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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 husband’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

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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.

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Annual General Meeting Tuesday, May 15th ~ 7:00 p.m. ANNEX ROOM AT THE MEMORIAL ARENA • $10 membership fee in order to vote • Memberships available at Fernie Auto Parts, see Phil. • New members always welcome

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This is our Home The places where we work are also where we live. That’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

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Sparwood murals to weather away By Jenna Jensen Black Rock News

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 info@elkford.ca 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 cspeaker@elkford.ca 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

April 24, 6:00 pm

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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Letters to the Editor A Jumbo mistake My heart sank when I heard our short-sighted government had OK’d development of the Jumbo resort. How sad! In these days of impending water shortages, pollution of fresh water creeks and rivers, and melting glaciers, sources of much of the world’s water supply, our government is allowing year round skiing on the Jumbo Glacier. I feel that fresh, pure, potable water, is probably one of the most, if not the most precious commodity in the world today, the one thing none of us, rich or poor, can do without, yet we treat it as if there was “more where that came from,� even through we all know, when it’s gone, it’s gone. I’ve been told the proposed Jumbo resort area will include many houses, condos, hotels, restau-

rants, bases for ski lifts, and maintenance shops, as well as roads, all of which will be on both sides of Jumbo Creek. The access road will connect the Toby Creek Forest Service road with the resort base. This road, which is to be built for much of its length, travels alongside Jumbo Creek, crosses eight larger tributaries, which also flow into Jumbo Creek and also crosses many smaller tributaries. Jumbo Creek then flows into Toby Creek, which flows into the Purcell Mountains and then into the Columbia River, north of Invermere. Our government is OK’ing this venture, all the while knowing, (I hope), that many, if not all of the waterways mentioned, will probably be contaminated, and animal habitat will be destroyed forever, a venture that is, in my opinion, simply for the monetary gain

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The Elk Valley communities, quite simply, would not be great places to live without volunteers. Living next door to you there is probably a town/community councillor, a volunteer firefighter, a recreation committee member, a church volunteer, a service club member, a youth leader or simply an individual who offers his/her services whenever a need arises. Government can't, or isn't willing, to provide all the services residents want where they live. So, if the community is to survive it has to have volunteers to fill the gaps in providing those services. In many cases, volunteers cannot replace what professionals working for governments provide. But volunteers support what the professionals do in thousands of ways, big and small. Volunteers help in our hospitals and schools. They nurture our environment. They enrich our arts, cultural, sports and recreational communities. They raise money for medical research and health care. They coach, they drive, they teach, they help, they care. These individuals volunteer for the love of their communities and respect for their fellow residents. They achieve a level of satisfaction from succeeding in helping others who are less fortunate than themselves. They strive to better their community for everyone who lives there with them. Volunteers are not individuals, for the most part, who seek the limelight and demand recognition for all they do. They do it for an inner satisfaction and contentment of knowing they contributed to the well being of their communities. So to all those who give their time, talent and energy to help others while asking for absolutely nothing in return, not money, recognition or praise, we say thank you. This week is Volunteer Week across Canada, and is our chance to tell them how much we appreciate them. Most volunteers simply want a recognition their efforts are appreciated. We can all offer our thanks in our own way. Then, recognizing the satisfaction these people feel, perhaps you could be the newest volunteer in your community! The nature of today's work schedules and aging population means a dwindling volunteer base, and the need for the torch to be passed on to others to continue volunteering to make communities a better place in which to live. The value of volunteers is not just in the service they provide, as vital and varied as those services may be. Volunteers show that some things in life are so important, they are priceless.

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of a greedy few, who really don’t care anything about water, wild animal habitats, or the environment. I believe our government is doing us all a great disservice by OK’ing this project. I was shocked when I read in the March 29 issue of The Free Press, a statement made by Mr. Costello of Glacier Resorts, quote “Groups have sprung up that think the environment is more important than people.� My guess, Mr. Costello, is that if it wasn’t for people who care about the environment, it would have been “game over� for all of us a long time ago. In closing, I am proud to say that my husband was of Ktunaxa descent and taught our children to respect the natural world with all its precious and amazing treasures. Florence Phillips Fernie

All parents and child caregivers teach their children, “Don’t cross the road or highway without first looking both ways to see if there is no traffic coming your way!� Why would anyone not do so when intending to cross the railway track? Public transportation has to stop, look and listen at any uncontrolled railway crossing. If you disobey the traffic laws you may kill or be killed. Intoxicated driving, speeding, not stopping at signs or lights, driving on the wrong side of the road are the major causes for most fatal traffic accidents. If it were illegal to cross railway tracks except at official crossings, and if children were taught to respect trains as much as

motor vehicle traffic, railway trains should be no problem to people. Now, as we all know, not everyone is always law abiding and of sound mind; that is why the Railway Co. and or Transportation Canada will insist on significant fencing on either side of the track before the whistle blowing will be stopped. Why should the loud and ever more frequent whistle be stopped? Yes, it devalues any property near the train tracks in Fernie, and if you ever had to wait as a crossing, you know it hurts your ears. The Railway whistle is by far louder in decibels then allowed by Work Safe or Workmen’s Compensation. We can only be safe, by acting safely! Heiko Socher Fernie

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Letters to the Editor continued from page 6 Water works How can the West Fernie Waterworks District (WFWD) trustees that were appointed by an order in the Provincial Cabinet explain the position they have taken with respect to the taxes and fees they have said will be charged to West Fernie residents, and other tax payers, if those residents agree to the proposed installation of water, sewer and road infrastructure that will serve a far higher population density or, should the residents not agree to the proposal, how will they explain their right to extra charges for the operating cost of maintaining the West Fernie water system in a condition capable of meeting the needs of the present population, when a legal agreement between the City of Fernie and WFWD residents has fixed that cost at the same amount charged to City residents? That explanation

should involve some pretty fancy dancing for a number of reasons. For a start, the City’s authority cannot extend beyond its boundaries except through a legally binding agreement with the community they have extended the service to. And if the agreement is to be re-negotiated all parties are entitled to have competent knowledgeable representation; providing you’re in a democratic country. Since the elected representatives of the WFWD residents are both aligned with the City, the residents are on their own as far as the three branches of government and representation is concerned. However, the Trustees have quoted the 1955 Agreement that deals with the provision of water only at a minimal fee but the City has billed the WFWD residents according to the 1975 Agreement for 37 years. That is a much higher rate than set in

