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Your community newspaper has been named the best one of its size in B.C. and the Yukon. Publisher Dave Hamilton (left) and Editor Angela Treharne (right) accepted the award at the gala event at the River Rock casino in Vancouver on Saturday. For the full story, turn to page 14. Submitted photo
Couple found safe after three day search By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff
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couple from Fort Mcleod who had been missing for three days, have been found safe after sending an emergency call for help. Police and Search and Rescue in the Elk Valley and Alberta had been searching extensively for the couple after they left for a day trip on Saturday morning and did not return. Their family and friends had not heard from them since they
left. At about 4 p.m. on Tuesday, the Elk Valley RCMP were notified of a radio transmission received from a remote area in Bow River. A woman with a European accent indicated that she and her husbandâ€™s car had become stuck, and they could not get it out. Her husband had an injured knee, but otherwise they were OK. The transmission was very broken, and no further details could be ascertained. A helicopter was dispatched to the area,
and located two people confirmed to be Jacob and Anja Oosterwijk, the missing couple. The Oosterwijks were transported to the hospital to be evaluated. Apparently, after becoming stuck, the two were able to locate a cabin with a radio, and make the call for assistance. Shortly after the transmission, and once a narrower area was determined, a police dog was able to locate the stranded vehicle. Jacob and Anja were found safe Tuesday.
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Fernival fun closes the ski season By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff
ernie Alpine Resort ended a n o t h e r amazing winter season on the weekend with a fun filled Fernival! April Wine rocked the crowds in the plaza on Saturday afternoon, then Sunday featured the CocaCola Slope Soaker and live music from Shred Kelly.
April Wine take to the stage.
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Annual General Meeting Tuesday, May 15th ~ 7:00 p.m. ANNEX ROOM AT THE MEMORIAL ARENA â€˘ $10 membership fee in order to vote â€˘ Memberships available at Fernie Auto Parts, see Phil. â€˘ New members always welcome
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Slope Soaker contestant. Photo by Mark Eleven Photography
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This is our Home The places where we work are also where we live. Thatâ€™s why Teck employees are focused on making the right choices for the environment, for communities and for future generations. Learn more about our commitment to sustainability at: www.teck.com/sustainability
Flying over the pond. Photo by Mark Eleven Photography
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Sparwood murals to weather away By Jenna Jensen Black Rock News
ouncil has recently received a letter from the Royal Canadian Legion concerning the condition of the Legion mural in Centennial Square. However, it has been decided that Sparwood murals will be fading away. During the branding process in 2010 the
Branding Committee decided that the current murals in Sparwood are a feature of interest but they lack consistency and continuity with most other facets of Sparwood’s new brand. In May of 2010, Council adopted a recommendation from the Branding Committee to discontinue the focus on the murals and let them retreat organically.
Murals such as this one displayed throughout the community of Sparwood will be left to organically retreat. Photo by Jenna Jensen
Employment services change hands By Annalee Grant Cranbrook Townsman
mployment services in the East Kootenay changed hands on April 2, and will now be handled by the Canadian Mental Health Association for the East Kootenays. Now called WorkBC Employment Services Centre, the services offered will be much the same as they were before the switch and will continue to be offered out of the same building on Second Avenue in Fernie. The centre will offer the tools necessary to gain employment
and the skills to improve readiness for employment. Staff are trained to help out in many different ways, including helping a job seeker determine what skills and training they will need to get the job or career they want. There will be workshops, resources, training and planning opportunities available on site, and job seekers can use computers, public telephones, a fax machine and photocopy services. Lori Bender, administrator of employment services, also said job seekers are perfectly welcome to use the services at WorkBC to deal with claims.
"Individuals are encouraged to come and use our computers and internet services to access their EI information," she said. The new WorkBC program replaced four provincially-funded programs and six programs that had been funded under the Canada-B.C. Labour Market Agreement that previously provided employment services. There are now 85 WorkBC offices located across the province. The CMHA was offered the contract for both Cranbrook and Fernie, and will be operating the centres. Services can be accessed wherever you are by visiting
www.workbc.ca. The centres are meant to offer the services to all B.C. citizens, regardless of any barriers they have, whether they be physical or because the job seeker doesn't speak a certain language. B.C. Social Development Minister Stephanie Cadieux officially launched WorkBC on April 4 by touring two locations on the lower mainland. "British Columbians want to work and take care of their families," Cadieux said in a statement. "The new Employment Program of B.C. provides the training and support people need to get back
into the workforce. With WorkBC Employment Services Centres now open across the province, people will get the supports they need to help them find -and keep - a job." It is estimated by the Ministry of Social Development that over the next decade there will be 1.1 million job openings in B.C. Employment programs have helped 73,000 people become employed since 2001, including 29,000 over the past five years. On average, a person who finds a job through an employment centre receives $14.38 per hour.
