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Jason Meldrum said it was important for younger kids to have more to do in town. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Donations roll in for Elkford bike park

The Elkford Biking Club has been given $2,000 in donations recently

Jason Meldrum said it was important for younger kids to have more to do in town. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Dogs on duty: Avalanche rescue dog in training Sadie (above) learning about obedience with her owner and handler, Steve Morrison at the Fernie Alpine Resort, and Drift (right) who is FAR’s newest CARDA-certified dog. 
More pictures, story on page 8.

Meet the team: Fernie’s avalanche rescue dogs

There are five avalance rescue dogs at Fernie Alpine Resort

Dogs on duty: Avalanche rescue dog in training Sadie (above) learning about obedience with her owner and handler, Steve Morrison at the Fernie Alpine Resort, and Drift (right) who is FAR’s newest CARDA-certified dog. 
More pictures, story on page 8.
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

Interior Health reports 42 cases of COVID-19, no new deaths

16 people are currently hospitalized, while eight are in critical care

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
The view of Fernie from Fernie Alpine Resort in the 2020-2021 winter season. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Skiers to cruise to end of season at FAR thanks to end of season top-up

Only 716cm of snow has fallen at FAR in 2020-2021, but it was more than enough to see out the season

The view of Fernie from Fernie Alpine Resort in the 2020-2021 winter season. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Vandals destroyed newly installed recreation use signs in the Koocanusa area, causing an estimated $5,000 in property damage. Photo submitted.

Vandals destroy recreation signage around Koocanusa

Newly-installed signs destroyed, with estimated $5,000 in property damage

Vandals destroyed newly installed recreation use signs in the Koocanusa area, causing an estimated $5,000 in property damage. Photo submitted.
Downtown Fernie. File photo

Fernie chamber launches take-out bingo to support local restaurants

New provincial health orders have ordered indoor dining halted ahead of the long weekend

Downtown Fernie. File photo
Downtown Fernie is pictured after a snowfall.

Uptick of COVID-19 cases in Elk Valley: Local doctors

There were 8 new cases reported in the last update, from 3 the week before

Downtown Fernie is pictured after a snowfall.
The number of skiers and snowboarders using the Fernie ski shuttle to get to Fernie Alpine Resort from town is down by 77 per cent this season. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The number of skiers and snowboarders using the Fernie ski shuttle to get to Fernie Alpine Resort from town is down by 77 per cent this season. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Elk Valley was out in force over the weekend to raise funds for Foundry East Kootenay. (Photo contributed)
The Elk Valley was out in force over the weekend to raise funds for Foundry East Kootenay. (Photo contributed)
Third-generation Fernie Meat Market owner and operator Mark Brown is set to retire. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie Meat Market up for sale

Long-time owner Mark Brown is hoping to retire

Third-generation Fernie Meat Market owner and operator Mark Brown is set to retire. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Over $10,000 was raised for the Elk Valley Suicide Task Force at the 2021 Might Moose Dragathon. (Contributed)

Mighty moose dragathon raises $10k

Isabella GiaV said the spotlight on mental health was the real win of the event

Over $10,000 was raised for the Elk Valley Suicide Task Force at the 2021 Might Moose Dragathon. (Contributed)
Volunteers from the ERA cleared 19 batteries from the Elk River recently. Pictured with the batteries are volunteers Kaileigh McCallum, Danica MacGregor and Alana Block. (Contributed by Elk River Alliance)

ERA recovers another 19 batteries from Elk River

The batteries were recovered from the same area volunteers cleared 14 batteries last year

Volunteers from the ERA cleared 19 batteries from the Elk River recently. Pictured with the batteries are volunteers Kaileigh McCallum, Danica MacGregor and Alana Block. (Contributed by Elk River Alliance)
In this photo released by Suez Canal Authority, the Ever Given, a Panama-flagged cargo ship is pulled by one of the Suez Canal tugboats, in the Suez Canal, Egypt, Monday, March 29, 2021. Engineers on Monday "partially refloated " the colossal container ship that continues to block traffic through the Suez Canal, authorities said, without providing further details about when the vessel would be set free. (Suez Canal Authority via AP)

Ever Given in the Elk Valley

The Suez Canal-blocking ship has been moved, but what if you dropped it into the valley?

In this photo released by Suez Canal Authority, the Ever Given, a Panama-flagged cargo ship is pulled by one of the Suez Canal tugboats, in the Suez Canal, Egypt, Monday, March 29, 2021. Engineers on Monday "partially refloated " the colossal container ship that continues to block traffic through the Suez Canal, authorities said, without providing further details about when the vessel would be set free. (Suez Canal Authority via AP)
Effective April 1, 2021 through March 31, 2023, the daily quota for cutthroat trout in St. Mary Lake will be reduced from five to zero. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)

2021-23 BC Fishing Regulations see changes in Kootenay region

The daily quota for cutthroat trout in St. Mary Lake will be reduced from five to zero

Effective April 1, 2021 through March 31, 2023, the daily quota for cutthroat trout in St. Mary Lake will be reduced from five to zero. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman file)
A render of a proposed upgraded fire station 2 in Sparwood Heights. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)

New Sparwood fire hall to go to public comment

As part of the process for building a new fire hall in Sparwood Heights, public comment will be opened early next month

A render of a proposed upgraded fire station 2 in Sparwood Heights. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)
City of Fernie welcome sign. (File photo)

Fernie nets an extra $750,000 in funds for tourism projects

The city is one of 32 tourism-dependent communities that has received funding for tourism projects

City of Fernie welcome sign. (File photo)
Wayne Stetski was officially confirmed as the NDP Candidate for Kootenay-Columbia at a virtual nomination meeting held on March 27, 2021. (Submitted file)

Wayne Stetski confirmed as NDP candidate for Kootenay-Columbia

Former MP Wayne Stetski was unanimously confirmed as a federal candidate on March 27

Wayne Stetski was officially confirmed as the NDP Candidate for Kootenay-Columbia at a virtual nomination meeting held on March 27, 2021. (Submitted file)
It doesn't look like much now, but 440 Englemann Spruce Drive in Sparwood is the future home of the Sparwood Community Garden. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood Community Garden gets green light

The district has approved a land use agreement for a garden near Juniper Court

It doesn't look like much now, but 440 Englemann Spruce Drive in Sparwood is the future home of the Sparwood Community Garden. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Leah Soetaert of the EVDSC doing a backstart, (Contributed by Angie Abdou)

Leah Soetaert Medals at (Virtual) Divisional Championships

Contributed by Angie Abdou Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club Competing against big…

  • Mar 26, 2021
Leah Soetaert of the EVDSC doing a backstart, (Contributed by Angie Abdou)
Teck file photo.

Teck Coal pleads guilty to fisheries violations, fined $60 million

Teck contaminated Elk Valley rivers nearly a decade ago

Teck file photo.