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CORRECTION NOTICE the 1955 agreement, so which is it? Is the City only responsible for water supply and has charged the West Fernie residents well over a million dollars more than the 1922 Agreement allows, or have they legally charged them according to the 1975 Agreement and are responsible for all operating costs of the system as per the 1975 Agreement? Since there is both tacit and written evidence that

the 1975 Agreement replaced the need for the WFWD to establish a renewal fund under section 751 of the Local Government Act and that gives substance to the 1975Agreement and whereas overcharging in spite of the provisions of the 1955 Agreement might be considered fraudulent, it seems the trustees have something of a “Hobson’s Choice.” The designed capacity of the WFWD system was 160 homes.

Has anyone revealed the proposed capacity of the water system or sewer to be installed? Has anyone noticed that by cleverly giving the RDEK responsibility for the WFWD the three forms of government are evading the boundaries to the City’s authority? Please get the 55’s and the 75’s in the right places.

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Around the Valley Fernie set to get social Around the Valley is a free listing to any local service. Please send an email to editor@thefreepress.ca or drop off a brief description of your event at The Free Press office.

Starting Friday, April 20, to Thursday, April 26

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THIS WEEK Thursday, April 19 • 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. • Red Cedar Book Club for grades 4 to 7 at Fernie Heritage Library 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. • The Fernie Heritage Library’s Afterschool Programme, 3:30 - 5:00, Ages 10 – 13. The Penny Murder Film Project. Write script, develop dialogue and characters in hopes of completing first film showing by June! There is always room for more creative input and help. This programme does require a serious commitment. Free and includes a snack. • Fernie legion LA dinner. 6 p.m. in the Legion Hall. Salad, roast pork with all the trimmings and dessert. All adults welcome. $12. Sign up by April 17. Phone 250-423-6218.

Friday, April 20 • Cribbage at Senior Drop-In Centre, Fernie, every Friday 7:30 p.m. • Jitney darts every Friday at Fernie Royal Canadian Legion, 7:30 p.m. Drop in and meet new people. All adults welcome. If you are interested phone the lounge at 250-423-6218 for details. • Fernie Heritage Library storytime program. 11:15 a.m. – Noon •Sparwood Legion open jam session every second Friday at 7 p.m. • 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. • The Fernie Heritage Library’s Afterschool Programme, 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. Ages 10 – 12. Design by Lego (or Designing by the People) This course is for the serious Lego lover who is ready to stretch not only their imagination, but also their world view. Please pre register by contacting Sandra Summerfield at communityprogrammer@fernieheritagelibrary.com. Free and includes a snack.

Fernie prepares for the annual summer downtown socials to begin again By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff

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ummer is coming, and in Fernie that means getting social! Residents and passers through can look forward to the second year of the summer event series, Summer Socials. This year will bring new initiatives that can be enjoyed by all ages. “We have an ideal setting and are looking to create a vibrancy that draws people to the downtown and showcases Fernie,” said Sarah Parry, Manager of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce. A Summer Socials launch party will kick off the event series this year on Tuesday, April 24 at The Arts Station from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The launch party will provide information on this year’s Summer Socials and welcomes anyone

to attend. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and make suggestions. The events will start Wednesday, July 4 and end on Wednesday, August 29. Attendees of the Sunday events can enjoy street shopping, boutique shops, a Trunk Treasure sale, entertainment and activities for the entire family. Look for the action on Wednesdays between 5 p.m. to 9p.m. and between 1 p.m. to 4p.m. on Sundays. “Anyone wishing to participate in any way can join in. Business owners who currently do not open on a Sunday are encouraging others to make use of their frontage. Wednesday will see the Mountain Market at the Art Station; it’s all about people having a great time and enjoying Fernie. Support from business owners and The City of Fernie has been overwhelm-

ing; for a little invested effort I believe that we can grow the idea of Fernie being a great summer destination as well as a winter one,” said Parry. Sunday Socials will compliment the already popular Mountain Market, held every Sunday throughout summer, and is entering its eleventh year of operation. The Fernie Mountain Market is an attraction in itself for those seeking organic and fresh produce, as well as, arts and crafts in a stunning setting. Wednesday night socials will be held in Fernie’s Station Square and will include the Mountain Market’s mid-week market as well as live entertainment, music, and refreshments. For more information about the Summer Downtown Socials, call the Fernie Chamber of Commerce at 250 423 6868 or email info@ferniechamber.com.

Saturday, April 21 • Fernie Legion meat draw 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fun and Entertaining, All welcome to join us. • Every Saturday meat draw and 50/50 draw at Sparwood Legion 4 - 6 p.m. • Sparwood Legion: Texas Hold’em poker tournaments every third Sunday at 7 p.m., limited seating, must register. For more information or to register for poker, call 250-4250081. Everyone welcome. • Spring fair and garage sale, Fernie Family Centre, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Concession with home baking, bake sale and raffle. Gently used items will be accepted on Friday, April 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. • Free clinic for youth soccer coaches, taught by Soccer Quest from Nelson at Fernie Secondary School gym. Coaches for ages 7 and under, 10am to 1 pm; Coaches for Ages 8 to 12, 2 to 5 pm.

