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District of Sparwood flags out front of Sparwood municipal offices. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood mayor says he and council should be paid ‘what we’re worth’

Councillors would be paid $20K, and the mayor $45K if they support their own recommendation

District of Sparwood flags out front of Sparwood municipal offices. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Elkview SRF is right in the middle of Teck’s Elkview operations near Sparwood, B.C., which is fully operational. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Teck’s Elk Valley coal mines make bank in Q2

The company’s coal division accounted for $2.5 billion of Teck’s $3.2 billion in quarterly gross profits

The Elkview SRF is right in the middle of Teck’s Elkview operations near Sparwood, B.C., which is fully operational. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Reverend Canon Andrea Brennan of the combined ministry of Christ Church Anglican and Knox United in Fernie has been made Regional Dean of the East Kootenays. Pictured in Christ Church Anglican in July 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Anglican Fernie Reverend appointed Regional Dean

Rev. Andrea Brennan has ministered the combined Christ Church Anglican and Knox United congregations since 2019

The Reverend Canon Andrea Brennan of the combined ministry of Christ Church Anglican and Knox United in Fernie has been made Regional Dean of the East Kootenays. Pictured in Christ Church Anglican in July 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
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Cyclist sustains severe injuries after being hit by erratic driver on Hwy. 3

The cyclist was transported to the Elk Valley Hospital, and then on to Calgary

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A sequence of images showing riders, bears, dogd and more riders using the same trail within minutes of each other near Fernie. (Images courtesy of Clayton Lamb)

They are among us: Trail cams show how close Fernie comes to meeting wildlife head-on

Images from popular trails around Fernie are being captured as part of a study into the effect of recreation on wildlife

A sequence of images showing riders, bears, dogd and more riders using the same trail within minutes of each other near Fernie. (Images courtesy of Clayton Lamb)
Category 3 fires are banned in the Southeast Fire Centre from noon, Thursday June 23. Campfires remain permitted. (Image courtesy of BC Wildfire)

Category 3 fires banned in Southeast B.C., campfires still permitted

The ban on large fires was announced ahead of the provinces first warm spell of 2022

Category 3 fires are banned in the Southeast Fire Centre from noon, Thursday June 23. Campfires remain permitted. (Image courtesy of BC Wildfire)
The snow was sticking in Elkford on midday, June 13th, only a week out from the beginning of summer 2022. (Image courtesy of Tathlina Lovlin)

Snow sticks in Elkford, a week out from summer

Summer has never felt so far away for the Elk Valley

The snow was sticking in Elkford on midday, June 13th, only a week out from the beginning of summer 2022. (Image courtesy of Tathlina Lovlin)
Fernie artist Michael Hepher working on yet another new addition to his solo exhibition, ‘All in this together’, which will go on display at the Fernie Museum gallery from July 1. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

The Columbia Basin in bright, bold colour: Fernie artist paints the region

Michael Hepher’s solo exhibit ‘All in this together’ will appear at the Fernie Museum gallery from next month

Fernie artist Michael Hepher working on yet another new addition to his solo exhibition, ‘All in this together’, which will go on display at the Fernie Museum gallery from July 1. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Passengers aboard Angel Flight East Kootenay’s newest plane, a Cessna 414a, which can fly above poor weather and keep flights going. (Image courtesy of Todd Weselake / Angel Flight East Kootenay)

Angel Flight East Kootenay preps for busy weeks ahead

The local charity will be trying a new flying schedule due to the cost of fuel

Passengers aboard Angel Flight East Kootenay’s newest plane, a Cessna 414a, which can fly above poor weather and keep flights going. (Image courtesy of Todd Weselake / Angel Flight East Kootenay)
Thomas Bravais at his property in Cokato, which was flooded in November last year and is now underneath feet of silt left behind. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Cokato landowner points finger at CP Rail after being left high and dry from historic flooding

CP are denying responsibility for silt left behind by floodwaters diverted by blocked CP culverts last year

Thomas Bravais at his property in Cokato, which was flooded in November last year and is now underneath feet of silt left behind. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Democracy sausage is a well-respected tradition in Australia. Every few years, Australians get together for a barbecue, and maybe vote as well. (Image courtesy of iStock)

Opinion: Vote 1, democracy sausage for Canada

An Australian institution is worth appropriating for Canadian electoral life

Democracy sausage is a well-respected tradition in Australia. Every few years, Australians get together for a barbecue, and maybe vote as well. (Image courtesy of iStock)
RCMP vehicle

Elk Valley RCMP investigating workplace death

A Telus worker died after falling 30 feet on Tuesday

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Fernie local Jay Carter doesn’t let opening a business or delivering kids to school stop him from skiing every day. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

On a mission: Fernie man skis every day of season to prove a point

Jay Carter has skied every day of the 2021-2022 season so far just to prove that you can

Fernie local Jay Carter doesn’t let opening a business or delivering kids to school stop him from skiing every day. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Sheepdogs will be headlining the Wapiti 2022 music festival in Fernie, out of a lineup of 11 bands from Fernie to as far as Toronto. (Image courtesy of Wapiti Music Festival).

Summer’s looking brighter for Fernie: Wapiti Music Festival 2022 lineup announced

The lineup of the August music festival includes 11 bands, including Fernie locals and from afar

The Sheepdogs will be headlining the Wapiti 2022 music festival in Fernie, out of a lineup of 11 bands from Fernie to as far as Toronto. (Image courtesy of Wapiti Music Festival).
Elections B.C. map of the Okanagan area.

‘Be part of the process’: B.C. Electoral Boundaries Commission to hold public meetings

Ridings in Nelson, Trail, Radium Hot Springs, Cranbrook, Penticton, Kelowna, Salmon Arm, Revelstoke, and Kamloops are being reviewed

Elections B.C. map of the Okanagan area.
Cara with one of her four hens. (Image courtesy of Cara Dawn)

Chicken takeover slow, but hens a hit for one Sparwood resident

Backyard hens have been allowed in Sparwood since November 2021

Cara with one of her four hens. (Image courtesy of Cara Dawn)
Lily Bowers with her Ukraine flag-style quilt, made to help raise funds to support those displaced by the conflict in Ukraine. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood woman raises over $2K for Ukraine with special handmade blanket

Lily Bowers donated $2,210 raised through ticket sales to the Red Cross

Lily Bowers with her Ukraine flag-style quilt, made to help raise funds to support those displaced by the conflict in Ukraine. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Lily Bowers of Sparwood is creating a quilt made with Ukrainian flag colours to help raise funds to support refugees. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood local creates quilt for Ukraine

Any funds raised from the quilt’s sale will go towards helping refugees escaping the war in Ukraine

Lily Bowers of Sparwood is creating a quilt made with Ukrainian flag colours to help raise funds to support refugees. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Fernie Alpine Resort turnoff on Hwy. 3. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Man dies after skiing accident at B.C.’s Fernie Alpine Resort

A man died from injuries sustained while skiing at Fernie Alpine Resort over the weekend

Fernie Alpine Resort turnoff on Hwy. 3. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Fernie local Dave Richards with his latest carving creation - an ice bear carved from ice from Crowsnest Pass Lake. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

(Ice) bear spotted in Fernie

Local wood carver in training Dave Richards is the artist behind the ice sculpture

Fernie local Dave Richards with his latest carving creation - an ice bear carved from ice from Crowsnest Pass Lake. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)