Phil McLachlan

Candidates present to the public at the Sparwood all-candidates forum. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Climate change, worker shortages, more addressed at Sparwood election forum

Questions about local, national, and global issues were geared towards all parties

Candidates present to the public at the Sparwood all-candidates forum. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Jason Burt and Veronique Roy sit in a Tiny Home unit. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Canada’s first tiny-home hotel opens in Fernie

Each is 220 sq ft and features a social space, kitchen, bathroom, and a queen bed in a loft above

Jason Burt and Veronique Roy sit in a Tiny Home unit. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
The price of coal has dropped from $210/tonne to around $130/tonne in the last few weeks. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press/File

‘Unprecedented’ downturn in coal results in uncertainties for Teck

Company says downturn could result in hiring freeze, projects halted, equipment parked, jobs lost

The price of coal has dropped from $210/tonne to around $130/tonne in the last few weeks. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press/File
Fernie’s Jennifer McHugh has been crowned North American Enduro Champion. This weekend, she competes on Team Canada at the Trophy of Nations in Italy.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Fernie cyclist crowned North American Enduro Champion

Jennifer McHugh selected to compete in Italy for Team Canada at Trophy of Nations

Fernie’s Jennifer McHugh has been crowned North American Enduro Champion. This weekend, she competes on Team Canada at the Trophy of Nations in Italy.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
On Monday, September 16, RCMP reported that the driver of the RV in the recent Hosmer collision was in stable condition. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press/File

Driver of RV in Hosmer collision reported in stable condition

Collision occurred in Hosmer on September 5 and involved a semi truck, an RV and a school bus

On Monday, September 16, RCMP reported that the driver of the RV in the recent Hosmer collision was in stable condition. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press/File
Awareness of danger raised following Highway 3 accident in Hosmer

Awareness of danger raised following Highway 3 accident in Hosmer

Sparwood Mayor Wilks said an increase in visibility could have potentially prevented the accident

Awareness of danger raised following Highway 3 accident in Hosmer
The City of Fernie has voted to hire a full-time Safety Management System (SMS) Resource employee, which will satisfy the eighth and final order issued by WorkSafeBC to the City.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press/File

City of Fernie works to satisfy final WorkSafeBC order

According to Elk Valley RCMP, the investigation into the events at Fernie Memorial Arena is ongoing

The City of Fernie has voted to hire a full-time Safety Management System (SMS) Resource employee, which will satisfy the eighth and final order issued by WorkSafeBC to the City.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press/File
The grave of Doris Stork, the daughter of Fernie’s first mayor, Alfred Stork.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Groups fight to protect historic B.C. graveyard, buried in garbage

About 83 people, including the daughter of Fernie’s first mayor, are buried in the overgrown cemetery

The grave of Doris Stork, the daughter of Fernie’s first mayor, Alfred Stork.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Hosmer resident Don Caldwell stands where his farmland used to be, before the river washed it away over the course of 25 years. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Elk River reclaims property as its own

Laws make it harder to protect private land than ever before says farmer, local government

Hosmer resident Don Caldwell stands where his farmland used to be, before the river washed it away over the course of 25 years. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
The Ktunaxa Nation, Retirement Concepts and the BC RCMP are just three of over 35 employers who will be present at the Black Press Extreme Education and Career Fair today in Cranbrook. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press)

Black Press Kootenay Career Fair underway in Cranbrook

Today, Thursday, August 22, around 40 employers will be waiting to meet potential new employees

The Ktunaxa Nation, Retirement Concepts and the BC RCMP are just three of over 35 employers who will be present at the Black Press Extreme Education and Career Fair today in Cranbrook. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press)
The Ktunaxa Nation, Retirement Concepts and the BC RCMP are just three of over 35 employers who will be present at the Black Press Extreme Education & Career Fair, August 22 in Cranbrook. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Career fair in Cranbrook to present a world of new opportunities

Come Thursday, around 40 employers will be waiting to shake hands with their potential new employees

The Ktunaxa Nation, Retirement Concepts and the BC RCMP are just three of over 35 employers who will be present at the Black Press Extreme Education & Career Fair, August 22 in Cranbrook. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Search continues for new leads in Mt. Bisaro cave system near Fernie

Search continues for new leads in Mt. Bisaro cave system near Fernie

Cavers returning October, November to push new leads, extend Canada’s deepest cave near Fernie

Search continues for new leads in Mt. Bisaro cave system near Fernie
Reverend Andrea Brennan. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

“For the sake of tradition” – Queer Anglican minister reflects on same-gender marriage vote

Minister feels ‘hamstrung’ by group of people intent on preserving the traditional view of marriage

Reverend Andrea Brennan. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Rev. Dr. Lynne McNaughton. The Free Press/File

Kootenay Anglican bishop voices favour for same-gender marriages

Kootenay Diocese among 19 out of 30 around country to voice approval for same-gender marriage

Rev. Dr. Lynne McNaughton. The Free Press/File
Elizabeth Gravelle was the first elected female First Nations chief in Canada, 1960. Now 96 years old, she watched her granddaughter Heidi Gravelle be elected chief of the Tobacco Plains Indian Band on July 5. Both spoke with The Free Press about the past, present and future of the band. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Past, present and future of Tobacco Plains

Ktunaxa Nation elder reflects on granddaughter’s election, speaks to the future of band

Elizabeth Gravelle was the first elected female First Nations chief in Canada, 1960. Now 96 years old, she watched her granddaughter Heidi Gravelle be elected chief of the Tobacco Plains Indian Band on July 5. Both spoke with The Free Press about the past, present and future of the band. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
An electrical storm passed over Fernie on the night of July 23. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

VIDEO: Electrical storm passes over Elk Valley

A compilation of strikes seen from Fernie at around 1:30 a.m., July 24.

An electrical storm passed over Fernie on the night of July 23. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Motor vehicle incident in Sparwood results in death of dump truck driver

Motor vehicle incident in Sparwood results in death of dump truck driver

Authorities did not specify what caused the vehicle to go off the road.

Motor vehicle incident in Sparwood results in death of dump truck driver
Mariano Santander-Melo (right) pictured with Aaron Jones of Calgary (left) celebrating together one day after Jones saved Santander-Melo from a near-drowning incident at Suzanne Lake. Santander-Melo says he’s now viewing life through new eyes. Submitted

Survivor of near-drowning in B.C. lake viewing life through new eyes

“If I died that day, the baby wouldn’t know his dad,” said 31-year-old Mariano Santander-Melo.

Mariano Santander-Melo (right) pictured with Aaron Jones of Calgary (left) celebrating together one day after Jones saved Santander-Melo from a near-drowning incident at Suzanne Lake. Santander-Melo says he’s now viewing life through new eyes. Submitted
(Black Press file image)

Fisherman called hero after saving man from drowning near Fernie

“I didn’t really think about anything I was doing, I just kind of did it,” said Calgary’s Aaron Jones.

(Black Press file image)
Carjacking spree results in police pursuits, three arrests in southeastern B.C.

Carjacking spree results in police pursuits, three arrests in southeastern B.C.

All three individuals face many criminal code charges

Carjacking spree results in police pursuits, three arrests in southeastern B.C.