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NEXT WEEK Sunday, April 22 • Alcoholics Anonymous meet at 7.30 p.m. in Fernie Anglican Church. Call 250-423-2131 for details. must register. For more information or to register for poker, call 250-4250081. Everyone welcome. • LDS Family Services women’s only support group for spouses of those struggling with all addictions. Anonymous call-in group meets every Sunday 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Call toll-free 1-877-453-7266 and enter meeting number ID 2977. • Free clinic for youth soccer coaches, taught by Soccer Quest from Nelson at Fernie Secondary School gym. Coaches for Ages 13 and up, 10am to 1 pm.

Monday, April 23 • Mahjong at Seniors Drop in centre, Fernie, every Monday at 7 p.m. • Dominoes at Seniors Drop in centre, Fernie, every Monday at 1 p.m. • Fernie Chamber Orchestra meets every Monday at 7 p.m. Musicians

of all abilities are welcome. For more info call Yolaine at 250-423-7825 or wyhames@gmail.com

Tuesday, April 24 • 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. • 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.

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Fernie Aquatic Centre 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Be a part of our move to a more sustainable Fernie. The City is in Stage 2 of a three-stage Liquid Waste Management Plan (LWMP). It will set out a 20-year strategy for sustainably managing the City’s liquid waste. If you are a Fernie resident, the plan will affect you. Find out: • What a LWMP is • What the City’s liquid waste challenges are • What options the City has to resolve these challenges • How much those options may cost

Ph: 250-423-6817 Fx: 250-423-3034 Email: cityhall@fernie.ca Website: www.fernie.ca 501-3rd Avenue, Box 190 Fernie, British Columbia V0B 1M0

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

FERNIE LEISURE SERVICES DEPARTMENT Public Notice The Fernie Aquatic Centre will not be available for public swimming on “No School Fridays” in April & May between the hours of 1:00 - 3:30 pm due to school lesson sets.

Are you are planning an event in one of our many parks this summer? Do you need to book a baseball or soccer field for a team or a family reunion? Make sure you book ahead to avoid disappointment. Annex Park, James White Park and the Grounds can be reserved for wedding ceremonies at a very minimal cost. Call 250 423-4466 ext 228 for more information and availability.

Advanced Aquatic Programs

Remember to report any suspicious activity in our local parks to the RCMP. Vandalism has risen over the past year and graffiti is considered to be vandalism to public and private property. Our goal is to keep our parks safe, clean and well maintained for the public.

Presentations made at previous budget meetings are available in hard copy at the front desk at City Hall or on our website at www.fernie.ca for your information. Jim Hendricks Director of Financial and Computer Services

Log on to the City’s website for links to the LWMP Newsletter and Survey at www.fernie.ca

Needing a new bathing suit for travel, training or tanning? Awesome kids suits, and a wide selection of adult styles. We have all the sizes you are looking for, so come in and check out our new stock at the Fernie Aquatic Center!

Boat course manuals are available at the Aquatic Centre. Cost is $35.00 for the book and one exam, additional exams are $15.00.

The budget deliberation process is the mechanism for determining the revenue requirements and resource allocations that ultimately inform the decision on municipal tax rates. Deliberation of the City’s 2012 – 2016 Financial Plan commenced in the fall of 2011 and has involved a series of public meetings. The budget process is anticipated to conclude with the adoption of the 2012 – 2016 Financial Plan Bylaw at the Regular Council Meeting scheduled for May 14, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. For those members of the public who have not participated in the budget process to date, Council invites your input into the proposed 2012-2016 Financial Plan at a Special Meeting to be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.

Give your feedback on: • The proposed solutions • The proposed treatment options and costs

Spring Ice is available at the Fernie Memorial Arena until Friday, April 27. Limited times slots booking up fast at a rate of $120.00 per hour. Call 250 423-4466 ext 228 for more information.

Summer Swim Lessons are starting to fill up, if you know the weeks you want your children participate please phone to register before we close for shut down to avoid disappointment.

Public Consultation

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City of Fernie Contact Info: City Hall

Fernie Aquatic Centre 250 Pine Avenue Phone: 250-423-4466

2012 – 2016 Financial Plan

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

Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed statutory holidays) After Hours Phone: 250-423-4226

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Tennis Courts in the James White Park will be opening very soon for your leisure enjoyment.

For full Leisure Services schedules and information, please go to www.fernie.ca

Contact information for various clubs providing programs this spring and summer are available on our website at www.fernie.ca for your convenience.

Spring 2012 Swim Schedule March 25 to May 20 Days of the

Assistant Water Safety Instructor (AWSI) July 10 -13th, 2012 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. For more information call the Aquatic Centre at 250 423-4466

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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: sparwood@sparwood.ca

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Communications and Citizen Engagement Strategy/Plan The purpose of this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) is to solicit the best overall proposals for the provision of communications and citizen engagement consulting services to provide communication and engagement counsel to District staff and to work with the District of Sparwood (the “District”) to develop a Communications and Citizen Engagement Strategy/Plan for the District. The communications consultant will be instrumental in assisting the District with a plan and a strategy for communicating effectively with a broad and diverse public and to reach out to every sector, customers, citizens, visitors, and businesses.

MEET & GREET DISTRICT OF SPARWOOD COUNCIL SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2012 1:00 – 4:00 P.M. Greenwood Mall Sparwood residents are encouraged to come out and meet with Council Members during “A Taste of Sparwood” Enter your name in a free draw for a promotion item basket

RAIN BARREL ART CONTEST & SILENT AUCTION

This is NOT a tender call. Any proposals submitted pursuant to this RFP shall not be offers to contract for the provision of any of the services outlined herein, but shall only be used to identify a preferred Proponent with whom the District may negotiate a contract for the provision of the services. Request for Proposals will be received up until 3:00 p.m. local time, Tuesday, May 8, 2012 and must be addressed to:

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

Raeleen Manjak, Director of Corporate Services District of Sparwood PO Box 520 136 Spruce Avenue Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0

