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Option A (above) was the preferred design for a new multi-purpose community centre in Fernie.                                 Design by Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects Inc/City of Fernie documents

East Kootenay town pitches $80m multi-purpose community centre

City of Fernie vies for slice of cost-sharing pie to integrate recreation facilities into new centre

Option A (above) was the preferred design for a new multi-purpose community centre in Fernie.                                 Design by Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects Inc/City of Fernie documents
One person was fatally injured in a crash near Fernie, Sunday morning. File photo

One killed in three-vehicle crash near Fernie

Heavy snowfall, driver experience being considered as possible contributing factors

One person was fatally injured in a crash near Fernie, Sunday morning. File photo
Emergency Social Services (ESS) teams across the Regional District of East Kootenay have received a funding boost. They have responded to many emergencies in the Valley including the apartment fire at the Ponderosa Manor apartments in Sparwood, August 9. File photo

Funding boost for Kootenay emergency social services

$24,700 to go towards additional training, supplies for ESS teams across East Kootenay

Emergency Social Services (ESS) teams across the Regional District of East Kootenay have received a funding boost. They have responded to many emergencies in the Valley including the apartment fire at the Ponderosa Manor apartments in Sparwood, August 9. File photo
Elkford couple Brad Schweitzer and Kelly Jo Paris with their son Eric, who was fed breastmilk donated by Fernie mom Katya Choroszewski (pictured right with her third child James) via the Kootenay Milk Sharing Group. Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press

Bosom buddies: milk sharing group connects Kootenays

Moms use social media to trade breastmilk; Facebook group helping women unable to breastfeed

Elkford couple Brad Schweitzer and Kelly Jo Paris with their son Eric, who was fed breastmilk donated by Fernie mom Katya Choroszewski (pictured right with her third child James) via the Kootenay Milk Sharing Group. Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press
Bradley Filgate, Mick Prideaux, Liz Allitt, Brett Uphill and Zane Neal feature in Fernie Fire Rescue’s charity calendar. Photo courtesy of Decoro Portraits

Kootenay firefighters exposed

Fire department releases steamy calendar to raise funds for women’s resource centre

Bradley Filgate, Mick Prideaux, Liz Allitt, Brett Uphill and Zane Neal feature in Fernie Fire Rescue’s charity calendar. Photo courtesy of Decoro Portraits
MLA for Kootenay East Tom Shypitka was due to meet with Elk Valley doctors on Wednesday to discuss access issues with Alberta. Pictured is Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary.  Wikipedia photo

Ministry breaks silence on Alberta healthcare access issues

Billing issues not to blame for B.C. patients refused healthcare in Alberta: Ministry of Health

MLA for Kootenay East Tom Shypitka was due to meet with Elk Valley doctors on Wednesday to discuss access issues with Alberta. Pictured is Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary.  Wikipedia photo
MLA for Kootenay East Tom Shypitka was due to meet with Elk Valley doctors on Wednesday to discuss access issues with Alberta. Pictured is Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary.  Wikipedia photo

Billing issues not to blame: Ministry of Health

Kootenay East MLA to meet with Elk Valley doctors to discuss Alberta referral process

MLA for Kootenay East Tom Shypitka was due to meet with Elk Valley doctors on Wednesday to discuss access issues with Alberta. Pictured is Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary.  Wikipedia photo
A semi trailer and an SUV were inovlved in a motor vehicle accident east of Jaffray on Monday morning. Mike Turner photo.

Cattle truck crash closes Hwy 3 near Jaffray

A detour route is available via Betania Rd

A semi trailer and an SUV were inovlved in a motor vehicle accident east of Jaffray on Monday morning. Mike Turner photo.
Fernie woman forced to receive radiation in Kelowna despite family in Calgary

Fernie woman forced to receive radiation in Kelowna despite family in Calgary

Breast cancer patient left to fight disease alone after being denied referral to Calgary

Fernie woman forced to receive radiation in Kelowna despite family in Calgary
Elkford Mayor Dean McKerracher and Sparwood Mayor David Wilks have been elected Chair and Acting Chair of the Kootenay East Regional Hospital District Board. Photo courtesy of RDEK

New Kootenay East Regional Hospital District Board elected

Redeveloping East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Cranbrook a priority for new hospital district board

Elkford Mayor Dean McKerracher and Sparwood Mayor David Wilks have been elected Chair and Acting Chair of the Kootenay East Regional Hospital District Board. Photo courtesy of RDEK
Fernie Alpine Resort opens for winter on Saturday, December 1. Source: Facebook

Kootenays in for mild winter: Environment and Climate Change Canada

El Niño to bring warm weather to Western Canada this winter

Fernie Alpine Resort opens for winter on Saturday, December 1. Source: Facebook
Fernie’s Brenden Nemes scores against Kimberley, February. File photo

Ghostriders score home ice advantage

Fernie Memorial Arena to reopen December 1 after roof repairs fast-tracked

Fernie’s Brenden Nemes scores against Kimberley, February. File photo
The Fernie Ghostriders have submitted their bid to host the 2020 BC Hockey Cyclone Taylor Cup. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Fernie Ghostriders announce bid to host 2020 BC Hockey Cyclone Taylor Cup

The Kimberley Dynamiters are also in the running to host the annual tournament

The Fernie Ghostriders have submitted their bid to host the 2020 BC Hockey Cyclone Taylor Cup. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Fairy Creek Falls. Photo courtesy of Fernie Search and Rescue

Injured hiker rescued from Fernie waterfall

Fernie Search and Rescue responds to report of injured hiker at Fairy Creek Falls

Fairy Creek Falls. Photo courtesy of Fernie Search and Rescue
Union offers support following B.C. mine death

Union offers support following B.C. mine death

Death of B.C. mine worker described as a wake up call for industry

Union offers support following B.C. mine death
The Environmental Monitoring Committee took questions from the audience during the fourth annual public meeting on October 17. Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press

EMC meeting puts Teck’s environmental work in focus

Environmental Monitoring Committee hosts public meeting in Elkford; local conservationists divided

The Environmental Monitoring Committee took questions from the audience during the fourth annual public meeting on October 17. Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press
Fernie stabbing victim recalls attack

Fernie stabbing victim recalls attack

Mohamed Minta was visiting Fernie on business when he was randomly attacked. WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES

Fernie stabbing victim recalls attack
BREAKING: Person arrested after motel stabbing in Fernie

BREAKING: Person arrested after motel stabbing in Fernie

Restaurant patron at Fernie Super 8 Hotel injured in random attack

BREAKING: Person arrested after motel stabbing in Fernie
Wildsight, Sierra Club BC, Headwaters Montana and the University of Montana have launched a water sampling program at Lake Koocanusa, southwest of Fernie, to fill a data gap left by Teck Coal in the winter. Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press

East Kootenay waterway under the microscope

Wildsight, Sierra Club BC, Headwaters Montana and U.S. university launch water sampling program

Wildsight, Sierra Club BC, Headwaters Montana and the University of Montana have launched a water sampling program at Lake Koocanusa, southwest of Fernie, to fill a data gap left by Teck Coal in the winter. Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press
Yay or neigh? Cowboy the miniature horse predicts B.C. city’s next mayor

Yay or neigh? Cowboy the miniature horse predicts B.C. city’s next mayor

Cowboy the miniature horse chooses the next mayors of Fernie and Sparwood (and gets to munch on a whole lot of hay)

Yay or neigh? Cowboy the miniature horse predicts B.C. city’s next mayor