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Fernie’s Whitewater Park moving forward By Andrea Horton Free Press Staff
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cott Shipley, President of S2o Designs presented to a full house at The Fernie Golf and Country Club at the first Fernie Whitewater Park open house on May 10. The venue was packed w with river enthusiasts and p people with concerns about th project. Shipley, who the w in Fernie May 9 and was 1 to float the Elk River 10 a and assess the likelihood of b building a park on it gave a overview of the project, an s showed slides of his other p projects and answered
questions. According to Shipley the whole section of the Elk that the Whitewater Society is looking at is very homogenous. “There are two or three sites that we are looking at,” said Shipley. “The river has a lot of potential.” The sites that are being considered for the park are the Annex Park, above the West Fernie bridge, below the West Fernie bridge and at the boat launch. Each park is designed to mesh with it’s surroundings, it has to tie in with existing parks as amenities such as parking and washrooms
need to be readily available to park users. The first step is to come up with a concept design, which Shipley will do over the coming weeks. He will assess the sites that have potential, taking into consideration costs and location. With a design in place, the society will pursue funding and permits. After funding and permits are in place the actual construction of the project will take two years. “Scott is one of the premier whitewater park designers in the world today,” said Dan Savage, Fernie Whitewater Society Director. “Our goal
is to cater to everybody, and I think with our great companion Scott Shipley, we can do that. “We want to make this process as open as possible,” said Savage. “We will have more open houses, engage all key stakeholders and make sure that we are not affecting anyone’s lifestyle negatively along the way.” According to Savage the two biggest challenges the society faces is permitting and funding. The estimated cost of the project is between $750,000 and $2 million. City Council has already donated $8,000 and the Regional District of East
Kootenay (RDEK) has donated $2,000 towards the project. For more information please visit facebook/ ferniewhitewaterpark.
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Lights, camera, Fernie By Adam R. MacDonald Contributor
n Thursday last week, the Fernie Chamber of Commerce hosted Joanna Maratta, the Kootenay Columbia Film Region Liaison, as she spoke about how communities in the East Kootenays can benefit from film production that comes to the area. Joanna represents one of the five regional film commissions that work in conjunction with the BC Film Commission to attract various types of film production into each respective region. The Kootenay Columbia Film Office covers the region north of the US border, west of the Alberta border, south of Golden, and east of Boundary country. Joanna highlighted
the importance of communities being both ready and willing for the film industry to work in their areas. The major action in being ready is for businesses in the community to have an open dialogue with the Chamber, as it is one of the first steps in establishing a list of local resources available for the film production crews to utilize. “When things move, they move quickly,” said Joanna, “and having updated lists of the resources in the community is important.” She also stressed the importance of making residents aware of the disturbances that come with the economic benefits of having film production in a community. “We want to make sure that at the end of the day it is a good process for every-
one,” she said. The major way the regional film commissions attract clients is through the development of image packages that filmmakers and location managers can view online when trying to decide where to shoot a certain scene. These images include historic buildings, beautiful natural settings, old industrial sites, and many other locations throughout the region. “We have about 2,000 images in our library and they get shared with the BC Film Commission,” says Joanna. Various images from the library can be viewed at kcfilm.ca, and residents who have a suggestion for a filming location can contact Joanna Maratta at 250-505-4263 or info@ kcfilms.ca.
Weather blamed for train derailment By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff
Transportation Safety Board report blames a combination of freezing and thawing weather conditions and the widening of some rail tracks for a train derailment near Fernie last year. Twenty-seven cars of a 115-car Canadian Pacific coal train travelling westbound jumped the tracks in March 2011 when
the wheel of one car dropped inside a track, pulling the other cars off the rail. There were no injuries. The TSB report says the tracks in the area of the derailment had a wider gage, or gap, between them, after taking on many large heavy loads. Investigators also found ice buildup at the base of the rail, which they decided was a result of freeze and thaw cycles, along with rain and snow
around the time of the derailment. The report concludes the wide gage of the rails was up to safety standards, but that current standards for upgrading railing fastening systems in high-degree curves may not be adequate. New Transport Canada rules coming in this month say that track-gage tests must be conducted at least twice a year on rails carrying more than 35 million gross tons. John Kaplan puts on
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Michel Creek Road railway crossing rehabilitation approved By Andrea Horton Free Press Staff
n May 7, Sparwood City Council passed a motion for Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) to replace the railway crossing at 15.2 Cranbrook subdivision on Michel Creek Road with concrete panels. CPR has scheduled to do the road crossing rehabilitation
work in July of this year. They will replace the wood planks with concrete surfacing panels at this location. The city repaved the crossing area last year but, due to the heavy vehicle traffic the crossing is failing again. The concrete panels that CPR will replace the existing planks with will be stronger and last longer which should lessen
maintenance and increase the longevity of the crossing. As per the Canadian Transport Board order, the city is responsible for surface maintenance costs, therefore CPR is requesting $20,000 which is the cost of the concrete panels. The only other option to this is to continue to replace the planks more frequently.
ranbrook and Fernie McDonald’s restaurants have raised $9,523 for the new Ronald McDonald House BC in Vancouver. The funds donated were raised by the local McDonald’s through its participation in the 19th McHappy Day, a national fundraiser held in more than 1,400 McDonald’s restaurants across Canada. On this day, $1 from every Big Mac sandwich, Happy Meal and
hot McCafé beverage sold went to benefit local children’s charities across the country. In addition, the restaurants sold red “Ronald shoes” for $1 in the weeks leading up to McHappy Day to provide additional support. In Cranbrook and Fernie, all funds raised were earmarked for Ronald McDonald House BC. The new Ronald McDonald House will be approximately 75,000 square feet, which will make it the second largest House program in Canada, in an effort to meet the growing demand for
Cracks discovered in Teck waste dump By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff
eck Coal has reported that they have discovered cracks in a dormant waste dump at their Sparwood Ridge legacy mine site, two km east of Sparwood. The cracks were discovered at the rock dump during a routine inspection on Sunday, raising concerns that potentially the rock could move down
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family accommodation near BC Children’s Hospital. The estimated cost of construction is $26,750,000. In the past year, McDonald’s Restaurants across Canada raised more than $8.1 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities through McHappy Day and its 10cent Happy Meal Program. May 2nd, 2012, marked the 19th McHappy Day in McDonald’s Canada’s history. Since its inception in 1977, this celebration has raised nearly $35 million for Canadian children.