Plans to create a Whitewater Park get go ahead By Andrea Horton Contributor
n Thursday, April 11 an information meeting was held at the Fernie Aquatic Centre regarding plans to create a Whitewater Park on the Elk River in Fernie. The project has been underway since last summer, so far there has been a consultation with Chuck Lee, Director of Alberta Whitewater Association. The concept has been approved by Fernie Leisure Advisory Committee and Fernie City Council has approved an $8,000 dollar grant for the project. Currently, a designer, Scott Shipley of S2o Designs has been retained to create a concept design. The initial study begins with a site visit, kick-off meeting and site inspection, which will take place on May 9 and 10.
Shipley is a mechanical engineer and one of the best-known American kayakers in the world today. He has participated in three Olympic games and holds four world titles. His company S2o Design is the world's premier design and engineering company behind the world's most successful whitewater parks. The idea behind the park is to improve the quality of life for local residents, to engage youth, create river culture, and to build visitor traffic. “The obvious benefit of the project is the quality of life and the engagement of the youth,” said Dan Savage, Fernie Whitewater Society Director. “Any new recreation opportunity is healthy for today’s youth, keeping our kids busy is important.” The river is a natural resource and with a small enhancement a
natural recreation facility will be created where users will be able to develop their skills, learning
“The obvious benefit of the project is the quality of life and the engagement of the youth” Dan Savage Fernie Whitewater Society Director
how to navigate safely in white water. This facility will also open up other opportunities for the community such as the College of the Rockies can use the venue to teach their canoe and rafting courses and their swift water rescue courses. According to Savage, Fernie has been approached in the past by
Whitewater Canada to see if there would be an interest in building such a facility. The amenity could be used for events such as a world cup slalom race as well as freestyle kayak and surf competitions. These events play into tourism and Fernie would become more of a whitewater and paddle destination than it has been in the past, driving the food and beverage, accommodation and retail industry. “There is a trend with communities with whitewater rivers to develop parks and utilize the natural resource,” said Savage. “Some examples of these communities are Calgary, Missoula MT and Reno NV. Currently Golden and Kimberley are undertaking whitewater park initiatives in their communities.” There is no definite plan about where the park will be. Shipley will look at the potential in town
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keeping in mind that the park has to tie in with the existing infrastructure in the city such as the Annex Park or James White Park where there is ample parking, washrooms and river access. The next steps include identifying and seeking support from all key stakeholders, defining fish spawning areas, and presenting the concept to the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK). All river users and stakeholders will be engaged to participate in the process and the society will ensure that their needs are met.
The society would like to extend an invitation to all stakeholders, river users and the public to attend an open house, featuring Scott Shipley, on May 10 at the Fernie Golf and Country Club from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information please visit facebook/ferniewhitewaterpark.
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Council approves new trailer park By Andrea Horton Contributor
n April 4, the District of Elkford held a public hearing to hear representations from the public on the proposed development of the property at 300 Bluebell. The owner of the property applied to amend the Zoning and Official Community Plan (OCP) bylaws in order to allow a mobile home park on the property. During the public hearing seven members of the public spoke in favour of the bylaw amendments and one person spoke against them. The Official Community Plan
Amendment and the Zoning Bylaw Amendment were adopted at the April 10 Regular Council Meeting. “I think it is an important addition to the community,” said Elkford Mayor Dean McKerracher. “It was a trailer park initially so I don’t see a problem going back to that. The homes will be upgraded modulars, no more than five years old.” Speaking to the rezoning of the land, McKerracher said that Council will have the ability to consult with the developer and set guidelines for the park. The developer has already agreed that the skirting will match the siding
and any sheds put on the property will have to have the same siding as the modular. It is private land so the District will not service it, if needed they will only do maintenance on such things as power and sewer on a contractual basis. They will, however, pick up solid waste the same as any other household at a cost of $75 per year. The developer plans on starting the project with 25 modular homes, he will sell the homes and rent the lots. Once the first 25 are sold more modulars will be brought in, the property is able to house approximately 80 modulars.
