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chool was out for three days this week as teachers went on strike. Teachers from Elk Valley schools, and all across the province chose to go on strike Monday for three days, and although the schools in the Elk Valley remained open, the school board asked parents to keep their children at home. The B.C. Teachers' Federation served notice Thursday last week that teachers would be going on strike on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week. As a result, there was no teaching but principals, vice-principals and

support staff including CUPE workers were at work to provide supervision. CUPE workers showed support on Tuesday, holding a rally outside schools in the Elk Valley. Kate Noakes, President of the Fernie District Teachers’ Association, said teachers are ‘devastated’ about government plans to introduce new legislation, known as Bill 22, currently being debated at the legislature in Victoria. Noakes described the legislation as an attack on teachers and students and a chance for the B.C. government to continue under-funding education in the province. “We had a meeting on Monday including a

study session to make sure all our members were familiar with Bill 22,” she said. “People are really shocked and devastated about it. It would take away our basic rights as teachers. It’s very insulting.” More than 160 teachers across the Elk Valley and the South Country went on strike. The B.C. government is debating legislation that would extend the current teacher pay and benefits for another six months, while a mediator works with the BCTF and the B.C. Public School Employers' Association in an effort to find common ground on class sizes, special needs support and other issues.

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RCMP search for hit and run driver By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff

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olice are asking for help locating the driver of a Jeep that may have been involved in a hit and run on Friday. Witnesses reported seeing a dark green SUV, possibly a Jeep Grand Cherokee, travelling eastbound in the 400 block of Second Avenue at about 7:30 p.m. when it collided with two parked vehicles. The SUV then sped away from the scene. A partial B.C. licence plate was obtained from the suspect vehicle and is believed to have contained the numbers 255.

Extensive patrols of Fernie and the surrounding area were unsuccessful in locating this vehicle. The suspect vehicle should have extensive damage to the passenger side, likely closer to the front. Police are seeking information from anyone that may have witnessed this accident, witnessed the vehicle speeding down Second Avenue or perhaps seen the vehicle sitting on the street or in a driveway around the area. Any information can be provided to your local RCMP office or through Crimestoppers at 1 (800) 222-TIPS (8477).


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he man charged in the kidnapping of three-year-old Kienan Hebert in September appeared in court on March 5 for election. Randall Hopley, wearing a prisonissued orange jumpsuit, appeared via video link from Kamloops Regional Correction Centre before Judge Grant Sheard. He was represented in Cranbrook Provincial Court by council William Thorne. Hopley, 46, waived reading of the charges and elected the case be moved to Supreme Court for trial by judge without a jury. Thorne waived his client's right to a preliminary inquiry, which means the case will proceed directly to Supreme Court. The Crown agreed to see the case moved to Supreme Court, and a date was set for March 26 at 2 p.m. There, Hopley will deliver his plea via video link. He will remain in custody in Kamloops until the case

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I was born in Stettler Alberta in 1947and took all my schooling in the area. After finishing school, I got a Carpenter apprenticeship with Pool Construction I worked various construction jobs around Alberta and B.C. until we moved to Elkford. I first came to Elkford, with my family, early in 1975. I had a job at Fording Coal as a Carpenter and my wife and I bought a trailer across the street from the side door of the Medical Center. Two years later we bought a house on Needles Crescent and have lived there ever since. I worked as a Carpenter at Fording Coal for 5 years before becoming Carpenter Supervisor. About 6 years later I moved to Process Maintenance Planning, where I stayed until I retired on April Fools 2008. Since retiring I have worked at renovating many homes. Two years ago I was elected to the Board of Directors for Métis Nation British Columbia representing the East and West Kootenays. If elected I will be representing your views on what you want Elkford to become in the future. I have no personal agenda for running. I will try to make sure that our Local Government listens to the will of the people who elected them.

I moved to Elkford in 2001 because I thought that this would be a great place to raise a family. I was right. If BC announces itself as “the best place on earth,” then Elkford is the best of the best. We have it all: the mountains, the river, four fantastic seasons, fish, wildlife, and great people. I am a mining engineer, working for Teck. I currently hold the position of Engineering Superintendent at Teck’s Sparwood office. I am running for Council in Elkford because I believe in this community, and because my experience and knowledge can help direct the District towards an even brighter future. I have consistently volunteered to assist our youth. I am currently serving my fourth year as President of the Elk Valley Minor Hockey Association. Last year I began refereeing for Elkford Youth Soccer. I have just wound up the third year of Elkford’s “little hockey” program. Our community is facing a period of growth, with Teck continuing to hire to meet its needs, and a new coal mine proposed to be built north of town over the next few years. My education and experience in business and the mining industry will help guide Council to make meaningful decisions regarding our future.

I was raised in White Rock. B.C. After graduation I joined the RCMP and was posted to Alberta. In my job with the RCMP I was posted as the Drug Enforcement Coordinator. My duties also included being a liaison and coordinating matters with other domestic and foreign agencies. I retired at the rank of Sergeant after serving 27 years in the force. In 1994 I purchased property in Elkford. For the past 20 years I have been an elected (volunteer) person on the Strata Corp Executive both in Calgary and Elkford and have served on the seats of both chairperson and director. I have also been an elected (volunteer) council member of the Mountain Meadows Golf Club and a member of the Elkford Snowmobile Club over past years. I was awarded with the Elkford Bylaw Enforcement contract and served as the Bylaw Enforcement Officer in Elkford for a few years in early 2000. Now, I am totally retired and have nothing but time on my hands. I am confident that my past experience may provide a logical, fair and informed contribution to the ongoing management and maintenance of the community.

I have raised my family in Elkford, and I have watched the town evolve since 1990. I have experience with financial matters through my roles in my local union and the BC Teachers’ Pension Plan Advisory Committee. I was a successful local business owner of ‘Strings And Things Music’ which began as a home-based business, and evolved through two cooperative ventures (storefronts in ‘The Mall’), and ended up as a partnership in Fernie. I have experience in both local and provincial politics where I have ‘sat at the table’ with many of the leaders of both the NDP and Liberal parties. I am currently involved in the community through the Official Community Plan Citizens Advisory Committee (which I am the chair of) and the Urban Deer Management Committee. I believe that the key issue facing Elkford right now is affordable housing, a complex issue that involves supply and demand, the needs of both families and employers, retail choices, community services, and the guidelines of the Official Community Plan. I have the skills that can benefit the people and businesses of Elkford. I listen to all of the opinions that people share with me.

I have called Elkford my home for what will be four years this summer. I moved here from London, England with my wife Jane and two small children Finlay and Joni, after living in Victoria and Edmonton. It did not take long to see the qualities of Elkford and the Elk Valley. Through volunteering as a coach with minor hockey, being a director at the Wapiti Ski Club and being a member of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee, I have been able to see firsthand how important Elkford’s facilities are to the community. Be it the trails, the aquatic centre, golf course, ski hill, or rec centre, they are all things to be proud of. I would like to be a member of Council to provide my input to ensure that Elkford continues to be the great place to raise a family that I have found it to be. I believe Elkford has much to be proud of. The town spirit is great, the facilities are first class and the surrounding area is magnificent. I am proud to call Elkford home and feel that everyone who lives here should as well. If elected to Council, I will endeavor to ensure that Elkford continues to thrive and be an attractive place to raise a family.

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Editorial by Angela Treharne

The teachersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; strike this week has affected a large number of Elk Valley residents â&#x20AC;&#x201C; teachers, parents, and of course students. The strike was inevitable, but unfortunate. Teachers say they want the best for the students. They are trying to protect the future of learning by taking a stand against a heartless government, fighting for better classroom conditions and better pay for those at the head of the classroom. The BC Liberals say they want the best for the students. They say they are enhancing the education system in this province by sticking with a netzero mandate for the public service, while still pumping more money into classrooms. Like all governments, they ask us to trust their direction to restoring excellence in education. Who you trust probably depends on how you view the world and, of course, if you are affected directly by the strike. But driving by the picket lines earlier this week, it was hard to see how having the kids at home, and the teachers out in the cold, is benefitting anyone. Unfortunately, the end is not in sight. The Liberals are determined to find a solution to the impasse through Bill 22. The BCTF is unwavering in its resolve to fight the legislation. Experts say even if the bill passes, its flaws leave little optimism for this dispute to be settled by the end of June. The way the government and union deals with each other is broken. Some education scholars argue it needs to be blown up and started anew. In theory thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great idea, but in reality thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not going to happen. That the labour dispute was allowed to reach this stage is a gamble by both sides. While most high-stakes gambits have a winner and loser, this one only has losers. Students will lose three valuable days of learning. Parents will lose sleep, and likely a few bucks, organizing alternative care. Teachers will lose income and risk losing support. The government risks losing understanding for its hard-line stance. While both sides argue they want the best for the students, it is hard to see how that is happening at this stage.