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

Proponents must read the entire RFP document for full details and requirements which is available on our website at http://www.sparwood.ca/jobs or at the above address.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT POSITION: CASUAL CLERK DATE OF POSTING: APRIL 10TH, 2012 Nature of Position: Reporting to the Director of Finance or Deputy Director of Finance, the District of Sparwood Administration Department has an opening for a Casual Clerk. This casual position is on an oncall basis to cover absences due to illness, vacation, special leaves or any approved leave, to fill temporary vacancies, augment regular full-time or regular part-time staff during peak periods. This position may also be scheduled in to provide on-call back-up to the Public Works Department. Successful applicant must have the following skills: • ability to deal with the public both in person and by telephone in a courteous and effective manner; • competent working knowledge of Microsoft Excel; • competent working knowledge of Microsoft Word; • familiar with other Microsoft Office Programs; • relevant experience in accounting – i.e. cash receipting, bank reconciliations, accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll; • good writing skills, ability to draft letters; • ability to work with minimal supervision is a necessity; Detailed job specifications can be found on the District of Sparwood Website www. sparwood.ca. Wages and conditions of employment are governed by the current collective agreement with CUPE Local 2698 and would be at the current Clerk 1 rate. Closing date is Monday, April 30, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. Please send detailed resume to: Barbara Nunes Director of Finance District of Sparwood Box 520, Sparwood, B.C. V0B 2G0 Fax: 250-425-7277 E-mail – bnunes@sparwood.ca

Send the following information to Jen Woodall (jwoodall@sparwood.ca) 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.

TIME TO BUY YOUR DOG A NEW DOG LICENCE The District of Sparwood’s Animal Control Bylaw requires every dog to have a current year licence by January 15th. A neutered or spayed dog tag is $10.00 with vet certificate and $30.00 for an unaltered dog. Why Licencing your dog should be your #1 priority: 1. If your dog gets lost, a licence is the fastest way to reunite you and your dog. Even if your dog is microchipped, a licence tag is immediately visible and doesn’t require a scanning device to read it. Dogs are often returned to their owners when visiting neighbouring communities by calling the dog’s owner at their address on file with the District. 2. Your dogs licence shows that you are a responsible dog owner. When you walk your dog people will notice the licence on your dog’s collar and know that you really care about your dog’s welfare. 3. Licencing lets others know that your dog is not a stray. Often found dogs are kept by the people who find them, who assume your dog is a stray. 4. It’s the law. Failure to licence your dog by the 15th of January can result in tickets and impound fees. Responsible citizens get their dogs licensed.


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Bidding on barrels does more than save water or sponsor a rain barrel were extended to all members of the public and local businesses and several artists came forward. These barrels, painted by local artist are now displayed at the District of Sparwood Office, the District of Sparwood Planning and Development Office, Kal Tire, Greenwood Mall and the Sparwood Recreation Department.

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n an effort to reduce water consumption and promote the arts, the District of Sparwood has partnered with the Sparwood Arts Council with the rain

This barrel, painted by Jessica Wallman can be found at the District of Sparwood Planning and Development Office. Photo by Jenna Jensen

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For the next week, residents can continue to bid on these one of a kind rain barrels with half of the proceeds going to the Sparwood Arts Council and the other half going towards a water smart landscape by Elk Valley Greenhouse for one lucky winner. Every person who places a bid on any of the rain barrels will be entered into the draw for the water landscape. Silent

auction forms can be found next to the rain barrels at each of the above mentioned locations. "The rain barrel art contest is just one of the ways that Sparwood is promoting water conservation in hopes of making the final goal of reducing water use by up to 50 per cent by 2015," says Raeleen Manjak, District of Sparwood Director of Corporate Services.

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These barrels painted by Corinne Randell and Janice Edwards can be found at the District of Sparwood Office. Photo by Jenna Jensen

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Rain barrels can significantly reduce a homeowners amount of outdoor watering when used for lawn, flower, and garden watering. The winners of the rain barrels and draw for the landscape will take place during Arts & Culture Week. The bidding closes on April 27th, 2012.

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Practical Nursing Program Classes start Sept 5, 2012 in Claresholm and Crowsnest Pass Our intensive, two-year diploma will prepare you for an exciting career where you’ll work one-on-one with individuals, making quality care your main focus. You’ll learn about various concepts, involving teamwork, collaboration, and leadership. Our combination of theory and hands-on learning will set you up to work with healthcare seekers of all ages and challenges in a rewarding and caring career. For questions contact the Claresholm or Crowsnest Pass campus (numbers below) or health@lethbridgecollege.ca. Corri Felger

at main campus can also answer questions (403) 320-3211. Seating is very limited, so apply today online at www. lethbridgecollege.ca.

Welcome to your future.

Claresholm: 403-625-4231 Fort Macleod: 403-553-4788

The Free Press celebrates winning a prestigious newspaper award By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff

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he Free Press has again been recognized as the top newspaper in its circulation category by the British Columbia and Yukon Community Newspapers Association (BCYCNA). At the 2012 BCYCNA Ma Murray Community Newspaper Awards gala held at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond on Saturday (April 12), The Free Press walked away with first place in "Newspaper Excellence" for newspapers with our circulation. The North Island Gazette and the Hope Standard placed

second and third, respectively. "Packed with community news, The Free Press offers a broad balance of stories, from ski weekends to strikes to an unexplained death," stated the BCYCNA. "The manner in which they covered the Kienan kidnapping showed the paper’s understanding of the role of media in a small community. Without being intrusive or sensational, they reported the homecoming of the child." Judging of the Newspaper Excellence category takes into account editorial content, photography and production, and advertising. Editor Angela Treharne and

Publisher Dave Hamilton were at the awards to pick up the trophy. The Free Press won the same award in 2010. This year's Ma Murray awards mark the 90th year the BCYCNA has recognized the efforts of its member newspapers throughout British Columbia and the Yukon. The awards, named after British Columbia's first female newspaper publisher, cover all aspects of the newspaper industry including production, publishing, reporting, editing, advertising, photography, website design and community contribution.

