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Cadets from the 2747 Fernie Royal Canadian Army Cadets cleaned up around St. Margaret’s Cemetery in Fernie on October 17. (Submitted by Sherri Shaw / Commanding Officer, Fernie RCAC)
Cadets from the 2747 Fernie Royal Canadian Army Cadets cleaned up around St. Margaret’s Cemetery in Fernie on October 17. (Submitted by Sherri Shaw / Commanding Officer, Fernie RCAC)

Cadets honour veterans laid to rest in Fernie

Cadets from the 2757 Fernie RCAC cleaned up at St. Margaret’s Cemetary

  • Oct 20, 2021

 

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce hosted this year's virtual 2020 Business Awards. (File Photo)

Fernie business award finalists announced

Almost 500 nominations were received for 2021

 

Mick Trodden, an 11-year employee at the market, said he’d use his bonus to visit his grandchildren. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

B.C. grocer hands out thousands in employee bonuses amid regional staffing shortages

The extra cash followed a busy summer, says store owner Jean-Marc Pesant

 

Mark Anderson, owner of West Coast Driver Training, is planning on defying the rules that prevent him from installing dash cams in his company cars. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

B.C. driving school owner to install dash cams, in spite of prohibition

Mark Anderson said he intends to defy regulations due to better serve his clients

Mark Anderson, owner of West Coast Driver Training, is planning on defying the rules that prevent him from installing dash cams in his company cars. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
A video of two RCMP officers dancing outside of 7-Eleven in Vanderhoof by Ada Madam has received more than 10,000 views on Facebook as of Wednesday, September 1. (Facebook image)

Video of dancing cops in Northern B.C. goes viral

“It just lightened all of our moods.”

A video of two RCMP officers dancing outside of 7-Eleven in Vanderhoof by Ada Madam has received more than 10,000 views on Facebook as of Wednesday, September 1. (Facebook image)
Midway Mayor Martin Fromme (centre) presents Finely Kamigochi with her honourary Volunteer of the Year award at a village corn roast Saturday, Aug. 28. Photo courtesy of Van Atkinson

Midway fire dept. shares volunteer award with its youngest member

Finley Kamigochi, 5, joined the dept’s honourary ranks after a fantastic fundraiser

Midway Mayor Martin Fromme (centre) presents Finely Kamigochi with her honourary Volunteer of the Year award at a village corn roast Saturday, Aug. 28. Photo courtesy of Van Atkinson
(Images courtesy of Youth Action Sparwood)

Bullseye: Youth archery in Sparwood is a hit

Young Sparwoodians tried their hand at archery at the new range at the golf club

  • Aug 13, 2021
(Images courtesy of Youth Action Sparwood)
Midway firefighters and Chief Mike Daloise stop for lemonade at Finley Kamigochi’s department fundraiser Saturday, Aug. 7. Photo courtesy of Cam Kamigochi.

Adorable little girl raises money for West Boundary fire dept.

The department honoured five-year-old Finley Kamigochi at a special presentation this week

Midway firefighters and Chief Mike Daloise stop for lemonade at Finley Kamigochi’s department fundraiser Saturday, Aug. 7. Photo courtesy of Cam Kamigochi.
A beautiful new kayak was given to Abbotsford mom Nikki Jensen after hers was stolen from her. She was also given cash to replace it, so she’s sending birthday supplies to a child in Nunavut. (Nikki Jensen photo/ Facebook)

Theft of cherished kayak led to several acts of giving, says Abbotsford mother

Woman sponsoring birthday party for a child in Nunavut after overwhelming community support

A beautiful new kayak was given to Abbotsford mom Nikki Jensen after hers was stolen from her. She was also given cash to replace it, so she’s sending birthday supplies to a child in Nunavut. (Nikki Jensen photo/ Facebook)
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

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)
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

The nine pieces of artwork that were selected to go up on display around the District of Sparwood. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)
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
Storywalks around the Elk Valley. (Contributed by CBAL)
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)
Coal miner days

Coal Miner Days 2021 a success

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

Coal miner days
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)
SPARWOOD GRAD STUDENTS (Samantha Batten)

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
SPARWOOD GRAD STUDENTS (Samantha Batten)
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)