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Sale of fireworks banned in RDEK

The RDEK has banned the sale of fireworks between May 1 and October 1

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Passengers aboard Angel Flight East Kootenay’s newest plane, a Cessna 414a, which can fly above poor weather and keep flights going. (Image courtesy of Todd Weselake / Angel Flight East Kootenay)

Angel Flight East Kootenay preps for busy weeks ahead

The local charity will be trying a new flying schedule due to the cost of fuel

Passengers aboard Angel Flight East Kootenay’s newest plane, a Cessna 414a, which can fly above poor weather and keep flights going. (Image courtesy of Todd Weselake / Angel Flight East Kootenay)
Thomas Bravais at his property in Cokato, which was flooded in November last year and is now underneath feet of silt left behind. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Cokato landowner points finger at CP Rail after being left high and dry from historic flooding

CP are denying responsibility for silt left behind by floodwaters diverted by blocked CP culverts last year

Thomas Bravais at his property in Cokato, which was flooded in November last year and is now underneath feet of silt left behind. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Members of the Jaffray and Baynes Lake Fire Department assisted the BC Wildfire Service this afternoon in fighting a small wildfire in the Bull River area. (Image courtesy of RDEK)

South Country firefighters called to fire on Wardner-Fort Steele Rd

The fire was visible from the roadway

Members of the Jaffray and Baynes Lake Fire Department assisted the BC Wildfire Service this afternoon in fighting a small wildfire in the Bull River area. (Image courtesy of RDEK)
The Morrissey bridge to the south of Fernie has been repaired ahead of its use as the major access point for pipeline construction work to the east of Fernie in 2022, 2023 and 2024. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Pipeline work to bring hundreds of workers to Fernie

A pipeline through this part of BC will add to an expected busy summer season for the Elk Valley

The Morrissey bridge to the south of Fernie has been repaired ahead of its use as the major access point for pipeline construction work to the east of Fernie in 2022, 2023 and 2024. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Teck’s Elkview operations, near Sparwood, B.C. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Teck posts record profits from B.C. coal operations

Teck’s four Elk Valley mines pulled in almost $1.8 billion in gross profits last quarter

Teck’s Elkview operations, near Sparwood, B.C. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Democracy sausage is a well-respected tradition in Australia. Every few years, Australians get together for a barbecue, and maybe vote as well. (Image courtesy of iStock)

Opinion: Vote 1, democracy sausage for Canada

An Australian institution is worth appropriating for Canadian electoral life

Democracy sausage is a well-respected tradition in Australia. Every few years, Australians get together for a barbecue, and maybe vote as well. (Image courtesy of iStock)
Fernie and Hosmer firefighters responded to and contained a grass fire in the Hosmer area on Wednesday, Apr. 13 2022. (Image courtesy of Regional District of East Kootenay)

Emergency responders contain Hosmer-area grass fire

A slash pile fire got away from a contract crew working in the area

Fernie and Hosmer firefighters responded to and contained a grass fire in the Hosmer area on Wednesday, Apr. 13 2022. (Image courtesy of Regional District of East Kootenay)
RCMP vehicle

Elk Valley RCMP investigating workplace death

A Telus worker died after falling 30 feet on Tuesday

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Fernie local Jay Carter doesn’t let opening a business or delivering kids to school stop him from skiing every day. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

On a mission: Fernie man skis every day of season to prove a point

Jay Carter has skied every day of the 2021-2022 season so far just to prove that you can

Fernie local Jay Carter doesn’t let opening a business or delivering kids to school stop him from skiing every day. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Sheepdogs will be headlining the Wapiti 2022 music festival in Fernie, out of a lineup of 11 bands from Fernie to as far as Toronto. (Image courtesy of Wapiti Music Festival).

