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Give snow removal equipment plenty of room. Mainroad file

Special weather statement for the East Kootenay

Snow today, then expect temperatures to plunge

Wapiti is returning to Annex Park. (Kimberley Vlasic / The Free Press)

Fernie’s Wapiti Music Fest returns to Annex Park

Contributed The Wapiti Music Festival will be back in Annex Park for…

Thrift shop volunteers Margie Sutherland (left) and Marie Wilfong (right) flank FTHS Board President Gordon Sombrowski at the Knox United Church. Submitted photo

Elk Valley Thrift Shop donates to FHTS

The Elk Valley Thrift Shop Society presented a $5,000 cheque to the…

Thrift shop volunteers Margie Sutherland (left) and Marie Wilfong (right) flank FTHS Board President Gordon Sombrowski at the Knox United Church. Submitted photo
A man was arrested on a transit bus in Sparwood, following the report of an alleged assault against a young girl. (Black Press Media stock photo)

Man arrested after allegedly grabbing young girl on Elk Valley bus

The man was also allegedly taking pictures of the five-year-old girl

A man was arrested on a transit bus in Sparwood, following the report of an alleged assault against a young girl. (Black Press Media stock photo)
The emergency department at the Elkford Health Centre has been closed since Sept. 29, 2021.
The emergency department at the Elkford Health Centre has been closed since Sept. 29, 2021.
A hillside in Kimberley shows evidence of the lack of snow this January. Carolyn Grant photo

East Kootenay snow pack drops by 20 per cent this month

Lack of precipitation has affected most measurements across the province

A hillside in Kimberley shows evidence of the lack of snow this January. Carolyn Grant photo
The site of the former, and soon-to-be future Centennial Square in downtown Sparwood. Pictured in July 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Centennial Square construction causes frustration among business owners in Sparwood

The $2.2 million project has left businesses with “only a handful of parking spaces”

The site of the former, and soon-to-be future Centennial Square in downtown Sparwood. Pictured in July 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Griz Days are coming. Photo courtesy Fernie Chamber of Commerce

Griz Days announced for March 3 – 5 in Fernie

Submitted The 46th annual Griz Days announced for March 3 - 5,…

Griz Days are coming. Photo courtesy Fernie Chamber of Commerce
The Bass Coast and Shambhala electronic music festivals each host drug-checking services. An Interior Health report shows a rise in festival goers having their drugs checked, especially if they bought drugs at the festival. Photo: Bass Coast

B.C. music festival visitors more likely to use drug-checking services: Interior Health

A report found high uptake of drug testing at the Bass Coast and Shambhala music festivals

The Bass Coast and Shambhala electronic music festivals each host drug-checking services. An Interior Health report shows a rise in festival goers having their drugs checked, especially if they bought drugs at the festival. Photo: Bass Coast
Dolphins with Coach Aidan Chudleigh (In order: Cole Bailey, Cadence Prefontaine, Ava Pollock, Katie Hafke, Abbi Wannamaker, Adam Hayden, Leah Soetaert). Photo by Angie Abdou

2023 off to Great Start for Dolphins

By Angie Abdou On the weekend of January 20-22, seven Dolphins attended…

  • Jan 24, 2023
Dolphins with Coach Aidan Chudleigh (In order: Cole Bailey, Cadence Prefontaine, Ava Pollock, Katie Hafke, Abbi Wannamaker, Adam Hayden, Leah Soetaert). Photo by Angie Abdou
Radon is a concern for indoor environments such as schools. (National Health Authority video still)

Interior Health testing radon in schools

Pilot project taking place in all districts and participating independent schools

Radon is a concern for indoor environments such as schools. (National Health Authority video still)
The Hugh Keenleyside Dam near Castlegar was one of three built as part of the Columbia River Treaty. It has had a huge impact on the Columbia River valley all the way to Revelstoke. Photo: Contributed
The Hugh Keenleyside Dam near Castlegar was one of three built as part of the Columbia River Treaty. It has had a huge impact on the Columbia River valley all the way to Revelstoke. Photo: Contributed
The playground in Nanaimo’s Maffeo Sutton Park installed ‘we-swings’ which allow someone in a wheelchair to swing with another person. (News Bulletin photo)
The playground in Nanaimo’s Maffeo Sutton Park installed ‘we-swings’ which allow someone in a wheelchair to swing with another person. (News Bulletin photo)
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen is congratulated by teammates after stopping the Calgary Flames in the shootout to win 2-1 in NHL hockey action in Montreal, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. When did the Canadiens last win the Stanley Cup? (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

QUIZ: How much do you really know about hockey

Canada is a nation of hockey players and dedicated fans of the game

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen is congratulated by teammates after stopping the Calgary Flames in the shootout to win 2-1 in NHL hockey action in Montreal, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. When did the Canadiens last win the Stanley Cup? (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)
Thomas Linthorne. (RCMP photo)

UPDATE: Wanted man found by Creston RCMP

Thomas Linthorne was arrested on Jan. 18

Thomas Linthorne. (RCMP photo)
Ethan MacDuff (Fernie Ghostriders), Scott Sinclair (Fernie Ghostriders) and Ethan Lawczynski (Castlegar Rebels) have been selected as the Instat KIJHL 3 Stars of the Week for the period ending Jan. 15.

Two Ghostriders make KIJHL Three Stars of Week list

KIJHL Ethan MacDuff (Fernie Ghostriders), Scott Sinclair (Fernie Ghostriders) and Ethan Lawczynski…

Ethan MacDuff (Fernie Ghostriders), Scott Sinclair (Fernie Ghostriders) and Ethan Lawczynski (Castlegar Rebels) have been selected as the Instat KIJHL 3 Stars of the Week for the period ending Jan. 15.
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Ghostrider notes

George Hurlbut The Ghostriders won both of their home games last weekend,…

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Two tiny homes have been placed at the Walyaqil Tiny Home Village site on Fourth Avenue in Port Alberni. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Two tiny homes placed at the Walyaqil Tiny Home Village site on Fourth Avenue in Port Alberni. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

District of Elkford considering amendments to zoning bylaws to provide more housing options

The District of Elkford is considering two zoning bylaw amendments dealing with…

Two tiny homes have been placed at the Walyaqil Tiny Home Village site on Fourth Avenue in Port Alberni. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Two tiny homes placed at the Walyaqil Tiny Home Village site on Fourth Avenue in Port Alberni. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Signing the memorandum. Photo courtesy Crown Mountain Coking Coal Project

Yaq’it?a·knuqi ‘it to act as regulator and reviewer of the Crown Mountain Coking Coal Project

Late last December Yaq’it?a·knuqi ‘it (Tobacco Plains Indian Band or YQT) declared…

Signing the memorandum. Photo courtesy Crown Mountain Coking Coal Project