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One of the RDEK’s Reuse Centres. (File photo)

RDEK shutters Reuse Centres, cites need to maintain essential services

Staff are at too high a risk from people not following social distancing or public masking measures

One of the RDEK’s Reuse Centres. (File photo)
The ammonite fossil is currently unprotected, and is degrading over time according to Wildsight Elk Valley. (File photo)

Project to preserve Elk Valley’s famous ammonite fossil falls over

According to Wildsight the landowner denied access

The ammonite fossil is currently unprotected, and is degrading over time according to Wildsight Elk Valley. (File photo)
Skiers on the Boomerang Chair at Fernie Alpine Resort. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

High elevation, high numbers: B.C. resort towns report COVID spikes

Resort communities are at more risk, according to Dr. Karin Goodison of Interior Health

Skiers on the Boomerang Chair at Fernie Alpine Resort. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Sparwood mayor David Wilks. (File photo)

‘We don’t have the capacity’: East Kootenay Mayor takes aim at COVID health orders

With limited resources, local governments and private businesses are under too much strain from public health orders according to Sparwood Mayor David Wilks

Sparwood mayor David Wilks. (File photo)
City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

COVID-19 brings ‘significant challenges’ for City of Fernie in staffing

Residents can expect some service disruptions as COVID-19 runs through the community

City of Fernie city hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
A Salmon Arm artist worked with talented local fabricators to create an enormous set of steel bighorn sheep horns to greet visitors to Radium Hot Springs. (Village of Radium Hot Springs image)

Radium collisions causing dwindling bighorn sheep population; overpass urged by expert

The Radium herd has been declining for years, and was reduced by 19 just from traffic last year

A Salmon Arm artist worked with talented local fabricators to create an enormous set of steel bighorn sheep horns to greet visitors to Radium Hot Springs. (Village of Radium Hot Springs image)
Brent Bidston of Angel Flight with some of the first patients to fly in Angel Flight East Kootenay’s new Cessna 414A on Dec. 15 2021. (Image courtesy of Angel Flight East Kootenay)

Angel Flight East Kootenay’s new plane takes to the skies

The new Cessna 414A had it’s inaugural flight on Dec. 15

Brent Bidston of Angel Flight with some of the first patients to fly in Angel Flight East Kootenay’s new Cessna 414A on Dec. 15 2021. (Image courtesy of Angel Flight East Kootenay)
Elko Provincial Park contributes minimally to local conservation, with noxious weeds having overrun most of the grasslands. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

The little park that’s causing concern in the Elko Overhead bridge upgrade project

The Elko Provincial Park needs to be intruded on to replace the Elko Overhead

Elko Provincial Park contributes minimally to local conservation, with noxious weeds having overrun most of the grasslands. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The rock cut site, 4.5km east of Elko on Hwy. 3 where rock blasting and removal will take place on Dec. 14 2021. (Image courtesy of Google Street View)

Hwy. 3 near Elko to be closed for up to two hours on Dec. 14: Mainroad East Kootenay

The closure is for rock blasting and removal of material to be used for flood damage repair

The rock cut site, 4.5km east of Elko on Hwy. 3 where rock blasting and removal will take place on Dec. 14 2021. (Image courtesy of Google Street View)
Catherine Crewe of Fernie with the card that she and Nancy Nester of Invermere have been sending back and forth to each other since 1964. Pictured here in 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

60 years of good wishes: Two long-time Kootenay penpals keep a Christmas tradition alive

Catherine Crewe of Fernie, and Nancy Nester of Invermere have been sending the same card back and forth to each other since they were both five years old

Catherine Crewe of Fernie with the card that she and Nancy Nester of Invermere have been sending back and forth to each other since 1964. Pictured here in 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
It has been a brutal year for bears in the Elk Valley, with dozens destroyed by Conservation Officers and more killed by traffic and trains. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

