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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, and residents who have a suggestion for a filming location can contact Joanna Maratta at 250-505-4263 or info@

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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I have watched two film sets take over downtown Fernie in the last few years. First, John Cusack and cast swept into town to film Hot Tub Time Machine, then, last year, it was a rather more family friendly movie, Santa Pups, being shot in our community. I’d never seen a film set before, so, the first time especially, was really exciting. There was a buzz in the air, everyone wanted to see what was going on, trying to catch a glimpse of the stars and the crew were polite and respectful of our community. The second time, I must admit, the excitement had faded. It was still fun to see how the downtown area was transformed, but little things started to annoy me, like when I couldn’t walk down Second Avenue, or when the shop I wanted to go to was closed for filming. The fact is, Fernie is now a place where film crews want to come and shoot a movie. So we, as a community, need to decide whether or not we want it to be. Sure, it brings money in, the movie company pays a lot of money to council to take over the town. But it also means some businesses have to close during times when they should be open to customers. We live in a stunning mountain community, the kind of place big city dwellers (and movie makers) dream about. And we should be encouraging people to visit, because tourists make the town flourish. The Chamber of Commerce and other groups are making huge efforts to encourage more people to visit, including putting on special events and making promotional videos showing the town off to the world. I hope that people will see that, as much of a nuisance it might be having the downtown area taken over for a few weeks, the end result is worth it. The community has generated income that will be put towards making it even more attractive to visitors and movie makers, and what better promotional video for the town, than a full length movie showing it in all its glory?

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Letters to the Editor Open letter to B.C. Hydro re: smart meters We citizens did not give consent to their installation. But all of a sudden we discovered their installation when a neighbour spotted one on a post in the neighbour’s yard. When an oven meal ended up burning, smoke filled my kitchen and my smoke alarm started squealing. That’s when I found a new meter had replaced my old one. Then boiling water from my taps. My tank is set down and I’ve never experienced that before. My fridge goes bump when the high current cuts into my line during evening hours into

dawn. Suddenly I’m experiencing noises in my house. What is happening to my electrical appliances that were never designed by a Canadian company to carry an overload? If an appliance breaks down is that then a fire hazard? Some customers suffer health problems but I’m bugged having my hair move on my head when passing the meter on the outside of my house. Hydro should have come and explained what was going to happen. Also notice Hydro has stopped putting in meters in my area. S h i r l e y Tremblay Baynes Lake

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The community celebrates Iron Rails By Jenna Jensen Black Rock News


n what was described as the perfect spring day, the community of Sparwood, along with honoured dignitaries, celebrated the grand opening of Iron Rails overpass. This project is composed of two parts, Iron Rails Overpass and the 116 metre Elk River Bridge which, along with a 500 metre trail system, join to link Sparwood Heights to Sparwood's centre with a beautiful and safe trail system. This project also allows residents to safely cross the train tracks, and rivers, while shortening the previous walk from five kilometres to now less than two. "I am so proud to be here," says Dave Wilks MP, a speaker at the grand opening celebration. "Finally Sparwood has a direct link between Sparwood Heights and Sparwood proper. It is safe and well lit up with solar lights," says Wilks. Bill Bennett, MLA, was also in attendance and spoke of his happiness to see this project complete. "I am really pleased

to be here celebrating the grand opening," says Bennett. "This is such a beautiful walking trail and a great success for the people of Sparwood. This is a project where all three levels of government and several different projects came together to make it happen. It is certainly a project that adds to public safety," says Bennett. To fund this project, the governments of Canada, British Columbia and Sparwood each committed $707,000 under the infrastructure stimulus fund as well as $53,000 from Canada's Gas Tax fund for the Iron Rails Overpass, and $115,000 from the same fund for the Elk River Bridge. The Government of British Columbia also contributed one million dollars from the Local Motion program as well as $400,000 from Towns for Tomorrow. The remaining costs of over 2.1 million dollars were covered by the District of Sparwood. "I am really thankful for all the sources of funding, that everything came together for this project," says Sparwood Mayor Lois Halko.

"We are just thrilled with the completion of this project. It is such a beautiful walk that really links our community," says Halko. "It opens up access to a new park area Sparwood is working on developing, provides a scenic view to a wetland area now coined the' Jewel' and offers stunning views of the Elk River," she says. As part of the grand opening of Iron Rails Overpass, the community gathered to walk this new trail system for Move for Health Day with the Mayor. The mayor, honoured guests and members of the public took a 1 km stroll down the new trail, while others took a longer 4.5 km route. Sparwood logoed bags and water bottles were given out to those attending and a free barbecue was held in celebration. People of all ages and stages came out to enjoy the day. Seniors to toddlers, strolled, biked or ran on Iron Rails, enjoying the celebrations. "It's almost like a dream come true. It's such a safe and beautiful walk for seniors and for everyone," says Veronica Aragones.

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1. More British Columbians benefited from jobs in April, as BC’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 per from seven per cent in March. That’s an increase of 19,700 jobs – 16,700 of which are full time positions. 2. Strong gains were recorded in forestry, fishing, mining and gas extraction, manufacturing, trade and transportation and warehousing. April’s gains have more than made up for March’s losses in these same industries. 3. Since February 2011, BC has added 57,900 jobs to the economy, benefiting families all across the province. Compared to this time last year, BC’s unemployment rate is 1.6 % lower placing BC as the 4th lowest unemployment rate in Canada. Our government made a commitment to create jobs for families under the BC Jobs Plan and that commitment is paying off! Bill Bennett MLA, Kootenay East

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The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering an application by Ridgemont Holdings Ltd. to amend the Elk Valley Zoning Bylaw. If approved, the amendment will amend the zoning designation of a 29 ha portion of the subject property to accommodate a one lot subdivision. The subject property is located adjacent to the City of Fernie’s easterly boundary from Coal Creek Road north to the Railway as shown on the attached map. Bylaw No. 2372 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Elk Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 829, 1990 – Amendment Bylaw No. 59, 2012 (Fernie/Ridgemont Holdings)” will amend the designation of part of Lot A, District Lot 4589, Kootenay District, Plan NEP84640 from RR-60, Rural Resource Zone to RR-8, Rural Residential (Country) Zone. A public hearing will be held at: Fernie Family Centre 521 - 4th Ave S Fernie, BC Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 4:00 pm The Board has delegated the holding of this hearing to the Directors for Electoral Area A and the City of Fernie. If you believe that your interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaw, you may prior to the hearing: t inspect the Bylaw and supporting information at the RDEK office in Cranbrook from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays; t mail, fax or email written submissions to the addresses/numbers shown below; or t present written and/or verbal submissions at the hearing. Submissions cannot be accepted after the public hearing. This notice is not an interpretation of the Bylaw. For more information, contact Tracy Van de Wiel, Planning Technician, at 250-489-0306, toll free at 1-888-478-7335, or email 19 - 24th Avenue South, Cranbrook BC V1C 3H8 Phone: 250-489-2791 Toll Free: 1-888-478-7335 Email: Website:



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

• 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 • Sonrise Healing Rooms welcomes you to come in for prayer 1 to 3 p.m. No appointment necessary. 1361 Eighth Avenue. www.sonrisefernie. com/ca1402

Friday, May 18 • 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. • The Fernie Heritage Library’s Afterschool Programme, 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. Ages 10 – 12. Please pre register by contacting Sandra Summerfield at Free and includes a snack.

Saturday, May 19 • 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.

Sunday, May 20 • 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. • 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.


Tuesday, May 22 • 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.

Wednesday, May 23 • Alcoholics Anonymous meet at 7.30 p.m. in Fernie Anglican Church. Call 250-423-2131 for details. •Cribbage, Senior’s Drop In Centre, every Wednesday, 1 p.m. •Darts, Senior’s Drop In Centre, every Wednesday, 7 p.m. • Fernie Heritage Library storytime program. 11:15 a.m. – Noon • The Fernie Heritage Library’s Afterschool Programme, 3: 30 to 4:45 p.m. Ages 6 – 9. Fairytales and Folktales. This will be stories with some very fun art projects and it all may even get mixed up with a touch of the dramatic! Please preregister by contacting Sandra Summerfield at Free and includes a snack. • Sonrise Healing Rooms welcomes you to come in for prayer 7 - 9 pm. No appointment necessary. 1361 Eighth Avenue. • Abracadazzle magic show, 7 p.m. at the Fernie Community Centre.

I am sure sunshine brings out smiles and a cheerfulness in everyone. As the weather has turned to spring, Elk Valley residents are now sporting t-shirts and shorts and enjoying being outdoors. As people soak up the sun, they also can be seen getting active walking, biking and playing in their communities.

Snap.1 - Steven MacCormack goes for a slide. Snap.2 - Little Kinzie Grace stops for a break and a quick photo at the park. Snap.3 - Hanna Whiting, Sierra Wyld and Sydney Nelson, members of the Greenthumbs Environmental Group hand out water and bags at the grand opening of Iron Rails Overpass.

Photos by J. Jensen

Thank you New Teen Fiction

The Library has some new exciting teen reads available Come and see what’s new. Titles include:

*Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce *Crusade by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie *Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve *Graceling by Kristin Cashore *The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong *The Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith

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

Fernie Secondary School would like to thank the following Community Partners for supporting our recent Challenge Day event and contributing to its success. Overwaitea Tim Hortons Best Western City of Fernie Better Babies The Free Press

Teck Coal Alberta Elks Fernie Elks Community Churches School District #5 Public Health

Elk Valley Children Who Witness Abuse Program Columbia Basin Family Resource Society Sexual Abuse Intervention Program East Kootenay Addiction Services Ministry of Children and Families Adult and Parent Team Leaders Fernie Secondary School PAC Women’s Resource Center

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THE FREE PRESS Thursday, May 17, 2012

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

City of Fernie Contact Info: City Hall Ph: 250-423-6817 Fx: 250-423-3034 Email: Website: 501-3rd Avenue, Box 190 Fernie, British Columbia V0B 1M0 Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Closed statutory holidays) After Hours Phone: 250-423-4226 Fernie Aquatic Centre 250 Pine Avenue Phone: 250-423-4466 Fernie Memorial Arena 991-6th Avenue (Highway 3) Phone: 250-423-2254 For all Police, Ambulance or Fire related emergencies: Call 911

ANNUAL SPRING CLEANUP FREE PICK UP OF LAWN & GARDEN WASTE Tues May 22 & Wed May 23: Maintown Thurs May 24 & Fri May 25: Ridgemont, Pine Grove, Fernie Mobile Home Park, Castle Mtn Mon May 28: Parkland & Alpine Trails Tues May 29 & Wed May 30: Airport and Park Avenue Thurs May 31 & Fri June 1: Annex and Riverside Have your Lawn and Garden Waste to the curb by 7:00 a.m. in the same location as regular garbage pick-up in all areas except the Annex and Maintown which will be picked up in the alley. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. ALL REFUSE MUST BE bagged in clear plastic bags and tree / brush clippings must be securely bundled and piled in such a way that it can be picked up by a loader. PLEASE DO NOT PILE UP LOOSE LEAVES AND MATERIALS – YOU will be responsible for cleaning up wind blown debris.

Take notice that pursuant to Section 890 and 892 of the Local Government Act R.S.B.C. 1996, c.323 a Public Hearing will be held during the Regular Council meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 28, 2012 in the Council Chambers, in City Hall, 501-3rd Avenue, Fernie BC to receive written and verbal submissions respecting the following Bylaw: Bylaw No. 2186 cited as Zoning Bylaw No. 1750, Amendment Bylaw No. 132, 2012 Applicant: Not Applicable – City Initiated Location: 1361 – 1st Avenue This Bylaw proposes to amend Zoning Bylaw No. 1750 by: (a) Rezoning a 344.78 square metre (0.03 hectares) lot legally described as Lot 7, Block 100, District Lot 4588, Plan 734 B from R1 – Single Family Residential to R1SL – Single Family Residential Small Lot. The subject lot is a legally non-conforming parcel since it does not meet the minimum parcel area and parcel frontage requirements of the R1 zone. The City has initiated this rezoning application from R1 to R1SL in recognition of the existing parcel size and configuration and to facilitate, subject to the concurrent approval of the associated Development Variance Permit No. 306, the renovation of the existing dwelling on the subject property.

Persons who believe their interest in property is affected by the proposed bylaw may:

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• Send written submissions to the City of Fernie prior to 5:00 p.m. on the day of the hearing; • Fax written submissions to the City of Fernie (250-423-3034) prior to 5:00 p.m. on the day of the hearing; • E-mail submissions to prior to 5:00 p.m. on the day of the hearing; or • Present written and /or verbal submissions at the hearing. All submissions must include your name and street address. Submissions cannot be accepted after the Public Hearing. All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Copies of the above mentioned bylaw and related documents and reports can be inspected during normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on May 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, and 28th, 2012 at City Hall, 501–3rd Avenue Fernie, BC. Further information may be obtained by calling the Planning Department at (250) 423-6817. Dated this 17th day of May, 2012. Lisa Talavia-Spencer Director of Corporate Administration Services Advertised in the May 17th and May 24th, 2012 Editions of the Free Press Newspaper.




Property Tax Notices for the City of Fernie have been mailed to all property owners on record. Property taxes are payable by July 3, 2012, after which time a 10% penalty will be added to any unpaid current year taxes.


