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Teck and the Ktunaxa Nation have signed a joint land management agreement for 7,150 hectares of habitat in the Elk Valley area. (Photo contributed by Teck)

Teck, Ktunaxa sign conservation agreement on 7,150 hectares of land

The land is home to significant habitat for numerous species in Southeast BC

Teck and the Ktunaxa Nation have signed a joint land management agreement for 7,150 hectares of habitat in the Elk Valley area. (Photo contributed by Teck)
City of Fernie welcome sign. (File photo)

Light at the end of the tunnel: Tourism industry looks beyond January

The industry is optimistic for the future, but pessimistic for January

City of Fernie welcome sign. (File photo)
Fernie local Mary Weselake has made 1,600 masks to raise money for Angel Flight East Kootenay in 2020. (Photo contributed)

Fernie sewer makes 1,600 masks in 2020

Mary Weselake has been making masks to help raise money for Angel Flight East Kootenay

Fernie local Mary Weselake has made 1,600 masks to raise money for Angel Flight East Kootenay in 2020. (Photo contributed)
A Canada Post community post box broken into at Dicken Rd, near Fernie. (Photo contributed by Todd Weselake)

Post box bandits run amok in Elk Valley

At least six community post boxes have been broken into in the last two months

A Canada Post community post box broken into at Dicken Rd, near Fernie. (Photo contributed by Todd Weselake)
Skiers on the Boomerang Chair at Fernie Alpine Resort. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

RCR confident in COVID-protocols

FAR remains open to all, but RCR executives encourage compliance with travel advisories

Skiers on the Boomerang Chair at Fernie Alpine Resort. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Though IDES has its doors closed, staff continue to assist students and their families from home. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press

Province splashes cash on increased school capacity for Fernie

The BC government announced it was spending $11.4 million on new classrooms at ÉIDES and a new school site

Though IDES has its doors closed, staff continue to assist students and their families from home. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press
Teck signage in Elkford, BC. (Soranne Floarea / The Free Press)

Sparwood Mayor David Wilks: Teck has our back when it comes to COVID-19

Wilks said he had full confidence in Teck’s response to a cluster at its Elk Valley operations

Teck signage in Elkford, BC. (Soranne Floarea / The Free Press)
The death of a Teck Coal employee at Elkview Operations on Sunday is under investigation. File photo

Teck braces for strike action at export terminal

The company didn’t say whether a strike would impact mining operations

The death of a Teck Coal employee at Elkview Operations on Sunday is under investigation. File photo
Angel Flight East Kootenay pilot and co-founder Brent Bidston with some patients being flown between East Kootenay communities and Kelowna. (Photo contributed by Brent Bidston)

Angel Flight keeps busy through 2020

The dark clouds of the pandemic didn’t stop the East Kootenay charity

Angel Flight East Kootenay pilot and co-founder Brent Bidston with some patients being flown between East Kootenay communities and Kelowna. (Photo contributed by Brent Bidston)
Teck is proposing a significant expansion to their Fording River Operations.

Numbers rise at Teck operations: IH declares outbreak

IH said there were no indication COVID-19 had spread into the Elk Valley community

Teck is proposing a significant expansion to their Fording River Operations.
Teck is proposing a significant expansion to their Fording River Operations.

Teck reports more new cases, enhanced protocols to stop spread of COVID-19

The company is now reporting 25 active cases at its Elk Valley operations

Teck is proposing a significant expansion to their Fording River Operations.
Sparwood mayor David Wilks was in attendance at the street party to discuss potential changes to Centennial Square.

‘We need to break down the boundaries’ for health care in Canada: Sparwood Mayor David Wilks

Wilks said that digital healthcare systems in Canada should be able to speak across provincial borders

Sparwood mayor David Wilks was in attendance at the street party to discuss potential changes to Centennial Square.
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Raccoons getting comfy in Elk Valley

WildSafeBC is reporting sightings of raccoons in Fernie and Sparwood

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Missing hunter found dead in South Country

A hunter was reported as overdue on Nov. 29, and was found deceased on Nov. 30 following an RCMP and SAR operation

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Incumbent MLA Tom Shypitka is contesting Kootenay East for the BC Liberals. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Shypitka named opposition critic for Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation

The Kootenay East MLA has held the energy and mines portfolio since 2017

Incumbent MLA Tom Shypitka is contesting Kootenay East for the BC Liberals. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Southeast District's Major Crimes Unit of the RCMP has taken the investigative lead into the death of an Enderby man. (Black Press - file photo)

Crime stats in the Elk Valley: Noise complaints up in Fernie

Sgt. Trevor Tribes of the Elk Valley RCMP updated the City of Fernie and District of Sparwood on happenings in the municipalities

The Southeast District's Major Crimes Unit of the RCMP has taken the investigative lead into the death of an Enderby man. (Black Press - file photo)
file photo of fernie alpine resort sign (Scott Tibballs/The Free Press)

Ski hills will look different this season, and Fernie Alpine Resort is no exception

General manager of FAR Andy Cohen said all resorts that were already open were seeing ‘amazing visitation’

file photo of fernie alpine resort sign (Scott Tibballs/The Free Press)
NDP candidate Wayne Stetski for Kootenay East in the 2020 BC provincial election. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Wayne Stetski: Provincial results could point to federal election

The NDP candidate for Kootenay East said incumbent governments were seeing success in elections across Canada amid the pandemic

NDP candidate Wayne Stetski for Kootenay East in the 2020 BC provincial election. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Teck file photo.

Federal Government slaps Teck with additional directives on water quality

Environment Canada has given Teck directions that are “complementary” to existing water quality measures

Teck file photo.
Incumbent MLA Tom Shypitka is contesting Kootenay East for the BC Liberals. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Wilkinson would have been a great premier: Shypitka

Re-elected Kootenay East MLA responds to resignation of party leader

Incumbent MLA Tom Shypitka is contesting Kootenay East for the BC Liberals. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)