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Letters to the Editor The truth about Bill 22 It seems as though media outlets have been reporting that the Bill 22 legislation that Education Minister George Abbott has put forward is merely there to have teachers return to work. This is a complete misrepresentation and the public deserves to know the facts. Bill 22 not only threatens to take away the rights of teachers, as professionals, to have a say in class size, hiring practices, teaching loads and support for special needs students, but it is also negating rulings of the Supreme Court of Canada that deemed past contract stripping by

Thanks from Griz Days committee Griz Days 2012 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the highlight this year has to be the generosity of our sponsors, volunteers and committee members. As a small community we reach out to people to take part, offer valuable personal hours and a passion to work together for the good of our community. The support has been overwhelming and we the Chamber could not have hosted such a great event without everyone â&#x20AC;&#x201C; thank you. Your support is not something we the Chamber take for granted and it is very much appreciated by

the Liberal government as illegal and unconstitutional. This bill, if passed, will damage the rights of not just all union workers in the province, but all workers in the province. Bill 22 is opposed by the BC School Trustees Association, the BC Principals' and Vice Principals' Association, and the BC Federation of Labour. The public needs to know the truth behind what is a demeaning and ultimately unconstitutional legislation. Amanda Foreman Fernie everyone. I would personally like to thank the Griz Days committee; Rachael Bone, Sharon Switzer, Will Barbour, Mike Sosnowski, Dave Harrington, Dave Hamilton, Jeni Sugiyama, Steve Ruskay, Adam Laurin, Mark Brown and Ben Mangoe â&#x20AC;&#x201C; this event could not have happened without each and every one of you. Specials thanks go to The Rotary Club, Freshies, The Rod and Gun Club and Big Bang Bagels. Sarah Parry Manager, Chamber of Commerce, Fernie

Safety first

They blow the whistle everywhere! It stops people who ignore the flashing lights! It blows through our town every day between 5 and 5:30 a.m. Hello people! It's a safety issue! Cheri Anne Wilkinson Chetwynd

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Letters to the Editor continued from page 6 Keep the whislte! After reading the report in The Free Press article about the train whistle, I would like to share my opinion. I am in favour of keeping the train whistle alive, for the following reasons. Whistles have been a part of Fernie heritage since the rebuilding of the town after the fire of 1908. Whistles started out with steam engines as safety warnings for different pressures. Later they were used for safety on railroads and sea travel, to heavy industry. In Fernie whistles were used as curfew, MNFW shops had whistles for work or no work at the mines. They were used for mine disasters. Most train whistles represent the economy. More whistles more freight, the greater the economy. Most of all the train whistles I ever heard are a minority, compared to the everyday

whistles you hear living in Fernie. Some whistles in Fernie last hours and shake windows, buildings and relocate pets to different sections of the neighbourhood. Some whistles are found in our neighbourhood at different blocks in town. Some start whistling Friday night and don’t end until Sunday, (longer on holiday weekends.) Occasionally a whistle blower gets them stopped, most often a shift worker. Once again I have never heard a train whistle lasting more than four blasts, two long, two short. Long may the train whistle blow! I would like to see a petition for those in favour of the train whistle people to come to Fernie because they love it. Why change it? Toot! Toot! Joe Macosko Fernie

Class size matters In response to recent public statements by Mr. George Abbott, BC Minister of Education: As a public school teacher for the last 35 years, I am very worried that our Minister of Education knows so little about teaching that he can state the number of students in a classroom doesn't matter. He also has voiced the opinion recently that limiting the number of students with special needs in

Whistle saves lives So a committee named Better Our Living Downtown has decided that the train whistle causes a disturbance and does not contribute to the image to tourists and scares children and pets. I can say it disturbs me too. I work in Fernie and when it hits it rips right through me. 10 years ago this May my then 17-year-old son was in a horrific train accident right at the skateboard park. The train dragged him four city blocks. He nearly lost his life and he did lose his leg. I can tell you that it

classes is discriminatory. These statements blatantly demonstrate Mr. Abbott's ignorance of quality education today. One simply has to step into any classroom to see that class size does matter and so do the collective needs of all students in a class. I say to our Minister of Education, "Go back to school." Nadine Steele Student Services Coordinator for School District #5, Elk Valley didn't better his living. The train whistle may not add charm or bring revenue but parents who live in Fernie need to consider the risks of having no warning when that train goes through your town. Imagine if your child was crossing the track when it ripped through. Maybe one night your teenager doesn't want to break curfew and that whistle doesn't blow and they climb through and the train moves. God help City Council if it hits a tourist. Donna Leskosek Fernie

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Employment Services are CHANGING – April 02, 2012

What YOU need to know! Who does this effect? ELK VALLEY JOB SEEKERS! Please be advised, the new ESC Location will be the current Elk Valley Job Seekers office, 302C 2nd Ave., Fernie. The new program will commence on April 2, 2012. The Canadian Mental Health Association will be your new service provider. The staff at Elk Valley Job Seekers would like to take this opportunity to thank our clients, business partners and the communities of the Elk Valley for their patronage over the years. We would also like to extend sincere gratitude to the College of the Rockies for their support and employment over the past decade. Sincerely, Una Levesque, Jodi Erbacher, Jenny Gutzman, Marilyn Robertson, Joanne MacLean & Rochelle Simmons

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• TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Thursday night, 6:15 -7:30 p.m. in the Salvation Army building. Call Isabel, 423-7043. • Every Thursday 6:30 p.m onwards – fun darts at Sparwood Legion. • Fernie Elks Lodge meeting – promoting and supporting community needs. Call 250-423-7536. • Red Cedar Book Club for grades 4 to 7 at Fernie Heritage Library 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. • Fernie Heritage Library after school program, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wordsmything, play with words, drama games and writing to develop characters, stories and blog, ages 10 to 13.

• Fernie Legion meat draw 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fun and Entertaining, All welcome to join us. Bar quiz follows most weeks. • Every Saturday meat draw and 50/50 draw at Sparwood Legion 4 - 6 p.m. • Sparwood Legion: Texas Hold’em poker tournaments every third Sunday at 7 p.m., limited seating, must register. For more information or to register for poker, call 250-4250081. Everyone welcome.

Friday, March 9 • Cribbage at Senior Drop-In Centre, Fernie, every Friday 7:30 p.m. • Jitney darts every Friday at Fernie Royal Canadian Legion, 7:30 p.m. Drop in and meet new people. All adults welcome. If you are interested phone the lounge at 250-423-6218 for details. • Fernie Heritage Library storytime program. 11:15 a.m. – Noon •Sparwood Legion open jam session every second Friday at 7 p.m. • Fernie Heritage Library after school program, 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Lego Challenges, ages 10 to 12. • Adult morning badminton Fridays at 9 a.m. at the Community Centre. All levels welcome. Drop in $5. Birds provided, some racquets available for loan. Contact Chris at 250-4238062 for more info.

Neve Richards and Kasha Bell from Isabella Dicken Elementary School Grade 5 French immersion in Fernie attended the East Kootenay Regional Science Fair at the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook recently. Neve and Kasha’s Spinning Magnets project proved they could light a two-volt LED. Students from all over the region attend the event in Cranbrook. Photo by D. Wiebe

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• Alcoholics Anonymous meet at 7.30 p.m. in Fernie Anglican Church. Call 250-423-2131 for details. must register. For more information or to register for poker, call 250-4250081. Everyone welcome. • LDS Family Services women’s only support group for spouses of those struggling with all addictions. Anonymous call-in group meets every Sunday 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Call toll-free 1-877-453-7266 and enter meeting number ID 2977. • Pancake breakfast at Elko Community Hall. $7. 9 a.m. to noon. Everyone welcome.

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Monday, March 12 • Mahjong at Seniors Drop in centre, Fernie, every Monday at 7 p.m. • Dominoes at Seniors Drop in centre, Fernie, every Monday at 1 p.m. • Fernie Chamber Orchestra meets every Monday at 7 p.m. Musicians of all abilities are welcome. For more info call Yolaine at 250-423-7825 or wyhames@gmail.com

Take time off when you want

NEXT WEEK Tuesday, March 13 • Crib / Whist alternate weeks, Seniors Drop In Centre, Fernie, 7.30 p.m. • Fernie Heritage Library storytime program - ages three-five: 11:15 a.m. – Noon • Fun, crafts and lunch anytime between 10a.m. and 1:30p.m. at the Seniors Centre in Fernie. The kitchen at the Seniors Centre is open weekly from 9 a.m, to 2 p.m Monday through Thursday. Coffee or tea, sandwiches, soup and/or dessert can be purchased. General public welcome.

Wednesday, March 14 • Alcoholics Anonymous meet at 7.30 p.m. in Fernie Anglican Church. Call 250-423-2131 for details. •Cribbage, Senior’s Drop In Centre, every Wednesday, 1 p.m.

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Thursday, March 15 • TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Thursday night, 6:15 -7:30 p.m. in the Salvation Army building. Call Isabel, 250-423-7043. • Every Thursday 6:30 p.m. onwards – fun darts at Sparwood Legion.

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Notice of Intent to Close and Remove Highway Dedication of a Portion of Unimproved Road

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Pursuant to Section 40 of the Community Charter

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TAKE NOTICE THAT the City of Fernie intends to close to traffic and remove highway dedication of unimproved road (3rd Avenue) north of 13th Street described as: City of Fernie Highway Closure and Removal of Dedication Bylaw No. 2178 The portion of highway (unimproved road) dedicated by Plan 5009, DL 4588, Kootenay District, being 0.1672 hectares in area shown outlined in heavy black line (the “Closed Road”) on the Explanatory Plan to Accompany City of Fernie Highway Closure and Removal of Dedication Bylaw No. 2178 prepared by Keith W. Ekman, B.C.L.S. (PLAN EPP17316). All persons who consider themselves affected by the proposed highway closure and dedication removal are invited to address their concerns in writing to the City of Fernie, c/o Director of Corporate Administration Services, at 501 3rd Avenue (PO Box 190), Fernie, BC, V0B 1M0, prior to 4:00 p.m. local time on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. All persons who consider themselves affected by the proposed highway closure and dedication removal will be

Regular Council meetings are open to the public and held at City Hall at 7:00 p.m.

City of Fernie Contact Info: City Hall Ph: 250-423-6817 Fx: 250-423-3034 Email: cityhall@fernie.ca Website: www.fernie.ca 501-3rd Avenue, Box 190 Fernie, British Columbia V0B 1M0 Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed statutory holidays) After Hours Phone: 250-423-4226 Fernie Aquatic Centre 250 Pine Avenue Phone: 250-423-4466 (No School Friday – March 2nd, 2012) Fernie Memorial Arena 991-6th Avenue (Highway 3) Phone: 250-423-2254 (No School Friday – March 2nd, 2012) For all Police, Ambulance or Fire related emergencies: Call 911

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provided with the opportunity to make representations to Council at the Regular Meeting to be held on Monday, March 26, 2012 commencing at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 501 3rd Avenue, Fernie, BC. Written submissions received by the deadline noted above will be presented to Council at the Meeting on March 26, 2012.

