Phil McLachlan

Tom Shypitka at the Bingay concerns meeting, January 2018. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press/File

Bingay mine proposal still up in the air

Centermount proposes extraction of 1M tonnes of metallurgical coal annually over 13-year lifespan

Tom Shypitka at the Bingay concerns meeting, January 2018. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press/File
Teck Resources announced they plan to lay off 500 full-time workers in order to achieve target cost reductions. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press/File

MLA anticipates further job loss in resource sector, following Teck announcement

MLA Tom Shypitka says this, “is devastating news for my communities.”

Teck Resources announced they plan to lay off 500 full-time workers in order to achieve target cost reductions. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press/File
A train rumbles past the Galloway Lumber Mill. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Logging companies diversifying products amid high fibre costs, oversupply, more

For many months, issues in the logging industry have made headlines across…

A train rumbles past the Galloway Lumber Mill. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Wild Honey will be celebrating the release of their debut album with a concert at The Arts Station on October 26.  Photo by Kevan Wilkie

Wild Honey releases debut album

Seven years after playing their instruments together for the first time, a…

Wild Honey will be celebrating the release of their debut album with a concert at The Arts Station on October 26.  Photo by Kevan Wilkie
At the Galloway Lumber Mill the finishing touches are currently being put on a new a steel fabrication shop, which will be used to produce steel components and equipment to support the surrounding industries. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Kootenay logging companies diversifying products amid challenging time in forest industry

Galloway Lumber focused on specialty wood products, steel components, cross-laminated timber

At the Galloway Lumber Mill the finishing touches are currently being put on a new a steel fabrication shop, which will be used to produce steel components and equipment to support the surrounding industries. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
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 announces roll out of electric buses for Elk Valley operations

Hon. Michelle Mungall says it’s great to see Teck taking action on climate change

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
Sparwood’s John Garszczal is wanted by police. RCMP/File

RCMP search for Sparwood man wanted on numerous warrants

Twenty-nine-year-old John Garszczal is wanted by police

Sparwood’s John Garszczal is wanted by police. RCMP/File
A BCEHS ambulance was dispatched to a call at Rocky Mountain Village in Fernie on October 7, 2.65km from the ambulance station, but was stopped short at the 4th Street train crossing when a train rolled through town. Multiple times a day, the communities of Ridgemont and beyond are isolated and unreachable by medical personnel for a period of four minutes or more. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Delays at railroad crossing in Kootenay town cause for concern

About 1870 Fernie residents are temporarily isolated when the train passes through town

A BCEHS ambulance was dispatched to a call at Rocky Mountain Village in Fernie on October 7, 2.65km from the ambulance station, but was stopped short at the 4th Street train crossing when a train rolled through town. Multiple times a day, the communities of Ridgemont and beyond are isolated and unreachable by medical personnel for a period of four minutes or more. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Today marked two years since the tragic ammonia leak at Fernie Memorial Arena. The City of Fernie lowered their flags to half mast in remembrance. City of Fernie/Facebook

Two years later, City of Fernie remembers

Oct. 17, 2019 marks two years since the tragic ammonia leak at Fernie Memorial Arena

Today marked two years since the tragic ammonia leak at Fernie Memorial Arena. The City of Fernie lowered their flags to half mast in remembrance. City of Fernie/Facebook
The Canada Post Office in Grasmere will close on October 31, due to a disagreement between the owners of the building, and Canada Post. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Feud with Canada Post causes Grasmere Post Office to close its doors

Grasmere Post Office will close Oct. 31, building owners unable to reach agreement with Canada Post

The Canada Post Office in Grasmere will close on October 31, due to a disagreement between the owners of the building, and Canada Post. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
The Canada Post Office in Grasmere will close on October 31, due to a disagreement between the owners of the building, and Canada Post. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Feud with Canada Post causes post office to close its doors

Grasmere Post Office will close Oct. 31, building owners unable to reach agreement with Canada Post

The Canada Post Office in Grasmere will close on October 31, due to a disagreement between the owners of the building, and Canada Post. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
A man was caught throwing away election signs near the highway in Fernie. File photo
A man was caught throwing away election signs near the highway in Fernie. File photo
Candidates present to the public at the Sparwood all-candidates forum. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Climate change, worker shortages, more addressed at Sparwood election forum

Questions about local, national, and global issues were geared towards all parties

Candidates present to the public at the Sparwood all-candidates forum. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Already this year, about 14,000 black bear sightings have been reported around the province. File photo

Bear reports highest in six years, says WildSafeBC

Bear sightings around B.C. are the highest in years, according to WildSafeBC.…

Already this year, about 14,000 black bear sightings have been reported around the province. File photo
Jason Burt and Veronique Roy sit in a Tiny Home unit. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Canada’s first tiny-home hotel opens in Fernie

Each is 220 sq ft and features a social space, kitchen, bathroom, and a queen bed in a loft above

Jason Burt and Veronique Roy sit in a Tiny Home unit. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
The price of coal has dropped from $210/tonne to around $130/tonne in the last few weeks. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press/File

‘Unprecedented’ downturn in coal results in uncertainties for Teck

Company says downturn could result in hiring freeze, projects halted, equipment parked, jobs lost

The price of coal has dropped from $210/tonne to around $130/tonne in the last few weeks. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press/File
RCMP reported on Friday that a pedestrian was struck on the marked crosswalk of Highway 3 and 7th Street. The pedestrian sustained serious head injuries. File photo

UPDATE: Man recovering after being struck in crosswalk

Pedestrian, in his mid-20s, was transported out of Fernie for emergency care

RCMP reported on Friday that a pedestrian was struck on the marked crosswalk of Highway 3 and 7th Street. The pedestrian sustained serious head injuries. File photo
In this photo which appeared in The Free Press in January 2019, a bear can be seen at Olsen Pit. Due to its proximity to humans, Lamb had suggested that open pit be shut down.  Photo courtesy of Clayton Lamb

MOTI constructs enclosed carcass pits in effort to solve attractant issue

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) has developed enclosed carcass collection…

In this photo which appeared in The Free Press in January 2019, a bear can be seen at Olsen Pit. Due to its proximity to humans, Lamb had suggested that open pit be shut down.  Photo courtesy of Clayton Lamb
Fernie’s Jennifer McHugh has been crowned North American Enduro Champion. This weekend, she competes on Team Canada at the Trophy of Nations in Italy.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Fernie cyclist crowned North American Enduro Champion

Jennifer McHugh selected to compete in Italy for Team Canada at Trophy of Nations

Fernie’s Jennifer McHugh has been crowned North American Enduro Champion. This weekend, she competes on Team Canada at the Trophy of Nations in Italy.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
On Monday, September 16, RCMP reported that the driver of the RV in the recent Hosmer collision was in stable condition. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press/File

Driver of RV in Hosmer collision reported in stable condition

Collision occurred in Hosmer on September 5 and involved a semi truck, an RV and a school bus

On Monday, September 16, RCMP reported that the driver of the RV in the recent Hosmer collision was in stable condition. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press/File