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The Sparwood Golf Club has a new deck set up and ready to go for the 2021 summer season. (Contributed by Normal McDougall)

Sparwood Golf Club ready for summer

The club house and the course have been revitalized thanks to volunteer support and grants

The Sparwood Golf Club has a new deck set up and ready to go for the 2021 summer season. (Contributed by Normal McDougall)
Parks Canada and Tla-o-qui-aht public works dig the washed up Princess M out from sand along the south shore of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Rescue attempt costs man his boat off Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Coast Guard response questioned after volunteer responder’s speedboat capsizes in heavy swells

Parks Canada and Tla-o-qui-aht public works dig the washed up Princess M out from sand along the south shore of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. (Nora O’Malley photo)
file photo of fernie alpine resort sign (Scott Tibballs/The Free Press)

FAR looks ahead to 2021 summer season

The resort is facing a second year operating under COVID-guidelines

file photo of fernie alpine resort sign (Scott Tibballs/The Free Press)
RDEK board office in Cranbrook. File photo.

Elk Valley to move ahead with local organics processing facility

Local directors voted to approve moving ahead with a new facility to capture organics from landfill

RDEK board office in Cranbrook. File photo.
SD5 and SD6 have added electric school buses to their transportation fleets. Photo courtesy B.C. Government.

East Kootenay school districts add electric buses to fleets

Two school districts in the East Kootenay are adding an electric school…

SD5 and SD6 have added electric school buses to their transportation fleets. Photo courtesy B.C. Government.
Some of the funding will provide more EV charging stations, such as this one at Rogers Pass. Kootenay Rockies Tourism photo.

StrongerBC provides funding for tourism projects in Kootenay Rockies region

A number of initiatives to enhance tourism are underway across the Kootenay Rockies

Some of the funding will provide more EV charging stations, such as this one at Rogers Pass. Kootenay Rockies Tourism photo.
The authors of the report on old growth protection, Al Gorley, RPF and Garry Merkel, RPF.

All talk, no action on old growth protection says Wildsight

Recommendations from report submitted a year ago have yet to be followed

The authors of the report on old growth protection, Al Gorley, RPF and Garry Merkel, RPF.
New business owner Kalina Whitelaw of Miner's Mud started selling coffee and fresh=baked goods in Fernie this weekend. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
New business owner Kalina Whitelaw of Miner's Mud started selling coffee and fresh=baked goods in Fernie this weekend. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Teck's Elkview operations seen from Sparwood. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Teck profits up, coal sales to China a priority

The company is continuing to see increased interest in Elk Valley coal from China

Teck's Elkview operations seen from Sparwood. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Bob Keating was CBC’s Kootenays correspondent for 21 years. He retired last month to start a podcasting company. Photo: Tyler Harper
Bob Keating was CBC’s Kootenays correspondent for 21 years. He retired last month to start a podcasting company. Photo: Tyler Harper
A vial of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is shown at a facility in Milton, Ont., on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. The White House says it is making plans to share up to 60 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio - POOL

65 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

The total number of cases in the region is now at 11,075 since the pandemic began

A vial of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is shown at a facility in Milton, Ont., on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. The White House says it is making plans to share up to 60 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio - POOL
Bears are coming out of hibernation with the warm days of spring. (Pixabay)

WildSafeBC: How to avoid bear encounters

Bears can now be seen out on the trails after waking up from hibernation

Bears are coming out of hibernation with the warm days of spring. (Pixabay)
Harry Richardson was found guilty on four counts at the Nelson Courthouse on March 22 and has now been found not criminally responsible due to mental illness. File photo

Man who fired at RCMP officers in West Kootenay found not criminally responsible

Harry Richardson found to be mentally ill during 2019 incident in Argenta

Harry Richardson was found guilty on four counts at the Nelson Courthouse on March 22 and has now been found not criminally responsible due to mental illness. File photo
A passenger train in Switzerland. Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison wants to bring a similar, but much smaller in scale, electric service to the region. Photo: Andi Graf/Pixabay

Kootenay-Columbia MP exploring electric passenger train service

Rob Morrison says a train from Cranbrook to Creston makes sense

A passenger train in Switzerland. Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison wants to bring a similar, but much smaller in scale, electric service to the region. Photo: Andi Graf/Pixabay
Skookumchuck pulp mill. Paper Excellence file

Kootenay pulp mill receives more than $100,000 in fines

Skookumchuck Pulp Mill is located just north of Kimberley/Cranbrook

Skookumchuck pulp mill. Paper Excellence file
Interior Health is urging anyone aged 18 and older to register for vaccination — May 1, 2021. (File photo)

Interior Health urges all adults to register as vaccinations ramp up

Anyone 18 and older can register on the province’s Get Vaccinated system today

Interior Health is urging anyone aged 18 and older to register for vaccination — May 1, 2021. (File photo)
Firefighters responded to a grass fire near Hosmer Friday, April 30. Photo courtesy Regional District of East Kootenay.

Firefighters respond to grass fire near Hosmer

Firefighters in the Elk Valley responded to a small grass fire less…

Firefighters responded to a grass fire near Hosmer Friday, April 30. Photo courtesy Regional District of East Kootenay.
Pharmacist Barbara Violo shows off a vile of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the Junction Chemist, an independent pharmacy in Toronto, Friday, March 12, 2021. A national advisory committee recommends people 30 and older can get a shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine if they do not want to wait for an mRNA alternative. Photo: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press

Pharmacies in Cranbrook, Castlegar receive AstraZeneca vaccine

It’s the first time the vaccine has been made available in the Kootenays

Pharmacist Barbara Violo shows off a vile of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the Junction Chemist, an independent pharmacy in Toronto, Friday, March 12, 2021. A national advisory committee recommends people 30 and older can get a shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine if they do not want to wait for an mRNA alternative. Photo: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press
West Kootenay Fire Departments have been busy lately. Photo: Crescent Valley Fire Department

String of wildland fires has Kootenay fire chiefs urging caution

There have been a number of rural wildland fires across the region recently

West Kootenay Fire Departments have been busy lately. Photo: Crescent Valley Fire Department
RCMP. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)

Edmonton man facing charges for illegal U.S. border crossing at Lake Koocanusa

A 32-year-old Edmonton man is facing charges for illegal entry into the…

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)