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The Aleutian Isle sees the surface for the first time on Sept. 17, over a month after it sank off of San Juan Island. (Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest)

Fuel-leaking fishing boat pulled to surface one month after sinking near Victoria

Ongoing response looks to move the boat without releasing remaining fuel

Elk Valley Air Cadet, Sgt. Kamryn Rawles earned a glider pilot’s license this summer. (Contributed)

Elk Valley Air Cadet soars high

Local cadet, Sgt Kamryn Rawles is working to obtain a pilot’s licence

  • Sep 23, 2022
Diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy when he was very young, Corkum has learned to ski, plays rugby and wants to support inclusion sports programs for everyone. (Submitted)

‘Inclusion Warrior’ to summit Mount Fernie to fundraise for local charity

Diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy when he was young, Matthew Corkum supports inclusive sports programs

First Avenue in Fernie will be converted to one-way following works to be carried out in October. (Image courtesy of City of Fernie)

Downtown Fernie parking project gets underway

Three locations near downtown Fernie will be worked on in coming weeks

First Avenue in Fernie will be converted to one-way following works to be carried out in October. (Image courtesy of City of Fernie)
The Festival kicked off with a bike parade from City Hall in Fernie on September 22. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Elk Valley Pride Festival kicks off in Fernie

A small crowd gathered for a flag raising and remarks at City Hall on Thursday afternoon

The Festival kicked off with a bike parade from City Hall in Fernie on September 22. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Composite of all candidates for Fernie City Council at the 2022 municipal elections: Ange Qualizza, Nic Milligan, Jesse Mould, Kyle Hamilton, Troy Nixon, Ted Shoesmith, Patrick Burke, Zuzana Simpson, Blaine Fabi, April Montague, Spencer Gough, Jonathan MacGregor, Tracey Audia Kelly, Kevin McIsaac, Harshan Ramadass, Bob Langfield. (contributed, and file photos)

Fernie election reader questions: Candidates stances on greenhouse gas emissions

The Free Press asked all 16 candidates for Fernie city council a reader question about greenhouse gas emissions

Composite of all candidates for Fernie City Council at the 2022 municipal elections: Ange Qualizza, Nic Milligan, Jesse Mould, Kyle Hamilton, Troy Nixon, Ted Shoesmith, Patrick Burke, Zuzana Simpson, Blaine Fabi, April Montague, Spencer Gough, Jonathan MacGregor, Tracey Audia Kelly, Kevin McIsaac, Harshan Ramadass, Bob Langfield. (contributed, and file photos)
East Kootenay Climate Hub is putting to all candidates in the local government elections a questionnaire, to get each one’s take on the climate issues of the day.

Group seeks candidates’ position on climate issues

East Kootenay Climate Hub will be posting responses from all candidates in the B.C. election

East Kootenay Climate Hub is putting to all candidates in the local government elections a questionnaire, to get each one’s take on the climate issues of the day.
A new fire hall is in the works for Hosmer, with the Regional District of East Kootenay approving funding for the project in September 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

New fire hall planned for Hosmer, funding secured

The RDEK board of directors approved $4 million for the project

A new fire hall is in the works for Hosmer, with the Regional District of East Kootenay approving funding for the project in September 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
The view from a woman's car after she was forced to stop on Bailey Road while driving home early Saturday morning (Sept. 17). A man had placed large orange pylons in the middle of the road, and was later arrested by RCMP. (Facebook Messenger screenshot)

Chilliwack women frightened by unexpected road block

Driving home just after midnight, they came across a man placing pylons in the middle of Bailey Road

The view from a woman's car after she was forced to stop on Bailey Road while driving home early Saturday morning (Sept. 17). A man had placed large orange pylons in the middle of the road, and was later arrested by RCMP. (Facebook Messenger screenshot)
Fernie Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards in 2018. (BPM file photo)

Hundreds of businesses get nominated for Fernie’s Business Excellence Awards

The top three nominees for the 2022 awards will be revealed on October 7

Fernie Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards in 2018. (BPM file photo)
BC Conservation Officer Service said five U.S. citizens fishing on the Dean River near Bella Coola were fined for using barbed hooks. (BC Conservation Officer Facebook photo)

Five U.S. citizens fined for fishing with barbed hooks near Bella Coola

BC Conservation officers caught them during a patrol of the Dean River

BC Conservation Officer Service said five U.S. citizens fishing on the Dean River near Bella Coola were fined for using barbed hooks. (BC Conservation Officer Facebook photo)
Elkview operations above Sparwood will be impacted by a plant failure. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Teck reports plant outage at Elkview coal mine

The mine above Sparwood will be impacted by up to a two-month repair time

Elkview operations above Sparwood will be impacted by a plant failure. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Fernie Pride volunteers helping bring a little more rainbow fabulousness to downtown Fernie, just in time for the Elk Valley Pride Festival. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie gets more rainbows for pride

Fernie has a re-vitalized rainbow crosswalk just in time for the Elk Valley Pride Festival

Fernie Pride volunteers helping bring a little more rainbow fabulousness to downtown Fernie, just in time for the Elk Valley Pride Festival. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
A Williams Lake woman said she was a victim of a phone scam where the caller ID showed the call was from TELUS. (File image)

Be wary of cell phone scams, B.C. senior tricked out of $600 warns

A fake customer survey call was how the scammer got an account number

A Williams Lake woman said she was a victim of a phone scam where the caller ID showed the call was from TELUS. (File image)
The Fernie Chamber of Commerce. (BPM File Photo)

Fernie chamber lays down ‘Municipal Election Platform’ of expectations

The chamber has some high expectations for candidates going into the October 15 election

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce. (BPM File Photo)
Nic Milligan speaking at his election campaign kickoff at the Legion in Fernie. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie starts electioneering in earnest

The race to October 15 has begun, with lots happening in the lead-up to decide the community’s leadership for the next four years

Nic Milligan speaking at his election campaign kickoff at the Legion in Fernie. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Father David John and Reverend Canon Andrea Brennan together in front of gathered community members in Fernie at an event to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II on Sept. 19, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Fernie commemorates the passing of Queen Elizabeth II

The Holy Family Church bell tolled 96 times for the late Queen

Father David John and Reverend Canon Andrea Brennan together in front of gathered community members in Fernie at an event to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II on Sept. 19, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Zuzana Simpson is running for Fernie city council. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Zuzana Simpson running for Fernie council

Simpson has lived in Fernie for 42 years, and recently retired from operating Ski Base downtown

Zuzana Simpson is running for Fernie city council. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Hungry Baytaluke is running for Sparwood mayor. (Contributed)

Hungry Baytaluke running for Sparwood mayor

Baytaluke has previously served 12 years on the district council

Hungry Baytaluke is running for Sparwood mayor. (Contributed)
Pride and Transgender flags wave on the lawn of Fernie’s City Hall. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

Elk Valley Pride Festival around the corner

The 2022 festival will be from September 21 to 25

  • Sep 19, 2022
Pride and Transgender flags wave on the lawn of Fernie’s City Hall. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)