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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. “This 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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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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The front page story this week will no doubt spark up those who do not agree with a train whistle cessation, using it as ammunition for their safety argument. But the fact is, whether there is a train whistle cessation or not, the engineer is always going to sound the whistle if he sees something, or someone on the tracks. The cessation would not mean he can’t do that – it just means he won’t have to blow the whistle at every crossing for no real reason. And unfortunately, if someone is as drunk as this man apparently was, not even the whistle is going to wake him. It is incredible this man is alive – he must have been positioned on the tracks in such a way that the train passed right over the top of him without touching him. Because of the fact he was unhurt, my thoughts go to the engineer. How must that man have felt as he spotted the man sleeping on the tracks, and desperately tried to get his attention, while putting on the brakes and hoping they would stop the train in time? Imagine how he felt as he saw the man disappear under the train, and there was nothing he could do about it. I’m sure he thought the man was dead – that he had just witnessed this stranger’s death. What a terrible thing for the engineer to live with if that had been the case. Many interpreted the crackdown by the RCMP at Lake Koocanusa as an attempt to ruin some harmless, long weekend fun. The police talked about antisocial and dangerous behaviour, but even I wondered if maybe it was being a little over zealous to police the area to that extent. How much trouble can a few drunk campers out by the lake cause? Well apparently, a quite a lot. Not only was this man so drunk even a coal train thundering right over his head couldn’t wake him, but one man was charged with drunk driving, there were numerous other tickets issued, from possession of a stolen vehicle to confiscating mechanically dangerous vehicles, drug seizures, illegal camp fires and littering. With these people camping at the lake, it is a miracle nobody was hurt. The RCMP obviously know how dangerous the situation can become, and decided the only solution was to supervise as closely as possible. I, for one, am very glad they did. And I really hope the man on the tracks chooses to skip Lake Koocanusa for May long weekend next year. Seeing as how last year he was hit by a car, and this year run over by a train, I think it’s better for everyone if he stays home.

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Olympians opposed We (the undersigned) are Canadian Olympic and ParaOlympic medalists who love winter sport, and have depended on it for our livelihoods. But we recognize there are limits to development, when enough is enough, when bigger values and the future of our children's heritage is at stake. That is why we are opposed to the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort. It's unfortunate that the province has OK'd a remote real estate development tied to melting glaciers, smack in the heart of critically important grizzly bear range. It makes no sense. This proposal isn't about skiing, it's about real estate. The proposed resort lies 55 kilometres from the nearest community. While nearby

world class ski resorts adjacent to communities on Canada's major transportation routes are already competing to fill their facilities, Jumbo Resort would require a provincial road through some of the most avalanche prone terrain imaginable. Peer-reviewed science unanimously attests to the significance of these lands to grizzly bears. The development would fracture wildlife connections critical to the long-term health of the North American grizzly bear population. The Ktunaxa First Nation, in whose territory the development is proposed, is strongly opposed Jumbo Glacier Resort as a threat to the sacred land of the grizzly bear spirit. We are blessed in British Columbia to have retained much of our wild inheritance. The Alps on the

other hand, with their busy peaks and valleys are bereft of wildlife. European tourists flock to Canada in search of that lost wilderness, not to see a faux Eurostyle resort. A remote resort on melting glaciers will not strengthen British Columbian communities. Cutting the skitourism pie ever thinner to compete with the region's world-class ski destinations would only drain community-based livelihoods. For over 20 years, local opinion has remained overwhelmingly opposed to the resort. The fate of Jumbo is far from a "done deal". Surely there must be a better way. Canadians will Keep Jumbo Wild. Beckie Scott, Scott Niedermayer, Sara Renner, Josh Dueck, Thomas Grandi, Jon Montgomery, Doug Anakin, Kristin Groves

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RCMP ask for public feedback following Koocanusa crackdown By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


he RCMP say that the feedback they have received from South Country residents following their crackdown on anti social behaviour over May long weekend has been positive. Cpl. Don Erichsen said the objective was to keep people safe and happy during the long weekend, and this was achieved. “Residents in the Koocanusa area are telling us things were a lot quieter this year,” he said. “Having said that there were moments over the weekend I felt like we were losing the battle, and other moments I felt like we were doing OK. “We are currently assessing the project and consulting with the other involved groups to see what results we get.” Cpl. Erichsen asked for the public to give feedback to help with

the assessment. “We would really like to know how people think we did, and how we can do better,” he said.

“Residents in the Koocanusa area are telling us things were a lot quieter this year” Cpl. Don Erichsen Elk Valley RCMP

So far, the RCMP are able to tell The Free Press that one man was charged with impaired driving, and another with possession of a stolen vehicle, there were several drug seizures, a lot of litter tickets issued and fire ban tickets, and one man was charged with mischief after he fell asleep on train tracks and was run over by a coal train (see front page story.)




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Completely in the canal ‘invisible’ technology Completely in the canal (CIC) hearing aids are often promoted as the best option available mainly because they are the most discreet virtually invisible hearing aids on the market. However, the disadvantages greatly outweigh the advantages as compared to other styles of hearing aids. Because the hearing aid is deep in the ear canal, it is more prone to wax and moisture, resulting in a decreased lifespan and an increase in maintenance issues over time. Further, the CIC style fully plugs the ear canal making it less comfortable than other models. In addition, the vent diameter size on the hearing aid is often very limited resulting in an ‘echo’ sound quality in a person’s own voice while talking or chewing. CIC hearing aids also lack the room to fit directional microphones, resulting in background noise being more of an issue than with other styles.

Wireless Bluetooth technology A recent advance in technology utilizes Bluetooth or ‘wireless’ connectivity to other devices such as cell phones and the TV. The advantage with this technology is that cell phone/TV sound quality is corrected for the hearing loss, hands-free, and can be channelled to both hearing aids, creating a stereo sound quality in both ears. For the TV, the sound quality can be dramatically improved, as the sound from the TV is directly received in the hearing aids. In addition, the wireless technology can allow the hearing aids to communicate with separate external microphones devices. This separate microphone can be placed on the table in a restaurant, or given to the minister or priest at church or other services, and can dramatically improve the speech to noise ratio, thus allowing for better clarity of speech even at significant distances. Importantly, this technology is very user friendly and your Audiologist can set up the system to function automatically. The wireless technology is also compatible for home phones that have compatible wireless features.

The Dynamic Hearing Solution Dynamic Hearing Solutions (DHS) offers the widest range of technology available and selects from up to 12 manufacturers in order to meet the specific needs of our patients and to accommodate a variety of budgets. DHS is proud to offer the most comprehensive service and value guarantee in the region and is locally owned and operated in the Kootenays by Brad Meulenbeld, a certified and registered Audiologist. Clinics are conveniently located in the Tamarack mall in Cranbrook, The medical Associates clinic in Nelson, and the Rocky Mountain Health Centre in Fernie. A key part of our value promise is to accommodate our patients within 4 business days. For more information on our value promise and our 90 day risk free trial period, please visit our website at To determine how hearing aids can improve your quality of life and learn more about new options available, call Dynamic Hearing solutions at 1-877-426-0079 or visit us at one of our locations in Nelson, Cranbrook, or Fernie. Bring in this article or a competitor offer and receive a no-charge hearing evaluation and a $500 rebate toward the cost of new hearing aids or our price match guarantee.

