Phil McLachlan

A BCEHS ambulance was dispatched to a call at Rocky Mountain Village in Fernie on October 7, 2.65km from the ambulance station, but was stopped short at the 4th Street train crossing when a train rolled through town. Multiple times a day, the communities of Ridgemont and beyond are isolated and unreachable by medical personnel for a period of four minutes or more. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Delays at railroad crossing in Kootenay town cause for concern

About 1870 Fernie residents are temporarily isolated when the train passes through town

A BCEHS ambulance was dispatched to a call at Rocky Mountain Village in Fernie on October 7, 2.65km from the ambulance station, but was stopped short at the 4th Street train crossing when a train rolled through town. Multiple times a day, the communities of Ridgemont and beyond are isolated and unreachable by medical personnel for a period of four minutes or more. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Today marked two years since the tragic ammonia leak at Fernie Memorial Arena. The City of Fernie lowered their flags to half mast in remembrance. City of Fernie/Facebook

Two years later, City of Fernie remembers

Oct. 17, 2019 marks two years since the tragic ammonia leak at Fernie Memorial Arena

Today marked two years since the tragic ammonia leak at Fernie Memorial Arena. The City of Fernie lowered their flags to half mast in remembrance. City of Fernie/Facebook
The Canada Post Office in Grasmere will close on October 31, due to a disagreement between the owners of the building, and Canada Post. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Feud with Canada Post causes Grasmere Post Office to close its doors

Grasmere Post Office will close Oct. 31, building owners unable to reach agreement with Canada Post

The Canada Post Office in Grasmere will close on October 31, due to a disagreement between the owners of the building, and Canada Post. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
A man was caught throwing away election signs near the highway in Fernie. File photo
A man was caught throwing away election signs near the highway in Fernie. File photo
Candidates present to the public at the Sparwood all-candidates forum. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Climate change, worker shortages, more addressed at Sparwood election forum

Questions about local, national, and global issues were geared towards all parties

Candidates present to the public at the Sparwood all-candidates forum. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Jason Burt and Veronique Roy sit in a Tiny Home unit. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Canada’s first tiny-home hotel opens in Fernie

Each is 220 sq ft and features a social space, kitchen, bathroom, and a queen bed in a loft above

Jason Burt and Veronique Roy sit in a Tiny Home unit. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
The price of coal has dropped from $210/tonne to around $130/tonne in the last few weeks. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press/File

‘Unprecedented’ downturn in coal results in uncertainties for Teck

Company says downturn could result in hiring freeze, projects halted, equipment parked, jobs lost

The price of coal has dropped from $210/tonne to around $130/tonne in the last few weeks. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press/File
The price of coal has dropped from $210/tonne to around $130/tonne in the last few weeks. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press/File

‘Unprecedented’ downturn in coal results in uncertainties for Teck

Company says downturn could result in hiring freeze, projects halted, equipment parked, jobs lost

The price of coal has dropped from $210/tonne to around $130/tonne in the last few weeks. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press/File
Fernie’s Jennifer McHugh has been crowned North American Enduro Champion. This weekend, she competes on Team Canada at the Trophy of Nations in Italy.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Fernie cyclist crowned North American Enduro Champion

Jennifer McHugh selected to compete in Italy for Team Canada at Trophy of Nations

Fernie’s Jennifer McHugh has been crowned North American Enduro Champion. This weekend, she competes on Team Canada at the Trophy of Nations in Italy.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
On Monday, September 16, RCMP reported that the driver of the RV in the recent Hosmer collision was in stable condition. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press/File

Driver of RV in Hosmer collision reported in stable condition

Collision occurred in Hosmer on September 5 and involved a semi truck, an RV and a school bus

On Monday, September 16, RCMP reported that the driver of the RV in the recent Hosmer collision was in stable condition. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press/File
Awareness of danger raised following Highway 3 accident in Hosmer

Awareness of danger raised following Highway 3 accident in Hosmer

Sparwood Mayor Wilks said an increase in visibility could have potentially prevented the accident

Awareness of danger raised following Highway 3 accident in Hosmer
The City of Fernie has voted to hire a full-time Safety Management System (SMS) Resource employee, which will satisfy the eighth and final order issued by WorkSafeBC to the City.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press/File

City of Fernie works to satisfy final WorkSafeBC order

According to Elk Valley RCMP, the investigation into the events at Fernie Memorial Arena is ongoing

The City of Fernie has voted to hire a full-time Safety Management System (SMS) Resource employee, which will satisfy the eighth and final order issued by WorkSafeBC to the City.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press/File
The grave of Doris Stork, the daughter of Fernie’s first mayor, Alfred Stork.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Groups fight to protect historic B.C. graveyard, buried in garbage

About 83 people, including the daughter of Fernie’s first mayor, are buried in the overgrown cemetery

The grave of Doris Stork, the daughter of Fernie’s first mayor, Alfred Stork.  Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
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