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Celebrating 50 years of skiing

Council moves on train whistle - Page 7 ELKFORD

Remembering Ronda - Page 15 SPARWOOD

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(Left to right) Heather Boyd, MC Kevin Giffin, Sue Boyd and Eric Jensen celebrate old school style at the heritage street party on Friday night. For more, turn to page 16. Photo by Rebecca Edwards

Hopley pleads guilty to two charges surrounding Hebert abduction By Annalee Grant Black Press staff

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n a surprise move Monday, March 26, the man accused of kidnapping a four-year-old Sparwood boy pleaded guilty to two counts against him in B.C. Supreme Court in Cranbrook. Randall Hopley, who was accused of abducting Kienan Hebert, pleaded guilty to two counts in anticipation of the Crown dropping a third charge against him at an afternoon arraignment hearing. Hopley was charged with abduction of a person under 14, kidnapping and break and enter with the

intent to commit an offence. Hopley plead guilty to the charge of abduction of a person under 14 and to break and enter with the intent to commit an offence. He pleaded not guilty to the second charge of kidnapping, in anticipation that the Crown will stay that charge at his next appearance on July 18. Appearing before Justice T. Melnyk, Hopley appeared by video link from the Kamloops Detention Centre in an orange prison-issued jumpsuit. He appeared healthier than in photos released after the offence in September of 2011. Hopley spoke only to confirm

his two guilty pleas, to clarify the circumstances around his notguilty plea, and to enter that plea once Counsel William Thorne had explained the stay of preceeding that would be offered by the Crown at the next court date. Justice Melnyk ordered a pre-sentence report be prepared leading up to the July 18 sentencing hearing. Hopley will appear in person on that date. All three counts are relating to the abduction of Kienan Hebert, who was taken from his Sparwood home on Sept. 7, 2011. The abduction set off a manhunt across the Kootenays and into Alberta.

Police issued an amber alert, saying that Kienan disappeared from his bed overnight wearing only Scooby Doo boxer shorts. Scores of volunteers joined emergency personnel on a massive manhunt, but Kienan was mysteriously returned to the family home physically unharmed four days later after his parents gave a public, emotional plea. On September 13, Hopley was found by police sniffer dogs at a gravel pit in Crowsnest Lake, Alberta, and taken into custody. A psychiatric assessment of Hopley was performed but it is protected by a publication ban.


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Join Earth Hour By Andrea Horton Contributor


ernie and Sparwood City councils would like to encourage citizens to join BC Hydro in supporting Earth Hour on March 31 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Earth Hour encourages individuals, businesses and communities to turn off all lights and unnecessary equipment to save energy and reduce the environmental footprint. Earth Hour is an

annual, global event hosted by the World Wildlife Fund and is supported provincially by BC Hydro. In 2011 over 135 countries joined the largest environmental event in history, British Columbians turned off the equivalent of 7.8 million 15-Watt compact fluorescent light bulbs for the hour. More information about Earth Hour and ways to conserve energy is available at earthhour.

Tembec handed over to Canfor East Kootenay. We have the Radium mill here, plus Elko and Canal Flats. Overall in the south here we've a much bigger position than we've had in a long time." The Vancouverbased forest products company announced in November, 2011, that it had reached an agreement with Tembec Industries Ltd. to take over the Elko and Canal Flats sawmills, and approximately 1.1 million cubic metres of combined Crown, private land and contract

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new era has begun in the East Kootenay forest industry, with the completion of Canfor's purchase of Tembec assets in the region. On Monday, March 26, Canfor President and CEO Don Kayne visited the area to oversee the launch of that new era. "We're thrilled to be here now," Kayne said. "We've made a big commitment to the

annual allowable cut. The transaction - worth about $60 million includes a long-term residual fibre supply agreement for Tembec's Skookumchuck mill. "Overall, the industry has been through pretty tough times over the past five years," Kayne said. "But about a year ago we started to see some optimism out there - as small as it was at the time, it was at least enough for us to make some commitments from a capital standpoint to really focus on modernizing

our mills and getting competitive with the best sawmills in the world. "So we've been on that program for about a year and a half. And at the same time, we're looking for opportunities to improve our overall fibre position and overall quality of the fibre that we have as a company. "So this opportunity came up with Tembec over the last 12 months that we been focused hard on this area." Kayne said the quality of the fibre, or the

wood itself, in the East Kootenay is "second to none." "You could probably use those words to describe it across Canada," he said. "We really believe it's some of the best fibre you'll find absolutely anywhere. "There's a heavy spruce here, it's bigger wood, it's white wood, there's not a lot of beetle in this area this region has all the things our global customers are looking for in terms of quality."

Child development centre boost By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


C h i l d Development Centre, serving the Elk Valley, is planned for Cranbrook and just received a $100,000 boost. C o m m u n i t y Connections Society of Southeast B.C. in Cranbrook has received $100,000 from the B.C. Liberal Government to help further develop the Kootenay Child Development Centre. The East Kootenays is one of the few regions without a Child Development Centre (CDC) and would be a valuable resource to families and children, all under one roof. The centre will offer

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pediatricians and other professionals, as well as various behaviour and development programs. “This project will benefit children and their families all across our region,� said Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett. “I am proud of the amazing work done by Gwen, Patricia, Gayle and their band of enthusiastic volunteers. I urge citizens of the region to come out Thursday night and, if you can, make a donation to this exceptional community asset. We are so close now to the $1.1 million needed to finish the project. Please do whatever you are able to do to help get this project

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Mixed reactions to Jumbo ski resort go ahead By Andrea Klassen Black Press staff


he vice president of the company behind the Jumbo Glacier Resort says he's relieved to see the development get approval to move forward, but doesn't yet know how they will be meeting some of the government's commitments for the site. "Waiting is the killer," said Grant Costello, vice president of Glacier Resorts Ltd. "We've been so close so often, and in the last four or five months it's seemed like everybody's saying 'it's imminent, it's imminent.' It's a relief. I've had some sleepless nights." Though rumours the provincial government would approve a master development agreement for Jumbo have been gaining steam in Invermere for months, Costello says the announcement was a surprise for the company. He also said Glacier Resorts Ltd. has yet to receive detailed information from the province about its plans to create a large wildlife management area and establish a grizzly bear management plan for the resort site, and at the moment knows little more than what was released to the public at a news conference in Victoria today. "We have to sit down and talk to some government staff to find out exactly what it is we have, look at the master development agreement," he said. "We have some commitments in terms of studies. We have probably a season of studies to do on site that have to do with

grizzlies, archeology and things like that. We have to put a plan together." The project's environmental certificate expires in October 2014, and Costello says the goal will be to have the project moving forward before them. "We'll be making announcements on our progress along the way. We want to keep the public informed," he added. "But right now I can't say specifically where we go from here." However, the Ktunaxa, strong opponents of the resort, are not planning on backing down anytime soon. "The issue's not closed," said Kathryn Teneese, Ktunaxa Nation Chair. "You can expect to hear more from us in the coming days and weeks." Teneese said they will continue to fight against the proposed resort that would be constructed in an area they refer to as Qat'muk, home of the Grizzly Bear Spirit, and is adamant that it's not over until the chairlifts are running. "If we're successful in our endeavours, hopefully nothing will happen," Teneese said. While opponents of the project have been quick to share their disapproval, Costello said Glacier Resorts Ltd. remains undaunted and committed to the development. "Groups have sprung up that think environment is more important than people. So we just think the human environment is the most important, and we think that working within that, that

this is a good project to provide jobs and support families - things that are badly

needed here," he says. "I don't have any qualms about my role in this."

The Jumbo Glacier is the site of the Jumbo resort. Jumbo Glacier itself is the glacier at the highest point, in the approximate centre of the massif. Glacier Dome is on the immediate left (from the viewer’s perspective), and leads down into the valley where the proposed resort base would be. Farnham Glacier and Commander Glacier are on the right, on the other side of the massif. Submitted photo

New directors appointed to manage Sparwood Emergency Social Services By Andrea Horton Contributor


aureen Josay has been appointed as Emergency Social Services Director (ESSD) and Sylvia Jones has been appointed as Deputy Emergency Social Services Director (DESSD) as the District of Sparwood continues to build its ability to respond effectively to emergency situations. Emergency Social Services (ESS) is a municipal emergency response program. It provides for various short-term needs of evacuees and response workers in a disaster or emergency situation.

The ESS Program plays an important role in emergency management in B.C. by: helping people to remain independent and self-sufficient; helping people to meet their basic survival needs during a disaster; reuniting family members separated during a disaster; providing people with accurate and up-to-date information about the situation; helping people re-establish themselves as quickly as possible after a disaster; and helping a community work through the recovery process. ESS provides temporary relief to individuals and families so they can begin to plan their next steps after an emergency.

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The District of Sparwood’s Emergency Management Program works together with local residents, agencies and businesses to increase Sparwood’s level of emergency preparedness. Volunteers are at the heart of its success. ESS will provide temporary primary services such as: food; shelter; clothing and family reunification. ESS is designed to provide services to individuals affected by large disasters but it also provides during smaller scale emergencies such as home or apartment fires. The District of Sparwood supports Sparwood’s ESS volunteers by provid-

ing leadership training and administrative support for ESS teams. To provide the level of service required, the appointment of an ESSD and a DESSD was required by Council. The new ESSD and DESSD will report to the Emergency Program Coordinator appointed by the Mayor and Council and will assist the Coordinator to maintain the Emergency Program in a state of operational readiness by initiating public awareness campaigns; preparing and reviewing emergency response and recovery plans; and equipping and staffing the Emergency Operations Centre.



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Clean up the river for Canada Water Week By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


n Elk River Alliance project has been selected as one of five to be profiled for his year’s Canada Water Week. Small Change Fund has specially selected the Elk River Alliance ‘Elk River Swim, Drink, Fish Festival’ project. Small Change Fund’s partners, CGOV Foundation and RBC Foundation, are matching Canadians’ donations dollar for dollar in order to raise the funds to make this community project happen. Canada Water Week is an annual celebra-

tion coinciding with World Water Day, this year on March 22. Founded in 2009, Small Change Fund is Canada's first micro-giving organization with a focus on grassroots environmental projects. Small Change Fund’s national advisors have specially selected five inspiring grassroots projects that Canadians can get behind and support during Canada Water Week. “Each project can make an impact with just a little more funding support,” said Clare McDowall, Communications Director for Small Change Fund. “One of the chosen projects is the Elk River Swim, Drink, Fish Festival because

clean, clear, abundant water is of great importance, not just in Elk River, but all across Canada.” The Elk River Alliance project needs $3,333 to provide the community with information about where their water comes from, who depends on it and how we can all care for it. The group also wants to increase water awareness and to provide opportunities for river stewardship during their clean-up celebration around World River Day on September 30. CGOV Foundation has made the first investment in this project, and, to encourage additional contributions from donors across the country, the RBC Foundation

has offered to match any gifts dollar-fordollar to make sure this project reaches 100% funding. This foundation support, together with donations from Canadians everywhere, will realize the success of this great community initiative. As Small Change Fund advisor Guy Greenaway says: “The issue is a critical one, and the citizen engagement a great approach. The event combines traditional clean-up activities with more knowledgebased activities, and edges into the important realm of citizen science.” To support this BC water project please visit:

Sparwood fire services fees change By Andrea Horton Contributor


n March 19, Sparwood Council adopted to amend Fire Services Bylaw 974, 2008 by changing the fees charged for attendance at false alarms within the District.