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THIS WEEK Thursday, May 24 • TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Thursday night, 6:15 -7:30 p.m. in the Salvation Army building. Call Isabel, 250-423-7043. • Every Thursday 6:30 p.m. onwards – fun darts at Sparwood Legion. • The Fernie Heritage Library’s Afterschool Programme, 3:30 - 5:00, Ages 10 – 13. The Penny Murder Film Project. Write script, develop dialogue and characters in hopes of completing first film showing by June! There is always room for more creative input and help. This programme does require a serious commitment. Free and includes a snack. • Fernie Elks Lodge meeting – promoting and supporting community needs. Call 250-423-7536.

Friday, May 25 • Cribbage at Senior Drop-In Centre, Fernie, every Friday 7:30 p.m. •Sparwood Legion open jam session at 7 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 • The Fernie Heritage Library’s Afterschool Programme, 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. Ages 10 – 12. Design by Lego (or Designing by the People) This course is for the serious Lego lover who is ready to stretch not only their imagination, but also their world view. Please pre register by contacting Sandra Summerfield at Free and includes a snack.

Saturday, May 26 • Every Saturday meat draw and 50/50 draw at Sparwood Legion 4 - 6 p.m. • Fernie Legion meat draw 4 - 6 p.m. Fun and Entertaining. All welcome to join us. • Spring Bike Blitz, bike and gear swap at the Elks Hall, Fernie. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday, May 27 • Alcoholics Anonymous meet at 7.30 p.m. in Fernie Anglican Church. Call 250-423-2131 for details. • 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.

Monday, May 28 • 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

Tuesday, May 29 • 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. • SOAPS: Sparwood Old Age Pensioners Society meets every third Tuesday, monthly. Please contact Maria at 425-6600 or Norm at 4256557 for more information.

Wednesday, May 30 • 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 toddlertime program. 11:15 a.m. – Noon • The Fernie Heritage Library’s Afterschool Programme, 3: 30 to 4:45 p.m. • Sonrise Healing Rooms welcomes you to come in for prayer 7 - 9 pm. No appointment necessary. 1361 Eighth Avenue.

Coal Miner Days brings community closer By Jenna Jensen Black Rock News


s Coal Miner Days are creeping closer, Renee MacCormack President of the Coal Miner Day’s society is in full swing and encouraging the community to get involved. “We have so many great things going on, there is something for everyone,” she says. “Because it is such a huge event, advanced

registration and notice really helps things run more efficiently. If people are planning on putting your kids in the parade, joining the bed races, Sparwood Classic or the Street Market, the more notice we have the better,” she says. “We like to have prizes for kids entering the parade and without knowing how many kids are going to be in, we are kind of just left to guess.” The Coal Miner

Days events will kick off on Thursday, June 7 with the Sparwood Chamber Golf Tournament and continue throughout the weekend with events and activities for everyone to enjoy. “We plan Coal Miner Days for the community, so it is a great time to get out, have fun and become closer as a community, mixing and mingling with neighbours and friends,” says MacCormack. MacCormack would

like to advise people to head to the Coal Miner Days website at www. to check out the tentative schedule of events and contact names and info for those running certain events. Kids are also reminded to be on the lookout for the colouring contest found in The Free Press. “We hope everyone is gearing up to come on out and enjoy a great Coal Miner Days weekend,” says MacCormack.

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he Elk Valley WorkBC Employment Services Centre is inviting members of the public to come and join them for the grand opening of the Elk Valley office. Staff at the centre said they are excited to officially celebrate this event June 6. “Our grand opening will provide an opportunity to welcome the public into our offices and share information about how our services can help make it easier for people to find work, providing stability for their families, and help connect job seekers with employers, providing needed support for strong local economies,” says Amy Boeckner Business Services Coordinator for the Elk

Valley region. The opening will be Wednesday, June 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the Elk Valley WorkBC Employment Services Centre, 302 C Second Avenue Fernie, with light refreshments and invited guests. Services for the Elk Valley region are provided through a storefront location in Fernie, as well as itinerant services offered to the surrounding communities to ensure coverage and access to services across the catchment area. Services help job seekers with job search strategies, resume building, and provide information on employment related programs and training. All job seekers can access the self-serve area free of charge. This includes access to job listings, resource

library, on-line tools, internet, printing, faxing and computer use for employment related needs. Additional support and resources are available for job seekers who are currently unemployed or underemployed and are legally eligible to work in B.C. The Elk Valley WorkBC Employment Centre also works with employers to assist in their recruiting needs and to ensure that job seekers can connect with the most up-todate job listings. “Our goal is to work with employers to both understand and help fulfill their labour market needs. This helps us to better support job seekers in making career path choices that will lead to successful long term employment,” says Amy Boeckner.

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Arts&Entertainment Be part of the Animal Nation By Angela Treharne The Free Press


nimal Nation is a band that found Canada-wide exposure by both being cast in supporting roles in MTV’s Peak Season as well as licensing several songsto the show. The show later went on to be picked up by VH1 in the US as well as airing on MTV networks in 145 countries worldwide. Their latest release has been charting near the top of nation-wide college hip-hop Charts and their latest music video (self directed/shot/ edited) was also featured in the 2011 Whistler Film Festival in the shortworks Film Maker Showdown, and was nominated for the Shortworks Award. Their style is laid-back, west coast indie hip-hop and they say that they place well with fans of hip-hop, indie-rock, folk, or even punk. The band is fronted by two MCs-

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and Garnet Clare (Tall Man) adds keys, harmonica, banjo, live percussion and other unique musical elements to their show. They also have a rotating cast of other players and talkers. “Even though our sound is laid back we are masters at getting people into the show with our witty banter and onstage antics,” said Clare. “We have opened for the likes of Classified, Jully Black, Zion I, Hilltop Hoods, Sweatshop Union, Blackalicious and Buck 65 and have performed at several major festivals including the 2010 Winter Olympics (official Village mainstage), Telus, Crankworx, Pemberton Music Festival, Shambala and Canada Day on Parliament Hill.” Animal Nation will take to the stage at The Northern in Fernie on Saturday, May 26.

By Angela Treharne The Free Press


he postponed fourth annual Weefest at The Arts Station is now rescheduled for May 30. WeeFest is an annual Arts Station fundraiser that profiles Fernie and area artists. The mini festival has been in existence for about a decade, curated by local band Bubba Tres. A multi-genre single night festival featuring primarily local talent, Wee Fest is a confirmation of the love of music and love of the Arts Station for the enthusiastic crowd. Expect to see all of the great talent that Fernie has to offer from poets to performers and troubadours to trombonists. Obviously, Bubba Tres will give a hilariously mad, zombie stomping fueled perform-

ance; however, many local favourites will take stage. Arts Station vets, redGirl, led by fiery haired Anie Hepher, as well as, The Bickertons, who were gracious enough to perform at The Arts Station’s Holiday Social this past December, are set to perform. Author and spoken word artist, Keith Liggett and spoken word/poet/musician, Adam McDonald will also share their work. Come prepared to participate in an unforgettable evening! Join the party at The Arts Station on Wednesday, May 30 at 8 p.m. Tickets: Members: $15/ adults $10/youth; Regular $20/adults $12/youth (under 18) available at The Arts Station, Freshies and Carosella.

