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Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning, right, responds to questions as head coach Travis Green listens during a news conference. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Former Fernie Ghostrider re-signs with Vancouver Canucks

Josh Teves has signed a two-year contract with the NHL team

Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning, right, responds to questions as head coach Travis Green listens during a news conference. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Motor vehicle incident in Sparwood results in death of dump truck driver

Motor vehicle incident in Sparwood results in death of dump truck driver

Authorities did not specify what caused the vehicle to go off the road.

Motor vehicle incident in Sparwood results in death of dump truck driver
Mariano Santander-Melo (right) pictured with Aaron Jones of Calgary (left) celebrating together one day after Jones saved Santander-Melo from a near-drowning incident at Suzanne Lake. Santander-Melo says he’s now viewing life through new eyes. Submitted

Survivor of near-drowning in B.C. lake viewing life through new eyes

“If I died that day, the baby wouldn’t know his dad,” said 31-year-old Mariano Santander-Melo.

Mariano Santander-Melo (right) pictured with Aaron Jones of Calgary (left) celebrating together one day after Jones saved Santander-Melo from a near-drowning incident at Suzanne Lake. Santander-Melo says he’s now viewing life through new eyes. Submitted
Structure fire near Elko quickly contained, spreading prevented. Photo courtesy of RDEK

Structure fire near Elko quickly contained, spreading prevented

A quick response by local firefighters today prevented the spread of a…

Structure fire near Elko quickly contained, spreading prevented. Photo courtesy of RDEK
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UPDATE: Empty cattle hauler jackknifes, driver not seriously injured

UPDATE: 4:27 p.m. RCMP has released further information about the closure of…

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Fisherman called hero after saving man from drowning near Fernie

“I didn’t really think about anything I was doing, I just kind of did it,” said Calgary’s Aaron Jones.

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Three individuals are facing multiple charges after a series of events which took place around the Elk Valley on Thursday, July 4.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Three suspects in Elk Valley carjacking spree, police pursuits appear in court

Suspects facing multiple charges including resisting arrest, theft, assaulting peace officer, more

Three individuals are facing multiple charges after a series of events which took place around the Elk Valley on Thursday, July 4.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Emergency services responded to a ‘blast’ on a rooftop downtown Fernie, July 2. Submitted

Roofing employees injured after ‘blast’ downtown Fernie

Two roofers sustained injuries after a ‘blast’ occured while they were torching…

Emergency services responded to a ‘blast’ on a rooftop downtown Fernie, July 2. Submitted
Theft/carjacking of multiple vehicles leads to RCMP pursuit, three in custody

Theft/carjacking of multiple vehicles leads to RCMP pursuit, three in custody

Cst. Debra Katerenchuk Media Relations Officer, Elk Valley RCMP Three people have…

Theft/carjacking of multiple vehicles leads to RCMP pursuit, three in custody
Tobacco Plains Indian Band hosts first annual powwow

Tobacco Plains Indian Band hosts first annual powwow

Many years ago, indigenous groups around North America would welcome in visitors…

Tobacco Plains Indian Band hosts first annual powwow
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UPDATE: Location of wounded grizzly bear remains unknown

Information about location of wounded grizzly? Call RAPP line (1-877-952-7277)

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The Chief Cliff singers lead the procession across the Montana border, Friday morning. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Watch: Tobacco Plains celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day

In commemoration of National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, the Tobacco…

The Chief Cliff singers lead the procession across the Montana border, Friday morning. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Hundreds attended the fundraiser for Barry Marchi on Friday, June 21.  Submitted

Fundraiser for Sparwood cancer patient raises over $80k

“Friday was something I won’t ever forget,” said Sparwood’s Barry Marchi.

Hundreds attended the fundraiser for Barry Marchi on Friday, June 21.  Submitted
Kerri Wall has put her name on the table to represent the Green Party of Canada for the Kootenay-Columbia region in the upcoming federal election.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Fernie’s Kerri Wall hopes to represent Green Party in federal election

Nelson’s Abra Brynne and Kaslo’s Judson Hansel have also chosen to run

Kerri Wall has put her name on the table to represent the Green Party of Canada for the Kootenay-Columbia region in the upcoming federal election.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Kerri Wall has put her name on the table to represent the Green Party of Canada for the Kootenay-Columbia region in the upcoming federal election.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Kerri Wall hopes to represent Green Party in federal election

Fernie’s Kerri Wall has thrown her hat in the ring to represent…

Kerri Wall has put her name on the table to represent the Green Party of Canada for the Kootenay-Columbia region in the upcoming federal election.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
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Police investigating fatal collision near Grave Lake

Grave Lake is located approximately halfway between Sparwood and Elkford

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People throwing food at a bear in Fernie alarms conservation groups

“Approaching and feeding bears contributes to habituation,” says conservation group

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Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie
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Category 3 fires to be prohibited in Southeast Fire District

The prohibition will take effect at noon on Wednesday, June 12

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Elk Valley veterans, first responders mark 75th anniversary of D-Day

Elk Valley veterans, first responders mark 75th anniversary of D-Day

Veterans dinner attracts record turnout, Bosnia War veteran speaks out about mental health

Elk Valley veterans, first responders mark 75th anniversary of D-Day