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A man was arrested by Cranbrook RCMP for arson after allegedly lighting a fire under the Fernie Alpine Resort sign on June 1, 2022. (Courtesy of the Elk Valley RCMP)

Man arrested for arson after allegedly lighting fire under FAR sign

The man was arrested by Cranbrook RCMP, who found a jerry can with gas and a lighter in his car

A man was arrested by Cranbrook RCMP for arson after allegedly lighting a fire under the Fernie Alpine Resort sign on June 1, 2022. (Courtesy of the Elk Valley RCMP)
The Fernie band Chungus. From left to right: Darren Ungaro (guitarist), Hayley ward (singer), Dale Wyatt (bassist), Braydan Mynott (drummer). (Courtesy of Hayley Ward)

Fernie musicians heading to Creston for ‘Battle of the Bands’

The event is taking place at several venues on June 24 and 25

The Fernie band Chungus. From left to right: Darren Ungaro (guitarist), Hayley ward (singer), Dale Wyatt (bassist), Braydan Mynott (drummer). (Courtesy of Hayley Ward)
Dancers from the SoleBeats studio in Fernie along with teacher Cat Javier. Back row, left to right: Paityn LaFace, Isolde Boronowski, Cat Javier, Masha Duval, Ashlyn Reed. Front row, left to right: Andrew Barclay, Clara Duval, Sophia Mould, Freya LaFace, Matilda Eeton. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Fernie’s ‘fantastic mini little artists’ from SoleBeats dance studio win awards

The final event for the kids’ season will be on June 26 at the Fernie Community Centre

Dancers from the SoleBeats studio in Fernie along with teacher Cat Javier. Back row, left to right: Paityn LaFace, Isolde Boronowski, Cat Javier, Masha Duval, Ashlyn Reed. Front row, left to right: Andrew Barclay, Clara Duval, Sophia Mould, Freya LaFace, Matilda Eeton. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Courtney Baker (left) of the Fernie Pride Society and Andrea Brennan, reverend canon with Christ Church Anglican and the Fernie Knox United Church. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Fernie workshop addresses LGBTQ inclusion in business

The event brought in 50 people from varied sectors and organizations

Courtney Baker (left) of the Fernie Pride Society and Andrea Brennan, reverend canon with Christ Church Anglican and the Fernie Knox United Church. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Somhairle Green, kicking a conversion after scoring a try at an Elk Valley Bulls vs Foothill Lions game on the 30th April 2022. (Photo by Vince Mo)

Match breakdown: East Kootenay rugby championship 2022 decider

Elk Valley Bulls played the Rocky Mountain Rogues at Prentice Park on May 28

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Somhairle Green, kicking a conversion after scoring a try at an Elk Valley Bulls vs Foothill Lions game on the 30th April 2022. (Photo by Vince Mo)
Trail maintenance volunteer crews were working on Contra and Trail Dogs on Monday, May 23, as part of a volunteer event organized by the Fernie Trails Alliance. (Photo by Cindy Sleeman)

‘Respect the trails’: volunteers have been busy getting Fernie trails into shape

The Fernie Trails Alliance and Coal Creek Heritage Society have been organizing volunteers

Trail maintenance volunteer crews were working on Contra and Trail Dogs on Monday, May 23, as part of a volunteer event organized by the Fernie Trails Alliance. (Photo by Cindy Sleeman)
A schematic from the Galloway Lands developer showing the lot design as proposed, including setbacks between the homes and Lizard Creek. Covenants would be enshrined to protect the Lizard Creek corridor. (Courtesy of Galloway Lands website)

Galloway Lands application withdrawn, public hearing cancelled

The public hearing on the development proposal was scheduled for June 14, 15, and 16

A schematic from the Galloway Lands developer showing the lot design as proposed, including setbacks between the homes and Lizard Creek. Covenants would be enshrined to protect the Lizard Creek corridor. (Courtesy of Galloway Lands website)
A grizzly bear in a meadow at Upper Fording River near Elkford in 2018. (Clayton Lamb / University of British Columbia)

Co-existing with grizzly bears in the Elk Valley

A conservationist and biologist suggest tools for conflict mitigation among high mortality rates

A grizzly bear in a meadow at Upper Fording River near Elkford in 2018. (Clayton Lamb / University of British Columbia)
File photo of a BC Transit bus. (Black Press Media file photo)

BC Transit is renumbering some routes in the Elk Valley and beyond

Route 1 Elkford, Fernie, Sparwood will change to route 41 effective June 1

File photo of a BC Transit bus. (Black Press Media file photo)
A black bear spotted near Fernie in 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Grizzly bear shot and killed near Fernie, COs seeking information