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Public Notice – Train Whistle Prohibition Notice is hereby given that Council of the City of Fernie intends to approve a motion forbidding the use of train whistles within the City of Fernie boundary at the Regular Council Meeting to be held Monday, March 26, 2012 commencing at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 501 3rd Avenue, Fernie, BC. This is the first of two notices, dated this 8th day of March, 2012.

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Copies of the proposed bylaw may be viewed or obtained from Lisa Talavia-Spencer, Director of Corporate Administration Services, City of Fernie during City Hall office hours - 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays). This is the second and last of two notices, dated March 8th, 2012.

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RAIN BARREL ART CONTEST & SILENT AUCTION

DISTRICT OF SPARWOOD JOB SPECIFICATIONS Department: Title:

Public Works/Engineering Co-Op Engineering Student

Buy a Rain Barrel – Some are currently available at Alpine Lumber, right here in Sparwood!

The District of Sparwood is accepting applications for an engineering student to work on a “full time” basis from early/mid May to the end of August.

Paint the Rain Barrel – Find an artist or even an employee that will paint the barrel for you.

Responsibilities:

Send the following information to Jen Woodall (jwoodall@sparwood.ca) before April 15th

Principle responsibilities include surveying and AutoCAD drafting. The position will provide excellent experience working in a municipal environment. Education, Skills and Personal Attributes Required: The ideal candidate will have the following skills: • • • • • • • • • • •

Knowledge and experience with AutoCAD and AutoCAD Map. Ability to read and interpret utility detailed drawings. Knowledge of Trimble GPS units. Knowledge of GIS. Must possess strong interpersonal skills. Must be able to work independently, with limited supervision. Knowledge of civil engineering construction principles. Knowledge and experience with computers and related software. Must be detailed oriented with good oral and written skills. Organized, well groomed, and able to maintain confidentiality. Valid Class 5 Drivers License.

Wages, benefits and conditions of employment are governed by the current collective agreement with CUPE Local 2698. Closing date is April 13th, 2012 or when filled. For application forms please visit the District website at www.Sparwood.ca and complete a summer student application. Please submit your application with a detailed resume and reference to Miranda Tomera at 250.425.6816, Box 520, Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0 or by email to mtomera@sparwood.ca.

STUDENT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES PARKS AND GREENBELT WORKERS The District of Sparwood is looking for energetic and enthusiastic individuals who will be employed for the summer by the District of Sparwood to work as summer parks and greenbelt workers beginning May 7, 2012 to September 7, 2012. The rate of pay is in accordance with CUPE 2698 Collective Agreement. All applications must be received by the District of Sparwood Municipal Office on or before 4:00 pm Friday, March 23, 2012. The ‘hat’ draw will be conducted on Monday, March 26, 2012. All successful applicants will be contacted following the draw. Applicants should be aware that work performance with the District of Sparwood will be considered for future employment. Only students who have been enrolled on a full time basis in a post secondary institution during the 2012 Winter/Spring term and intending to return to school in the fall are eligible for these positions. All students are required to provide proof of enrolment by having their school registrar complete the letter attached to the student application form which is available at the Municipal Office, 136 Spruce Avenue or at the Sparwood Recreation Department, 367 Pine Avenue or on the District website at www.Sparwood. ca. Grade 12 students who intend to return to school in the fall can apply; however, first preference will be given to post secondary students. All successful applicants will be required to have a valid driver’s license with a Class 5 or a minimum of a Class 7N or Class 7L. Applicants’ address must be the same on their Drivers License as mailing address or permanent address in Sparwood. Any eligible applications received after the close date, will be automatically put on the bottom of this list as well as any who are unable to start employment on May 7, 2012. Questions can be directed to the Sparwood Municipal Office at 250.425.6271 or be emailed to mtomera@sparwood.ca .

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Photo of Painted Barrel Artist’s Name Sponsor’s Name Display Location – If you don’t have somewhere to display your barrel publicly, we will find a great spot for it.

We will send you a Silent Auction Sign-Up Sheet to display beside your barrel so you can start collection bids right away! Collect bids until Arts & Culture Week (April 22-28). Send your bid sheet to Jen Woodall on April 30th. We will contact the winners and let them know where to pick up their barrel! Sparwood residents that bid on the painted rain barrels will be entered into a draw to win water friendly landscaping work in their yard by Elk Valley Greenhouse. Half of the money raised will go to the Sparwood Arts Council and the other half will cover the cost of the landscaping work.

EXTENSION DEADLINE TO REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR ANIMAL CONTROL I BYLAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER- CONTRACT MARCH 15, 2012 – 3:00 P.M. The District of Sparwood requires a half-time Animal Control I Bylaw Enforcement Officer, under contract. Sealed Proposals, plainly marked on the envelope "Animal Control /Bylaw Enforcement Officer - Request for Proposals" will be received by the Director of Corporate Services of the District of Sparwood, at 136 Spruce Avenue, Box 520, Sparwood, BC VOB 2GO, until 3:00 p.m. on March 15, 2012, at which time they will be opened in public in the Board Room of the District Office. The proposal must be for a term of two years. Detailed instructions to Proponents are included in the RFP Package, which may be obtained from the District at the above address. The District will apply and weight its proposal evaluation criteria in accordance with its perception of the interests of the District and the public at large. No proponent shall have any claim for any compensation of any kind, whatsoever, as a result of participating in this Request for Proposals. Raeleen Manjak Director of Corporate Services rmanjak@sparwood.ca

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Did you know that the District of Sparwood produces a weekly community newsletter to keep residents informed on what is going on in the community? To receive this newsletter automatically every week, you can call the Recreation Department at 250.425.0552, or email recreation@sparwood.ca. If you would like to promote a community event or activity, contact the Recreation Department to include it in the next edition.

COUNCIL FACTS

Council Facts is a publication to inform the community on important decisions and Council initiatives, which is published twice a month, following the Regular Council Meetings on the first and third Mondays. You can subscribe to Council Facts by calling the District Office at 250.425.6271 or emailing smortimer@sparwood.ca.


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District of Elkford 816 Michel Road P.O. Box 340 Elkford, B.C. V0B 1H0 P.250.865.4000 • F.250.865.4001 • info@elkford.ca • www.elkford.ca

NOTICE OF ELECTION BY VOTING PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given to the electors of the District of Elkford that an Election by Voting is necessary to elect one Councillor and that the persons nominated as candidates and for whom the votes will be received are listed below:

COUNCILLOR - One person to be elected Terry Anonson 1353 Needles Crescent Kevin Atherton 757 Fording Drive Tom Clements #101, 501 Elk Street Colin Cross 16 Dawson Crescent Steve Fairbairn 112 Cariboo Drive Troy Tobin 941 Alpine Way

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VOTING will be open to qualified electors of the District of Elkford as follows: General Voting: Saturday, March 31, 2012 8:00 am to 8:00 pm District of Elkford Municipal Office, 816 Michel Road, Elkford BC

Advance Voting: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Tuesday, March 27, 2012 8:00 am to 8:00 pm 8:00 am to 4:00 pm District of Elkford Municipal Office, 816 Michel Road, Elkford BC

Electors from the District of Elkford may vote BY MAIL if they: - have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects their ability to vote at another voting opportunity, OR - expect to be absent from the District of Elkford on general voting day and at the times of all advance voting opportunities.

REQUESTING A MAIL BALLOT PACKAGE: Before 4 pm on March 29, 2012 you must submit the following information to the Deputy Chief Election Officer’s office in person (District of Elkford Office, 816 Michel Road), by mail (P.O. Box 340, Elkford, BC V0B 1H0), telephone (250-865-4000), fax (250-865-4001) or email (dszawlowski@elkford.ca): 1. Full name, 2. residential address, 3. Address of the property in relation to which you are voting (for non-resident property electors), 4. Method of delivery of your mail ballot package: - pick up at District Office in Elkford, OR - regular lettermail through Canada Post to residential address, OR - regular lettermail through Canada Post to an alternate address that you provide when requesting the ballot package. 5. To ensure you receive the correct registration application form in your package, you must indicate whether you are going to be registering as a resident or non-resident property elector.

Mail ballot packages will be sent out commencing on or about March 9, 2012. To be counted, your mail ballot must be received by the Chief Election Officer in Cranbrook or Deputy Chief Election Officer in Elkford no later than 8 pm on March 31, 2012. ELECTOR QUALIFICATIONS

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

SEASONAL POST SECONDARY STUDENT POSITIONS May to August The Wild’s Calling … Dare to Answer. We’re on the prowl for adventurous spirits to add to our herd. Are you a bear cub just out of 8 months hibernation and looking for adventure? Are you a fish in school looking to pay your way out? If so, the District is looking for qualified post secondary students to work for the Elkford Leisure Services (Recreation) Department. Minimum Requirements: • Current post-secondary student having attended school in the 2011/2012 semester/year and returning to school in the 2012/2013 semester/year. Confirmation required on a District supplied form. • Valid Class 5 BC driver’s license (minimum Class 7N). • Valid Basic First Aid Certification. • Physically fit. Wages starting at $15.45/hour for first year employees. Submit resume by March 16, 2012 @ 4 pm local time to: Director, Corporate Services District of Elkford - 816 Michel Road P.O. Box 340, Elkford, BC V0B 1H0 Fax: 250.865.4001 Email: info@elkford.ca Each resume must include: • District of Elkford “Release of Information” form. • Photocopy of driver’s license. • Photocopy of First Aid Certificate.

