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Executive director of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce, Brad Parsell.

Extended orders to have ‘significant impact’ on normally lucrative season for Fernie

Executive director of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce Brad Parsell said businesses needed to be tapping in to government assistance now

Executive director of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce, Brad Parsell.
Sparwood mayor David Wilks was in attendance at the street party to discuss potential changes to Centennial Square.

‘We need to break down the boundaries’ for health care in Canada: Sparwood Mayor David Wilks

Wilks said that digital healthcare systems in Canada should be able to speak across provincial borders

Sparwood mayor David Wilks was in attendance at the street party to discuss potential changes to Centennial Square.
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Raccoons getting comfy in Elk Valley

WildSafeBC is reporting sightings of raccoons in Fernie and Sparwood

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Trails above Sparwood. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Canfor lines up harvesting near Sparwood

Some recreation trails will be affected by the harvesting to start after Christmas

Trails above Sparwood. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
A bear and her cub seen near Fernie in late Fall 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

WildSafeBC: Education and preventing human-wildlife conflict in the Elk Valley during a pandemic

WildSafeBC’s local coordinator Kathy Murray reports on the year that was

A bear and her cub seen near Fernie in late Fall 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
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Comment: Pondering party names

There appears to be confusion over the name of the BC Liberals, so maybe it’s time to clear that up

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The Trites-Leroux mansion in Fernie has been undergoing works for the last few years to bring it up to code. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Works to go ahead on Trites-Leroux

The three local owners have said that they hoped to have the mansion restored by next year

The Trites-Leroux mansion in Fernie has been undergoing works for the last few years to bring it up to code. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
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Regional COVID-19 numbers on the rise

More than 20 cases have been diagnosed in the region since last week

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Fernie Fire Rescue evacuated three properties on Monday afternoon due to a residential gas leak. File photo.

RDEK extends agreement with City of Fernie for rural fire coverage

The district voted to renew its agreement for five years and contribute $450,000 for an eventual new firehall

Fernie Fire Rescue evacuated three properties on Monday afternoon due to a residential gas leak. File photo.
Teck is proposing a significant expansion to their Fording River Operations.

Castle Project moves through assessment process

Teck’s Fording River expansion has three years of pre-development ahead of it

Teck is proposing a significant expansion to their Fording River Operations.
The BC Liberals Tom Shypitka has swept Kootenay East according to preliminary results in the 2020 BC election. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

This is Shypitka country: BC Liberals sweep every booth in Elk Valley

The BC Liberal candidate (and continuing MLA) for Kootenay East, Tom Shypitka,…

The BC Liberals Tom Shypitka has swept Kootenay East according to preliminary results in the 2020 BC election. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Players from the Fernie Old Growth Hockey Club donate $750 to Angel Flight. Left to right: Neil McKendrick, Bill Bridge, Brent Bidston (Angel Flight pilot), Mike Low and Terry Cryderman. (Photo contributed)

‘Old-timer’ hockey club raises money for Angel Flight

The Fernie Old Growth Hockey Club donated $750 to the charity

Players from the Fernie Old Growth Hockey Club donate $750 to Angel Flight. Left to right: Neil McKendrick, Bill Bridge, Brent Bidston (Angel Flight pilot), Mike Low and Terry Cryderman. (Photo contributed)
A ceremony to celebrate a land donation from Teck to the Elkford Housing Society took place on Thursday, January 16.

Elkford Housing Society gets funding for affordable homes

22 homes for seniors and people with disabilities will be built on land donated by Teck

A ceremony to celebrate a land donation from Teck to the Elkford Housing Society took place on Thursday, January 16.
The Elk Valley Hospital is adapting to meet the needs of patients in the Elk Valley.

Local COVID-19 cases unknown amid second wave

The Elk Valley Physicians have again reminded locals to comply with public health orders to stay safe

The Elk Valley Hospital is adapting to meet the needs of patients in the Elk Valley.
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Missing hunter found dead in South Country

A hunter was reported as overdue on Nov. 29, and was found deceased on Nov. 30 following an RCMP and SAR operation

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Incumbent MLA Tom Shypitka is contesting Kootenay East for the BC Liberals. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Shypitka named opposition critic for Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation

The Kootenay East MLA has held the energy and mines portfolio since 2017

Incumbent MLA Tom Shypitka is contesting Kootenay East for the BC Liberals. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
file photo of fernie alpine resort sign (Scott Tibballs/The Free Press)

FAR delays opening day by five days

The resort’s tentative opening has been pushed to Dec. 10

file photo of fernie alpine resort sign (Scott Tibballs/The Free Press)
Volunteers at the Sparwood Food Bank take in donations.

Sparwood’s food drive to go ahead as drive-in this year

Ed Ehrler of the SAR said it was more important than ever to fill the food bank to the roof

Volunteers at the Sparwood Food Bank take in donations.
City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

City of Fernie applies for EV infrastructure funding

The city has applied for the funding through the provinces Tourism Dependent Communities Fund

City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
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)