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Afghan parents carry their children, as they leave the malnutrition ward floor, at the Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Blood drive to mark Women’s Day halted, Afghan activists say

Organizers say the event was viewed as a protest by Taliban authorities

Crossing the Rock Creek Canyon Bridge between Osoyoos and Rock Creek. Bob Cortright/Wikipedia/Creative Common

British Columbia’s Great Highway turns 70

Today, the real wealth of the Crowsnest Highway encompasses more than mining, energy and forestry.

  • Sep 4, 2019
Fernie from above. Free Press file photo

Death came on Tuesday

Written for the Lost Souls Society - Forever Remembered

  • Apr 19, 2019
Decoro Portraits, Fernie Mayor Ange Qualizza and local firefighters present Fernie Women’s Resource Centre Executive Director Lauren Fox with a cheque for $5000, raised through a charity calendar.  Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press

Firefighter calendar raises $5000 for FWRC

The proceeds from Fernie Fire Rescue’s charity calendar will ensure women in…

Decoro Portraits, Fernie Mayor Ange Qualizza and local firefighters present Fernie Women’s Resource Centre Executive Director Lauren Fox with a cheque for $5000, raised through a charity calendar.  Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press
Peppi Rino: the man who painted a city

Peppi Rino: the man who painted a city

There are but a few houses in the Elk Valley that the…

Peppi Rino: the man who painted a city
A very cold Sage Thrasher

What’s behind December’s avian oddities?

Ian Adams writes how the quick descent from mild fall into mid-winter may well have caught several birds off-guard

  • Dec 28, 2016
A very cold Sage Thrasher
When hitting the highways and byways this winter

Time change can wreak havoc on drivers

And that isn't the only reason accidents on B.C. roads spike right after the clocks fall back.

When hitting the highways and byways this winter
A tiny homeless kitten (left)

Chance to fix your cat for free still on at EKSPCA

The program is expected to finish in December, but may wrap up sooner if the remaining 200 surgeries are reached before the goal date.

  • Oct 26, 2016
A tiny homeless kitten (left)
Many drivers think it’s okay to use their phone when stopped in traffic; but a hefty fine awaits you if police catch you doing it. Enforcement of distracted driving laws will be stepped up throughout September.

Police to crack down on distracted driving

It is not just a "young people" problem, and it involves more than just phones (which you shouldn't use when stopped in traffic)

Many drivers think it’s okay to use their phone when stopped in traffic; but a hefty fine awaits you if police catch you doing it. Enforcement of distracted driving laws will be stepped up throughout September.
Mission RCMP have released a reminder that catching some “creatures” will net drivers a hefty fine.

Pokémon stop: be careful out there while playing

The wildly popular new game is a lot of fun; but there are real-life hazards attached to it.

Mission RCMP have released a reminder that catching some “creatures” will net drivers a hefty fine.
This startled-looking bobcat was snapped by a trail camera in January 2015.

Photos helping in wildlife study

Pictures submitted by outdoor enthusiasts are shining new light on bobcat and lynx habitats in the province.

This startled-looking bobcat was snapped by a trail camera in January 2015.