The female bear was around 6 years old and it would have been her first breeding year

A black bear spotted near Fernie in 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Fernie Museum archivist Lindsay Vallance holds up a trove of primary documents related to early ski hill development and activity around Fernie that was delivered to the museum in early March, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

‘A treasure trove’: new primary documents at the Fernie Museum help fill archive gap

The documents show activity regarding the Snow Valley Ski Hill and the earlier Fernie Ski Club

Fernie Museum archivist Lindsay Vallance holds up a trove of primary documents related to early ski hill development and activity around Fernie that was delivered to the museum in early March, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
A memorial in Fernie for the Ukrainians interned in the area during the First World War. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Digital history project remembers internment of Ukrainians in Fernie-Morrissey during WWI

Immigrants from the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Ottoman Empire were interned across Canada

A memorial in Fernie for the Ukrainians interned in the area during the First World War. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Tayte Mitchell (left) and Evan Mounce (right) will be performing in Fernie at the Mountainside Community Church on May 6, 2022, at the first vocal event hosted by the 88 Keys Grand Piano Society in four years. (Courtesy of Sylvia Elias)

Accomplished musicians coming to Fernie for live vocal recital show

Tayte Mitchell and Evan Mounce are both involved with the Calgary Opera

Tayte Mitchell (left) and Evan Mounce (right) will be performing in Fernie at the Mountainside Community Church on May 6, 2022, at the first vocal event hosted by the 88 Keys Grand Piano Society in four years. (Courtesy of Sylvia Elias)
The Fernie Volleyball Club 18U women team won gold in the Volleyball Alberta Provincial Championships on Apr. 30 and May 1, 2022. (Courtesy of Andrea Reed)
The Fernie Volleyball Club 18U women team won gold in the Volleyball Alberta Provincial Championships on Apr. 30 and May 1, 2022. (Courtesy of Andrea Reed)
The new beach volleyball courts in Fernie opened to the public on Apr. 30, 2022, when two of the three received their netting. The third is planned to be netted within a week or so. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
The new beach volleyball courts in Fernie opened to the public on Apr. 30, 2022, when two of the three received their netting. The third is planned to be netted within a week or so. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Stephanie Rogers is closing up her 2nd Avenue studio in June 2022 after over 21 years in the space. She will be continuing to work from her home in the Annex. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Stephanie Rogers is closing up her 2nd Avenue studio in June 2022 after over 21 years in the space. She will be continuing to work from her home in the Annex. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Construction for the Fernie Family Housing Society’s North End Court affordable housing development is delayed by seven months, with the hopes of completion by late August or early September. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

FFHS affordable housing development seven months behind schedule, more expensive than originally hoped

Completion of the project is expected by late August or early September

Construction for the Fernie Family Housing Society’s North End Court affordable housing development is delayed by seven months, with the hopes of completion by late August or early September. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Jim Takenake was at a meet and greet with Fernie and District Historical Society staff on April 21, 2022, as he was beginning his new role as executive director of the society. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

The Fernie and District Historical Society has a new executive director, Jim Takenaka

Takenaka wants to bring people back to the museum so it can ‘once again be very busy, very colourful’

Jim Takenake was at a meet and greet with Fernie and District Historical Society staff on April 21, 2022, as he was beginning his new role as executive director of the society. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Competitors in the Ski Ballet which took place near the top of the Elk Chair on April 2, 2022, the day of the Fernie Alpine Resort’s 60th anniversary celebrations. Left to right: Guilaume Hinse, Paul Stutz (winner), Jean Francois Helie, Kyle Pollock, Trevor McArthur, Ross Frazier, Marielle Flottat, Kelly McEwen. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

FAR celebrates 60 years: ‘Different to any other ski hill that I’ve experienced’

There were festivities at the Bear’s Den and Griz Bar on Saturday, and a Ski Ballet on the hill

Competitors in the Ski Ballet which took place near the top of the Elk Chair on April 2, 2022, the day of the Fernie Alpine Resort’s 60th anniversary celebrations. Left to right: Guilaume Hinse, Paul Stutz (winner), Jean Francois Helie, Kyle Pollock, Trevor McArthur, Ross Frazier, Marielle Flottat, Kelly McEwen. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Terry Cryderman, Teddy Cardwell, and Bill Bridge, members of the Old Growth Hockey Club. (Courtesy of Teddy Cardwell)

‘We have a lot of fun’: Fernie’s Old Growth hockey going strong

When players Cryderman, Cardwell, and Bridge get together on a line, their ages equal 230 years

Terry Cryderman, Teddy Cardwell, and Bill Bridge, members of the Old Growth Hockey Club. (Courtesy of Teddy Cardwell)