Municipal Government

The Elkford Transfer Station will be open six days rather than four from May 1. (Photo contributed)

Elkford Transfer Station expands hours

The station will be open six days rather than four due to the new Recycle B.C. Depot

The Elkford Transfer Station will be open six days rather than four from May 1. (Photo contributed)
A render of a proposed upgraded fire station 2 in Sparwood Heights. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)

New Sparwood fire hall to go to public comment

As part of the process for building a new fire hall in Sparwood Heights, public comment will be opened early next month

A render of a proposed upgraded fire station 2 in Sparwood Heights. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)
City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Preliminary budget: 4 percent tax increase on the cards for Fernie

Community groups with operating grants would also take a 20 percent funding hit

City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
District of Sparwood logo and flag. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood financial plan out for comment

Highlights of the 2021-2025 financial plan are on display at the Greenwood Mall

District of Sparwood logo and flag. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
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Elk Valley organics program on hold

Local directors voted to wait for more information before proceeding with a local facility to capture organic waste

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

Fernie’s budget comes under the microscope

City councillors are deliberating on where to find the money to bridge a $682,803 deficit

City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The nine pieces of artwork that were selected to go up on display around the District of Sparwood. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)

Sparwood picks new banners to spruce up town

Nine pieces of art were selected from 41 submissions

The nine pieces of artwork that were selected to go up on display around the District of Sparwood. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)
Fire in Spardell Mobile Home Park, March 16 2021. (Contributed)

‘Inconceivable we are at fault’: Park owners, District of Sparwood clash over Spardell hydrants

Wilks said the hydrants were suspected to have been frozen on Tuesday morning

Fire in Spardell Mobile Home Park, March 16 2021. (Contributed)
Members of the Fernie Volleyball Club at the outdoor court in Sparwood. (Contributed by Fernie Volleyball Club)
Members of the Fernie Volleyball Club at the outdoor court in Sparwood. (Contributed by Fernie Volleyball Club)

Outdoor volleyball courts getting closer to reality for Fernie

The club has two-thirds of the funding required (almost) locked in

Members of the Fernie Volleyball Club at the outdoor court in Sparwood. (Contributed by Fernie Volleyball Club)
Members of the Fernie Volleyball Club at the outdoor court in Sparwood. (Contributed by Fernie Volleyball Club)
Changes to be made to the concept for the revitalization for Centennial Square in Sparwood. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)

Centennial Square goes back to the drawing board

Sparwood councillors stripped millions worth of features from the plan and sent it back for a review

Changes to be made to the concept for the revitalization for Centennial Square in Sparwood. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)
Approximately 50 protesters gathered at Gyro Park in Penticton Friday, March 5 to protest council’s decision to close Victory Church Shelter. (Jesse Day - Western News)

BC Housing to use provincial powers to keep Penticton shelter open

Penticton council voted Tuesday to reject the shelter’s extension for a second time

Approximately 50 protesters gathered at Gyro Park in Penticton Friday, March 5 to protest council’s decision to close Victory Church Shelter. (Jesse Day - Western News)
A fire in Spardell Mobile Home Park completely destroyed a home, leaving two residents homeless. (Contributed)

Faulty hydrants hamper fire rescue in Spardell

Two fire hydrants within the mobile home park did not work

A fire in Spardell Mobile Home Park completely destroyed a home, leaving two residents homeless. (Contributed)
City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie dives into budget concerns

Under a ‘status quo’ budget, the city would have itself a $682,803 deficit which must be addressed

City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Concept drawings of the Centennial Square revitalization in Sparwood. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)

Sparwood to review, vote on Centennial Square concept tomorrow

Community feedback can be made before 4 p.m. on Tuesday

Concept drawings of the Centennial Square revitalization in Sparwood. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)
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B.C. has no parental leave policy for elected councillors, so town makes its own

No provisions under B.C. Community Charter to allow new parents time off without disqualification

(Black Press Media file photo)
Currently only Phase 1A of the Fernie Valley Pathway is being worked on, and only reaches McLeod Ave in West Fernie. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Work recommences on Fernie Valley Pathway

The pathway will eventually connect the city to the resort

Currently only Phase 1A of the Fernie Valley Pathway is being worked on, and only reaches McLeod Ave in West Fernie. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Branden Macnaughton, Lane Ogden, Kourtney Holberton, and Kally Campbell skate along Sparwood’s new skating trail. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

Sparwood’s outdoor skate trail proves a hit

The 400m trail will return in years to come with more trail, and more lights

Branden Macnaughton, Lane Ogden, Kourtney Holberton, and Kally Campbell skate along Sparwood’s new skating trail. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)
Some of the folks behind Angel Flight East Kootenay: Todd Weselake is a director, partner and pilot while Brent Bidston is the president and lead pilot of the not-for-profit. Pictured here with their older plane, they hope to get an upgrade for thanks to RDEK funding. (Image courtesy of Angel Flight East Kootenay)

Angel Flight secures RDEK funding for next five years

$100,000 will go to the not-for-profit each year, with the funds to be used to acquire a larger plane

Some of the folks behind Angel Flight East Kootenay: Todd Weselake is a director, partner and pilot while Brent Bidston is the president and lead pilot of the not-for-profit. Pictured here with their older plane, they hope to get an upgrade for thanks to RDEK funding. (Image courtesy of Angel Flight East Kootenay)
Sparwood mayor David Wilks was in attendance at the street party to discuss potential changes to Centennial Square.

Wilks: RDEK funds for Angel Flight a ‘no-brainer’

Wilks said he would be supporting the request for funds at Friday’s RDEK meeting

Sparwood mayor David Wilks was in attendance at the street party to discuss potential changes to Centennial Square.
The Elk River Pedestrian Bridge in Sparwood could be at risk without mitigation works. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood secures grant funding for bridge repairs

The district has secured $703,000 in funding from UBCM

The Elk River Pedestrian Bridge in Sparwood could be at risk without mitigation works. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)