Under the amended bylaw the property owner is liable for the costs of the municipality’s personnel and equipment in the event of a response by the Fire Department to more than one false alarm at the real property with a calendar year. The rates are established by the Province and the cost of personnel is included in the following.

As set out in Schedule B of Bylaw 974 ‘Charge Out Rates And Cost Recovery’ the charges are as follows: Equipment hourly rate: Ladder Truck, $746; Fire Engine, $537; Mobile Treatment Center, $180; Engine Water Tender, $333; Light Rescue Crew Cab, $240; Heavy Rescue Truck, $575; Emergency Response Trailer, $140; C-1 Command Vehicle, $160. Cost Recovery Items: Fire protection file searches, $50; Inspection requests, $50;

Re-inspection fee, $50; Non-standard events, Personnel and equipment charges calculated at the rates schedule; Actual costs for any materials, supplies or equipment not referenced, including taxes plus 15 per cent administrative fee; Securing of property, personnel and equipment charges calculated at the rates schedule set out above, plus actual costs for any materials, supplies or equipment not referenced, including taxes plus 15% administrative fee; False alarms response, second false alarm within a calendar year, $60 Third false alarm within a calendar year, $120

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he Max Turyk soccer field in Fernie and the Sparwood Leisure Centre will receive a total of $750,937 from the Ministry of Community, Sport, and Cultural Development's Community Recreation Program to fund projects which will improve recreational infrastructure. Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett was in Fernie on Monday to make the announcement to Fernie Mayor Mary Giuliano and Sparwood Mayor Lois Halko. Fernie is receiving $350,937 and Sparwood will get $400,000 from the grants. Fernie had applied for funding to help to repair the soccer field while Sparwood will be putting their grant to good use for an energy retrofit at the Sparwood Leisure Centre. “I’m pleased with how the Community Recreation Program was designed,� said Bennett. “We’re seeing a wide variety of funding applications that all relate back to helping people get out there and fun,

often times while supporting environmentally friendly initiatives as well. That’s a great win-win situation for the Elk Valley.� Who will benefit: ¡ Fernie – Max Turyk Soccer Field Development $350,937 o By re-aligning the existing Max Turyk field, there will be space for the construction of an additional regulation-sized soccer field. o This will result in increased capacity for hosting tournaments and offer green space to community members for many casual recreational activities. ¡ Sparwood – Sparwood Leisure Centre Energy Retrofit - $400,000 o Replacing the 27-year-old heating system and gas boilers at Sparwood Leisure Centre will reduce GHG emissions by 163 tonnes/year and save the District approximately $49,000/ year. o These savings will be invested in public engagement activities to promote active living.

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here was definitely cause for celebration this week. Ski Heritage week celebrated 50 years of lift accessed skiing here in Fernie – something everyone should feel very proud of. From an old rope tow to the slick operation running up there today, the resort has certainly changed since the days of Fernie Snow Valley. I can’t help but think how awesome it must be to have been there to watch the evolution. Luckily, we can learn about it from those who have been there from the very beginning, and have the photos to prove it! For some of these people, now forever inducted into the Fernie Ski Wall of Fame, the ski hill has been more than just a source of winter entertainment for them. From the pioneers who donated time, effort and materials to help build the original lodge and lift, the visionaries who invested in a dream with no idea where it would end up, to those who have worked as ski patrol and instructors for decades, all these people can be thanked for making the ski hill, and this community, the place it is today. I was really happy to get out and celebrate with the rest of town at the weekend. I was downtown for a street party on Friday night and then at the hill Saturday to watch some great fireworks and see one of the runs lit up with a giant 50! People come from all over the world for a taste of what we who live here can enjoy every day, and without these people’s contributions, I have no doubt that wouldn’t be the case. I want to say thank you to all those who believed in Fernie and its potential and to the community who have supported the evolution over the last 50 years. How happy and proud we should all feel to be a part of it!

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Letters to the Editor To the teachers In Alberta, the teacher talks with the government began in September, 2011, and just recently in the middle of March, broke off. Both parties walked away from negotiations as nothing was agreed upon. The talks will now not resume until the spring provincial in Alberta is over with. Alberta has class size legislation, but like in B.C., the limits have more students than what is legislated. Alberta wants to freeze all teacher wages for up to three years. In Ontario, class size limits have more students and the Ontario government wants to freeze teacher wages for three years. Both Alberta and Ontario governments are negotiating with

teachers on the same topics as in B.C. Please tell me why this is a crime in B.C. according to Jim SinClair, Susan Lambert, and Adrian Dix, when it is OK in Alberta and Ontario? Also the previous Glen Clark NDP government legislated B.C. schoolteachers back to work while in government. Why was that OK when the present day B.C. Liberal government does exactly the same? I am sure that B.C. kindergarten students could understand this, but yet the three stooges of Jim SinClair, Susan Lambert, and Adrian Dix, have a big problem. In reality, a joke! In closing, both Alberta and Ontario governments say that the economic crisis worldwide is affecting government funding. NDP

supporters in B.C. don't understand about this and don't want to hear about it. The funny part of all of this is that when a teacher walks out of a doctor’s office with terminal cancer, the old bank account balance will not save their lives. Just common sense, but these university graduates just can't seem to understand that. You teachers, look around, life is short, and admit it, you all have well paying jobs with great benefits compared to the majority of B.C. taxpayers that only get 15 days of annual vacations. Note that engineers are well paid, spent many years learning at university, but after all that only get 15 days of annual vacation. Joe Sawchuk, Duncan, B.C.

In response to March 15 editorial I feel you overstepped your position as editor by referring to people as bar flies. Comparing the train whistle issue with the smoking ban in bars is like comparing chalk and cheese and saying they’re the same. Smoking is a choice and so is going to the bar where smoking was allowed. If I didn’t want to smell of smoke then I didn’t go. Crossing the tracks isn’t if you live in Ridgemont, want to go to the pool, skateboard park, Rocky Mountain Village or live in the New Horizons. I worked at The Free Press for over five years with Mr. Lloyd Phillips- Editor and Adrian KennedyOwner and never saw them put an interview on hold for the train whistle. People who choose

to buy homes on First or Second Avenue or anywhere else near the tracks know there will be whistles and shuddering steel this is your choice so don’t complain. I agree with Dave Gildea that this is real estate motivated. I hope the tax payers will be fully informed of the total cost of the fencing and any other costs (insurance) etc. they will be expected to bear if the whistle is stopped. We live 10 miles out of town and don’t complain about the blasting of the ski-hill. We got used to it. We all have to compromise at times and I believe for safety’s sake this is one of those times. Leave the train whistle alone. Thank you-ooo-ooo Alva Hutchinson Fernie

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with MLA Bill Bennett 1. Last week was a good week for many of our East Kootenay Communities. The Province distributed several Community Recreation Grants, a unique program for small communities where the Province pays 80% of the cost for projects that improve opportunities for people to be physically active. 2. Canal Flats received $800,000 to upgrade its hockey arena; Wasa received $70,000 to build an outdoor rink; Fernie received $350,937 to put towards its Max Turyk soccer field; Sparwood received $400,000 for an energy retrofit to its Leisure Centre, and Cranbrook received almost $280,000 to extend its trail system to link the Rails to Trails project to Rotary Way. These are actually investments in healthy living.

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t the regular council meeting on March 26 in Fernie, council passed a motion for Canadian Pacific Rail (CPR) to stop the train whistle from blowing through town from one quarter mile north passed 13th Street to one quarter mile south of Mt. McLean. The gallery was filled with people speaking out against train whistle cessation for many different reasons including the financial cost that will be incurred in order to stop the whistle, the nostalgia of hearing the whistle, safety issues and the effects of having a chain link fence splitting the town in two. Council stressed that no money has been

spent on this initiative so far and more community input is needed before any action is taken. “There is no right answer to this,” said Councillor Phil Iddon. “We are looking for as much public input as possible, other than our time we are not putting meaningful money into it.” “We have to respect the people who are impacted by this,” said Councillor Randal Macnair. “That said, it is our job to set priorities. We have a lot of things to take care of and the financial cost of stopping the whistle is probably going to be significant and I am not willing to support putting money towards that when there are other things that are much more practical.” Mayor Mary


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Giuliano clarified that she will not support a six foot high fence going through the middle of town as council is trying to beautify our city and a chain link fence undermines those efforts. Giuliano specified that there are other avenues that can be taken towards whistle cessation and council is going to look into each one. Mr. Dan Cox, representing the Better Our Living Downtown (BOLD) committee, encouraged council to go forward and look at all of the alternatives and not to be discouraged by cost. He stated that the cost over the term of the

life of a community is negligible while quality of life issues go on forever and it really becomes important not to get caught up in the nostalgia of the train whistle. “These things just don’t carry merit when it comes to improving our lifestyle,” said Cox. CPR’s issue with whistle cessation is that of safety, and trespassers on the tracks and they have already stated that they would require a chain link fence on both sides of the tracks within a quarter mile of each crossing if whistle cessation is to be achieved.

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Wrath of the Titans Rated: 14A 7:00 & 9:00 pm

By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


group of Sparwood students recently returned from a trip of a lifetime to Peru. The group first spent time in the city of Cusco (the navel of

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the Earth) adjusting to the high altitude and visiting Incan religious rites from bygone times, and then travelled to Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Inca� and the Sacred Valleys: Pisac and Ollantaytambo. At the end of the tour, the group visited a district of Cusco

comprised of 75 families that are building a school for their children. The group provided school supplies, clothing and toys to the children and their families. Group leader Kerrie Purdy said it was a great experience and one that will not be forgotten.

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THIS WEEK Thursday, March 29 • 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. • Spring fashion show and coffee party, 6 to 8 p.m, Fernie Seniors Centre. Entry by donation. For more information call 250-423-3665 or 250423-4708.

Friday, March 30 • Cribbage at Senior Drop-In Centre, Fernie, every Friday 7:30 p.m. •Sparwood Legion open jam session at 7 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 • 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.

Saturday, March 31 • Every Saturday meat draw and 50/50 draw at Sparwood Legion 4 - 6 p.m. • Fernie Legion meat draw 4 - 6 p.m. Fun and Entertaining. All welcome to join us. Bar quiz follows most weeks.

Sunday, April 1 • Alcoholics Anonymous meet at 7.30 p.m. in Fernie Anglican Church. Call 250-423-2131 for details. • 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.

Monday, April 2 • 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

Tuesday, April 3 • 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. • Fernie options for a Sexual Health clinic: Open the first and third Tuesday of every month from 6.30 - 8.30 p.m. at Elk Valley District Hospital. Confidential drop-in clinic for comprehensive sexual health services include annual PAP exams, pregnancy testing and counselling, STI screening, subsidized birth control and education service. No appointment necessary. 250-4238274. • The Fernie Heritage Library’s Afterschool Programme, 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Ages 6 – 9. Drop in Lego Challenge. This programme is about imagination, creativity, cooperation and function. No need to preregister, this one is drop in. Free and includes a snack.

