Scott Tibballs

((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
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New childcare centre for Elkford on the horizon

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

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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)
Elkford and Sparwood are banding together to create a video to showcase the natural beauty and outdoor lifestyle draw of the area to help attract doctors and health professionals. Pictured: The mountains above Elkford. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Elkford, Sparwood aim to showcase area to entice doctors into communities

Both towns have earmarked $2,500 to film a promotional video to attract medical professionals

Elkford and Sparwood are banding together to create a video to showcase the natural beauty and outdoor lifestyle draw of the area to help attract doctors and health professionals. Pictured: The mountains above Elkford. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Black Press file photo

Fernie updates animal responsibility bylaw

The new bylaw is an amalgamation of best practices recommended by the BC SPCA

Black Press file photo
Soccer games returned to Max Turyk in Fernie this May and June, after a year-long break due to COVID. (Contributed by Yori Jamin)

Fernie kids get stuck into soccer

Youth soccer games returned to Max Turyk for May and June after a year-long break

Soccer games returned to Max Turyk in Fernie this May and June, after a year-long break due to COVID. (Contributed by Yori Jamin)
A small scale example of how big the maximus dinosaur is compared to Sparwood's Titan truck. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)

Sparwood goes digging for fossils (maybe)

The district is exploring options that could see it acquire a giant dinosaur skeleton

A small scale example of how big the maximus dinosaur is compared to Sparwood's Titan truck. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)
Pride and Transgender flags wave on the lawn of Fernie's City Hall. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

Fernie Pride launches inclusivity survey

The survey will help identify gaps in supports for the LGBTQ2+ community in the Elk Valley

Pride and Transgender flags wave on the lawn of Fernie's City Hall. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)
The freshly re-painted rainbow crossings in Fernie in 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Rainbow crossings come to Fernie

Volunteers painted the crossings at 3rd Ave and 5th Street in Fernie in pride colours

The freshly re-painted rainbow crossings in Fernie in 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Coal Creek and forested land near Fernie, B.C. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Elk Valley Regional Land Trust inks deal with Community Foundation of Kootenay Rockies

Donations to the trusts project to secure forested land in the Elk Valley can now be made through the CFKR

Coal Creek and forested land near Fernie, B.C. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Students from EIDES in Fernie with a cheque for $500 from the East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC). (Image courtesy of EKC)

East Kootenay students get outdoors to learn

A donation from the EKC allowed schools in the region to buy outdoor learning kits

Students from EIDES in Fernie with a cheque for $500 from the East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC). (Image courtesy of EKC)
The ‘official’ opening of 2nd Edition Coworking in downtown Fernie, a project five years in the making by the Fernie Chamber of Commerce. Left to right: Executive Director of the Fernie Chamber Brad Parsell, incoming President of the Fernie Chamber Norm Fraser, outgoing President of the Fernie Chamber Anita Palmer, and Mayor of Fernie Ange Qualizza. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie Chamber cuts the ribbon on 2nd Edition

The new coworking space in Fernie is now ‘officially’ open, but has been operating since early 2021

The ‘official’ opening of 2nd Edition Coworking in downtown Fernie, a project five years in the making by the Fernie Chamber of Commerce. Left to right: Executive Director of the Fernie Chamber Brad Parsell, incoming President of the Fernie Chamber Norm Fraser, outgoing President of the Fernie Chamber Anita Palmer, and Mayor of Fernie Ange Qualizza. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Sparwood Mayor David Wilks with the new AED SaveStation installed at the Sparwood Leisure Centre. (Contributed by District of Sparwood)

Sparwood installs public AED

The SaveStation was installed thanks to a grant from CP Rail

Sparwood Mayor David Wilks with the new AED SaveStation installed at the Sparwood Leisure Centre. (Contributed by District of Sparwood)