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District of Sparwood logo and flag. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Add Sparwood and Elkford to community-wide vaccination program: Wilks

Sparwood’s mayor said the current vaccination program was too slow for the coal-dependent communities

District of Sparwood logo and flag. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
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.
The number of skiers and snowboarders using the Fernie ski shuttle to get to Fernie Alpine Resort from town is down by 77 per cent this season. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie Alpine Resort committed to staying open though to end of season: RCR

The resort has a closing date of April 11

The number of skiers and snowboarders using the Fernie ski shuttle to get to Fernie Alpine Resort from town is down by 77 per cent this season. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
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)
A black bear spotted near Fernie in 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

No bears yet in the area, but warmer weather signals end of hibernation

WildsafeBC says they’ll be coming out of hibernation any time now

A black bear spotted near Fernie in 2020. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
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)
The “Build A Weir At Koocanusa” committee are discussing the concept of an actual weir being built across Lake Koocanusa, just north of the Canada-U.S. border.

EPA approves new Montana standards for selenium in Lake Koocanusa

The new limit is 0.8 micrograms of selenium per litre in the U.S. half of the lake

The “Build A Weir At Koocanusa” committee are discussing the concept of an actual weir being built across Lake Koocanusa, just north of the Canada-U.S. border.
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)
Sparwood mayor David Wilks was in attendance at the street party to discuss potential changes to Centennial Square.

Wilks: RDEK funds for Angel Flight a ‘no-brainer’

Wilks said he would be supporting the request for funds at Friday’s RDEK meeting

Sparwood mayor David Wilks was in attendance at the street party to discuss potential changes to Centennial Square.
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.
The turnoff to Teck's Line Creek Operations in the Elk Valley. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Teck coal profits down in 2020, pins hopes to Chinese recovery

The company released it’s Q4 and 2020 un-audited numbers on Feb. 17

The turnoff to Teck's Line Creek Operations in the Elk Valley. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Elk River. (Phil Maclachlan photo)

Teck begins commissioning Elkview water treatment expansion

The expansion doubles the capacity of the facility, which filters selenium and nitrate

The Elk River. (Phil Maclachlan photo)
NDP candidate Wayne Stetski. (Jocelyn Doll/Revelstoke Review)

Stetski steps up for Kootenay-Columbia NDP nomination

Former MP Wayne Stetski is in the running to be the NDP’s pick for a possible 2021 federal election

NDP candidate Wayne Stetski. (Jocelyn Doll/Revelstoke Review)
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.