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WorkSafeBC has released its report on the Fernie arena tragedy. File photo

WorkSafeBC releases damning report into Fernie’s fatal gas leak

City of Fernie and CIMCO Refrigeration in violation of workplace laws: WorkSafeBC

WorkSafeBC has released its report on the Fernie arena tragedy. File photo
The B.C. Government has announced a number of measures to address dwindling elk populations in the East Kootenay. File photo.

Province to tackle declining elk populations across Kootenays

Aerial survey of elk in Rocky Mountain Trench finds populations has more than halved in 10 years

The B.C. Government has announced a number of measures to address dwindling elk populations in the East Kootenay. File photo.
East Kootenay fire victim honoured

East Kootenay fire victim honoured

Bradley Patrick Tipper remembered as gentle-hearted and generous

East Kootenay fire victim honoured
B.C. man builds 10-foot sign thanking fire responders

B.C. man builds 10-foot sign thanking fire responders

Ken Rawson built his “thank u” sign on Saturday as helicopters responded to fires around the province.

B.C. man builds 10-foot sign thanking fire responders
An arbitrator has handed down his decision on the dismissal of a road crew worker at Teck’s Elkview Operations in Sparwood. File photo

Dismissal of Kootenay mine worker upheld

Arbitrator rules Teck justified in dismissal of Kootenay worker accused of harassment and bullying

An arbitrator has handed down his decision on the dismissal of a road crew worker at Teck’s Elkview Operations in Sparwood. File photo
A photo from the last expedition to Bisaro Anima in the winter of 2018/17 when the cave was confirmed to have broken the record for the deepest in North America. File photo

VIDEO: Cavers embark on new expedition to Canada’s deepest cave in interior B.C.

The group hopes to find a new entrance to Bisaro Anima in a trip dubbed “expedition of the year”.

A photo from the last expedition to Bisaro Anima in the winter of 2018/17 when the cave was confirmed to have broken the record for the deepest in North America. File photo
Sparwood Search and Rescue was one of three Elk Valley agencies called to a plane crash this afternoon. File photo

Elk Valley agencies called to plane crash

The crash was initially reported north of Elkford, however, local agencies were later stood down

Sparwood Search and Rescue was one of three Elk Valley agencies called to a plane crash this afternoon. File photo
The Fernie Memorial Arena remained locked down while the investigation continued, January 2018. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

UPDATE: City of Fernie responds to investigation report

Technical Safety BC presented findings on cause of incident in Fernie last fall

The Fernie Memorial Arena remained locked down while the investigation continued, January 2018. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
An aerial view of Polar Peak at Fernie Alpine Resort. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Hiker recalls B.C. ski resort rescue

Nursing significant injuries, the woman clung to rocks for half an hour while waiting to be rescued.

An aerial view of Polar Peak at Fernie Alpine Resort. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Selenium concentrations in the Elk and Fording Rivers are now 70 times higher than the Flathead, according to U.S. representatives on the International Joint Commission. File photo

B.C. mining puts international treaty at risk: U.S. officials

U.S. representatives criticize Canada’s inaction on selenium pollution in transboundary waters

Selenium concentrations in the Elk and Fording Rivers are now 70 times higher than the Flathead, according to U.S. representatives on the International Joint Commission. File photo
Dean McKerracher announces election bid

Dean McKerracher announces election bid

Another East Kootenay mayor has announced they will stand for re-election this year.

Dean McKerracher announces election bid
Polluted water did not reach rivers: Teck

Polluted water did not reach rivers: Teck

Teck Coal responds to B.C. Government report, which shows the company was fined $78,100 last year.

Polluted water did not reach rivers: Teck
Teck fined $78,100 for water pollution

Teck fined $78,100 for water pollution

A quarter of the permit exceedances were more than 200 per cent over the limit.

Teck fined $78,100 for water pollution
Wayne Hornquist died after being exposed to ammonia at Fernie Memorial Arena in October last year. A walking trail has been named in his honour. Source: Facebook

City worker who died in Fernie ammonia leak memorialized with walking trail

A walking trail has been named in honour of a victim of Fernie’s fatal gas leak.

Wayne Hornquist died after being exposed to ammonia at Fernie Memorial Arena in October last year. A walking trail has been named in his honour. Source: Facebook
Grace Brulotte in downtown Fernie. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

B.C. woman with physical disability shocked after being refused straw

A growing number of Elk Valley businesses limit their use of plastic straws amid global movement

Grace Brulotte in downtown Fernie. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Teck releases Elk Valley water quality reports

Teck releases Elk Valley water quality reports

Teck has released the results of water quality research and monitoring in the Elk Valley.

Teck releases Elk Valley water quality reports
PHOTOS: ‘Black rain’ reported in Sparwood

PHOTOS: ‘Black rain’ reported in Sparwood

Sparwood residents have expressed concern about “black rain” falling in the town yesterday

PHOTOS: ‘Black rain’ reported in Sparwood
Mining pollution on bilateral agenda

Mining pollution on bilateral agenda

The U.S. is concerned about mining contaminants leaching from Teck coal mines into shared waterways.

Mining pollution on bilateral agenda
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East Kootenay elk population drops 50% in past decade

EKWA calls for new management approach, more government investment

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Baynes Lake fire contained

Baynes Lake fire contained

A fire that started on a private property has razed 25ha of grassland in the Baynes Lake area.

Baynes Lake fire contained