Front row (left to right) Heyden Gauthier, Roseanna Gauthier, Ashley Steen. Back row (left to right) Kerrie Purdy, Carmen Gauthier, Arlene Punk, Mackenzie Francoeur. Submitted photo


NEXT WEEK Wednesday, April 4 • 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. •Darts, Senior’s Drop In Centre, every Wednesday, 7 p.m. • Fernie Heritage Library toddlertime program. 11:15 a.m. – Noon • The Fernie Heritage Library’s Afterschool Programme, 3: 30 to 4:45 p.m. Ages 6 – 9. Fairytales and Folktales. This will be stories with some very fun art projects and it all may even get mixed up with a touch of the dramatic! Please preregister by

contacting Sandra Summerfield at Free and includes a snack.

Thursday, April 5 • 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.

“The Summer Works Program keeps costs down for small business.� PAMELA TETRAULT, CO-OWNER, MOUNTAINSIDE GARDENS.


Join us:

Author Andrew Nikiforuk Monday, April 2nd * 7:00 pm at the library

Mr. Nikiforuk will be primarily speaking on his new book, Empire of the Beetle. Andrew has been writing about the oil and gas industry for 20 years and his book Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent won the 2009 Rachel Carson Environment Book Award and was a national bestseller.

Call the Library at 250-423-4458 or check our website for details at

City Council Meeting Schedule 1 8 15 22 29

April 2012 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 23 24 25 26 27 28 30

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: Website: 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 Fernie Memorial Arena 991-6th Avenue (Highway 3) Phone: 250-423-2254 For all Police, Ambulance or Fire related emergencies: Call 911

Fernie Aquatic Centre Spring Swimming Schedule Schedule in effect: March 25 - May 20, 2012 Mondays 6:30 - 8:00 am Early morning swim 10:15 am - 1:00 pm Late morning swim 3:30 - 8:30 pm Afternoon & evening swim Tuesdays 10:15 am - 1:00 pm Late morning swim 3:30 - 8:30 pm Afternoon & evening swim Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:00 am Early morning swim 10:15 am - 1:00 pm Late morning swim 3:30 - 8:30 pm Afternoon & evening swim

Thursdays 10:15 am - 1:00 pm Late morning swim 3:30 - 8:30 pm Afternoon & evening swim Fridays 6:30 - 8:00 am Early morning swim 10:15 am - 1:00 pm Late morning swim 3:30 - 8:30 pm Afternoon & evening swim Saturdays & Sundays 2:00 - 8:00 pm Afternoon & evening swim Limited space in main pool from 4:30 - 6:30 pm Mondays and Wednesdays due to swimclubs.


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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Take notice that pursuant to Section 890 and 892 of the Local Government Act R.S.B.C. 1996, c.323 a Public Hearing will be held during the Regular Council meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 in the Council Chambers, in City Hall, 501-3rd Avenue, Fernie BC to receive written and verbal submissions respecting the following Bylaws: Applicant: Fernie Women’s Resource and Drop-In Centre Inc. No. S15998 Location: 691 A – 4th Avenue 1. Bylaw No. 2179 cited as Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1923, Amendment Bylaw No. 22, 2012 This Bylaw proposes to amend Official Community Plan (OCP) Bylaw No. 1923 by: (a) Re-designating lands legally described as Lot 5, Block 20, District Lot 4588, Kootenay District, Plan 734 except Parcel A (691 A – 4th Avenue) from “Institutional” to “Residential Infill and Intensification” on Schedule ‘B’: Future Land Use Map. 2. Bylaw No. 2180 cited as Zoning Bylaw No. 1750, Amendment Bylaw No. 131, 2012 This Bylaw proposes to amend Zoning Bylaw No. 1750 by: (a) Rezoning a 222.97 square metre (0.02 hectare) site legally described as Lot 5, Block 20, District Lot 4588, Kootenay District, Plan 734 except Parcel A (691 A – 4th Avenue) from P1 – Public Institutional to R1SL – Single Family Residential Small Lot. The purpose of these bylaw amendments is to change the land use designation in the OCP to allow for lands to be rezoned for residential infill and intensification uses consistent with the R1SL – Single Family Residential Small Lot Zone. The purpose of the R1SL Zone is to “allow conforming status to be obtained for certain existing residential parcels that do not meet the minimum parcel frontage and minimum parcel area requirements of the R1 zone and to permit parcels to be created with reduced parcel frontage and smaller parcel area for the purpose of development of detached single family dwellings than as permitted in other residential zones”. Persons who believe their interest in property is affected by the proposed bylaws may: • Send written submissions to the City of Fernie prior to 5:00 p.m. on the day of the hearing; • Fax written submissions to the City of Fernie (250) 423-3034 prior to 5:00 p.m. on the day of the hearing; • E-mail submissions to prior to 5:00 p.m. on the day of the hearing; or • Present written and /or verbal submissions at the hearing. All submissions must include your name and street address.

Request for Quotation The Corporation of the City of Fernie is accepting quotations for the Supply and Delivery of One (1) 1/2 Ton Two-Wheel Drive Pickup Truck; and One (1) 3/4 Ton Two-Wheel Drive Pickup Truck. Request for Quotation documents are available at City Hall, 501 – 3rd Avenue, PO Box 190, Fernie, BC V0B 1M0, or on the following websites: BC Bid (, CivicInfo BC ( and the City website ( The sealed quotations are to be marked “2012 Pickup Trucks Quotation” and must be received at Fernie City Hall not later than 4:00 p.m. local time, Friday, March 30, 2012. Quotations must be received in hard copy.

Development Properties for Sale – Ghostrider Subdivision 13 Kutenai Road – Serviced CS-1 Commercial / Backs onto Dicken Road (27.62m x 61.37m lot – 0.1684 ha)

28 Manitou Road – Serviced C- Hwy (Highway Commercial) (Irregularly shaped lot comprising 0.1853 ha)

For more information call: 250 423-2225 or visit the

Submissions cannot be accepted after the Public Hearing. All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Copies of the above mentioned bylaws and related documents and reports can be inspected during normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on March 27, 28, 29, 30 and April 2, 3, 4, 5, and 10th, 2012 at City Hall, 501–3rd Avenue Fernie, BC. Further information may be obtained by calling the Planning Department at (250) 423-6817. Dated this 27th day of March, 2012 Lisa Talavia-Spencer, Director of Corporate Administration Services Advertised in the March 29th and April 5th, 2012 Editions of the Free Press Newspaper.

Property Subject to Bylaws 2179 and 2180: 691 A – 4th Avenue OCP Bylaw 2179: Amend Schedule ‘B”: Future Land Use Map from “Institutional” to “Residential Infill and Intensification” on Schedule ‘B’: Future Land Use Map. Zoning Bylaw 2180: Amend Zoning from P1 – Public Institutional to R1SL – Single Family Residential Small Lot

Earth Hour - 2012 Saturday, March 31, 2012 (8:30 – 9:30 pm) There’s still time for us all to be part of the solution. Earth Hour encourages individuals, businesses and governments to show leadership on environmental solutions through their actions, to reduce their environmental impact. Earth Hour asks everyone to take personal accountability for their impact on the planet and make behavioral changes to facilitate a sustainable lifestyle. Taking the first step is as easy as turning off your lights. By switching off your lights for Earth Hour you are acknowledging and celebrating your commitment to do something more for the planet that goes beyond the hour. This sends a powerful message for action on climate change and supports the largest environmental event in history. www.earthhour. org

Earth Hour – Uniting people to protect the plant!



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D IS T R I C T O F S PA RWO O D Box 520, 136 Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0 Phone: 250.425.6271 | Fax: 250.425.7277 Email:


Public Works/Engineering Co-Op Engineering Student

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. Responsibilities: 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 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

NOTICE OF DISPOSITION OF LAND In accordance with Section 26 of the Community Charter, Council of the District of Sparwood hereby gives notice of its intention to consider a resolution authorizing the sale of the following lands at the sale price indicated below: Lot 2 Plan NEP81620 and Lot 1 Plan NEP 59805, except in part Plan NEP79431 6000 Highway 43 and 6800 Highway 43 commonly known as the gravel pit site across from the entrance to Sparwood Heights Sale Price: $940,000.00 Council will consider approval of a Purchase Contract for the above mentioned land, at the sale price indicated, to P & H MinePro Services, on generally the following terms and conditions: • issuance of a building permit is subject to presentation of design and development plans • for Council approval; • consolidation of the two lots into one; • registration of an Option to Purchase in favour of the District, wherein the District can • purchase the lands back if construction does not occur; • registration of a Restrictive Covenant in favour of the District requiring that P & H MinePro Services build in accordance with the approved design and development plans; • the District of Sparwood servicing the site with water and sewer; and • the District of Sparwood granting an easement to the north end of the property. A copy of the draft Purchase Contract may be inspected at the District of Sparwood Municipal Office, 136 Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, BC during regular business hours of Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, excluding statutory holidays. Raeleen Manjak Director of Corporate Services

RAIN BARREL ART CONTEST & SILENT AUCTION Buy a Rain Barrel – Some are currently available at Alpine Lumber, right here in Sparwood! Paint the Rain Barrel – Find an artist or even an employee that will paint the barrel for you. Send the following information to Jen Woodall ( before April 15th • • • •

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.

PUBLIC CONSULTATION MEETING FIVE YEAR FINANCIAL PLAN The District of Sparwood hereby gives notice that a Public Consultation Meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 2, 2012 in the Council Chambers, to discuss the District’s Financial Plan for the years 2012-2016. Council invites and encourages the public to attend and assist in setting priorities for our community over the next five years. The meeting will be broadcasted on Community Channel 10 on Wednesday April 4, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Barbara Nunes Director of Finance

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BLACK ROCK NEWS Elkford votes


Relax Massage & Wellness loosens up the valley BLACK ROCK NEWS

Elkford Mayor Dean McKerracher has cast his vote in the 2012 By-Election. Be sure to vote at the advanced polls on March 27th from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. or on general voting day, March 31st from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. at 816 Michel Road. Photo by Jenna Jensen

Contact Black Rock News at:

Jenna Jensen


lk Valley residents who are looking for a little piece of peace can now indulge themselves in serenity at Relax Massage and Wellness Studio in Sparwood. Relax, located at the entrance nearest to the Titan in the old Middletown Cafe building offers Elk Valley residents several types of massage such as relaxation, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, myofacial release, and hot stone therapy as well as other relaxation services. Robin Regular, owner and NHPC Massage Professional has over 10 years of experience in the industry, she formerly operated as Essential Massage above the Express Mart in Sparwood, and more recently out of her home. "After working

out of my home for so long, obtaining this studio was a long time coming," says Regular. "I really want to reach out to the general public and make sure that people are taking time out for themselves. Massage therapy is not only just for women or people with sports injuries it is for anyone and everyone, and it is such a great way to relax and take care of yourself," she says. Regular has deep roots in the Valley, having been raised in Sparwood. She has taken time out to travel, and has spent two years working at several spas in Australia. "It was in Australia where I learned many different techniques, I knew then I wanted my studio to have a spa feel rather than being more of a clinic," she says. With calm colours, soothing scents and a vibe that radiates tranquility, clients are sure to be taken a world away from their busy everyday stresses when visiting the Relax studio. Also, the benefits of massage extend far

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beyond reduced stress, muscle relaxation, and pain relief, clients can also possibly experience a temporary reduction in blood pressure, reduced anxiety, increased flow of the lymph system and improved sleep among other things. Regular invites residents of the Elk Valley to make an appointment and experience a massage at the Relax Massage and Wellness Studio. "If anyone has questions or wants to

know if a massage is right for them, they can call me and we can discuss it," she says. "No doctors referral is needed and I encourage clients to take a look at their benefit package as massages are usually covered," she says. Appointments are necessary and Robin can be reached at 250.425.1321 or robin. Relax Massage and Wellness can also be found on Facebook.

