Municipal Government

Sparwood mayor David Wilks was in attendance at the street party to discuss potential changes to Centennial Square.

2020 Mayoral year in review – David Wilks, Sparwood

This year has been unlike any other before. While we all faced…

  • Jan 8, 2021
Sparwood mayor David Wilks was in attendance at the street party to discuss potential changes to Centennial Square.
The City of Fernie’s pilot snow plow program is ongoing through the 2020-21 winter season. (Soranne Floarea / The Free Press)

City soldiers on with snow plow pilot

So far challenges have been in significant rain-on-snow events, and snowfall over weekends

The City of Fernie’s pilot snow plow program is ongoing through the 2020-21 winter season. (Soranne Floarea / The Free Press)
The district of Sparwood is seeking feedback on its Recreation Master Plan. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood mulls over allocating provinces COVID-cash

The district reported $600,000 in lost revenue that the federal and provincial funding would go to cover

The district of Sparwood is seeking feedback on its Recreation Master Plan. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Trites-Leroux mansion in Fernie has been undergoing works for the last few years to bring it up to code. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Trites-Leroux hits the market

The mansion is for sale for $1.5 million

The Trites-Leroux mansion in Fernie has been undergoing works for the last few years to bring it up to code. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Griz himself. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Griz funds in the air

The city has decided to wait for more clarity on the public health orders before allocating additional funding

The Griz himself. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
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)

Fernie applies for more funding to push ahead with Fernie Valley Pathway

The pathway would eventually link downtown Fernie with the Fernie Alpine 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)
The proposed organics and composting program is so less of this ends up in landfill. (Madi Bragg / The Free Press)

Fernie (hopefully) dives into composting

The city has voted to apply for funding for city-wide organics collection

The proposed organics and composting program is so less of this ends up in landfill. (Madi Bragg / The Free Press)
City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

City of Fernie allocates $11,000 in discretionary grants

The City of Fernie has voted to dish out $11,000 in discretionary…

City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
If you don’t have space for a full garden, planters can still supply your vegetable needs. (File photo)

Sparwood Community Garden getting closer

District staff sought direction from council at a Committee of the Whole Meeting on Dec. 1

If you don’t have space for a full garden, planters can still supply your vegetable needs. (File photo)
Sparwood mayor David Wilks was in attendance at the street party to discuss potential changes to Centennial Square.

Guest Column: Sparwood Mayor David Wilks on the municipal budget

Currently municipalities throughout the Province are starting their budget process. Budgets are…

  • Dec 12, 2020
Sparwood mayor David Wilks was in attendance at the street party to discuss potential changes to Centennial Square.
Teck today announced the development of a new centralized office building in Sparwood, B.C. File photo

Cross country skiers raise concern over road access, parking above Sparwood

The Sunset Ridge Ski Society has lodged concerns with the district over logging plans by Canfor

Teck today announced the development of a new centralized office building in Sparwood, B.C. File photo
A black bear spotted near Fernie in 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Only 15 bear encounters reported in Sparwood in 2020: WildSafeBC

Community coordinator Kathy Murray said the district was tracking well on limiting bear attractants

A black bear spotted near Fernie in 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The district of Sparwood is seeking feedback on its Recreation Master Plan. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood Curling Club bats away master plan ideas

The re-purposing of the Curling Rink is no longer being considered

The district of Sparwood is seeking feedback on its Recreation Master Plan. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Trails above Sparwood. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Canfor lines up harvesting near Sparwood

Some recreation trails will be affected by the harvesting to start after Christmas

Trails above Sparwood. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Trites-Leroux mansion in Fernie has been undergoing works for the last few years to bring it up to code. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Works to go ahead on Trites-Leroux

The three local owners have said that they hoped to have the mansion restored by next year

The Trites-Leroux mansion in Fernie has been undergoing works for the last few years to bring it up to code. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Fernie Fire Rescue evacuated three properties on Monday afternoon due to a residential gas leak. File photo.

RDEK extends agreement with City of Fernie for rural fire coverage

The district voted to renew its agreement for five years and contribute $450,000 for an eventual new firehall

Fernie Fire Rescue evacuated three properties on Monday afternoon due to a residential gas leak. File photo.
City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

City of Fernie applies for EV infrastructure funding

The city has applied for the funding through the provinces Tourism Dependent Communities Fund

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

City of Fernie: New orders a challenge, but community is supportive

Mayor Qualizza said that the new public health orders were an opportunity to safeguard the winter season

City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Sparwood mayor David Wilks was in attendance at the street party to discuss potential changes to Centennial Square.

Wilks reflects on new public health orders

Sparwood Mayor Wilks said that it was important to work towards a normal Christmas in 2020

Sparwood mayor David Wilks was in attendance at the street party to discuss potential changes to Centennial Square.
City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

City of Fernie to re-assess council liaison roles

Mayor Qualizza said the liason program had changed dramatically since it was first introduced

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