Winter in the WILD Thank You! I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincerest gratitude and thanks to all of the volunteers and organizations who were involved in making Elkford’s 1st Annual Winter in the WILD festival a huge success. The countless hours that were put in to help organize and run the event was a generous gift to our community and the positive feedback that we’ve received has been outstanding. Winter in the WILD was successful in appealing to and including all age groups and everyone had a fabulous time. Oh behalf of Council, Staff and the rest of the community, I would like to thank you for showing your dedication and support to your community. Sincerely Mayor Dean McKerracher

Resident Elector a) b) c) d) e)

is a Canadian citizen; is, OR will be on March 31, 2012, age 18 or older; has been a resident of British Columbia for the past 6 months; has been a resident of the District of Elkford for the past 30 days; and is not otherwise disqualified by law from voting.

All RESIDENT ELECTORS will register on Voting Day at the Polling Station, if they meet these qualifications and provide two pieces of identification (at least one with a signature). Picture identification is not required. The identification must prove both residency and identity.

Non-Resident Property Elector (a) is not entitled to register as a resident elector of the District of Elkford; (b) is a Canadian citizen; (c) is, OR will be on March 31, 2012, age 18 or older; (d) has been a resident of British Columbia for the past 6 months; (e) has been a registered owner of real property in the District of Elkford for the past 30 days; (f) has received the written consent of a majority of the registered owners of the property designating you as the one who may vote (only one person may vote on the property qualification no matter how many owners there may be).

NON-RESIDENT PROPERTY ELECTORS will register on Voting Day at the Polling Station, if they meet the qualifications set out, have two pieces of identification (at least one with a signature to prove identity), PROOF OF OWNERSHIP OF THE PROPERTY and the WRITTEN CONSENT OF A MAJORITY OF THE REGISTERED OWNERS OF THE PROPERTY designating you as the one who may vote.

Leanne Jensen Chief Election Officer

The Wild’s Calling … Dare to Answer. We’re on the prowl for adventurous spirits: Water Smart Ambassador (Seasonal - Full time position) For more information: www.elkford.ca

Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings March 12 March 19

6:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

March 26

6:00 p.m.

Regular Council COTW Budget Meeting Regular Council

All Regular Council and Committee Meetings are held in the Council Chambers at 816 Michel Road and are open to the public.


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Council update from Mayor Mary Giuliano By Mayor Mary Giuliano Contributor

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ecember, January and February have passed very quickly with this new council. There has been much information to read and digest, lots of meetings to attend and even more to learn. Being mayor holds more responsibility as the mayor conducts meetings and can contribute to the agenda although councillors can request to have an item placed on the agenda as well. In order to be as personally transparent as possible I will write updates periodically although if anyone wishes to speak to me I am always available to hear concerns

or advice. Deer culling has become a very contentious issue in Cranbrook, Kimberly and Invermere. Fernie doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have this problem yet but to prevent future difficulties I have initiated deer education that will be done by Kathy Murray who delivers the Bear Aware program so successfully. There are several items being considered by council to combat vandalism and noise downtown such as a nuisance bylaw, cameras and brighter lamp posts and a stronger police presence. This would have happened this winter except the person considered for the position had an unfortunate accident that is now preventing him from carrying out this duty. I want to hear your opinion on this. How do you feel about cameras downtown, brighter lights, do you think it would be a deterrent to crime? With the heavy snowfall recently I have had a rash of complaints from residents.

Snow removal is done in a rotation that begins with a different area of town each time. This means that your street could be cleared early or much later. Some people forget to move vehicles from one side of the street to the other so it becomes impossible for streets to be cleaned properly when vehicles are in the way. Snow clearing begins at four in the morning, noise is a disturbance to some but we have to understand that it is a safety issue to beep loudly when the equipment is working. Another question, are you willing to have your taxes increased in order to have windrow clearing service for everyone? There is rumour and misinformation regarding paving of roads specifically Ghostrider Industrial Park. For many years this area has been ignored for paving due to costs. Presently, Manitou Road is in the budget for paving next year. This is the

main road fronting the highway; the interior of the park will have to wait unless businesses are willing to be involved in a parcel tax to make this happen. The City has an overall paving plan that identifies where and when roads get paved each year. Last year by condensing the work on Ninth Avenue from three years to one as had been planned over a million dollars was saved. Research is being conducted to see if paving can be done in a green manner that would result in more roads being paved with less cost. Council and staff are very aware that as Fernie is over 100 years old the infrastructure is in need of replacement in many areas of town. A sensitive issue is the possibility of a new fire hall. Previous councils had discussed in depth a building that would have included a fire hall, police, Continued on page 14

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the opera Music by Don Macdonald | Libretto by Nicola Harwood

Saturday, March 17, 2012, 7:30 pm KEY CITY THEATRE, CRANBROOK, BC Tickets are available at the Key City Theatre box office at 20 - 14th Ave Nor th, Cranbrook or call 250-426-7006.

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Sparwood on March 17 - 20, 2012.

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ambulance and search and rescue. Regulations set where a fire hall can be situated, for instance it has to be within the two bridges and it can’t be across the train tracks. Unfortunately there is not much available land. When the soccer field across from 901 became available it was purchased for $700,000 and considered as a possible site. It was conceivable that this might not be the best place however it was explained that a building could be esthetically pleasing while facing the tracks and no sirens would sound so as not to disturb the residents nearby. Consultation with the public and a referendum to borrow funds would be considered to provide opportunity by vote whether this is something that is wanted or needed. Present fire hall is in need of repair, a new fire hall is a priority but not in the budget this year. Council wants to make the right decision of whether the present building gets repaired and remodelled or a new fire hall built by borrowing. Fiscal reality is front and centre as is safety for our firefighters.

Regardless of the decision arrived at the City does have an asset with the ownership of the soccer fields, but ultimately it will be up to the residents to choose what they want. Fernie has been extended an invitation by the province to host the 2016 or 2018 winter and summer games. Do we have the volunteer base to work on such a large project? I would definitely like to hear from all of you regarding this request. There is a large group of people who are consistently feeling their lives are disrupted and their peace destroyed by the sound of the train whistle. As with all issues there are pros and cons. I have also heard from people who believe that the whistle is the sound of prosperity and also part of Fernie’s history. Council has requested a meeting with CPR to address this situation once again. It would be great to hear from as many people as possible regarding this issue, please let us know what your opinion is regarding whistle cessation. Good news for West Fernie, 1.5 million dollars has been awarded towards the West Fernie Dike upgrade project.

This will take two to three years to complete. A friend gave me the Flathead Beacon newspaper to read. Its front page said “Counting on Canada.” The article went on to say how Montana is counting on Canadians to emerge from the recession. What was even more surprising was that a Lethbridge economics professor Donna Townley was providing advice to Whitefish Chamber of Commerce members on how to get Alberta money into Montana “by making adjustments to their credit card capabilities that allows them to accept Canadian interact pin debit cards.” She also commented on marketing and promotion efforts such as advertising their lower prices and promoting the area as both a shopping and entertainment destination as well as doing things to make Canadians feel at home like flying the Canadian flag. I found this article interesting in that it shows that our town needs to become even more aware that they have to be just as competitive in attracting and keeping the same clientele that our southern neighbours seem to be determined to go after.

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Parsifal – a myth in the making Morphine’s cure for pain By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff

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ne of the world’s greatest operas is being screened in Fernie. Wagner’s Parsifal will get opera fans’ hearts racing – and for those who don’t speak German, subtitles will keep you following the story! Rich romantic melodies as themes for characters intertwine into glorious sounds. While Wagner did not know brevity, his music is divine. And, friends of opera Fernie, have come up with an easy way to enjoy the show. Not only have they chosen Wagner’s last, and greatest, opera, but it’s also one of the shortest at just 3.5 hours. To make the evening fun and interesting, nibbles and refreshments - on the house - will be served at 5 p.m. with a short, inspiring, talk about the allegory of the timeless Parsifal myth, together with introductions to the theme melodies for the characters. There will also be a break for a pot-luck, sitdown dinner (food warmers available) at 7 p.m. Then the following two acts will be screened, ending at approximately 10 p.m. If you enjoy melodious music, this is a wonder-

ful introduction to the world of opera. Join the following on Saturday, March 10 at 5 p.m. at the Arts Station. The show starts at 5:30 p.m. For more information: contact Oz Parsons, Wizardoz@telus.net.

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Open your eyes to jazz! By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff

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lthough he was born without the ability to see, don’t let it blind you into thinking Karl Schwonik is anything less than a brilliant, skilled master of percussion. His work as a drummer is known all across Canada.

Working with inspirational performers, such as, P.J. Perry, Tommy Banks, Hugh Fraser, and Rémi Bolduc, just to name a few, has given him the opportunity to develop his craft and share his multi- genre style on a variety of platforms. In fact, as soon as he graduated from high school, he was out the door and on tour with two-time Canadian

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No stranger to the busy life being involved in the music business brings, Schwonik has really been on the move for quite some time. The last two years alone have introduced him and his fellow band mates to an abundance of excitement including their CD “1+4” that was released earlier this year.

