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Free fireworks are always a big hit at Griz Days.

Fernie’s Griz Days around the corner

The 45th annual Griz Days is a return to form

Free fireworks are always a big hit at Griz Days.
Richard Howes moves boxes into the new family home in Creston. (Submitted)

Family thanks Creston community for outpouring of support after moving trailer theft

The Howes had all of their belongings stolen in Grand Forks during their move

Richard Howes moves boxes into the new family home in Creston. (Submitted)
Fernie Rotary President Anita Palmer selling the first 2022 Griz Pin to Fernie Mayor Ange Qualizza, alongside the Griz himself, and Fernie CAO Michael Boronowski. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

2022 Griz Pins on sale ahead of 45th annual Griz Days

The first pin has officially been sold to the Mayor of Fernie

Fernie Rotary President Anita Palmer selling the first 2022 Griz Pin to Fernie Mayor Ange Qualizza, alongside the Griz himself, and Fernie CAO Michael Boronowski. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Laura Rankine, Jenni de Verk, Robyn Peel, Bob Maudie of the Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club are all smiles about being back in the pool for the EVDSC’s Masters swimming program. (Contributed by Angie Abdou)

Masters swimming back for 2022

Contributed by Angie Abdou Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club After two-years of…

  • Feb 4, 2022
Laura Rankine, Jenni de Verk, Robyn Peel, Bob Maudie of the Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club are all smiles about being back in the pool for the EVDSC’s Masters swimming program. (Contributed by Angie Abdou)
UFV is working with artificial intelligence robots that can help combat isolation and loneliness, thanks to funding from the TD Bank Group. (UFV photo)

Robots and AI being used to help combat COVID-19 loneliness at UFV

Findings will be shared with government, industry, and community partners to enhance wellness

UFV is working with artificial intelligence robots that can help combat isolation and loneliness, thanks to funding from the TD Bank Group. (UFV photo)
Fernie Distillers have donated $1,000 to the Coal Creek Heritage Society for trail maintenance and upkeep in the Ridgemont and Montane areas, where the CCHS manage trails. Pictured L-R: Andrew Hayden and Jillian Rutherford of Fernie Distillers, and Rick Wiess and Pat Gilmar of CCHS. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Thanks for the (spruce) tip: Fernie Distillers donate to CCHS

$1,000 donated to the Coal Creek Heritage Society will go towards trail maintenance in Ridgemont and Montane

Fernie Distillers have donated $1,000 to the Coal Creek Heritage Society for trail maintenance and upkeep in the Ridgemont and Montane areas, where the CCHS manage trails. Pictured L-R: Andrew Hayden and Jillian Rutherford of Fernie Distillers, and Rick Wiess and Pat Gilmar of CCHS. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The card, held by both Nancy Nester (left) and Catherine Crewe (right) when they exchanged it in December 2020 in Kimberley, B.C. (Image courtesy of Catherine Crewe)

60 years of good wishes: Two long-time Kootenay penpals keep a Christmas tradition alive

Catherine Crewe of Fernie, and Nancy Nester of Invermere have been sending the same card back and forth to each other since they were both five years old

The card, held by both Nancy Nester (left) and Catherine Crewe (right) when they exchanged it in December 2020 in Kimberley, B.C. (Image courtesy of Catherine Crewe)
Volunteers and members of emergency services in Sparwood will be touring town on Dec. 5, knocking on doors for donations to the Sparwood Food Bank. (Image courtesy of Sparwood Search and Recue)

Emergency services gear up for 2021 Sparwood food drive

Emergency services will ber knocking on doors in Sparwood on Dec. 5 for the annual drive

Volunteers and members of emergency services in Sparwood will be touring town on Dec. 5, knocking on doors for donations to the Sparwood Food Bank. (Image courtesy of Sparwood Search and Recue)
The Creative Co-Op is open in Sparwood's Greenwood Mall on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from Nov. 18 up to Dec. 24. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Creative Co-Op opens up in Sparwood

The indoor space for market vendors will be open for the lead-up to Christmas

The Creative Co-Op is open in Sparwood's Greenwood Mall on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from Nov. 18 up to Dec. 24. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Blair Craig and Lynn Muller are the owners of Canyon Raft Company, which was awarded with the Chamber legacy award at the 2021 Fernie Business Excellence Awards. Pictured on Nov. 9, 2021, at the Fernie Alpine Resort. Craig has worked at the ski hill since he moved to Fernie in 1975. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

After 26 years, Fernie’s Canyon Raft Company going strong

The company, which was started in 1995, was honoured at the 2021 Fernie Business Excellence Awards

Blair Craig and Lynn Muller are the owners of Canyon Raft Company, which was awarded with the Chamber legacy award at the 2021 Fernie Business Excellence Awards. Pictured on Nov. 9, 2021, at the Fernie Alpine Resort. Craig has worked at the ski hill since he moved to Fernie in 1975. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Jillian Harris and Team Jilly have joined with Do Some Good to engage the community, support local causes and amplify the many amazing stories that non-profit organizations share. Join her for the 12 Days of Christmas campaign, Dec. 1 to 12.

Jillian Harris joins Do Some Good to drive more community impact

Team Jilly’s 12 Days of Giving campaign runs Dec. 1 to 12

  • Nov 22, 2021
Jillian Harris and Team Jilly have joined with Do Some Good to engage the community, support local causes and amplify the many amazing stories that non-profit organizations share. Join her for the 12 Days of Christmas campaign, Dec. 1 to 12.
‘Feather Berries’ by Joni Laberge, part of her year-long painting journey. (Contributed by Joni Laberge)

Local artist paints the pandemic away

Joni Laberge painted every day for the last year, culminating in an exhibit at The Arts Station

‘Feather Berries’ by Joni Laberge, part of her year-long painting journey. (Contributed by Joni Laberge)
A teaser image of the proposed Elkford Bike Park as released by the Elkford Biking Club. The park would be located in central Elkford. (Image courtesy of Elkford BIking Club)

Elkford Biking Club releases teaser of bike park

The club has been pushing for a bike park to be built in the district since 2020

A teaser image of the proposed Elkford Bike Park as released by the Elkford Biking Club. The park would be located in central Elkford. (Image courtesy of Elkford BIking Club)
Ev Eijsermans of the Elk Valley Suicide Taskforce with a cheque for $5,100 donated by 100 Women Who Care Fernie. (Contributed by 100WWC Fernie)

Fernie charity digs deep for good causes

100 Women Who Care Fernie donated $10,200 to the Elk Valley Suicide Taskforce and the Rocky Mountain Village Auxiliary

Ev Eijsermans of the Elk Valley Suicide Taskforce with a cheque for $5,100 donated by 100 Women Who Care Fernie. (Contributed by 100WWC Fernie)
The FDHS, which operates the Fernie Museum, received $10,000 from the Community Gaming Grants program for 2021. File photo. (Soranne Floarea/The Free Press)

Fernie and Sparwood not-for-profits get provincial grants

The Community Gaming Grants program provides $140 million annually to B.C. organizations

The FDHS, which operates the Fernie Museum, received $10,000 from the Community Gaming Grants program for 2021. File photo. (Soranne Floarea/The Free Press)
The beautiful view of Elkford from the new multi-purpose trail constructed by the Elkford Trails Alliance near town. (Contributed by the ETA)

ETA completes first trail in Elkford

The club has completed a 4.2km non-motorised trail that links routes around town

The beautiful view of Elkford from the new multi-purpose trail constructed by the Elkford Trails Alliance near town. (Contributed by the ETA)
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
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)
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

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

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