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Spirits fly high at Wapiti Music Festival By Jonathan Arenson Free Press Staff
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pirits will be high at this year’s Wapiti Music Festival. Fernie city council recently approved Wapiti’s liquor licence. The festival, on August 10 and 11, will host a newly expanded refreshment garden featuring local wineries and breweries. Creston, BC’s Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery will feature their Gewurztraminer and Rosé. Gehrunger Bros. from Osooyoos, BC, will feature a red wine appropriately titled Summer Night. Orchard Hill Estate Cidery from
the south Okanagan is bringing its semi-sweet, fruity Okanagan apple cider. Last but not least, the Fernie Brewing Company will be back for another year of refreshments. Along with great drinks, there will also be eight different food vendors from Fernie and beyond. “You definitely want to bring cash because you won’t be able to resist,” said Chantel Souliere, the festival’s director of marketing. Patrons will also be able to ride and check their bikes instead of driving to the festival. “This year we’ve quadrupled the size of the bike shack. It’s totally free and gated and secure. You drop
your bike off and get a ticket, just like you would a coat check.” Let’s not forget about the music. Headliners, Born Ruffians, will close out the festival on Saturday night. The rest of the lineup includes Cuff The Duke, The Boom Booms, The Belle Game, The British Columbians, Five Alarm Funk, Red Girl, Michael Rault, Stellar Radio Choir, Sean Ashby, and this is The Shoes. Souliere wanted to emphasize that kids 12 and under get in for free. Seniors 65 and older also are free. Advance weekend passes for the festival are available at Le Grand
Fromage in Fernie or online at wapitimusicfestival.com for $45 plus tax until August 1, or until they’re sold out, whichever comes first. Souliere said tickets are going fast and there is a good chance that people who wait until the last minute will not get in. People can also buy tickets for individual days. Friday will cost $25 and Saturday will be $50. Day tickets are only available at the gate. Souliere said volunteers are still needed and can sign up at wapitimusicfestival.com.
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extremely remote most of the time. You can go well over 100 miles without seeing anybody, and then come to a one-horse town and resupply.” Chiasson said he wasn’t as fast as the riders in front of him, so his strategy was to ride for longer. “The clock is essentially running the whole time. I would ride until I couldn’t ride any more, and then sleep in a ditch,” said Chiasson. “It became easier when I didn’t have to worry about bears anymore.” The Tour Divide website states that this race will forever change the people who participate in it. “I didn’t go into it expecting a vision quest. But, it was as close to it as I’ll ever get,” said Chiasson. “I thought I knew how tough it would be, but there is no way to anticipate how tough it actually is. There
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self-employed carpenter from Fernie finished with the sixth fastest time ever at the 18-day Tour Divide bike race in June. Serge Chiasson, 38, endured 4,418 km over the Continental Divide, and finished the race in fifth place. The world’s longest off-pavement cycling route has riders starting in Banff, AB, and eventually finishing in Antelope Wells, N.M. This year was Chiasson’s first time ever participating in the race. He rode from 5:30 a.m. to midnight every day, by himself, with no support vehicle of any kind. “All my sleep system, first aid and clothes were carried on the bike,” said Chiasson. “It is
was nothing I could have done to prepare for the suffering.” The race has no registration fee and no prize money at the end. “It is the most expensive free race in the world,” said Chiasson. “But, I’ve already forgotten how much it hurts.” Throughout the journey, Chiasson encountered kindness and friendliness in every town he rode through. “Everyone was quite amazed and respectful. Even the border guards gave me bacon and eggs for breakfast.” Being away from his family for so long was not easy for Chiasson, but he said they were extremely supportive. “My wife realised I needed to do it before I did. She is a biker as well,” said Chiasson. “It was a lonely, painful journey. But it was a dream come true to do it.”