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Your Account Manager, Small Business is retiring. Leona Robertson Account Manager, Small Business

Leona (Loie) Robertson has committed 36 years of serving your personal and business banking needs. With much regret, we have to bid farewell to Leona (Loie) with best wishes for a wonderful retirement. Our commitment to you hasn't changed. We will continue to provide the high level of customer service you have come to expect from Scotiabank. Please drop by the branch to meet your new Account Manager, Small Business, Stephen Gort.

The Free Press team with their Ma Murray Newspaper Excellence award. (Left to right) Black Rock News reporter, Jenna Jensen, Publisher Dave Hamilton, Production Assistant Kaitlyn Haarstad, Editor Angela Treharne and Production Manager Bonny McLardy (missing: Office Manager Jacquie Zutter). Photo by M. Braggs

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RCMP REPORT - Crime in the Elk Valley Friday, March 30 •

In Sparwood at 9:03 p.m. a silver Dodge Neon was reported to have been speeding, hit a barricade and fled. The vehicle was not located. • In Sparwood at 9:22 p.m. there was a neighbour dispute. • In Elko at 9:51 p.m. a Jeep was reported to be all over the road and speeding. • In Fernie at 11:17 p.m. bouncers at a liquor establishment called to report

a man causing problems outside. He was arrested, held in a cell until sober and issued a violation ticket for being drunk in public.

Saturday, March 31 • In Elkford at 1:42 a.m. a drug seizure occurred at a liquor establishment. Marijuana was seized and no charges were laid. • In Elkford at 2:08 a.m. police witnessed a truck crashing into a snow bank. An impaired driving investigation followed.

• In Elkford at 8:16 a.m. a complainant witnessed a white Dodge with a canopy deliberately swerve to hit an elk and continue driving. Police spoke to the driver who said he swerved to avoid the elk. No damage was done to the vehicle. • In Elkford at 8:45 a.m. there was a report of harassment via phone. • In Fernie at 1:07 p.m. a vehicle hit a light pole in a parking lot. The vehicle was damaged but no

injuries were reported. • In Sparwood at 2:56 p.m. there was a domestic dispute. • In Elkford at 5:35 p.m. a grey Dodge was reported to be all over the road. The vehicle was not located. • In Sparwood at 5:36 p.m. a complainant reported that overnight their gas cap had been removed. • In Fernie at 11:16 p.m. there was an abandoned 911 call from a cell phone. • In Sparwood

at 11:30 p.m. a break and enter occurred. An individual walked into their apartment and found two people inside. The people fled, but were identified. This incident is still under investigation.

Sunday, April 1 • In Fernie at 12:19 p.m. there was a report of a disturbance at the ski hill when a large group of intoxicated individuals were fighting in a parking lot. Police arrived as the crowd was breaking up.

• In Sparwood at 1:41 a.m. there was a breach of court ordered conditions. • In Fernie at 12:51 p.m. there were several calls from a man who appeared to be high on drugs or intoxicated, causing a disturbance, breaking windows, being belligerent. The male was located and held in a cell until sober. This incident is still under investigation. Possible mischief charges are pending. • In Sparwood

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at 1:37 p.m. there was an abandoned 911 call from a cell phone. • In Sparwood at 3:17 p.m. there was a single vehicle accident when a man had a heart attack while driving. Despite CPR efforts he was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. • In Fernie at 7:33 p.m. a semi jack knifed on the highway and blocked traffic. No injuries were reported. • In Sparwood at 7:53 p.m. a complainant reported that an unstable woman attacked her with a knife and used bear spray. The suspect female was arrested and will appear in court.

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• In Fernie at 7:39 a.m. a complainant noticed footprints leading up to her house. • In Sparwood at 10:38 a.m. a lost decal was reported. • In Sparwood at 2:48 p.m. a complainant reported that items were missing from their property. This incident is still under investigation. • In Fernie at 4:02 p.m. skis were reported stolen from the ski hill. • In Sparwood at 4:05 p.m. a lost decal was reported. • In Sparwood at 5:26 p.m. a vehicle was reported to be driving, littering metal debris. • In Fernie at 6:15 p.m. an unwanted youth was asked to leave an area. • In Sparwood at 9:05 p.m. a vehicle hit a deer.

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• In Hosmer at 12:51 a.m. there was a family disturbance. • In Fernie at 2:08 a.m. there was a fight outside a liquor establishment. Upon police arrival one man was located. He had a bloody nose and would not provide the names of those involved. • In Fernie at 8:16 a.m. there was a theft of a snow blower. Later the complainant called back to say the snow blower was located - inside their garage. Continued on page 24


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Canadians are living longer and costs for the Old Age Security (OAS) are rising. On April 1, 2023 the Government of Canada plans to start raising the age of eligibility for OAS and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) from 65 to 67.*

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job teaching and her own personal creating endeavors, it is apparent how much she loves what she does and it shows. The unique eye for design and intricate details in all of her

music blends together infectious hooks, stunning male/female harmonies, and unsettling math-rock dissonance. Beekeeper fuses the more experimental elements of the Southern Ontario independent scene with an earnestness that is uniquely West Coast. The shows are infused with goodnatured twists, pranks,

and hoaxes that keep listeners guessing. Their debut record, Be Kept, was released in 2010 and tells the dramatic story of the life (and eventual death) of a lovelorn small- town ex-pat hellbent on revenge. Check them out on Thursday, April 26 at the Northern in Fernie. Show starts at 10 p.m.

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pieces make her style all her own. From massive wall art to the most delicate dishes and teapots, her ability to make her visions a reality is unparalleled. Be first in line to

see her original work from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 26 at The Arts Station in Fernie. Light refreshments will be provided but there will also be a cash bar on site.

Arts and Culture week in Sparwood By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff

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Taste of Sparwood. Head down to the Greenwood Mall on Sunday to sample some tasty treats from Sparwood’s restaurants and then spend the rest of

the week enjoying all the art displays in town, including a selection of artifacts from sister city Kamisunagawa in Japan.

