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Michael Yellowlees and his dog, Luna, are walking across Canada. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Scottish man treks across Canada for the trees

Michael Yellowlees is raising money and awareness for the re-wilding of Scotland

Michael Yellowlees and his dog, Luna, are walking across Canada. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
B.C's COVID-19 dashboard shows the peaks and valleys of cases prior to the record daily report of 132 on April 9, 2021. (Dashboard image)

Interior Health has record day of COVID-19 cases

132 cases reported Friday, April 9, more deaths in Vernon hospital outbreak

B.C's COVID-19 dashboard shows the peaks and valleys of cases prior to the record daily report of 132 on April 9, 2021. (Dashboard image)
The West Kootenay snowpack is at 100 per cent of normal, while the East Kootenay is the lowest in the province at 93 per cent. Bulletin file.

Kootenay snowpacks lower after dry March

Most of the year’s snowpack has accumulated by mid-April

The West Kootenay snowpack is at 100 per cent of normal, while the East Kootenay is the lowest in the province at 93 per cent. Bulletin file.
City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie budget: City council amends tax rate for 5 percent increase

Councillors also walked back a proposed 20 percent operational funding grant to community groups

City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Peach is adhering to the mandatory mask protocols put in place by the Provincial Health Officer on Nov. 19. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Interior Health doesn’t echo B.C.’s daily COVID record

80 new cases reported Thursday, April 8, compared to 91 the day prior

The Peach is adhering to the mandatory mask protocols put in place by the Provincial Health Officer on Nov. 19. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
The site of the Sparling East Playground in Parkland Terrace in Fernie. It will be completed before Summer. (Contributed by City of Fernie)

Parkland Terrace set to swing into new playground

The Sparling East playground should be ready before summer

The site of the Sparling East Playground in Parkland Terrace in Fernie. It will be completed before Summer. (Contributed by City of Fernie)
City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie budget meeting tonight

City council will be discussing community feedback to the proposed budget tonight

City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Elkford Transfer Station will be open six days rather than four from May 1. (Photo contributed)

Elkford Transfer Station expands hours

The station will be open six days rather than four due to the new Recycle B.C. Depot

The Elkford Transfer Station will be open six days rather than four from May 1. (Photo contributed)
Traffic from Highway 1 will be diverted through Kootenay National Park this spring. Kootenay National Park Facebook
Traffic from Highway 1 will be diverted through Kootenay National Park this spring. Kootenay National Park Facebook
LTC nurse Limin Liu, right, takes a selfie as registered nurse Sasha Vartley, left, vaccinates her with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA vaccine during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. Toronto and Peel region continue to be in lockdown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Fernie COVID-19 cases creep up for fourth week in a row

13 new cases were identified between March 28 and April 3

LTC nurse Limin Liu, right, takes a selfie as registered nurse Sasha Vartley, left, vaccinates her with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA vaccine during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. Toronto and Peel region continue to be in lockdown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Wayne Stetski was officially confirmed as the NDP Candidate for Kootenay-Columbia at a virtual nomination meeting held on March 27, 2021. (Submitted file)

Federal budget could determine 2021 election: Stetski

The Liberal government could force an election as early as Spring

Wayne Stetski was officially confirmed as the NDP Candidate for Kootenay-Columbia at a virtual nomination meeting held on March 27, 2021. (Submitted file)
District of Sparwood logo and flag. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Add Sparwood and Elkford to community-wide vaccination program: Wilks

Sparwood’s mayor said the current vaccination program was too slow for the coal-dependent communities

District of Sparwood logo and flag. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The RDEK is urging residents to use caution while spring burning as early season grass fires are not uncommon. (Cranbrook Townsman file)

RDEK urges caution while spring burning

The Regional District of East Kootenay is asking residents to be vigilant while spring cleaning

The RDEK is urging residents to use caution while spring burning as early season grass fires are not uncommon. (Cranbrook Townsman file)
New listings of residential properties are rising in 2021. Kootenay Association of Realtors

Strong Kootenay real estate market continues; new listings rising

New listings of residential properties are rising in 2021

New listings of residential properties are rising in 2021. Kootenay Association of Realtors
Dog feces was thrown in front of Penticton’s Compass House homeless shelter Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Suzie Green witnessed it and caught the aftermath on camera. (Suzie Green / Facebook)

Penticton business owner apologizes for throwing poop

“I simply snapped after once again finding human feces near my restaurant,” the apology letter reads

Dog feces was thrown in front of Penticton’s Compass House homeless shelter Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Suzie Green witnessed it and caught the aftermath on camera. (Suzie Green / Facebook)
The RDEK is banning the sale of fireworks in electoral areas between May 1 - Oct. 1. Trevor Crawley photo.

Regional district’s ban on sale of fireworks to begin in May

A ban on the sale of fireworks in rural parts of the…

The RDEK is banning the sale of fireworks in electoral areas between May 1 - Oct. 1. Trevor Crawley photo.
Castlegar courthouse
Castlegar courthouse
Mainroad wants your feedback on service levels this past winter. Mainroad image
Mainroad wants your feedback on service levels this past winter. Mainroad image
airplane file photo

Elk Valley Airport gets funding boost

$60,000 will be given to the local airport to support operating costs

airplane file photo
Community gardens are an ideal way to improve food security according to the Fernie Food Action Strategy. (Contributed)

Fernie Food Action Strategy makes recommendations on food security

The FFAS recommended allowing backyard hens, among other things

Community gardens are an ideal way to improve food security according to the Fernie Food Action Strategy. (Contributed)