Karl Schwonik Jazz Ensemble is performing on Saturday, March 17 at 8 p.m. at The Arts Station in Fernie. Members: adults/$15; youth/$10. Regular: adults/$20; youth/$12. Available at The Arts Station, Freshies and Carosella

The album made waves in the Canadian jazz radio charts where they were number one for two straight months and, more recently, it was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for “Jazz Recording of the Year.” Not too bad for

By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff

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hen the Seattle music scene of the 90s made headlines, “low rock” band Morphine was developing a fan base of die hards that would stand the test of time and went above and beyond the realm of power chord driven angst-filled grunge rock. The band’s frontman, Mark Sandman, is a legend in his own right, which is proven by filmmakers, Jeff Broadway, Robert G. Bralver and David Ferino in the documentary Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story. In this award winning film, we watch the life and times of Sandman unfold from his humble beginnings in Newton, Massachusetts to his untimely death on stage in Palestrina, Italy in 1999 at age 47. Telling the story of how Sandman’s troubled life as a boy and how it brought him to numerous bands prior to the fruition of Morphine. To be a three piece band consisting of drums, baritone sax, and

two-string bass in the 90s, when guitar riffs ruled the airways, was a deviation from the unwritten rules of rock; yet, Morphine influenced musicians of all types including guitar players. With footage from home movies, TV news and concerts strewn together with photographs, postcards, pages from Sandman’s mother’s memoir, and even appearances by other artists, such as, Les Claypool, Josh Homme, Mike Watt, and Ben Harper, Cure for Pain will educate even the most avid music and film buff. Also, don’t forget to check out an after party where you will get the chance to have an up close and personal Q & A with the filmmakers themselves at Picnic. Cure For Pain: The Mark Sandman Story is showing at The Arts Station, in Fernie, on Thursday, March 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information on this event or any others associated with The Arts Station, contact 250-423-4842 or info@theartsstation.com

For more on the Ensemble, check out www.karlschwonik. com. Have a question or concern about this event or any others happening at The Arts Station? Give us a call at 250-423-4842 or send an email to info@theartsstation.com.

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Snow falls for Baynes Lake winter festival Submitted

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he Baynes Lake Parks and Rec. Society held a Winter Festival last month at the Glen Sandberg Memorial Park, also known as the Baynes Lake playground. The event was the first of what they hope to be an annual event like the Easter egg hunt, held every Easter weekend Saturday, and the Gate night Halloween party cohosted by the Baynes Lake Lions and the Baynes Lake Community Society. The Winter Festival was a great event with kids young and old enjoying the fresh snow that they were somehow miraculously blessed with, as Baynes Lake is not known for its abundance of the white stuff. "It was perfect. We never get ‘snowman snow’ here, and that's just what it was,"

said Steph Ferrarelli, treasurer for the society. The event was planned with 100 people in mind but unfortunately the turn out was not what they had hoped for. Still, the kids had great fun making ice carvings, snow painting with coloured water, plank skiing on 2x4s, building snowmen, snow golf and a scavenger hunt. Milk jug curling had been planned, however due to the warm weather the ice that was made by the volunteer fire department had melted. There was a bonfire and concession. The Parks and Rec. Society is a non-profit organization that cares for and maintains the play ground/picnic area of the Glen Sandberg Park and also hosts events for the community. They have only just reformed this past year after being out of

Kids made snowmen.

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commission for the past three years. They say that they have a lot of ideas for things that they would like to do but it is a slow process. The events are paid for by donation from the attendees of the events so the more the merrier. The society is hoping to add more activities in the next year and is currently working on trying to raise funds and increase manpower to help make improvements to the playground. Anyone interested in supporting or joining the group can find them at the Baynes Lake hall on the first Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. New members are always welcome and they make sure the coffee is hot. The Society also would like to say thank you to all those who have helped to put together all the events. Your hard work is greatly appreciated. See you at Easter.

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Footloose and fancy free By Jenna Jensen Black Rock News

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temming from a passion for helping people, Ellen Fyfe founded Footloose Enterprises in 2003. Footloose Enterprises offers residents, mainly seniors, of the Elk

Ellen Fyfe. Photo by Jenna Jensen

Valley with many valuable services such as private duty nursing, palliative homecare, respite nursing, geriatric nursing, travelling nurse/companion, nursing foot care and foot care facials. With 16 years experience as a Licensed Practical Nurse, Fyfe has spent much time working in the Elk Valley Hospital and the Sparwood Health Care Facility. "I love my profession, and I really wanted to spend more time with people, rather than just tending to their immediate needs," said Fyfe. "It's really nice to be able to know my clients on a personal level and build relationships with them. Unlike when they are ill in the hospital, at home they are well, and taking on day-to-day activity. I get to help them and assess their needs on a one on one level," she said. Fyfe applies holistic principals to create a caring, alternative approach to health and wellness. Her certification as a foot care specialist provides services to enhance health and lifestyle for those in

need of foot care. For people, and those with diabetes especially, nursing foot care helps improve circulation, and helps prevent potential infection. "It is so nice that she just comes to my home and helps me. It is so much easier than me always having to go out," said one of Fyfe's foot care clients. "Foot care facials are designed for those who like the ultimate foot pampering," said Fyfe. "I use top quality facial products on your feet, to leave your feet soft and your whole body rejuvenated.” Her costs for nursing foot care and foot care facials are $40/session and nursing care costs are based on individual needs. Fyfe extends her helping hands to those in need in the Elk Valley and hopes that she will be able to grow Footloose Enterprises while creating lasting and meaningful relationships with clients. To speak more with Fyfe on her services she can be reached at 250423-7650 or 250-430-7378.

Ellen Fyfe lends her helping hands serving clients in the Elk Valley with her business Footloose Enterprises. Here she is offering one of her clients nursing foot care.

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T Doris and Bill have been described as “good friends to all people.” They have been very active in Sparwood for over 40 years. Some of their involvement includes the Lions Club, Future Society, Camp Ground fundraisers, Board of Directors of Lilac Terrace, and delivering meals on wheels.

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he best and worst moments of Lisey Lalonde’s life happened within a day of each other. Her son was born October 25, 2010; the following day, she was informed that the lump that she had attributed to late-pregnancy mastitis was actually breast cancer, and that the tests indicated that it was aggressive. From there, it was a whirlwind of activity: tests, treatments and travel. Lisey drove from her home in Golden to Cranbrook two days after her son was born to meet with the medical team who would be supporting her through the upcoming procedures. “Think positive is what the surgeon said,” said Lisey. “October 27 was the last time I let myself think about dying from cancer.” Removing the tumour was the first step; what followed was almost a year’s worth of follow-up treatments in Cranbrook and Kelowna. While Lisey is the winner in the fight of—and for—her life, she is still getting used to the idea of calling herself a survivor. “I don’t feel courageous,” she said. “I fought for my family— I want to see my kids grow up; I want to be there for my daughter when she brings her children into the world; I want to teach my son how to drive. That was it—the simple things. I did not make the choice to beat breast cancer; I chose to be a mom for a long time. My decision was simple—live.” Lisey’s husband, Jason Romani, was

Lisey Lalonde (breast cancer survivor) with Jason Romani (husband - breast cancer supporter) Golden , BC Submitted photo

with Lisey every step of the way. Jason was fierce in his belief that Lisey could beat the cancer and helped buoy her when doubt threatened to creep in. “We were all in shock that day,” said Lisey, “and as I sat there with my very new family, Jason held us tight and said, ‘This is not how your life will end. We have so much still to experience, to live.’ Not once have we let ourselves believe that this cancer would win. “On my down days Jason would remind me that this was just a part of my life. We laughed a lot, talked about our future— that this is only a speed bump— and perhaps this will teach us to slow down and appreciate everything that our life has to offer.” Lisey’s experience is the reason for her strong support of the East Kootenay Foundation for Health’s (EKFH) campaign, A Clear View. EKFH is raising $1 million to purchase a digital mammography unit for the East Kootenay Regional Hospital to replace the out-of-date machine

currently used to detect abnormalities within the breast. The new machine will give radiologists and surgeons a faster and more accurate diagnosis, and could even allow treatment to begin sooner. Women who have had to travel out of the region for further testing will be able to stay close to home—and close to the vital support systems that can mean the difference when treating breast cancer. The public campaign beginning in October 2011 to coincides with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Lisey believes that the entire region will benefit by supporting the EKFH’s initiative. “I firmly believe in being proactive and not reactive,” said Lisey. “This new mammography machine will save more lives.” For more information on A Clear View, please visit www. aclearview.ca or call the East Kootenay Foundation for Health at 250.489.6481 (Toll free: 1.877.489.6481).


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ernie senior girls’ basketball has had a busy month. On the weekend of February 10 and 11 the team travelled to Hanna, Alberta to compete in Sweetheart invitational tournament. Down to six players, the girls had their work cut out for them. The first game on Friday was against Bawlf and saw the Falcons lose by a score of 60-39. The player of the game was Kaylee Kormillo. After a one game break the six girls saw the # 3 AA ranked Picture Butte. The girls worked hard and saw an 81 -26 defeat. Player of the game was Sarah Gredzuk. An early Saturday morning game brought on Senator Gershaw, which the Falcons lost by a score of 60-23. Player of the game was Astrid Wallinger. There was a one game break before the girls played Notre Dame and came out with a 45-32 loss. After keeping it close

most of the game the Falcon’s ran out of gas after a hectic four game schedule. Player of the game was Rosemary Dykhuizen. On February 25 and 26, Fernie hosted the Kootenay senior girls single “A” basketball championships with seven teams competing from Rossland, Grand Forks, Mt. Sentinel, Sparwood, Naksup, Golden, and the hometown Fernie Falcons. Fernie’s first game was a 70-48 victory over Golden. Emily Scheller was game MVP for the Falcons. The second game for Fernie was a close 65-62 victory over Grand Forks. Kaylee Kormilo was named game MVP. This set up a rematch of the Fernie Falcons’ home tournament earlier on in the year when Rossland took home the hardware. This time the Falcons were able to break the Royals’ relentless pressure on the press, and come away with a 78-62 victory. Rosemary Dykhuizen was named game MVP and Kaylee Kormilo was named

tournament MVP for the Fernie team. Fernie will now represent the Kootenay region at the senior girls Basketball Provincials in Prince George on March 7

to 10. It was the Sparwood girls over Grand Forks to take third place in the Kootenay tournament.

Fernie girls are riding high, heading to provincials.

