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Sparwood bowlers bring home bronze Fernie student invents prize-winner Page A2 FERNIE
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MacKenzie Lukkar, Kally Campbell, Janaya White and Portia Eldaun came back from the National Championships as bronze medal winners. Turn to page A10 for the full story. Photo by Jenna Jensen
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‘Heavily intoxicated’ man survives being run over by train
By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff
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man camping at Lake Koocanusa on Sunday night is “incredibly lucky to be alive” after he fell asleep on the train tracks and was run over by 26 train carriages. The man, in his mid-20s, has been charged with ‘mischief’ for the incident
on Sunday night at about 7 p.m. Cpl. Don Erichsen from the Elk Valley RCMP said the Albertan man got into a fight with his girlfriend while he was heavily intoxicated and decided to go for a walk. He sat down on the train tracks in Elko and fell asleep. A train was approaching
and the engineer saw the man and attempted to disturb him by blowing the whistle. “The sleeping man did not make any movement whatsoever,” said Cpl. Erichsen. “The engineer attempted to stop the train but 26 cars ended up going over the man before it came to a stop. “The man was found
under the train and was still not moving, and was assumed dead. “However, the man eventually woke up and was not too impressed that a train had come to be on top of him while he was sleeping.” The man was arrested for intoxication in a public place then later charged with ‘mischief’ and released.
“This man is obviously being watched over, because last May long weekend he was hit by a car while camping in Lake Koocanusa,” said Erichsen. “This year it was a train, so I’m not sure how he plans to top that next year. “I just think it is incredible he is alive, let alone doesn’t have a scratch on him.”
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Fernie student wins award for unique invention By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff
Fernie student has won an award for developing a special wheelchair bowling ramp for her friend. Jocelyn Tanton, a grade 11 student at The Fernie Academy was awarded a 2012 Manning Innovation Achievement Award. When Tanton was asked by friend Grace Brulotte to develop a special wheelchair bowling ramp,
enabling Grace to participate in a sport she loved, little did they both realize that request would lead to national prominence and recognition as a Manning Innovation Achievement Award winner at the 51st annual Canada Wide Science Fair held at the University of Prince Edward Island last week. Tanton, 17, was judged from more than 80 projects under review, to win a $500 prize.
Although the awardwinning five-pin bowling ramp allows Grace to independently join her family sport, despite living with Arthrogryposis, its design and function applies to other wheelchair models and opens up additional activity options for people who have limited strength and joint movement. â€œThis initiative is an innovative and enabling gift from a creative and industrious young
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Isabella Dicken outruns competition in Kikomun By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff
ver 200 athletes participated from four schools in the annual Kikomun Run on May 10. Runners from Frank J. Mitchell, Rocky Mountain Elementary, Isabella Dicken and Jaffray Elementary took
part, and this year, the Isabella Dicken runners stole the show! Alexandra Pereverzoff, Tyler Palmer and Liam MacLean all placed second in their categories and Connor Will placed third. Overall, Isabella Dicken Elementary tied for first with the Frank J. Mitchell girls, and the Isabella Dicken boys took first place.
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Tyler Palmer and Connor Will.
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Isabella Dicken runners celebrate their first place win. All photos submitted
Canadian Pacific workers to strike By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff
anadian Pacific Railway’s engineers, conductors, yardmen and rail traffic controllers have taken strike action. The workers went on strike early Wednesday morning after last-minute negotiations before the midnight deadline failed. Pensions are at the heart of the dispute between the company and its workers. CP said it needs to make changes to post-retirement benefits to bring them into line with its railway peers. The company said it has made $1.9 billion of solvency-deficit
a safe and structured shut down” of train operations across the country. The Mining Association of Canada, said the strike poses “a threat to the stability of a stalwart of the Canadian economy,” as it moves through the post-recession recovery. The Canadian mining industry accounts for more than 50 per cent of the freight revenues of Canada’s rail system yearly, the association said. It and Teck Coal said they hope the federal government act quickly to resolve the labour dispute. “A strike by CP workers will have a serious effect on the
industry,” Pierre Gratton, Mining Association of Canada CEO, said in a statement. “The shipment of fuel and other supplies to mine sites will be compromised as is the transport of mineral products.” Marcia Smith, spokeperson for Teck Coal agreed. “We have stockpiles so the strike shouldn’t have too much of an effect on the Elk Valley mines if it doesn’t go on too long,” she said on Wednesday morning. “But the situation is very fluid and we are not sure how it will unfold. We are watching closely. We are anxious for a resolution and very glad to hear that Canadian Labour Minister, Lisa
Raitt, is making it her top priority to reach one. “CP is a very important part of our operations.” The CP rail strike will cause a shortfall of essential fuel and supply shipments to mines across Canada and also prevent mines from delivering their products to their end-point destinations, according to the mining group. The TCRC-represented employees announced April 26 that they had voted 95 per cent in favour of possible strike action. The workers’ most recent contracts expired Dec. 31, 2011.
