Phil McLachlan

The town of Fernie, B.C. is barely visible through the blanket of smoke which rolled in this morning, caused by the Alberta wildfires. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Smoke from Alberta wildfires shrouds East Kootenay towns

Air quality health index rating for the Cranbrook area showing moderate risk to health

The town of Fernie, B.C. is barely visible through the blanket of smoke which rolled in this morning, caused by the Alberta wildfires. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
GALLERY: First responders in Fernie return baby owl to its nest

GALLERY: First responders in Fernie return baby owl to its nest

The baby owl’s inability to fly back to its nest prompted a rescue by first responders

GALLERY: First responders in Fernie return baby owl to its nest
Emily Brydon is set to be inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame later this month. Photo courtesy of BC Sports Hall of Fame

Fernie’s Emily Brydon inducted into BC Sports Hall of Fame

Olympic skier credits community of Fernie in Sports Hall of Fame honour

Emily Brydon is set to be inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame later this month. Photo courtesy of BC Sports Hall of Fame
New flight service an ‘angel’ for medical patients

New flight service an ‘angel’ for medical patients

Angel Flight East Kootenay will fly medical patients to Kelowna or Vancouver

New flight service an ‘angel’ for medical patients
B.C. costume designer sews up future in film industry

B.C. costume designer sews up future in film industry

B.C. woman Flo Barrett lands gig on Lifetime TV film; Harry and Meghan: Becoming Royal out May 27

B.C. costume designer sews up future in film industry
The Tobacco Plains Indian Band is one of several communities in the Kootenay region that will be receiving a high-speed internet upgrade. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Rural Kootenay communities to receive high-speed internet upgrade

The provincial government is increasing internet connectivity to rural British Columbia

The Tobacco Plains Indian Band is one of several communities in the Kootenay region that will be receiving a high-speed internet upgrade. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning, right, responds to questions as head coach Travis Green listens during a news conference ahead of the NHL hockey team’s training camp, in Vancouver, on Thursday September 13, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Former Fernie Ghostrider Josh Teves signed to Vancouver Canucks

Teves, who played in Fernie in 2013-14, earned the title of Top Defenceman

Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning, right, responds to questions as head coach Travis Green listens during a news conference ahead of the NHL hockey team’s training camp, in Vancouver, on Thursday September 13, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
BREAKING: Teck fined $37,500 for exceeding air emissions at Kootenay coal mine

BREAKING: Teck fined $37,500 for exceeding air emissions at Kootenay coal mine

Half of stack tests at Elkview Operations from 2014 to 2019 exceeded the permit limit

BREAKING: Teck fined $37,500 for exceeding air emissions at Kootenay coal mine
RCMP are reporting a fatal head-on collision on Bombi Pass near Salmo. Black Press file photo

Fatal collision closes Highway 3 near Salmo

As of 6:45 p.m. the estimated time of opening was not yet avaliable.

RCMP are reporting a fatal head-on collision on Bombi Pass near Salmo. Black Press file photo
Sick eagle in East Kootenay town sparks call for lead bullet restriction

Sick eagle in East Kootenay town sparks call for lead bullet restriction

Wildlife advocates encouraging residents to switch from lead bullets, to a non-lead alternative

Sick eagle in East Kootenay town sparks call for lead bullet restriction
Photo courtesy of Fernie Search and Rescue

Sledder dies near Fernie

Fernie Search and Rescue was tasked by the RCMP to respond to a sledder in medical distress

Photo courtesy of Fernie Search and Rescue
Black Press file photo

Kootenay man dies in crash near Sparwood

Accident occurred last night east of Sparwood, RCMP appealing for witnesses

Black Press file photo
CanWel defends logging practices at Fernie public forum

CanWel defends logging practices at Fernie public forum

Huge turnout to public forum on clear-cutting in Fernie and surrounding areas

CanWel defends logging practices at Fernie public forum
Olympian Rhoda Wurtele visits Fernie; reveals secret to skiing at 97

Olympian Rhoda Wurtele visits Fernie; reveals secret to skiing at 97

Rhoda Wurtele and her identical twin sister Rhona represented Canada at the 1948 Olympics

Olympian Rhoda Wurtele visits Fernie; reveals secret to skiing at 97
Teck Coal is reporting a serious incident at Greenhills Operations which resulted in one employee being airlifted to hospital. File photo

Contract employee airlifted from Elk Valley mine with serious injuries

Teck says a serious incident occurred around 12 p.m. today in a contractor maintenance shop

Teck Coal is reporting a serious incident at Greenhills Operations which resulted in one employee being airlifted to hospital. File photo
$20.9M allocated to Waterton Lakes National Park recovery

$20.9M allocated to Waterton Lakes National Park recovery

The 2017 Kenow Wildfire burned roughly 20,000 hectares in Waterton Lakes National Park

$20.9M allocated to Waterton Lakes National Park recovery
Clayton Lamb is one member of a team of biologists that have been studying the population of grizzly bears in the Elk Valley for the past 11 years. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

VIDEO: Carcass pits making bear problem worse in southeastern B.C.

“Getting those carcasses off the landscape should improve human and bear safety.” - Clayton Lamb

Clayton Lamb is one member of a team of biologists that have been studying the population of grizzly bears in the Elk Valley for the past 11 years. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Alberta youth charged over theft of $17,000 in snow equipment at B.C. ski resort

Alberta youth charged over theft of $17,000 in snow equipment at B.C. ski resort

Alberta RCMP recovered $17,000 in skis/snowboards believed stolen from Fernie Alpine Resort Saturday

Alberta youth charged over theft of $17,000 in snow equipment at B.C. ski resort
Crowsnest Pass RCMP seek help locating missing man

Crowsnest Pass RCMP seek help locating missing man

58-year-old Stuart David Duff was last seen on Jan. 6, 2019.

Crowsnest Pass RCMP seek help locating missing man
One person was fatally injured in a crash near Fernie, Sunday morning. File photo

One killed in three-vehicle crash near Fernie

Heavy snowfall, driver experience being considered as possible contributing factors

One person was fatally injured in a crash near Fernie, Sunday morning. File photo