If you haven’t received your tax notice by the end of May please contact City Hall at 250-423-6817 or and request that a copy be forwarded to you. New property owners who have not received a notice are advised to contact City Hall. No exemption from taxation or penalty is conferred by reason of non-receipt of the Property Tax Notice.

Dates: July 16 - 20, July 30 - Aug 3; Aug 7-10 (4DAYS) and Aug 13-17. Times: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Ages 6-10 Cost: $185.33 per week (sorry no daily rate or drop in)

Payment of your property taxes can be made by mail, in person at City Hall, or by phone or internet banking or in person through most financial institutions. Cheques post dated to July 3, 2012 will be accepted at City Hall. Please allow time for your payment to arrive at City Hall prior to the due date. Post marks on mailed remittances will not be considered as date of payment. Receipt of electronic payments will be recorded at the date and time the funds arrive in the City’s bank account and not when the payment is transmitted by your financial institution. Regardless of the method of payment, eligible property owners must complete the Home Owner Grant application that is attached to the bottom of the Tax Notice and remit it to City Hall in order to claim the Grant. Penalties apply to Home Owner Grants not claimed by July 3, 2012. PROPERTY TAXES ARE DUE BY JULY 3, 2012. Phone: (250) 423-6817 Fax: (250) 423-3034 Website:

Streets and Traffic Bylaw No. 1400 Please be respectful of your fellow citizens and leave the sidewalks for the pedestrians. Just a reminder that: It is PROHIBITED to ride a bicycle, to skateboard or to rollerblade on City of Fernie sidewalks; A Fine for riding on City sidewalks is $50 under the MTI bylaw.

Save your money by kindly complying with the bylaw!

the Leisure Services Department is now taking registrations for summer camps. Included in this year’s camps are SWIM KIDS lessons.

Call Aquatic Centre to register at 250-423-4466 (space is limited to 16 registered participants per week)


Notice is hereby given that the City of Fernie intends to dispose of an interest in land, being the entering into of a lease for a portion of the Max Turyk Community Centre (Lot 1 District Lot 4588 Kootenay District Plan 10777), specifically Room #8 comprising of 528.83 square feet, with the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, for a term of 1 year, commencing on July 1st, 2012. The consideration to be received by the City for the proposed Lease is the initial sum of $5,288.30 per year. This is the first of two notices, dated the 17th day of May 2012. Cam Mertz, Director of Leisure Services

Spring Clean Up After a long winter it is time to cut back overgrown bushes and shrubs. Property owners are starting to clean up debris, including limbs, leaves and sweep the gravel off your lawn. • Anyone who has raked grass or gravel on city roadways or sidewalks is required to pick up all debris: Violators will be subject to clean-up orders and/or fines. • Remember that all garden waste and composting material must be taken to the RDEK Transfer Station on Coal Creek Road.

Construction Site Cleanup The City of Fernie wishes to remind owner’s and contractor’s working on construction sites that it is your responsibility to keep the streets at and near your work site free of dirt and debris. Per Building Bylaw #1946 an owner of property is responsible for the cost of repair or damage, including the placement of any material, on City property. Special attention should be given to mitigate dust and muddy conditions that could carry onto public streets and sidewalks. Measures such as laying down crushed gravel in low lying areas to prevent water collection where vehicles and equipment are working and regular street sweeping greatly reduce the amount of dust, dirt and debris on public roadways. You are reminded that street cleaning of roadways at your construction site is not an expense that will be borne by taxpayers of the community. Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated. Thank you.


THE FREE PRESS Thursday, May 17, 2012

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:

RESIDENTIAL SPRING CLEANUP Begins Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Any person wishing to take advantage of this service is required to register at the District Office no later than Friday, May 18, 2012 and pay the required fee of $20.00. Seniors 65 and over receive this service free of charge. Please register in person or by calling the District Office. **Limit of 1 Pickup Truck Load per household** All refuse including household furniture, white goods, metal and wood will be picked up including fridges, freezers or air conditioners. All refuse for disposal must be separated and placed just outside property line and piled in such a manner that it can be picked up with a loader. Small branches must be tied or secured in bundles. The following items WILL NOT be picked up: Trees and large branches, Vehicles, Construction refuse, Batteries, Oil or used oil filters, Tires over 16” in diameter, Special Wastes as defined by the Ministry of Environment Recyclable material (must be taken to recycling depots) ALL REFUSE MUST BE OUT BY 8:00AM ON TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2012


Thinking about moving to Sparwood? There are endless reasons why you should: a great community spirit, exceptional location and incredible lifestyle opportunities. Sparwood is situated in the South-Eastern corner of BC. Sparwood is a family-friendly Rocky Mountain community nestled in the heart of BC's Elk Valley. Our community offers exceptional lifestyle opportunities just out the back door that include world-class skiing, fishing, hiking, biking and hunting or simply spending time in the great outdoors. Sparwood was founded on a coal mining heritage and we're still the same hard working families and great folk that make this one of the world's great places to live. Whether you are considering moving here or already live here and are considering building your own home, we have nine residential lots available for sale at very reasonable prices. Mountain Ash Crescent Don’t miss this rare Lot Address Sales Price opportunity to build a single 1 407 Mountain Ash Crescent $79,500 family dwelling in the 2 415 Mountain Ash Crescent $79,500 Sparwood Proper area! New lots on this side of the Elk 3 421 Mountain Ash Crescent $79,500 River have not been available for over 30 years. Only a hop, skip and jump away from the Recreation Centre, schools, mine offices and the health centre. Whitewood Crescent Located in Sparwood Heights Lot Address Sales Price and only a short walk to 5 1309 Whitewood Crescent $79,000 the proposed Whiskey Jack 6 1311 Whitewood Crescent $69,500 Resort, local trails and parks, Whitewood Crescent is a 8 1315 Whitewood Crescent $69,500 desirable location for your new 9 1317 Whitewood Crescent $81,250 home. 11 1319 Whitewood Crescent $81,250 All new homes in Whitewood Crescent must have the design 23 1306 Whitewood Crescent $69,500 approved by Council as per the registered Building Scheme and must include an attached garage. Zoning for this subdivision permits single family dwellings and modular homes. For more information on the Building Scheme or Zoning, contact the Planning Department at 250.425.6271. Building Deadline Sales for both Mountain Ash Crescent and Whitewood Crescent will be subject to an Option to Purchase that will be registered on title. In general terms, the Option states that a building permit must be obtained within one year of the purchasing the property. The owner then has two years after the permit is obtained to substantially complete construction on the lot, including receiving Occupancy Certificate and finishing driveway and landscape areas (including grading). Failure to comply with these deadlines could result in the District purchasing the lots back at 90% of the original sale price. Purchase Process Sales are on a first come, first serve basis and must be in person or by an authorized agent. A 10% deposit is requiredand you must enter into a sales agreement with the District of Sparwood to pay the balance within 42 days. Note that prices listed do not include applicable taxes. For More Information Contact the District of Sparwood Planning and Engineering Department at 250.425.6271 or email Details on each lot are available at:

VICTORIA DAY HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE COLLECTION All garbage normally picked up on Monday, May 21st will be picked up on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012. PLEASE HAVE YOUR GARBAGE OUT BY 8:00 A.M.

WATER, SEWER AND GARBAGE BILLING The water, sewer, and garbage billing for the April – June 2012 period will be processed later than normal. The bills should be in the mail at the end of May.

NOTICE OF PROPOSED DISPOSITION OF PROPERTY BY LEASE Take Notice that Council will consider a resolution at the Regular Meeting on June 4, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. to authorize the disposition of Lot 1, District Lot 4589, Kootenay District, Plan NEP60574, PID 023-956-402, 141 Aspen Drive, commonly known as the Chamber of Commerce by way of a lease Agreement, for the period of July 1, 2012 up to and including June 30, 2016. The proposed lease will be granted to Sparwood and District Chamber of Commerce, for the sum of ONE ($1.00) DOLLAR for each year for the four year period. A copy of the Lease and related documentation may be inspected at the District of Sparwood Municipal Office, 136 Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, BC during regular business hours of Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, excluding statutory holidays. Raeleen Manjak Director of Corporate Services


Sparwood commemorates seniors turning 75 years of age The District of Sparwood recognizes the contribution that seniors make to our community. Those Sparwood seniors who have, or will, reach the age of 75 years this year are invited to attend a Council Meeting to sign our “Senior’s Birthday Book”. They will also receive a lilac lapel pin (Sparwood’s flower) that has been specially made to commemorate the occasion. Please notify the District of Sparwood Municipal Office by June 6th, 2012 if you, or someone you know has turned 75 years of age or will be turning 75 this year. We will then send an invitation to the recipient to attend the June 18th, 2012 Regular Meeting of Council. Family and friends are also encouraged to attend. The “Senior’s Birthday Book” will be kept at the Municipal Office as part of our community’s heritage records. Please ensure that you or your loved one becomes part of Sparwood’s history. For further information, please contact the District Office.

CELEBRATE BC MINING WEEK MAY 13TH – 19TH, 2012 The District of Sparwood is Proud to Salute all the Mines in the Elk Valley We recognize the on-going support that the mines provide to the community, not only by way of taxation and employment, but also by the support they give the community through donations, time and scholarships.

THE FREE PRESS Thursday, May 17, 2012


A face in the crowd and 2nd Annual Best Ball Charity Golf Tournament

If you are the individual in this photo you have won a $10 gift voucher from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Drop into The Free Press office for your prize.

Bear Corner Bear sightings this week


t’s time to start thinking about your garbage Spring is the best opportunity we have to prevent bears from learning bad habits by ensuring that our properties are free of attractants (garbage, dirty barbecues and bird feeders.) If bears get the upper hand early by feeding in our back yards, it will be hard to make them wild again. After a long cold winter and high snow pack bears are just starting to emerge from their dens. The cold and wet spring has delayed new plant growth. Bears will typically feed on plants, berries and bugs but they are natural scavengers and will travel great distances to find food.

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By Kathy Murray Bear Aware Community Coordinator/Fernie

Recent bear sightings


Grizzly bears were reported on upper Ridgemont Drive and on Coal Creek Road by the River Road extension. Black bears have been reported on Burma Road, Cedar Bowl Crescent and Tmberline Crescent at Fernie Alpine Resort.

Mountain bike trails Grizzly bears were seen on Brads Gay Trail, Roots and Hyperventilation.

At home: Please ensure that garbage is kept indoors until collection day and all other bear attractants (bird feeders, barbecues, pet food) are secured. Hiking and Biking: Make noise to warn bears of your presence, watch for fresh bear signs and travel in groups in daylight. If you meet a bear, back away slowly and leave. Do not run. Give the bear space to escape. Please report all bear sightings and incidents to the Ministry of Environment 24-hour hotline at 1-877-9527277. For more information, updated bear activity and bear safety please visit bearaware. and elkvalleybearaware. or visit us on Facebook.

Friday June 1st, 2012

All proceeds go towards the Elkford Early Childhood Development Committee $250/team of 4 registration fee

One cart per team (based on availability) x

Mountain Meadows Golf Course Elkford, BC

Steak dinner included x x

Silent Auction Guaranteed FUN

To register a team please contact: Jennifer 250-865-7156

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 1:00 ~ Registration & Silent Auction Opens 2:00 ~ Shot Gun Start 5:00 ~ Dinner 6:30 ~ Awards & Silent Auction Closes 7:00 ~ Poker Tournament Begins

The 2011 charity tournament raised over $7000 that was used to help support such programs and events such as: Mom and Me Parent and Tot Fun Times Kidnasium Books for Babies The Teddy Bear Picnic Cookie Decorating Toboggan Parties Winter in the Wild Preschool Dance

Sponsored by:

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

2012 Property Tax Notices, Annual Utility Notices & Home Owner Grant Applications

Local Government Awareness Week

The District of Elkford 2012 Property Tax Notices and the 2012 Residential Utility Notices will be mailed out by May 25th, 2012. If you do not receive your notice by the end of the first week of June, please contact the District Office.

The District of Elkford is excited to announce our participation in Local Government Awareness Week from May 20th to 26th. Local Government Awareness Week is held in conjunction with National Public Works Week to generate awareness and to educate the public about the roles and responsibilities of local government and to encourage the public to participate in local government processes, including voting in local elections.

To avoid the 10% penalty, all payments and eligible Home Owner Grants must be received before: July 3, 2012 at 4:00 pm If your financial institution makes your property tax payment and if you are eligible, you will still need to claim your annual Home Owner Grant and also pay your annual utilities notice (water, sewer, solid waste) before July 3. Unclaimed Home Owner Grants and unpaid utilities are also subject to the 10% penalty. The District Office is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. We will be closed for the statutory holiday Monday July 2, 2012.