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contributions to its pension plan over the past three years. CP said its proposed changes would still leave workers with guaranteed pension payments that exceed what the union has already agreed to for the majority of its members at another major Canadian railway. The Teamsters said in a statement on its website the same day that at issue are “work rules, fatigue management, and the pension plan, which the employer wants to cut by 40 per cent.” The railway said its offer is fair and it’s willing to enter binding arbitration with the union. Should a strike occur, Canadian Pacific said it will “proceed with
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Public votes on best day for new holiday By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff
he B.C. government has added legislation for a new holiday in February and has asked for the public’s input to decide which day it should be. The Family Day legislation
would create a new holiday on either the second or third Monday in February but the government recently asked people to vote on which one they think it should be. "By having Family Day on the third Monday in February, British Columbians will share the same day with five other Canadian
provinces, and with the United States' President's Day," said a statement issued by the Ministry of Labour, Citizen's services and Open Government. "By having it on the second Monday, British Columbians will be able to enjoy not only ski hills, but also parks and other local attractions throughout the
Province without other longweekend traffic," said the statement. The Fernie Chamber of Commerce said they are hoping it will be on the second Monday in February, to be different to other provinces. “For tourism in Fernie we are always booked solid the third
weekend in February with visitors,” said Sarah Parry, Manager of the Chamber. “We would love to have Family Day on the second Monday when Fernie has the availability to host more visitors.” Voting closed on Tuesday and the Chamber is waiting for the results.
Local entertainers support Relay for Life By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff
his year’s Elk Valley Relay for Life has received a huge boost from local musicians, singers and bands who have agreed to donate their talents to entertain on the Relay Stage. The stage will host a range of musicians from Fernie Secondary School students to Fernie bands who have been together for more than 20 years. This year’s Elk Valley Relay for Life will
be held at the Fernie Secondary track on Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. “The whole day will be a non-stop party,” says local Relay entertainment organiser Lori Bradish. “The stage will also be the spot to watch the Head Shave activities as well as a Zumba session led by Lizzie Whitehouse and a Karaoke hour.” Along with the Ferniebased entertainers, Jesse Northey, originally from Fernie but now living in Lethbridge, is
bringing his band the Dandelions as well as another Lethbridge group, The Brenna Lowrie Band. “It’s really cool that Jesse agreed to come for the event. He was so keen he wanted his second group to play as well,” Bradish says. Other bands include Fernie group, The Relief Committee, whose members are longtime Fernie residents Cam Kennedy, Dave Buliziuk, Tim Ketchum and PJ Burnett. The Bickertons are another
local group who have been together for the past few years but have added drummer Chantal Serwatkewich to join Heather McDonald, Mike Tomney and Paul Michal. A Sparwood-based group, The Due Clause, will be rounding out the roster of bands for the event. This group features Shayne Fedorek on guitar, Shane Borthwick on vocals, drums and guitar, Jordan Wildeman on vocals,
guitar and mandolin and Eric Klement on bass. They have played their rock and roll in the valley for more than 15 years. A youth band is also in the line up. This group of Fernie Secondary students includes Liam Faucher, Chris Elia and Linden Gigliotti. Other Fernie students performing will be Adam Doka, on the piano, and Ocean Whelan, a singer who will also perform during the last Luminary Lap of the day.
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2012 Property Tax Notices, Annual Utility Notices & Home Owner Grant Applications 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. 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.
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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 www.elkford.ca or picked up at the Recreation Centre in Elkford Monday to Friday. For more information contact: Debbie Kliment, Program Coordinator 250.865.4010 email@example.com
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