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Wanted: homely looking wannabe cougars By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


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nother movie set is coming to Fernie and they’re on the hunt for extras. The film is a project put together by Kokanee’s marketing team, titled The Movie Out Here, and will feature several locations around

town, including The Royal and Big Bang Bagels. Shooting will take place from September 4 to 15 and just over 90 extras will be needed. Extras Casting Director, Laurie Pavon-Solis, will be holding a casting call sometime during the second week of filming to cast extras to work for one or more days between September 12 and 15. She’s

looking for anyone willing to act in the background as bartenders, bar patrons, and coffee shop visitors. Pavon-Solis is also on the lookout for a few more specific roles, including a Sasquatch double and in her words, “three homely looking wannabe cougars.” Pavon-Solis has contacted the Elk Valley Employment Centre and will

be working with them in an effort to employ community members already looking for work. “It’s not always about who I want, I’m more interested in who needs it,” she said. A casting date has yet to be set but anyone interested in being an extra can contact Laurie Pavon-Solis at


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Fernie enjoys a Family Fun Day out By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


he sun was shining and the kids were all smiles at Family Fun Day in Fernie's Rotary Park this weekend.

Mountainside Community Church hosted the free activity day that took place on Saturday, August 25. From bouncy castles and slip and slides to water balloon wars and pre-school games,

there was something for everybody. After the day's festivities wrapped up, it was time to bring out the blankets and lawn chairs and watch the new Muppets movie in the park.

All photos by N. Liebermann

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Gearing up for the Demo Derby Alberta man dead in single-vehicle highway crash near Sparwood I By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff

t’s that time of year again. The Fernie Lions Club is getting ready to put on their annual Demolition Derby fundraiser. The Demo Derby is a local tradition that has taken place every Labour Day weekend for over 30 years. With a brand new location and the forecast promising sunny skies, Fernie Lions Club President, Rick Ganter, is looking forward to hosting another successful derby. “Right

now things are 100 per cent. All the work is done, the move is complete, everything is a go,” said Ganter. “Everything looks really good, we’ve had nothing but positive comments about it so far.” With fencing put up and the concession and beer gardens ready for business, Ganter said there’s nothing left to do now except hope for more volunteers to help out on the big day. He remarked, “We’re always looking for volunteers, you can never have too many.” The Lions will distribute all

of the proceeds of the derby to several Elk Valley organizations and charities. Ganter believes the event is a great way to have fun and give back to the community at the same time. “It puts a lot of money back into the kids’ programs in town right from scouting to figure skating and tae kwon do, basically any kids’ group that asks for money, plus the seniors.” It’s all happening this Sunday, September 2 from noon to 4 p.m. at 1800 Railway Avenue, between the golf course and Ridgemont.

By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


35-year-old Alberta man is dead after his pickup truck hauling a fifth wheel trailer veered off the road near Sparwood Monday. Around 12:45 p.m. Elk Valley RCMP responded to the singlevehicle accident about 14 kilometres east of Sparwood on Highway 3.

According to the RCMP, the man’s truck and trailer travelled about 150 metres into a ditch before it came to rest on its side in Alexander Creek. The driver, Clark Bohmer from Lethbridge, who was the only person in the vehicle, was found dead at the scene. The cause of the accident is unknown at this time and police are investigating.

Wardner Daze heats up the South Country By Anthony Dransfeld Contributor


ardner Daze is always a family get together for the community of

Wardner. Friday night, August 17, kicked off with an outdoor movie on a giant outdoor screen in the town centre. The co-ed slo pitch at the ball field drew teams from Cranbrook, Calgary, Wasa, Jaffray (Mixed Bags, BA BlackTop, and Shake and Bake teams) and the home team Wardner. The games were played under a blazing sun Saturday and Sunday with temperatures around 34 degrees. Many ball players took advantage of the close proximity of the Kootenay River to jump in between games. The horseshoe tourney had some good competition as well. Angie Jones organised the ball tournament. Bull River did a nice job preparing their ball field for this weekend, there were just a few gopher holes in the outfield, so the outfielders had to be diligent when running for a ball. When the dust settled on Sunday afternoon Cody Davy and Friends

