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A conceptual image of a multi-family housing development envisioned by Abugov Kaspar Architects to go on a lot in Castle Mountain in Fernie. (Image courtesy of City of Fernie)

Developer withdraws zoning change application in Fernie

Plans to develop more affordable housing in the Castle Mountain neighbourhood appear to be on ice

A conceptual image of a multi-family housing development envisioned by Abugov Kaspar Architects to go on a lot in Castle Mountain in Fernie. (Image courtesy of City of Fernie)
Some of Fernie's wonderful volunteers with some of the rubbish collected around Fernie this Earth Day 2021. (Contributed by Jessica Bozoky)

Fernie community cleans up for Earth Day

Over 180 volunteers were hard at work cleaning up Fernie this weekend

  • Apr 26, 2021
Some of Fernie's wonderful volunteers with some of the rubbish collected around Fernie this Earth Day 2021. (Contributed by Jessica Bozoky)
Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka takes over as energy and mines critic for the B.C. Liberal opposition. Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick moves from health critic to assistant deputy speaker. (Hansard TV)

MLA Shypitka reacts to provinical budget

Kootenay East MLA notes lack of attention to mining and natural resource sector

Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka takes over as energy and mines critic for the B.C. Liberal opposition. Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick moves from health critic to assistant deputy speaker. (Hansard TV)
The venue for the Australian Nationals in the Gold Coast, Queensland. (Image courtesy of Northwest Swimming Club)

Dolphin Olivia Howse Qualifies for Australian Age Group Nationals

Contributed by Angie Abdou Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club In January, Olivia…

  • Apr 24, 2021
The venue for the Australian Nationals in the Gold Coast, Queensland. (Image courtesy of Northwest Swimming Club)
An Interior Health nurse administers Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to seniors and care aids in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. (Phil McLachlan/Kelowna Capital News)

Interior Health sees 93 new COVID-19 cases Friday

The health authority declared a new outbreak at a Kelowna retirement home, where one person has died

An Interior Health nurse administers Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to seniors and care aids in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. (Phil McLachlan/Kelowna Capital News)
The local detachment is short-staffed. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Police powers in travel restriction orders too vague: Sparwood mayor

Sparwood’s mayor said it was not clear how the RCMP would factor into the new orders announced today

The local detachment is short-staffed. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The City of Fernie is actively applying for a grant through the Ministry of Transportation. (Photo Submitted)

New orders change little: Fernie Mayor

Mayor Ange Qualizza said the message remained the same, and British Columbians needed to stay put

The City of Fernie is actively applying for a grant through the Ministry of Transportation. (Photo Submitted)
RCMP. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)

Police impersonator incident at Alberta-B.C. border

Elk Valley RCMP are searching for a man that pulled over an Alberta resident

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
B.C.’s public health restrictions on non-essential travel are reinforced by orders effective April 23, 2021 to stay within your own regional health authority except for essential travel such as work and medical appointmens. (B.C. government)

Province unveils non-essential travel restrictions to stem COVID-19 transmission

Penalties can include a $575 fine, as highway signage will be placed at provincial highway border boundaries

B.C.’s public health restrictions on non-essential travel are reinforced by orders effective April 23, 2021 to stay within your own regional health authority except for essential travel such as work and medical appointmens. (B.C. government)
A tractor unit on fire after being struck by a train in Sparwood on April 23, 2021. (Image courtesy of David Wilks, District of Sparwood)
A tractor unit on fire after being struck by a train in Sparwood on April 23, 2021. (Image courtesy of David Wilks, District of Sparwood)
Members of the Colville Confederated Tribes, including Richard Desautel (front row fourth from right), gathered Friday morning to hear the Supreme Court of Canada decision. Photo: Submitted
Members of the Colville Confederated Tribes, including Richard Desautel (front row fourth from right), gathered Friday morning to hear the Supreme Court of Canada decision. Photo: Submitted
Mark Skage and his son Mica during the filming of a West Kootenay episode of Start ‘em Young. Photo: Submitted

TV show films West Kootenay hunting trip

Start ‘Em Young aims to encourage kids to get out in the wilderness

Mark Skage and his son Mica during the filming of a West Kootenay episode of Start ‘em Young. Photo: Submitted
Kimberley case counts not at the point for 18 years and older community vaccination, says Interior Health. (File photo)

Many factors considered for smaller community-wide vaccination: Interior Health

East Kootenay resort town’s COVID-19 situation not at the point of community-wide vaccination, say officials

Kimberley case counts not at the point for 18 years and older community vaccination, says Interior Health. (File photo)
A woman wears a protective face covering to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as she walks past the emergency entrance of Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

54 more cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

Thirty-two people in the region are in hospital with the virus, 11 of them in intensive care

A woman wears a protective face covering to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as she walks past the emergency entrance of Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
While pharmacies across B.C. are using AstraZeneca for public immunizations for people 40 years of age and older, there is no availability currently in the Kootenays. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

No AstraZeneca vaccine availability in Kootenay pharmacies, says Interior Health

Vaccine has been opened up at pharmacies in other areas of the province to people 40 years of age and older

While pharmacies across B.C. are using AstraZeneca for public immunizations for people 40 years of age and older, there is no availability currently in the Kootenays. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Frisky Whisky has closed its doors to the public under COVID-19 health orders. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

Cocktail lounge in Creston gets creative to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions

Frisky Whisky is now offering a lunch takeout menu and take-home cocktail kits

Frisky Whisky has closed its doors to the public under COVID-19 health orders. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
Michel-Natal-Sparwood Heritage Society runs a museum that was established to display the heritage of the "no-longer towns" of Michel and Natal, and the Elk Valley Area. Photo Submitted/Monica Beranek, Artifact Curator

Sparwood to support museum financially through to December 2022

The district will provide financial support for the museum to hire a full-time director

Michel-Natal-Sparwood Heritage Society runs a museum that was established to display the heritage of the "no-longer towns" of Michel and Natal, and the Elk Valley Area. Photo Submitted/Monica Beranek, Artifact Curator
Jason Meldrum and his son Carter are raising funds for the Elkford Bike Park. (Contributed by Jason Meldrum)

Elkford bike park fundraising

Jason and Carter from the ELkford Biking Club were canvassing for donations over Easter Monday

Jason Meldrum and his son Carter are raising funds for the Elkford Bike Park. (Contributed by Jason Meldrum)
The golf course in Elkford would need to be re-zoned to allow for 10 camping sites. (Image courtesy of District of Elkford)

Elkford to consider allowing campsites at golf course

The district has expressed support for 10 campground spaces at the golf course

The golf course in Elkford would need to be re-zoned to allow for 10 camping sites. (Image courtesy of District of Elkford)
The IIO is investigating after a police dog bit a man during a traffic stop near Ladysmith on April 17, 2021. (Black Press Media stock photo)

Man arrested in incident at Canada-U.S. border near Roosville

A man who crossed the border illegally was apprehended by U.S. officials

The IIO is investigating after a police dog bit a man during a traffic stop near Ladysmith on April 17, 2021. (Black Press Media stock photo)