P.O. Box 1886 114 Centennial Square Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0

• Wills • Contracts • Leases • Real Estate • Business Transfers • Mobile Homes

Business: (250) 425-2114

Toll Free: 1-800-668-7729

• Mortgages

Fax: (250) 425-2204


Robin Regular, owner of Relax Massage and Wellness is pleased to offer her services to residents of the Elk Valley and area.

Photo byJenna Jensen

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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 • •


District of Elkford Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 710, 2010 Amendment Bylaw No. 727, 2012 District of Elkford Zoning Bylaw No. 592, 1999 Amendment Bylaw No. 728, 2012

2012 Councillor By-Election The following persons submitted their nomination papers to run for the office of the Councillor in the 2012 Elkford By-Election: Terry Anonson Kevin Atherton Tom Clements Steve Fairbairn Troy Tobin

TAKE NOTICE that pursuant to Section 890 and 892 of the Local Government Act the Council of the District of Elkford will hold a Public Hearing to hear representations from persons who deem their interest affected by the amendments to the District of Elkford Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 710, 2010 and District of Elkford Zoning Bylaw No. 592, 1999 at: 6:00 pm on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 Banquet Hall, Elkford Recreation Centre, 816 Michel Road, Elkford, BC Intent of Bylaws: To rezone the property to allow a mobile home park. The Bluebell property is a 19 acre parcel located at the corner of Balmer Drive and Alpine Way. It was formerly a mobile home park that was decommissioned a number of years ago and rezoned from Mobile Home Park Zone R-MP to Comprehensive Development Residential Zone R-5 in 1999. The applicant proposes to rezone the property to accommodate the development of a 79 unit modular home community to be known as Wilderness Heights Modular Home Community Park. The intent of the applicant is to provide low cost entry level housing. Location: Legal: Owner: Applicant:

300 Bluebell Street Lot 1, District Lot 3512, Plan 11676 Crowsnest Properties & Development Ltd. Crowsnest Properties & Development Ltd.

1353 Needles Crescent 757 Fording Drive #101, 501 Elk Street 112 Cariboo Drive 941 Alpine Way

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: Mail ballot packages can be requested before 4 pm on March 29, 2012 from 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 ( All RESIDENT ELECTORS will register on Voting Day at the Polling Station, if they meet the elector’s 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 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.

Land Held for Resale Price Listing March 2012 In accordance with Section 26 of the Community Charter, Council hereby gives notice of its intention to dispose of the following land by sale, subject to an Option to Purchase agreement. The proposed bylaw amendments may be inspected between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, from March 19, 2012 to April 3, 2012 at the District of Elkford office, 816 Michel Road, Elkford, BC and on the District’s website at If unable to attend the Public Hearing, persons may submit written comments no later than 4:00 pm, April 3, 2012 to the District of Elkford office, 816 Michel Road, PO Box 340, V0B 1H0, Elkford, BC or All submissions will form part of the record of the Public Hearing. Please note that no further information or submissions can be considered by Council after the conclusion of the Public Hearing.

Civic Address

Legal Descripton

April 2

6:00 pm

COTW - Greenhills Annual Update

April 3

6:00 pm

Public Hearing - Bluebell Mobile Home Park (Banquet Hall)

April 4

5:00 pm

COTW - Budget Review Meeting

April 10

5:00 pm

Access Management Presentation

April 10

6:00 pm

Regular Council Meeting

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

List Price

Estimated Total to be Development paid to District Cost Changes (excluding HST)

7 Iskut 5 Iskut 3 Iskut 13 Iskut 28 Iron Canyon

Lot 32, DL 4544, PL 14105 Lot 31, DL 4544, PL 14105 Lot 30, DL 4544, PL 14105 Lot 35, DL 4544, PL 14105 Lot 17, DL 4544, PL 14105

0.459 0.530 0.532 0.559 0.777

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Alpine Way

Lot 258, DL 3512, PL 14725


R-5a $209,000 $41,433

Balmer & Caribou

Lot B, DL 3512, PL 14706






94 Deerborne

Lot 9, DL 3512, PL 14726






13 Bear Paw 17 Bear Paw 19 Bear Paw 21 Bear Paw 2 Bear Paw 6 Bear Paw 8 Bear Paw 10 Bear Paw

Lot C, DL 8965, PL NEP91179 Lot E, DL 8965, PL NEP91179 Lot F, DL 8965, PL NEP91179 Lot G, DL 8965, PL NEP91179 Lot H, DL 8965, PL NEP91179 Lot I, DL 8965, PL NEP91179 Lot J, DL 8965, PL NEP91179 Lot K, DL 8965, PL NEP91179

0.229 0.331 0.343 0.289 0.476 0.144 0.157 0.150

C-2 C-2 C-2 C-2 C-2 C-2 C-2 C-2

$42,700 45,600 46,200 43,800 50,100 30,000 32,100 31,000

$1,896 2,745 2,847 2,399 3,946 1,195 1,300 1,248

$44,596 48,345 49,047 46,199 54,046 31,195 33,400 32,248

Comprehensive (map 2)

Neighbourhood Commercial (map 4)

Service Commercial (map 6)

Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings


Industrial Park (map 1)

Neighbourhood Commercial (map 5)

Norma Everett Director, Corporate Services

Property Size (Acres)

$27,700 $ 31,500 31,600 32,500 44,100 -

$27,700 31,500 31,600 32,500 44,100 $250,433

The sales are subject to conditions of a sales agreement and are generally as outlined below: 1. An offer must be for an amount not less than the Council approved List Price; 2. An offer must include a 10% deposit; 3. An offer must be submitted on the District of Elkford form; 4. The contract of purchase and sale requires that the purchaser enter into an Option to Purchase agreement that will be registered at the Land Titles Office. The Option to Purchase agreement must require that the purchaser complete a building on the Property for the use as authorized in the Zoning Bylaw, by December 31 in the year that is no more than three years after the acceptance of the offer. If a building is not completed as required the District will have the right to repurchase the property within ten years from the date of registration of the option at the Land Titles Office. * All sales subject to sales agreement including building requirement. For more information, please contact: Development Zones Corien Speaker, CGA, Chief Administrative Officer Industrial District of Elkford 250.865.4000 Town Centre Commercial PO Box 340, 816 Michel Road Service Commercial Elkford BC V0B 1H0 Neighbourhood Commercial Comprehensive

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Colin Cross - ‘Waiting for Ronda to walk through the door’ By Jenna Jensen Black Rock News


onda Cross was very well known in the community of Elkford. Once weekenders, and for the past four years full time residents of Elkford, Colin and Ronda Cross shared a passion for small town life and outdoor recreation.

Colin and Ronda married in 2003 and shared a common bond of living life to the fullest. They were avid and experienced divers and enjoyed traveling. "She really loved a good challenge, and was very outgoing," says Cross. Described by her husband as a social butterfly, Ronda loved living in Elkford because of the closeness and friendship small

Ronda loved small town life in Elkford.

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town living allows. She was an experienced dental assistant and was very well known within the community for her tireless dedication to her community. Ronda spent time volunteering on ski patrol and the Chamber of Commerce, she could be seen canvassing for charities and assisting with Sunday School at the Alliance Church. "Ronda loved being involved in all things going on in the community, " says Cross. On March 3, while scuba diving in Mexico, Ronda was overcome by the carbon monoxide levels in her tank. Over 500 people attended Ronda's funeral held in Elkford on March 10 and her husband, family and friends are still trying to come to terms with the tragedy. "I will be making a lot of what happened public, so this type of thing can be prevented," says Cross. "We have also created a charity called RONDA (Representation For Needed Divers Assistance) that will help other families in similar situations. I just want to do something to hang on to her, and help others," says Cross.

Ronda was an avid diver.

A step mom and in the final stages of the adoption process, the Cross's dreams of being parents were cut short. "I think I am still in shock," says Cross. "I am just waiting for her to walk through the door, it's just been a big long fog." In the midst of anguish and devastation, Cross expresses his gratitude and appreciation for all of the support he has received

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from the community of Elkford. "People here have been amazing, absolutely amazing. This has really devastated the whole community. I am thankful for everyone and the support they have shown during this difficult time," says Cross. Ronda's memory of loving life and the outdoors will forever be remembered in the hearts of all those she touched.

Relay team takes steps By Centine Wilbers Contributor


hree Elk Valley residents are taking steps to raise funds for the fight against cancer; many, many steps. Participating in the annual ‘Relay for Life’ event, Jessica Simard, Laura Jordan and Lyndsay Gerscht will walk to ‘celebrate cancer survivors, remember those we’ve lost and unite a community in the fight against cancer’. As the central fundraiser of the Canadian Cancer Society, the ‘Relay’ was first walked in 1985. Doctor Gordon Klatt, of Washington state, walked around a circuit track for 24 hours in order to express solidarity with his cancer-suffering patients, increase awareness of the disease, and raise much needed funds for cancer research. From a single man’s walk-a-thon, the Relay for Life has expanded and generated such exposure that it is now completed in 21 countries worldwide, raising over three billion dollars to date. This will be the 11th Relay for Life fundraiser to take place in the Elk Valley, with the com-

munity raising a total of $480 000 for cancer research. Jessica Simard, a veteran of the Relay for Life, has completed the walk a thon every year since 2004. Recently arrived in Fernie, Jessica has previously completed the event in Ontario. “The Elk Valley event is a bit smaller than some other Relays I’ve been involved in, but the spirit here is intense! Last year I raised $1,800 for the Fernie event,” says Jessica. “This year, Laura, Lyndsay and I are aiming to raise over 3,000.” In addition to seeking sponsors to support their walk, Jessica, Laura and Lyndsay are raising funds through Regal sales, as well as stamp collecting. “Many people have been sending me envelopes of used stamps over the last few weeks, and several more people are collecting on my behalf,” says Laura Jordan. “And with Regal, it's a way for people to help out and shop at the same time!” Furthermore, on April 21, the Avalanche City Rollergirls will assist the Relay for Life team by holding a roller

derby fundraiser. “All ticket purchases from this event will be donated to Relay for Life fundraising,” says Jessica. “It’s wonderful having such a big group of people donating their time and energy for cancer research,” says Jessica. Traditionally the event is completed over a 24 hour period,

to commemorate Dr Gordon Klatt’s original effort. However, on the June 9, the Elk Valley Relay for Life will take place between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. at Fernie Secondary School. “The shorter time makes it a lot easier for everyone to participate,” says Jessica. “Last year,