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Fernie skaters finish off their season By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff
he Fernie Skating Club have been finishing their season off with a bang. Rachael Soukoroff and Jodi Stemberger recently competed at the Glencoe Invitational Skating Competition in Calgary on April 5 to 7th. Rachael placed first after her short program and fourth overall in the Junior
Ladies Competitive group. Jodi placed fourth after her short program and fourth overall in the Pre-Novice Competitive Ladies group. Also the same weekend, the club’s Regional Development Team skated in Kelowna for a training seminar. Included in this seminar was on ice jumps, choreography, spins and jumps, along with off-ice jumps, ballet, zumba, jazz and skills.
Rachael Soukoroff and Jodi Stemberger recently competed at the Glencoe Invitational Skating Competition in Calgary.
Attending this seminar were skaters Claire Bernier, Hunter Bezak, Samantha Bleich, Marissa Hogg, Ava Hozjan, Abby-Anne Hughes, Sara Lewis, Shayla Lipkewich, Emma Nieuwesteeg, Kaitlyn Poirier, Gabrielle Runzer and Alex Stephenson. Several skaters competed in the Chinook Open Skating competition which was held in Lethbridge from March 30 to April 1. Skaters competed in the disciplines of elements, freeskate, interpretive and pairs. Skaters who competed were Christy Hawley, Tessa Holmes, Taylor Moulton, Sonia Mende, Alex Stephenson, Emma Nieuwesteeg, Kyra Doehle, Hunter Bezak, Ava Hozjan, Claire Bernier, Ashlynn Saluk, Haylie Kons, Fynley Kuijt, Madison Lento, Dryden Gris, Elyse Richmond, Shanniah Richmond, Georgia Fear, Sasha Fear and Lilah Fear. The Fernie Skating Club will also be holding their annual summer skating school from August 13 to 31. Forms can be downloaded from www.fernieskatingclub.com
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Advisory Committees The District of Elkford is currently seeking one (1) member of the public to join the Citizens’ Advisory Committee and one (1) member of the public to join the Urban Deer Management Committee. Residents of the District of Elkford are eligible to serve on these Advisory Committees. Interested individuals are invited to download an Information Package and a Volunteer Application form from our website (www.elkford.ca) or request one at the District Municipal Office. Residents are welcome to apply for more than one committee if they wish to do so. Please submit applications to the District of Elkford Municipal Office or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org Closing date for applications is May 4, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. For more information, please contact: Corien Speaker, CAO District of Elkford 816 Michel Rd, PO Box 340, Elkford BC, V0B 1H0 Phone: 250.865.4000 email@example.com We’re on the prowl for adventurous spirits:
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Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings April 23, 6:00 pm
Regular Council Meeting
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Committee of the Whole Columbia Basin Trust Grant Review
All Regular Council and Committee Meetings are held in the Council Chambers at 816 Michel Road and are open to the public.
Background Information Citizens' Advisory Committee The Citizens’ Advisory Committee will provide citizen ambassadors the opportunity to advise the District on the implementation of the Official Community Plan (OCP) and to monitor the District’s progress in achieving the objectives of the OCP. The Committee will work collaboratively with the District to create a multifaceted approach to implementing the OCP. Urban Deer Management Committee In November 2010, the Urban Ungulate Residential Survey was open to residents of Elkford, and 433 people took part. The results of this survey were presented to Council on December 13, 2010, and Council directed staff to establish a committee. The Urban Deer Management Advisory Committee will examine the issues related to urban deer within the boundaries of the District of Elkford and to develop a management plan. The Committee will assess the results of the Urban Ungulates survey, coordinate a count of the urban deer population within the urban growth boundary of the District, identify acceptable options for the management of the urban deer population, identify strategies for the prevention of human-deer conflicts, and present a final report to Council with recommendations on management of the urban deer population.
Notice of Intention to Lease Pursuant to Section 26 of the Community Charter, SBC Chap. 26 before Council disposes of land or improvements, it must publish notice of the proposed disposition in accordance with section 94 of the Community Charter. Please be advised that the District of Elkford intends to authorize the lease of: Lot 200, Plan 9647, DL 3342
to Newcap Radio for the period commencing on the 1st day of May, 2012 and expiring on the 30th day of April 2017 on the terms and conditions set out in the lease for the sum of $3,500.00 per annum plus all applicable taxes. The purpose of the lease is for the construction, operation and maintenance of a radio broadcasting tower and necessary associated broadcasting equipment.
The complete lease agreement may be inspected at the Municipal Office, 816 Michel Road, Elkford, B.C. during regular office hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., local time) Monday to Friday, except statutory Holidays Norma Everett, Director Corporate Services April 19, 2012
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