Local News

A private event was held at the Cast Iron Grill Tuesday, July 19, 2022, to celebrate the airing of The Amazing Race Canada episode featuring Fernie, and to thank the businesses, organizations and individuals involved in making the episode happen. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Fernie in the spotlight in Amazing Race Canada

Fernie (and the Sparwood sign) was featured in an Amazing Race Canada episode on July 19, 2022

A private event was held at the Cast Iron Grill Tuesday, July 19, 2022, to celebrate the airing of The Amazing Race Canada episode featuring Fernie, and to thank the businesses, organizations and individuals involved in making the episode happen. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Leafy puts Washington’s wholesale Cannabis revenues at $653 million, making it the state’s fourth most valuable legal crop, behind only apples ($2.1 billion), wheat ($949 million) and potatoes ($753 million), but ahead of cherries ($562 million) and hay ($501 million), according to figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Leafy puts Washington’s wholesale Cannabis revenues at $653 million, making it the state’s fourth most valuable legal crop, behind only apples ($2.1 billion), wheat ($949 million) and potatoes ($753 million), but ahead of cherries ($562 million) and hay ($501 million), according to figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Black Press file

Kootenay Rockies Tourism and Selkirk College research cannabis tourism opportunities in the region

As a regional destination marketing organization, Kootenay Rockies Tourism is always seeking…

Leafy puts Washington’s wholesale Cannabis revenues at $653 million, making it the state’s fourth most valuable legal crop, behind only apples ($2.1 billion), wheat ($949 million) and potatoes ($753 million), but ahead of cherries ($562 million) and hay ($501 million), according to figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Leafy puts Washington’s wholesale Cannabis revenues at $653 million, making it the state’s fourth most valuable legal crop, behind only apples ($2.1 billion), wheat ($949 million) and potatoes ($753 million), but ahead of cherries ($562 million) and hay ($501 million), according to figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Black Press file
A couple of families and members of the Elkford Snowmobile Association (about half a dozen people) were working at the safety and warmup cabin on the Koko Claims / Crossing Creek Trail near Elkford on Saturday, July 16, 2022, doing winter prep. (Courtesy of Jason Miller)

Winter preparation for Elkford warm-up cabin a ‘success’

Members of the Elkford Snowmobile Association did some work on the cabin over the weekend

A couple of families and members of the Elkford Snowmobile Association (about half a dozen people) were working at the safety and warmup cabin on the Koko Claims / Crossing Creek Trail near Elkford on Saturday, July 16, 2022, doing winter prep. (Courtesy of Jason Miller)
The Timber Chair will be open on July 30, 2022 for a day. (Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press)

FAR’s Timber Chair to be open on July 30

The Timber Chair has been closed for the last few seasons and will be open for one day

The Timber Chair will be open on July 30, 2022 for a day. (Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press)
The Fernie band Lush Fleece. (Courtesy of Sean Yunus)

Fernie band Lush Fleece part of new ARC accelerator program

Program participants will partake in career acceleration activities, including a live performance

The Fernie band Lush Fleece. (Courtesy of Sean Yunus)
Kevin McIsaac will run for another term on the Fernie city council at the October 15 elections in 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Kevin McIsaac to run for Fernie council

McIsaac is an incumbent councillor, having served since 2018 and previously from ‘08 to ‘11

Kevin McIsaac will run for another term on the Fernie city council at the October 15 elections in 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Crystal Chapman of Elkford was the winner of a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan through a giveaway by the Elkford Dental Centre in July, 2022. She will be giving it to a young man who she thinks deserves it. (Courtesy of Elkford Dental Centre)

Paying it forward: Elkford youth to get first car through dental clinic giveaway

Crystal Chapman won a minivan, and she will be giving it to someone who needs it more

Crystal Chapman of Elkford was the winner of a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan through a giveaway by the Elkford Dental Centre in July, 2022. She will be giving it to a young man who she thinks deserves it. (Courtesy of Elkford Dental Centre)
Fernie’s wastewater treatment facilities as seen from Cokato Rd. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie approves $287K in expenses to fix wastewater infrastructure

These are more steps on a long road to bring the city’s wastewater policies into compliance

Fernie’s wastewater treatment facilities as seen from Cokato Rd. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie weighs up council code of conduct

A code of conduct is designed to lay out expectations for behaviour by elected officials

City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Colleen Frank loves cats. She holds a pillow with the image of her former cat Stanley while current cat Ozzie investigates a moving box. After 20 years in her apartment building, Frank is being evicted and may have to be out on July 29. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack senior fears homelessness as she faces rental crisis head on

Colleen Frank is being forced out of the apartment building she’s lived in for 20 years

