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LGBTQ+ exhibition strengthens ties between East and West Kootenay

LGBTQ+ exhibition strengthens ties between East and West Kootenay

“Bent On Art” features a broad selection of work by LGBTQ+ artists in the Kootenay region

LGBTQ+ exhibition strengthens ties between East and West Kootenay
Fernie was hit by an early season snowstorm on October 2. Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press

VIDEO: “Snowpocalypse” sets new record for Elk Valley

10cm of snow recorded at Sparwood Airport on October 2 - the most since records began in 1980

Fernie was hit by an early season snowstorm on October 2. Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press
The District of Elkford will hold an open house on proposed cannabis regulations today (September 19). Black Press File Photo

East Kootenay town considers public smoking ban ahead of cannabis legalization

Under the proposed regulations, anyone caught smoking or vaping in public will face a $2000 fine

The District of Elkford will hold an open house on proposed cannabis regulations today (September 19). Black Press File Photo
Elk Valley RCMP responded to a cattle truck crash on Friday night. File photo

Eight cattle dead in Kootenay tunnel crash

RCMP thanks agencies after cattle truck crash; investigates vehicle and thrift store thefts

Elk Valley RCMP responded to a cattle truck crash on Friday night. File photo
Southeast Kootenay students returned to classrooms last week with an additional 55 classmates in their midst. (Black Press file photo)

Southeast Kootenay public schools going through a growth spurt

Ministry of Education tips one per cent enrolment increase at public schools in Southeast Kootenay

Southeast Kootenay students returned to classrooms last week with an additional 55 classmates in their midst. (Black Press file photo)
A campfire ban remains in effect for most of the Southeast Fire Centre. Source: BC Wildfire Service

Campfire ban remains for most of Southeast Fire District

BC Wildfire Service lifts campfire ban in some regions after rain and cooler temperatures

A campfire ban remains in effect for most of the Southeast Fire Centre. Source: BC Wildfire Service
ICBC is booking road tests for Fernie this month and Sparwood in October. Stock photo

Three driver examiners in East Kootenay: ICBC

ICBC responds to concerns about departure of new driver examiner in East Kootenay

ICBC is booking road tests for Fernie this month and Sparwood in October. Stock photo
WorkSafeBC has released its report on the Fernie arena tragedy. File photo

WorkSafeBC releases damning report into Fernie’s fatal gas leak

City of Fernie and CIMCO Refrigeration in violation of workplace laws: WorkSafeBC

WorkSafeBC has released its report on the Fernie arena tragedy. File photo
The B.C. Government has announced a number of measures to address dwindling elk populations in the East Kootenay. File photo.

Province to tackle declining elk populations across Kootenays

Aerial survey of elk in Rocky Mountain Trench finds populations has more than halved in 10 years

The B.C. Government has announced a number of measures to address dwindling elk populations in the East Kootenay. File photo.
East Kootenay fire victim honoured

East Kootenay fire victim honoured

Bradley Patrick Tipper remembered as gentle-hearted and generous

East Kootenay fire victim honoured
B.C. man builds 10-foot sign thanking fire responders

B.C. man builds 10-foot sign thanking fire responders

Ken Rawson built his “thank u” sign on Saturday as helicopters responded to fires around the province.

B.C. man builds 10-foot sign thanking fire responders
An arbitrator has handed down his decision on the dismissal of a road crew worker at Teck’s Elkview Operations in Sparwood. File photo

Dismissal of Kootenay mine worker upheld

Arbitrator rules Teck justified in dismissal of Kootenay worker accused of harassment and bullying

An arbitrator has handed down his decision on the dismissal of a road crew worker at Teck’s Elkview Operations in Sparwood. File photo
A photo from the last expedition to Bisaro Anima in the winter of 2018/17 when the cave was confirmed to have broken the record for the deepest in North America. File photo

VIDEO: Cavers embark on new expedition to Canada’s deepest cave in interior B.C.

The group hopes to find a new entrance to Bisaro Anima in a trip dubbed “expedition of the year”.

A photo from the last expedition to Bisaro Anima in the winter of 2018/17 when the cave was confirmed to have broken the record for the deepest in North America. File photo
Sparwood Search and Rescue was one of three Elk Valley agencies called to a plane crash this afternoon. File photo

Elk Valley agencies called to plane crash

The crash was initially reported north of Elkford, however, local agencies were later stood down

Sparwood Search and Rescue was one of three Elk Valley agencies called to a plane crash this afternoon. File photo
The Fernie Memorial Arena remained locked down while the investigation continued, January 2018. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

UPDATE: City of Fernie responds to investigation report

Technical Safety BC presented findings on cause of incident in Fernie last fall

The Fernie Memorial Arena remained locked down while the investigation continued, January 2018. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
An aerial view of Polar Peak at Fernie Alpine Resort. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Hiker recalls B.C. ski resort rescue

Nursing significant injuries, the woman clung to rocks for half an hour while waiting to be rescued.

An aerial view of Polar Peak at Fernie Alpine Resort. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Selenium concentrations in the Elk and Fording Rivers are now 70 times higher than the Flathead, according to U.S. representatives on the International Joint Commission. File photo

B.C. mining puts international treaty at risk: U.S. officials

U.S. representatives criticize Canada’s inaction on selenium pollution in transboundary waters

Selenium concentrations in the Elk and Fording Rivers are now 70 times higher than the Flathead, according to U.S. representatives on the International Joint Commission. File photo
Dean McKerracher announces election bid

Dean McKerracher announces election bid

Another East Kootenay mayor has announced they will stand for re-election this year.

Dean McKerracher announces election bid
Polluted water did not reach rivers: Teck

Polluted water did not reach rivers: Teck

Teck Coal responds to B.C. Government report, which shows the company was fined $78,100 last year.

Polluted water did not reach rivers: Teck
Teck fined $78,100 for water pollution

Teck fined $78,100 for water pollution

A quarter of the permit exceedances were more than 200 per cent over the limit.

Teck fined $78,100 for water pollution