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Recent CanWel clearcutting north of Fernie. Photo by Eddie Petryshen/Wildsight

RDEK director admits defeat in Fernie logging fight

Regional District of East Kootenay won’t intervene in private land logging issue: Area A Director

Recent CanWel clearcutting north of Fernie. Photo by Eddie Petryshen/Wildsight
The Griz had completely disappeared by early Saturday after Fernie Alpine Resort received a whopping 55cm of snow. Source: Fernie Alpine Resort

Powder pandemonium: Video goes viral after B.C. ski resort receives 55cm of snow

Rope drop video attracts 126,000 views in 24 hours after Fernie Alpine Resort receives 55cm of snow

The Griz had completely disappeared by early Saturday after Fernie Alpine Resort received a whopping 55cm of snow. Source: Fernie Alpine Resort
MountainGirls founder Meg Kee and The Lady Alliance founder Kieren Britton spent two nights in their RV at Fernie Alpine Resort before continuing their tour of western Canada. They’re pictured with photographer Matt Littlewood and videographer Charlie Wood.  Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press

Social media influencers promote Kootenays

MountainGirls, The Lady Alliance founders stop in Fernie and Golden on RV tour

MountainGirls founder Meg Kee and The Lady Alliance founder Kieren Britton spent two nights in their RV at Fernie Alpine Resort before continuing their tour of western Canada. They’re pictured with photographer Matt Littlewood and videographer Charlie Wood.  Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press
A screenshot from “Learning from Loss”, a educational video about a fatal workplace incident at Fording River mine.

East Kootenay mine deaths prompt safety initiatives

Teck produces educational video, introduces new procedures after contractor drowns at Fording River

A screenshot from “Learning from Loss”, a educational video about a fatal workplace incident at Fording River mine.
A snowmobiler has been rescued from the Harvey Pass area southeast of Fernie after spending the night in sub zero temperatures. Photo courtesy of Fernie Search and Rescue

Skier injured in avalanche; snowmobiler stranded near Fernie

Fernie Search and Rescue performs two backcountry rescues in 24 hours

A snowmobiler has been rescued from the Harvey Pass area southeast of Fernie after spending the night in sub zero temperatures. Photo courtesy of Fernie Search and Rescue
BC Centre for Disease Control naloxone kit (Darryl Dick/The Canadian Press)

East Kootenay illicit drug overdose deaths lowest in B.C.

Local expert credits harm reduction efforts; declares support for legalization of opioids

BC Centre for Disease Control naloxone kit (Darryl Dick/The Canadian Press)
East Kootenay illicit drug overdose deaths lowest in B.C.

East Kootenay illicit drug overdose deaths lowest in B.C.

Local expert credits harm reduction efforts; declares support for legalization

East Kootenay illicit drug overdose deaths lowest in B.C.
A family braves the cold in a deserted downtown Fernie on Sunday.Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press

Extreme cold warning re-issued for Interior B.C.

Wind chill values as low as -40C expected in Elk Valley, Yoho and Kootenay national parks tonight

A family braves the cold in a deserted downtown Fernie on Sunday.Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press
The RCMP continues to examine the events of October 17, 2017, when three men tragically died after an ammonia leak at Fernie Memorial Arena. File photo

RCMP Fernie arena probe ongoing

Investigation into tragedy at Fernie Memorial Arena ongoing, with no indication of completion date

The RCMP continues to examine the events of October 17, 2017, when three men tragically died after an ammonia leak at Fernie Memorial Arena. File photo
A family braves the cold in downtown Fernie, where the windows of many businesses were completely covered in frost Sunday. Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press

Extreme cold warning issued for Elk Valley, Yoho, Kootenay national parks

Temperatures to plunge to nearly -40C; public, motorists urged to prepare

A family braves the cold in downtown Fernie, where the windows of many businesses were completely covered in frost Sunday. Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press
Russ Sheppard (left) with the Reel Canadian Film Society committee at the opening reception at The Arts Station, Friday, January 25. Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press

East Kootenay former teacher inspires at film festival

The Grizzlies’ Russ Sheppard offers insight into making of film, life in the Arctic in Fernie

Russ Sheppard (left) with the Reel Canadian Film Society committee at the opening reception at The Arts Station, Friday, January 25. Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press
The mercury will plunge to nearly -30C this weekend. Stock photo

Temperatures to plunge to nearly -30C across East Kootenay

Cold weather also to bring snow; motorists urged to prepare for winter driving conditions

The mercury will plunge to nearly -30C this weekend. Stock photo
There are concerns about logging impacting trails and habitat in Fernie. Photo taken on Coal Creek Road. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

East Kootenay groups to call meeting amid logging ‘crisis’

Wildsight, Fernie Trails Alliance concerned about CanWel’s encroachment on trails, habitat in Fernie

There are concerns about logging impacting trails and habitat in Fernie. Photo taken on Coal Creek Road. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Teck Coal is reporting a serious incident at Greenhills Operations which resulted in one employee being airlifted to hospital. File photo

Worker had been changing tire when it exploded at B.C. mine

RCMP, Ministry investigating incident at Teck’s Greenhills Operations in East Kootenay

Teck Coal is reporting a serious incident at Greenhills Operations which resulted in one employee being airlifted to hospital. File photo
Isabella Dicken Elementary School has previously had to use the gym for classes while waiting for new portables to arrive. Pictured are Joe Dillon and Garrett Stirling. File photo

Plight of Kootenay schools highlighted in budget report

Provincial budget report notes huge repair bill at Cranbrook school and capacity issues in Fernie

Isabella Dicken Elementary School has previously had to use the gym for classes while waiting for new portables to arrive. Pictured are Joe Dillon and Garrett Stirling. File photo
Injured snowmobiler rescued from Kootenay backcountry

Injured snowmobiler rescued from Kootenay backcountry

Sparwood Search and Rescue praises well prepared group after snowmobiling incident

Injured snowmobiler rescued from Kootenay backcountry
MLA for Kootenay East Tom Shypitka. File photo

B.C.-Alberta healthcare access issues continue across Kootenays

MLA investigates rumours patient transportation services stop at the border

MLA for Kootenay East Tom Shypitka. File photo
VIDEO: Kootenay boy, 10, brave in the face of cancer

VIDEO: Kootenay boy, 10, brave in the face of cancer

Fernie Ghostriders vs. Kimberley Dynamiters game to raise funds for young fan fighting cancer

VIDEO: Kootenay boy, 10, brave in the face of cancer
Kaleb Hills-Dagenais, 10, has spent the past 1.5 months at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver after being diagnosed with B-cell lymphoma. He is staying strong with the help of his siblings Jarred, 11, and Khloe, 7. Submitted

VIDEO: Elkford boy, 10, brave in the face of cancer

Fernie Ghostriders vs. Kimberley Dynamiters game to raise funds for young fan fighting cancer

Kaleb Hills-Dagenais, 10, has spent the past 1.5 months at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver after being diagnosed with B-cell lymphoma. He is staying strong with the help of his siblings Jarred, 11, and Khloe, 7. Submitted
Mainroad has issued a winter weather advisory for the East Kootenay with snow on the way. This photo was taken on Highway 3 near Jaffray earlier this month. Source: Facebook

Winter weather advisory issued for East Kootenay

Up to 5cm of snow expected by the end of the weekend and up to 15cm over the next week

Mainroad has issued a winter weather advisory for the East Kootenay with snow on the way. This photo was taken on Highway 3 near Jaffray earlier this month. Source: Facebook