Wildcat Days – Art Show We’re on the prowl for adventurous spirits:

Lifeguard/Instructor 1 Casual Position For more information:

Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings May 22, 6:30 pm

Citizens’ Advisory Committee

May 24, 8:00 pm

Urban Deer Advisory Committee

May 28, 6:00 pm

Regular Council Meeting

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

Elkford’s beautiful new Community Centre will be the site for the First Annual Wildcat Days Art Show – June 30, 2012. CALL FOR ARTIST SUBMISSIONS IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES: Drawing, Painting, Pastels, Glass, Photography, Pottery, Sculpture and Other. • Artist can submit up to two pieces of artwork; • All drawing, painting, pastel and photography art work must be framed and ready to hang; • Artists should submit a brief biography about themselves; • Artist brochures or business cards will be displayed for the viewing public. If you are interested and would like to exercise your artistic muscle, submit one application form for each piece by May 31, 2012 to the Leisure Services Department, District of Elkford. Forms can be downloaded at or picked up at the Recreation Centre in Elkford Monday to Friday. For more information contact: Debbie Kliment, Program Coordinator 250.865.4010

The District will be holding an Open House in the Elkford Mall on Thursday May 24th, 2012. The Open House will showcase the current activities of each department and will also address questions and concerns that the District frequently receives from the public. Mayor, Council and staff will attend the Open House and will be available to respond to any questions that residents may have. In an effort to help youth learn about the vital role local government plays in their day-to-day lives, the District of Elkford is offering contests for elementary and high school children. The District is hosting a “Name the Bear” contest for Elementary School children, as well as a Tourism Video Contest for High School students. Please contact Randa McDonald at rmcdonald@ or 250.865.4006 for more information.

Street Sweeping The street sweeper will be coming to your area soon! Any sand and gravel raked off your lawns can be left on the curb for the sweeper to collect. Please do not leave any grass clippings and leaves on the side of the street. Please do not park on the street so that the sweeper can clean your entire area.


THE FREE PRESS Thursday, May 17, 2012

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ew legislation will give emergency workers the right to test patients for serious communicable diseases such as HIV/ AIDS and Hepatitis B and C. The Ministry of Labour introduced the legislation on April 30, meaning emergency workers will be able to access information about potential disease exposure. The nature of the work done by emergency personnel means they are at a higher risk of coming into contact with other peoples’ bodily substances, putting them in a situation where they can be exposed to serious diseases. The Emergency Intervention Disclosure Act will enable emergency workers to get a court order to require individuals to give a bodily fluid sample, if one is not given voluntarily. Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett, said he spent a couple of days last summer with his colleague, KelownaLake Country MLA, Norm Letnick, meeting with local paramedics and fire fighters to gauge their support

and to determine the need. “It has been a privilege to have worked with my local and provincial firefighters and paramedics over the past three years on this bill,� said Letnick. “This bill improves the balance between the right to privacy of individuals and the right to know among those who may be impacted by the transfer of bodily fluids.� The bill also protects privacy by assuring information is shared in confidence only, and sets penalties for non-compliance of testing orders and privacy provisions. Bronwyn Barter, President, Ambulance Paramedics of BC, said, “Our paramedics and partners in police and fire are exposed to needle-stick injuries or blood splashes routinely, and not being able to find out in a timely manner whether or not you’ve been exposed to a blood-borne illness can cause a great deal of stress. “We have the right to know.� Jason Macnaughton, Communications Manager at the Ministry of Labour, said that currently most people agree to

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give a blood sample when asked, but some may refuse. “Here’s an example of when this legislation might apply,� he said. “A paramedic attends a car crash and cuts his arm on the wreckage while assisting injured passengers. During this time, the blood of an injured passenger comes in contact with the paramedic’s open wound.

“We have the right to know what we have been exposed to.� Bronwyn Barter President, Ambulance Paramedics of BC

“If the individual refuses to give a blood sample for testing, the paramedic could use this legislation to obtain one.� Similar legislation exists in six other provinces: Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. Regulations will be developed to test for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. Between 1987 and 2011, WorkSafeBC accepted 227 claims for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV exposures. Of those claims, 47 were from first responders.

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Magician to bring thrilling multi-media show to Fernie By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


ave you ever seen someone sawn in half and live to tell about it afterwards? How about floating through the air with no visible strings attached. If not, here’s your chance! Canada’s outstanding illusionist, John Kaplan, is bringing his acclaimed AbracaDAZZLE! show to Fernie on Wednesday, May

23, presented by the Fernie Elks Lodge and Teck. Kaplan has opened for Jay Leno, done the half-time show for the Calgary Stampeders and provided the headline entertainment for the Men’s Brier. His AbracaDAZZLE! show dazzles the senses with amazing illusions and spectacular special effects, brought to life with electrifying music and dance in an entertainment event that promised to thrill

the whole family. The spectacle stars illusionist John Kaplan, who makes us believe in a world of fantasy through his original blend of magic and comedy with contemporary music, dance and special effects in this must-see theatrical experience. It’s a magical review show for all ages. Incredible illusions are mixed with side-splitting audience participation in a 90-minute

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he selected submissions for the 2012 Banner Project have been hung and are being proudly displayed in downtown Fernie. An overwhelmingly positive response during the banner launch event on April 19 at The Arts Station left only three

banners left for sponsorship. More banners were sponsored this year than any other since the project’s inception thanks to the talented artists and generous supporters in the Elk Valley. The three final banners can be sponsored for $100 each. After being on display for one year on Second Avenue then for another year lining the highway, the

banner belongs to the sponsor. “They make a great addition to a garden, patio or anywhere else your heart desires,” said Roxanne Beaton, Administration Assistant at The Arts Station. For more information, please contact The Arts Station at (250) 423-4842 or send an email to

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program of spellbinding fun that parents can share with their children and grandparents. Kaplan has been making magic across Canada on behalf of community organizations for over 30 years. The performance in Fernie will help the local Elks Lodge who is raising funds for the Society for Community Living’s summer camps. So come on out to the Fernie Community Centre on May 23

at 7 p.m. to see who from Fernie will get their head cut off or sawn in half! There will be special surprise draws, a silent auction as well as souvenirs and refreshments. Advance tickets and family passes are available at Giv’er Shirt Works, Back Country Meats and Sparwood Physiotherapy. For other ticket information call Eric at 250-423-4164 or visit www.

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ome out and celebrate international goodwill and conservation, with the Crown of the Continent choir from Kalispell, Montana. In honour of the sounds of nature that accompany the turn of the seasons, the 60-voice Crown of the Continent Choir and their select group, The Headwaters Ensemble, are embarking on a circuit around the Crown, wrapping Waterton-Glacier in song. Their voices are accompanied on this journey by the unparalleled images of Steven Gnam, a talented fine-art photographer whose scenes from Waterton-Glacier are quite simply stunning. His astonishing images, combined with soaring choral arrangements, emerge like a wonder of spring colour to honour the season. Beginning at Glacier Park’s historic Lake McDonald Lodge, then travelling through Waterton, Pincher Creek and Fernie, the

presentation celebrates 100 years of international peace and goodwill across borders. It also serves as tribute to a century of transboundary conservation in this remarkable mountain intersection of Alberta, British Columbia and Montana. The Crown of the Continent Choir is a Kalispell-based community choir, directed by Kevin Allen-Schmid. They sing in celebration of our tremendous landscapes, our protected parks, and also for the sheer fun of it. Steven Gnam is a Whitefish native who, in turning his lens to the Crown’s wonders, has presented us the gift of his unequaled artistic vision. Together, they provide a passport to Waterton-Glacier as you’ve never seen it, or heard it, before. The performances come courtesy of the Crown Choir and Mr. Gram, with support from the National Parks Conservation Association and Wildsight. Join them on Sunday at 4 p.m. at The Arts Station, Fernie.

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Friday, June 8, 2012 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm 4:00 pm – 11:30 pm 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

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Coal Miner Cup Ball Hockey Tournament – Sparwood Arena – Derek Cimolini Parade begins at Overwaitea – Colten Kunst 5th Annual Street Market – Curling Rink Parking Lot – CMD Society BBQ at corner of Red Cedar & Pine Avenue – Teck Coal Ltd Information Booth – Soccer Field at Recreation Centre – CMD Society Kids Fest with Rainbow the Clown performing – Soccer Field at Recreation Centre – Sparwood Chamber of Commerce Face Painting by Cameo & Sue Hanlon @ Kids Fest – Soccer Field at Rec Centre Sparwood Knights of Columbus Soap Box Derby – Red Cedar Hill Cabaret – Curling Rink – CMD Society

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Slo-pitch Tournament – Lions Park & Rec Centre Field – Dawn Weatherbee EKCCU Sparwood Classic 5K/8K Run/ Walk – Recreation Centre –

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Surface Mine Rescue and First Aid competition By Tammy Ogden Teck Coal


his year marked the 91st year of the East Kootenay Mines Industrial Safety Association (EKMISA) and the East Kootenay Zones Surface Mine Rescue and First Aid Competition. This event was held at the fire training facility in Elkford on May 12, kicking off BC Mining Week, May 13 to 19. For as long as mining has taken place in the Elk Valley and surrounding areas, there has been a need for courageous men and women to be trained to respond to emergency situations. As members of the Surface Mine Rescue Team, this group of dedicated, selfless individuals commit an extensive amount of time and energy to be prepared for the unexpected and worstcase, mining-related scenarios. The list of potential mining emergencies is vast and every scenario is unique. These teams

must be prepared to react on a moment’s notice and rely on their knowledge, experience and leadership to stay safe, save lives and protect critical property. Each Teck coal mine site in the Elk Valley maintains a minimum of one fully trained and equipped mine rescue team per operating shift. These teams are made up of six to 10 members who attend eight hours of rescue training for each month that the mine operates. During the month of April, each mine site in BC hosted an in-house mine rescue competition. This one- to two-day event allows six-member shift teams to demonstrate their knowledge and skills during mock emergency situations. Scenarios are based around fire, extrication, first aid, hazardous spills and countless other situations, many of which are based on actual events. The top teams and individuals from the site competition are recognized

by having their names added to the list of names that appear on the trophies presented. Each mine site then selects one Surface Mine Rescue Team and a three-person first aid team to compete at the annual East Kootenay Zones Surface Mine Rescue and First Aid Competition. Each year the EKMISA also invites local youth and industries to compete in junior, intermediate and occupational level-3 first aid scenarios. Historically the mine sites support two full weeks of rigorous training by the representing team. The “zones” competition stepped up the level of difficulty of each mock scenario and tossed in realistic patients and even explosions to add to the realism for both competitors and spectators. Teams were held in lock-up while the tasks were set up; the nervous butterflies felt by even the most seasoned rescuers are testimony to the dedication

Fording River team take part in a first aid drill.

felt by all. Teams were drilled on their knowledge of equipment competency, rope rescues, fire scenarios, building searches, hazardous spills, motor vehicle accidents and extrication and

many other industrial emergency situations. This grueling full-day event wrapped up with sweat, smiles, cold refreshments and reflecting back on the day’s events.

The Elkview team perform a fire drill.

The Elkview team help a man pretending to have burnt hands. Greenhills rescue team react to a mock scenario where a man is hit by a falling tree.

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The Coal Mountain team rescue a girl hit by a culvert.

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FERNIE ROD AND GUN CLUB The Fernie Rod and Gun Club would like to thank the following people and businesses for contributing to the 2012 Awards Night and Fundraiser. A huge thank you to all the volunteers throughout the weekend and the banquet committee for all their hard work over the last couple months. With all your hard work and dedication the banquet was a huge success with record attendance and youth award recipient’s! Once again thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors - Your help is MUCH APPRECIATED!!




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By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


he Salvation Army thrift store in Fernie is asking people who are dropping off donations to do so during business hours. Staff say many people have been leaving donations outside the shop overnight, resulting in items being ruined by the elements. “We are grateful for the many generous donations that we receive from the town, however, we are concerned about the number

$ of donations that are being dropped off before and after business hours,” said Kyla McKenzie Lieutenant of the Salvation Army in Fernie. “We rely on the donations of our communities to remain open and to continue providing help to those in need. By dropping donations off outdoors when we are unable to bring the donations directly inside they are exposed to the elements and this results in the donations being ruined and having to be disposed of.










“There are also large safety concerns as we desire to maintain a safe environment for staff and patrons and by leaving donations outside, a hazard is created due to the blocking of our main exit and entrance to the store.” Please help the Salvation Army to continue helping those in need in our communities and also ensure efficiency and reduce waste by dropping off donations in the donation bins at the front of the store, Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. Some donations left outside the Salvation Army recently. to 5 p.m.

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RCMP REPORT Tuesday, April 17 • In Sparwood at 8:35 p.m. an erratic driver was reported. A gold Volkswagen Golf was swerving and almost hit a vehicle head on. • In Fernie at 11:46 p.m. a blue Ford Escort was seen doing doughnuts in a business parking lot. The vehicle was located two hours later travelling north on Hwy. 43. The driver was spoken to and warned. No alcohol was involved.

at 5:44 a.m. an injured elk was reported. • In Hosmer at 8:26 a.m. there was a false residential alarm. • In Sparwood

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- Crime in the Elk Valley

at 12:50 p.m. there was a request from the Cranbrook detachment to be on the lookout for a green sedan driving erratically. Police

located the vehicle and the driver was issued a violation ticked for performing an unsafe pass. • In Baynes

Lake at 3:37 p.m. a complainant reported a hole was cut in her fence. • In Elkford at 4:35 p.m. there was

a report of a vehicle driving dangerously around kids playing on the street. • In Elkford at 5:18 p.m. a report was

made about a male subject who continuously drives without a licence.

