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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)
Today Teck announced the roll out of two new electric passenger buses to transport employees to and from its Fording River and Greenhills steelmaking coal operations in the Elk Valley. Submitted/Teck

Teck listed as one of Canada’s best corporate citizens

Teck ranked 34th out of the top 50

Today Teck announced the roll out of two new electric passenger buses to transport employees to and from its Fording River and Greenhills steelmaking coal operations in the Elk Valley. Submitted/Teck
A map of the reconciliation walk around Fernie on Canada Day in 2021. (Image courtesy of City of Fernie)

Canada Day to feature reconciliation walk in Fernie

A walk around town will begin at 10am

A map of the reconciliation walk around Fernie on Canada Day in 2021. (Image courtesy of City of Fernie)
Campfire. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media - File)

No campfires: B.C. bans campfires from Wednesday amid heatwave conditions

The ban is in place until mid-October or until conditions improve

Campfire. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media - File)
Elk Valley Cannabis' storefront in Centennial Square in Sparwood. (Contributed)

Sparwood’s first cannabis store to open July 2

Elk Valley Cannabis will have an opening day giveaway to celebrate

Elk Valley Cannabis' storefront in Centennial Square in Sparwood. (Contributed)
((mage courtesy of Teck Coal)

Teck to donate movie night proceeds to Elkford Bike Park

The park is being designed to go in central Elkford

((mage courtesy of Teck Coal)
The Wapiti music festival on a typical year. (Kimberley Vlasic / The Free Press)

Fernie’s Wapiti 2021 struck off the lineup, due for a comeback in 2022

The music festival in Fernie has been cancelled for the second year in a row, but is looking good for 2022

The Wapiti music festival on a typical year. (Kimberley Vlasic / The Free Press)
Elk Valley trails above Fernie. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Five call-outs in a week: Summer recreation in full swing as temps rise

Fernie SAR is reminding locals to be careful on the trails

Elk Valley trails above Fernie. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Fernie artist Troy Cook has blended music with art for his latest exhibition at the Fernie Museum. (Contributed)

Music and art collide in Fernie exhibit

Local artist Troy Cook is the creator of an exhibit inspired by music

Fernie artist Troy Cook has blended music with art for his latest exhibition at the Fernie Museum. (Contributed)
Coal miner days

Coal Miner Days 2021 a success

The annual event wasn’t going to be stopped for a second year

Coal miner days
Fernie from the top of the Swine Flu trail in early 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Elk Valley gets new Economic Recovery Advisor

The new role is funded through grants, and is designed to support the local economy

Fernie from the top of the Swine Flu trail in early 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Fernie City Hall adorned to recognise National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21. (Image courtesy of City of Fernie)

Fernie’s Canada Day to focus on Indigenous Reconciliation

The City of Fernie will be part of a Reconciliation Walk on July 1

Fernie City Hall adorned to recognise National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21. (Image courtesy of City of Fernie)
East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Cranbrook. Google maps photo

Regional Health board pushes for radiation therapy in East Kootenay

Patients that need radiation therapy need to travel to Kelowna for much-needed medical care

East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Cranbrook. Google maps photo
Stock image metrocreatve

New childcare centre for Elkford on the horizon

The new centre will offer services ideal for parents that do shift work

Stock image metrocreatve
Fernie Aquatic Centre is scheduled to reopen in mid to late September. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie Aquatic Centre to get new starting blocks

The new blocks will allow the centre to host more competitive swim meets

Fernie Aquatic Centre is scheduled to reopen in mid to late September. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)