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Schematics for the new Elko Overhead bridge under construction along Hwy. 3. (Image courtesy of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

Elko Overhead works underway

The new bridge will be completed by August 2023 according to MOTI

Schematics for the new Elko Overhead bridge under construction along Hwy. 3. (Image courtesy of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
Sparwood council candidates at the 2022 all-candidate forum at the Recreation and Leisure Centre. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Multi-Purpose facility dominates Sparwood forum

The facility kept cropping up throughout the event ahead of the October 15 election

Sparwood council candidates at the 2022 all-candidate forum at the Recreation and Leisure Centre. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The new sign that will welcome visitors to Fernie along Hwy. 3. (Image courtesy of City of Fernie)

Fernie’s new highway sign revealed

A new, updated sign will welcome visitors travelling to Fernie from the east

The new sign that will welcome visitors to Fernie along Hwy. 3. (Image courtesy of City of Fernie)
Composite of all candidates for Fernie City Council at the 2022 municipal elections: Ange Qualizza, Nic Milligan, Jesse Mould, Kyle Hamilton, Troy Nixon, Ted Shoesmith, Patrick Burke, Zuzana Simpson, Blaine Fabi, April Montague, Spencer Gough, Jonathan MacGregor, Tracey Audia Kelly, Kevin McIsaac, Harshan Ramadass, Bob Langfield. (contributed, and file photos)

Fernie election reader questions: Wastewater

The Free Press asked all 16 candidates for Fernie city council a reader question about the wastewater problems facing the City of Fernie

Composite of all candidates for Fernie City Council at the 2022 municipal elections: Ange Qualizza, Nic Milligan, Jesse Mould, Kyle Hamilton, Troy Nixon, Ted Shoesmith, Patrick Burke, Zuzana Simpson, Blaine Fabi, April Montague, Spencer Gough, Jonathan MacGregor, Tracey Audia Kelly, Kevin McIsaac, Harshan Ramadass, Bob Langfield. (contributed, and file photos)
City of Fernie City Hall through fall foliage on September 30, 2022, which is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

City of Fernie adopts more precise land acknowledgement

The land acknowledgement is used by the City of Fernie at events and meetings

City of Fernie City Hall through fall foliage on September 30, 2022, which is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Sheldon Tennant is Sparwood’s new Deputy Fire Chief. Tennant has spent 18 years with the department, and was born and raised in Sparwood. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)

Sparwood appoints new Deputy Fire Chief

Sheldon Tennant will step into the role after 18 years with the Fire Department

Sheldon Tennant is Sparwood’s new Deputy Fire Chief. Tennant has spent 18 years with the department, and was born and raised in Sparwood. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)
Sparwood turned out on September 29 to learn more about the two funding proposals coming up at the October 15 election. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood mulls over borrowing questions for election

The district is asking if it can borrow up to $18 million for two projects

Sparwood turned out on September 29 to learn more about the two funding proposals coming up at the October 15 election. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Community leaders at Fernie City Hall of the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie gathers for Truth and Reconciliation

Hundreds turned out for a flag raising ceremony at City Hall on Friday September 30

Community leaders at Fernie City Hall of the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Elkford Health Centre emergency department remains closed.

Elkford emergency situation not acceptable: Shypitka

Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka used the one-year anniversary of the closure of the ER to blast the NDP

The Elkford Health Centre emergency department remains closed.
Elkford mayoral candidate Mandy McGregor speaking at the 2022 all-candidate forum in Elkford on September 28. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Elkford candidates run the gauntlet of voter questions

All nine candidates turned out for the forum ahead of the October 15 election

Elkford mayoral candidate Mandy McGregor speaking at the 2022 all-candidate forum in Elkford on September 28. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Composite of all candidates for Fernie City Council at the 2022 municipal elections: Ange Qualizza, Nic Milligan, Jesse Mould, Kyle Hamilton, Troy Nixon, Ted Shoesmith, Patrick Burke, Zuzana Simpson, Blaine Fabi, April Montague, Spencer Gough, Jonathan MacGregor, Tracey Audia Kelly, Kevin McIsaac, Harshan Ramadass, Bob Langfield. (contributed, and file photos)

Fernie election reader questions: Cracking down on short-term rentals for housing

The Free Press asked all 16 candidates for Fernie city council a reader question about short-term rentals