defeated Shake and Bake 12- 10 in the final game to win Wardner Daze, Dirty 30s of Jaffray finished third. Cody made some great plays at third base in the final game against Shake and Bake of Jaffray, who were playing their second tournament in a row, in very warm temperatures. They were in the finals last weekend in Cranbrook. Everyone tries hard in the Wardner Daze tournament , but at the end of the day, everybody is playing for fun and enjoyment. Cody Davy is a cancer survivor and a terrific person, and ball player. The kitchen at Wardner Daze put out some really tasty food all weekend. Hats off to all those who played ball and horseshoes all weekend in the big time heat. The children at Wardner Daze had the most fun an inflatable castle with a slide, lots of games and face painting. The 34c temperatures did not phase them in the least. The Wardner Daze volunteers had to work in the 34c heat the whole weekend. Hats off to them. Wardner is certainly a cool town, sitting on the banks of the majestic Kootenay River on Highway 3. Fun in the sun at Wardner Daze.

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t will take place on Sunday, September 9th at the Fernie Golf & Country Club, starts at 1pm. The tickets are $30.00, and include lunch, champagne and strawberries. The men’s US Open final will be shown on a big screen. The proceeds will go to the Fernie Tennis Club for a practice wall. This will benefit anyone who uses the public courts in James White Park. For more information on tickets or to make a donation please contact Sara at 250-423-0506 or by email at


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Fernie CAO Allan Chabot leaves City By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


he Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Fernie, Allan Chabot, will no longer be working with the City.

The City of Fernie Council made the announcement Friday and will release more details as they become available. Check for more information as the story progresses.

Mainroad, union in bargaining talks By Sally MacDonald Black Press staff


a rg a i n i n g r e s u m e d M o n d a y between Mainroad East Kootenay and locked out staff. The road maintenance contractor issued lockout notice on Sunday, August 19 to 95 staff at its seven maintenance yards in the East Kootenay. The Mainroad Group said that the local group is the only one in B.C.'s 28 maintenance service areas that did not sign an agreement earlier this year. Now the two sides are meeting in bargaining talks, said Chris Bradshaw of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU).

Lantern Festival returns to Fernie By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


lmost two years after Fernie’s first Lantern Festival, Art on Fire, plans are in the works for a second installment. Representing the Fernie and District Arts Council, Rebecca Hall and Courtney Baker appeared before City of Fernie council on Monday night to ask the

City for assistance in putting together the second biennial Fernie Lantern Festival. “The previous one was held two years ago to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Arts Station and it was such a huge success that we’d like to make it an event happening every two years,” said Hall. The theme and title for this year’s festivities will be Rivers on Fire. Like the 2010 Lantern Festival, the

organising committee will be visiting local schools to add lantern building activities to the art curriculum. There are also nine free community build evenings planned between now and the main event. The Rivers on Fire Festival itself will take place on November 24 in front of The Arts Station and will include live entertainment and fireworks. The Fernie and District

"We had a date scheduled and both sides are showing up to that meeting," said Bradshaw. Since the lockout started last week, BCGEU members who are Mainroad staff took a strike vote. Over two days, Monday, August 20 and Tuesday, August 21, the members voted 96.875 per cent in favour of striking if it becomes necessary. "When it became clear that the employer was going to lock out the workers, the bargaining committee decided they would take a strike vote," said Bradshaw. "We came out of that with over 96 per cent approval rate to take strike action if needed."

Thank you! The 8th Annual Golf Fore The Cure held July 24th was a huge success. Thank you to our sponsors, Subaru and Investors Group and to everyone who contributed items to the silent auction which raised money for the Digital Mammography machine for the Kootenays. Acklands Knud Larsen Alice Byrne Kyle Hamilton Photography Angela Morgan Lisa Cloghsey Martin Annie Cox Marg Hinton Beautiful Reasons Marilyn Robertson Bisaro Woodworking Melany MacVoy Brian Pollock Mugshots Connie Arnott Odyssey Dana Cloghesy Overwaitea Elk Valley Wine and U Brew Scotiabank

Fernie and District Arts Council Sherry Benko Florence Baturin Stephanie Rogers Island Lake Lodge Steve Short Jeanne Parker Tara Higgins Jill Snell Teck Julie Laird Tex Wiebe Julie Winter The Blue Toque Karen Cook The Tipple Karen T-Paton Tim Hortons Kendra Dixson Val Emond

Also thanks to numerous local artists for their contributions.


