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Dogs on duty: Avalanche rescue dog in training Sadie (above) learning about obedience with her owner and handler, Steve Morrison at the Fernie Alpine Resort, and Drift (right) who is FAR’s newest CARDA-certified dog.
More pictures, story on page 8.

Meet the team: Fernie’s avalanche rescue dogs

There are five avalance rescue dogs at Fernie Alpine Resort

Dogs on duty: Avalanche rescue dog in training Sadie (above) learning about obedience with her owner and handler, Steve Morrison at the Fernie Alpine Resort, and Drift (right) who is FAR’s newest CARDA-certified dog.
More pictures, story on page 8.
Three-year-old Adia Leidums skiing at Fernie Alpine Resort. (Image courtesy of Erich Leidums)

Fernie toddler wins hearts with adorable skiing pep-talks

Three-year-old Adia Leidums is world-famous after being mic’d-up by her dad as she skis Fernie Alpine Resort

Three-year-old Adia Leidums skiing at Fernie Alpine Resort. (Image courtesy of Erich Leidums)
Isabella GiaV ready to hit the slopes. (Contributed by Isabella GiaV)

Mighty moose ‘dragathon’ at Fernie raises funds for mental health awareness

Drag performers will be doing laps of the Mighty Moose at FAR next week to raise funds for the Elk Valley Suicide Taskforce

Isabella GiaV ready to hit the slopes. (Contributed by Isabella GiaV)
Skiers on the Boomerang Chair at Fernie Alpine Resort. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

FAR closing date pushed an extra week

The new closing date for Fernie Alpine Resort is April 11

Skiers on the Boomerang Chair at Fernie Alpine Resort. (Scott Tibballs / 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)
The Black Diamond / PIEPS Avalanche transceivers being recalled. (Image courtesy of PIEPS)

Black Diamond, PIEPS issue recall for avalanche transceivers

PIEPS said that avalanche incidents in 2017 and 2020 had prompted the recall, but defended the product

The Black Diamond / PIEPS Avalanche transceivers being recalled. (Image courtesy of PIEPS)
Downtown Fernie is pictured after a snowfall.

Fernie COVID-19 community cluster contained

97 cases were linked to the cluster declared last month

Downtown Fernie is pictured after a snowfall.
Downtown Fernie is pictured after a snowfall.

Active COVID-19 cases down to three in Fernie cluster

No new cases have been identified, with the total staying at 97 linked to the cluster

Downtown Fernie is pictured after a snowfall.
Noah Glickman with some of the equipment donated by the U12 boys and U13 girls soccer teams to be shipped to youth in Gashora, Rwanda. (Photo contributed by Markus Glickman)

Young Fernie soccer players dig deep for Rwanda

The U12 boys and U13 girls soccer teams in Fernie have come together to donate soccer equipment

Noah Glickman with some of the equipment donated by the U12 boys and U13 girls soccer teams to be shipped to youth in Gashora, Rwanda. (Photo contributed by Markus Glickman)
Downtown Fernie is pictured after a snowfall.

Fernie COVID-19 cluster update: Active cases fall to 13

Of the 97 cases linked to Fernie, only 13 were active as of Feb. 5.

Downtown Fernie is pictured after a snowfall.
Downtown Fernie is pictured after a snowfall.

Fernie COVID-19 cluster update: Seven new cases, but active cases down to 24

98 cases have now been linked to the Fernie area community cluster

Downtown Fernie is pictured after a snowfall.
Downtown Fernie is pictured after a snowfall.

Additional 10 cases linked to Fernie COVID-19 cluster

The community cluster is now 91 cases since January 1

Downtown Fernie is pictured after a snowfall.
Downtown Fernie is pictured after a snowfall.

Fernie area declared community COVID-19 cluster by Interior Health

81 cases have been identified since Jan. 1

Downtown Fernie is pictured after a snowfall.
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Interior Health says COVID positivity rates in Fernie area actually 10-12%

IH say the rates are not as high as previously claimed by the region’s top doctor

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The Elk Valley Hospital is adapting to meet the needs of patients in the Elk Valley.

1-in-5 COVID tests coming back positive in and around Fernie, sparking concern

Dr Ron Clark of Elk Valley Hospital said one in five tests was returning positive for COVID-19

The Elk Valley Hospital is adapting to meet the needs of patients in the Elk Valley.
Teck and the Ktunaxa Nation have signed a joint land management agreement for 7,150 hectares of habitat in the Elk Valley area. (Photo contributed by Teck)

Teck, Ktunaxa sign conservation agreement on 7,150 hectares of land

The land is home to significant habitat for numerous species in Southeast BC

Teck and the Ktunaxa Nation have signed a joint land management agreement for 7,150 hectares of habitat in the Elk Valley area. (Photo contributed by Teck)
Teck signage in Elkford, BC. (Soranne Floarea / The Free Press)

Sparwood Mayor David Wilks: Teck has our back when it comes to COVID-19

Wilks said he had full confidence in Teck’s response to a cluster at its Elk Valley operations

Teck signage in Elkford, BC. (Soranne Floarea / The Free Press)
Teck is proposing a significant expansion to their Fording River Operations.

Numbers rise at Teck operations: IH declares outbreak

IH said there were no indication COVID-19 had spread into the Elk Valley community

Teck is proposing a significant expansion to their Fording River Operations.
(File photo)

Raccoons getting comfy in Elk Valley

WildSafeBC is reporting sightings of raccoons in Fernie and Sparwood

(File photo)
file photo of fernie alpine resort sign (Scott Tibballs/The Free Press)

Ski hills will look different this season, and Fernie Alpine Resort is no exception

General manager of FAR Andy Cohen said all resorts that were already open were seeing ‘amazing visitation’

file photo of fernie alpine resort sign (Scott Tibballs/The Free Press)