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District of Sparwood flags out front of Sparwood municipal offices. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood election candidates declared

Voters will go to the polls on October 15 to pick between two mayor candidates and nine council candidates

District of Sparwood flags out front of Sparwood municipal offices. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
City of Fernie City Hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie to decide between two mayoral candidates and 15 council candidates

There is only one mayor, and only six seats for council

City of Fernie City Hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Tracey Halladay with an image from her exhibit, ‘Through the mist’ on display at the 1401 Gallery in Cranbrook from October 7. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Elkford photographer to exhibit emotional series in Cranbrook

Tracey Halladay used her photography to see light in the darkness and work through depression

Tracey Halladay with an image from her exhibit, ‘Through the mist’ on display at the 1401 Gallery in Cranbrook from October 7. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Sparwood councillor Jason Christensen will seek a second term in October 2022. (Contributed by Jason Christensen)

Jason Christensen to seek second term as Sparwood councillor

Christensen was first elected in 2018, and has a background in finance

Sparwood councillor Jason Christensen will seek a second term in October 2022. (Contributed by Jason Christensen)
The exhibit is open for the next two weeks. (Image courtesy of Fernie Pride Society)

Exhibit shines a rainbow on Elk Valley 2SLGBTQ+ community

‘I AM HERE’ is a portrait exhibit of the local queer community

The exhibit is open for the next two weeks. (Image courtesy of Fernie Pride Society)
The location of the two roofing projects at the District of Sparwood. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)

Sparwood approves $331,000 roofing contract

The roof of the district’s main office building is leaking and needs replacement

The location of the two roofing projects at the District of Sparwood. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)
Design plans for Sparwood Fire Hall #2: Submitted by District of Sparwood.

Sparwood to vote on borrowing millions for major projects

Borrowing money for upgrades to Fire Hall #2, and a multi-purpose facility will be on the ballot

Design plans for Sparwood Fire Hall #2: Submitted by District of Sparwood.
District of Sparwood logo and flag. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood council gives a thumbs-up for a raise

The mayor will now be paid $45K, and councillors $20K annually

District of Sparwood logo and flag. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Melanie Wrigglesworth has taken on the role of executive director with the Fernie Trails Alliance. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie Trails Alliance gets a new executive director

Melanie Wrigglesworth founded Cycling Without Age Fernie

Melanie Wrigglesworth has taken on the role of executive director with the Fernie Trails Alliance. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Fernie Distillers have donated $800 to the Fernie Trails Alliance. Pictured from left: Jill Rutherford of Fernie Distillers, Todd Penke and Melanie Wrigglesworth of the FTA, and Andrew Hayden of Fernie Distillers. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie Distillers donate to Fernie Trails Alliance

The distillery donated $800 from it’s ‘Community Spirit’ program

The Fernie Distillers have donated $800 to the Fernie Trails Alliance. Pictured from left: Jill Rutherford of Fernie Distillers, Todd Penke and Melanie Wrigglesworth of the FTA, and Andrew Hayden of Fernie Distillers. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Plans for the new administrative building in Sparwood, unveiled by Teck at the September 6 Sparwood council meeting. (Image courtesy of Teck Resources)

Teck unveils plans for 550-person central office in Sparwood

The new building is expected to be built in 2023 and 2024

Plans for the new administrative building in Sparwood, unveiled by Teck at the September 6 Sparwood council meeting. (Image courtesy of Teck Resources)
Wam Bam Dirt Jump Jam 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Wam Bam returns to Fernie on a high

The annual freeride competition brought out the locals for the labour day weekend

Wam Bam Dirt Jump Jam 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Why don’t women run for Fernie council?

Historically, half the number of women compared to men have run for office in Fernie in the last four election cycles

City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Chris Nand is running for a seat on Sparwood council in 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Chris Nand to run for a seat on Sparwood council

Nand has worked at the mines since 1979, and was formally a local union chief

Chris Nand is running for a seat on Sparwood council in 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Joe Jarina is set to retire at the 2022 elections in Sparwood. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Joe Jarina to retire from Sparwood council

Jarina has served six terms as a councillor

Joe Jarina is set to retire at the 2022 elections in Sparwood. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Tracey Audia Kelly is running for a seat on Fernie council in October 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Tracey Audia Kelly throws her hat into the ring for Fernie city council

Audia Kelly is a life-long resident of Fernie and has decades of experience working in the public sector

Tracey Audia Kelly is running for a seat on Fernie council in October 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Ted Shoesmith is running for a seat on Fernie council in October 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Ted Shoesmith announces run for council seat in Fernie

Shoesmith was born and raised in Fernie, and is heavily involved in the Lions Club

Ted Shoesmith is running for a seat on Fernie council in October 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Local high-school teacher Michael Bull is running for Fernie council in October. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Michael Bull drops out of Fernie council race

The nomination period for candidates ends on September 9

Local high-school teacher Michael Bull is running for Fernie council in October. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Campfire. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media - File)

Campfire ban over southeast BC to be lifted

The ban will be lifted at 12 noon PDT on September 2

Campfire. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media - File)
City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

City of Fernie adopts new councillor code of conduct

The new code of conduct lays out expectations of councillor behaviour, and decision-making processes

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