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Ski expertise, culture and heritage celebrated Fernie marks 50 years of skiing legendary powder By Rebecca Edwards Contributor


week of events in downtown Fernie and at Fernie Alpine Resort celebrated the people and culture that have developed in Fernie since the establishment of Fernie Snow Valley ski hill in 1962. Panel discussions last Thursday and Friday highlighted the industry experts that live in and visit Fernie – from the cat skiing pioneers at Island Lake Lodge and Fernie Wilderness Adventures, to the avalanche control work of Dave Aikens,

who has been part of the avalanche team at Fernie since 1979. Visiting journalists from Ski Canada magazine and National Geographic were joined by Fernie local photographer Henry Georgi to give an insight into ski media and how social media and technology is changing the way they report ski culture. Mayor of Sun Peaks resort municipality Al Raine spoke on the future of resort management and development. Edge of the World store owner and snowboard expert Greg Barrow was joined by Cranbrook-

based ski designer Sheldon Decosse to discuss the future of ski and snowboard brands. Ski Canada also held its annual ski test on the slopes of Fernie Alpine Resort, where ski experts tested and reviewed the latest 2013 equipment, which will be featured in the magazine’s annual ski test edition later this year. Friday saw the inaugural Fernie Ski Wall of Fame presentation ceremony to honour pioneers, builders and sports leaders who have contributed to ski culture and achievement. Friday night saw

downtown Second Avenue closed off for a street party hosted by Tourism Fernie and the City of Fernie including a community-sized birthday cake and entertainment provided by Fernie-based band Red Girl and Rossland band 5 Horse Death. The week of events closed Saturday night with a kids’ glowstick parade during night skiing on the Mighty Moose, a firework display, plus a special tribute by Fernie Ski Patrol who set the number 50 to burn in red flames on the mountainside.

Jikke Stegeman-Gyorki and Will Barbour of Tourism Fernie, who hosted the downtown street party. Photo by R. Edwards

Hope for affordable housing in Basin By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


he government and Columbia Basin Trust are investing $5 million in affordable housing in the Columbia Basin over the next three years. As a result of federal and provincial investments, a new program, the Affordable Rental Housing initiative (ARHi), will soon be available in the Columbia Basin region for households in need. Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) has also partnered with the Province in this initiative to deliver essen-

tial affordable rental housing. Through the Canada-British Columbia Agreement for Investment in Affordable Housing 2011-2014, the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia are providing a combined investment of $5 million over three years to support new affordable rental housing projects in communities across the Columbia Basin. Through a separate funding agreement with the Province, CBT is contributing a further $5 million to this initiative. “Our government is committed to developing and imple-

menting local solutions to local housing challenges,” said the Honourable James Moore, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). “Through this new program, seniors and families of Columbia Basin will have access to affordable rental housing that meets their needs.” “This is a wonderful announcement for our region,” said Bill Bennett, MLA for Kootenay East. “Columbia Basin Trust is such an important player in all of our communities and it is gratifying to see the Province working

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Wall of fame honours 50 years of skiing By Rebecca Edwards Contributor


he Fernie Ski Wall of Fame has been created to recognize contributions to the past, present and future of skiing in Fernie. The first 21 inductees were named last Friday at a luncheon in celebration of the 50th anniversary of lift-access skiing in Fernie. Mike Delich, chair of the Fernie 50 years of skiing steering committee, who organized the event, says new members will be added every two years. He added: “Dozens of nominations were received, and a selection panel chose the final 21 inductees. “There are three categories in the awards – pioneers, who contributed to the development of skiing in Fernie, builders, who have maintained a long-term

dedication to snow sports heritage, and sport leaders who represented Canada at international snowsports events. “We will be developing a wall of fame website as a lasting record of those who helped put Fernie on the international ski map.� 2012 Fernie Ski Hall of Fame inductees


company for many years. He also supplied the lumber for the first ski lodge. Galloway Lumber and the Henry Nelson family. Henry Nelson of Galloway Lumber exchanged the lower slopes of the Lizard Range for shares in Fernie Snow Valley Ski Ltd. He contributed equipment to help built the first day lodge and his sons Bud and Jay were directors of the ski company.

The original investors built Island Lake Lodge as opened as a day catskiing operation in 1988. Now, nearly 25 years later, Island Lake has helped put Fernie on the Powder Highway.

Tom Stokie In 1967, Tom emigrated to to work in Fernie’s growing coal mining industry before becoming a ski instructor. He turns 85 this month and has been an instructor for 45 continuous years. He has instructed and taught thousands and thousands of people to enjoy the sport of skiing.

Bill Prentice, Crowsnest Industries As head of Crowsnest Industries, Bill Prentice donated staff hours and equipment to build the new Fernie Snow Valley community ski hill. Doug McDonald, McDonald Ranch and Lumber Doug was an early investor in Fernie Snow Valley who sat on the board of directors of the ski Mike Delich was inducted to the Builders category of the Fernie Ski wall of Fame.

Heiko Socher, his wife Linda and son Ralf were all added to the wall of fame.

Heiko Socher Heiko Socher and his wife Linda devoted themselves to running the Fernie Snow Valley ski school and then the resort from 1973 to 1997. Since his retirement from the ski company, Heiko has used his vision to build legendary trails and landmark buildings in the community.

One of the original ski hill investors and directors Doug McDonald is given a hall of fame award by Randy Gliege of Summit Works.

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Linda Socher Linda Socher established Fernie’s first ski shop, growing it into one of western Canada’s largest ski rental businesses. Her community philanthropy helped built careers and businesses.

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Dave Rogers For 25 years, Dave Rogers operated the Fernie Snow Valley Ski School. Dave was a level four instructor, his instructors were respected in the industry and his teaching methods were renowned in Canada.

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Cancer bats have the cure By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


wo-time JUNOnominated Cancer Bats will be playing a show in Fernie next week. The tour is in support of their highly anticipated fourth album ‘Dead Set On Living.’ Since first turning heads with 2006’s Birthing The Giant, Cancer Bats, made up of Liam Cormier (vocals), Scott Middleton (Guitar), Mike Peters (drums) and Jaye Schwarzer (bass) are one of the hardest working bands in the music industry. The band spent close Cancer Bats. to 300 days away from home in 2011, and will likely come close thrash songs, hardcore songs, to that in 2012. Nominated for and the more Queens of the two JUNO awards for 'Rock Stone Age or Kyuss kind of Album Of The Year' in 2011 groove-based tunes.” and ‘New Group Of The Year’ in 2009, Cancer Bats have earned a slew of awards and accolades, graced the pages of countless high-profile publications, and shared club and festival stages with the likes of Billy Talent, Bring Me The Horizon, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Rise Against. Their new album is undeniably the most metal-tinged offering the band has released Earth Day t Ap ril 22 to date, bringing yet another dimension to the Bats’ signature sound. INSIDE! “We really strived for EARTH WEEK that raw, off-the-floor Events Schedule Runs vibe this time around,” April 19th in said Cancer Bats vocalTHE FREE PRESS ist Liam Cormier. “It’s really the bridge between our live show and what we put on record. “We’ve been very lucky to experiment as much as we have. I love that we can have

Noble Thiefs steal the stage By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


ock 'n' soul band The Noble Thiefs have been deemed "the most entertaining band in Winnipeg" and they'll be bringing their famous live show out west to us this week. The tour is in support of the nationwide release of their new album, Beyond The 11th Deck. The album has been holding a steady grip on the top spot of Winnipeg’s college radio charts and appearing on earshot! national top 50 charts for the first time this month. Beyond The 11th Deck’s blend of soul, rock and roll, garage and reggae has received consistently positive reviews by music journalists and industry

tastemakers in Winnipeg, landing the band a sophomore appearance at the 2012 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival on the coveted closing night. Silky vocals and heartfelt lyrics are a large part of The Noble Thiefs’ music, but there is no denying that it’s their addictive live show that keeps people coming back for more. Raw, inspired and wrought with twisting emotion, Myron Dean, Riley Hastings, Ian Lodewyks and Tim Jones deliver an unparalleled live show that is more reminiscent of 70s-era punk than the 50s soul that so heavily influences their sound. The band will present their new album on Friday, March 30 at The Northern Bar and Stage, Fernie.

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he Fernie Ghostriders season ended on Friday night, after losing in five games to the Beaver Valley Nitehawks. After splitting the first two games in Beaver Valley, the Riders struggled offensively and dropped games three and four, scoring only twice on home ice. The Hawks closed out the series, winning 6 – 2 on Friday, and will now advance to the KIJHL final where they will face this year’s Cinderella story, the Kelowna Chiefs. Ghostriders Head Coach Will Verner was

disappointed in the loss, but says his team can take a lot of positives out of the season. “We’re not satisfied with losing, but we’ve got our heads up. We’re definitely happy we won the division, not only in the playoffs but also the regular season.” While the Riders had a less experienced roster than previous years, Verner spoke about the advantages of a young team. “In terms of a young team, I don’t know if that should be a deterrent. It’s just as much a positive. Those guys have big ears and want to learn.” “A lot of our young guys had great years and are developing into

solid players.” Of course, the downside to a young roster is that it means many players will be getting tryouts elsewhere come the fall. The Ghostriders will also say farewell to veterans Ty Morton, Zach Traverse, Alex Milhouse and Connor McLaughlin, who have all enjoyed successful junior hockey careers. On the flip side, it means that the Riders can make room for young and upcoming talent. “We’ve got some local kids on the radar right now. There are four or five kids right now from Fernie that are ready to play,” said Verner. “A couple of them


were really close last year, and we’re excited to add them to the mix.” While the Ghostriders staff will have their hands busy this summer, the coach will take some much deserved time with his wife and new baby girl. Still, he says he is already excited for next season. “We really like the group. There are obviously a couple age restrictions that we have to look at, but we really feel this group represented the team and community well.” “Not only did they play well on the ice, but they also did great things off the ice.”

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Skiing is extreme In half an hour these four people are turning left, right and stopping. They are skiing. We continue down to the Poma where I take the spare Poma platter and show how it works, repeating and repeating, “Don’t sit down.” I send the Dutch couple up first and follow the two Brit women. At the top, I explain, this one time, the slope will appear to be an ice covered cliff ending in a parking lot and in a couple laps it will be passé. The looks of disbelief appear once again. There’s no way this will ever be passé. “I may die in the next few minutes” can be read in the eyes of each of the four. We start down. First one turn. Stop. The next turn. Stop. Four, maybe six turns stopping at the end of each turn. Then we start linking. I talk about rhythm, making even smooth turns. Not leaning, staying upright and we take off. Bingo. They are turning in nice round even arcs. We stop half way down to answer a couple questions and then continue down to the Poma. The lap takes about 20 minutes. The second lap takes 10 minutes. The third less than that. On the fourth lap, I ask, “How’s the cliff?” The smiles are broad and the laughs easy. “This is no cliff.” Skiing is portrayed as extreme. We all ski at our own level. What we each determine our own level of extreme. There is nobody painting lines and stretching a net across a clay court saying, “Stand here and hit the ball.” We push off, turn left, turn right, sometimes we stop. Smiling all the time. And that’s extreme skiing.