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very year The Arts Station is graced with the works from the Fernie Visual Arts Guild during their annual gallery exhibit. Join them on Thursday, May 31 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the opening reception for the cleverly named exhibit ‘Local Colour.’ ‘Local Colour’ represents the wide array

of visual arts presented by individuals in the group making this exhibit one of the most diverse of the year. The generous support of Columbia Basin Trust and Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance subsidized the cost of two art workshops attended by members of the Guild. The weekend workshops were facilitated by local artists, Laura Nelson and Patrick Markle, both of who have had

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Sparwood bowlers bring home bronze By Jenna Jensen Black Rock News


oming home N a t i o n a l Championship bronze medal winners MacKenzie Lukkar, Portia Eldaun, Janaya White and Kally Campbell are still the same giggly nine-year-old girls, only this time behind them, they have had the experience of travelling across Canada and bowling in a National Tournament. The team, parents, coach Dave Wilks MP and assistant coach Bob Stockey

headed out on May 4 to begin a weekend full of scheduled games. “The championships were originally scheduled for 21 games, but were reduced to 14 when contending teams could not reach St. Johns due to fog,� says Stockey. “Sparwood started off slowly, and had only two wins in their first six games, but recovered to win six of their last seven scheduled matches. This comeback resulted in a three-way tie for first place and a one game play off. It was quite a bit of pressure for the girls,

and when we saw them getting close to their breaking point, we just reminded them to have fun, and that they have made everyone proud already,� he says. The girls finished third in the playoff despite having the highest pin fall in their division. These young ladies have all bowled well above their averages during the Nationals, a phenomenon Stockey describes as ‘almost a miracle really.’ Kally Campbell, who averaged 180.36 during the tournament, was rec-

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ognized for having the highest average of all 32 girls competing over the 14 games. As a team, they were also commended by coaches and parents for more than just their skill. “They stuck together, acted really maturely and never got down on each other,� says Stockey. “We are all so very proud of them.� The experience itself was huge for the team and all four of the girls say they are thrilled with their bronze medal win. “Bowling against other teams was really exciting for us,� says White. “We are all really happy with our bronze medal win. The best moment for me was during the closing ceremonies when we knew we had really won,� she says.

“I am also really excited that we won bronze,� says Lukkar. “My teammates were awesome, and we worked really well together.� Due to the delay of teams arriving and the cancellation of some games, the team took to sightseeing St. Johns. The girls were eager to describe their most memorable moment besides experiencing the Nationals, as when they saw and iceberg. They spent the day touring the city and visiting the Geo Centre. “This whole experience was really a big deal for these girls, and we want to express our sincere gratitude to the community for all of their support, “ says Stockey. This is the second succes-

sive year that Sparwood has had bowlers compete in the National Championships, a very impressive performance coming from such a small bowling centre. Sparwood Bowl and all of the team would like to thank all of the community members who have helped with donations for the gift exchange. In particular coach Stockey sends a big thanks to Teck for making it possible for him to be there with the girls. A new bowling season will begin again in September, and all kids are encouraged to come out and try the sport. “See, we take kids with little or no experience and turn them into national caliber bowlers,� Stockey says with a grin.


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Painting the town... fish! By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


tudents in Fernie ‘painted the town for fish’ last week to raise awareness of where the waste that goes

down our drains ends up. On Wednesday, May 16 42 grade 8 students were deployed throughout Fernie, painting over 100 fish on roads downtown, in Ridgemont, Alpine Trails, the Annex, and the Airport.

The purpose was to raise awareness among the community that only rain water should be going down the drains, and the river water must be kept clean and unpolluted to keep the fish alive.

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BC Hydro gives Koocanusa update By Karen Bergman Contributor


bout 30 people showed up for BC Hydro’s annual public information meeting on Wednesday last week at Wardner’s Steeplesview Community Centre. Staff from BC Hydro, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service presented information on B.C.’s Columbia River Basin. BC Hydro staff also gave a general system update at the end, including the Smart Meter project. The Koocanusa/ Libby Dam Reservoir topic was of particular interest to the meeting attendees. B.C. Hydro’s Kelvin Ketchum (Generation System Optimization Portfolio Manager) started with a summary of the Columbia Basin hydroelectric system. The system is managed under the 1964 Canada-U.S. Columbia River Treaty. The Treaty required

Canada to build storage reservoirs (Mica, Arrow and Duncan) and operate them for optimum power generation and flood control downstream in both countries. The Treaty also permitted the U.S. to build and operate the Libby Dam project on the Kootenai River. Some Canadian land along the Kootenai River was flooded to create the Dam reservoir and Koocanusa Lake was created. Ketchum explained the Treaty lays out how the reservoirs, including Libby Dam/ Koocanusa Lake, are to be operated according to specific conditions. Later, The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers’ Bill Proctor (Chief, Reservoir Control Centre) explained more about how the Libby Dam/Koocanusa Lake water levels are controlled. Snow pack is one factor. The lake level is kept low enough in spring to allow for a sudden snow pack melt and possible heavy spring

rain. This buffer is generally 10-15 feet lower than full pool at the end of June and goes down to about five feet by the end of July. Without a buffer the risk is that a sudden snow pack melt and/ or rain could cause flooding downstream of the dam. The longer the snow pack remains in the mountain peaks, the later the lake is brought closer to full pool. Another factor is the annual water dump required to protect sturgeon fish on the U.S. side. The dump lowers the lake level temporarily and is required as the result of legal charges under the Endangered Species Act. Further, the lake level will be dropped to 2449 feet in late August for fish habitat work in September and October. The Columbia River Treaty can be ended in 2024 at the earliest with 10 years notice by either side. The B.C. Government is leading a review of the

Treaty. Public consultation workshops are planned for later this month in Jaffray (May 29), Creston (May 30), and other communities in June. For more information see www. RiverTreaty. B.C. Hydro’s Diane Tammen (Community Relations Manager, East Kootenay) and Sally Masters (donations and scholarships) gave updates on other items. The Smart Meter Initiative will be completed province wide this year. Also, B.C. Hydro will spend $6 billion over three years to improve and expand the electrical system. Finally, the April 1, 2012 interim electrical rate increase of 3.91 percent resulted in an increase of about $5.40 per month for residential customers. This brings the average residential rate to $83 a month. By comparison, the average residential rate for Calgary is $175.

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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.

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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.

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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:

New Driveway Access Are you planning on installing a new driveway this summer? Please be reminded that per Highway Bylaw #1417 you are required to obtain a Highway Use Permit in order to construct a boulevard crossing, including a curb, ditch or sidewalk crossing to ensure proper drainage and adherence to City engineering standards. Please contact City Hall at 250-423-6817 for further information.

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 second of two notices, dated the 24th day of May 2012. Cam Mertz, Director of Leisure Services

Quality of Life and Liveability Survey The City of Fernie and its Official Community Plan Implementation Committee working on the Quality of Life Index - a report that measures the vitality of our community and identifies significant trends in areas critical to our quality of life - are seeking public input. An important part of Fernie’s Quality of Life Index is updating data collected each year through a community survey. The survey asks about your participation in community activities, satisfaction with local services and facilities, and offers you an opportunity to comment on what’s important for your quality of life as a Fernie resident. Over time, the data collected will be a key source of information for the community on the importance of different economic, environmental, recreational, cultural and social aspects of life in Fernie. The survey should only take five to ten minutes to complete and is available at City Hall, Fernie Heritage Library, the Aquatic Centre and the website This is an important opportunity for community members and interested stakeholders to share what’s important to your quality of life here in Fernie. Participation is key – we want to hear what you have to say! Complete a survey for your chance to win a Big Screen TV or a FAR Ski Pass!