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Riders win opener against Kimberley By Matt Laurin Contributor

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he Ghostriders drew first blood in the second round, downing the Kimberley Dynamiters 5 – 2 on Tuesday night in Fernie. As expected, it was a penalty filled affair between the bitter rivals, a trend that Head Coach Will Verner would like to see change. “I wasn’t happy with our lack of discipline tonight. We’ll take the result, but we’ve got to play smarter than that going forward.” Brendan Burge and Connor McLaughlin continued to lead the offensive charge, combining for three goals and two assists. The Riders also got contributions from Marty Wicks and Brendon Magnone, while goaltender Chris Solecki turned away 25 shots in his second consecutive start. Fernie grabbed the early momentum, when Burge opened the scoring just 17

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seconds into the first period. Both teams exchanged chances, before Marty Wicks made a perfect pass to a streaking Brendon Magnone who made no mistake on the breakaway. “That was a beauty pass from Wicks, and I just went down and tucked it five hole. It was nice to have some finish for

once,” joked Magnone after the game. Burge added his second of the night on a late powerplay to give the Riders a three goal lead after one. The penalty box staff had their hands full in the second, as the teams combined for 11 minor penalties. Kimberley grabbed the momentum

As expected, it will be a physical series.

Nik Dunn

The Fernie Judo Club member came home with a gold medal from the BC Winter Games

with an early powerplay goal from Colton Vanucci, while outshooting the Riders 12 – 3 in the second frame. Verner likely had some strong words with his troops, and the Riders answered back immediately in the third period. Connor McLaughlin scored his team leading seventh goal of the playoffs on an early man advantage, before having a goal called off on an early whistle just two minutes later. With the teams skating four aside, Senate Patton scored for the Dynamiters to make it a two goal game. The Ghostriders’ powerplay struck for a third time, as Marty Wicks unleashed a trademark bomb from the point to seal things with 10 minutes to play. There will be no love lost when the series resumes in Fernie on Friday night. Be sure to check back for results from Wednesday night’s clash in Kimberley.

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Judo team get medals at Winter Games By Fred Gietz Submitted

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t the end of February, four members of the Fernie Judo Club as well as Fernie coach Fred Gietz helped make up the B.C. Winter games judo team, representing the Kootenays. The Fernie squad made their presence known, bringing home three medals in a tough two day competition with close to 120 competitors from all areas of the province. Competing in the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s +70 kg division was Sydney Koevoet who finished in third place. In the Mens -90kg division, Fernie com-

petitor Nik Dunn finished with a gold medal while teammates Cole Goodman and Liam Teetzel found themselves in a fifteen man â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 66kg division. Both Teetzel and Goodman worked their way to the medal rounds before meeting each other in the final draws. Teetzel eliminated Goodman who finished just out of the medals in fourth position. Teetzel went on to the silver medal contest before being eliminated and finishing with a bronze. The Fernie Club members helped make up the Kootenay Zone team that competed against teams from all regions of British Columbia.

Nik Dunn getting his gold medal.

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Cole Goodman puts on a show.

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My winter on two planks - ski column Bill Handley

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ell, at the end of my last article I was speculating on the snow that was in the forecast and hoping for something good. Not in my

wildest dreams could I have hoped for what we actually got which was one of the best and most consistent snow cycles of the winter, giving some great skiing conditions. It wasn't quite as good as January 17 but then as that was reckoned to be the best day for 16 years that's no great problem. In the two week period the snow came in two distinct cycles, the first of which was just pretty good and the second was plain awesome. To start with we had 25 cm in two days and the skiing

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temp of -8, meant that the snow was champagne powder. On the first day after the snow cycle the hill was as busy as any weekend this season and not just with locals, I think every business in Calgary must have been short due to people suddenly suffering from colds etc and having to spend a day recuperating in Fernie. After that couple of days of no snow we had yet another 13 cm of top up to complete one of the best two-week cycles I can remember for many years.

The two week period finished with a couple of days of no snow which just gave us a chance to track up everything that was there - nothing anywhere was bad skiing. The final day was a warm up but still pretty good conditions due to the coverage from the snow base. Dangerous warm wet weather is in the forecast but I'm feeling lucky and keeping my fingers crossed for a quick cool down and more snow next week. For daily reports read Bill's Blog on www.billhandley.com

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In Loving Memory Of CARMELA FIERRO Passed Away March 4, 2012 Age 84 Years Residence Creston, BC Funeral Service A family celebration will take place in the summer Cremation Friends wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to the Creston Valley Hospital Bag 3000 Creston, BC V0B 1G0

In Memoriam In Loving Memory of Kari Lynn â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gorrieâ&#x20AC;? Rotvold March 12, 2011 Stairway to Heaven They say memories are golden, Well, maybe that is true; We never wanted memories, We only wanted you. A million times we needed you A million times we cried; If love alone could have saved you, You never would have died. In life we loved you dearly, In death we love you still, In our hearts you hold a place No one could ever ďŹ ll. But now we know you want us To mourn for you no more To remember the happy times Live still has so much in store. Since youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never be forgotten We pledge to you today, A hollowed place within our hearts Is where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll always stays. If tears could build a stairway And heartache make a lane We would walk the path to heaven And bring you back again. Our family chain is broken And nothing seems the same But as God calls us one by one The chain will link again. Love you always - Brader, Dad, Mom, Bob, Jody, Dave, Nana and Gordon and all your aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

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McMAHON Cecil McMahon, beloved husband of Adeline, passed away quietly at the Elk Valley Hospital with loved ones by his side on February 25, 2012 at the age of 89 years. Cecil was predeceased by his parents Margaret and James McMahon, his stepmother Mary and brothers Roy and Earl McMahon. Left to mourn his passing is his wife Adeline, children Harley (Julie) McMahon and Colleen (Rae) Morandini, granddaughters Bobi (Gordon) Horwath and Livea McMahon, great grandson Keenan Horwath and sisters Doreen (Bert) Nicholls, Pat MillerMcNeil as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Cecil left the family farm to work in road construction in Winnipeg, and it was there he met the love of his life, Adeline Havener. They married and after his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s illness returned to the farm until 1970 when they moved to Sparwood, BC. Cecil worked at Kaiser Resources/Westar as an equipment operator until he retired in 1987. He enjoyed woodworking, camping trips and playing Bocci. Cecil loved spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed being around horses and the company of his dogs throughout his life. No funeral services will be held by the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request. A Celebration of Life luncheon was held on Tuesday, February 28th at the Sparwood Seniorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hall. In lieu of ďŹ&#x201A;owers, memorial donations may be made in Cecilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name to the Canadian Diabetes

JOHNSEN: Oscar Andreas Fredric Johnsen, (Ozzie), our beloved Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Uncle, brother, and friend, passed away peacefully and utterly content, at home on Monday, February 27, 2012 at the age of 83 years. Ozzie is lovingly survived by his 3 children: Bill (Patti), Johnsen, John Johnsen, and Brenda Johnsen; 4 grandchildren: Tammy (Billy) Jones, Tracy Kerslake, Jessie (Bill) Carr, and Shane Johnsen; 3 great grandchildren: Cody and Blake Kerslake, and Kyla Jones; his brother Sam (Delia) Johnsen, and many special nieces and nephews. Special friends Rob and Lisa Jackhart and their family, and very long and close friend John Summerfeld, must also be acknowledged. A man of great knowledge and intellect, Ozzie passionately observed, researched and challenged the social, political and scientiďŹ c theories of the world. He enjoyed any opportunity for debate, sharing his opinions, ideas and solutions with family and friends. Oscarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s children were very proud of their father; he was deeply loved, respected and admired. A celebration of Ozzieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life will be held in spring, early summer, and will be announced at a later date. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you know Ozzie, you know his love of argument, his love for his friends and relatives. His passion for science, philosophy, opinions, ideas and arguments was obvious and proliďŹ c. He believed an argument was a noble effort between two or more people seeking the truth. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.

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SCLIPPA: SCLIPPA: Louis Louis Sclippa Sclippa passed passed away away at at the the Elk Elk Valley Valley Hospital Hospital on on February 24, 24, 2012 2012 at at the the age age of of February 88 years. years. 88 Louis is is survived survived by by his his wife wife Lois Lois Louis Sclippa of of 35 35 years, years,33 daughters: daughters: Sclippa Darlene (Ken), (Ken),Linda Linda (Kevin), (Kevin),and and Darlene Paulette (Howie), (Howie), stepson stepson Rob Rob Paulette (Karen), stepdaughter stepdaughter Glenna, Glenna, (Karen), grandchildren: Carrie, Carrie, Laura, Laura, 55 grandchildren: Brandy,Chris Chris and and Jeff, Jeff,44 great great grandchildren: grandchildren:Devon, Devon,Brooke, Brooke,Taylor Taylor Brandy, and Rowen, Rowen, and and his his sister sister Doreen Doreen Hughes. Hughes. He He was was preceded preceded in in and death by by his his daughtersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; daughtersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mother, mother,Doris Doris Mocanu, Macanu,his his parents parents Maggie Maggie death and Paul Paul Sclippa Sclippa and and his his brother-in-law brother-in-law Johnny Johnny Hughes. Hughes. and Louis was was born born and and raised raised in in Fernie. Fernie. As As aa young young man man he he worked worked Louis underground for for Crowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest Nest Industries Industries advancing advancing to to position position of of underground ExplorationForeman. Foreman.He Hethen thenbecame becameinvolved involvedin inthe thedevelopment development Exploration of the the Snow Snow Valley Valley Ski Ski Hill. Hill. Louis Louis was was their their ďŹ rst ďŹ rst General General Manager, Manager, of keeping the lifts running from 1962-1973. He once again returned keeping the lifts running from 1962-1973. He once again returned to the mine where he did coal exploration for Kaiser Resources to the mine where he did coal exploration for Kaiser Resources until his retirement. Louis was also involved in the ownership and until his retirement. Louis was also involved in the ownership and development of the Highway 93 Junction Ice Cream Stand. development of the Highway 93 Junction Ice Cream Stand. Louis took great pride in his gardening skills, always boasting Louis took great pride in his gardening skills, always boasting he grew the best romaine in the valley (and he truly did). His he grew the best romaine in the valley (and he truly did). His carpentry skills were impeccable. Louis and Lois did enjoy carpentry skills were impeccable. Louis and Lois did enjoy travelling to destinations like Nevada, Australia, Fiji, Hawaii and travelling to destinations like Nevada, Australia, Fiji, Hawaii and Europe. He had a love of sports, especially boxing. Louis always Europe. He had a love boxing. Louis captivated young and ofoldsports, with especially his quick wit, sense of always humor, captivated youngand andhis oldknowledge with his quick sense of and humor, his story-telling of thewit, Fernie area its his story-telling and admired his knowledge of the Fernie area and its characters. He was and appreciated for being a hard characters. He was admired and in appreciated being a hard worker. He was sincere and true heart and for mind â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a man of worker. He was and sincere and true in heart and mind â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a man of utmost honesty integrity. utmost andlove integrity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those honesty whom we go out of sight, but never out of mind.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those weremembered, love go out ofloved sight,and butsadly nevermissed. out of mind.â&#x20AC;? Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll bewhom always Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be always loved and sadly missed. At Louisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; requestremembered, no funeral will be held. At a later date there will At request no be held. At a later date there beLouisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; a celebration of funeral his life. will In lieu of ďŹ&#x201A;owers donations maywill be be a celebration his & life.Stroke In lieuFoundation of ďŹ&#x201A;owers ordonations may be made to the BC of Heart to the Canadian made the BC Arrangements Heart & Strokeentrusted Foundation or to the Memories Canadian CancertoSociety. to Cherished Cancer entrusted to Cherished Memories FuneralSociety. ServicesArrangements Ltd. Funeral Services Ltd.