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kiing is an extreme sport. Last night in the grocery store, I flipped through the ski magazines. Guys jumping off cliffs. Ripping steep ribbed Chugash pitches. All backed by blue skies. The Powder photo annual is out with a centre section of adrenaline fueled shots similar to covers on all the other rags. Big air. Big steeps. A couple of scenics (of steep mountains). In ski school the other day, I was assigned four people in a Level One class. To categorize the skills of skiers coming in for lessons, there are six levels. Level One is never, never ever on skis. Fifteen minutes after starting a Level One class you magically become Level Two. The levels continue this loose categorization up to Level Six-you ski the whole mountain. Maybe not ski everything in such great form or with confidence, but you ski the whole mountains. Back to my Level Ones. The class consisted of two single women and a Dutch couple. The two single women were friends from Great Britain over here to learn to ski. The Dutch couple lived in Calgary where he worked in the oil industry and she was a teacher.

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EcoGarden brings back Kids Camp By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


ernie parents and their children were polishing up their garden tools this week when confirmation of the 2012 EcoGarden Kids Camp was released. The news was shared with the community after Tammy Ogden, Community Liaison with Teck Coal, notified the EcoGarden Kids Camp Team that their funding application was successful. “The EcoGarden is excited to be able to

offer this camp again in 2012,“ said camp coordinator Dawn Deydey. “Everyone who was involved last year, from kids to councilors, had an amazing week playing in the garden.” 2011 was the first year of the EcoGarden Kids Day Camp program and it was a resounding success. Both the children that attending the weeklong day camp, and their parents could not say enough good things about their camp experiences, and their hopes for the pro-

gram to run in 2012. The camp brought together crafts, stories, activities, snacks from the garden, caring for plants and games with special camp visitors that brought music, wildlife education and special outdoor art experiences. It will all take place again this year, outdoors in the garden. Registration for the EcoGarden Kids Camp will take place at the City of Fernie’s Spring Registration Fair on April 4 and 5 at the Community Centre. Parents are encour-

aged to register soon as there are limited spaces available. The Spring Registration Fair also offers the community the opportunity to learn more about volunteer opportunities at the EcoGarden, to register for the upcoming Keeping Food Real workshops and plot holder registration. More information about the Fernie Community EcoGarden and the many programs offered is available on their website at www.

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First Bull River Shooter’s match of the season By Bradley Woods Contributor


he Bull River Shooter’s Association held its first match of the season on a cool Saturday, March 24 at our range near Fort Steele. Twenty competitors bundled up to meet and challenge each other and themselves in this difficult but fun sport. The camaraderie and sportsmanship warmed the day (not to mention our roaring fireplace, hot coffee and a lunch of smokies cooked over the fire!) We were very pleased to welcome seven new members, including one who came all the way from Calgary; of course we were delighted to see

our friends from Lethbridge , Montana and Wyndell! Overall match winners are as follows: • A class Ken Levine (Lethbridge) • AA class Bill Johnson (Cranbrook) • AAA class David Speer (Whitefish) and Match Champion! • Master class Rocky Marsh (Wardner) Silhouette shooters are a very social and welcoming bunch. Everyone is excited to meet someone brand new to our sport and we are all happy to share and help. There are five categories of shooters so one competes against others of similar ability. You also compete

against yourself, keeping track of your scores as you try to advance to the next level. The personal challenge becomes quite addictive! Our next match is Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. It will include a 40 round match in the morning followed by another in the afternoon. Sunday, April 15 will see a high power match of 40 rounds, starting at 10 a.m. A wealth of information about Metallic Silhouette shooting can be found on the Internet. For information about the BRSA please contact Rob as noted above. New members are always welcome! We look forward to seeing you at the range.

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he Fernie Quilt Guild recently presented three baby quilts to Better Babies, a group that helps mothers and new babies facing more challenges than others, such as substance use and teen parenting. Fernie Quilt Guild

member, Diane Dyble, made the quilts and presented them to Roberta McCabe, Coordinator of Better Babies, at a recent meeting of the guild. The quilts will be given to clients of the program. Fernie Quilt Guild members make quilts to donate to several local charities.

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April is daffodil month By Andrea Horton Contributor


s requested by the Canadian Cancer Society’s British Columbia (BC) and Yukon Division, at the regular council meeting on March 26, Fernie City Council proclaimed April

as Daffodil Month and April 27 as Daffodil Day in Fernie. This spring the society is asking Canadians across the country to wear the daffodil pin to support people who have been affected by cancer and to remember those lost to the disease. The daffodil pin is a bright

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• In Fernie at 1:28 a.m. a fight was reported outside a liquor establishment. Police attended and spoke with the two men involved in the fight. No charges were laid, but both men were banned from the bar. • In Fernie at 1:31 a.m. shots were heard. Police attended and there was nothing to indicate shots were fired and the complainant was not cooperative.

In Fernie at 10:09 a.m. mustard was sprayed all over a vehicle sometime overnight. Sunday, March 11

• In Fernie at 12:08 p.m. a red Chrysler was reported to be speeding up and slowing down. • In Fernie at 1:27 p.m. a backpack with an iPhone and Canon 550G SLR camera was stolen from the ski hill day lodge.

• In Elkford at 2:06 p.m. a vehicle was towed for having no insurance. • In Fernie at 3:38 p.m. a possible impaired driver was reported. Police patrolled and located the vehicle. The driver was sober.

Monday, March 12 • In Elkford at 1:05 a.m. there was a false alarm at the Community Centre. • In Sparwood at 6:17 a.m. a complainant reported an injured deer. • In Elkford at

8:12 a.m. credit card fraud was reported. • In Sparwood at 8:58 a.m. police attended to a wellbeing check. • In Fernie at 9:28 a.m. a purse was turned in to the detachment. The purse was then returned to the owner. • In Fernie at 4:31 p.m. a hit and run occurred sometime overnight. Damage was done to the driver's side door. • In Hosmer at 4:51 p.m. a semi was weaving all over the road. Police were not in a position to intercept the vehicle. • In Sparwood at 7 p.m. there was an abandoned 911 call. Police attended and found an intoxicated woman. She was apprehended under the mental health act and escorted to the hospital.

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• In Fernie at 1:45 a.m. there was a possible impaired driver reported. A white Chevy 4x4 was swerving all over the road. It became stuck in the snow bank and the driver fled the scene. This incident is still under investigation. • In Fernie at 2:41 a.m. an intoxicated male was reported for driving. The vehicle was noted as a beige Camry. Police were unable to locate it. • In Baynes Lake at 3:08 a.m. there was a single vehicle accident. A Ford Bronco rolled several times. When police arrived no one was at the scene of the accident. It was later determined that the man who was driving sustained minor injuries and alcohol was believed to be a factor. • In Fernie at 7:11 a.m. a lost purse was reported. • In Sparwood at 8:56 a.m. a driver went off road and crashed into a fence. • In Sparwood at 9:19 a.m. there was a semi and trailer off the road. A tow truck was called. • In Sparwood at 11:52 a.m. there was a two vehicle accident. No injuries were reported. • In Sparwood at 3:17 p.m. police attended to a verbal

argument. No charges were laid. • In Fernie at 3:24 p.m. an erratic driver was reported. Police were unable to locate the vehicle. In Fernie at 2:20 p.m. a male was seen outside a business smoking marijuana out of a pipe. Police attended and seized the pipe and marijuana. Tuesday, March 13

• In Fernie at 5 p.m. police were requested to keep the peace. • In Sparwood at 5:12 p.m. there was a two vehicle accident. No injuries were reported. Road conditions were a factor. • In Sparwood at 6:24 p.m. a complainant reported a loud party. Police attended and no party was observed. • In Fernie at 6:47 p.m. there was an abandoned 911 call from a cell phone. Police were unable to get in contact with the owner of the phone. • In Elkford at 7:46 p.m. there was a single vehicle accident. No injuries were reported. The driver however was issued a no insurance ticket. • In Sparwood at 8:46 p.m. a vehicle went off the road. No injuries were reported. • In Sparwood at 9:43 p.m. a vehicle hit an elk. The vehicle was not drivable but no injuries were reported. • In Sparwood at 10:39 p.m. police attended to a domestic dispute. • In Fernie at 11:24 p.m. a fight was reported at a gas station. Two men were involved and both parties had departed upon police arrival. Patrols were made, and police picked up one intoxicated man who was believed to be involved in the fight. He was taken to his parents’ residence. • In Fernie at 11:54 p.m. an unwanted man was refusing to leave a hostel. Police attended and removed him.

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Wednesday, March 14 • In Fernie at 9:43 a.m. a child made a false 911 call. • In Elkford at 10:46 a.m. people in a white Bronco were seen shooting signs with a pellet gun. The incident is still under investigation. • In Hosmer at 1:13 p.m. police attended to a domestic dispute. • In Fernie at 1:29 p.m. a hit and run in a parking lot was reported. • In Elkford at 2:41 p.m. a report was made about an individual trying to create a fraudulent bank account. In Sparwood at 5:02 p.m. a complainant reported a man on the side of the road skinning an animal. Wednesday, March 14

• In Fernie at 5:41 p.m. a vehicle was reported stolen. The vehicle had been taken from a job site, possibly by a former employee. The vehicle was later recovered. • In Elkford at 7:13 p.m. there was a report of a vehicle parked on the road, blocking traffic. Police attended and the vehicle was not blocking traffic. • In Elkford at 8:14 p.m. police attended to an assault at a liquor establishment.

• In Sparwood at 11:03 p.m. there was a possible impaired driver. The man was reported for driving a blue 600 Grizzly Quad. He was not located. • In Fernie at 11:15 p.m. a lost wallet was reported.

Thursday, March 15 • In Fernie at 12:38 a.m. a red F150 was reported for driving all over the road. A plate number was not obtained and the vehicle was not located. • In Fernie at 2:27 a.m. police responded to a fight at a liquor establishment. Three women were involved and upon police arrival they were gone. Police patrolled the area and they were not located. • In Fernie at 4:33 a.m. a complainant reported an intoxicated woman who was refusing to leave. The woman was gone upon police arrival. • In Sparwood at 6:20 a.m. there was a report of a domestic dispute. • In Elkford at 6:49 a.m. a complainant reported that they had found two mountain bikes chained together in the middle of the road. The bike owners were located and the bikes were returned. • In Fernie at 8:20 a.m. a business reported their window was smashed overnight. • In Sparwood at 11:15 a.m. an errat-

ic semi driver was reported. Police were unable to locate the vehicle. • In Sparwood at 4:48 p.m. there was a report of a semi driver tailgating and flashing their high beams at another driver. A warning letter was issued to the registered owner. • In Elkford at 5 p.m. a vehicle was left running at the entrance of a hotel for over an hour. It only had three tires. • In Fernie at 5:06 p.m. there was a report of harassment via text messaging. • In Elkford at 6:11 p.m. a theft from a vehicle was reported. A car jack, a cell phone and a bike were stolen. In Elkford at 9:24 p.m. there was a fight reported at a liquor establishment. Police attended and were advised that four men had trashed the bar during their fight and left. This incident is still under investigation.

cery store. Stolen was hamburger and chicken. • In Sparwood at 2:59 p.m. threatening phone calls were made by an ex employee. This incident is still under investigation. • In Sparwood at 5:17 p.m. there was a false business alarm. • In Fernie at 7:06 p.m. an accident was reported when one vehicle hit another by the ski hill. • In Roosville at 8:55 p.m. there was a report of delayed travellers. The complainant called a short time later saying the travellers had returned.

