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There were official events and informal rides up and down the valley last week for GoByBike week 2022. (Image courtesy of Danielle Wiess)

Elk Valley pedals into GoByBike week 2022

Communities in the valley clocked in almost 7,500km of riding last week

There were official events and informal rides up and down the valley last week for GoByBike week 2022. (Image courtesy of Danielle Wiess)
It was a good turnout at the 2022 Elkford Triathlon on Sunday, June 5. (All images courtesy of Sherry Benko)
(Images courtesy of Sherry Benko)

‘Fantastic event’: Elkford’s annual triathlon returns after two-year hiatus

The triathlon attracted about 60 participants, about half of which were kids

It was a good turnout at the 2022 Elkford Triathlon on Sunday, June 5. (All images courtesy of Sherry Benko)
(Images courtesy of Sherry Benko)
Charlotte Kozier and Soul McLarty having fun at the Sparwood Community Garden on May 31. (Contributed by Stephanie Kozier)

Common ground found at Sparwood Community Garden

Contributed by Melissa McLarty “This feels like before the world went to…

  • Jun 3, 2022
Charlotte Kozier and Soul McLarty having fun at the Sparwood Community Garden on May 31. (Contributed by Stephanie Kozier)
Originally from Cranbrook, Robert Yost is an emergency management volunteer with the Canadian Red Cross.

The Choices We Make: The Story of a Red Cross volunteer

By Gurpreet Somal “That’s the moment I’ll never forget. When I first…

  • May 9, 2022
Originally from Cranbrook, Robert Yost is an emergency management volunteer with the Canadian Red Cross.
Dawn Deydey of the Fernie Community Garden showing off their new community outdoor space, to be completed by June 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie Community Garden expansion nears completion

The garden is getting a new outdoor meeting space, new plots and a larger childrens area

Dawn Deydey of the Fernie Community Garden showing off their new community outdoor space, to be completed by June 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Staff at Foundry Vancouver-Granville, operated by Providence Health Care. One of many Foundry centre across BC that provide integrated health services to young people like Aslam and Lee. Jeff Topham photo.

Foundry supports youth in living a good life

Free and confidential health and wellness supports for BC youth ages 12 to 24 – online and in-person

  • May 2, 2022
Staff at Foundry Vancouver-Granville, operated by Providence Health Care. One of many Foundry centre across BC that provide integrated health services to young people like Aslam and Lee. Jeff Topham photo.
Zoe Rutherford, Libby Robbins, Carmen Gareca-Wloka, Haven Falzon-Knoop (in front), Anna Choroszewski, Tanis Robbins (behind), Blakely Duncan, Nena Potzold, Elena Wannamaker, and Lakela Danic picked up six large garbage bags of trash along Hwy. 3 on Apr. 14 this year. (Image courtesy of Halina Wloka)

Fernie’s young volunteers clean up town

Contributed by Halina Wloka 2nd Fernie Brownie Unit The 2nd Fernie Brownie…

  • Apr 28, 2022
Zoe Rutherford, Libby Robbins, Carmen Gareca-Wloka, Haven Falzon-Knoop (in front), Anna Choroszewski, Tanis Robbins (behind), Blakely Duncan, Nena Potzold, Elena Wannamaker, and Lakela Danic picked up six large garbage bags of trash along Hwy. 3 on Apr. 14 this year. (Image courtesy of Halina Wloka)
Jamaican treats offered a dinner of spicy traditional fare at Taste of Sparwood on Apr. 24 (Sherry Benko)

Sparwood’s Arts and Culture Week kicks off with Taste of Sparwood

Contributed by Sherry Benko It’s Arts and Culture Week in Sparwood, with…

  • Apr 26, 2022
Jamaican treats offered a dinner of spicy traditional fare at Taste of Sparwood on Apr. 24 (Sherry Benko)
Members of the Elk Valley Gymnastics Club are looking forward to hosting the Rocky Mountain Tumble in Fernie on May 14-15. (Image courtesy of Elk Valley Gymnastics Club)

Elk Valley Gymnastics Club to host Rocky Mountain Tumble

Contributed by Alisha Rella Elk Valley Gymnastics Club After two years of…

  • Apr 22, 2022
Members of the Elk Valley Gymnastics Club are looking forward to hosting the Rocky Mountain Tumble in Fernie on May 14-15. (Image courtesy of Elk Valley Gymnastics Club)
The new art piece in the Sparwood Public Library is hard to miss, above the main interior door. Pictured with the piece (from left to right) is head librarian Jim Bertoia, library board member Lois Halko, creator of the peice Pat Kozler, Sparwood Arts Council member Rose Sharma and Samantha Batten of the library board. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood library home to new local art piece

The glass on glass piece features prominently in the entryway

The new art piece in the Sparwood Public Library is hard to miss, above the main interior door. Pictured with the piece (from left to right) is head librarian Jim Bertoia, library board member Lois Halko, creator of the peice Pat Kozler, Sparwood Arts Council member Rose Sharma and Samantha Batten of the library board. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Brody Dube (10 & Under), 1st in the 25 free, 1st in the 25 fly, 3rd in the 400 free (Angie Abdou)