Composite of all candidates for Fernie City Council at the 2022 municipal elections: Ange Qualizza, Nic Milligan, Jesse Mould, Kyle Hamilton, Troy Nixon, Ted Shoesmith, Patrick Burke, Zuzana Simpson, Blaine Fabi, April Montague, Spencer Gough, Jonathan MacGregor, Tracey Audia Kelly, Kevin McIsaac, Harshan Ramadass, Bob Langfield. (contributed, and file photos)
The City of Fernie is considering adopting enforcement options when it comes to water restrictions in the future. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie thinks about growing teeth to enforce water restrictions

Currently the city can only encourage residents to limit water usage in dry months

The City of Fernie is considering adopting enforcement options when it comes to water restrictions in the future. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

City formally adopts sewer and water bylaw changes to capture campgrounds

Campgrounds were not included in the bylaw language prior to August 2022

City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Composite of all candidates for Fernie City Council at the 2022 municipal elections: Ange Qualizza, Nic Milligan, Jesse Mould, Kyle Hamilton, Troy Nixon, Ted Shoesmith, Patrick Burke, Zuzana Simpson, Blaine Fabi, April Montague, Spencer Gough, Jonathan MacGregor, Tracey Audia Kelly, Kevin McIsaac, Harshan Ramadass, Bob Langfield. (contributed, and file photos)

Fernie all-candidate forum on the horizon

All 16 candidates for office will be there

Composite of all candidates for Fernie City Council at the 2022 municipal elections: Ange Qualizza, Nic Milligan, Jesse Mould, Kyle Hamilton, Troy Nixon, Ted Shoesmith, Patrick Burke, Zuzana Simpson, Blaine Fabi, April Montague, Spencer Gough, Jonathan MacGregor, Tracey Audia Kelly, Kevin McIsaac, Harshan Ramadass, Bob Langfield. (contributed, and file photos)
City of Fernie City Hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

City of Fernie updates delegation bylaw to include parking

Variances asking to reduce parking requirements by less than 50 percent can now be regarded as ‘minor’, and go to staff

City of Fernie City Hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Sparwood Health Centre. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood to get greater ambulance coverage

The district has received verbal assurances Sparwood will get the same coverage as Fernie

The Sparwood Health Centre. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
An image of the conceptual design of Sparwood’s proposed multi-purpose facility. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)

Sparwood’s multi-purpose facility comes to light

Conceptual images of the facility have been released, and residents are invited to learn more at an open house on Thursday

An image of the conceptual design of Sparwood’s proposed multi-purpose facility. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)
Composite of all candidates for Fernie City Council at the 2022 municipal elections: Ange Qualizza, Nic Milligan, Jesse Mould, Kyle Hamilton, Troy Nixon, Ted Shoesmith, Patrick Burke, Zuzana Simpson, Blaine Fabi, April Montague, Spencer Gough, Jonathan MacGregor, Tracey Audia Kelly, Kevin McIsaac, Harshan Ramadass, Bob Langfield. (Images of Qualizza, Fabi and Montague contributed, remainder are BPM file)

Fernie election reader questions: On expanding the city’s borders

The Free Press asked all 16 candidates for Fernie city council a reader question about where they stood on annexing neighbouring built-up areas

Composite of all candidates for Fernie City Council at the 2022 municipal elections: Ange Qualizza, Nic Milligan, Jesse Mould, Kyle Hamilton, Troy Nixon, Ted Shoesmith, Patrick Burke, Zuzana Simpson, Blaine Fabi, April Montague, Spencer Gough, Jonathan MacGregor, Tracey Audia Kelly, Kevin McIsaac, Harshan Ramadass, Bob Langfield. (Images of Qualizza, Fabi and Montague contributed, remainder are BPM file)
Diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy when he was very young, Corkum has learned to ski, plays rugby and wants to support inclusion sports programs for everyone. (Submitted)

‘Inclusion Warrior’ to summit Mount Fernie to fundraise for local charity

Diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy when he was young, Matthew Corkum supports inclusive sports programs

Diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy when he was very young, Corkum has learned to ski, plays rugby and wants to support inclusion sports programs for everyone. (Submitted)
First Avenue in Fernie will be converted to one-way following works to be carried out in October. (Image courtesy of City of Fernie)

Downtown Fernie parking project gets underway

Three locations near downtown Fernie will be worked on in coming weeks

First Avenue in Fernie will be converted to one-way following works to be carried out in October. (Image courtesy of City of Fernie)