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Her book, The Purcell Suite, deals with the Purcell wilderness area which will be effected by the proposed Jumbo Resort. Tuesday, April 24 @ 7:00 PM

Public Input Meeting Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs Project applicants for Columbia Basin Trust’s Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs are presenting their proposals to the public. Feedback received at these meetings will assist in identifying the proposals that are important to the communities. The meetings are open to everyone and the schedule is as follows: April 23

7:00 pm

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April 24

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he East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC) presented the Fernie Rod and Gun Club (FRGC) with the Elk Valley 2012 Community Award on Tuesday, April 17. Kevin Marasco accepted the $12,500 cheque on behalf of the FRGC for an Indoor Archery Facility and a Junior Olympic Archery youth program. The facility will be located on the second floor of

Kevin Marasco from the Fernie Rod and Gun Club (FRGC) accepts a $12,500 award for the Elk Valley 2012 Community Awards from Eric Johnstone from the East Kootenay Community Credit Union on Tuesday. Photo by Andrea Horton

the Elk’s Hall in Fernie. It will be an indoor yearround facility that will offer ladies’ nights, family nights, a league and youth archery. “I’d like to thank all of the Credit Union members for coming out and supporting our cause,” said FRGC President, Kevin Marasco. “I commend all of the other groups for some excellent projects out there and hopefully they succeed with what they are planning on doing.” “We are excited tonight

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o how were the final two weeks of skiing on the hill in what has been a pretty memorable season? Well, just like for all the rest of the season, it was varied, ranging from early summer sun to full on winter conditions. The final session started with 10 cm of fresh snow and great winter skiing conditions, after that followed by an immediate switch to bluebird conditions and temperatures in the double digit plus area. On Hot Dog day, which is the only day of the year where you really want sunny conditions, the weather let us down for the first time this season and it was overcast in the morning and rained all afternoon - great for crowd control which is sometimes an issue on Hot Dog day, but a bit of a damper for the revellers, although the partying was just as good as ever. After that we had a dump of 17cm of new snow which threw us back into

winter conditions and meant that the whole of the hill was open for great winter skiing and this going into the second week in April. Particularly good skiing was to be had off Polar Peak, which has been the success story of the season, and with so few people on the hill it was always possible to link the Polar Peak runs with drops through the various saddles. These give some of the best and longest double black diamond runs I can remember anywhere in the world. Spring then arrived with a prolonged period of bluebird days going from freezing overnight and then softening conditions during the day. In fact, softening is not perhaps the right word. On some of the warmer days when the snow was in the direct sunlight it was turning to a very mushy deep surface more reminiscent of afternoon summer skiing on the glaciers. Just when we thought that would be it we had a rain day forecast that kept pretty well everyone off the hill. There is an old saying in skiing, "If you don't go you don't know" and a visit to the hill showed that the change of temperatures, the rain effect on the snow and other factors gave an awesome skiing surface all over of crisp but soft snow taking

an edge - as a bonus it even stopped raining in the afternoon. The final few days were taken up skiing this great new surface. Conditions became rather more overcast that previously so that instead of the surfaces softening quickly in the direct sunlight they melted slowly as the melt line moved up the hill during the course of the day. The result of this was something we don't see that often in Fernie, genuine corn snow - where the ice surface breaks up to provide a soft but not mushy skiing surface. Just to give us a sting in the tail on closing day we had 3 cm of fresh snow, enough to improve the surfaces so they were taking a nice edge and giving the whole thing the feel of winter with snow in the trees. So that's it. An awesome winter which gave us about 11 and a half metres of snowfall and a finishing base of only just under 4 metres. Coverage was good to the end with no sign of the usual spring bare patches. My personal statistics came out at 129 days skied, (9 days lost of family duties,) just under 4 million vertical feet skied and 164 trips down the Polar Chutes - by any definition a great season. Have a great summer and see everyone next winter.

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RCMP REPORT - Crime in the Elk Valley Continued from page 16

• In Fernie at 10:26 a.m. there was a false commercial alarm. • In Sparwood at 1:31 p.m. a road rage incident was reported when a red Dodge Ram and a semi unit were trying to pass

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NELSON (KUBOS): It is with heavy hearts that the family of Anne Nelson announces her passing at the Rocky Mountain Village on April 8, 2012 at the age of 77 years. Anne was born to Louis and Mary Kubos in Fernie, BC on January 5, 1935. Anne is survived by her brother Joe Kubos of Castlegar, sisters in law Bessie Kubos, Vicki Kubos, Nina Kubos and Mary Kubos, brother in law Buzz Bradley and numerous nieces and nephews. Anne was predeceased by her parents and her brothers; Louis, Steve, George, Daniel and Tom Kubos as well as her sister Cecelia and her beloved husband Leonard on April 14, 2005. Anne was a very faithful member of the Catholic Church and spent many hours meticulously caring for the flower beds outside the church and the linens used in the church, she spent many years volunteering for teas, funerals and other functions. Anne also belonged to the Royal Purple, CWL and Fernie Seniors Drop In Center. Anne worked hard for her employers and enjoyed many years at Johnny Rahal’s and then at the old Fernie Hospital. She was passionate about her gardening, friends and relatives who dropped by. She would often be found on her hands and knees in her garden with all three of her beloved cats sitting nearby. One of the family’s fondest memories of Anne was of her fabulous cooking; the cabbage rolls, perogies and halusky were something they will always remember. When she was not at home, Anne enjoyed many years with family and friends camping, playing cards and reminiscing about the old times. Loved by family and friends and admired by many who know her, Anne will be sadly missed by all who knew her and shared in her life and her legacy. Prayers were held on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 7:00 PM with Funeral Mass to follow on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM at the Holy Family Parish with Father Bart Van Roijen Celebrant. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.

