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Isaac Hulme of Fernie competing in the Dunbar Summer Series 2022 Downhill Canada / BC Cup in Fernie the weekend of July 17, 2022. (Photo by Aidan Jones)

Fernie kids rock the trails in the Dunbar Summer Series 2022

Isaac Hulme of Fernie won the national championship in Kicking Horse

Isaac Hulme of Fernie competing in the Dunbar Summer Series 2022 Downhill Canada / BC Cup in Fernie the weekend of July 17, 2022. (Photo by Aidan Jones)
The Southeast Fire Centre has announced a campfire ban effective Aug. 4.

Campfire ban announced in the Kootenays as fire dangers reach ‘extreme’

Ban will go into effect Thursday, Aug. 4, as fire danger rating is high to extreme in the region

The Southeast Fire Centre has announced a campfire ban effective Aug. 4.
The community profiles are available on the EVEI website. (Image courtesy of Elk Valley Economic Initiative)

EVEI publishes Fernie, Sparwood, Elkford community profiles

The Elk Valley Economic Initiative has created broad profiles of each Elk Valley community

The community profiles are available on the EVEI website. (Image courtesy of Elk Valley Economic Initiative)
The Sheepdogs will be headlining the Wapiti 2022 music festival in Fernie, out of a lineup of 11 bands from Fernie to as far as Toronto. (Image courtesy of Wapiti Music Festival).
The Sheepdogs will be headlining the Wapiti 2022 music festival in Fernie, out of a lineup of 11 bands from Fernie to as far as Toronto. (Image courtesy of Wapiti Music Festival).
17-year RDEK Area A Director Mike Sosnowski will not be contesting the 2022 municipal elections. Pictured here in August 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Mike Sosnowski to retire as RDEK Area A director

Sosnowski has been Area A director since 2005

17-year RDEK Area A Director Mike Sosnowski will not be contesting the 2022 municipal elections. Pictured here in August 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Sparwood fire chief, Kris Hill. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)

Sparwood gets new fire chief

Kris Hill is stepping into the role after serving as deputy chief since 2021

Sparwood fire chief, Kris Hill. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)
Eye of the Needle and Fernie Forge owner, Sandra Barrett with some examples of felting – a vase, and a piece of artwork behind her. The flowers are courtesy of her friend, Elizabeth. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Culture tour returns to Fernie for 2022

Eye of the Needle is the only local establishment to take part this year

Eye of the Needle and Fernie Forge owner, Sandra Barrett with some examples of felting – a vase, and a piece of artwork behind her. The flowers are courtesy of her friend, Elizabeth. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Christmas in July at the Sparwood Museum. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Christmas in July at the Sparwood Museum

The annual display showcases donated 1950’s-era decorations and toys

Christmas in July at the Sparwood Museum. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Maddox Johnson of Fernie took Gold in the U15 duathlon at the 2022 BC Summer Games. (Photo from BC Games Flickr)

Fernie local takes Gold in 2022 BC Summer Games

About 32 athletes and coaches from the Elk Valley participated in the return of the BC Summer Games

Maddox Johnson of Fernie took Gold in the U15 duathlon at the 2022 BC Summer Games. (Photo from BC Games Flickr)
Fernie Heritage Library senior library assistant Jessica Bozoky holds up a water bottle during a heat wave in the Elk Valley. The library offered a cool-down space from July 27 to 29, and will be offering it again on hot days when they re-open on Aug. 9. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Fernie library offers cool down space through heat wave

Here are some possible places to cool down during the summer heat

Fernie Heritage Library senior library assistant Jessica Bozoky holds up a water bottle during a heat wave in the Elk Valley. The library offered a cool-down space from July 27 to 29, and will be offering it again on hot days when they re-open on Aug. 9. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Yvonne Prest won’t be contesting the 2022 municipal elections in Fernie. (Image courtesy of Yvonne Prest)

Yvonne Prest not running for Fernie council in 2022

Prest was first elected in 2018, and said she’d consider another run when her children are older

Yvonne Prest won’t be contesting the 2022 municipal elections in Fernie. (Image courtesy of Yvonne Prest)
File photo of a black bear.

Sparwood offers wildlife attractant tree replacement grant

WildSafe BC has been running a similar progam in the region since last year

File photo of a black bear.
Adam Hayden, Ava Pollock, Abbi Wannamaker, Katherine Hafke at the BC Games. (Image courtesy of Angie Abdou)

Fun for Fernie swimmers at BC Games

Contributed by Angie Abdou Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club Super athlete Maddox…

  • Jul 29, 2022
Adam Hayden, Ava Pollock, Abbi Wannamaker, Katherine Hafke at the BC Games. (Image courtesy of Angie Abdou)
File photo

Police action played no part in death of Hwy. 3 cyclist: Report

A cyclist was hit by an erratic driver before police could conduct a traffic stop on July 12

File photo
Crews work at the Othello Bridge on the Coquihalla on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

Permanent repairs coming for Othello stretch of Coquihalla Highway

Work is expected to begin in early August and be completed sometime in the fall

Crews work at the Othello Bridge on the Coquihalla on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
Fernie is home to one of the first all-electric Ford F-150's in the province. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie home to the Kootenay’s first electric F-150

There’s an imposter among the trucks of the Kootenays

Fernie is home to one of the first all-electric Ford F-150's in the province. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
17-year Teck CEO and president Don Lindsay will be retiring. (Image courtesy of Teck)

Teck CEO to retire

Don Lindsay has been president and CEO of Teck since 2005

17-year Teck CEO and president Don Lindsay will be retiring. (Image courtesy of Teck)
A male grizzly bear in a fall apple tree in Elkford, BC. (Photo credit: Cindy Rideout)

District of Elkford touts 2021 bear record, promotes bear safety

In 2021, none of the 31 Elk Valley bear euthanizations were in Elkford

A male grizzly bear in a fall apple tree in Elkford, BC. (Photo credit: Cindy Rideout)
A community appreciation barbecue was held by the Elk River Alliance (ERA) on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. From left: Nic Milligan (on the board of the ERA), Lee-Anne Walker (a director and founder of the ERA), Marie Wilfong (volunteer with the ERA), John Poirier (a founding director of the ERA), and Chad Hughes (executive director with the ERA). (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
A community appreciation barbecue was held by the Elk River Alliance (ERA) on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. From left: Nic Milligan (on the board of the ERA), Lee-Anne Walker (a director and founder of the ERA), Marie Wilfong (volunteer with the ERA), John Poirier (a founding director of the ERA), and Chad Hughes (executive director with the ERA). (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
The Elkview SRF is right in the middle of Teck’s Elkview operations near Sparwood, B.C., which is fully operational. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Teck Elk Valley coal mines make bank in Q2

The company’s coal division accounted for $2.5 billion of Teck’s $3.2 billion in quarterly gross profits

The Elkview SRF is right in the middle of Teck’s Elkview operations near Sparwood, B.C., which is fully operational. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)