Phil McLachlan

Hosmer resident Don Caldwell stands where his farmland used to be, before the river washed it away over the course of 25 years. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Elk River reclaims property as its own

Laws make it harder to protect private land than ever before says farmer, local government

Hosmer resident Don Caldwell stands where his farmland used to be, before the river washed it away over the course of 25 years. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
The Ktunaxa Nation, Retirement Concepts and the BC RCMP are just three of over 35 employers who will be present at the Black Press Extreme Education and Career Fair today in Cranbrook. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press)

Black Press Kootenay Career Fair underway in Cranbrook

Today, Thursday, August 22, around 40 employers will be waiting to meet potential new employees

The Ktunaxa Nation, Retirement Concepts and the BC RCMP are just three of over 35 employers who will be present at the Black Press Extreme Education and Career Fair today in Cranbrook. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press)
The Ktunaxa Nation, Retirement Concepts and the BC RCMP are just three of over 35 employers who will be present at the Black Press Extreme Education & Career Fair, August 22 in Cranbrook. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Career fair in Cranbrook to present a world of new opportunities

Come Thursday, around 40 employers will be waiting to shake hands with their potential new employees

The Ktunaxa Nation, Retirement Concepts and the BC RCMP are just three of over 35 employers who will be present at the Black Press Extreme Education & Career Fair, August 22 in Cranbrook. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Search continues for new leads in Mt. Bisaro cave system near Fernie

Search continues for new leads in Mt. Bisaro cave system near Fernie

Cavers returning October, November to push new leads, extend Canada’s deepest cave near Fernie

Search continues for new leads in Mt. Bisaro cave system near Fernie
Reverend Andrea Brennan. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

“For the sake of tradition” – Queer Anglican minister reflects on same-gender marriage vote

Minister feels ‘hamstrung’ by group of people intent on preserving the traditional view of marriage

Reverend Andrea Brennan. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Rev. Dr. Lynne McNaughton. The Free Press/File

Kootenay Anglican bishop voices favour for same-gender marriages

Kootenay Diocese among 19 out of 30 around country to voice approval for same-gender marriage

Rev. Dr. Lynne McNaughton. The Free Press/File
Elizabeth Gravelle was the first elected female First Nations chief in Canada, 1960. Now 96 years old, she watched her granddaughter Heidi Gravelle be elected chief of the Tobacco Plains Indian Band on July 5. Both spoke with The Free Press about the past, present and future of the band. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Past, present and future of Tobacco Plains

Ktunaxa Nation elder reflects on granddaughter’s election, speaks to the future of band

Elizabeth Gravelle was the first elected female First Nations chief in Canada, 1960. Now 96 years old, she watched her granddaughter Heidi Gravelle be elected chief of the Tobacco Plains Indian Band on July 5. Both spoke with The Free Press about the past, present and future of the band. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
An electrical storm passed over Fernie on the night of July 23. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

VIDEO: Electrical storm passes over Elk Valley

A compilation of strikes seen from Fernie at around 1:30 a.m., July 24.

An electrical storm passed over Fernie on the night of July 23. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
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
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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.

(Black Press file image)
Carjacking spree results in police pursuits, three arrests in southeastern B.C.

Carjacking spree results in police pursuits, three arrests in southeastern B.C.

All three individuals face many criminal code charges

Carjacking spree results in police pursuits, three arrests in southeastern B.C.
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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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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
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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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File photo courtesy of WildSafeBC/J. Couperus

People throwing food at a bear in Fernie alarms conservation groups

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

File photo courtesy of WildSafeBC/J. Couperus
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
U.S. Forest Service/Flickr

Category 3 fires to be prohibited in Southeast Fire District

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

U.S. Forest Service/Flickr
The BC Wildfire Service is responding to a 40-hectare wildfire about 24 km southwest of Baynes Lake. BC Wildfire Service/Facebook

Wildfire near Canada/U.S. border reaches 47 hectares, out of control

The wildfire is suspected to be human-caused and is under investigation

The BC Wildfire Service is responding to a 40-hectare wildfire about 24 km southwest of Baynes Lake. BC Wildfire Service/Facebook