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City crews have blocked off unsanctioned but popular parking area for day users at the corner of Canyon Trail and Hwy 3 in Fernie. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

No (more) parking: City blocks off unsanctioned parking lot north of Fernie

The parking spot is popular, but too close to the highway intersection according to staff

City crews have blocked off unsanctioned but popular parking area for day users at the corner of Canyon Trail and Hwy 3 in Fernie. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Sherry Benko’s image of a young red fox photographed near Sparwood earlier this year. Her image ‘Did you bring snacks’ has been entered into the BC SPCA’s Wildlife-in-Focus competition. (Image courtesy of Sherry Benko)

Sparwood photographer enters BC-wide wildlife photo competition

Sherry Benko captured an image of a red fox near Sparwood earlier this year

Sherry Benko’s image of a young red fox photographed near Sparwood earlier this year. Her image ‘Did you bring snacks’ has been entered into the BC SPCA’s Wildlife-in-Focus competition. (Image courtesy of Sherry Benko)
The District Office in Elkford. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

District of Elkford council approves temporary daycare space

The Elkford Recreation Centre will be used for daycare between Aug. 1 and Dec. 31

The District Office in Elkford. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Todd Weselake (left) pictured at the ourth bi-annual Bearspaw Contracting ‘Community First’ Society golf tournament and gala event in Elkford in 2022, together with his Angel Flight East Kootenay colleagues Janet and Brent Bidston (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Todd Weselake awarded Volunteer of the Year for RDEK Area A

Weselake has been flying for Angel Flight East Kootenay since its inception

Todd Weselake (left) pictured at the ourth bi-annual Bearspaw Contracting ‘Community First’ Society golf tournament and gala event in Elkford in 2022, together with his Angel Flight East Kootenay colleagues Janet and Brent Bidston (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Mary Cosman of the Fernie seed library with a ‘drunken woman lettuce’ - an example of a plant that has become more suitable for the Elk Valley climate over a time. Pictured here in the Fernie EcoGarden in July 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Local seed library building a more secure food source in the Elk Valley

The library is a long-term effort to acclimatize plants to the cooler Elk Valley conditions

Mary Cosman of the Fernie seed library with a ‘drunken woman lettuce’ - an example of a plant that has become more suitable for the Elk Valley climate over a time. Pictured here in the Fernie EcoGarden in July 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Passengers aboard Angel Flight East Kootenay’s newest plane, a Cessna 414a, which can fly above poor weather and keep flights going. (Image courtesy of Todd Weselake / Angel Flight East Kootenay)

RDEK announces 2022 volunteers of the year

Seven recipients across the six areas were announced on Thursday

Passengers aboard Angel Flight East Kootenay’s newest plane, a Cessna 414a, which can fly above poor weather and keep flights going. (Image courtesy of Todd Weselake / Angel Flight East Kootenay)
The sani dump in Fernie has been decommissioned, with no temporary location coming (yet) due to project cost overruns. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

No sani dump on the horizon for Fernie

Works to establish a temporary replacement have been set back by cost overruns

The sani dump in Fernie has been decommissioned, with no temporary location coming (yet) due to project cost overruns. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Clark Hills is wanted by police. He was last seen in Creston, B.C. (Creston RCMP)

Creston RCMP looking for man wanted for robbery

Members of the public are asked to call the RCMP with any information

Clark Hills is wanted by police. He was last seen in Creston, B.C. (Creston RCMP)
Jim Redmond and Steve Iseman are part of a team cycling across Canada to raise awareness about living with Parkinson’s. Pictured here in Fernie on July 13, 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Cyclists living with Parkinson’s ride across Canada and through Fernie

The team hope to raise the spirits of those living with the disease

Jim Redmond and Steve Iseman are part of a team cycling across Canada to raise awareness about living with Parkinson’s. Pictured here in Fernie on July 13, 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix speaking at the May 13, 2022 opening of the new Primary Care Centre in Chilliwack. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Brand new B.C. primary care centre can’t find doctors to staff it

The clinic opened in May, but the province and Fraser Health can’t find people to work there

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix speaking at the May 13, 2022 opening of the new Primary Care Centre in Chilliwack. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
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Cyclist sustains severe injuries after being hit by erratic driver on Hwy. 3

The cyclist was transported to the Elk Valley Hospital, and then on to Calgary

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The lift hut at the base of the main run at Kimberley Alpine Resort. KAR file
The lift hut at the base of the main run at Kimberley Alpine Resort. KAR file
Stikine MLA Nathan Cullen has announced he will not seek the BC NDP leadership. (Chris Gareau photo)

Municipal affairs minister Nathan Cullen says he won’t be seeking B.C. NDP leadership

All eyes now on Attorney General David Eby who says he is taking time to weigh his decision

Stikine MLA Nathan Cullen has announced he will not seek the BC NDP leadership. (Chris Gareau photo)
Kim Bauer of the Elkford Women’s Task Force Society giving a speech at the fourth bi-annual Bearspaw Contracting ‘Community First’ Society golf tournament and gala event in Elkford and Fernie in 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Local golf tournament and gala brings in $300k for local charities

The money will go to Angel Flight East Kootenay and Elk Valley Safe Homes

Kim Bauer of the Elkford Women’s Task Force Society giving a speech at the fourth bi-annual Bearspaw Contracting ‘Community First’ Society golf tournament and gala event in Elkford and Fernie in 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
A Category 2 open burning prohibition has been announced by the Southeast Fire Centre. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Southeast Fire Centre bans Category 2 open burning fires

As temperatures heat up and conditions dry out, the Southeast Fire Centre…

A Category 2 open burning prohibition has been announced by the Southeast Fire Centre. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin
Isabella Dicken students partook in the 2022 ‘junior golf program’ at the Fernie Golf Club. Golf teacher Ben Rolph sits behind the kids. (Courtesy of Anne Majic)
Isabella Dicken students partook in the 2022 ‘junior golf program’ at the Fernie Golf Club. Golf teacher Ben Rolph sits behind the kids. (Courtesy of Anne Majic)
Highway 3/93 was briefly closed after a tow truck caught on fire. (Image courtesy of RDEK)
Highway 3/93 was briefly closed after a tow truck caught on fire. (Image courtesy of RDEK)
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Jaffray man found dead after search

The 34-year-old man from Jaffray was reported missing on July 10

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Municipal minister Nathan Cullen’s sign near Smithers was vandalized over the weekend. (Twitter/Nathan Cullen)

Minister Cullen’s signboard in northwest B.C. riding defaced with hate graffiti

‘You do not represent northwest’: Minister calls out idiocy of mischief makers in tweet

Municipal minister Nathan Cullen’s sign near Smithers was vandalized over the weekend. (Twitter/Nathan Cullen)
Williams Lake RCMP were called to a residence at the corner of Smedley Street and Eleventh Avenue early Sunday (July 10) morning for a report of an armed man considering self-harm. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Man found dead in Williams Lake home with weapon following negotiation with police

RCMP called to man’s home Sunday (July 10) for report he was considering self-harm

Williams Lake RCMP were called to a residence at the corner of Smedley Street and Eleventh Avenue early Sunday (July 10) morning for a report of an armed man considering self-harm. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)