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Wednesday, April 18

• In Fernie at 10:08 a.m. a Visa card was found and turned in. • In Fernie at 1:39 p.m. there was a domestic dispute. • In Fernie at 3:37 p.m. a complainant reported a hit and run vehicle accident. • In Elkford at 4:08 p.m. an older maroon car failed to stop for a school bus. • In Elkford at 4:58 p.m. there was a complaint of a homemade sign being placed on the road warning drivers of children at play. • In Fernie at 5:40 p.m. a green Ford Crew Cab was reported for passing on a double solid and speeding. • In Fernie at 6:52 p.m. a vehicle was reported stolen sometime overnight from outside the complainant’s home in the 400 block of Ninth Avenue. • In Fernie at 7:28 p.m. there was a report of a break and enter in progress. Police attended and the suspect was gone, but the area was examined and there was no evidence of a break and enter. • In Fernie at 9:53 p.m. there was a dine and dash for $60. • In Hosmer at 11:17 p.m. threats were reported. • In Fernie at 11:54 p.m. there was domestic dispute.

Thursday, April 19 • In Sparwood at 3:18 a.m. there was a false business alarm. • In Fernie at 3:54 p.m. there was a loud party complaint in the 100 block of Fifth Avenue. • In Sparwood

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Equipment ready to hit the greens! D

id you check all your equipment before setting off to hit your first basket of golf balls at the practice range? If you put away your golf bag in a corner of the basement last fall, you will probably need to do a good clean-up before starting your season. A brush and some soapy water should be enough to clean your clubs properly. If you spot any rust on the head or the shaft of a club, use an anti-corrosion spray. Examine the grip of every club. If they are smooth or worn, be sure to have them replaced. They

could also be rubbed with steel wool to improve adherence. Your golf bag will also need a good cleanup. Empty the contents of all the compartments and wipe them with a damp cloth. Check your inventory of balls, tees, ball markers, divot repair tools, towels, etc. Avoid unnecessarily filling all the pockets. Is it really necessary to bring three dozen golf balls when you leave for your Saturday morning game? Don’t forget to inspect your golf cart as well. Maybe the wheels and other moveable

parts need to be lubricated. And finally, giving your shoes a good clean will make them look like new. Ensure they are not missing any spikes and replace any that are worn.

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Lethbridge spring track and field meet By Ritch Braun Passtrak


ou couldn’t pick a worse day for the first track meet of the outdoor season. Passtrak travelled to Lethbridge on May 5 to compete and they were welcomed with rain, sleet, snow and horrific winds. Whoever said, “That which does not kill you makes you stronger,” must have known this was coming.

Being the troopers they are, the Passtrak athletes did compete in as many events as possible but unfortunately had to scratch 16 of the ones they were registered in. In the end they participated in 13 events where they earned 12 medals, four gold, four silver and four bronze. In spite of the weather they also produced two lifetime best performances and set three new Passtrak club records. Mosese Ratudradra placed

third in the Peewee boys 60m in 13.18 seconds and also third in the long jump with a leap of 2.37m. He then grabbed a gold medal in the shotput with a new club record of 4.68m. Alan Wong picked up three medals in the Peewee boys events as well. He took third in the shotput with a 3.74m toss then second in the long jump with 2.55 and finally another second in the 60m in 12.46 seconds. Noah Schuh rounded out our

Peewee group also with three medals. He placed second in shotput with 4.36m then first in the long jump at 3.36m which was a personal best and also first in the 60m by finishing in 11.62 seconds. Zion Ratudradra, a Bantam, was only able to contest one event, the 80m, where he placed third in 13.36 seconds. Alisi Ratudradra was in the Bantam Girls age group and was only able to complete one event

as well but did it in style. She won the shotput by improving her lifetime best by 1.2m setting a new Passtrak club record in the process. Josh Schulz high jumped in the Youth men’s event where he cleared 1.6m for a silver medal. That height also broke the previous Passtrak club record. He also participated in the triple jump but that result was not available at press time.

Ending the judo season on a high kick By Fred Gietz Fernie Judo Club


he Fernie Judo Club is ending their competitive season in winning style. On April 21, 10 members of the Fernie Team travelled to Invermere to participate in the annual Invermere Judo Tournament and returned home with nine medals. One week later, six team competitors travelled to Salmo to

At the Invermere tournament.

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compete in the ‘Kootenay Klassic’ Judo tournament that brought together close to 100 competitors from the Okanogan, Kootenay and northern U.S.A. and brought home seven medals with some Fernie competitors winning in two divisions. In Invermere : Gold Winners Teetzel and Noah Teetzel


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Silver Winners- Gillian Johnston, Daniel McRae Bronze Winners- Sydney Koevoet, Travis Richmond, Kyler Robertson Certificate of Participation – Ethan McRae

looks forward to starting their next quarter century of sport and

physical fitness in Fernie this coming September.

In Salmo: Noah Teetzel winning gold in the U15 Division, Liam Teetzel winning gold in the U13 and U15 Division, Cole Goodman winning bronze in the U17 Division, Kyler Robertson winning Bronze in Mens U20 and Sydney Koevoet bringing home silver in U15 and bronze in U17. Mike Teetzel fought in a very tough Brown and Blackbelt division. The Fernie Judo Club is a nonprofit sports club for both youngsters and adults that celebrated its 25th year in Fernie this past season. The club is run by volunteer instructors and coaches who are sanctioned by Judo B.C. and Judo Canada and who are actively involved in the N.C.C.P. program (national coaching certification program). Both instructors and senior students are encouraged and sponsored to be involved in the N.C.C.P. program. The club

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Lela Krotz has been chosen as the East Kootenay and BC Provincial Canskater of the Year. Her name will go into the national pool and she will find out within a month or so if she is chosen. She travelled to Vancouver on May 5 to receive her award.

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Rotary golf tournament on par once again By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


un, great golf, food and prizes, made the Rotary golf tournament at the weekend a huge success. The event on Saturday at Fernie Golf and Country Club raised around $9,000 through ticket sales, a silent auction and sponsorships. Half of the money will go towards the ‘A Clear View’ campaign, a two year, $1 million fund raising venture to

purchase a digital mammography unit for the East Kootenay Regional hospital. The other half of the money goes to Shelterbox Canada, a Rotary disaster relief program that provides families in disaster areas with a 10-person tent, a stove and other essential gear to help them through the emergency situation. The event saw 96 golfers enjoying a day on the fairways, and 127 in total had dinner.


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A Good Day, A Good Time... For A Good Cause

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hank you to all of the wonderful sponsors, donors, and participants of our 11th Annual Rotary Charity Golf Tournament. We couldn’t have asked for better weather and a fine time was had by all. Especially popular was the Beat the Pro challenge on the 5th hole sponsored by the Fernie Golf & Country Club, many people were seen spending their orange gift certificates in the pro shop after their round. Unfortunately there were no winners at the $10,000 Hole in One challenges sponsored by Home Building Centre and Canadian Tire, but a few players came very close and are already practicing for next year. Snacks and jugs of beer on the deck in the sun was a highlight and the Clubhouse Restaurant and Fernie Brewing Company did a great job. CP Catering organized a fantastic 3 course prime rib dinner and some belts were definitely being loosened by the end of the evening.

Lots of prizes were handed out including golf bags, gift certificates and free rounds. The $425 50/50 prize was handed out just in time for the live auction which saw brisk bidding on a makeover package, an adventure package including a day of cat skiing at Fernie Wilderness Adventures, and three bikes donated by GearHub and Straightline. The silent auction was a huge hit and more than a few bidding rivalries developed through the evening. Through all of our efforts we managed to raise approximately $9,000 for our charities, A Clear View & ShelterBox Canada. We couldn’t have done this without the support of our sponsors, auction donors, and participants. Thank you all very much and I look forward to seeing you all next year Aysha Haines

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the seniors will see a much needed new foyer with a wheelchair ramp and wheelchair opener. Also, the building will have new siding, roofing and have an addition built on to the building. "We are so thankful to be doing this," says Bunny Mercereau, Sparwood Seniors Society President."It is thanks to our partnership with Teck, and sponsors East Kootenay Community Credit Union, Regional District of East Kootenay, Sparwood Futures Society, Columbia Basin Trust, MDG Contracting as well as many in kind sponsors that make it all possible," says Mercereau. During the groundbreaking ceremony project contractors MDG Contracting Services expressed their pleasure to be on board with such a rewarding project. "We are really glad to be doing this for the seniors, we discounted the job significantly to make it work," says Ron Mason, President and CEO, MDG Contracting Services. "We will close down the facility while it is under construction, but we estimate it will all be completed within 90 days. Let the sun shine and the digging begin," says Mason. A grand opening ceremony is expected when the expansion is complete.

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World Harmony Run visits Sparwood By Jenna Jensen Black Rock News


n an early morning stir of excitement many gathered at the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce eagerly awaiting the arrival of the World Harmony runners. The World Harmony Run, which was founded in 1987, is designed to spread the message of love, peace and oneness. Runners from around the globe travel to over 100 countries to share the aspiration of a more harmonious world. During the stop in Sparwood, World Harmony runners from Ukraine, Slovakia, Calgary, Northwest Territories and Ottawa were greeted by a crowd eager to meet them and inspired by their dedication. Joanne Wilton Sparwood's Acting Mayor as well as councillors Sharon Fraser and Margaret McKie greeted the

runners with a warm welcome on behalf of the District while attendees took turns passing the torch and making a wish for peace. "It is just so special for us to be here," says Sparwood resident Shauna Salmon. "For myself and my kids the World Harmony Run is a representation of kids around the world who are just like mine, to be able to feel the same measure of peace as we do here," she says. "For me, it means that they are bringing awareness to things we may not always be aware of here. They are inspiring, and bring more meaning to what we may be running for in our running club," says Michelle Musil. The World Harmony runners shared their message and a song before Michelle Musil and Jackie Gentile headed out of town to continue on their way across the Western leg The World Harmony Run team poses with Sparwood residents and council who were happy to meet them and of the run. share their message of love and harmony. Photo by J. Jensen


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Give us a call if you would like to take lessons, and we will put your name on a Future Interest List. We are hoping to have enough interest to offer a program designed to teach adults or children the basic mechanics of this great sport. Program would be offered a er summer vaca on, the beginning of Fall. Phone: Sparwood Leisure Centre at 250 425-0552.

When: May 26, 2012 - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Where: Sparwood RecreaƟon Centre Hall Admission: $2.00

Request for Proposals Leisure Centre Grounds Landscape Plan Individual consultants, businesses or companies with proven experience and exper se in landscape design and planning are invited to submit detailed proposals by which the goals, objec ves and other requirements of this request may be best met. Proposals will be received in a sealed envelope, clearly marked with the name and address of the proponent, the name of the Project: “Request for Proposal: Leisure Centre Landscape Plan” and be addressed to Duane Lawrence, Director of Community & Facility Services, or digitally, no later than 2:00 pm (MST), Thursday May 31st, 2012 (the “Closing Deadline”), at the following address: District of Sparwood - Municipal Office 136 Spruce Avenue Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0 recrea The work generally comprises the crea on of a conceptual design plan for the District of Sparwood Leisure Centre Grounds and Lions Park incorpora ng exis ng and future structures and ameni es. Copies of the Request for Proposal can be obtained from the District of Sparwood Municipal Hall at 136 Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0 or online on BC Bid ( on or a er May 4th, 2012.

“Spring has sprung”! Come out and check out what area businesses have to offer! An cipa ng that there will be over twenty five vendors with tables set up. Take a break from your gardening or yard work and check things out.

Sparwood Early Childhood Coordinator The Sparwood Early Childhood Development Commi ee is looking for a casual part me coordinator to assist in the monthly opera ons of the ECD Commi ee. The ECD Commi ee works in conjunc on with the community to ensure that our children aged birth to six are nurtured and able to develop a solid founda on to reach their greatest poten al. Incumbents should have excellent communica on and computer skills, Ability to work independently, and have excep onal organiza onal and me management skills. • Repor ng to the Board of Directors the incumbent will be Responsible for: • Produc on and distribu on of brochures, posters and other print materials • Maintain social media site(s) and email networks • Coordina on of board mee ngs, recording and distribu ng of agendas & minutes • Gathering and providing updates on relevant early childhood conferences, workshops and informa on • Par cipa ng in regional mee ngs • Overseeing and coordinate special events and programs • Advocate on behalf of the residents of Sparwood This casual posi on offers a self regulated schedule of up to 20 hours per month at $20/hr. Resumes and cover le er may be dropped off at the District of Sparwood Leisure Centre at 367 Pine Ave, Sparwood, BC. For a full posi on descrip on please email

Volunteers Needed for Canada Day

Volunteers needed to help with various ac vi es for Canada Day in Sparwood Sunday July 1st, 2012. Thank you to all of you who generously volunteer your me. For more informa on, or to volunteer, contact the Sparwood Recrea on Department. Phone 250-425-0552 or email:

Summer Program Camp Leader

The District of Sparwood Community Services department is currently looking for a Leader to coordinate our Adventure Summer Camp program. Our camps are quality camps for children, ages 8 – 12. Par cipants will be able to experience the thrills of adventure while engaging in an assortment of ac vi es. As leader, you will be responsible for the planning, organiza on, coordina on and implementa on of the camp. Candidates should be energe c, well organized, have outstanding leadership skills, and be a kid loving individual who meets the following requirements: • • • • •

Valid Class 5 Drivers License Valid First Aid & CPR Experience working with children Experience working within a budget Computer skills

An addi onal asset • Current NLS • Valid Class 4 Driver License Monday – Friday shi schedule with the possibility of an occasional overnight camp. For more informa on, please contact: Sparwood Community and Leisure Services A en on: Duane Lawrence Box 669 Sparwood BC V0B 2G0 250 425-0552 recrea


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Fernie gets a taste of the Mediterranean By Stephanie Fleming Contributor


n the food business, it is always important to get the balance of flavours just right. That's why the newly opened Smokey Mountain Pasta on Second Avenue is giving Fernie just a little taste of everything. “We have tried to include all the regions of the Mediterranean from Greece to Italy to Turkey,” says owner and chef, James Wapple. With over 30 years experience in the kitchen, Mediterraneantrained James moved to the Kootenays to follow his passions. “I have a love for the mountains, this is where I've wanted to live for many years,” he says. Having lived in Fernie now for two years, James noticed a gap in the food available. “There wasn't really any place you could go for an honest flat bread pizza made from scratch.” With a mill and pasta making equipment on site, the focus for Smokey Mountain Pasta is on completely in-house made food and healthy alternatives. The overall concept of the

restaurant centres around the slogan 'from the berry to the bowl' with an emphasis on local and organic produce, starting with the grain. “Fresh milled flour makes sense, it tastes better and nutritionally it's better for you,” says James who will be launching a range of retail products including home made pastas, sauces, olive oils and a range of grains that can be selected by the customer and milled in minutes on site for breads and doughs made at home. The restaurant, which took nearly three months to renovate, is decorated with local art, antiques and an array of guitars and musical equipment. But don't be fooled into thinking these things exist merely for decoration. Like the menu, the decor has been carefully selected and everything is for sale. “If you see something and think, 'oh that would look great in my kitchen,’ you can buy it and take it home,” says James, who even has plans to set up a small music corner where people can buy guitar strings and other speciality items previously unavailable in Fernie.

