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A health-care worker prepares to swab a man at a walk-in COVID-19 test clinic in Montreal North, Sunday, May 10, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)

Interior Health records 21 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend

Thirty-six cases remain active; two people are in the hospital, one of whom is in intensive care

STA members and non-members alike are encouraged to send in photos of their trail adventures. (Photo contributed by Scott Tibballs)

Sparwood Trails Alliance fundraises for Lunch Loop

Trail adventurers are invited to submit photos of their adventures for an STA calendar

BC ELECTION

Voters hit the polls early

17 per cent of Kootenay East voters have already voted, with four days to go until the election

Shelley Moulton, Diana Jones, Celia Roccamatisi, Joanna Pitt and Saran Press pose alongside the donated iPads. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

Rocky Mountain Village Auxiliary Society donates iPads to residents

The donation was made possible through the Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies

Shelley Moulton, Diana Jones, Celia Roccamatisi, Joanna Pitt and Saran Press pose alongside the donated iPads. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)
NWP Coal is the company pushing the Crown Mountain project. (Photo courtesy of NWP Coal)

Crown Mountain project inches forward

Another coal mine for the Elk Valley is in the works

NWP Coal is the company pushing the Crown Mountain project. (Photo courtesy of NWP Coal)
Faye Sigurdson joyfully smiles while seated at her at-home hair salon. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

Local hair salon celebrates forty-first birthday

From perms to pixie cuts, Faye Sigurdson’s at-home salon, Hair Eloquence, stands the test of time

Faye Sigurdson joyfully smiles while seated at her at-home hair salon. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)
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Provinces need to fight racism in health care: PM
Trudeau condemns Islamophobia after threats to mosque
A number of locals have voiced safety concerns over Fernie’s current skatepark. (File Photo)

City of Fernie releases public feedback on new skatepark facility

Over 90 percent of respondents supported improvements to the existing skatepark

A number of locals have voiced safety concerns over Fernie’s current skatepark. (File Photo)
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Main Roads warns of snow over weekend

It’s expected to snow in most areas covered by the East Kootenay Service Area

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Tom Shypitka, Wayne Stetski, Kerri Wall and moderator Thomas Skelton at the Oct. 15 Elk Valley all-candidates forum. (Source: zoom)

At a glance: Kootenay East candidates go head-to-head in Elk Valley forum

Shypitka, Stetski and Wall called in to the zoom forum to talk all things Elk Valley

Tom Shypitka, Wayne Stetski, Kerri Wall and moderator Thomas Skelton at the Oct. 15 Elk Valley all-candidates forum. (Source: zoom)
Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons.

MP Morrison responds to federal throne speech, pushes for rapid testing at airports

Kootenay-Columbia parliamentarian criticizes throne speech, wants COIVD-19 testing at borders, airports

Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons.
Anne Jimmie holds up a photo of her and her mother, Christine Jimmy, that was taken in 1948. Photo: Aaron Hemens

Saving the inner child: The Healing Journey

“There was this little girl inside that was so hurt, that was so wounded … I needed to nurture that little girl and understand her.”

Anne Jimmie holds up a photo of her and her mother, Christine Jimmy, that was taken in 1948. Photo: Aaron Hemens
Grade 8 students Ava Mattersdorfer, Cedar Djonlich and Marley Robinson-Shaw hold up the flag of Fernie in Traynor Hall at Fernie Secondary School. (Photo contributed)

Time to change the Fernie flag?

Fernie Secondary School students ask whether it’s time to modernize the town flag

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Grade 8 students Ava Mattersdorfer, Cedar Djonlich and Marley Robinson-Shaw hold up the flag of Fernie in Traynor Hall at Fernie Secondary School. (Photo contributed)
Nobody could put out the blaze Scott Robinson, Mike Bragg, and Trevor Fairweather started at this year’s firefighter calendar photoshoot. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

Shirtless and selfless: Fernie’s firefighters pack the heat in this year’s calendar shoot

On sale for pre order, the calendars raise money for a number of local and national non profits

Nobody could put out the blaze Scott Robinson, Mike Bragg, and Trevor Fairweather started at this year’s firefighter calendar photoshoot. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)
Two more COVID-19 cases have been reported in the Interior Health (IH) region overnight. (Getty)

Two additional COVID-19 cases in Interior Health region overnight

Twenty-six cases are active, and on isolation, according to Interior Health Authority

Two more COVID-19 cases have been reported in the Interior Health (IH) region overnight. (Getty)
Candidates running for Kootenay East participated in a Zoom debate hosted by the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday afternoon. Trevor Crawley photo.

Candidates debate economic issues during Cranbrook business forum

Topics focused on business and economic issues in forum hosted by Chamber of Commerce

Candidates running for Kootenay East participated in a Zoom debate hosted by the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday afternoon. Trevor Crawley photo.
Teck today announced the development of a new centralized office building in Sparwood, B.C. File photo

Sparwood to revisit vote on contraception support

District mayor says vote is a moot point as UBCM supports campaign

Teck today announced the development of a new centralized office building in Sparwood, B.C. File photo
Advance polling begins on Oct. 15, 2020, across B.C. in the 2020 snap election. (Black Press files)

B.C. VOTES 2020: Advance voting begins today

Advance voting runs from Oct. 15 to Oct. 21 in B.C.’s election

Advance polling begins on Oct. 15, 2020, across B.C. in the 2020 snap election. (Black Press files)
Young riders enjoy the Crowsnest Pass’ new Kids Corner trail. (Ryan Legroulx, Stranded Man Photography)

Teck donates $40,000 to mountain biking project

The project brings a new mountain biking trail to the Crowsnest Pass

Young riders enjoy the Crowsnest Pass’ new Kids Corner trail. (Ryan Legroulx, Stranded Man Photography)
Kootenay East candidates debate the issues during an All-Candidates Forum in Cranbrook on Tuesday night. Pictured: Kerri Wall, representing the BC Green Party, Tom Shypitka, representing the BC Liberal Party, and Wayne Stetski, representing the BC NDP. Trevor Crawley photo.

Kootenay East candidates air out issues during Cranbrook debate

BC Liberal, BC NDP and BC Green Party representatives discuss election issues during all-candidate forum

Kootenay East candidates debate the issues during an All-Candidates Forum in Cranbrook on Tuesday night. Pictured: Kerri Wall, representing the BC Green Party, Tom Shypitka, representing the BC Liberal Party, and Wayne Stetski, representing the BC NDP. Trevor Crawley photo.
The location of the land that would be re-zoned for a future school in Fernie. (Source: Google maps)

City of Fernie gives thumbs-up to re-zone land for future school

The land is within the Castle Mountain neighbourhood

The location of the land that would be re-zoned for a future school in Fernie. (Source: Google maps)