Colleen Frank loves cats. She holds a pillow with the image of her former cat Stanley while current cat Ozzie investigates a moving box. After 20 years in her apartment building, Frank is being evicted and may have to be out on July 29. (Eric J. Welsh/ Chilliwack Progress)
The Fernie SAR used their helicopter long-line gear for 10 to 12 rescues in 2021. (Courtesy of Simon Piney)

Advice from Fernie Search and Rescue for the summer season

Calling it in when flipping a raft on the river is very important, according to Simon Piney

The Fernie SAR used their helicopter long-line gear for 10 to 12 rescues in 2021. (Courtesy of Simon Piney)
Leah Soetaert won a bronze medal in the 50 back at the Manitoba-Saskatchewan provincials. (Contributed by EVDSC)

Elk Valley Dolphins win medals at provincials

Contributed by Angie Abdou Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club Heading into the…

  • Jul 18, 2022
Leah Soetaert won a bronze medal in the 50 back at the Manitoba-Saskatchewan provincials. (Contributed by EVDSC)
Carolyn Cameron is part of the La Cafamore string quartet that is coming to Fernie for a concert in August, 2022. (Courtesy of Carolyn Cameron)

Classical string quartet concert coming to Fernie in August

La Cafamore will be performing the works of Florence Price and Antonin Dvorak

Carolyn Cameron is part of the La Cafamore string quartet that is coming to Fernie for a concert in August, 2022. (Courtesy of Carolyn Cameron)
A CP Rail lead unit in Fernie, B.C. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

CP Rail train collides with boulder near Sparwood

The incident occured in late March and resulted in no injuries or derailments

A CP Rail lead unit in Fernie, B.C. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Fernie seen from Mount Fernie. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Census data reveals CERB payments in Elk Valley

Over 20 percent of Fernie received pandemic payments, compared to 14 percent of Sparwood and 12 percent of Elkford

Fernie seen from Mount Fernie. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
District governor for Fernie Rotary (second from right) inducting two new members into the local branch, Carlie Thompson and Sharon Clark. Pictured with president of Fernie Rotary, Anita Palmer at the Fernie Rotary 100th anniversary celebration dinner in Fernie on July 15, 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie Rotary marks 100 years

The club was first formed in 1922, and has worked for the betterment of the community since

District governor for Fernie Rotary (second from right) inducting two new members into the local branch, Carlie Thompson and Sharon Clark. Pictured with president of Fernie Rotary, Anita Palmer at the Fernie Rotary 100th anniversary celebration dinner in Fernie on July 15, 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Morrissey bridge to the south of Fernie has been repaired ahead of its use as the major access point for pipeline construction work to the east of Fernie in 2022, 2023 and 2024. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Pipeline worker surge on the go in Fernie

Local businesses are being supported by tips from Tourism Fernie and the Fernie Chamber on how to not be overwhelmed

The Morrissey bridge to the south of Fernie has been repaired ahead of its use as the major access point for pipeline construction work to the east of Fernie in 2022, 2023 and 2024. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Gordon Sombrowski and Angie Abdou talked about Sombrowski’s new book, What Narcissus Saw, at the official Fernie launch of the Fernie-inspired collection of short fiction. Pictured at Park Place Lodge, Fernie, on Dec. 7 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie author through to national independent award finals

Gordon Sombrowski’s book has been selected as a finalist at the Whistler Independent Book Awards

Gordon Sombrowski and Angie Abdou talked about Sombrowski’s new book, What Narcissus Saw, at the official Fernie launch of the Fernie-inspired collection of short fiction. Pictured at Park Place Lodge, Fernie, on Dec. 7 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Reverend Canon Andrea Brennan of the combined ministry of Christ Church Anglican and Knox United in Fernie has been made Regional Dean of the East Kootenays. Pictured in Christ Church Anglican in July 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Anglican Fernie Reverend appointed Regional Dean

Rev. Andrea Brennan has ministered the combined Christ Church Anglican and Knox United congregations since 2019

The Reverend Canon Andrea Brennan of the combined ministry of Christ Church Anglican and Knox United in Fernie has been made Regional Dean of the East Kootenays. Pictured in Christ Church Anglican in July 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The section of road between the map points marked Dry Creek Road Intersection and Dry Creek Sediment Ponds, known as the Dry Creek FSR, will be temporarily closed with limited access from July 11 to October 31 2022 due to road work to address erosion and sloughing. (Courtesy of Teck)

Dry Creek FSR in vicinity of Elkford partially closed due to road work

The work, announced by Teck, is being done to address erosion and sloughing

The section of road between the map points marked Dry Creek Road Intersection and Dry Creek Sediment Ponds, known as the Dry Creek FSR, will be temporarily closed with limited access from July 11 to October 31 2022 due to road work to address erosion and sloughing. (Courtesy of Teck)