Saturday, March 17 • In Sparwood at 12:14 a.m. a man was seen stumbling to his

vehicle, getting in and driving. Police later located the vehicle, which was parked. • In Elko at 7:56 a.m. there was a report of a disturbance. People were arguing over personal property. Police attended the scene and all was fine. • In Sparwood at 11:47 a.m. there was a lost trailer plate reported. • In Sparwood at 8:26 p.m. an erratic driver was reported when a Ford F150 was seen passing unsafely. • In Elkford at 11:05 p.m. a 24-hour driving suspension was issued. The vehicle was impounded.

Sunday, March 18 • In Elkford at 12:08 a.m. an aban-

doned vehicle was reported. The RCMP towed the vehicle. • In Sparwood at 12:25 a.m. there was an abandoned 911 call from a cell phone. In Fernie at 1:25 a.m. two youths were reported to be street racing. Sunday, March 18

• In Sparwood at 2:16 a.m. an intoxicated man was reported. Police spoke to the man who was sleeping on a concrete patio of a residence. He was roused by police and it was determined he lived at the home. Police assisted him inside. • In Fernie

at 2:38 a.m. a hotel reported a man causing a disturbance, swearing and pounding on doors. • In Sparwood at 2:57 a.m. an intoxicated woman was harassing police. She was taken into custody and lodged in a cell until sober. She was issued a ticket for being drunk in public. • In Sparwood at 4:49 a.m. a woman reported her husband to be very intoxicated and belligerent in his home. Police transported him to a different location for the rest of the morning where he slept it off.

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It is agreed by any Display or Classified Advertiser requesting space that the liability of the paper in the event of failure to publish an advertisement shall be limited to the amount paid by the advertiser for that portion of the advertising space occupied by the incorrect item only, and that there shall be no liability in any event beyond the amount paid for such advertisement. The publisher shall not be liable for slight changes or typographical errors that do not lessen the value of an advertisement.

George Samuel Majic Dec. 24, 1943-Mar. 28, 2003

Devoted son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, colleague and friend He lived a life of service and joy May we keep his spirit alive in our lives With love and gratitude Anne; Kirsten and David and family; Julian and Sheryl and family; Xavier and Julie and family; Anna and Pat and family

Obituaries cannot be responsible for errors after the first day of publication of any advertisement. Notice of errors on the first day should immediately be called to the attention of the Classified Department to be corrected for the following edition. reserves the right to revise, edit, classify or reject any advertisement and to retain any answers directed to the Box Reply Service and to repay the customer the sum paid for the advertisement and box rental.

The Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce has teamed up to deliver business dollars to your company by attracting over 1200 serious consumers to the Golden Spring Home & Lifestyle Show. Discounts available for Chamber Members! 2 Full Show Days.. -Entertainment every hour -Food concession -FREE community pancake breakfast on Sunday morning -Arts & Crafts -Children’s Centre -Live Media on location. Contact: RUTH HAMILTON Manager Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce 250-344-7125





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CITY OF Yellowknife Building Inspector II. The City of Yellowknife has a vacancy for a Building Inspector II. For more information on this position, including salary and benefits, please refer to our web page at: Submit resumes by April 5, 2012, quoting #220-139U to: Human Resources Division, City of Yellowknife, P.O. Box 580, YK, NT, X1A 2N4, Fax: (867) 669-3471, or Email:

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Sports & Recreation Approximately 25,000 hockey cards, $500. Various starting line-up hockey figures. For prices, (250)865-7295

Cards of Thanks

Cards of Thanks

Business Opportunities

The family of Fred Hoath wish to say Thank You.

ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS to Every Hunter in BC! Advertise in The BC Hunting Regulations Synopsis 2012-2014 publication. Increased circulation 250,000 copies! Tremendous Reach, Two Year Edition! Contact Annemarie at 1 800 661 6335 or

Words cannot express the feeling in our hearts. Thank you for being with us during this dif¿cult time. Your thoughts, prayers, acts of kindness and words of sympathy will always be remembered. A special Thank You to the Doctors, Nurses and Elk Valley Hospital staff for your compassionate care. A special Thank you to Dr. Michal, Dr. Burnett, Sherry Sopko, Alanna Corrigan, and Bridget Hemsted for your excellent care in my Dad’s ¿nal days.

ATTENTION BUSINESS owners. Fully automated Payday Loan Kiosks now available. Minimum investment $14,995 Visit or call toll free at 1-855-279-9442.


Place of Worship

Place of Worship

Sincerely: The Hoath and Novecosky families

Place of Worship


Place of Worship

TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH 691 4th Avenue, Fernie Sunday Worship...1:30 pm Pastor Fraser Coltman

cell 250-417-5016 Pastor David Morton cell 250-417-5017 or 1-866-426-7564

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

THE SALVATION ARMY 741 2nd Ave., Fernie

WELCOMES YOU Sunday Meeting

Granddad, Victor Caldwell

Advertisers are reminded that Provincial legislation forbids the publication of any advertisement which discriminates against any person because of race, religion, sex, colour, nationality, ancestry or place of origin, or age, unless the condition is justified by a bona/fide requirement for the work involved.

Two years have gone since you left us,


We all know you are looking over us and laughing while we are losing hooks ßshing and having good times at the cabin on our annual family trips.

Copyright and/or properties subsist in all advertisements and in all other material appearing in this edition of Permission to reproduce wholly or in part and in any form whatsoever, particularly by a photographic or of set process in a publication must be obtained in writing from the publisher. Any unauthorized reproduction will be subject to recourse in law.

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HOME BASED BUSINESSWe need serious and motivated people for expanding health & wellness industry. High speed internet and phone essential. Free online training.

But you are always here with us in spirit Fishing and going to the cabin isn’t the same without you.

11:00 am

Corps OfÀcer: Lt. Kyla McKenzie Fernie OfÀce 250-423-4661 Fx 250-423-4668


201 2nd Avenue, Fernie Sunday Service 10:00 am Sunday School 10:00 am Nursery Available UCW Women’s Group 1st Tues each month 7:00 pm Clergy: Jane Clarke D.L.M. 250-423-6010 YOU’RE WELCOME AT KNOX

Gone but never forgotten

(formerly Fernie Baptist Church) 1622 10th Avenue, Fernie 250-423-4112 Sunday Schedule: 10:30 am Celebration Service with Children’s Program 7pm Nightchurch

Love Your grandchildren

Contact Pastor Shawn Barden

ST. MICHAEL’S PARISH Centennial Square, Sparwood

YOU ARE INVITED! Mass Times: Saturdays: St. Michael’s ~ 7:00 pm Sundays: St. Michael’s ~ 11:00 am St. Bernard’s Mission, Elkford ~ 4:00 pm Thursdays: St. Michael’s ~ 6:30 pm Fridays: Lilac Terrrace ~ 11:00 am Confessions: Following each mass, or by appointment. Pastor: Father Bart Van Roijen 250-425-6444


250-425-2887 Worship Service & Sunday School 10:30 am Small Group Studies Youth Groups Pastor: Ron Rutley


10:30 am

Everyone Welcome For more information call: 250-423-3516

TRINITY PENTECOSTAL TABERNACLE 1361 8th Avenue, Fernie EVERYONE WELCOME Sunday Worship & Children’s Ministry ...10:30 am Wed; Fellowship & Bible Study...7 pm Friday Youth Group...7 pm Pastor Dennis Williamson OfÀce 250-423-4114 Res. 250-423-4102

Elk Valley Church Services

HOLY FAMILY PARISH 521 4th Avenue, Fernie

Parish OfÀce 250-423-6127 Mass: Tues. & Wed. 9:00 am Saturday 5:00 pm Sunday 9:00 am Confessions: Before 5:00 pm Mass on Saturday or by appointment Father Bart Van Roijen

CHRIST CHURCH ANGLICAN 591 4th Avenue, Fernie 250-423-6517 Christ Church Anglican Fernie

Sunday Service

8:30 am BCP

Sunday Service & School 9:30 am BAS Wednesday Service

10:00 am

The Rev Trevor Freeman, Parish Priest

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Heavy Duty Mechanic Sunny Okanagan. Required for maintenance & repairs of mechanical, electrical, hydraulic systems, & diesel 2 & 4 stroke engines. For details or to apply: e-mail

Maple Leaf Loading Ltd is hiring for their location in SPARWOOD, BC. Truck Driver ($24.00/hr); 40 hrs/ week + beneďŹ ts. Apply by fax: (250) 614-7278.

Carrier Manager in Administrative Sparwoodin Wanted Assistant Fernie to start immediately. Wanted to start The Free Press immediately. TheFree Free Press The Press has an immediate opening for a Newspaper Carrier Manager The Free Press in Sparwood. The newspaper successful candidate hasbeanpart opportunity forand a full will of a dynamic fun, but time temporary Administrative results-oriented team, and will be able to Assistant. manage our existing carriers while at the same time recruiting new paper carriers. We position are looking for someone who of This also requires the delivery outgoing, aistotal of 2,000service papers oriented, per week to the quick learner canaswork Carrierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s homes and as well deliver to all the mail boxes and commercial locations independently but can also work in Sparwood to 5 hours per well as part(Approx of our 4 dynamic team. week). vehicle validtodriverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s You willA need toand be aable multilicense is required. Weto offer a great task and will strive help our working environment with a better than clients and readers with all their average compensation plan. Black Press needs. has over 170 community newspapers across theresume United States PleaseCanada submitand your by and for the proven candidate the Friday, April 6. 2012. opportunities are endless. Thank you to all whoHamilton apply, only those selected for an Dave interview will be contacted.


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HD MECHANICS 3rd or 4th apprentice or Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanics with their Red Seal and CVIP License to work in Red Deer & Hinton. Please call 250-718-3330 or Fax: 1-888-679-0759 For more information or send your resume & current drivers abstract to:

Income Opportunity EARN EXTRA Cash! - P/T, F/T Immediate openings. Easy computer work, other positions are available. Can be done from home. No experience needed.

