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The Fernie Ghostriders managed to get a few games in prior to the mandated break. (File Photo)

Elk Valley athletes manated to press pause on play

The suspention rides on the back of Dr. Bonnie Henry’s Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 updates

The Fernie Ghostriders managed to get a few games in prior to the mandated break. (File Photo)
Michelle Mongey and Chris Davies arrived to the hill early on opening day, with hopes of fresh powdery turns. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

Shred-y, set, go: FAR kicks off 2020/2021 season

The resort officially opened at 9 a.m. on Dec. 10, boasting 21 centimetres of freshly fallen snow

Michelle Mongey and Chris Davies arrived to the hill early on opening day, with hopes of fresh powdery turns. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)
An old photo of Fernie’s ski patrollers. (File Photo)

FAR ski patrol urges shredders to ride safely

Backcountry, slackcountry, and resort riders are reminded to be cautious when hitting the slopes

An old photo of Fernie’s ski patrollers. (File Photo)
G-Money stands proudly beside his rather cold looking shelter. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

20 years of first chair: G-Money celebrates upholding his decades-long tradition

G-Money has camped out overnight to make it onto FAR’s first chairlift each year since 2001

G-Money stands proudly beside his rather cold looking shelter. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)
Residents are encouraged to take photos beside the Giant Santa, posting them to social media with the hashtag #FernieSanta. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

Giant Santa fundraises for EIDES’s Breakfast Buddies program

For every photo with Santa, homeowner Renee Osborne will donate to EIDES’s Breakfast Buddies program

Residents are encouraged to take photos beside the Giant Santa, posting them to social media with the hashtag #FernieSanta. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)
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Elkford Early Years hosts drive thru Santa Clause event

COVID isn’t stopping Santa Claus from paying a visit to Elkford this Dec. 19

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Marsha Irving poses with her new novel. (Photo Contributed)

Kootenay-native, Marsha Irving, publishes first novel

The fantastical story is set in a number of locations including Creston and Castlegar

Marsha Irving poses with her new novel. (Photo Contributed)
FAR on a snowy day last season. (File Photo)

FAR out: Get ready to shred (locally)

The resort is preparing to get the 2020/2021 season running on the morning of Dec. 10

FAR on a snowy day last season. (File Photo)
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Elkford chamber encourages shopping local this holiday season

Local businesses are asked to advertise weekly on the Shop Local Elkford BC Facebook page

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Potential COVID-19 exposure confirmed at Elkford’s Rocky Mountain Elementary School

The potential exposure occurred on Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2

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Column: Mental health and the pandemic

In this age of incessant connectivity, crippling productivity standards, and constant busyness,…

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Letters are to be dropped off to the Arts Station prior to Dec. 13. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

Arts Station sends love and holiday cards to Seniors

The Arts Station encourages locals to send Cards to Seniors and Letters to Santa this holiday season

Letters are to be dropped off to the Arts Station prior to Dec. 13. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)
Island Lake Lodge is looking forward to a stellar winter season. (Photo Contributed by Nick Nault from Island lake Lodge)

Island Lake Lodge shifts 2020/2021 winter operations

Changes include the upper parking lot’s closure and cancellation of the winter lunch and spa program

Island Lake Lodge is looking forward to a stellar winter season. (Photo Contributed by Nick Nault from Island lake Lodge)
Nell Cline-Smith and Wayne Coyne playing a piano in Ogden, Utah 2019. (Photo Contributed)

Fernie local, Nell Cline-Smith, releases first music video

The song was produced with help and encouragement from Flaming Lips lead, Wayne Coyne

Nell Cline-Smith and Wayne Coyne playing a piano in Ogden, Utah 2019. (Photo Contributed)
Store manager Stacey Bickford and employee Olivia English take photos alongside Mr. and Mrs. Clause at the Fill A Sleigh fundraiser this Saturday. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

Santa pays visit to Red Apple’s Fill a Sleigh Day event

The annual event collects donations for the Snow Valley Christmas Cheer Committee

Store manager Stacey Bickford and employee Olivia English take photos alongside Mr. and Mrs. Clause at the Fill A Sleigh fundraiser this Saturday. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)
Bella is one of the adorable animals Twin Meadows has up for adoption at the moment. (Photo Contributed)

Twin Meadows kicks off virtual silent auction fundraiser

The Christmas-themed event is raising funds to help provide for the animals in their care

Bella is one of the adorable animals Twin Meadows has up for adoption at the moment. (Photo Contributed)
The Fabrics of History exhibit features work from the Fernie Spinners and Weavers Guild. (Photo Contributed)

Fernie Chautauqua Program Series kicks off with Fabrics of History exhibit

The exhibit explores the history of knitting, spinning, weaving and felting

The Fabrics of History exhibit features work from the Fernie Spinners and Weavers Guild. (Photo Contributed)
Calvin Domin ran from Sparwood to Cranbrook on Oct. 31 to fundraise for Foundry East Kootenay. (Photo Contributed)

Over $150,000 raised for EKFH’s Not Alone Campaign

Campaign leaders hope to reach $1.4 million in donations before May 2021

Calvin Domin ran from Sparwood to Cranbrook on Oct. 31 to fundraise for Foundry East Kootenay. (Photo Contributed)
Lois Ehman receives her award from vice principal of Rocky Mountain Elementary School, Thomas Skelton, on behalf of Chrisy Hill. (Photo Contributed)

Rocky Mountain principal, Lois Ehman, awarded CBAL’s Community Literacy Award

The annual award recognizes those dedicated to promoting literacy within the Elk Valley

Lois Ehman receives her award from vice principal of Rocky Mountain Elementary School, Thomas Skelton, on behalf of Chrisy Hill. (Photo Contributed)
The famous band calls Fernie home. (Photo Contributed)

Shred Kelly gets creative with pandemic performances

CBC Radio recently promoted the band, highlighting their recent virtual tour and upcoming plans

The famous band calls Fernie home. (Photo Contributed)