Municipal Government

Michael Hockley is the new fire chief for the rural Elk Valley and South Country fire services. (Image courtesy of RDEK)

RDEK confirms new fire chief for rural Elk Valley and South Country

Deputy chief Michael Hockley is stepping into the role

 

Grace Brulotte requires a wheelchair to get around, and says that her quality of life goes down dramatically each winter due to poor snow removal and management in town, which locks her at home. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Snow piles on challenges for those with mobility needs in Fernie

Local disability advocate feels shut in every winter

 

Coal Creek cut into its banks and has cut bridge access to further up the valley along Coal Creek Road. Storms on Nov. 14-15 caused the creek to cut into the bank and destroy the road. (Image courtesy of Andrés González of Andres Flyfishing)

Work set to begin repairing Coal Creek Road

It is estimated to take five weeks to repair the road and riverbank along Coal Creek

 

One of the RDEK’s Reuse Centres. (File photo)

RDEK shutters Reuse Centres, cites need to maintain essential services

Staff are at too high a risk from people not following social distancing or public masking measures

One of the RDEK’s Reuse Centres. (File photo)
The sani dump in Fernie is never going to open again, and will be gone before summer 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sani users dump on City of Fernie plans for VIC carpark

The city is now saying there are plans to put in interim amenities after the sani-dump is removed ahead of summer

The sani dump in Fernie is never going to open again, and will be gone before summer 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
An RDEK South Country Fire Services responder putting out the tire pile fire at the Tie Lake transfer station on Saturday, Jan. 15 2022. (Image courtesy of RDEK)

Human-caused fires force temporary closure of Tie Lake transfer station

RDEK South Country Fire Services extinguished three fires at the transfer station over the weekend

An RDEK South Country Fire Services responder putting out the tire pile fire at the Tie Lake transfer station on Saturday, Jan. 15 2022. (Image courtesy of RDEK)
A schematic of planned changes to the parking at the Fernie Visitor Information Centre. (Image courtesy of City of Fernie)

City of Fernie awards $160k contract for parking upgrades at VIC, City Hall

The number of parking stalls at the VIC will be increased to 49

A schematic of planned changes to the parking at the Fernie Visitor Information Centre. (Image courtesy of City of Fernie)
Sparwood mayor David Wilks. (File photo)

‘We don’t have the capacity’: Sparwood Mayor takes aim at COVID health orders

With limited resources, local governments and private businesses are under too much strain from public health orders according to Sparwood Mayor David Wilks

Sparwood mayor David Wilks. (File photo)
District of Sparwood logo and flag. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

‘The best snow removal’: Wilks praises Sparwood crews ahead of another snowfall

Up to 35cm of snow are expected to fall in the region in the next 24 hours, on top of more than 50cm over the last week

District of Sparwood logo and flag. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Fernie Fire and Rescue currently occupies a repurposed tire store on 3rd Ave, and has since the 1970s. File photo.

Fernie Fire and Rescue to temporarily relocate

The current building on 3rd Ave has long been unfit for purpose

Fernie Fire and Rescue currently occupies a repurposed tire store on 3rd Ave, and has since the 1970s. File photo.
The RDEK administers funding from the CBT’s Community Initiatives and Affected Areas grant program. (File photo)

Deadline for CBT grant funding around the corner: RDEK

Local non-profit organizations have until Jan. 17 to apply

The RDEK administers funding from the CBT’s Community Initiatives and Affected Areas grant program. (File photo)
Fat biking has become increasingly popular alongside traditional outdoor winter activities which require trail grooming. Pictured: A fat bike on an ungroomed trail in 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Coordinated winter grooming in place for Fernie’s trails

The Winter Trails Collaborative is on for a second year

Fat biking has become increasingly popular alongside traditional outdoor winter activities which require trail grooming. Pictured: A fat bike on an ungroomed trail in 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
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Fernie Food Action Strategy push for backyard hens

Backyard hens find ‘continued support’ from the community according to Wildsight

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The existing skate park in Fernie is more than 20 years old, and is crumbling. (File Photo)

Fernie edges towards a new skate park

The city has awarded a contract for the design and construction of the park, but it needs grant funding before it can proceed

The existing skate park in Fernie is more than 20 years old, and is crumbling. (File Photo)
Access to the Morrissey and Coal Creek areas to the east of Fernie have been cut since the Nov. 14-15 2021 storms. Pictured: Coal Creek cut into its banks and has cut bridge access to further up the valley along Coal Creek Road. (Image courtesy of Andrés González of Gonzales Flyfishing)

RDEK approves up to $100k to help restore access to Morrissey – Coal Creek areas

A temporary bridge across Morrissey Creek is an option to restore access for snowmobilers and backcountry users

Access to the Morrissey and Coal Creek areas to the east of Fernie have been cut since the Nov. 14-15 2021 storms. Pictured: Coal Creek cut into its banks and has cut bridge access to further up the valley along Coal Creek Road. (Image courtesy of Andrés González of Gonzales Flyfishing)
City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie allocates discretionary grants for 2022

Almost $13k in funds from a $15k budget were allocated for 2022

City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The funding will go towards buying wildlife-resistant curbside carts, kitchen collection bins and an education program. (File photo)

Fernie gets $176k to kickstart organic waste collection program

$176,001 will come from the province for a curbside organic waste collection program

The funding will go towards buying wildlife-resistant curbside carts, kitchen collection bins and an education program. (File photo)
The rock cut site, 4.5km east of Elko on Hwy. 3 where rock blasting and removal will take place on Dec. 14 2021. (Image courtesy of Google Street View)

Hwy. 3 near Elko to be closed for up to two hours on Dec. 14: Mainroad East Kootenay

The closure is for rock blasting and removal of material to be used for flood damage repair

The rock cut site, 4.5km east of Elko on Hwy. 3 where rock blasting and removal will take place on Dec. 14 2021. (Image courtesy of Google Street View)
Pride and Transgender flags wave on the lawn of Fernie’s City Hall. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

Festivals and events in Fernie to get $190k in provincial funding

Griz Days, the Pride Festival and the Wednesday Socials are among beneficiaries of $30 million spread around B.C.

Pride and Transgender flags wave on the lawn of Fernie’s City Hall. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)
Teck has un-shelved plans for a central office location in Sparwood with space for 550 workstations. (Image courtesy of Teck)

Teck resurrects central office plan for Sparwood

The company will be seeking temporary use permits for temporary offices until the central office is complete

Teck has un-shelved plans for a central office location in Sparwood with space for 550 workstations. (Image courtesy of Teck)