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D IS T R I C T O F S PA RWO O D Box 520, 136 Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0 Phone: 250.425.6271 | Fax: 250.425.7277 Email:

BYLAW/ANIMAL ENFORCEMENT LOST PETS Contact or advertise at: Sparwood Animal Pound 250-425-7718 The Drive (radio station) 250-426-2224 Fernie Free Press {news papers} {on line} {on line} Cranbrook SPCA {dog pound} 250-426-6751 Put up posters and pictures of your lost pet Sparwood pets are a healthy and important part of our community. We would like to encourage all pet owners to update your pet tags and information so we can serve the needs of your four legged family members better. Thank you. Animal Enforcement Department

MOSQUITO CONTROL PROGRAM The District of Sparwood has overseen the control of mosquitoes for many years. Businesses and recreational activities can suffer when the numbers of aggressive, daytime biting mosquitoes (known as ‘nuisance’ mosquitoes) rise to intolerable levels. The goal of the Nuisance Mosquito Control Program has been to reduce their numbers to tolerable levels using integrated pest management measures. Culex Environmental Ltd is currently contracted to carry out the Nuisance Mosquito Program. Culex specialises in using environmentally sensitive approaches to mosquito management. Surveillance has begun and initial treatment will begin shortly. Some important personal protection measures you can take are: • Mosquitoes are most active between dusk and dawn. If you are outside in the evening or early morning, minimize your exposure to bites. · Wear long sleeved shirts and long pants. · Wear light-coloured clothing. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark, intense colours. By wearing light-coloured clothing you will reduce the likelihood of getting bitten. • Wear clothing made of tightly woven materials that will keep mosquitoes away from the skin. The use of mesh “bug jackets” or “bug hats” is also recommended. • Tuck pants into socks and button shirt cuffs for extra protection. • Use mosquito netting to protect babies, when in an unscreened structure, or when sleeping outdoors. • In addition to wearing proper clothing, consider using an insect repellent containing DEET or other approved ingredients. To report instances of nuisance mosquitoes, get more information about the program or about mosquitoes in general, please contact the District of Sparwood at or 250.425.6271.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT WEEK AND PUBLIC WORKS WEEK May 20 – 26, 2012 In recognition of Public Works Week, Council of the District of Sparwood extends a sincere and heartfelt thank you to all our employees who work so diligently and faithfully to keep our town well run and beautiful.


From first class recreation facilities to well maintained parks and boulevards and a fiscally responsible administration, residents express their pride and satisfaction. A lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes to keep our community looking so great and for that, Council says thanks to all our staff and urges residents to take a moment from their day to do the same.

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

SENIORʼS BIRTHDAY BOOK 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.

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pring cleaning? Well, this year unwanted and unused items can be headed to a new home with the Share Fair taking place on Saturday, June 2, beginning at 9 a.m. The annual event, hosted by the LDS church will see household items, toys and clothing being brought for donation and shared for free. “We began this many years ago to

give people a chance to share what they had with others. Sometimes, people only need to get rid of a couple of smaller items, or maybe one big one. Having just a few things doesn’t warrant holding a garage sale, but those things can be brought to the share fair,� says project organizer L-A Simmons. Gently used items can be brought to the LDS Church at any time by contacting Simmons, but an open drop off date is set for Friday, June 1 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the church. No money is accepted for any items donated or taken and any items remaining

will be taken to the Sparwood New To You or the reuse centre at the transfer station. “We encourage everyone to bring their unwanted items, and come take what they need. There are a lot of great items already coming in,� says Simmons. “It’s also a great way to mix and mingle for the entire Elk Valley. Juice will be served on site and everyone is welcome. The Share Fair will be held at the LDS Church on 1301 Ponderosa Drive in Sparwood Heights. For more information, or to drop off items please call L-A Simmons at 250-8657163.

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Sparwood hosts spring trade fair By Jenna Jensen Black Rock News


his weekend Sparwood will be the centre of business during the first annual Spring has Sprung Trade Fair. This fair, centered mostly around homebased business owners, will have 30 vendors selling everything from food to clothing to duct tape wallets. Event creators and organizers Mandy Merrill and Megan Lebsack, say this type of event is very exciting and very needed in the Elk Valley. “Here in the Elk Valley there are so many people who have small homebased businesses and nowhere to really pro-

mote them, us included. We know that social media is bombarded with business promotion, and in most cases it is people from out of town getting the business because they have better or more noticeable promotion. So many people have been giving us really positive feedback about this event, and there is such a variety of vendors attending, we really think this event will be a huge success,� says Merrill. This trade fair is geared to give a local flair to home based products, as almost all of the vendors attending will be from the Elk Valley or Crowsnest Pass area. “We just really want

people to be able to put a face to the local salespeople, make interactions a little more personal and give people the opportunity to showcase the items they have to offer,� says Merrill. “It will also give Elk Valley residents the chance to come on out and support their local retailers,� she says. This event will take

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elp kids from financially disadvantaged families get involved in sport and recreation on Jumpstart Day. The One Million Red Balls campaign is currently underway. It culminates with the charity’s fourth annual Jumpstart Day on Saturday, May 26. Customers are being encouraged this month to make a $2 donation at Canadian Tire, Mark’s and Canadian Tire Gas+ locations in exchange for one of the million red balls. Jumpstart has encouraged ath-

with MLA Bill Bennett 1. 80% of the people living in the Agricultural Land Reserve do not farm but often have large lawns, fruit trees, grape vines, shrubs and flowers and many pests. Failing to effectively treat weed, insect & fungus pests on residential land inevitably spreads pests and invasive species to crops, orchards, and forests. Where pesticide bans exist, pests are spreading. Special Legislative Committee on Cosmetic Pesticides Report @ 2. The International Agency for Cancer Research stated that “Very few currently available pesticides are established experimental carcinogens, and none is an established human carcinogen. Studies in humans have failed to provide convincing evidence of an increased risk, even in heavily exposed groups.� Professor Emeritus Keith Solomon, toxicologist, stated that there is no health reason to ban pesticide use in Canada.

letes, sports and media personalities, musicians and celebrities to join the One Million Red Balls campaign. Chicago Blackhawks captain, Jonathan Toews, former NHL legend Darryl Sittler, Canadian Figure Skater, Kurt Browning and international Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan, are just a few notables who have already shown their support. In addition to having their photo with the red ball posted to, they will sign a red ball, which will be auctioned off in June. All proceeds from the red ball auction will go to Jumpstart. Donations to Jumpstart help

the one in three Canadian families that can’t afford to enrol their children in organized sports and recreation. All funds raised through the One Million Red Balls campaign and on Jumpstart Day stay within the local community to help local children. Since 2005, Jumpstart has helped more than 417,000 kids across Canada by removing the financial barriers that prevent children from participating. To lend your support, visit Canadian Tire Jumpstart at

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3. Health Canada does a minimum of 200 toxicological tests and exposure studies on every pesticide product. Testing accounts for children, pregnant women, use without protective clothing, cumulative & synergistic impact, the precautionary principle and the fact that householders may not use it completely in accordance with label directions. To ban pesticide use is to disregard the predominate scientific evidence and the 350 scientists who work at Health Canada.