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BC Hydro’s new smart meters may help RMCP with busting marijuana grow ops By Jonathan Arenson Free Press Staff
C Hydro’s new smart meters may help local RCMP in busting marijuana grow operations. BC Hydro recently began installation of 10,000 smart meters across the Elk Valley. Along with the new smart meters, BC Hydro created two new investigator positions in Cranbrook. Their primary objective is to detect and investigate
hydro theft. The new meters are equipped with a tamper detection mechanism. “It is kind of like a pinball machine. It has a little tilt mechanism,” said Cindy Verschoor, communications manager for the smart metering program. “If somebody wiggles the meter or tries to remove it or tries to tamper with it, it will send us a signal. We will know immediately.” BC Hydro will also
be putting meters where they’ve never had them before, said Verschoor. “That means we will be metering our feeder meters and our transformers. We will be able to tell how much electricity has been delivered to a certain area. And we’ll know how much we are billing the customers on the other side,” said Verschoor. “If we identify an area where there is electricity going missing that’s unexplainable,
Bring your own wine comes to restaurants By Jonathan Arenson Free Press Staff
icensed restaurants in British Columbia now have the option to let customers bring their own wine. The Bring Your Own Wine program went into effect on July 19. “Bring Your Own Wine offers more choice and flexibility for both customers and businesses. The province, the restaurant industry and consumers in B.C. all strongly support this change,” a British Columbia Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB) spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to The Free Press. Participation in the program is left to the individual restaurant. The wine must be unopened and
commercially produced, meaning no homemade products are permitted. Customers will be required to hand the bottle to a staff person as soon as they enter the restaurant. Restaurants may set a corkage fee for the service. Customers will be allowed to take home unfinished bottles of wine. The restaurant is required to put a new cork in the bottle. As is the case with all opened liquor bottles, it must be stored out of reach from anyone in the car. The LCBL spokesperson went on to write, “the province had received a number of requests from the public over the past several years to allow customers to bring their own bottle of wine into a restaurant. The Canadian
and BC restaurant associations had also written in support of this initiative. The Grass Roots Bistro in Fernie has not yet made a decision about participating in the program. “It would be something we might be interested in. But we haven’t discussed it yet,” said Carolyn Doyle, co-owner of Grass Roots Bistro. Boston Pizza in Fernie gave a similar response. “We haven’t actually talked about it,” said Amanda Grant, manager of Fernie’s Boston Pizza. “It is something we’d have to look into and make a decision about, which we haven’t yet done. We’ll probably have a manager meeting about that and discuss it further there.”
not due to physics or street lights, then that instigates an investigation with the RCMP,” said Verschoor. BC Hydro has also taken steps to prevent people from hacking into the grid system and changing the meter readings remotely. “It starts with data being encrypted similar to online banking. It is all transmitted through secure channels and is processed in secure facilities,” said Verschoor. BC Hydro hired Texas-based South West Research Institute to be “white hat hackers.” “Their job is to try to
break into our system. These are the same people who work for the US Department of Defense. They weren’t actually able to get in through the first layer of security,” said Verschoor. Sgt. Dave Dubnyk with the Elk Valley RCMP said they will be working with BC Hydro when the need arises. “Often, hydro theft and marijuana grow operations go hand in hand. When appropriate we will work with those investigators,” said Dubnyk. At the July 16 Sparwood council meeting, Dubnyk pre-
sented the Elk Valley RCMP’s first quarterly report. Dubnyk said there have been three marijuana grow operation busts in the Elk Valley in this fiscal year, which runs from April 2012 to March 2013. “Every year we do a consultation with all our mayors and councils to see what everybody’s main concerns are for policing priorities,” said Dubnyk. “Inevitably, in every town drug and alcohol abuse is always high on the list.” One of the Elk Valley RCMP’s initiatives is to try and concentrate more on the detection
and eradication of marijuana grow operations. Dubnyk said they have set a benchmark goal of six busts in the year, but they will not stop at that. “We have more of a concentrated effort on getting out and getting the information from people on the street and then once we have the information, making sure we act on it in a timely manner,” said Dubnyk. Dubnyk urges anyone who suspects or knows about marijuana grow operations to contact their local RCMP detachment or call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Running a marathon each day to protest budget cuts By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff
North Vancouver teacher will be running 1,000 kilometres across British Columbia to raise awareness of Bill 22, the province’s Education Improvement Act. Ian Cunliffe has been a teacher for the past seven years and he has seen a lot of changes to the educational system. “Most of the changes have not been positive,” he said. “It’s hard to spend time with each student individually when there are too many of them in a classroom. Most students that come into my classroom come with different concerns and needs. Some children need help in other areas that others may not.” Cunliffe noted that a teacher’s job is to motivate and inspire
kids. “I see many great problems and with the removal of class size limits for Grades 4 and up, the tendency will be to gradually increase class sizes,” he said. “It’s all about cost savings. If you can increase class sizes by 10 per cent, you’ve just saved 10 per cent of your labour costs.” During his run, other teachers may join Cunliffe on some portions, but he will ultimately be completing the journey by himself. “I’ve had a lot of support from private citizens but I’m still working to gain support along my run,” he said. “I’m still looking for places to stay and shower, but the support is coming in.” After each leg of his crossprovince journey, Cunliffe will be speaking to local parent advisory committees, teachers
and the public about the issues Bill 22 raises. Ian will run three marathons in this area, from Sparwood to Fernie on August 8, Fernie to Jaffray on August 9, and Jaffray to Cranbrook on August 10. He will start at 9 a.m. and run/ walk for about six hours per day. Runners and cyclists are welcome to join Ian each day. A driver will be along to provide some snacks and water at stops along the way, but there will not be a follow vehicle, so participants are asked to wear bright clothing and to follow the usual safety precautions for running or cycling alongside a highway. Follow his journey at: www.facebook.com 22MarathonsAgainstBill22.
