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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
Former Surrey-Cloverdale MLA Kevin Falcon is running for BC Liberal Party leadership. (Contributed photo)

Kevin Falcon: Move to remove rural riding protections ‘a terrible disservice’

BC Liberal Leadership contender Kevin Falcon was in Kootenay East this week

Former Surrey-Cloverdale MLA Kevin Falcon is running for BC Liberal Party leadership. (Contributed photo)
Wildfire in Lytton, B.C., seen on June 30, 2021. (@guyatsfu/Twitter)

Teck shaves coal sales guidances due to wildfire disruptions

The company forecasts a drop of 300-500,ooo tonnes in sales due to broken rail links

Wildfire in Lytton, B.C., seen on June 30, 2021. (@guyatsfu/Twitter)
History is being preserved thanks to a project by the Fernie and District Historical Society to digitize historic copies of The Free Press Newspaper. Pictured: RDEK Area A Director Mike Sosnowski, FDHS Executive Director Sara Edmondson, Fernie Museum Collections Services Coordinator Lindsay Vallance and president of the FDHS Nic Milligan reading a particuarly enthralling edition of The Free Press from 2012 when the newspaper turned 115. It has now been in operation for 124 years. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Taking print online: FSHS digitises historical copies of The Free Press

The society had been loaned microfilm that covers the first 50 years of The Free Press’s historical print run

History is being preserved thanks to a project by the Fernie and District Historical Society to digitize historic copies of The Free Press Newspaper. Pictured: RDEK Area A Director Mike Sosnowski, FDHS Executive Director Sara Edmondson, Fernie Museum Collections Services Coordinator Lindsay Vallance and president of the FDHS Nic Milligan reading a particuarly enthralling edition of The Free Press from 2012 when the newspaper turned 115. It has now been in operation for 124 years. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
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)
Sparwood man Brady Foy is wanted by the Elk Valley RCMP. (Image courtesy of Elk Valley RCMP)

Hunt for stolen property leads to manhunt in South Country

RCMP happened across a wanted man near Jaffray on June 1

Sparwood man Brady Foy is wanted by the Elk Valley RCMP. (Image courtesy of Elk Valley RCMP)
A scrapped vehicle at the Tie Lake Transfer Station caught fire on Wednesday night. (Image courtesy of Regional District of East Kootenay)

Firefighters respond to fire at Tie Lake Transfer Station

The incident was the fourth fire at the station since April 17

A scrapped vehicle at the Tie Lake Transfer Station caught fire on Wednesday night. (Image courtesy of Regional District of East Kootenay)
Map of Kootenay East riding. (Source: Elections BC)

Boundary review could impact rural representation: Shypitka

Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka said efforts to remove rural riding protections would damage rural representation

Map of Kootenay East riding. (Source: Elections BC)
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)
A tractor unit on fire after being struck by a train in Sparwood on April 23, 2021. (Image courtesy of David Wilks, District of Sparwood)

Train collides with semi trailer in Sparwood

No injuries have been reported

A tractor unit on fire after being struck by a train in Sparwood on April 23, 2021. (Image courtesy of David Wilks, District of Sparwood)
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)
NDP candidate Wayne Stetski for Kootenay East in the 2020 BC provincial election. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Federal budget could determine 2021 election: Stetski

The Liberal government could force an election as early as Spring

NDP candidate Wayne Stetski for Kootenay East in the 2020 BC provincial election. (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.
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)
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.
The ammonite fossil near Fernie.

Wildsight looks to safeguard famed fossil

The ammonite fossil has been a popular draw for tourists over the years

The ammonite fossil near Fernie.