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Project Managers Site Superintendents MDG Contracting Services, a dynamic, growth-oriented general contractor, is recruiting experienced Project Managers and Site Superintendents to join our projects team in the Fernie, Sparwood and Elkford regions of BC. Reporting to senior management, Project Managers will be responsible for managing all aspects of our construction projects. The position requires individuals with field experience and the ability to effectively complete construction within the project scope of work. Site Superintendents report to the Project Manager and assume responsibility for the daily operation and supervision of our construction projects. Successful candidates will endorse MDGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s safety program, have excellent computer skills, and the ability to identify and implement new processes to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the project. The positions require excellent communication, planning and organization skills, with the ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment. A minimum of 5 years experience with commercial construction projects is required.

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A powder-filled cross country race By Kerri Holmes Submitted

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hirty-four bunny rabbits and jack rabbits were at the start line of the Fernie Nordic Society’s (FNS) second Annual Community Race last Saturday. Children aged three to 12 hopped from foot to foot, eager to stride upon the trails at the Fernie Golf Course. There were nearly 60 participants in all. Adults chose either skate or classic technique and had the option of a short course 3.6km or long 7.2km. Ian Henze, Chief Groomer for the FNS, had begun preparing the racecourse extra early due to the heavy snowfall. And the snow continued to fall steadily throughout the event lending a touch of magic and charm,

as did a surprise appearance of the Griz. Some participants had donned costumes. There was a mini-sized Batman, a fairy, a boy sporting Mohawk hair, Superman, a disco diva in conical hat and matching cape, and a princess. Indeed the atmosphere was festive around the Clubhouse of the Fernie Golf Course, home base of the FNS and location of their weekly cross-country ski program for children. Racers put in remarkable efforts and were rewarded by appreciative spectators, family and friends. All celebrated with a hot chili lunch provided by CP Catering. For complete results, more about the Fernie Nordic Society and the Jackrabbit program, check website www.fernienordic.com Kids aged three to 12 took to the trails.

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• In Fernie at 12:54 p.m. a complainant reported their dog was stolen. It later returned safe and sound. • In Sparwood at 2:16 p.m. a licence plate decal was reported lost.

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• In Fernie at 4:07 p.m. a vehicle went over an embankment. • In Fernie at 4:12 p.m. a complainant reported a vehicle passed a school bus with flashing lights. • In Elkford at 7:52 p.m. there was a hit and run. Witnesses

saw the vehicle spin out and hit the other vehicle and take off. A suspect has been identified. • In Fernie at 9:59 p.m. a truck with a trailer was driving without lights and was difficult to see. • In Fernie at 11:47 p.m. there was a report of a male and

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Friday, February 17 • In Sparwood at 12:03 a.m. police were requested to assist with intoxicated teens at

the leisure centre. • In Sparwood at 1:34 a.m. there was an intoxicated male observed stumbling down the road. Police arrested the male and he was lodged in a cell until sober. Continued on page 31

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Did You Know? Codependency The term codependency has often been used to describe behaviours associated with those affected by substance misuse. However, codependency is not limited to relationships involving substance misuse. Behaviours of codependency include: â&#x20AC;˘ Insist on helping others, even when it is not helpful. â&#x20AC;˘ Often become angry, resentful or hurt by others actions. â&#x20AC;˘ Feel responsible for other peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actions and feelings. â&#x20AC;˘ Become focused on other peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs and forget your own. â&#x20AC;˘ Your own happiness depends on someone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s change. What to do: â&#x20AC;˘ Stop focusing on the other person, start focusing on you. â&#x20AC;˘ Do not rescue, allow them to take responsibility for their own actions. â&#x20AC;˘ Accept reality, let go of what you cannot control. How to take care of yourself: â&#x20AC;˘ Be responsible for your own feelings. â&#x20AC;˘ Do not talk down to yourself. â&#x20AC;˘ Honour your own needs. â&#x20AC;˘ Be compassionate to others, but still be true to yourself. East Kootenay Addiction Services Society has sponsored this column. The intent of this column is to provide information and to encourage healthy choices. Free, confidential services are available to anyone dealing with their own or someone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s substance addiction or misuse. For more information contact 250-423-4423, 1-800-644-6144 or visit www.ekass.com

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â&#x20AC;˘ In Fernie at 2:29 a.m. there was an assault at a liquor establishment. One male received injuries to his face. This incident is still under investigation. â&#x20AC;˘ In Sparwood at 8:09 a.m. there was a theft from a vehicle. â&#x20AC;˘ In Baynes Lakes at 10:24 a.m. a bag containing drug paraphernalia was found on the ground. â&#x20AC;˘ In Sparwood at 11:47 a.m. a vehicle was driving erratically. â&#x20AC;˘ In Hosmer at 11:55 a.m. mischief was done to a vehicle. â&#x20AC;˘ In Galloway at 3:29 p.m. a semi unit was driving on Highway 3, speeding and passing unsafely. â&#x20AC;˘ In Fernie at 3:31 p.m. a theft was reported from a vehicle. Two pairs of sunglasses were stolen. â&#x20AC;˘ In Sparwood at 7:27 p.m. a vehicle hit an elk. The vehicle was damaged but no injuries were reported. â&#x20AC;˘ In Fernie at 9:30 p.m. a complain-

ant reported a vehicle was driving down Second Avenue at a high rate of speed.

Saturday, February 18 â&#x20AC;˘ In Jaffray at 12:05 a.m. a vehicle hit a ditch. No injuries were reported. â&#x20AC;˘ In Fernie at 1:49 a.m. a possible impaired driver was reported. The vehicle was not located. â&#x20AC;˘ In Fernie at 3:08 a.m. an impaired driving investigation was conducted. A 24-hour driving suspension was issued and the vehicle was towed. â&#x20AC;˘ In Fernie at 8:35 a.m. a semi hit an elk. The semi was damaged and no injuries were reported. â&#x20AC;˘ In Baynes Lake at 9:06 a.m. there was an abandoned 911 call. It was confirmed false. â&#x20AC;˘ In Hosmer at 9:53 a.m. a vehicle rollover was reported. The vehicle was attempting to pass another vehicle when it hit a slushy

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section. Minor injuries were reported and the driver was issued a ticket for driving too fast for road conditions. â&#x20AC;˘ In Fernie at 10:07 a.m. a theft from a vehicle was reported. â&#x20AC;˘ In Fernie at 10:48 a.m. a complainant reported 50 snowmobilers were driving down Cokato Road. Police attended and no snowmobilers were found. â&#x20AC;˘ In Fernie at 10:58 a.m. a snowboard was stolen out of a vehicle. It is described as a Ride DH2 board with Union bindings. Von Zipper goggles and iPhone headphones were also stolen. The vehicle was unlocked at the time. â&#x20AC;˘ In Fernie at 11:11 a.m. there was a report of four snowmobilers on the road. The complainant explained that they almost hit his vehicle. â&#x20AC;˘ In Fernie at 11:30 a.m. there was an abandoned vehicle parked on the middle of Fifth Avenue. Police attended and the vehicle was gone upon arrival. â&#x20AC;˘ In Fernie at 11:54 a.m. there was an abandoned 911 call from a cell phone. â&#x20AC;˘ In Sparwood at 12:05 p.m. a theft of a cell phone was reported. â&#x20AC;˘ In Fernie at 12:29 p.m. a break and enter occurred. An unknown suspect entered through a sliding glass window that had been left open for a cat. A silver MacBook with a purple Commit sticker on it was stolen from the residence. The serial number for the computer is Z0J80057K. The value of the computer is approximately $3,000. â&#x20AC;˘ In Fernie at 1:11 p.m. a possible impaired driver was reported. The vehicle was stopped by police and a three day driving prohibition was issued. â&#x20AC;˘ In Sparwood at 4:08 p.m. harassment via text messages was reported. â&#x20AC;˘ In Fernie at 5:58 p.m. there was a motor vehicle incident. No injuries were reported.

â&#x20AC;˘ In Fernie at 7:52 p.m. there was a disturbance. A complainant requested police remove an intoxicated male from his residence. Police spoke to the man, who was sober and calm. Both parties were cautioned. And both were lawfully at the location. â&#x20AC;˘ In Fernie at 11:31 p.m. a man appeared to be intoxicated or high, driving a white Toyota. Police did not locate the vehicle.

