Phil McLachlan

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Pilot escapes helicopter crash in Elko uninjured

The helicopter crashed after a load strap became entangled in its tail rotor

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Photo courtesy of BC Conservation Officer Service

Illegal trap results in death of Sparwood cat

A cat was found deceased on a Sparwood property after becoming trapped in an illegally modified trap

Photo courtesy of BC Conservation Officer Service
‘I’ll have a grande latte and a venti bale for the horse’

‘I’ll have a grande latte and a venti bale for the horse’

Starbucks staff got quite the surprise when a horse and rider trotted up to the drive thru window

‘I’ll have a grande latte and a venti bale for the horse’
Sparwood residents posted photos on Facebook of “black rain” falling on their vehicles, May 16. Source: Facebook

No health, environmental risk due to ‘black rain’ made of dust: Teck

Dust triggered from blast at Teck’s Elkview Operations resulted in what some reported as ‘black rain’

Sparwood residents posted photos on Facebook of “black rain” falling on their vehicles, May 16. Source: Facebook
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
Crash near Creston causes delays on Highway 3

Crash near Creston causes delays on Highway 3

As of this morning, DriveBC is reporting the highway open to single lane alternating traffic

Crash near Creston causes delays on Highway 3
CUPE local 2093 representative Mike Poirier raises his fist as a salute to fallen workers. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press                                CUPE local 2093 representative Mike Poirier raises his fist as a salute to fallen workers. (Phil McLachlan/The Free Press)

On Day of Mourning, Fernie remembers victims of ammonia leak tragedy

“We can never forget the men we lost,” said Fernie Mayor Mary Giuliano

CUPE local 2093 representative Mike Poirier raises his fist as a salute to fallen workers. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press                                CUPE local 2093 representative Mike Poirier raises his fist as a salute to fallen workers. (Phil McLachlan/The Free Press)
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Fire near Baynes Lake

On Sunday, April 22, a fire was discovered in the Baynes Lake area.

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Fernie Alpine Resort. File photo

Snowboarder fatality at Fernie Alpine Resort: deceased not wearing helmet

A 53-year-old male snowboarder succumbed to his injuries

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Fernie Alpine Resort. File photo

Snowboarder fatality at Fernie Alpine Resort: deceased not wearing helmet

A 53-year-old male snowboarder succumbed to his injuries

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After coaching hockey goaltenders since 1997, Gerry Pang has finally decided to hang up the skates. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

‘This is the game I love’: B.C. goalie coach retires at 81

After coaching hockey goaltenders since 1997, Gerry Pang has finally decided to hang up the skates.

After coaching hockey goaltenders since 1997, Gerry Pang has finally decided to hang up the skates. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
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UPDATE: Worker dies after floating excavator flips at B.C. mine

Elk Valley RCMP and Ministry of Mines were dispatched to industrial incident

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Daryl Boyle (EHC Red Bull Muenchen) in the main round meeting of the German Ice Hockey League between the EHC Red Bull Munich and the Straubing Tigers on 20.10.2017. Photo courtesy of Heipix.

Sparwood’s Daryl Boyle to represent team Germany in winter games

B.C.-born defenseman chosen for Germany’s Olympic hockey team

Daryl Boyle (EHC Red Bull Muenchen) in the main round meeting of the German Ice Hockey League between the EHC Red Bull Munich and the Straubing Tigers on 20.10.2017. Photo courtesy of Heipix.
The City of Fernie regained access to Fernie Memorial Arena on January 26. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

City of Fernie regains access to arena, investigation ongoing

Operational arena by next winter is the goal, says City

The City of Fernie regained access to Fernie Memorial Arena on January 26. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
The Fernie Memorial Arena remains locked down while the investigation continues. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Fernie, RCMP go to court over city log books in fatal ammonia leak probe

Log books center stage in clashing of investigations between the city and RCMP

The Fernie Memorial Arena remains locked down while the investigation continues. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
The Fernie Memorial Arena has been closed for nearly three months. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Sask. residents help B.C. town get back on the ice after arena disaster

Residents of Wilkie, Sask., are voting for Fernie in the Kraft Hockeyville competition

The Fernie Memorial Arena has been closed for nearly three months. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Many are voting for the Fernie Memorial Arena in the Kraft Hockeyville competition, which gives one community $250,000 in arena upgrades. They say this would help fund a cooling plant for a new covered, all-season arena. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Fernie residents vote for ice rink, where three workers died, to win $250K in Hockeyville upgrades

Kraft Hockeyville competition allows Canadians to vote for which arena deserves $250,000 in upgrades

Many are voting for the Fernie Memorial Arena in the Kraft Hockeyville competition, which gives one community $250,000 in arena upgrades. They say this would help fund a cooling plant for a new covered, all-season arena. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
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SAR extract stranded biker near Alberta border

The man was found by helicopter, partially buried under his bike in a small avalanche.

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Skiers trigger avalanche near Fernie

Skiers trigger avalanche near Fernie

Fernie Search and Rescue extricate skiers injured by size two avalanche

Skiers trigger avalanche near Fernie
Mike and Maggie Blankman at her mother’s home with their dog, Koda. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Fernie family loses home, community responds

Blankman’s thankful for support from family, friends and strangers

Mike and Maggie Blankman at her mother’s home with their dog, Koda. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press