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The Elko sawmill is part of the province-wide Canfor sawmill shutdowns. File Photo

Canfor trims lumber production due to BC wildfires

The company has announced it is reducing lumber production by 115 million board feet due to supply chain disruptions

The Elko sawmill is part of the province-wide Canfor sawmill shutdowns. File Photo
Thomas Skelton is riding from Fernie to Nelson, and then doing a 150km ride in Kelowna to raise funds for mental health. Pictured here bright and early on June 2 2021 before setting off from the Fernie Memorial Arena, headed to Kimberley for day 1. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie to Nelson (and then Kelowna) for mental health: Thomas Skelton gets pedalling

Elkford local Thomas Skelton will ride 500km in five days to raise funds for mental health

Thomas Skelton is riding from Fernie to Nelson, and then doing a 150km ride in Kelowna to raise funds for mental health. Pictured here bright and early on June 2 2021 before setting off from the Fernie Memorial Arena, headed to Kimberley for day 1. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The local detachment is short-staffed. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Police powers in travel restriction orders too vague: Sparwood mayor

Sparwood’s mayor said it was not clear how the RCMP would factor into the new orders announced today

The local detachment is short-staffed. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
RCMP. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)

Police impersonator pulls over driver with travel questions near B.C.-Alberta border

Elk Valley RCMP are searching for a man that pulled over an Alberta resident

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
The IIO is investigating after a police dog bit a man during a traffic stop near Ladysmith on April 17, 2021. (Black Press Media stock photo)

Man arrested in incident at Canada-U.S. border near Roosville

A man who crossed the border illegally was apprehended by U.S. officials

The IIO is investigating after a police dog bit a man during a traffic stop near Ladysmith on April 17, 2021. (Black Press Media stock photo)
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)