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Nanaimo’s Michael Suiker is trying to track down family members who might like 10 photo albums he salvaged at an estate sale in 2018. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

B.C. man who once had personal mementos stolen wants to unite family with old photos

Nanaimo’s Michael Suiker salvaged 10 photo albums at estate sale three years ago

 

The nine pieces of artwork that were selected to go up on display around the District of Sparwood. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)

Sparwood champions local art

Another round of local artists are having their work featured on street banners around town

 

Storywalks around the Elk Valley. (Contributed by CBAL)

Summer stories around town returns to the Elk Valley

Contributed by Chrisy Hill Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy With summer break…

  • Jul 2, 2021

 

The Wapiti music festival on a typical year. (Kimberley Vlasic / The Free Press)

Fernie’s Wapiti 2021 struck off the lineup, due for a comeback in 2022

The music festival in Fernie has been cancelled for the second year in a row, but is looking good for 2022

The Wapiti music festival on a typical year. (Kimberley Vlasic / The Free Press)
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Coal Miner Days 2021 a success

The annual event wasn’t going to be stopped for a second year

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Fernie Aquatic Centre is scheduled to reopen in mid to late September. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie Aquatic Centre to get new starting blocks

The new blocks will allow the centre to host more competitive swim meets

Fernie Aquatic Centre is scheduled to reopen in mid to late September. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Brock Tomlinson, Kiera Hansen on top, Jackson Radkie and Jarren Beck are some of the Elk Valley Dolphins' divisional championship qualifiers: pictured here excited to race. (Contributed by Angie Abdou)

Eight Dolphins qualify for divisional championships

Contributed by Angie Abdou Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club June 19th brings…

  • Jun 18, 2021
Brock Tomlinson, Kiera Hansen on top, Jackson Radkie and Jarren Beck are some of the Elk Valley Dolphins' divisional championship qualifiers: pictured here excited to race. (Contributed by Angie Abdou)
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Sparwood teens get goodies for graduating

Six Sparwood teens received gifts from local businesses to help brighten an otherwise quieter grad year

  • Jun 16, 2021
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Pride and Transgender flags wave on the lawn of Fernie's City Hall. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

Fernie Pride launches inclusivity survey

The survey will help identify gaps in supports for the LGBTQ2+ community in the Elk Valley

Pride and Transgender flags wave on the lawn of Fernie's City Hall. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)
Students from EIDES in Fernie with a cheque for $500 from the East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC). (Image courtesy of EKC)

East Kootenay students get outdoors to learn

A donation from the EKC allowed schools in the region to buy outdoor learning kits

Students from EIDES in Fernie with a cheque for $500 from the East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC). (Image courtesy of EKC)
Sparwood Mayor David Wilks with the new AED SaveStation installed at the Sparwood Leisure Centre. (Contributed by District of Sparwood)

Sparwood installs public AED

The SaveStation was installed thanks to a grant from CP Rail

Sparwood Mayor David Wilks with the new AED SaveStation installed at the Sparwood Leisure Centre. (Contributed by District of Sparwood)
The Sparwood Trails Alliance’s five-year plan for trails south of Sparwood. (Image courtesy of Sparwood Trails Alliance)

STA lines up completion of three trails in 2021, looks to five-year plan for more trails

The STA hopes to fundraise for, build and open a new trail every year for the next five years

The Sparwood Trails Alliance’s five-year plan for trails south of Sparwood. (Image courtesy of Sparwood Trails Alliance)
The FernieEcoGarden. (Image courtesy of Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies)

Fernie EcoGarden gets $88,000

The money will go towards a learning and growing space project

The FernieEcoGarden. (Image courtesy of Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies)
Elk Valley Dolphins medalists from the 2021 Virtual Wavemaker - Layla Rella (8), Noah Dodds (8), and Leah Soetaert (15). (Contributed by Angie Abdou)

Six Dolphins earn medals at the Virtual Wavemaker

Contributed by Angie Abdou Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club The results are…

  • Jun 7, 2021
Elk Valley Dolphins medalists from the 2021 Virtual Wavemaker - Layla Rella (8), Noah Dodds (8), and Leah Soetaert (15). (Contributed by Angie Abdou)
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Coal Miner Days next week!

The celebration of all things Sparwood returns for 2021 after a break last year

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Branden Macnaughton, Lane Ogden, Kourtney Holberton, and Kally Campbell skate along Sparwood’s skating trail. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

Sparwood’s outdoor skating trail to return

The trail’s future is set in concrete, after the district was awarded a grant from the CBT

Branden Macnaughton, Lane Ogden, Kourtney Holberton, and Kally Campbell skate along Sparwood’s skating trail. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)
Tammy Ogden is in the running to be among the world's greatest bakers through an online competition. (Image courtesy of Tammy Ogden)

Sparwood baker in the running to be the greatest

Tammy Ogden bakes and decorates cakes for local children through the food bank

Tammy Ogden is in the running to be among the world's greatest bakers through an online competition. (Image courtesy of Tammy Ogden)
The library’s bright green book bike will be making its debut today. (Contributed by Emma Dressler)

Ride into summer with your local librarians

Contributed by Jessica Bozoky Fernie Heritage Library Fernie Heritage Library’s annual summer…

  • May 27, 2021
The library’s bright green book bike will be making its debut today. (Contributed by Emma Dressler)
Get on your bike this Go By Bike week. (Contributed by Danielle Weiss)

Get on your bike for Go By Bike week

Formerly called Bike to Work Week, May 31 to June 6 is Go By Bike Week

Get on your bike this Go By Bike week. (Contributed by Danielle Weiss)
Some of the little houses created by Fernie's brightest on display at Polar Peak books on 2nd Ave. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Children’s art brightens up 2nd Ave

More than 200 little decorated homes will be on display in Fernie storefronts this week

Some of the little houses created by Fernie's brightest on display at Polar Peak books on 2nd Ave. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)