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Sparwood Michel Natal Museumâ€™s plea for help
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n a last ditch attempt to keep the doors open, the Sparwood Michel Natal Heritage Society (SMNHS) is making a public plea for help. The current location of the museum across from New to You in Centennial Square is undergoing extensive renovations and forcing the museum to move out with nowhere to go. â€œAt this time, we decide whether to store the items and reopen in a new location, or simply close the doors forever,â€? says Rosalie Fornasier, SMNHS President. The artifacts, photos, oral tapes and other items number in the thousands and were donated by many residents of
1. BC understands and supports the need to build trade with Asia. BC already leads Canada in developing exports of lumber and coal and led the Canadian eďŹ€ort to have China designate Canada as a favoured tourism des na on. 2. BC is not opposed to transpor ng heavy oil from western Canada to the west coast. But BC has set 5 condi ons: a full federal environmental assessment; world-leading marine oil spill preven on & management; world-leading land oil spill preven on & management; legal obliga ons to First Na ons must be met & significant opportuni es oďŹ€ered; BC must receive benefits equal to the risk from any oil pipeline across our land to our coastline. 3. The NDP proclaimed their categorical opposi on to any oil pipeline, even before the environmental assessment started and despite the jobs it would create. BC Conserva ves proclaimed their categorical support, before any environmental analysis and before any nego a ons with Alberta. Premier Christy Clarkâ€™s posi on is balanced & smart & I stand shoulder to shoulder with her.
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WEâ€™LL BE IN FERNIE, EXCHANGING THE OLD BC HYDRO METER ON YOUR HOME WITH A NEW SMART METER.
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he city has started repainting 20 handicap parking spots across Fernie. The late spring and heavy rains pushed the painting schedule back this year, said Dave Cockwell, director of operational services for the City of Fernie. The city is currently
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repainting the white crosswalks as well as putting down the white background for the handicap spots. Once those are completed, the switch will be made next week to putting down the blue paint for the handicap spots. The repainting is part of the cityâ€™s annual maintenance which occurs every year.
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just have only a few people who are able to volunteer their time, and we have been able to make that work, but at times it is quite a struggle, now with having to move and having nowhere to go, it is time to make a decision,â€? she says. â€œIt saddens us as a society to think of dissolving the museum or the society as we have put our hearts into this, and preserving the history of Sparwood but there comes a time when you have to say enough is enough and we need some help.â€? As a decision needs to be made within a month the SMNHS is looking to the public for input and options, wondering if the museum is something people are even concerned about keeping going. â€œWe
need people to stand behind us, offer input and suggestions and give their time and support if they want to keep this museum going. If we do just close, it is highly unlikely that there will ever be a museum in Sparwood again. What we desperately need now is to know if the museum should stay or go, and if it should stay, we need a new location, boxes to move things, storage, members and volunteers,â€? says Rosalie. â€œIt is really up to the public to help us make the decision of keeping the doors open or closing them forever.â€? For m o re information or to help, please call Rosalie Fornasier at 250425-6443 or Monica Beranek at 250-4256300.