The restaurant combines classic Mediterranean style with modern elegance.

Smokey Mountain Pasta is open for business.

Smokey Mountain Pasta is currently open Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and later on weekends, serving a range of Mediterranean inspired food including pizzas, pastas, soups, salads and donairs; all reasonably priced and available for eat in or takeaway in biodegradable packaging. There are plans to showcase many of the retail products at the upcoming summer street markets in Fernie and to have a mobile vendor open late, moving in to the winter. Walking into Smokey Mountain Pasta you can see and feel the thought and passion that has gone into its creation. From the little details like the brown paper and crayons on some of the tables to entertain the kids to the small stage set up to host local acts to

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entertain the adults, it appears that this place has got the balance just right. Visit Smokey Mountain

Pasta at 561B Second Avenue, Fernie or contact James at smokeymountainpasta@gmail. com for more information.

The restaurant will also sell speciality items.

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RCMP REPORT gunshots. Police attended and located the source of the noise, which was fireworks. • In Sparwood at 11:20 p.m. there was a report of fireworks being set off in the Juniper Crescent area.

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• In Fernie at 5:45 p.m. the driver of a gold Chrysler Intrepid was possibly impaired. The vehicle was not located. • In Fernie at 7:54 p.m. there was a report of a disorientated individual wandering around. Police attended and located the individual and there were no issues. He was having difficulty finding an address. • In Fernie at 9:56 p.m. a complainant reported they had heard

Friday, April 20 • In Fernie at 2:37 a.m. a vehicle was suspiciously sitting in front of a business. Police attended and located the individual who had been consuming alcohol. He was issued a 24-hour suspension for having care and control of

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- Crime in the Elk Valley

a motor vehicle. • In Sparwood at 7:05 a.m. there was a single vehicle rollover. The occupant was taken to the hospital for observation and was later released. • In Sparwood at 9:53 a.m. there was a report of harassment. • In Fernie at 10:41 a.m. there was a request for a wellbeing check. While police were making inquiries the subject was heard from and was safe and sound. • In Fernie at 12:39 p.m. a suspicious vehicle

was reported. The vehicle was not located. • In Sparwood at 6:11 p.m. there was false residential alarm • In Fernie at 6:27 p.m. a lost wallet was reported. • In Sparwood at 9:23 p.m. Calgary Police Services requested local police to notify local residents of a family matter. • In Fernie at 9:26 p.m. there was a report of a dead elk partially blocking the highway. • In Sparwood at 9:50 p.m. police were

requested to dispatch an injured elk. • In Elko at 10:01 p.m. police were requested to assist with helping an individual in getting her vehicle she had loaned out returned. • In Elkford at 10:32 p.m. youths were throwing rocks in a playground area.

Saturday, April 21 • In Fernie at 1:09 a.m. intoxicated individuals were refusing to leave a liquor establishment. • In Sparwood at

2:31 a.m. there was a report of a male subject breaking into a residence and sitting at the kitchen table. Police attended and the subject was under the influence of drugs. He was taken to the hospital. • In Sparwood at 8:14 a.m. a female subject was refusing to leave a residence. • In Elkford at 8:24 a.m. there was ongoing mischief to a vacation residence. • In Sparwood at 12:24 p.m. there was a false residential alarm.

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In Memory of

In Memory of Peter Paul Zielinski June 29, 1926-May 15, 2010

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

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It has been a year since you left us You never said good-bye You were gone before we knew it. I lay awake at night When the world is asleep With tears on my cheeks. A million times I've needed you. Lovingly remembered by your wife, daughters and grandchildren

CONNIE GAWRYLUK In loving memory of a dear wife and mom who left us 10 years ago on May 17, 2002 Our lives go on without you and nothing is the same, We have to hide our heartaches when someone speaks your name. Sad are the hearts that loved you, Silent are the tears that fall, Living our lives without you is the hardest part of all. You did so many things for us, your heart was kind and true, and when we needed someone, we could always count on you. The special years will not return, when we were all together, but with your love within our hearts, you will walk with us forever. Always in our thoughts, forever in our hearts, forever loved Dan, Amy, Christian, Jackie and our families. In loving memory of a dear daughter and sister CONNIE GAWRYLUK (Sissy) who passed away far too soon Think of Connie as living in the hearts of those she touched. For nothing loved is ever lost and Connie loved so much! Her smiling way and pleasant face are a pleasure to recall, she had a kindly word for each and died beloved by all. May the winds of love blow softly and whisper so you’ll hear, we will always miss you and wish that you were here.


MARCER: Sofia “Tootsie” Marcer passed away peacefully at the Rocky Mountain Village May 4, 2012 at the age of 87. Tootsie was born May 5, 1924 to parents Greta and Jacob Kappel. She married Elmer Marcer on August 2, 1944 and together they raised four sons. In her leisure time Tootsie enjoyed gardening, playing the piano and many camping and fishing trips with Elmer at Lake Kookanusa. One of Tootsie’s greatest joys in life was her grandchildren. She is survived by her four sons: Wayne (Pat) of Cranbrook, Glen of Fernie, Gary (Terry) of San Ignacio, Mexico and Ray (Kim) of Fernie, seven grandchildren: Roseanna (Sebastian), Travis (Jessie), Toni, Ben (Mary Jane), Craig, Joel and Tanner and her great grandchild Liam. Tootsie was predeceased by her husband Elmer in 1997. At Tootsie’s request there will be no funeral. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.



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

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

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

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HOLY FAMILY PARISH 521 4th Avenue, Fernie

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

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Life… Love… MACOSKO: On Saturday, April 28, 2012, John Cyril Macosko was summoned by his Lord to his eternal rest. With loved ones at his bedside he peacefully left this earth to be reunited with his beloved Katherine once again. John is survived by his son Joseph, his daughter and son-in-law Anna and Lee Stefano, two precious grandchildren: LeeAnn (Chad) Smith and Michael (Kristie) Stefano, and five beautiful great grandchildren: Keegan, Ava and Mya Smith and Kylie and Corbin Stefano. He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Maria Macosko, his sister Anna Dolcinkova and his wife Katherine. John came to Fernie in 1950 where he secured a job with the mines in Coal Creek, then Michel, BC. He started his welding business, Macosko Welding and enjoyed working until he was 82 years of age. He raised his family in Fernie, taking pleasure and pride in his work and giving to others Prayers were held at the Holy Family Catholic Church on Wednesday, May 2nd. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Thursday, May 3rd with Father Bart van Roijen, Celebrant. Interment followed at St. Margaret’s Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.

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Employment Help Wanted JANITORIAL SERVICE PROVIDER NEEDED at Johnson Condominium in Elkford starting mid June. For details please call Darlene 250-865-2236 or Donna 250-865-4517. JASPER SUPER A is currently recruiting a candidate with good interpersonal and communication skills, with a positive energetic attitude for the position of Full-time Permanent - Premium Clerk. The primary duties include scanning, ordering, receiving, merchandising, replenishing stock, inventory and facing shelves. Candidates require the skills and ability to maintain operational objectives in the Managerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s absence. Computer literacy is a must. Candidates must have the ďŹ&#x201A;exibility to work a variety of shifts including days, evenings, nights and weekends. A grade 12 Diploma and a clean Security Clearance are also required. Jasper Super A offers competitive compensation, rental accommodations and health beneďŹ ts package to eligible employees, as well as the opportunity for personal and professional development. If you believe that you are prepared for this challenging position and have an interest in working within a dynamic organization, please submit your resume, in conďŹ dence to: Jasper Super A, P.O. Box 818, 601 Patricia Street, Jasper, AB, T0E 1E0. Fax 780-852-5491. Email: We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. PROFESSIONAL JOB Opportunities. Troyer Ventures Ltd. is a privately owned, ďŹ&#x201A;uid transport company servicing Northern BC and Alberta. We are an equal opportunity employer now accepting applications at various branches for: Mechanics (Commercial Transport or equivalent). Wage Range: $25-$40/hour. Minimum experience required: second year apprenticeship or equivalent. Professional Drivers (Class 1, 3). Wage Range: $25-$35/hour. Minimum experience required: six months professional driving. Field Supervisors. Annual Salary Range: $90-$110,000 (based on qualiďŹ cations). Minimum experience required: previous supervisory experience. Successful candidates will be self-motivated and eager to learn. Experience is preferred, but training is available. Valid safety tickets, clean drug test, and drivers abstract are required. We encourage candidates of aboriginal ancestry, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities to apply. For more information and to apply for these opportunities, visit our employment webpage at:

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NOTICE OF EXCLUSION APPLICATION REGARDING LAND IN THE AGRICULTURAL LAND RESERVE We, RED NORTH PROPERTIES LTD., SLC, INC., CYNTHIA DAVIES AND 489450 B.C.LTD., all c/o LEFFLER LAW OFFICE, P.O. Box 1873, Fernie, B.C. V0B 1M0, intend on making application pursuant to Section 30(1) of the Agricultural Land Commission Act to exclude from the Agricultural Land Reserve the following property which is legally described as: PID: 027-557-910 Lot A, District Lots 4135 and 6251, Kootenay District, Plan NEP86972 and located at 1000 Matevic Road, Sparwood, B.C. Any person wishing to express an interest in the application may do so by forwarding their comments in writing to, District of Sparwood, P.O. Box 520, Sparwood, B.C. V0B 2G0 by May 31, 2012.

NOTICE OF EXCLUSION APPLICATION REGARDING LAND IN THE AGRICULTURAL LAND RESERVE We, Kenneth Moriyama and Sharron Moriyama, all c/o Lindy Moriyama, P.O. Box 445, Fernie, B.C. V0B 1M0, intend on making an application pursuant to Section 30(1) of the Agricultural Land Commission Act to exclude from the Agricultural Land Reserve the following property which is legally described as: PID: 009-480-943 Lot 13, District Lot 6251, Kootenay District Plan 8917 Except Parts Included in Plans 8918, 13272 and 18929 and located at 1108 Matevic Road, Sparwood, B.C. Any person wishing to express an interest in the application may do so by forwarding their comments in writing to, District of Sparwood, P.O. Box 520, Sparwood, B.C. V0B 2G0 by May 31, 2012.

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

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HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837


Real Estate For Sale By Owner TIMESHARE PROPERTY in beautiful FAIRMONT, BC. 5 Star accommodation. 1 week/year in condo that sleeps 8; or can be divided into 2 condos that sleep 4 for 2 separate weeks. Can be exchanged internationally. We have title & deed to this time share. Available 2012 for PRIME GOLF SEASON (approx. May 15-June 30 & Sept 1-Oct 15). Asking price $500. (250)425-2256

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3 white fridges- 1-20 cu. ft. side by side 3 dr Kenmore $449.00, 1- 20 cu. ft. Maytag freezer oven white $399.00, 1-18 cu. ft. Fridgidaire white 2 dr $399.00, 1-20 cu. ft. G.E.S. steel black sides freezer under $449.00, All 30 day warranty. Norco mtn bike disc brakes 20â&#x20AC;? Wolverine $499.00, Good selection of military knives & collectors, Pine round table and 6 chairs made in New Brunswick, Oak Press back chairs & round table claw legs $400, Good selection of DVDs, VHS, and CDs. 7 turntables $99 and up, Duncan Fyfe mahogany table double pedestal & 6 chairs $650, Misc golf clubs & bags. Good selection of guitars, amps, musical instruments, Lots of antiques and collectables, 2- 4 dr ďŹ ling cabinets/legal/letter $79 and $99, Good selection of jewlery, rings, necklaces etc, Good selection of home stereo speeakers, 1999 Buick Lesabre 160 km $3900, 1996 Ford Explorer 4x4 needs trans $800. Come have a look!

