elk Valley Regional park near Elkford. (Image courtesy of RDEK)
The aeration blowers at Fernie's sewerage treatment facility. Pictured is a cannibalized blower and the two that remain operational. (Image courtesy of City of Fernie)

Elements killing city infrastructure

Sewerage treatment plant infrastructure has been failing less than halfway into operational lives

The aeration blowers at Fernie's sewerage treatment facility. Pictured is a cannibalized blower and the two that remain operational. (Image courtesy of City of Fernie)
The nine pieces of artwork that were selected to go up on display around the District of Sparwood. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)

Sparwood champions local art

Another round of local artists are having their work featured on street banners around town

The nine pieces of artwork that were selected to go up on display around the District of Sparwood. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)
Thomas Skelton is riding from Fernie to Nelson, and then doing a 150km ride in Kelowna to raise funds for mental health. Pictured here bright and early on June 2 2021 before setting off from the Fernie Memorial Arena, headed to Kimberley for day 1. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie to Nelson (and then Kelowna) for mental health: Thomas Skelton gets pedalling

Elkford local Thomas Skelton will ride 500km in five days to raise funds for mental health

Thomas Skelton is riding from Fernie to Nelson, and then doing a 150km ride in Kelowna to raise funds for mental health. Pictured here bright and early on June 2 2021 before setting off from the Fernie Memorial Arena, headed to Kimberley for day 1. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Elkford SAR will be moving into their new home at 222 Alpine Way in Elkford in coming months. (Contributed by Elkford SAR)

Elkford SAR to move into new facility

The local search and rescue will be moving from their shared accomodations

Elkford SAR will be moving into their new home at 222 Alpine Way in Elkford in coming months. (Contributed by Elkford SAR)
Hundreds turned out for a reconciliation walk in Fernie on Canada Day in 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie wears orange for Canada Day

Hundreds turned out for a reconciliation walk through town

Hundreds turned out for a reconciliation walk in Fernie on Canada Day in 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The woodpile at the Sparwood Transfer Station self-combusted in the heatwave conditions in B.C. on Tuesday June 29. (Image courtesy of Regional District of East Kootenay)

Wood pile ‘self combusts’ at Sparwood Transfer Station

Temperatures reached the high 30s on Tuesday in Sparwood

The woodpile at the Sparwood Transfer Station self-combusted in the heatwave conditions in B.C. on Tuesday June 29. (Image courtesy of Regional District of East Kootenay)