Sunday, February 19 â&#x20AC;˘ In Fernie at 12:05 a.m. there was a report of males fighting on Second Avenue. Police attended and there were no people in the area. â&#x20AC;˘ In Sparwood at 5:39 a.m. there was a false business alarm. â&#x20AC;˘ In Fernie at 7:41 a.m. a single vehicle accident occurred. The vehicle went off road and into a fence. â&#x20AC;˘ In Elkford at 11:33 a.m. a vehicle loading a snowmobile hit another vehicle. Police attended and assisted both parties involved. â&#x20AC;˘ In Sparwood at 2:05 p.m. a business reported shoplifting. â&#x20AC;˘ In Fernie at 2:19 p.m. there was a hit and run reported. â&#x20AC;˘ In Fernie at 3:12 p.m. a two-vehicle accident occurred. Two violation tickets were issued to the driver who rear-ended the other vehicle. â&#x20AC;˘ In Fernie at 4:30 p.m. a complainant reported two missing snowmobilers. Shortly after the call was placed they returned home safe and sound. â&#x20AC;˘ In Fernie at 11:09 p.m. an abandoned vehicle was reported.

Monday, February 20 â&#x20AC;˘ In Fernie at 1:11 a.m. two intoxicated men were reported trying to get on a bus. Police attended and spoke to the men and a cab was called to take them home. â&#x20AC;˘ In Sparwood at 5:30 a.m. there was a false business alarm. â&#x20AC;˘ In Elkford at 7:56 a.m. a suspicious

vehicle was reported. The complainant suspected it may have been involved in a hit and run from days earlier. The investigation on this incident is ongoing. â&#x20AC;˘ In Fernie at 9:50 a.m. there was an abandoned 911 call from a cell phone. â&#x20AC;˘ In Fernie at 10:08 a.m. there was a two-vehicle collision. No injuries were reported and a violation ticket was issued to the offending driver. â&#x20AC;˘ In Elkford at 10:22 a.m. there was a motor vehicle incident involving a logging truck and two pickup trucks with snowmobiles. â&#x20AC;˘ In Sparwood at 12:17 p.m. there was a break and enter to a vacant residence. Police attended and the incident is still under investigation. â&#x20AC;˘ In Fernie at 2:53 p.m. there was a theft of a purse from a restaurant. It is described as black, fake leather and Roxy brand with a Roxy wallet. â&#x20AC;˘ In Sparwood at 3:07 p.m. there was a false 911 call. â&#x20AC;˘ In Fernie at 3:40 p.m. a hit and run was reported. It was believed to have occurred in a parking lot. â&#x20AC;˘ In Sparwood at 3:57 p.m. mischief was reported. â&#x20AC;˘ In Fernie at 4:13 p.m. there was a report of an intoxicated woman stumbling and falling in the middle of the road. â&#x20AC;˘ In Elkford at 4:16 p.m. a complainant reported an attempted theft of a snowmobile trailer. It was believed to have happened some time over the past few weeks as scratches were noticed on the trailer. â&#x20AC;˘ In Fernie at 5:01 p.m. there was an abandoned 911 call. â&#x20AC;˘ In Fernie at 5:14 p.m. there was a false 911 call from a business. â&#x20AC;˘ In Sparwood at 8:09 p.m. an erratic driver was reported to be swerving all over the road. The vehicle was not intercepted.


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BLACK ROCK NEWS MĂŠtis celebrate culture with a kitchen party BLACK ROCK NEWS Jenna Jensen blackrocknews@thefreepress.ca

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any gathered together to enjoy stories, food, music and more at the MĂŠtis Cultural Celebration held last week. The evening was put on by a grant obtained by Amy Cross, and was organized with the intention of expressing, and educating youth and others about traditional MĂŠtis culture. "This evening was a great way to connect youth with other youth in the valley and with elders as well," says Terry Anonson, Director MĂŠtis Nation of B.C.

During the event, the youth served the elders and guests traditional buffalo stew and baked bannock. People attending enjoyed stories, music and the MĂŠtis jig. "This is such a great way to connect Aboriginal people and enjoy all of the traditional MĂŠtis food and activities," says Colleen Trozzo, Elkford Aboriginal Education Support Worker. "What a fabulous event," says Joanne Wilton Sparwood's Acting Mayor. "It is really nice to see a celebration like this that brings people and cultures together," says Wilton. Other honorable guests in attendance were Sparwood Councilor Sharon Fraser, School District 5 Trustee Bev Bellina, Doug McPhee, Director of Instruction School District 5 and Tobacco Plains Band Chief Mary Mahseelah.

Terry Anonson Director MĂŠtis Nation of B.C. is all smiles as he enjoys the evening with his family and granddaughter Nicole Tanner.

Councillor Sharon Fraser, Sparwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Acting Mayor Joanne Wilton, Peter and Bev Bellina SD5 Trustee and Doug McPhee Director of Instruction, SD5 enjoy their traditional MĂŠtis Dinner. Photo by Jenna Jensen

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early 100 people gathered at the Legion Hall on Saturday, February 25 to enjoy an appreciation evening hosted by the Lions Club of Fernie. This event is held annually as a thoughtful expression of thanks to those that contributed so generously in many ways to the organization. The Fernie Lions has long been a mainstay club for this area, fundraising to help the hearing impaired and those with special needs. They are identified and also probably best known for the Demolition Derby event that they organize each year on

Labour Day. On this evening, members from Sparwood including longest member Ron Linkert (38 years) Jim Elliot and Glenn Leydon and spouses joined the Fernie Lions and their guests to sit down to a delicious dinner of chicken cordon bleu, roast beef and all the fixings cooked by the Legion Auxiliary Ladies. Ted Shoesmith, vicepresident of the club thanked all the volunteers present and Rick Ganter, an active member since the early seventies thanked everyone for coming and commented on how each year he sees the same faces of volunteers that help the Lions with various projects. Ganter, who has probably held every executive position in

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the club, said, “It will take more help this year but there will be a Demolition Derby, we will make it happen.” Ganter was referring to the very real possibility the Wrangler Grounds will not be available for use this September as they are privately owned and the owner has other plans in the works for the property. This is leaving the

Snow Valley Wranglers in a lurch as well as they haven’t yet identified a property where they can resume activities for their members. In the past the Demo Derby has been held in Hosmer and Coal Creek as well as in Fernie. This event has proven very popular drawing thousands of spectators including people from out of town who love the

sport. It would be a sad day for many if another location isn’t identified soon for this very enjoyable family event. Let’s hope that somehow someone steps up that can provide the spot for the Derby to continue otherwise Fernie will lose one of the most favourite events of the year and that would be most regrettable for all.

Get help filing your taxes By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff

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elp is available over the next two months for people and families with a low income, filing their taxes. The Canada Revenue Agency Community volunteer income tax program will be able to help those with an income under $35,000 for families and $25,000 for individuals, filing their 2011

income tax. Volunteers will be available during March and April on Friday and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Fernie Library board room, and also at the Seniors’ Drop in Centre on Wednesdays starting on March 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, contact Cindy at 250-423-3150 or Terry at 250-423-4905.

SERIOUS INJURIES NARROWLY AVERTED Date: February 21, 2012 Details: A log truck driver

and snowmobile enthusiasts narrowly missed serious injuries when they met on a stretch of Forest Service Road near Elkford, BC.

The incident took place on the Elk Valley FSR when a logging truck, travelling out with a load of wood, cleared a corner in the road and found that he was approaching 2 pickup trucks. Although the road was wide enough to pass each other, the first pickup truck upon seeing the loaded logging truck may have panicked and quickly pulled over to the side of the road. He may have pulled over too fast and too much as his front tire hit the snow bank and pulled the front of the truck into the ditch . . . the back of the truck slide sideways so the rear of the truck was protruding onto the road. The second pickup truck immediately pulled to the shoulder to stop and avoid the pickup in front of him and his front tire also got caught in the snow bank . . . this pulled the front of his vehicle into the ditch. The second pickup was pulling a trailer with 2 snowmobiles on it and the trailer jack-knifed and was sitting out onto the road. The driver of the logging truck tried to avoid the vehicles by driving around them but was unable to and impacted the back of the first pickup truck. He then struck the corner of the second truck’s snowmobile trailer which caused his steering tire to blow out. The log truck driver tried to brake and steer his truck but the rim had cut into the road and sent the tractor unit into the ditch. Neither pickup truck was equipped with a radio so they could monitor logging truck traffic. The loss of equipment can be replaced by insurance but the loss of a life can never be compensated for. The outcome of this incident was a positive one in that nobody sustained serious injuries. Industry and the general public share access to Forest Service Roads but everyone needs to remember . . . travel on these roads has an element of risk. Industry uses 2-way radios to communicate their locations to each other to avoid incidents such as this one. These roads, however, are not radio controlled and everyone needs to always be aware of the potential for meeting up with other vehicles . . . both industrial or general public. To reduce or prevent similar occurrences, Snowmobile and Recreation Clubs/Associations should plan ahead and contact any industrial users of the FSR and make them aware of your planned future presence. Pilot vehicles could be one opportunity to prevent a similar incident, but as a minimum, vehicles without 2-way radios should consider following a radio equipped vehicle up and down Forest Service Roads that are posted as active work sites. By everyone working together, we can all take advantage of our country’s natural resources.

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Regional District of East Kootenay Request for Proposal Engineering Services Phase 2 -West Fernie Dike Improvement Project The Regional District East Kootenay is now seeking Engineering Services Proposals for Phase 2 of the West Fernie Dike Improvement Project. Request for Proposal details are available online from BC Bid at www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca. Engineering Services Proposals must be submitted no later than March 16, 2012 at 14:00 MST. For project inquiries or more information please contact: Jim Maletta RDEK Engineering Technician 250-489-2791 or 1-888-478-7335 jmaletta@rdek.bc.ca

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