Medical/Dental Dental Assistant required Reply to Dr. Harvey Thompson, #22-665 Front St., Quesnel, BC V2J5J5. 250-992-3771

Trades, Technical

DL Baker Construction Canada is looking for Journeymen Carpenters and Foremen in Kitimat. BC, Canada. Red Seal Preferred. Carpenters must have experience with installation of footing forms, slab on grade forms, build and install wall, column and elevated horizontal forms. Ability to layout work, off supplied control lines. And the ability to correctly rig and hoist material, ability to signal, rig and work safely with cranes. Project Terms is Project Based Wages are in accordance with Project Labour Agreement between Kitimat Modernization Employer Association and Coalition of British Columbia Building Trades for the Kitimat Modernization Project Please forward resumes to DL Baker Construction Canada is looking for Laborers and Foremen in Kitimat. BC, Canada. Red Seal Preferred. Laborers will possess competency in assisting on the installation of all types of formwork, performing general labor work and placing concrete. Have the ability to correctly rig and hoist material, ability to signal, rig and work safely with cranes. Project Terms is Project Based Wages are in accordance with Project Labour Agreement between Kitimat Modernization Employer Association and Coalition of British Columbia Building Trades for the Kitimat Modernization Project Please forward resumes to


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DIAL-A-LAW: ACCESS free information on BC law. 604687-4680; 1-800-565-5297; (audio available). Lawyer referral service. Need a lawyer? Learn more by calling 604-687-3221; 1-800-663-1919.

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BUTCHER SHOP BC INSPECTED GRADED AA OR BETTER LOCALLY GROWN NATURAL BEEF Hormone Free Grass Fed/Grain Finished $100 Packages Available Quarters/Halves $2.45/lb Hanging Weight Extra Lean Hamburger $4.00/lb TARZWELL FARMS 250-428-4316 Creston

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Maintenance Planner Full Time Permanent Position Location: Genesee Mine Division: Coal – Prairie Operations

Deadline: April 16th 2012 Competition #: 24-070-12

Sherritt International Corporation is a leading diversified resource company involved in the production of thermal coal, nickel, cobalt, oil, gas and electricity. The company is also a global leader in developing and commercializing hydrometallurgical processes for the treatment of metal-bearing materials. Sherritt’s success is built on utilizing innovative technologies and the breadth of its financial and operational expertise to increase productivity and profitability. Sherritt continues to explore opportunities to grow its $6.4 billion asset base through expansion of its existing businesses, capital projects and strategic acquisitions. Sherritt Coal is Canada’s largest thermal coal producer with ten surface mines in the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. Sherritt produces more than 94% of the thermal coal mined in Canada and supplies domestic utilities and international companies with fuel for electricity generation. Position Profile An exciting opportunity exists for a Maintenance Planner at the Genesee Mine, located approximately 65 km southwest of Edmonton, AB. Reporting to the General Foreman, this position is primarily responsible for developing and implementing preventative maintenance schedules and work plans for Genesee’s major mining equipment in accordance to company policy, customer needs, the statutory requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and Mine and Environmental Regulations. Duties and Responsibilities Duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: t Developing, implementing and maintaining planned / preventive work order system for Genesee’s major mining equipment; t Promoting team work at all levels of the operation through the communication of effective maintenance management systems and programs; t Developing preventative maintenance schedules to ensure optimum cost-effective performance; t Managing revenue/expense controls and providing informed analyses; t Attending weekly schedule/daily planning meetings; t Reviewing weekly backlog; t Controlling actual vs. scheduled man hours; t Expediting parts and coordinating contractors; t Coordinating PM and outage; t Ensuring that work accomplished is complete in all relevant aspects; t Assuming other duties and/or responsibilities as required in response to changing circumstances and the economic and physical environment of the Mine or Company. Qualifications The ideal candidate will: t Possess a high school diploma or equivalent, trades ticket or mechanical engineering background, accompanied by a minimum of 5 years related experience. Other combinations of education and experience may be considered. t Demonstrate abililty to adapt to tight deadlines, heavy workloads and sudden or frequent changes in priority in order to accomplish objectives; t Be able to maintain motivation even in the face of inevitable delays, setbacks, policy shift and disappointment; t Demonstrate effective interpersonal, communication and organizational skills. How to Apply: Interested candidates should email their application to: or mail to: Human Resources, Sherritt Coal, PO Box 460, Warburg, AB or Fax: 780-848-2156. We thank all candidates for their applications, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. We would kindly appreciate no phone calls. Please note that this posting will be advertised externally.

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Associate Publisher/ Sales Representative The Free Press, Fernie, BC

The Free Press has an opening for a full time Associate Publisher/Sales Representative. The successful candidate will be part of a dynamic and fun, but results-oriented team, and will be able to meet and exceed sales targets by deepening relationships with existing clients, while at the same time developing new business for the newspaper. The ability to work independently in an extremely fast-paced environment while adhering to deadlines is a must. Candidates considered for the position will be results oriented, strong communicators, and be willing to learn and adapt in an everchanging business environment. The successful candidate will also be an active member of the community and be willing to get behind community initiatives and events with a positive and helpful attitude. A vehicle and a valid driver’s licence is required. We offer a great working environment with a better than average compensation plan, along with a strong bene¿ts package. Please submit your resume with a cover letter by 5 pm, Monday, April 9, 2012. Thank you to all who apply, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please send your resume and cover letter to: Dave Hamilton P.O. Box 2350 Fernie, BC, V0B 1M0 No phone calls please.

Columbia Industries in Sparwood, BC has an immediate need for a full time:

Hydraulic Mechanic Trainee This position requires an energetic and organized individual. Ideal candidates will have knowledge with in the use of basic hand tools, and precision measuring tools i.e. vernier callipers and micrometers. Preference given to candidates having experience in hydraulics or industrial mechanics. Related skills in other industrial trades would be an asset. If you have a solid employment history, with a keen desire for a successful career we would like to hear from you. We offer above average compensation and benefits. Please forward cover letter and resume to Columbia Industries Ltd. by email to or by fax 250-425-7151.


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Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent 3 bedroom apartment for rent in Annex. 1200 sq feet, n/s, no pets. $850.00/month. (403) 519-8068 Affordable Rental Units 1 to 4 bedroom units for low to moderate income singles and families, seniors and people with disabilities. Please call 250-423-4239 for more information and details on how to apply. For Rent: Located at Fernie Alpine Resort. 2 fully furnished and outďŹ tted Suites. Includes utilities, Sat. TV, Wireless internet. BBQâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s & Hot Tub. Two Bedroom with large deck $1,200/mo. Ground ďŹ&#x201A;oor Studio Unit $600/mo. Units available April 1st to Dec 15th. To view call Cindy 250-4233830 FURNISHED & UNFURNISHED rentals available immediately in Sparwood or Elkford. Contact Tammie Davy at 250-425-2968. Or Lindsay at 250-425-1180.

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Mobile Homes & Pads SPARWOOD MOBILE for rent airtight stove 250-423-1520

Modular Homes Mobile homes in Sparwood F, S, W & Dryer, 2 to 3 BR. 250-425-4424 , 250-425-4646

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4 LEVEL Split in Elkford, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom. Double Garage, plus carport, $1500 per month. Short term pref. 250-423-1497, 250-423-4896.



Theme Theme Suite Suite accessory accessory packages packages for for sale sale Best Western Fernie Mountain Lodge Best Western Fernie Mountain Lodge is selling furniture and accessory is selling furniture and accessory packages from 3 theme suites. packages from 3 theme suites.

Grecian $1800 OBO Grecian $1800 OBO Canadian Wilderness $2500 OBO Canadian Wilderness $2500 OBO Scandinavian $1500 OBO Scandinavian $1500 OBO Prices include tax. Prices include tax.

Does not include mattress sets, linens or TV. Does not include mattress sets, linens or TV. Also selling jetted tubs - $300 each OBO. Also selling jetted tubs - $300 each OBO. Please call 250-423-5500 For more information or to arrange a viewing please or email call 250-423-5500 for more information or to arrange a viewing.

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Fernie Exchange New & Used & Pawnbrokers 1501-9th Ave. 250-423-6625 t8FHJWFMPBOTPOQBXOBCMFJUFNTXLUPXLTt

Nice futon, double wood frame, $249; Vilas 60â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3-pc. rock maple sofa chair, foot, $299; nice double hide-a-bed multicolour, $279; 6â&#x20AC;&#x2122; pine armoire, 2-door, 3-drawer, 2 small doors, $499; pine table & 6 chair set, very well built, Canadian, $489; 1999 Buick LeSabre, 160,000 km, good cond., $3900; 3/4 box spring, mattress and base, $249; 3 snowblowers 2-6 hp, $499; 1-5 hp blower, $299; treadmill $149; 5-drawer pine dresser, $129; 50s table and chair set, grey, needs some repair, $149; coffee table (pop up) and 2 end tables, matching, $199; two 4-draw ďŹ ling cabinet, $79, $99; various washers and dryers, $99-$249; 24â&#x20AC;? electric range, white $199; stacking chairs, $8 each; lots of musical instruments, guitars, banjos, ďŹ ddles, trumpets, trombones, concertina, ampliďŹ ers and accessories; three 6-drawer dressers, $99-$179. 1 with mirror; 6 turntables, all working $125-$350; vinyl records, 8-tracks, tools. Come have a look.

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the been hanging around was area, since its mother a train killed last summer by railnear the Cokato Road way crossing. freShe has been seen quently since and conservaBoon tion officer Frank de said she has become increashas ingly brave as she

the pair have before reports that only a matter of time become good friends. somebody got hurt.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;She has been named The conservation officers Molly by the ranch owners, darted the nine-month-old and she has been spotted her, ing her. in moose to tranquilize with Sally, who â&#x20AC;&#x153;She has been spotted her to a hanging out while is before relocating has been living there a back gardens and that ranch north of Sparwood. really well,â&#x20AC;? said really not a good thing,â&#x20AC;? Another moose had been and doing been ranch De Boon. he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There have relocated to the same reports of her charging four years ago, and there are It was people and animals.

to become more accustomed humans, especially because feedpeople had been hand

Young Fernie couple found

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about to could look next and were the search. about 7 p.m. a.m. Wednesday.from Fernie Search deploy aircraft in offfied to go for a drive at Simon Piney â&#x20AC;&#x153;But then two conservation family they said the couple were Tuesday night, telling the search, found p.m. When and Rescue are cers, helping in would be back by 9 up by helicopter and them this morning. by 10 p.m. picked hard so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m they had not returned â&#x20AC;&#x153;It had snowed pretty searching fine. happy and got stuck.â&#x20AC;? family members started â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are healthy, guessing the truck had went for them, and called Search and were usuteenage couple who safe,â&#x20AC;? he said. Piney said the couple search and Rescue for help at 1 a.m. at returning home for a drive last night â&#x20AC;&#x153;We conducted a massive avasearched ally very reliable snow About 30 people including would, so the got their truck stuck in last night and we had when they said they morning lanche technicians and snowRoad last night but very concerned. were found the following the area, finally Lodgepolethat far down it. We were family had become searched search. mobiles hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t got after an overnight Rhylynn finding the couple on Lodgepole wonder where we Ryan Teeple, 19, and and 10 really starting to Fernie, decid- Road near Morrissey at about Fowler, 16, both from

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cers have relocated an orphaned moose of from the Airport area Fernie. has The female calf moose

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