Arts Council asked the City for help with street closures and barricades on the day of, as well as a few specific items like porta-potties, burn barrels, and the use of the Community Centre stage. Fernie Mayor, Mary Giuliano, and council were happy to lend their support and carried a motion forward to assist the Arts Council in any way they can.

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or television. If I had remained in Vancouver, where I was working as a copywriter for a small communications company, I’m not sure the dream job of reporter would have come along as quickly as it did here. The Free Press may be a lesser known paper when you compare it to a publication like the Vancouver Sun, but I believe it’s more connected to its readers on a personal level. I continue to find myself amazed at how people living in Fernie, Sparwood, and Elkford



ormer Fernie mayor and current councillor for the City, Randal Macnair, has entered the race for the Kootenay East NDP nomination. "I am excited to grow support for the NDP in this region as we build toward the provincial election next May and bring about the changes we need in British Columbia. I look forward to working hard to ensure Kootenay East is part of that positive change," said Macnair. Macnair served on the Board of the Regional District of East Kootenay for six years during his time as the mayor of Fernie. Now in his third term as a City councillor, he is also the owner and publisher of Oolichan Books, a local press recognized for its poetry and fiction. Macnair believes his experience and background will lend itself to working in a region he already knows well. “My vision for an MLA for Kootenay East is somebody who listens to the people and is a good representative for the area,� Macnair commented. “We’ve got tremendous resources and tremendous promise in

Fernie councillor Randal Macnair.

this part of the world and I think it’s important that it’s clear in Victoria what we have to contribute to the greater good of the province.� While he has considered running in the past, Macnair said having locals ask him to run helped him make the decision to go for it this time. “In previous times my family was younger, they’re of an age now where running for an election and potentially being elected would be much more palatable from a personal standpoint.�

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“It’s a huge commitment and you need to be aware of that and be in the right position that you can give absolutely everything you can give.� Macnair is running against longtime Cranbrook resident and teacher, Norma Blissett, for the nomination. Kootenay East members of the National Democratic Party will decide on September 22 which of the two candidates will represent the NDP in the upcoming 2013 provincial election.

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are genuinely interested and concerned with what’s happening in their communities. I’ve been given the opportunity to write about what’s important to the residents of the Elk Valley and am grateful to have it. I’m coming up on the one-year anniversary of my move and having met many welcoming people in all three communities, I finally feel like I’m at home. Now with my new position at The Free Press, I’m looking forward to getting to know even more of my fellow community members.

ome of you in the communities of Fernie, Sparwood, and Elkford may have noticed a new face around town. In such a closeknit, friendly place it’s not easy to go unnoticed when you’re showing up at events with a camera and notepad in hand. I moved from Vancouver to the Elk Valley last fall and found myself experiencing snow before Halloween and wildlife in my backyard I’d only ever seen on TV before. To say it was an adjustment would be an understatement, but after surviving my first real, Canadian winter I was hooked. Living in Sparwood has opened up several doors that may have remained shut for years had I stayed in the beautiful, but very expensive, city of Vancouver. I’m now a homeowner, the proud owner of two dogs, and am excited to have just taken on the job of reporter at The Free Press. Having studied broadcast journalism at BCIT my plan was always to become a journalist, whether The Free Press reporter Nicole Liebermann. it be for print, radio, Photo by A. Treharne