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veryone’s favourite Coal Miner Days event, the bed races, will go ahead this year thanks to sponsorship from the East Kootenay Community Credit Union. To take part, each adult team should gather together five kids to race their bed. Kids do not need a costume but if they are costumed they will be judged with the adult teams for best costume. If you know of kids that would be interested, get them to contact me and we'll be sure to get them a bed to race. The race will be on Friday, June 8, at 5:30

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p.m. at the bottom of Red Cedar Hill and there will be three or four ‘challenge pit stops’ along the loop that the teams must complete before they can start racing again. The prize for first place is $500. “We had six teams last year and this year I'd like to see 10 teams,� said organiser, Renee MacCormack. “Businesses, why not challenge another business to a race? There's nothing better than bragging rights! “Spread the news and get your creative minds thinking of your theme for this year's bed races.� The entry fee is $25. Contact Renee is you have a team to enter, know of kids interest-

ed in taking part, or need a loaner bed for the race. “Even if you don't want to race a bed, come on out and watch the races. They will be sure to make you laugh and cheer!� she said. The deadline for entries is June 1. Forms and entry fees can be handed in or faxed to

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RCMP REPORT Saturday, April 21

• In Fernie at 3:36 p.m. there was a report of two groups of youths meeting to possibly engage in a fight. • In Sparwood at 4:48 p.m. there was an intoxicated man at a local restaurant. Police were requested to remove him. • In Fernie at 4:55 p.m. a grey Pathfinder was seen swerving and almost causing an accident. • In Fernie at 6:52 p.m. police were requested to attend to a wellbeing check. The individual was located and no further police intervention was needed. • In Elkford at 10:54 p.m. an intoxicated man was refusing to leave a liquor establishment.

requested to dispatch an injured deer. • In Sparwood at 4:47 a.m. there was a break and enter which occurred sometime overnight. Stolen were decorative swords, a suit of armour, Egyptian statues and loose change. Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to call the RCMP at 250-425-6233. • In Fernie at 7:35 p.m. there was a report of two youths shooting birds. Police attended and the youths were gone. • In Elko at 10:11 p.m. an erratic driver was reported. A semi unit was speeding and not maintaining his lane. • In Sparwood at 11:48 p.m. harassment via text was reported.

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• In Fernie at 1:19 a.m. there was a fight at a liquor establishment. • In Sparwood at 8:27 a.m. a vehicle was taken without the owner’s consent. • In Sparwood at 8:33 a.m. police were

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stolen. Surveillance video is being investigated and police are confident the suspects will be identified. • In Elkford at 6:28 a.m. an injured elk needed to be dispatched. • In Sparwood at 11:11 a.m. there was a report of tires stolen from a local business. Michelin 11R 24.5 Radial X tires. • In Hosmer at 11:32 a.m. a cattle liner was driving all over the road. • In Sparwood at 11:39 a.m. there was a single vehicle accident with an elk. • In Fernie at 1:34 a.m. a bike was found. • In Fernie at 2:16 p.m. an iPhone was found. • In Elko at 2:18 p.m. a blue and white semi was driving erratically. • In Sparwood at 4:05 p.m. there was a false residential alarm. • In Fernie at 5:45 p.m. there was a report of an ongoing problem with speeders. • In Sparwood at 6:05 p.m. there was a traffic complaint when someone in a vehicle was throwing

cans out of the window. The vehicle is described as a dark blue Ford F-150. • In Hosmer at 6:35 p.m. a black Tacoma was speeding and not maintaining his lane. • In Sparwood at 10:26 a.m. an assault was reported. Due to higher than average vehicle break ins police remind residents to keep the keys out of your vehicle, doors locked and valuables out of sight.

Tuesday, April 24 • In Sparwood at 9:07 a.m. there was a false business alarm. • In Sparwood at 10:39 a.m. complaint of threats was received. • In Elko at 11:02 a.m. an erratic driver with an Alberta plates was reported for passing on double solid lines. A warning letter was sent to the registered owner as the vehicle was not located. • In Sparwood at 12:38 p.m. battery cords were reported stolen from a shed at a business. There was also a previous occur-

Wednesday, April 25

• In Sparwood at 12:11 a.m. there was a complaint of a theft of a vehicle in progress on Engelmann Spruce Drive. A truck was parked in the street and one youth was seen inside the vehicle trying to start it. A suspect has been identified. Continued on page B4

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was going to assault a second man. When police arrived, the fight had calmed down. No charges were laid. • In Fernie at 8:16 p.m. liquor was stolen from a business. There was no forced entry into the building. • In Sparwood at 8:38 p.m. there was a call of a suspicious circumstance and a possible break and enter to the Sparwood Medical Centre when employees noticed wheelchairs outside. Police investigated and there were no signs of a break and enter. • In Fernie at 10:31 p.m. a vehicle was driving without headlights. The vehicle was not located.

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rence of this approximately a month earlier. • In Sparwood at 2:03 p.m. a license plate decal was reported lost. • In Sparwood at 3:03 p.m. there was an erratic driver reported for driving unsafely heading towards the Alberta border. The vehicle was stopped by Crowsnest Pass RCMP and no charges were laid. • In Elkford at 4:43 p.m. there was a complaint of an unlicensed driver. • In Fernie at 4:58 p.m. police attended to a domestic dispute. A man was arrested. This incident is still under investigation. • In Fernie at 5:21 p.m. there was an abandoned 911 call from a cell phone. • In Sparwood at 5:38 p.m. there was a threats complaint at a local business. This incident is still under investigation. • In Elkford at 5:47 p.m. a driving prohibition was served on an individual. • In Roosville at 6:36 p.m. there was a complaint of an intoxicated man that

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Pesticide committee reaction swift By Annalee Grant Cranbrook Townsman staff


legislative committee chaired by Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett advised there is no need for a ban on pesticides on May 17, and the reaction was swift from both sides of the argument. The committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report does not legislate any changes to current cosmetic pesticide legislation, but has recommended to the legislature that no such provincewide ban is required. The Canadian Cancer Society is vehemently against the use of cosmetic pesticides and has vowed to keep urging municipal-

ities and provinces to ban their use. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Canadian Cancer Society is very disappointed with the report,â&#x20AC;? said Patti Moore, team leader of health promotion for the society. Wildsight joined the Canadian Cancer Society in expressing its concern over the reportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s findings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wildsight supports the stance of the Canadian Cancer Society,â&#x20AC;? said Robyn Duncan, Wildsightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pesticide Reduction program manager. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve reviewed the science on pesticides - both epidemiological and toxicological studies - and remain firmly in support of a ban on cosmetic

pesticides in B.C.â&#x20AC;? Moore also criticized the report, saying it was weak in content and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go far enough to protect B.C. residents. But Cranbrook resident Paul Visentin, who is happy with the committee findings, said the report provides a great resource for municipalities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The various municipalities across B.C. should reconsider their politicized pesticide bans now that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear; pesticide bans are not needed, public education is the key not government intervention,â&#x20AC;? he said. In the past, Premier Christy Clark has promised to get rid of pesticides, but with the report

recommendation Moore now wonders if she will keep it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both the premier and the health minister have supported banning pesticides in the past,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the big question - what happens now?â&#x20AC;? The report said 350 scientists at Health Canada say a ban is not necessary. Visentin believes this was the right decision based on science, not politics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This committee has decided to follow the science on this issue and not follow the fear and emotion that is so often used,â&#x20AC;? Visentin said. Moore refutes that evidence, and says the Canadian Cancer Society is just one of many organ-

izations that have offered scientific evidence to the contrary. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know enough that we can be prudent,â&#x20AC;? Moore said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No one should have to worry about children playing in the grass.â&#x20AC;? The recommendation comes as many municipalities continue to push through their own municipal bylaws banning cosmetic pesticide use. In the Kootenays alone, five communities, including Fernie, have outlawed the use of cosmetic pesticides, and Moore said the Regional District of East Kootenay offered its support for the cause last year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certainly an issue that engages many people to get involved,â&#x20AC;? she said.

