Phil McLachlan

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UPDATE: Location of wounded grizzly bear remains unknown

Information about location of wounded grizzly? Call RAPP line (1-877-952-7277)

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Hundreds attended the fundraiser for Barry Marchi on Friday, June 21.  Submitted

Fundraiser for Sparwood cancer patient raises over $80k

“Friday was something I won’t ever forget,” said Sparwood’s Barry Marchi.

Hundreds attended the fundraiser for Barry Marchi on Friday, June 21.  Submitted
Kerri Wall has put her name on the table to represent the Green Party of Canada for the Kootenay-Columbia region in the upcoming federal election.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Fernie’s Kerri Wall hopes to represent Green Party in federal election

Nelson’s Abra Brynne and Kaslo’s Judson Hansel have also chosen to run

Kerri Wall has put her name on the table to represent the Green Party of Canada for the Kootenay-Columbia region in the upcoming federal election.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
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Police investigating fatal collision near Grave Lake

Grave Lake is located approximately halfway between Sparwood and Elkford

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People throwing food at a bear in Fernie alarms conservation groups

“Approaching and feeding bears contributes to habituation,” says conservation group

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Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie
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Category 3 fires to be prohibited in Southeast Fire District

The prohibition will take effect at noon on Wednesday, June 12

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The BC Wildfire Service is responding to a 40-hectare wildfire about 24 km southwest of Baynes Lake. BC Wildfire Service/Facebook

Wildfire near Canada/U.S. border reaches 47 hectares, out of control

The wildfire is suspected to be human-caused and is under investigation

The BC Wildfire Service is responding to a 40-hectare wildfire about 24 km southwest of Baynes Lake. BC Wildfire Service/Facebook
The town of Fernie, B.C. is barely visible through the blanket of smoke which rolled in this morning, caused by the Alberta wildfires. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Smoke from Alberta wildfires shrouds East Kootenay towns

Air quality health index rating for the Cranbrook area showing moderate risk to health

The town of Fernie, B.C. is barely visible through the blanket of smoke which rolled in this morning, caused by the Alberta wildfires. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
GALLERY: First responders in Fernie return baby owl to its nest

GALLERY: First responders in Fernie return baby owl to its nest

The baby owl’s inability to fly back to its nest prompted a rescue by first responders

GALLERY: First responders in Fernie return baby owl to its nest
Emily Brydon is set to be inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame later this month. Photo courtesy of BC Sports Hall of Fame

Fernie’s Emily Brydon inducted into BC Sports Hall of Fame

Olympic skier credits community of Fernie in Sports Hall of Fame honour

Emily Brydon is set to be inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame later this month. Photo courtesy of BC Sports Hall of Fame
New flight service an ‘angel’ for medical patients

New flight service an ‘angel’ for medical patients

Angel Flight East Kootenay will fly medical patients to Kelowna or Vancouver

New flight service an ‘angel’ for medical patients
B.C. costume designer sews up future in film industry

B.C. costume designer sews up future in film industry

B.C. woman Flo Barrett lands gig on Lifetime TV film; Harry and Meghan: Becoming Royal out May 27

B.C. costume designer sews up future in film industry
The Tobacco Plains Indian Band is one of several communities in the Kootenay region that will be receiving a high-speed internet upgrade. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Rural Kootenay communities to receive high-speed internet upgrade

The provincial government is increasing internet connectivity to rural British Columbia

The Tobacco Plains Indian Band is one of several communities in the Kootenay region that will be receiving a high-speed internet upgrade. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning, right, responds to questions as head coach Travis Green listens during a news conference ahead of the NHL hockey team’s training camp, in Vancouver, on Thursday September 13, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Former Fernie Ghostrider Josh Teves signed to Vancouver Canucks

Teves, who played in Fernie in 2013-14, earned the title of Top Defenceman

Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning, right, responds to questions as head coach Travis Green listens during a news conference ahead of the NHL hockey team’s training camp, in Vancouver, on Thursday September 13, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
BREAKING: Teck fined $37,500 for exceeding air emissions at Kootenay coal mine

BREAKING: Teck fined $37,500 for exceeding air emissions at Kootenay coal mine

Half of stack tests at Elkview Operations from 2014 to 2019 exceeded the permit limit

BREAKING: Teck fined $37,500 for exceeding air emissions at Kootenay coal mine
RCMP are reporting a fatal head-on collision on Bombi Pass near Salmo. Black Press file photo

UPDATE: Highway 3 re-opens after fatal accident near Salmo

RCMP say two people died in the collision

RCMP are reporting a fatal head-on collision on Bombi Pass near Salmo. Black Press file photo
Sick eagle in East Kootenay town sparks call for lead bullet restriction

Sick eagle in East Kootenay town sparks call for lead bullet restriction

Wildlife advocates encouraging residents to switch from lead bullets, to a non-lead alternative

Sick eagle in East Kootenay town sparks call for lead bullet restriction
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Sledder dies near Fernie

Fernie Search and Rescue was tasked by the RCMP to respond to a sledder in medical distress

Photo courtesy of Fernie Search and Rescue
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Kootenay man dies in crash near Sparwood

Accident occurred last night east of Sparwood, RCMP appealing for witnesses

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