31 bears euthanized in the Elk Valley

Conservation Officers have been forced to destroy 31 bears in the Elk Valley so far

It has been a brutal year for bears in the Elk Valley, with dozens destroyed by Conservation Officers and more killed by traffic and trains. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Teck has revised its sales forecast for Q4 2021 due to disruptions to CP and CN Rail networks. File photo

Teck cuts coal sales forecast due to flood disruptions

The company expects to sell 5.2-5.7 million tonnes instead of 6.4-6.8 million tonnes

Teck has revised its sales forecast for Q4 2021 due to disruptions to CP and CN Rail networks. File photo
Coal Creek has undermined structures at the Fernie Rifle Range due to heavy rain on November 14-15. (Image courtesy of Andrés González)

PHOTOS: Aerial perspective captures changes to Coal Creek near Fernie

A local photographer used his drone to take striking images of how much the creek has moved due to high rainfall in mid-November

Coal Creek has undermined structures at the Fernie Rifle Range due to heavy rain on November 14-15. (Image courtesy of Andrés González)
A male grizzly bear in a fall apple tree in Elkford, BC. (Photo credit: Cindy Rideout)

Pilot program in Elk Valley pulling fruit out of hungry bears’ reach

A program which removes and replaces fruit-bearing trees saw a successful first year in operation, with a wait list for 2022

A male grizzly bear in a fall apple tree in Elkford, BC. (Photo credit: Cindy Rideout)
(Contributed by Michelle Malan)

Sparwood seniors pose as firefighters in fundraising calendar

Funds raised will go towards the supported living facility

(Contributed by Michelle Malan)
Hwy. 3 is vulnerable to flooding by Hartley Creek, cutting transportation links through the Elk Valley according to Sparwood Mayor David Wilks, who is chair of the ‘Hwy. 3 Mayors and Chairs Coalition’ which advocates for improvements to the highway. (Image courtesy of Google Streetview)

Stretch of Hwy. 3 in Elk Valley needs an upgrade: Sparwood Mayor

Hartley Creek often backs up at Hwy. 3 due to silt, and flooded the roadway on Sunday

Hwy. 3 is vulnerable to flooding by Hartley Creek, cutting transportation links through the Elk Valley according to Sparwood Mayor David Wilks, who is chair of the ‘Hwy. 3 Mayors and Chairs Coalition’ which advocates for improvements to the highway. (Image courtesy of Google Streetview)
Today Teck announced the roll out of two new electric passenger buses to transport employees to and from its Fording River and Greenhills steelmaking coal operations in the Elk Valley. Submitted/Teck

Teck donates $250,000 to flood relief effort

The company gave to the Canadian Red Cross and BC SPCA

Today Teck announced the roll out of two new electric passenger buses to transport employees to and from its Fording River and Greenhills steelmaking coal operations in the Elk Valley. Submitted/Teck
Cokato Rd has been closed since flooding on Sunday. Pictured: Debris and damage to the road near Thompson Rd. (Image courtesy of Valerie Barry)

Evacuation alert issued for 11 properties near Hosmer

The RDEK issued the alert on Monday evening following ongoing rainfall

Cokato Rd has been closed since flooding on Sunday. Pictured: Debris and damage to the road near Thompson Rd. (Image courtesy of Valerie Barry)
Cokato Creek has overflowed its banks prompting the closure of Cokato Road in the 4500 block. (Image courtesy of Brendan Morgan, City of Fernie)

Flooding, detours and an evacuation: Elk Valley drenched by torrential rain

Roads have been closed and neighbourhoods around Fernie and in the RDEK have seen localised flooding

Cokato Creek has overflowed its banks prompting the closure of Cokato Road in the 4500 block. (Image courtesy of Brendan Morgan, City of Fernie)
RDEK board office in Cranbrook. File photo.

Rob Gay elected RDEK chair for 11th year

Gay defeated a challenge from Susan Clovechok

RDEK board office in Cranbrook. File photo.