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Modular Homes

Auto Financing


Mobile Homes in Sparwood. F, S, W & Dryer. Newer 2 BR. Also 14 wide 3 BR. Pad rent included. 250-425-4424 or 250-425-4646

DreamCatcher Auto Loans “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals

1984 SCAMPER 8’, very good condition. Will fit any 8’ truck box. Asking $1000 o.b.o. Call 778-518-0015 (Sparwood). 2007 Crossroads Cruiser RF25RL Hardwall 5th Wheel Full size and 1/2 ton towable. 7’ Slide. One owner. All the amenities. Sleeps 5-6. Great layout. Immaculate, a must see! $18,799. Phone (250) 489-3556 or email BIGFOOT SIGHTINGS! New 2012 Bigfoot Campers have arrived only at Mike Rosman RV! 1-800-667-0024

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ALDERWOOD PLACE Comfortable apartment units 1 Bdrm - $775-month 2 & 3 Bdrm - $850 (& up)-month

Includes: covered parking, sauna, heat, lights & hot water

1-250-865-7676 2 bedroom/1 Bathroom Condo for rent. Riverside. $1000. $400 damage. No pets, no smoking. Contact Dave at 250-306-1399. Furnished 2 Bdrm condo in Elkford. 2 full bths, nice view and balcony, Covered parking, 3 appliances, Quiet building, for only responsible people, No pets, Available immediately. $1000 per month + DD includes all utilities. 403-938-6779 Large new apartments in Sparwood. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fridge, range, dishwasher, microwave, blinds; washer & dryer hook-ups. $1150. Rick 250-425-5432. Live in scenic & peaceful Elkford - Alderwood Place Comfortable apartment units 1 bdrm - $775/mth, 2 & 3 bdrm $850 (& up) - month. Includes: covered parking, sauna, heat, lights & hot water 1-250-8657676 Scenic Downtown Elkford Alpine Court Spacious New apartments 1 Bdrm $775/mth. 2 & 3 bdrm - $850 (& up)month. Includes heat, lights & hot water 250-865-2722 Sparwood, BC Pineway Court Apartment units, close to downtown, affordable, hot water included, your new home. 1 bdrm $710/mth, 2 bdrm $800/mth 1-250-425-9912 Sparwood, B. C. Quiet + Comfortable + Affordable Golden Oak Gardens 1bdrm - $710/mth, 2 bdrm $800/mth, hot water included. Walking distance to Mall. 1- 250 - 865-2722

Sparwood,excellent location near Rec Center and Lions Park. Newly renovated 3 bedroom mobile home,with gas heat and air tight wood stove.All new appliances and flooring. No smoker’s or pets. $1000 per month + utilities + $500 damage deposit 250-425-2025

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Homes for Rent 3 BEDROOM HOUSE FOR RENT IN FERNIE in Mountainview (Airport) Subdivision. Available June 1st. $1300 plus utilities. Call 250-423-6639

Scrap Car Removal Scrap Batteries Wanted We buy scrap batteries from cars & trucks & heavy equip. $4.00 each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Minimum 10. Call Toll Free 1.877.334.2288

3 BEDROOM HOUSE for rent Sparwood Heights. June 1st. Call 250-423-1687.

Trucks & Vans


1994 CHEV 2500 TRUCK Needs some TLC, good for parts.

SELF STORAGE: Personal and commercial. Call Finnigan’s Storage, 250-423-3308 or 250-423-4207. STORAGE PLUS: Bays heated or cold & service bays with air, minor repairs. 250-4237492.

1995 GMC SAFARI VAN Make an offer.

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Elkford 250-865-2765 For Sale 2007 Toyota Tundra Limited Edition, 5.7L, V8 fully loaded, 120,000km, excellent condition, asking $24,000. Call 250-423-6781. VOLKSWAGEN CAMPER VAN

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Want to Rent HOME REQUIRED in Fernie for 2 months. Responsible, mature couple looking for residence for June & July while their home is being renovated. Family includes 1 dog and 2 cats. Please call 250-423-1611.

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LOOKING FOR self-contained suite in home in Fernie. Female, mid 40’s, clean, quiet, responsible. Quiet location preferred. Rent year round occupy part-time. Please call 250-919-2334.


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Apt/Condo for Rent

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Apartments for Rent 1 & 2 Bedroom Units Furnished & Unfurnished $


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Horoscope May 17, 2012

for the


Michael O’Connor ARIES (MAR 21 – APR 20) Establishing more steady rhythms has been a main focus. Not the current is going to wind and turn more. This will push you to deepen your resolve to stay the course. Extra efforts will be required not to get distracted or to reactively abandon your focus. This is a time of returns though the result is likely to be mixed. Clarify objectives to stay on course.

TAURUS (APR 20 – MAY 21) This is an expansive and go-ahead time for you. You may feel more sporting these days and eager to play with new possibilities. Yet as ever there are curve balls to contend with. People and circumstances are demanding a lot of you. Your willingness to keep an open mind and to maintain a receptive attitude to learn remains important.

GEMINI (MAY 21 – JUN 21) A lot of activity going on behind the scenes is producing mixed results without. This hidden zone stands to be your own subconscious mind or other internal processes. The key now is to direct your attention to these. Allow time to rest and retreat now. Yet, you will want to take on some key initiatives. Consider completing things before starting new projects.

CANCER (JUN 21 – JUL 22) A lot of activity in the friend department continues to keep you busy. This has likely been an exciting and rewarding time. Yet, you will want to slow the pace. Tending to a variety of small projects, events and engagements will prove more satisfying than bigger one generally. Yet your energy levels remain high so you can still be productive.

LEO (JUL 22 – AUG 23) Opportunity continues to knock in your career and/or public and social life spheres. Meeting new people and making friends is part of the plot. Your ambitions are likely running high, yet your energy levels may not be. Balancing these two extremes may simply require that you get more rest. Do reach out to meet new people yet avoid frivolous activities.

VIRGO (AUG 23 – SEP 22) Your world is poised to expand somehow. Your public and professional life will be influenced. Refining your skills ad sharpening your tools is probably a good idea now. Make efforts to smooth any creases in your public relations. Like cleaning and attending to final details before a big party, this stands to be your best focus this week.

LIBRA (SEP 22 – OCT 22) Dealing with financial interests and concerns continues. These are leading you to pay closer attention to the details. Investigation ad research is likely. As much as you would like to enjoy cultural activities, the opening or inspiration has not been there. This will change this week however. Be alert to opportunities to play more.

Duplex / 4 Plex Sparwood 4 BDRM, 1/2 duplex, all appliances included, $1200/mth. Call Abe 423-1520

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SPARWOOD MOBILE for rent airtight stove 250-423-1520

Modular Homes

SCORPIO (OCT 22 – NOV 21) As though crossing a turbulent river and in mid stream, you may feel uncertain about many things. Who are you now and where are you headed. These are valid thoughts in the crossing and this cycle will continue all summer. Trust this process and work inwardly to be creative and confident. Do plan and prepare but be patient to touch upon solid ground.


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2 BEDROOM MOBILE HOME for rent in Sparwood, fridge, range, pad rental included, $750/month. Rick 250-425-5432

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1301 4th Ave. Fernie BC RV Sites

RV lots for sale Madera Ranch RV Resort, located on beautiful Lake Koocanusa, is selling remaining RV lots in Phase I. This fourseason resort offers huge fully serviced lots, security, storage, showers, laundry and ownership/exclusive use. To learn more visit or call Doug at 250-887-3120 to arrange for a tour.

Quality, Affordable & Accessible Housing 1 Bedroom Units Active Living for Independant Seniors and People with Disabilities Meal Service Optional housekeeping and laundry service Subsidies Avaliable (Maximum Income $37,000 - 1 bedroom)

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Tremors and perhaps some genuine quakes have been shaking your foundation for some time now. This has probably been testing your faith. Your social scene does stand to open up over the coming weeks, however. This is a call to reach out more. Yet, do proceed with sincerity and diligence. First impressions go a long way and you will want to make good ones.

CAPRICORN (DEC 21 – JAN 19) A creative wave continues to push you along. Now it is time to pay more attention to the finer details. Refinement of what has been initiated is the call now. This trend will continue for some time so intend to be patient and deliberate. The coming weeks and months will require that you follow through with disciplined focus for the sake of long term success.

AQUARIUS (JAN 19 – FEB 19) Your confidences have been steadily growing. You may feel more abundant than ever. Whether this is literal or figurative, you should feel more stable to advance. Some exciting momentums are brewing and should become more evident this week. Yet it remains important that you do some inner work, getting to the bottom of things, spring cleaning perhaps.

PISCES (FEB 19 – MAR 20) Steadily building upon new perspectives and strategies of approach has been an ongoing theme. Now it is time to direct your focus to your home base. Investing your time, energy ad money as necessary to create a more beautiful, harmonious and efficient atmosphere will prove inspiring ad instil confidence. Concentrate on strengthening your core and/or home base.



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Mining WEEK

MAY 13 to 19, 2012

COAL MINING Our heritage and our future The Sparwood Chamber of Commerce salute Teck Coal and their employees through-out

MINING WEEK - MAY 13 - 19, 2012 We recognize the on-going support that the mines provide to the community, not only by way of taxation and employment, but also by the support they give the community through donations, time and scholarships.


Mining Week ~ May 13 to 19

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connecting the coal mining industry to the world

At Canadian Pacific, we are proud to be in partnership with the BC coal mining industry. We have been moving coal from this area since the inception of mining and today weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a critical link in the global supply chain. We are committed to the future of this region and to delivering Canadian coal to the world.

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Overwaitea Foods proudly supports Mining Week and our communities! Thank you all for shopping local

Celebrating Mining Week The importance of mining to Canada’s economy By Angela Treharne


irst celebrated in 1996, National Mining Week recognizes the importance of the Canadian mining industry to the economic development of Canada. It is a chance to celebrate the important role that mining plays in the lives of Canadians. It is hard to imagine a life without minerals and metals — every day, we all use and rely on products made from them. Mining takes place in almost every province and territory in Canada — creating jobs and business opportunities, and supporting industries and workers from rural, remote and Aboriginal communities to our large urban centres. British Columbia’s mining and mineral exploration industry has a rich history and a promising future. B.C. has been one of the world’s major mining regions since the mid1800s and to this day is a key international player. Encompassing the largest part of the Canadian Cordillera, a mountain belt rich in minerals and coal, B.C. produces and exports a significant amount of copper, gold, silver,

lead, zinc, molybdenum, coal and industrial minerals every year. Historically, B.C.’s vast mineral resources have contributed extensively to the province’s growth and development. The Hudson’s Bay Company first started producing coal on Vancouver Island in the 1840s, and the discovery of gold along the Fraser River in the 1850s sparked a major gold rush, which was ultimately responsible for the settlement of many parts of that region. As B.C.’s population increased, the provincial infrastructure improved, and miners were able to explore more and more of the province’s terrain, leading to many new mineral deposit discoveries. Throughout the century following the Fraser River Gold Rush, most mining activities in British Columbia took place underground. But in the early 1960s, the feasibility of open-pit production increased tremendously, and as a result, several huge copper mines opened, including Highland Valley Copper— the largest open-pit operation in all of North America, and, of course, the coal mines here in the Elk Valley.

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Mining Week and what it means to us May 13th to 19th, 2012 By Jenna Jensen


ining. This is one of British Columbia’s largest and oldest industries. As declared by the British Columbia Legislature, mining week will take place on May 13th - 19th and will be a week dedicated to celebrating and honouring this important industry. In the Elk Valley, mining plays an especially important role in our community. The industry creates jobs, supports businesses, fosters growth, and creates communities. Mining Week gives us a chance to not only pay tribute to mining throughout B.C. but to salute Teck, and to express appreciation for the many positive effects of a booming and thriving mining industry here in the Elk Valley. Teck generously offers donations to schools, clubs, groups and organizations in the Elk Valley while ensuring their business practices are the best and most profitable they can be. Teck also strives to give back to the communities by way of sponsorships and promoting events and activities that bring people closer together in play as well as work. With very high safety standards the Elk Valley benefits from having top trained mine rescue workers available in the event of disasters or other worst case scenarios. Many Elk Valley residents are employed by Teck or its contractors, which means many people have great incomes and benefits. As mining week begins, let’s remember the rich heritage of mining in the Elk Valley while looking ahead to a prosperous and vibrant future.

Mining and local businesses By Jenna Jensen


he Elk Valleys’ number one industry, coal mining, directly and indirectly affects almost all of the local businesses in the Valley. Some businesses are direct spin-offs from the industry and some flourish due to the spending of the mines’ employees. We spoke with some business owners in the Elk Valley and asked how the coal mining industry affects their business.