Competitive swimming thriving in the Kootenays

Contributed by Angie Abdou Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club In mid-April, the…

  • Apr 19, 2022
Brody Dube (10 & Under), 1st in the 25 free, 1st in the 25 fly, 3rd in the 400 free (Angie Abdou)
Olivia Howse ready to swim at first championship meet in Canada since Covid closures in March 2020. (Contributed by Angie Abdou)

Fernie’s Olivia Howse headed to Alberta Provincial Championships

Contributed by Angie Abdou Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club This weekend Olivia…

  • Mar 15, 2022
Olivia Howse ready to swim at first championship meet in Canada since Covid closures in March 2020. (Contributed by Angie Abdou)
Art was created and destroyed at the Arts Station on Monday Mar. 7 as part of the 2nd Annual Fernie Dragathon to raise suicide awareness and raise funds for mental health support services. (Image courtesy of Ev Eijsermans)

Fernie’s Dragathon for suicide awareness kicks off

An Art Cleansing Session was held at the Arts Station on Monday

Art was created and destroyed at the Arts Station on Monday Mar. 7 as part of the 2nd Annual Fernie Dragathon to raise suicide awareness and raise funds for mental health support services. (Image courtesy of Ev Eijsermans)
Elizabeth Leberge is all smiles after popping a prize balloon and winning a fishing rod and reel combo at the Elkford Rod and Gun Club’s Intro to Archery at Elkford’s Winter in the Wild weekend. (Dylan Forsyth / Elkford Rod and Gun Club)

Intro to Archery right on target at Elkford’s Winter in the Wild weekend

105 participants signed up for an introduction to archery hosted by the Elkford Rod and Gun Club

  • Mar 7, 2022
Elizabeth Leberge is all smiles after popping a prize balloon and winning a fishing rod and reel combo at the Elkford Rod and Gun Club’s Intro to Archery at Elkford’s Winter in the Wild weekend. (Dylan Forsyth / Elkford Rod and Gun Club)
Johnna Abdou, Angie Abdou and Katie Hafke at the start line in Matanchen Bay, Mexico. (Image courtesy of Bev Dougan)

Three generations of Fernie family complete open water challenge in Mexico

Contributed by Aidan Chudleigh Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club At age 73,…

  • Mar 7, 2022
Johnna Abdou, Angie Abdou and Katie Hafke at the start line in Matanchen Bay, Mexico. (Image courtesy of Bev Dougan)
Griz faces drawn by 1/2 students at École Isabella Dicken Elementary School in the lead-up to the 45th Griz Days. (Image courtesy of Jesse Bell / École Isabella Dicken Elementary School)

EIDES students get creative for Griz Days

Grade 1/2 students wrote about what they’d do if they were the Griz

  • Mar 7, 2022
Griz faces drawn by 1/2 students at École Isabella Dicken Elementary School in the lead-up to the 45th Griz Days. (Image courtesy of Jesse Bell / École Isabella Dicken Elementary School)
The Elk Valley Hospital is adapting to meet the needs of patients in the Elk Valley.

Missed health care a concern for local doctors

Missed health screenings and checkups could have long-term effects

The Elk Valley Hospital is adapting to meet the needs of patients in the Elk Valley.
The Fernie Legion donated $500 to Angel Flight East Kootenay on Feb. 19 2022. Pictured: Reginald Lafreniere and Jeannie Watson of the Fernie Legion present a check for $500 to Brent Bidston of Angel Flight. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie Legion donates to two local charities

$500 each went to Angel Flight and Girls for Days

The Fernie Legion donated $500 to Angel Flight East Kootenay on Feb. 19 2022. Pictured: Reginald Lafreniere and Jeannie Watson of the Fernie Legion present a check for $500 to Brent Bidston of Angel Flight. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Some of the lovely Drag Queens that helped brighten up Fernie at last year’s Mighty Moose Dragathon. (Image courtesy of Isabella GiaV).

Shining a spotlight on mental health: Drag performers to wow Fernie and tear up FAR for mental health

Drag Queens and Kings will be doing laps of the Might Moose as part of a week of events to raise funds for the Elk Valley Suicide Task Force

Some of the lovely Drag Queens that helped brighten up Fernie at last year’s Mighty Moose Dragathon. (Image courtesy of Isabella GiaV).
Kiera Hansen ready to compete and mentor at Northern and Interior Divisional Championships in Penticton. (Image courtesy of Angie Abdou)

Dolphins qualify record number of swimmers for Divisional Championships

Contributed by Angie Abdou Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club Nine Elk Valley…

  • Feb 22, 2022
Kiera Hansen ready to compete and mentor at Northern and Interior Divisional Championships in Penticton. (Image courtesy of Angie Abdou)