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MARKLAND: It is with profound sorrow that Julia’s family announces her passing on the morning of April 6, 2012 in Fernie, BC. She was 96 years of age. Julia was born on January 15, 1916 to Roy and Bessie Clemens at Oyen, AB. She was the last surviving member of her 3 brothers and 2 sisters. In 1934, the family moved to Fernie, BC, where she met and married Brynley Morris. They had 3 children. Julia worked at Marshall Wells Hardware store when Bryn died in September of 1965 at 49 years of age. A short time after that, she began working at the Fernie Medical Center. She was employed there until 1982 when she retired. In 1976, Julia met Albert Markland and on October 9 of that year they were married. They spent many happy years together until Albert’s death on February 24, 2003. In July of 2004, Julia moved to Rocky Mountain Village where she made many new friends. She resided there until her passing. Julia was a dedicated volunteer with the Tom Uphill Home Auxiliary, the United Church Women and the Rebekah Lodge. She is survived by her three children, Ken Morris, Joan (Mike) Ogloff and Judy Harrold, as well as 7 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild. She was a caring, honourable lady; an inspiration to her family and she will be greatly missed. She is now free of pain and at peace with her Lord. A Memorial Service will be held in Fernie, BC at the Knox United Church on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 11:00 AM. Cremation preceded the service. Memorial contributions if so desired may be made in Julia’s name to the Knox United Church, PO Box 1808, Fernie, BC, V0B 1M0. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.

THOMPSON: Phyllis Margaret Thompson of Lacombe passed away in the Lacombe Hospital & Care Center on April 7th, 2012 at the age of 87 years. Phyllis was born on May 17th, 1924 in Medicine Hat, Alberta. She is survived by her loving family: Daughter Faye (Steve), their sons Blair (Sher) & Blain (Marcel) and their grandsons Brant & Colby; Daughter Hazel (Brian), their sons Cody (Sharon) & Casey (Kristina) and their grandchildren Cassidy, Madison & Cole; Son Wesley (Margaret), their children Tyler, Tanessa, Tanya & Austin; Daughter Gail (Brian), their daughter Bobbie (Cody) and their grandchildren Dexter, Adison & Keely; Son Bart (Corry), their children Jamie, Jesse & Brent; Son Art and his sons Kyle, Kris, Keegan & Kaeden; and Daughter-in-law Dorothy. Phyllis was predeceased by her Dad and Mom: Wesley & Kathleen Earl, sister Marion, brother Gordon, eldest son Brent, grandson Brant, daughter-in-law Michelle and her husband Grant. Our Mom – She loved her Family, Ranchin’ and Rodeo. The Thompson family would like to thank the Lacombe Palliative Care Society, as well as the nursing staff and doctors of the Lacombe Hospital & Care Center for the wonderful care given to Mom. It is so very much appreciated! Funeral Services were held from the Lacombe Memorial Center, 5214-50 Ave, Lacombe, AB. on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 at 11:00 AM. A private interment service followed later at the Alto Rest Cemetery, Red Deer, AB. If friends desire memorial contributions may be made to the Lacombe Palliative Care Society, Box 5576, Lacombe, AB T4L 1X2 or the Children’s Wish Foundation, 271, 33950 Ave. S.E., Calgary, AB. T2G 2B3. Expressions of sympathy may be made through www.wilsonsfuneralchapel.ca. WILSON’S FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM, of Lacombe and Rimbey in charge of the arrangements. 403-782-3366 403-843-3388 “A Caring Family, Caring For Families” www.wilsonsfuneralchapel.ca

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ADAMACK, William “Bill” Nicholas Bill Adamack of Fernie, BC passed away April 6, 2012 in his 61st year of life after a brief and unexpected illness. Bill was born Sept 7, 1951 in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan and grew up on the family farm near Lakenheath, Saskatchewan. Bill attended primary and secondary school in Limerick, Saskatchewan and was very involved in sports as well as the 4H club and other community activities. After high school Bill attended the University of Saskatchewan in Regina and the University of Guelph in Ontario. After University, Bill returned to Assiniboia, Saskatchewan where he worked for a farmer’s accounting firm as well as farming endeavors on the Adamack farm. Bill was very involved in the management of the Assiniboia Rebels hockey team and the Limerick Red Eyes slow-pitch team. Bill was also very interested in current events and politics and was the federal candidate for the NDP in his home constituency. In the early 1990’s Bill relocated to Fernie, BC where he worked for the Walter Ingram Building Centre. Bill was the Manager of Contract Sales and Building Design and truly loved his work, his colleagues, and many customers who all became close friends. Bill was particularly passionate about the building design aspects of his work, and felt that this was his true calling. To his many friends and relatives, Bill was one of those “larger than life” individuals who always seemed to make every event much more fun with his presence and participation. Bill was very involved with the local 3300 Club in Fernie and was an avid fisherman, enjoying numerous trips to Nootka Sound and the Queen Charlottes with his brothers and friends. In addition to fishing, Bill enjoyed golfing and spent many winter vacations with his family and friends in Phoenix, Arizona. Family was the central focus of Bill’s personal life and Bill would rarely miss any family event or get-together. He was the favorite Uncle to his niece and nephews as well as a cherished son, brother, cousin, and nephew to all his relatives. Bill was predeceased by his father, Nick Adamack and is survived by his mother, Helen Adamack of Kelowna, BC; brothers, Tom (Carol) Adamack of Powell River BC, and Dick (Monica) Adamack of Kelowna BC; his niece Denene (Adam) Hough of Calgary, AB; his nephews, Aaron Adamack of Canberra, Australia, Nick Adamack of Kelowna BC and Ben Adamack of Kelowna, BC; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Bill will be dearly missed by all who were fortunate to have been a part of his life. A “Celebration of Life” honouring Bill’s memory was held at the Fernie Golf Course (201 Fairway Drive) on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 4:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill’s name to “The 3300 Club” (P.O. Box 3300, Fernie, BC V0B 1M0) or the charity of your choice. Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangements. (403) 562-8555.


