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Ethan and Lana Dortman. Ethan is the owner of Ethan’s Walking Sticks. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Young Sparwood entrepreneur encourages nature walks with growing business

Ethan Dortman is now selling his walking sticks at Sparwood Save-On-Foods

Ethan and Lana Dortman. Ethan is the owner of Ethan’s Walking Sticks. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
The Elk River Pedestrian Bridge in Sparwood (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood’s pedestrian bridge to get permanent lighting

The bridge across the Elk River has solar lights which aren’t working due to a lack of sunlight

The Elk River Pedestrian Bridge in Sparwood (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Kaileigh McCallum (right), junior ecologist with the Elk River Alliance, being presented a cheque worth $3,060 by Lynn Muller, co-owner of Canyon Raft Company. The money was raised in the 2022 Canyon Raft Company race. (Courtesy of Evgeni Matveev)

‘Incredibly grateful’: Canyon Raft Company raises $3,060 for Elk River Alliance

The money was raised through the annual raft race on the Elk River

Kaileigh McCallum (right), junior ecologist with the Elk River Alliance, being presented a cheque worth $3,060 by Lynn Muller, co-owner of Canyon Raft Company. The money was raised in the 2022 Canyon Raft Company race. (Courtesy of Evgeni Matveev)
District of Elkford councillor Len Gostick took three pies to the face to fundraise for the Elkford bike park project on Saturday, July 2, during Elkford’s Wildcat Days celebrations. (Courtesy of Jason Meldrum)

Elkford councillor takes pies to the face for bike park

The project is likely fully funded following pies-to-the-face and other fundraising efforts

District of Elkford councillor Len Gostick took three pies to the face to fundraise for the Elkford bike park project on Saturday, July 2, during Elkford’s Wildcat Days celebrations. (Courtesy of Jason Meldrum)
Westshore Terminals, used by Teck to export coal from B.C. Photographed in September 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Teck reports Elk Valley coal sales within expectations for Q2

The company sold 6.3 million tonnes in the second quarter of 2022

Westshore Terminals, used by Teck to export coal from B.C. Photographed in September 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Borys family was partaking in the Family Ball Tournament during 2022’s Wildcat Days in Elkford. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

First ‘Family Ball Tournament’ held for Wildcat Days in 2022

Past Wildcat Days ball tournaments were larger and more competitive

The Borys family was partaking in the Family Ball Tournament during 2022’s Wildcat Days in Elkford. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Steve Fairbairn is running for mayor of Elkford. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Steve Fairbairn running for Mayor of Elkford

Fairbairn has sat on the district’s council for about a decade

Steve Fairbairn is running for mayor of Elkford. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
The troublesome Sparwood Leisure Centre hot tub (pictured) has been nickle-and-diming the district for too long, so its time is up as of 2022. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)

Hot tub woes coming to an end for Sparwood

The district has budgeted $363K for a new hot tub

The troublesome Sparwood Leisure Centre hot tub (pictured) has been nickle-and-diming the district for too long, so its time is up as of 2022. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)
A photo from Nov. 2021, when the RCMP were deployed at Morice Forest Service Road. The Crown counsel will be pursuing criminal charges against 19 of the 27 arrested from the site. (Gidimt’en Checkpoint Facebook photo)

Key leader of Coastal GasLink pipeline opposition charged with criminal contempt

Sleydo’ (Molly Wickam ) among 19 charged following arrest in fall 2021

A photo from Nov. 2021, when the RCMP were deployed at Morice Forest Service Road. The Crown counsel will be pursuing criminal charges against 19 of the 27 arrested from the site. (Gidimt’en Checkpoint Facebook photo)
Sparwood approves new grader expense for 2022. (Image courtesy of CAT)

Sparwood approves new grader expense

Graders are key snow removal tools

Sparwood approves new grader expense for 2022. (Image courtesy of CAT)
Schematics of the new fire engine to be purchased by the District of Sparwood. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)

New fire engine for Sparwood

Coming in at a little under $800K, it will replace a 20-year-old unit

Schematics of the new fire engine to be purchased by the District of Sparwood. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)
A BC Hydro charging station in Prince Rupert. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)

EV infrastructure to expand in Sparwood

The district has supported a grant application by BC Hydro to add more charging stalls locally

A BC Hydro charging station in Prince Rupert. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)
Environment Canada has issued a thunderstorm watch for the East Kootenay region. Trevor Crawley photo.

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for East Kootenay

Environment Canada predicts a 70% chance of showers and severe thunderstorms this afternoon

Environment Canada has issued a thunderstorm watch for the East Kootenay region. Trevor Crawley photo.
Do an audit of your yard to make sure you keep wildlife/human conflict to a minimum. Bulletin/Brian Hay file
Do an audit of your yard to make sure you keep wildlife/human conflict to a minimum. Bulletin/Brian Hay file
Fernie’s sewerage treatment plant is not meeting capacity demands according to staff, with the community’s population outstripping expectations. (Image courtesy of Google Earth)

Fernie’s wastewater woes no drag on development: City

The city will not be limiting new development because of issues with wastewater treatment

Fernie’s sewerage treatment plant is not meeting capacity demands according to staff, with the community’s population outstripping expectations. (Image courtesy of Google Earth)
Pollen accumulated on Grave Lake in the Elk Valley in early summer 2022. (Image courtesy of Ed Ehrler)

Quite a bit to sneeze at this summer

Photo shared with The Free Press shows a lot of pollen on valley lake

Pollen accumulated on Grave Lake in the Elk Valley in early summer 2022. (Image courtesy of Ed Ehrler)
ICBC stats have shown Hwy 3 is where a lot of the repeat-offender intersections are in Fernie for crashes. (Image courtesy of ICBC)

Elk Valley records 66 crashes in 2021: ICBC stats

The yearly data revealed a dip in the number of crashes in the valley compared to 2020

ICBC stats have shown Hwy 3 is where a lot of the repeat-offender intersections are in Fernie for crashes. (Image courtesy of ICBC)
Fernie author Gordon Sombrowski with a copy of his new book, What Narcissus Saw. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie-inspired book nominated in national book awards

Local author Gordon Sombrowski self-published the book in 2021

Fernie author Gordon Sombrowski with a copy of his new book, What Narcissus Saw. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Eight rare-breed Alapaha puppies were stolen from the Kamloops home of a dog breeder shortly after her unexpected death, and her Chilliwack-based sister has vowed to not give up until the dogs are returned. (submitted photo)

B.C. woman pleads for return of puppies stolen from deceased sister

“This is the last thing that we have of my sister’s that she put her heart and soul into.”

Eight rare-breed Alapaha puppies were stolen from the Kamloops home of a dog breeder shortly after her unexpected death, and her Chilliwack-based sister has vowed to not give up until the dogs are returned. (submitted photo)
Nic Milligan has announced his intention to run for Mayor of Fernie at the October 15 2022 municipal elections. Pictured here on 2nd Ave in Fernie. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Nic Milligan to run for Mayor of Fernie

Milligan worked in the mining industry for almost 25 years, and raised his family in Fernie

Nic Milligan has announced his intention to run for Mayor of Fernie at the October 15 2022 municipal elections. Pictured here on 2nd Ave in Fernie. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)