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Skiers on the Boomerang Chair at Fernie Alpine Resort. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Weather patterns looking good for winter season in Fernie

Minimal snow so far is nothing to be concerned about according to FAR’s resident weather expert

Skiers on the Boomerang Chair at Fernie Alpine Resort. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
District of Sparwood logo and flag. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

‘Worst year’ for human-bear conflicts: Sparwood grapples with bear encounters

14 bears have been killed in the district this season (so far)

District of Sparwood logo and flag. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Liam Haime is riding around Canada to visit former residential schools where unmarked graves have been discovered. He stopped over in Fernie thanks to the generosity of Mike and Butch Coultry, who offered him a place to stay. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Ride For Reconciliation passes through Fernie

Liam Haime has been riding to former residential schools since September 7

Liam Haime is riding around Canada to visit former residential schools where unmarked graves have been discovered. He stopped over in Fernie thanks to the generosity of Mike and Butch Coultry, who offered him a place to stay. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Elk Valley Hospital is adapting to meet the needs of patients in the Elk Valley.

Vaccination rates tick upwards as requirements for work stack up

Almost 80 percent of eligible residents in the Fernie LHA are fully vaccinated

The Elk Valley Hospital is adapting to meet the needs of patients in the Elk Valley.
A concept image of the 30-unit development at 400 Evergreen Crescent in Sparwood. (Image courtesy of Zeidler Architecture)

Path cleared for 30-unit affordable housing development in Sparwood

30 units would be built 800m from downtown

A concept image of the 30-unit development at 400 Evergreen Crescent in Sparwood. (Image courtesy of Zeidler Architecture)
Owners of Fernie Distillers Jillian Rutherford and Andrew Hayden received the People’s Choice Award at the 2021 Business Excellence Awards in Fernie. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Record number of nominations at 2021 Fernie business awards

12 winners were announced at the awards on October 29

Owners of Fernie Distillers Jillian Rutherford and Andrew Hayden received the People’s Choice Award at the 2021 Business Excellence Awards in Fernie. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Elk Valley RCMP release their monthly crime stats to keep community members informed about crime levels in the area.

RCMP update: Detachment reports on cases in Sparwood for April-September 2021

The local detachment has responded to 144 motor vehicle accidents in the last six months

The Elk Valley RCMP release their monthly crime stats to keep community members informed about crime levels in the area.
Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka in the BC Legislature. (Hansard TV)

Rural B.C. at risk of losing representation: Shypitka

Shypitka said the electoral boundary review would see the rural ridings lost to urban areas

Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka in the BC Legislature. (Hansard TV)
Brent Bidston (right) has been helping raise funds for over 50 years. Pictured here giving the first poppy of the season to Mayor Richard Mee of Sale in 1971. (Contributed)

Fernie Mayor receives first poppy of 2021

Brent Bidston of Angel Flight did the honours of handing over the first poppy

Brent Bidston (right) has been helping raise funds for over 50 years. Pictured here giving the first poppy of the season to Mayor Richard Mee of Sale in 1971. (Contributed)
The beautiful view of Elkford from the new multi-purpose trail constructed by the Elkford Trails Alliance near town. (Contributed by the ETA)

ETA completes first trail in Elkford

The club has completed a 4.2km non-motorised trail that links routes around town

The beautiful view of Elkford from the new multi-purpose trail constructed by the Elkford Trails Alliance near town. (Contributed by the ETA)
This photo shows a wetland area near Cokato Road and Montane Parkway. (File photo)

City, Montane Developments end legal dispute over wetlands development

A year and a half after the City of Fernie challenged Fernie…

This photo shows a wetland area near Cokato Road and Montane Parkway. (File photo)
(Twitter/BC Conservation Officer Service)

Conservation officer kills black bear injured by small-calibre rifle in Sparwood

Officers are searching for whoever shot a mother bear within district limits

(Twitter/BC Conservation Officer Service)
Teck’s Elkview operations seen from Sparwood. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Teck reports high profits, credits coal division

The coal division made $901 million in gross profits in the third quarter

Teck’s Elkview operations seen from Sparwood. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Members from the Jaffray, Baynes Lake, Elko and Hosmer Fire Departments planned a surprise farewell for outgoing Chief Boreen on his last practice night on October 21. (Contributed by RDEK)

Long-time RDEK fire chief Dave Boreen gets special send-off

Boreen is leaving the RDEK after 13 years as chief of the Elk Valley and South Country Rural Fire Service

Members from the Jaffray, Baynes Lake, Elko and Hosmer Fire Departments planned a surprise farewell for outgoing Chief Boreen on his last practice night on October 21. (Contributed by RDEK)
Oil was still visible in the Elk River a week after a logging truck plunged into the river in October 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Logging truck recovered, oil in Elk River

A containment boom to absorb oil was put in the river last week

Oil was still visible in the Elk River a week after a logging truck plunged into the river in October 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Three grizzly bear cubs killed after being hit by a train near Elko, B.C. on October 6 2021. Their deceased mother was found further down the tracks. (Contributed by Dr. Clayton Lamb)

Mother grizzly, 3 cubs killed by train near Elko

A female grizzly and her three cubs died on train tracks on October 6

Three grizzly bear cubs killed after being hit by a train near Elko, B.C. on October 6 2021. Their deceased mother was found further down the tracks. (Contributed by Dr. Clayton Lamb)
The City of Fernie's pilot snow plow program is ongoing through the 2020-21 winter season. (Soranne Floarea / The Free Press)

City receives update on snow removal program

Councillors gave direction on policy ahead of winter

The City of Fernie's pilot snow plow program is ongoing through the 2020-21 winter season. (Soranne Floarea / The Free Press)
The view of Fernie from Fernie Alpine Resort in the 2020-2021 winter season. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

RCR staff must be fully vaccinated, decision on guests not yet made

The company has reserved the right to make changes to COVID-protocols ahead of the winter season

The view of Fernie from Fernie Alpine Resort in the 2020-2021 winter season. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The number of bear reports in and around Fernie is ‘almost double’ compared to this time last year according to WildSafeBC Coordinator Kathy Murray. Pictured: Young cubs photographed in Fernie last year. (File photo)

Bear reports around Fernie ‘almost double’ compared to last year: WildSafeBC

Lots of berries, a high birth rate and a dry summer means there’s a lot of hungry bears in town

The number of bear reports in and around Fernie is ‘almost double’ compared to this time last year according to WildSafeBC Coordinator Kathy Murray. Pictured: Young cubs photographed in Fernie last year. (File photo)
A fully-loaded logging truck plunged into the Elk River on Monday, October 18 2021. (Contributed by James Kirk)

Logging truck takes a dip in the Elk River

Nobody was injured in the incident

A fully-loaded logging truck plunged into the Elk River on Monday, October 18 2021. (Contributed by James Kirk)