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Michael Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor ARIES (MAR 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; APR 20) All systems should be go by now. Your focus stands to be sharp, perhaps backed by a determination to make up for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;lost timeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Tending to a variety of tasks and interests is likely. Preparing the ground on each front rather than following through to completion on any one will feel right. Get clear on your objectives lest you initiate more than you can complete.

TAURUS (APR 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; MAY 21) Tending to matters behind the scenes has probably felt right. Now it is time to take more deliberate initiative. You likely remain in an expansive mood. Stimulating a variety on income streams and or talents and other creative expressions will bring rewards. Joining forces and merging your goals and ambitions with those of others remains important.

GEMINI (MAY 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; JUN 21) An interesting spectrum of ďŹ&#x201A;ows will keep things interesting. Budding friendships have been sparked. Desires for travel or at least trying new angles of approach are emerging. Yet, you may also be happy to lay low and enjoy some quality time behind the scenes for a while. With a busy summer cycle looming, replenishing your deep energy reserves is wise.

CANCER (JUN 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; JUL 22) The spark of new friendships and or stimulation of latent talents continue to stir in your world. Your energy levels stand to be on the rise as a result. Yet, it is important that you be mindful of your health so decipher if your daily routing is supporting or thwarting your constitution. Doing so will increase your conďŹ dence levels.

LEO (JUL 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; AUG 23) Something new is being activated in your career and or public life. This will become increasing clear over the next couple of weeks. Reaching out to make new friends and connections may be necessary for success. Let your ambitions direct your focus with discipline. Follow through with all leads and aim to forge new alliances.

VIRGO (AUG 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; SEP 22) A create cycle is being seeded and o a variety of fronts. Acquiring new tools, techniques and knowledge is part of the plot. Making key investments may be necessary yet avoid frivolous spending, at least where larger investments are implied. Aim to build your conďŹ dence levels by taking risks.

LIBRA (SEP 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; OCT 22) The time has come to prepare the ground somehow. This includes accessing the resources of others, which could include knowledge. Doing inner work is also important. This includes clearing doubts and or courageously facing any lingering fears. Changes close to home have been and will continue to bubble along so keep pace with them.

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SCORPIO (OCT 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; NOV 21) Changes in your relationships are being seeded now. These stand to produce some very satisfying returns. They will likely coincide with and/or bring about distinct changes in your perspectives on things. You may also be challenged to choose between a variety of inspiring possibilities. Go for the ones they lead you into new territory.

SAGITTARIUS (NOV 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; DEC 21) Establishing a more solid base will become more evident this week. This could include making healthy changes in your lifestyle. These stand to have a positive result in your relationships. Mixing work with pleasure may be an option or you could face the challenge of deciding between the two. Ironically, it is likely that you will feel like working.

CAPRICORN (DEC 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; JAN 19) You are in the mood to make some creative changes. Taking an innovative approach will prove inspiring. Yet you may have to give more to situations that you bargained for. Still, the rewards will probably outweigh the efforts. Asserting your own position is probably extra important these days and you will.

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Changes on the home front are rolling in. These will stimulate many new perspectives. Your conďŹ dences are probably on the rise and these are both fuelling your ambitions and demanding extra efforts. You may also be feeling extra curious these days and want fresh input. Considering your options for the future to feel more secure is a priority.

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Many new thoughts, ideas, and perspectives are taking root in your mind. Weighing your options feels right yet there is the danger that you have already and may yet scatter your focus. So, make extra efforts to get clear and what seems truly viable. Exploring a wider spectrum of possibilities is a good idea though, as long as you are willing to make the extra efforts.

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Celebrating the devoted work of volunteers By Centine Wilbers Contributor

which they feel passionate about.â&#x20AC;? In order to recognize the contributions of Judith and the 12.5 mil-

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has nominated April 15 to 21 as National Volunteer Week. 2012 will be the 68th annual celebration of

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portation, parks as well as the natural and social environment of Fernie. Through the OCP, Judith and the Implementation Committee set up the Sunday Downtown Socials events, supported by the Fernie Chamber of Commerce. Featuring fun events for children, fashion shows and community fundraisers, the downtown social is a popular attraction for Fernie residents and visitors alike. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had been trying to set up something like this for years,â&#x20AC;? says Judith. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With the support of Sarah Parry, and the Fernie Chamber of Commerce, the Sunday Downtown Social enjoyed its opening season last year. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great way for the community to get together, and enjoy the beautiful setting of downtown Fernie.â&#x20AC;? Judith feels that there are â&#x20AC;&#x153;so many good volunteers in this community. And you often see the same faces from one volunteer organization to another.â&#x20AC;? With so many beneficial and not-for-profit organisations around Fernie and the Elk Valley, Judith is a strong advocate for community involvement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would encourage people to seek out volunteer work which interests them, benefits the community and

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ernie is blessed to have a strong and vibrant crew of local volunteers. Whether raising funds for cancer research, coaching junior hockey, maintaining the hiking and biking trails of the region, or patrolling the ski field, Fernie relies on the contributions of our valued volunteers. Judith Johannsson is one such a person, contributing to a number of significant social causes. A Fernie resident of 12 years, Judith feels volunteering is an important way to give back to the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great to give back and be involved with the region,â&#x20AC;? Judith explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personally fulfilling, and can really benefit a large portion of the community.â&#x20AC;? As a member of the board of the Fernie Womensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Centre, Judith assists women of the Greater Fernie region, including Sparwood and Elkford. As an initial point of contact, the centre provides essential services, resources and acts as a drop-in location for women seeking assistance. In addition, Judith volunteers for the regional board for the Options for Sexual Health Clinic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These services are important to uphold and support, as they benefit so many of the community.â&#x20AC;? For the last three years, Judith has been a member of the Official Community Plan Implementation Committee for Fernie. Developed in 2003, the Official Community Plan, or OCP, is a forward-looking policy framework anticipating and addressing issues such as future economic development, housing, trans-

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