FERNIE Fernie Real Estate: “Mining affects things massively. A common misconception is that Fernie is based almost all on tourism; it is not, it is a lot to do with mining as well. Most of our sales are for people moving in for work at the mine. Our business does not follow the ups and downs of the mining industry at the moment, rather many months after. People will come here to work and find a place to rent, as they get comfortable with the Valley they move on to purchasing a home. In 2012 we have experienced the offloading from renters to buyers. My forecast is very good for this year, interest rates are excellent and prices are good.” -Todd Fyfe, Owner Adventure Source Tours: “We are a tourism based businesses so the mining industry doesn’t really affect us at all. Our business is based on 98% of out of town tourism.” - Amy Chris, Owner

SPARWOOD Intermountain Specialties Ltd. : “To be realistic, coal mining is 75% percent of our business s on the vendor side or directly to the mines. If the mining industry wasn’t here then we wouldn’t be in business. When the mines are running at 110% so are we. We are doing 2.5 x the volume of business we were doing three years ago. The boom in the mining industry right now is really good to us.” -Alex Millar, Owner

Shear Paradise Salon: “I think that everybody supports me. I feel there are a lot of people from out of town that work here, but still get their hair cut locally. I am really lucky that way. The mining industry brings all types of people from locals to people that just live here for four days into my business.” - Marlene Turchyn, Owner

Funky’s Pizza and Restaurant: “Mining affects our whole town. It is really good for business bringing a lot of trades in which benefits everyone. Our town is getting a bit dirty from the dust, but all my comments are positive about the industry. We have a lot of ups and less downs now since the mining industry is doing well. I really love Sparwood and it is a wonderful place to do business. It’s been really great .” - Rick Cardozo, Owner


Hair Eloquence: “I have been in business for 32 years, fortunately some of the people who work at the mine and other spin off industries have been really supportive to me. I am also anxious to welcome all the newcomers that are coming to the valley. The four-on four-off schedule doesn’t really affect me as I have a really flexible schedule and can fit people in where they need. Elkford is a great place to live and do business.” - Faye Sigurdson, Owner

Elkford Mini Mart: “Business at the Mini Mart is hugely affected by the mining industry. About seventy five percent of our business comes from miners or contractors who come in daily to buy snacks and coffee.” – Sheila Anonson, Manager

SMS Equipment: “SMS Equipment in Elkford is thankful to the Mining Industry for playing a critical role in helping us to achieve our goal to be the number one solutions provider to the construction, forestry, mining, and utility industries.” – Harvey Langdon, Service Manager

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Teck employees by area and mines Site Hourly Line Creek Operations Staff Total

Sparwood 79 29 108


Site Hourly Greenhills Operations Staff Total

Sparwood 104 34 138


Sparwood 120 35 155


Fording River Operations

Site Hourly Staff Total

Elkview Operations

Site Hourly Staff Total

Coal Mountain Operations

Site Hourly Staff Total

Hourly Staff

Elkford 23 5 28

CN Pass 75 12 87

Other 127 18 145

Total 383 103 486

67 28 95

Elkford 130 46 176

CN Pass 41 5 46

Other 126 8 134

Total 468 121 589

51 29 80

Elkford 388 95 483

CN Pass 54 17 71

Other 336 30 366

Total 949 206 1155

Sparwood 190 65 255

Fernie 144 44 188

Elkford 27 9 36

CN Pass 137 36 173

Other 295 35 330

Total 793 189 982

Sparwood 43 30 73 536 193



CN Pass 73 21 94 380 91


Total 220 93 313 2813 712

79 39 118

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New standards set for safety performance By Angela Treharne


riends and families of those who work in the Elk Valley mines can rest easier knowing that these mines have been awarded for their exceptional safety standards. In 2010, two of the valley’s four open pit coals mines were awarded Open Pit Mine and Quarry Awards by Minister of State for Mining Randy Hawes. The John Ash Safety Award (1 million or more worker hours) went to Fording River Operations - Teck Coal. John Ash was B.C.’s first Minister of Mines, appointed in 1874. This position has always, and continues to be, a key leader and supporter of mine safety. The winner of the Edward Prior Safety Award (200,000

up to 1 million worker hours) was Greenhills Operations Teck Coal. The award is named after B.C’s first mines inspector, Edward Gawler Prior, who subsequently served as Minister of Mines and went on to become B.C.’s 15th Premier and 11th Lieutenant Governor. The certificate of achievement for a mine with a minimum of 15,000 worker hours and the Stewart/O’Brian Safety Award was presented at the Provincial Mine Rescue First Competition and Safety Awards Banquet at the Fernie Community Centre in June, 2010. “Mining is one of safest heavy industries in the province, and that is due to the diligence of miners, mine managers

and mining companies across B.C.,” said Hawes. “While the mining sector continues to grow, we are committed to the protection of mine workers and the natural environment.” “I know a lot of these folks personally, and I know the amazing level of their commitment to safety,” said Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett. “Southeast B.C. has a

proud tradition in mining, and these awards are a testament to the workers in this region.” “These awards are a reflection of the leadership and commitment our employees and contractors have shown towards achieving our vision of everyone going home safe and healthy every day,” said Robin Sheremeta, vicepresident, health and safety

leadership, Teck Resources. “Both our Greenhills and Fording River operations have set new standards of safety performance, and the dedicated people at these sites have worked hard to achieve this success.” Established in 1961 by the Minister of Mines and Petroleum Resources, the Open Pit Mine and Quarry

Safety Safety is our highest priority. We believe that all harmful incidents can be avoided. “Everyone Going Home Safe and Health Every Day” is an abiding vision and our Courageous Safety Leadership involves the entire companyemployees and contractors. Everyone is empowered to make the right decisions that ensure the safest and healthiest outcomes.:

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Awards recognize excellence in open pit and quarry safety. Greenhills won the John Ash award in 2008, when Teck’s Line Creek Mine won the Edward Prior award. Open pit mines and quarries that have the lowest injury frequency rate are eligible to compete at the annual Provincial Mine Rescue First Competition.


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Fernie hosts biennial mine rescue competition By Angela Treharne

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is really opportunity for the community to know how well trained our mine rescue teams are and how they deal with stressful situations,â&#x20AC;? said Mine Rescue Committee (MRC) board member Cindy Corrigan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mining happens outside of our communities, and we send a lot of people off to them. They are the ones who are dealing with these situations.â&#x20AC;?

he City of Fernie is host every two years to the National Western Regional Mine Rescue Competition.

The two-day competition hosts rescue teams from northern and western Canada and the northwest United States. The purpose of the competition is to promote safety, awareness and celebrate the work and dedication of those involved in emergency response in the mining industry. Championship teams from across Western Canada and the Northwestern United States showcase their skills, training and the dedication required of those involved in mine rescue. The teams compete in either surface or underground mine rescue tasks. Volunteers acting as patients provide drama to the tasks and add a sense of reality to the competition. The regional underground mine rescue competition includes smoke/search, obstacle and recovery, practical skills, first-aid, fire, and written tasks.


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This event allows Fernie to showcase its proud mining heritage and is the largest mine rescue competition in Canada. Last year, 20 teams competed including 11 surface and nine underground teams, at the competition at the former Max Turyk school grounds. Diavik Diamond Mines Inc, Yellowknife was the winner of the Overall Underground Competition at the 10th National Western Regional Mine Rescue Competition held last year in September. Local team Teck Coal Elkview Mine Operations won the overall award for surface mine rescue during the 2011 provincial competition in Revelstoke and participated in the competition. Teams came from as far away as Manitoba and Saskatchewan, as well as Alberta, North

The teams complete six challenging tasks, in either surface or underground mine rescue situations that have been organized by the National Western Regional Mine Rescue Committee (NWRMRC). The City of Fernie and the MRC are responsible for sponsoring and organizing the competition designed to recognize, showcase, and celebrate the work and dedication in emergency response rescue, and every year the competition gains in popularity, bringing in nearly 600 visitors.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am pleased to be a part of it,â&#x20AC;? said Corrigan who has been volunteering with the event for five years. According to Corrigan, the competition would not run as smoothly without all of the volunteers involved.

During the tasks completed by each team, volunteers act as victims in each situation providing a sense of the reality of some situations, such as a burn, smoke-inhalation, or trapped person. Not only do they provide the extra drama, but also offer their time to guide visiting teams through town. Competitions and teams have always been a part of mine rescue. Practising and showcasing skills is only one part of the event.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is important for all of the teams who practise regularly and are chosen by their province to come together,â&#x20AC;? added Corrigan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A whole other part of this is that the teams from the Northwestern region are able to share stories and watch each other both days of the competition.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;They learn from each other,â&#x20AC;? she said.

Worksafe B.C. statistics show that the mining industry is the safest heavy industry in BC. Coal represents a third of the industrial trafďŹ c at the Port of Vancouver, the largest port in Canada. Mining is one of the highest paid industrial sectors nationwide. The coal stocks of southern British Columbia and Alberta are among the richest in Canada. Major minerals produced in BC (as a % of Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production): Coal (66%); Copper (40%); Silver (50%); Gold, Lead, Molybdenum & Zinc. Canada is one of the worlds leading mining countries.

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Mine rescue competitors in action

Henry Georgi - Teck Photos

20 teams competed in the10th Biennial National Western Regional Mine Rescue competion which was held in Fernie on September 9th & 10th, 2011, the next competition will be held 2013.

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nyone driving past Sparwood on Highway 3 would struggle to miss the town’s biggest tourist attraction. It might not be the world’s largest truck anymore, but the Terex Titan in Sparwood is still drawing curious tourists off Highway 3 to have their photo taken next to it. Although now it is just a reason for motorists to pull over, the “big green truck” was once a fully working mine truck. The 3,000hp Terex Titan (at that time Terex was part of GM) first appeared in 1974. It was built in GM’s London, Ontario plant, and could haul a load of 320 tonnes within a 550-tonne GVW. Not only was it somewhat unusual being a six-wheeler it was also the biggest dump truck ever built. However, that accolade is now being fought over by Komatsu, Liebherr and of course Caterpillar. It had a diesel electric drivetrain more commonly found in freight trains ands powering electric traction motors at each It was then put on public display in Sparwood in 1993. The rear wheel. It had The Terex 40.00x57 tires, was 20m and 7m Sparwood Chamber of Commerce subsequently established a tall. fundraising effort for the restoration of the Titan. The engine The Titan first started work for Kaiser Steel in its Eagle has since been removed. 24/7 images of the truck are available Mountain iron mine in late 1974. At this mine the Titan at suffered from downtime problems but eventually hauled some three-and-a-half Specifications million tons of earth until 1978. • The Terex Titan is powered a 16 cylinder Did you know? In late 1978 it was then brought to locomotive engine, and delivers 3300 The truck has its own Kaiser Steel’s Sparwood mine in Canada. horsepower. It was combined with a huge Facebook page The truck was too large to be moved by generator to deliver power to 4 traction road, so it arrived by train on eight flatbed engines located on the real wheels. The cars. It was re-assembled and driven to the generator alone has enough power to mine. supply 250 homes with electricity. In 1983 the mine was again renamed to Westar Mining, and the Titan also changed colours from lime green to Westar’s Specifications: Height: 6.9 m (22.5 ft) With Box Raised: 17.1 m (56 ft) blue and yellow. Shortly after, Westar directly purchased the Titan from Length: 20.1 m (66 ft) Width: 7.6 m (25 ft) General Motors, for US$200 thousand and $1 million in spare Weight: 260 tons Payload: 350 tons Max Weight: 610 tons Horse Power: 3300 parts. In the following six years the Titan had an uptime rate of The tires are 11.5 ft in diameter, and weigh 4 tons each. Two over 70 per cent as it hauled loads of over 360 tons during this Greyhound buses and two pick-up trucks would fit inside its dumper. time. Westar finally retired the Titan in 1991.

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About Elk Valley area coal mines

Source: Teck Coal

Coal Mountain Our Coal Mountain operation is located 30 kilometres southeast of Sparwood in southeastern British Columbia. Coal Mountain is comprised of 3,836 hectares of coal lands of which approximately 1,016 hectares are currently being mined or are scheduled for mining. Coal Mountain produces both steelmaking and thermal coal. The current annual production capacities of the mine and preparation plant are approximately 2.5 and 3.5 million tonnes of clean coal, respectively. Proven and probable reserves at Coal Mountain are projected to support mining at 2011 production rates for a further 6 years.


Our Fording River operation is located 29 kilometres northeast of the community of Elkford, in southeastern British Columbia. Fording River is comprised of 20,304 hectares of coal lands of which 4,263 hectares have been mined or are scheduled for mining. Coal mined at Fording River is primarily steelmaking coal, although a small amount of thermal coal is also produced. The current annual production capacities of the mine and preparation plant are approximately 8.7 million and 9.5 million tonnes of clean coal, respectively. Proven and probable reserves at Fording River are projected to support mining at 2011 production rates for a further 75 years.

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Our Greenhills operation is located eight kilometres northeast of the community of Elkford, in southeastern British Columbia. Greenhills is comprised of 11,806 hectares of coal lands of which approximately 2,265 hectares have been mined or are scheduled for mining. Greenhills is operated under a joint venture agreement among Teck, POSCO Canada Limited (“POSCAN”) and POSCAN’s parent, POSCO. Pursuant to the agreement, Teck has an 80% interest in the joint venture while POSCAN has a 20% interest. Coal mined at Greenhills is primarily steelmaking coal, although a small amount of thermal coal is also produced. The current annual production capacities of the mine and preparation plant (on a 100% basis) are 5.0 and 5.0 million tonnes of clean coal, respectively. Proven and probable reserves at Greenhills are projected to support mining at 2011 production rates for a further 17 years.

Our Line Creek operation is located approximately 25 kilometres north of Sparwood in southeastern British Columbia. Line Creek supplies steelmaking and thermal coal to a variety of international and domestic customers. Line Creek consists of 8,183 hectares of coal lands of which approximately 2,267 hectares have been mined or are scheduled for mining. The current annual production capacities of the mine and preparation plant are approximately 3.2 and 3.5 million tonnes of clean coal, respectively. At 2011 production rates Line Creek has an estimated remaining reserve life of approximately 23 years.