Summer’s looking brighter for Fernie: Wapiti Music Festival 2022 lineup announced

The lineup of the August music festival includes 11 bands, including Fernie locals and from afar

The Sheepdogs will be headlining the Wapiti 2022 music festival in Fernie, out of a lineup of 11 bands from Fernie to as far as Toronto. (Image courtesy of Wapiti Music Festival).
The Elko Overhead Replacement Project is due to begin construction and be completed in 2022, and will require some land to be appropriated by the Elko Provincial Park. Pictured: The Elko Overhead in December 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Elko overhead bridge to go to tender in coming weeks

The existing bridge is no longer fit for purpose, and due for a $12-million replacement

The Elko Overhead Replacement Project is due to begin construction and be completed in 2022, and will require some land to be appropriated by the Elko Provincial Park. Pictured: The Elko Overhead in December 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Ancient Cottonwood Trail near Fernie is near-impassable due to fallen trees. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Elk Valley trail disappearing under fallen trees

The Ancient Cottonwood Trail won’t be getting any attention from the landowner

The Ancient Cottonwood Trail near Fernie is near-impassable due to fallen trees. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Hundreds of people were lined up at the Timber Chair for the Fernie Alpine Resort’s winter season kickoff on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. (Joshua Fischlin / The Free Press)

Day tickets up, season passes (slightly) down: Fernie Alpine Resort on 21-22 season

FAR’s operations manager shared a snapshot of how the resort was faring for the winter season

Hundreds of people were lined up at the Timber Chair for the Fernie Alpine Resort’s winter season kickoff on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. (Joshua Fischlin / The Free Press)
Cara with one of her four hens. (Image courtesy of Cara Dawn)

Chicken takeover slow, but hens a hit for one Sparwood resident

Backyard hens have been allowed in Sparwood since November 2021

Cara with one of her four hens. (Image courtesy of Cara Dawn)
Map of East Kootenay riding, one of 17 ridings across B.C. that lost rural riding protections in 2021. (Source: Elections BC)

‘Be part of the process’: Electoral Boundaries Commission to hold public meeting in Cranbrook

Ridings in B.C. are being reviewed, and MLA for Kootenay East Tom Shypitka says that rural representation could be at risk

Map of East Kootenay riding, one of 17 ridings across B.C. that lost rural riding protections in 2021. (Source: Elections BC)
Lily Bowers with her Ukraine flag-style quilt, made to help raise funds to support those displaced by the conflict in Ukraine. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood woman raises over $2K for Ukraine with special handmade blanket

Lily Bowers donated $2,210 raised through ticket sales to the Red Cross

Lily Bowers with her Ukraine flag-style quilt, made to help raise funds to support those displaced by the conflict in Ukraine. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Lily Bowers of Sparwood is creating a quilt made with Ukrainian flag colours to help raise funds to support refugees. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood local creates quilt for Ukraine

Any funds raised from the quilt’s sale will go towards helping refugees escaping the war in Ukraine

Lily Bowers of Sparwood is creating a quilt made with Ukrainian flag colours to help raise funds to support refugees. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Ukrainian families say goodbye as they prepare to board a bus to Poland at Lviv bus main station, western Ukraine, Tuesday, March 1, 2022. Russian shelling pounded civilian targets in Ukraine’s second-largest city Tuesday and a 40-mile convoy of tanks and other vehicles threatened the capital — tactics Ukraine’s embattled president said were designed to force him into concessions in Europe’s largest ground war in generations. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

EKC donates $5k for humanitarian support in Ukraine

The funds will go to the Red Cross and the Cooperative Development Foundation

Ukrainian families say goodbye as they prepare to board a bus to Poland at Lviv bus main station, western Ukraine, Tuesday, March 1, 2022. Russian shelling pounded civilian targets in Ukraine’s second-largest city Tuesday and a 40-mile convoy of tanks and other vehicles threatened the capital — tactics Ukraine’s embattled president said were designed to force him into concessions in Europe’s largest ground war in generations. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Passengers aboard Angel Flight East Kootenay’s newest plane, a Cessna 414a, which can fly above poor weather and keep flights going. (Image courtesy of Todd Weselake / Angel Flight East Kootenay)

Through rain, hail and shine: Angel Flight’s new plane keeps service going

Not a single flight has had to be cancelled since Angel Flight East Kootenay started using their new plane

Passengers aboard Angel Flight East Kootenay’s newest plane, a Cessna 414a, which can fly above poor weather and keep flights going. (Image courtesy of Todd Weselake / Angel Flight East Kootenay)