McHappy Day volunteers Ollie Evans and Irene Park display the red shoes that were sold for $1 to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House BC. Submitted photo
into the valley floor. Nic Milligan, Manager of Community and Aboriginal Affairs, said the site is beng monitored. “We have notified appropriate authorities, including the provincial government, and will continue to monitor the site,” he said. As The Free Press went to print on Wednesday, there had been no movement and Milligan said people should not be concerned.
Sparwood council approves gravel pit By Adam R. MacDonald Contributor
arlier this year, Sparwood council debated whether the Elk Valley Firewood Site is a suitable location for further exploration and development of a gravel pit, asphalt plant, and/or material storage area. The site, located on the south side of the intersection of Highway 3 and 43 has been identified as a potential source for gravel extraction. Council agreed that the site should be explored to identify the quantity of gravel at the location, cost savings and any concerns regarding the site. Groundtech Engineering conducted an investigation into the quality and quantity of gravel at this site. The report, which can be viewed at City Hall, indicates that the material is suitable for processing aggregate, and in order to realize cost savings, construction of an asphalt plant is also necessary. “We're looking at a few hundred thousand dollars in savings,” said Danny Dwyer, Director of Planning and Engineering Services for the District of Sparwood. Council considered several concerns regarding the
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building of the asphalt plant, including the visibility of the plant, as well as the dust, noise, and odour potentially created by it. These concerns will be addressed by the building of berms between Highway 3 and the pit in order to reduce both the visibility of the plant and the noise from the processing machinery. 'The emissions from asphalt plants are not to the same degree that they used to be,” said Mr. Dwyer, highlighting the fact that, as asphalt plants now utilize bag houses, the dust and odour from the processing will be greatly reduced, as well. Furthermore, the benefits of having the asphalt plant are more than simply money savings. “The hotter the asphalt is as it goes down, the better quality you have,” said Terry Melcer, Chief Administrative Officer for the District, “and that asphalt will hit the road immediately so it definitely gives you a much better product.” After these concerns were debated by Council, the motion: “that the development of the site next to the former Coal Discovery Centre be approved and that the placement of gravel crushing and asphalt plants be approved for 2012 only” was carried.
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A wheely fun Saturday night By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff
Wednesday, May 23
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he Avalanche City Roller Girls from Fernie put on impressive performances at the Rival Revival Roller Derby bout at the Memorial Arena in Cranbrook on Saturday night.
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RCMP beefs up Koocanusa presence B.C. Sheriffs added to coalition of law enforcement By Annalee Grant Cranbrook Townsman Staff
pl. Don Erichsen is in charge of Lake Koocanusa operations for the May Long weekend, and he has added another tool to his belt. The B.C. Sheriffs Service will be tagging along for the weekend to provide cells and transportation for anyone taken into custody over the weekend. Erichsen
said it's a significant step towards improved safety for the residents, campers and families that use the area each May holiday weekend. "Our ultimate goal is that their presence goes unneeded," Erichsen said. The Sheriffs will allow law enforcement to stay on the job longer. When an officer takes a person into custody in the Koocanusa area, Erichsen said
Legion honours fallen comrades By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff
ix legion branches came together on May 5 for the Spring Zone convention. As well as being a chance for the six branches to discuss legion business, the convention was also an opportunity for a special
they then must drive them back to either Cranbrook or Sparwood and complete paperwork before they return. That means that officer is taken off the streets for up to three hours. With the B.C. Sheriffs involved, the officers will be able to deliver that person to an undisclosed location in Baynes Lake, and the sheriffs will look after transportation and lock up. "Having the sheriffs involved has always been the central jewel," Erichsen said. The sheriffs have previously not been involved because of funding issues, but Erichsen has now been able to secure the money needed to bring them on board. "I'm very excited about
this," he said. The sheriffs have been eager to participate in May Long activities to increase the overall safety of Lake Koocanusa for all users. There have been serious incidents of violence and disturbing firearms use in the past over the May Long weekend. Last year, there was a stabbing and unsafe use of firearms such as skeet shooting on the river banks. Those incidents lead to increased complaints from local residents, and in turn, plans for a boosted police presence for this year. "It just lead to an increased risk to everyone who was using the area," Erichsen said. The problem has been escalating in recent years as the area becomes the go-to spot for May
event to commemorate fallen comrades. Along with an officer in red surge, members of the legions marched from the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce to the cenotaph to honour local comrades Harvey Fraser, Bruce Ramsey, Wayne Brown and Roger Hutton.
The legion members at the cenotaph.
Long campers. "The volume of campers has far exceeded the amount of campers it is set up for," Erichsen said. "I just know that our calls for services in the area have gone way up." Responding over the weekend will be both the Cranbrook and Elk Valley RCMP detachments, East Kootenay Traffic Services, Forestry Lands and Natural Resources Management, the B.C. Sheriffs, conservation officers and more. Erichsen hopes the addition of the sheriffs and the coalition of law enforcement will make the weekend fun and safe for everyone there. "Everybody is there to enjoy their weekend and have fun."
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