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he construction of a new feature adventure in Fernie this year has just started at Fernie Alpine Resort. This summer, along with the

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mountain bike park, the resort will offer a four ZipLine and 16 element Aerial Playground. Each tour features a training session and up to three hours of tree top fun. Official opening date will be Friday, June 29.

young Fernie Skating Club star has been chosen and won the East Kootenay and BC Provincial Canskater of the Year. Lela Krotz is a grade one student at Isabella Dicken School in Fernie and is coached by Deb Joseph. She started skating two years ago and loves to do spins, cross-overs and walking on her

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award. She said the best thing about Vancouver was the hotel she stayed in! Lela competed in the Sparwood Mini and Rocky Mountain Competition in Cranbrook and placed third both times. She also loves being in the Carnival and this year she was in Finding Nemo. She said her favourite skaters are Sara Weech, then Jenna Harrad and Brady Whitson.

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athletes from the ages of nine to 14 and they are divided by gender into twoyear age groups. Four Passtrak athletes attended a Hershey qualifying meet in Medicine Hat on May 6. They competed in three events, each in the hopes of moving on to the Provincial Championships. Mosese Ratudradra was in the nine and 10-year-

old boys group. He placed 13th in the 50m, 13th in the standing long jump and 9th in the ball throw. Erin Cnossen was in the 13 and 14-year-old girls division. She placed 10th in the standing long jump, and sixth in both the 100m and 200m races. Zion Ratudradra competed in the boys 11 and 12-year-old group. He fin-

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Prepare for your best golf season yet I

f you haven’t been in a sunny climate all winter, the time to prepare for your golf season is right now. But before you head out to your first tee-off, think about adopting a good training program that will help you avoid injury.

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It cannot be repeated often enough: good physical fitness plays an important role in even this slow-moving sport. Regular exercise helps with flexibility, cardio health, and the smoothness of your swing. It will also help you prevent injury to the back, shoulders, and hips. Even simple stretches will help to improve your flexibility and balance. Don’t hesitate to seek the advice of a professional who will know how to adapt the appropriate exercises for your physical capabilities and

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Blooming in Spokane By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


ernie was well represented this year at the 36th annual Lilac Bloomsday Run in Spokane, Washington. Thirty runners and walkers from Fernie participated in the event, alongside nearly 50,000 other participants. Participants choose to either

run or walk the 12 km course but are encouraged to enjoy the route and its many musical bands along the way. “It is a wonderful, wellorganized event and the perfect spring event to start training for and get you out the door after a long Fernie winter,” said Fernie participant, Lori Kennedy. For some this was their first

time at Bloomsday, while others have been participating in the event for many years. “Most of the Fernie participants are busy moms who look forward to the weekend away,” said Lori. “It is always a fun time and a great weekend shared with friends.” The run is held the first Sunday every May.

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Mayors meet to discuss communities By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff



ernie Mayor M a r y Giuliano participated in the inaugural BC Mayors' Caucus in Penticton from May 16 to 18. Organized by a steering committee comprised of nine mayors from across BC, more than 80 mayors from each corner of the province were in attendance, where topics on the agenda included: A News Deal for BC Communities; Building BC's E c o n o m y ; and Moving Forward.

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Conversations with Mary - Mary East By Mary Giuliano Contributor


ary East is sitting in a straight back chair, hands on lap looking out her living room window. I give her a hug and ask how she is. She replies that she is well, saying, “I enjoy life, what’s left of it. I have good home care round the clock and my boys are in good health, what more can I ask?” It is difficult to believe this lovely woman is celebrating a 95th birthday on June 9. Although her

eyes aren’t as good as they used to be Mary still is pretty sharp. We talk about when she moved to Fernie. “This house was built in 1910, it’s still mostly in its original state. I have lived here since 1950, raised my four boys here, they still consider this their home. “We lived on Fifth Avenue, Ganter’s house first then at the North End, Bill Corrigan’s house.” Her companion, Frances Breland says that, “Bill was Dr. East’s first patient. Bill was chopping wood and cut off his finger. Dr. East

sewed it back, the next day they found bags of vegetables at their door.” Mary chuckles and recalls how in the early days she and others used to canvass door to door for vegetables for the old hospital to provide meals for patients. The conversation turns back to Dr. East. “He worked very hard, when we first came he had two pairs of pants, one had a patch on it, we made many good friends.” Those were the days when doctors made house calls, Frances adds. I mention hearing

Bear Corner

Bear sightings this week By Kathy Murray Bear Aware Community Coordinator/Fernie

Bear Aware and Wildsafe The Bear Aware program has evolved and is in the process of planning and developing a Wildsafe Program aimed at reducing human wildlife conflict including but not limited to deer, elk, moose and cougars. Stay tuned for details.

Bear sightings this week Fernie • Bears have been seen on Timberline Crescent at Fernie Alpine Resort and a black bear and her two cubs have been seen on Pine Avenue in Fernie. Bear cubs learn to forage for food from their moms. You can help this family of bears stay wild and healthy

by keeping garbage indoors until collection day, taking down bird feeders during bear season and securing all other attractants. Let’s help mamma bear teach her cubs to feed on natural food not garbage!

Sparwood • Grizzly bears have been seen on Cyprus Drive and by the river behind the recreational centre. Please report all bear sightings and incidents to the Ministry of Environment 24-hour hotline at 1-877-952-7277. For more information, updated bear activity and bear safety please visit and or visit us on Facebook.

Dr. East say that he had delivered over 2,000 babies. “All of mine,” Frances says, and mine as well I add. We comment that the past four years since Dr. East passed on have gone by swiftly. Mary talks about being raised on the family farm south of Mooseman, Saskatchewan. “Lots of people worked there, I recall harnessing an old horse to a rake and doing that work. I didn’t do a lot of work on the farm.” But she did help her mother with the cooking and feeding of the farmhands. “I have seven grandkids and seven great –grandchildren,” Mary says proudly. “I hope to meet the latest one in person soon.” Frances brings out a photo of a beautiful child, just months old. Mary East is someone I have known all my life, her son Craig is a school mate. I remind Mary of all the years of volunteering she has done. At least 38 years with the library on the board holding most executive positions, and then as a volunteer. “My, that was a lovely place to work,” she says. Frances mentions the many years with the Knox United Church group. It was only this past February that Mary and Doug Quail left the building committee, “each time we tried to leave something came up,” Mary says, “we just couldn’t get off that committee.” Mary was also a 31 year member of the Legion Auxiliary. “My whole

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life has been exciting,” she says. “You know we were married in Sparling’s church by the same minister that married his parents. Dorothy Hogan, the Matron of the old hospital knew about this house and asked a lawyer to ask Sparling if he wanted to bid on it. I have had a good life here.” Mary glances out of the window and says, “My, my grass is green.” Frances says Mary still goes to church each Sunday, still looks after the church financially. Growing up in Fernie the East name was one known to the whole community. Mary and

Sparling supported many causes, organizations and individuals. Both contributed greatly to the fabric of this town and will be remembered for doing so. Frances says to make sure that I mention that an open house will be hosted on June 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the East home to surprise Mary on her 95th birthday. “She doesn’t know we are planning this for her, so for anyone who wants to come and say happy birthday please do come.” Happy birthday Mary. Best wishes for a most wonderful day.

