Local News

Restorative pole project underway in Edgewood

The pole was made almost 50 years ago to pay respect to local First Nations

LETTER: Local tourism’s road to recovery

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Fernie released the joint letter on May 26

  • May 27, 2020

Fernie Alpine Resort to reopen this summer

The resort will open for summer operations on Saturday, June 27, 2020

Fernie Fox Hotel donates $5,000 to Fernie Pets Society

The donated money is going towards the development of the Railyard Dog Park

Elk Valley businesses announce permanent closures

Three local businesses will not be reopning their brick and mortar stores

Mental health and COVID-19: going forward

Dr. Tyla Charbonneau offers some mental health advice for moving into our new normal

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Dr. Bonnie Henry given a Gitxsan name

Proposed changes afoot for Fernie’s Second Avenue

The change would allow businesses to extend patios to serve more clients

District of Elkford rolls out four phase reopening plan

Phase two will begin in mid May with the reopening of some public outdoor spaces

The Fernie Firefighter’s Association reels out original video contest

The prize is $1000 in gift cards to local businesses, alongside a $1000 donation to the food bank.

Former Grand Forks fire chief suing city for wrongful dismissal

Dale Heriot was fired in July 2019 after his department was investigated for safety, bullying issues

The East Kootenay Foundation for Health gives back to healthcare workers and facilities

The EKFH partnered with local organizations to assist health care facilities thorughout the pandemic

City of Fernie moves forward with gradual reopenings

Businesses and outdoor spaces become accessible as B.C. moves into phase two of their restart plan

IDES and Salvation Army join forces to create meal program for families in need

Every Tuesday, IDES delivers baskets full of produce and household products to local residents

Planting your very own victory garden

The Free Press publisher and gardening expert, Madi Bragg, gives tips for planting

  • May 20, 2020

Fernie and Elkford receive CBT Community Outdoor Revitalization Grants

The grants support projects contributing to the vibrancy of outdoor public spaces

RDEK encourages Elk Valley residents to prepare for flood season

With spring melt comes rising water levels and an increased flood risk throughout the region

EDITORIAL: searching for happiness

The Free Press reporter Soranne Floarea explores the meaning of happiness

Mental health and COVID-19: regression

Dr. Tyla Charbonneau shares mental health tips in her weekly column

Grizzly bear and two cubs seen on Fernie trails and in neighbourhoods

Living in wildlife habitat comes with the responsibility to be bear aware

City of Fernie approves financial plan

The 2020 budget will see a reduction in capital spending although some projects will still go ahead