Municipal Government

A swimming advisory has been in place for Maiden Lake in Fernie for over a month, after staff reported E. coli during a routine water quality inspection in June 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie’s Maiden Lake returns E. coli result for second month

A swimming advisory remains in place for the lake in Fernie

A swimming advisory has been in place for Maiden Lake in Fernie for over a month, after staff reported E. coli during a routine water quality inspection in June 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
District of Sparwood logo and flag. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

A look inside the wallet: Elk Valley municipalities release financial info for 2020

Municipalities are mandated to report on pay to elected officials and employees by the provincial government

District of Sparwood logo and flag. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
District of Sparwood gateway banner. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood moves along with indoor multi-use facility proposal

The district has now voted to create an advisory committee to make recommendations on design

District of Sparwood gateway banner. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)

Battle between Penticton and B.C. over homeless shelter officially before the court

The city filed their official petition before the Supreme Court on Wednesday, July 6

Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)
The Elk Valley Regional park near Elkford. (Image courtesy of RDEK)

RDEK seeks public input on Elk Valley Regional Park plan

The park is located between Elkford and Sparwood

The Elk Valley Regional park near Elkford. (Image courtesy of RDEK)
The aeration blowers at Fernie's sewerage treatment facility. Pictured is a cannibalized blower and the two that remain operational. (Image courtesy of City of Fernie)

Elements killing city infrastructure

Sewerage treatment plant infrastructure has been failing less than halfway into operational lives

The aeration blowers at Fernie's sewerage treatment facility. Pictured is a cannibalized blower and the two that remain operational. (Image courtesy of City of Fernie)
Helping Hands President Kimberly Feeny holds one of 17 kittens now staying at the cat shelter. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

West Kootenay cat shelter needs new home following council vote

Grand Forks city council gave the shelter a three-month lease in March

Helping Hands President Kimberly Feeny holds one of 17 kittens now staying at the cat shelter. Photo: Laurie Tritschler
Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)

Penticton heads to court over homeless shelter as BC Housing audit begins

The city was not satisfied with the response from Minister David Eby regarding the ongoing situation

Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)
Elkford and Sparwood are banding together to create a video to showcase the natural beauty and outdoor lifestyle draw of the area to help attract doctors and health professionals. Pictured: The mountains above Elkford. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Elkford, Sparwood aim to showcase area to entice doctors into communities

Both towns have earmarked $2,500 to film a promotional video to attract medical professionals

Elkford and Sparwood are banding together to create a video to showcase the natural beauty and outdoor lifestyle draw of the area to help attract doctors and health professionals. Pictured: The mountains above Elkford. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Black Press file photo

Fernie updates animal responsibility bylaw

The new bylaw is an amalgamation of best practices recommended by the BC SPCA

Black Press file photo
A small scale example of how big the maximus dinosaur is compared to Sparwood's Titan truck. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)

Sparwood goes digging for fossils (maybe)

The district is exploring options that could see it acquire a giant dinosaur skeleton

A small scale example of how big the maximus dinosaur is compared to Sparwood's Titan truck. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)
The plans for part of NWP’s transport designs to get coal from the Crown Mountain project to market. Pictured: Grave Creek Rd which will be widened, and a rail load-out near the Elk River. (Image courtesy of NWP Coal)

Crown Mountain coal project on track for 2023 construction

The company had hoped to have submitted environmental assessment documentation by now, but has been delayed

The plans for part of NWP’s transport designs to get coal from the Crown Mountain project to market. Pictured: Grave Creek Rd which will be widened, and a rail load-out near the Elk River. (Image courtesy of NWP Coal)
Branden Macnaughton, Lane Ogden, Kourtney Holberton, and Kally Campbell skate along Sparwood’s skating trail. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

Sparwood’s outdoor skating trail to return

The trail’s future is set in concrete, after the district was awarded a grant from the CBT

Branden Macnaughton, Lane Ogden, Kourtney Holberton, and Kally Campbell skate along Sparwood’s skating trail. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)
Corey Kortmeyer, Elkford's Fire Chief is moving to Osoyoos to take up a posting there. (Contributed by Corey Kortmeyer)

Elkford fire chief moves to Osoyoos

Corey Kortmeyer is wrapping up eight years with the Elkford Fire Department

Corey Kortmeyer, Elkford's Fire Chief is moving to Osoyoos to take up a posting there. (Contributed by Corey Kortmeyer)
Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)

Minister Eby receives warning over ‘dangerous precedent’ in Penticton shelter dispute

UBCM president says Eby’s decision to use paramountcy powers undermines local government autonomy

Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)
The design green-lit by the Sparwood District Council for the Centennial Square revitalization. It retains storefront parking, as desired by the business community in the square. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)

New Centennial Square design green-lit by Sparwood

The new design retains some storefront parking in the square

The design green-lit by the Sparwood District Council for the Centennial Square revitalization. It retains storefront parking, as desired by the business community in the square. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)
RDEK board office in Cranbrook. File photo.

Elk Valley to move ahead with local organics processing facility

Local directors voted to approve moving ahead with a new facility to capture organics from landfill

RDEK board office in Cranbrook. File photo.
A conceptual image of a multi-family housing development envisioned by Abugov Kaspar Architects to go on a lot in Castle Mountain in Fernie. (Image courtesy of City of Fernie)

Developer withdraws zoning change application in Fernie

Plans to develop more affordable housing in the Castle Mountain neighbourhood appear to be on ice

A conceptual image of a multi-family housing development envisioned by Abugov Kaspar Architects to go on a lot in Castle Mountain in Fernie. (Image courtesy of City of Fernie)
A conceptual image of a multi-family housing development envisioned by Abugov Kaspar Architects to go on a lot in Castle Mountain in Fernie. (Image courtesy of City of Fernie)

City defers zoning decision

A zoning change would permit a development with 15 percent rental tenure residences in Castle Mountain

A conceptual image of a multi-family housing development envisioned by Abugov Kaspar Architects to go on a lot in Castle Mountain in Fernie. (Image courtesy of City of Fernie)
City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie budget: City council amends tax rate for 5 percent increase

Councillors also walked back a proposed 20 percent operational funding grant to community groups

City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)