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ernie Old School Boxing welcomes everyone to the 2012 Bronze Gloves Provincial Tournament. With Fernie Old School Boxing’s mission in mind “to provide a place for athleted to get fit, learn to box and/or compete in a safe, supervised and supportive environment” they are hosting a great line up of bouts with kids as young as 10 years old fighting in their first ever bout to experienced fighters with 40 bouts of experience. The Fernie Old School Boxing Club welcomes Elk Valley Residents to come and be entertained at Fernie Secondary School May 26th and 27th for more than 20 boxing matches. Enjoy the Show

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ernie Old School Boxing Club has a new ring to use, thanks to a generous donation from Rayco Steel in Sparwood. The ring was donated to Boxing BC, and the first time it will be used is at the upcoming Bronze Gloves

tournament at Fernie Secondary School on May 26. The ring took 108 manhours to build and should last at least 20 years. It will be used all across BC and takes about 30 minutes to assemble after it has been packed up.

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STEABNER: It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the death, on May 12, 2012, of Margaret Lavina Steabner, of Fernie, B.C. Margaret passed away at the Elk Valley Hospital. She was born near Hawarden, Saskatchewan on September 22, 1922. Margaret is lovingly survived by her daughter-in-law Cindy and grandsons Glenn (Barb), Darren (Arista) and great grandchildren Terence and Kyle. Margaret was predeceased by her husband Claude in 1986 and sons Terry in 2011 and Norman in 1976. Margaret spent the first part of her life grain farming near Hawarden and then moved to Saskatoon in 1972. She later retired to Victoria where she happily spent hours in her flower gardens. She enjoyed large family gatherings, sewing, square dancing, watching all sports and playing cards with her friends. In 2011 she moved to Fernie to be closer to her family. She truly lived life to its fullest and leaves family and friends with a legacy of memories. She will be forever loved and never forgotten by all who knew her. At Margaret’s request there will be no service. A private family remembrance will be held in Victoria. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.

BEAMISH: Mrs. Dorothy Marion Beamish of Vulcan, Alberta, predeceased by her beloved husband, Gordon (1994). Dorothy passed into glory at the Vulcan Hospital, May 14, 2012 at the age of 85. Dorothy is survived by three daughters, Ruth Hingston of Sparwood, B.C., Jean and her husband Cliff Rich of Vulcan, Alberta and Karen and her husband Geoff Middleton of Ottawa, Ont; eight grandchildren, Ricky, Kristy (Bard) and Terry Macdonald, Steven (Natasha) Rich, Gillian Rich, Nicole Rich, and Kelly (David) Buchanan and Leslie Middleton; twelve great grandchildren; her beloved sister Ruth McCluskey of Black Diamond. She was predeceased by her parents, Lillian Cowell and Walter Taylor, and by her brothers, Clarence and Buster Taylor. Dorothy was a member of the Victory Fellowship Church in Vulcan. Celebration Services were held at Victory Fellowship Church, Vulcan, Thursday, May 17 at 2 P.M. 2012 with Pastor Dale Wright, officiating. Interment will be in Fernie, B.C. at a date to be determined. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made of the Victory Fellowship Church(Vulcan) or Ladies Auxillary Vulcan Hospital. A special thank you to the doctors and nurses that gave Dorothy excellent medical care and compassion.

DONOVAN: ERIC AND WADE Eric Joseph Alliston Donovan and his beloved son Wade Joseph William Donovan were suddenly taken from us in a tragic plane crash on May 12, 2012 near St. Brieux, Saskatchewan. Eric and Wade will be dearly missed by their wife and mother, Bobby and children and siblings Scott, Drew and Charlotte of Mossleigh. Their memories will be cherished by Mum and Nana, Joy Donovan of Mossleigh, parents-in-law and Grandpa and Grandma, Mike and Anita Palmer of Fernie; siblings, aunties, uncles and cousins: Elizabeth (Chris) Bourassa and their children David, Victoria, Mathew and Reine of Vancouver, Mike Donovan of Mossleigh, Mark (Shari) Palmer and their children Dan, Alex and Tyler of Fernie; great grandparents Ben and Joyce Palmer of Fernie and Bill and Miki Phillips Grasmere, special cousin Ian (Serena) Donovan of Mossleigh and family and friends. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 206 – 9 Avenue West, High River, on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. The Rev. Fr. Ed Hospet celebrant. A Memorial Service to Celebrate Eric and Wade’s lives was held at Lynnwood Ranch, Aldersyde, on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. If desired, in memory of Eric and Wade memorial donations may be made to S.T.A.R.S. ( or to the Alberta Childrens Hospital ( To email condolences, please visit Arrangements in care of Snodgrass Funeral Home, High River. Ph. 403-652-2222.

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Robert Cory Payne “ Payner”: July 2, 1985 – May 8, 2012 With heavy hearts we say goodbye to Cory Payne. Cory came into this world on July 2,1985 in Cranbrook, BC. At 4 years of age Cory’s family moved to Kimberley, where he lived until moving to Fernie in 2000. Cory returned to Kimberley in 2002 and graduated in 2004 from Selkirk Secondary School in Kimberley. He then began a career working in the oil field as a well testing supervisor. Cory had many passions in life that he loved to share with his friends and family. Golfing, camping, fishing, motorbiking, cooking and travelling the world were the things he enjoyed the most. He had a talent for taking objects apart to see how they worked, but never seemed to get around to putting them back together. In his spare time he enjoyed working on his vehicles and spending time with loved ones. Cory holds a very special place in all our hearts and he will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him. He leaves behind his partner and best friend Tamara Harrison and her parents Al and Sherry Harrison, his mother Debra (Brad) Joseph, father Robert (Heather) Payne, 3 brothers: Curtis (Kristin) Payne, Dave (Leighanne) Payne and Bill (Karen) Payne, step-sisters Jordyn and Nicole Joseph and step-brother Shaun Serafini (Pam), 5 nieces: Cydnee, Randi, Miranda, Jessica and Addison Payne, his grandmother Joan Robertson, uncles Glenn and Ross Robertson, and his aunt Gail (Barry) Sambrook as well as several cousins. Cory was predeceased by grandparents James Robertson and William and Margaret Payne, and his aunt and uncle, Bev and Norm Adams. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alberta Children’s Hospital or The S.P.C.A Cranbrook Region. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.

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Attention: Elk Valley Graduates James Patrick Murphy 1980 - 2012

It is with great sorrow that the family announces the sudden passing of James in Malaga, Spain on Monday May 7, 2012. James was born in Kimberley on February 14, 1980. His greatest passion was hockey. He spent one year at Notre Dame, Wilcox, Sask., before playing for Kimberley Dynamiters and Fernie Ghostriders. After hockey his love for travel took him to many countries to work and play where he made many friends and impacted lots of lives. James will always be lovingly remembered by his dad and mom, John and Dianne Murphy; Brother Michael; Sister Theresa; nephew Liam; niece Hailey and his grandparents, Alan and Betty Zaleschuk. He will also be missed by all of his uncles, aunts and cousins. One of his favorite expressions was “Trying my hardest to work as little as possible and enjoy the world”, which he did to the full.