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Sparwood and the former Michel, Natal and Middletown. â€œThese items are priceless, and many of them were from people who have since passed away. Itâ€™s going to be a struggle to even find a suitable place to store everything as paper and various other records, furniture and clothing are very susceptible to weather and cold temperature damage. At this point, we donâ€™t even know where we could store everything, never mind move to permanently,â€? says Fornasier. The Sparwood Museum is no stranger to troubled times, as they have frequently been at a loss for volunteers to keep the museum open and memberships to keep it going. â€œWe really
Fernieâ€™s handicap parking spots will soon become more visible
er constant energy and commitment to the A Clear View ~ digital mammography campaign is keeping Fernieâ€™s Stephanie Rogers busy these days. Not only is the inspiring entrepreneur (owner of Stephanieâ€™s Glass & Art Studio) dedicating much of her time to her business; itâ€™s her volunteer efforts to support East Kootenay Foundation for Healthâ€™s major capital campaign that is
inspiring. Earlier this year Stephanie created the â€˜Iâ€™m a Breast Buddyâ€™ Ski/Board-a-thon event held at the Fernie Alpine Resort that witnessed almost $25,000 in pledges raised for the imaging equipment. Over the past several weeks, Stephâ€™s Breast Buddy spirit is back again with her latest creative venture, the Clothesline Art Sale and Auction. Thanks to many Elk Valley and Crowsnest Pass contributing artisans the sale and auction received some outstanding
pieces and although a major rain storm on July 15 kept buyers at bay the event helped the mammography campaign with an additional $518 to the cause. Remaining unsold pieces are not being forgotten and many will be making their debut (for auction or sale) at other Clear View fundraising events in the East Kootenay. For more information contact Donna Grainger, EKFHâ€™s Executive Director at 250 4896481 or toll-free 1-877-489-6481.
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Fernie to get new sander truck By Jonathan Arenson Free Press Staff
ernie will be getting a brand new sanding truck for the upcoming winter season. The city council approved the $120,603 bid from Freightliner in Cranbrook. Within the 2012-2016 five year financial plan, the city had budgeted $150,000 for the purchase of a new truck to replace the 1997 sander unit, which is in need of
major repairs. “It was 15 years old and requires upgrades. This was the time to make the decision of do you replace it or do you spend more money on it,” said Dave Cockwell, director of operational services for the City of Fernie. The new truck will be equipped with a 10-foot reversible belly plow, which will allow the city to sand and plow at the same time.
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Freightliner’s bid outlined a three to six month time frame to build the truck. “We are trying to get delivery in November,” said Cockwell. If there are any delays in building the new truck, the city does have a second sander. Bids were also received from Inland Kenworth for $129,603 and Glover Trucks International for $146,525.
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River the Elk calf is recovering well
River, an Elk calf, enjoys a leafy meal after being rescued by conservation officers Frank De Boon and Trish Burley.
By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff
T Fernie’s 15-year-old sander and plowing truck will be replaced in time for winter. Submitted photo
he Free Press reported last week that an Elk calf had been rescued from the Elk River. The calf, named River, was rescued by conservation officers Frank de Boon and Trish Burley on June
24 and is now doing very well at the rescue centre in Cranbrook. River had been suffering from a massive infection and tendon and nerve damage in her right hind leg. The staff at Steeples Vet Clinic in Cranbrook worked on her for a long time trying to save the leg.
She had to have her wounds flushed twice a day and her splint changed once a week. She was allowed to put weight on the leg when the splint was off and she was able to walk on it for a short time. Today she is doing great and the splint will come off for the final time next week.
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Balmer Drive Hill Closure Balmer Drive Hill, Highway 43 to Cariboo Drive, will be closed for repair. Construction will begin on August 13, 2012 and the approximate date of completion is August 26, 2012. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. For more information, please contact Duncan McDonald, Superintendent, Public Works, at 250.865.4025 or email@example.com.
Water Conservation The District reminds residents that outdoor water use restrictions are now in effect. Outdoor water use is permitted between the hours of 6:00 am to 9:00 am or 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings • August 13th Regular Council Meeting @ 6:00pm • August 27th Regular Council Meeting @ 6:00pm All Regular Council and Committee Meetings are held in the Council Chambers at 816 Michel Road and are open to the public.
RFP 2012.05 – Campground Shower Building RFP No.: Issue Date: Closing Date & Time:
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Notice of Annual Report & Meeting The Community Charter requires Council to prepare an Annual Report regarding financial and operational information related to the municipality. The Annual Report will be made available in June, with a meeting scheduled on June 30, 2011 to present the report to the public. The Annual Report will incorporate the progress on Council’s Strategic Plan and the audited 2010 financial statements.
Stat Closure Please be advised that the District Office, Community Conference Centre, Recreation Centre, Aquatic Centre and Public Works will all be closed on Monday August 6, 2012 due to the statutory holiday. Have a great long weekend!
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