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Our Elkview operation is located approximately three kilometres east of Sparwood in southeastern British Columbia. Teck has a 95% partnership interest in Elkview. The remaining 5% is held equally by Nippon Steel Corporation, a Japanese steel producer, and POSCO, a Korean steel producer, each of which acquired a 2.5% interest in 2005 for US$25 million. Elkview is comprised of 27,054 hectares of coal lands of which 3,599 hectares have been mined or are scheduled for mining. Elkview produces primarily high quality steelmaking coal, although a small amount of thermal coal is also produced. The current annual production capacities of the mine and preparation plant (on a 100% basis) are approximately 6.0 million and 6.5 milllion tonnes of clean coal, respectively. At 2011 production rates, Elkview is estimated to have a remaining reserve life of approximately 52 years.

23.2 million Number of tonnes of coal sold in 2010 Teck is the world’s second largest exporter of seaborne steelmaking coal. Our coal business consists of six mines: five in British Columbia and one in Alberta. Coal sales were 23.2 million tonnes in 2010. This accounted for 48% of our operating profit and 47% of our revenue.

Worksafe B.C. statistics show that the mining industry is the safest heavy industry in BC Coal represents a third of the industrial traffic at the Port of Vancouver, the largest port in Canada. Mining is one of the highest paid industrial sectors nationwide The coal stocks of southern British Columbia and Alberta are among the richest in Canada The Terex Titan, displayed in downtown Sparwood has a gross vehicle weight of 1, 209, 000 lbs. The Terex Titan became a public monument in Sparwood in 1993 Major minerals produced in BC (as a % of Canada’s production): Coal (66%); Copper (40%); Silver (50%); Gold, Lead, Molybdenum & Zinc Canada is one of the world’s leading mining countries

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ACID DEPOSITION - The transfer of acids or acid-forming substances from the atmosphere to the earth’s surface. Referred to as wet deposition when the transfer occurs through precipitation (rain, snow, fog); and dry deposition when the transfer occurs through other processes such as absorption, impaction, sedimentation, and chemical reaction.

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AGGLOMERATION - A family of processes which can be used to concentrate valuable minerals (including coal) based on their adhesive properties.

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ACID SENSITIVE ENVIRONMENTS - Environments which can be easily damaged by acid deposition. Some environments have natural buffering capabilities which allow them to neutralize significant amounts of acid deposition.

ANTHRACITE - Coal of the highest rank; it is almost pure carbon and is used mainly for home heating and cooking in some developing countries industrial purposes. BITUMINOUS - An intermediate ranked coal between anthracite and sub-bituminous coal. It has a high carbon content and is low in moisture content. Bituminous coal can be used for both steelmaking and power generation. Low and medium volatile bituminous coals are ranked by their carbon content, while high volatile bituminous coals are ranked by their heating value. BOILER - A tank in which water is heated or steam is generated. BREAKER - A machine which combines coal crushing and screening. Normally consists of a rotating drum in which coal is broken by gravity impact against the walls of the drum. CARBON DIOXIDE - A colorless, odorless, non-toxic radiative gas that is essential to plant and animal life. It is also emitted as a result of burning organic materials, including fossil fuels. CHARCOAL - The residue, primarily carbon, from the partial combustion of wood or other organic matter. CLEAN-COAL TECHNOLOGIES - Technologies that allow coal-based power or electricity generation to have improved environmental performance, through decreased emissions. These technologies decrease emissions by using coal in a more efficient and costeffective manner. CLIMATE - The long-term / overall weather of an area. Climate therefore, is the cumulative grouping of separate weather patterns. (see Weather)

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CLIMATE CHANGE - A wholly natural phenomenon in which climate varies over centuries and millenia through the influence of various factors, such as solar cycles, the change of relative humidity in the atmosphere, and changing levels of so-called “greenhouse gases”. This phrase is often used in place of the term “global warming”. (see Global Warming) COAL - A fossil fuel composed mostly of carbon, with traces of hydrogen, nitrogen, sulphur and other elements. COAL DESULPHURIZATION - Removal of sulphur from coal or coal gas. COAL GASIFICATION - Any of a variety of processes by which coal is converted to a gas. COKE - A hard, dry carbon substance produced by heating coal to a very high temperature in the absence of air. Coke is used in the manufacture of iron and steel. COMBUSTION CHAMBER - The part of a boiler in which fuel is burned.

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DEMONSTRATION PHASE - A stage in the research and development process during which a process or facility is tested under anticipated operating conditions.

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DRAGLINE - An excavating machine that uses a bucket operated and suspended by lines or cables, one of which lowers the bucket from the boom; the other, from which the name of the

machine is derived, allows the bucket to swing out from the machine or to be dragged toward the machine to remove overburden above a coal seam.

ELECTROSTATIC PRECIPITATOR An electrical device for removing fine particles (fly ash) from combustion gases prior to release from a power plant’s stack.

ENERGY - The capacity to do work; more commonly used as an all-encompassing generic term describing fuel sources used to provide power.

ENERGY MIX - The combination of sources used to provide energy at any given time and place. Energy sources include coal, oil, gas, water (hydro), uranium (nuclear), wind, sunlight, geothermal and others.

FAULTS / FAULTED - A fracture in the earth’s crust causing displacement of the layers.

FLUIDIZED BED COMBUSTION - A process which has a high capability of removing sulphur from coal during combustion. Crushed coal and limestone are suspended in the combustion chamber in the bottom of a boiler by an upward stream of hot air. The coal is burned in this fluid-like mixture. Instead of being released as emissions, sulphur from combustion gases combines with the limestone to form a solid compound recovered with the ash. GASIFICATION - (see Coal Gasification)

GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING The branch of engineering that specializes in assessing the stability and strength of soil and rock materials, as well as groundwater conditions. In mining, geotechnical engineering principles are used to determine the appropriate design of mine features such as pit walls, tunnels and earthen embankments.

GLOBAL WARMING - A potential increase in the temperature of the earth’s lower atmosphere which some researchers link to the build-up of radiative gases in the atmosphere. (see Climate Change)

GREENHOUSE EFFECT - A misnomer for a natural phenomenon that occurs when so-called ‘greenhouse gases’ trap radiated heat in the atmosphere. The greenhouse effect is actually a minor portion of a complex and dynamic process of heating and cooling that occurs in the earth’s atmosphere. This natural process of heating and cooling also includes the fluid dynamics associated with atmospheric moisture (such as clouds), oceans and other surface water, soot and other dust particles known as aerosols. The entire heating and cooling cycle warms the atmosphere and makes life on earth possible.

GREENHOUSE GASES - Gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2), water vapor, methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (NO2), and other trace gases which restrict the re-radiation of infrared heat back into the atmospheres.

HOPPER - A bin or funnel that is loaded from the top and which discharges through a door or chute at the bottom.

HYDROCARBONS - A class of compounds containing hydrogen and carbon formed by the decomposition of plant and animal remains, including coal, mineral oil, petroleum, natural gas, paraffin, the fossil resins and the solid bitumens occurring in rocks. Gasoline is a mixture of hydrocarbons.

HYDROELECTRICITY - Electricity generated using falling water as an energy source.

LIGNITE - A low-rank coal with a relatively high moisture and low heat/energy content. Ranging in colour from black to brown, lignite is used in power generation.

LIQUEFACTION - The process of converting coal into a synthetic liquid fuel, similar in nature to crude oil and other refined products.

LOW SULPHUR COAL - Coal which has a sulphur content generally ranging from 0.1 per cent to 1.0 per cent. All western Canadian coal is low in sulphur.

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glossary of mining terms METALLURGICAL COAL - A term used to describe varieties of bituminous coal that are converted into coke for use in the steelmaking process. METHANE - The most simple of the hydrocarbons formed naturally from the decay of vegetative matter, similar to that which formed coal. It is the principal component of natural gas and is a radiative gas. Mtce - Mega tonnes of coal equivalent.

NITROGEN OXIDES (NOx) - Formed when nitrogen (N2) combines with oxygen (O2) in the burning of fossil fuels, from the natural degradation of vegetation, and from the use of chemical fertilizers. NOx gases are a significant component of acid deposition and a precursor of photochemical smog. The primary source of nitrogen oxide emissions is automobile exhaust.

OZONE (O3) - A bluish toxic gas, with a pungent odor, formed of three oxygen atoms rather than the usual two. Occurs in the stratosphere and plays a role in filtering out ultraviolet radiation from the sun’s rays. At ground level ozone is a precursor of photochemical smog.

OVERBURDEN - Layers of rock and soil covering a coal seam. In surface mining operations, overburden is removed using large equipment and is either used for reclaiming mined areas or hauled to designated dumping areas.

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chemical/physical devices which operate to remove sulphur compounds formed as a result of fossil-fuel combustion. These devices normally combine the sulphur in gaseous emissions with another chemical medium to form inert compounds which can then be removed for disposal. SHEARER - A rotating cutting device used in underground mining to remove coal from the coal seam. SUB-BITUMINOUS - A generally soft coal with a heating value between bituminous and lignite. It has low fixed carbon and high percentages of moisture and volatile material. Sub-bituminous coal is mainly used for generating electricity.

THERMAL COAL - A term used to describe coal which is used primarily to generate heat. Also referred to as steam coal. TON - An Imperial unit of weight equivalent to 2,000 pounds or 907.2 kg. This is also known as a “short ton”.

PIT PONIES - Small horses, mules, or ponies which were used to pull coal shuttle cars from underground mines during the 1800s.

TURBINE - A machine that has propellerlike blades which can be moved by flowing water or gas (including steam) thereby rotating a component in a generator to produce electricity. UNIT TRAIN - A train typically consisting of approximately 100 to 110 cars, which is dedicated to the transport of a single commodity such as coal. VOLATILE MATTER - Matter that is driven off as gas or vapor when coal is heated to about 950° C. WEATHER - Weather is the state of the atmosphere at a given time that includes temperature, precipitation, humidity, pressure, winds.

SCRUBBER - Any of several forms of

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TECTONIC FORCES - Forces pertaining to, causing or resulting from structural deformation of the earth’s crust.

TONNE - A metric unit of weight equivalent to 1000 kg or 2,240 pounds. This is also known as a “metric ton” or “long ton”.

RADIATIVE GASES - Any of the natural or man-made gases which, when released, accumulate in the atmosphere. A characteristic of these gases is that they tend to allow the sun’s heat to pass through to earth but do not allow the heat radiated back from the earth to escape from the atmosphere.

Many Elk Valley graduates enjoy successful careers in mining based on their experiences in high school electives.

SULPHUR OXIDES (SOx) - A family of gases, including sulphur dioxide (SO2) formed when sulphur, or fossil fuels containing sulphur, burn in air. Airborne sulphur compounds may be converted to other substances which contribute to acid deposition.

PEAT - A dark brown or black deposit resulting from the partial decomposition of vegetative matter in marshes and swamps.

PROVED RESERVES - Those quantities which geological and engineering information indicate with reasonable certainty can be recovered in the future from known deposits under existing economic and operating conditions.

The Fernie District Teachers’ Association salutes all workers in the mining industry.

Proudly supports mining week.




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Mining Week ~ May 13 to 19

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The Early Years

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Photos courtesy of the Fernie and District Historical Society For information visit the museum at 362B Victoria Avenue (2nd Avenue), Fernie ~ email or call 250-423-7016

Mining Week ~ May 13 to 19

The Minersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Walk

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Visitors to Fernie with an interest in the history of mining in the Elk Valley are now able to learn from an outdoor exhibit.

By Angela Treharne


isitors to Fernie with an interest in the history of mining in the Elk Valley are now able to learn from an outdoor exhibit.

The Minersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Walk is located right outside City Hall, and is a great chance for tourists to find out a little bit about the coal mining story in the Elk Valley.

The highlight of the exhibition is a large sculpture created by internationally known artist Jeff de Boer. The sculpture consists of individual shapes set on pedestals. As the visitor walks round the exhibition, the shapes appear to be random, but then when the visitor reaches the right spot, they come together to reveal a larger than life minerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face.

As well as the sculpture, there are colourful signs and information on the importance and history of coal mining in the valley.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Minersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Walk tells the whole story of the importance of mining and the powerful effect it has had in shaping what Fernie is today,â&#x20AC;? said Minersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Walk committee member Mary Giuliano.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was done by creating an outdoor exhibit that is compelling, enduring and attractive. From this people will gain a respect for what happened in the past, is happening now and will be part of creating a positive future.â&#x20AC;?

The Minersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Walk is situated on the City Hall property, the original coal company office in the heart of Fernieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community.

The Minersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Walk is situated on the City Hall property, the original coal company office in the heart of Fernie s community.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The exhibit tells the story of significant players in coal mining in the area, and describes the geology and natural and human history of the Fernie area as it relates to coal mining,â&#x20AC;? said Giuliano. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t for mining, Fernie wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be here.â&#x20AC;?




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Mining keeps communities moving Our mines produce more than just minerals. They support families, build infrastructure, and foster economic growth. All of which helps to strengthen the communities where we live, work and play. To find out more visit

Mining Week ~ May 13 to 19

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May 17, 2012 edition of the The Free Press