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GEMINI (MAY 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; JUN 21) The eclipse in on your sign the is activating initiatives andresults perhaps a A lot Solar of activity going behind scenes isnew producing mixed withnew quality and zone style stands of self-expression. It will have a strong impact on out. This hidden to be your own subconscious mind or other your relationships and is professional status. At best will Allow shine internal processes.and Thepublic key now to direct your attention toyou these. brighter thanand ever. At worst, will feelwill hungry and no amount time to rest retreat Yet, you wantfor to attention take on some key initiaof it will satisfy. Do take newthings leadsbefore and express tives. Consider completing startingmore new genuine projects.gratitude for best results.

CANCER (JUN 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; JUL 22) CANCER (JUN â&#x20AC;&#x201C; JUL 22) continues to keep you busy. This A lot of activity in the21 friend department

Your subconscious mind willand be activated this Yet, eclipse Deciphering has likely been an exciting rewardingby time. youcycle. will want to slow the differences between dreams, visions, goals,events intentions and fantasies the pace. Tending to a variety of small projects, and engagements is idealmore approach. At best, willone feelgenerally. extra inspired, imaginative and willan prove satisfying than you bigger Yet your energy levels creative. While upon past can bring joy and prove interesting remain high so reďŹ&#x201A; youecting can still be the productive. and fruitful, be careful not to get lost in yesterday.

LEO (JUL 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; AUG 23) LEO (JULcontinues 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; AUG 23) in your career and/or public and social Opportunity to knock

New friendships and group associations are being stimulated life spheres. Meeting new people and making friends is partbyofthe therecent plot. Solar Eclipse. Dreams of what could beyet areyour ďŹ&#x201A;oating in your mind. Striking a Your ambitions are likely running high, energy levels may not be. balance between current realities and future aims will prove important. You Balancing these two extremes may simply require that you get more rest. may yearnout for to more recognition thanyet you are receiving. If it is not forthcoming Do reach meet new people avoid frivolous activities. reactive indifference and cynicism may result. Focus your creative energies deliberately. VIRGO (AUG 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; SEP 22) Your world is poised to expand somehow. Your public and professional life will be VIRGO (AUG 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; SEP 22) inďŹ&#x201A;uenced. ReďŹ ning your skills ad sharpening your tools is probably a good idea Your public, social and professional spheres and your overall mode of expression now. Make efforts to smooth any creases in your public relations. Like cleaning in these are being activated by this Solar Eclipse. Reviewing all you have achieved and attending to ďŹ nal details before a big party, this stands to be your best focus thus far in your life in these all-important arenas is the call. Acknowledge your this week. achievements, forgive your mistakes and intend to present a cleaner, more mature and healthier image to â&#x20AC;&#x201C; theOCT world.22) LIBRA (SEP 22 Dealing with ďŹ nancial interests and concerns continues. These are leading LIBRA (SEP 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; OCT 22) you to pay closer attention to the details. Investigation ad research is likely. As New philosophies will ďŹ&#x201A;ow into your life over the next several months due to much as you would like to enjoy cultural activities, the opening or inspiration the current eclipses. You will also feel the desire for more freedom. This can has not been there. This will change this week however. Be alert to opportunibe from certain relationships and/or beliefs. You will be happier â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;not to feel you ties to play more. have toâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; do anything you do not feel like doing. Enjoy more time on your own and take time to reďŹ&#x201A;ect on the bigger picture.

SCORPIO (OCT 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; NOV 21) As though crossing a turbulent river and in mid stream, you may feel uncertain SCORPIO (OCT 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; NOV 21) about many things. Who are you now and where are you headed. These are

As though crossing a turbulent river and in mid stream, you may feel uncertain valid thoughts in the crossing and this cycle will continue all summer. Trust this about many things. Who are you now and where are you headed. These are process and work toand be creative and dent. all Dosummer. plan andTrust prepare valid thoughts in theinwardly crossing this cycle willconďŹ continue this but be patient to touch upon ground.and conďŹ dent. Do plan and prepare process and work inwardly tosolid be creative but be patient to touch upon solid ground.

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foundation time now. emotions, This has probably your are faith.being Your A rich mixforofsome perspectives, desiresbeen and testing ambitions social scene does standeclipse to open up over however. This activated by the current cycle. You the maycoming feel as weeks, though your thoughts is a call to reach more.the Yet, do proceed withwill sincerity and diligence. First and emotions areout all over map. At best, you experience a rising sense impressions godetermination. a long way andThis youstands will want good ones. of power and to to bemake an important breakthrough period and you will make decisions â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;letting the cards fall where they mayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.

CAPRICORN (DEC 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; JAN 19) A creative wave continues to push you19) along. Now it is time to pay more CAPRICORN (DEC 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; JAN

attention to the ďŹ nerimportant details. ReďŹ nement of has been initiated is the Some of your most relationships willwhat undergo signiďŹ cant change in call now. This will cycle. continue for stand some to time so intend to be of patient and the wake of thistrend eclipse These produce extremes thoughts, deliberate. The coming and months will require thatability you follow through perception, attitude andweeks emotion. Your willingness and to exercise a with disciplined for the sake of long term success. healthy degree focus of acceptance and/or detachment and to see yourself and others with added measures of objectivity will help a lot.

AQUARIUS (JAN 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; FEB 19) Your conďŹ dences(JAN have been growing. You may feel more abundant AQUARIUS 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201C;steadily FEB 19)

than ever.wave Whether this is literal or ďŹ gurative, you should feeldence more stable to A fresh of creative inspiration, leadership and conďŹ is being advance. Some momentums are brewing more activated by the exciting recent eclipse. This has perhaps and beenshould a longbecome timecoming. evident this remains important that you do Intend some to inner work, However, beweek. carefulYet of itgoing to the opposite extreme. integrate getting to theinďŹ&#x201A;bottom things, spring cleaningthinking perhaps. the positive uencesofand focus on creative and activity. Within six months your perspectives stand to be changed in very signiďŹ cantways, for PISCES the better. (FEB 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; MAR 20) Steadily building upon new perspectives and strategies of approach has been an ongoing (FEB theme.19 Now it is time to direct your focus to your home base. PISCES â&#x20AC;&#x201C; MAR 20) Investing your energy as necessary to create a more Changes closetime, to home willad bemoney activated by this eclipse. Most simplybeautiful, you will harmonious and efďŹ cient atmosphere prove inspiring ad instil conďŹ dence. feel inspired to create more beauty andwill comfort. Getting too comfortable and Concentrate strengthening your core and/or escaping intoon your home and/or comfort zones home is the base. basic issue. Moves or other noticeable changes in your family are also quite likely. Expect more visits and communications with your family of origin.


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Fernie kids learn about coal mining By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


tudents at Isabella D i c k e n Elementary School got a real taste of what life is like in the coal mines when they stepped into the underground mine set up in their gym during Mining Week. Sponsored by Teck, Bellevue Underground Mine presented to the students, allowing them to learn about the

history of coal mining in the Elk Valley in the early 1900s. “Students donned hard hats and used miners’ lights to enter into the inky darkness of a coal tunnel while searching for their 'boss,’ Diane Peterson, who informed them of the jobs, equipment and dangers that they would face during their workday underground,” said Principal Dawn Voysey.

Isabella Dicken students learn about mining from Bellevue workers last week.

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