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Another week in the Elk Valley, another extreme race for people wanting to push their physical boundaries. Heiko’s Hellish Half challenges people to take on a steep mountain trail that is hard enough for most people to just walk up, let alone run. At roughly 25k, over 4,000ft of gain and a mile of descent it is indeed a hellish undertaking, not to mention the runners are reaching elevations where breath is harder to catch, at about 7,500 ft. A week before, there was the Lost Boys Lungbuster at Fernie Alpine Resort, where competitors raced their bikes or ran up the ski hill, 2,100 vertical feet. Next, it will be the Tears and Gears. I am not sure if Fernie is unique in holding so many of these kinds of competitions, but it certainly seems like we have more than our fair share, even for a mountain town. What is particularly interesting to me is that the people who take part are not people I would have previously thought of as being “in their prime.� The majority of competitors seem to be in their thirties and forties, not young energetic 21-year-olds. Of the 75 racers in Heiko’s Hellish Half, only 16 were under 30. Eight were over 50! I moved from the city a few years ago, and was definitely used to the mentality that once you are out of your twenties, life is over, so I find it really inspiring to find a place where, far from being “over the hill� at 40, people here are over it, down it and racing up the second. Maybe this is why so many competitors in their thirties and forties take part in these events. To show the world that age doesn’t matter. Maybe they just want to prove to themselves they can still do it. Or maybe they simply have more time on their hands to train, and the money for the registration fees. Or maybe they just want time away from their kids... (just kidding.) I suspect though that it’s just that as we all mature, we start to realise that health and fitness are not things to be taken for granted, and if we want to stay feeling like 21-year-olds, we have to look after ourselves. I am personally really glad to live in a non-ageist community where nobody really cares how old you are, just how far you can run.

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During the evening of Thursday, August 23, I had the privilege to participate in a walking tour of Fernie’s historic cemetery, led by Len and Bill, who both demonstrated energy and enthusiasm throughout the two hours we were together. They are totally devoted to the restoration and rehabilitation of the cemetery's grounds and its gravesites, and were eager to share their worthwhile experiences with me. The two seniors are keen about their volunteerism and very importantly, have a great deal of knowledge about the people buried in the cemetery. They are amazing sleuths when it comes to the unmarked graves, as

well as missing graves. These energetic, dedicated men have adopted some of the graves, including that of Baby Edgar. Bill and Len’s stories continued throughout the evening: the young 24-year-old man who served with the Italian Army in World War One, the window styled markers, and how many cedar crosses were lost in the fires that devastated Fernie at the turn of the 20th century, for example. As a volunteer with the City of Calgary Cemetery Tours, I was able to exchange anecdotes from the people that lived back then in Calgary. What I mention to the people who come out for the few tours I guide at Union Cemetery is this: every person buried there has a story. They had highs and lows, and ups and downs in


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their, for some short, yet for many others, longer lives. Many of the people will always leave mysteries behind, as well. We discuss child mortality, sanitation, or lack thereof, access to medical care, antibiotics today, people’s life expectancy, so many themes common to every cemetery. And in Fernie: add mining! Bill and Len explained how they have taken it upon themselves to cut back the trees and bushes, exposing more of the gravestones. They, via their own volition, have repaired many of the stones, as well. Kudos to them! I highly encourage both residents and visitors alike, to take a walking tour through the cemetery. It is a place full of history, of tales, sad more often than not, but still, very worthy of two hours of

a person’s time. Feeling honoured to be the first person to request a tour, I hope to hear that there are many, many more interested individuals who come out in the future. (Bring water and sturdy walking shoes, and a hiking

pole would also be encouraged, as the ground is uneven.) I look forward to returning for another tour the next time I am in town. Anne Gafiuk Calgary

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Recognizing sport heroes in Sparwood By Jenna Jensen Contributor


edicated sports volunteers in Sparwood will soon be recognised and honoured through the Sport Heroes Awards. Sport B.C. is bringing the Community Sport Heroes Awards, presented by Teck, to the District of Sparwood on October 2. The awards will honour longstanding community volunteers who have made significant contributions to sport. Nominations are now being accepted through sportbc. com until Friday, September 7. The awards recognise coaches, officials, mentors and administrators who have dedicated themselves to

grow and develop amateur sport at the community level. “Volunteers are what fuel the development and sustainability of community sport within British Columbia,” said Sport BC’s Event Manager, Carey Summerfelt. “These awards are a rare and meaningful opportunity to acknowledge individuals who have made a significant and continued contribution to sport within their community.” To be eligible, nominees for the Community Sport Heroes Awards must meet the following criteria: -Be an individual from the local community who makes a voluntary contribution to sport through

coaching, officiating, boards, administration, special events, etc; -Be an individual (not an organization or foundation); and -Has been, or continues to be, a dedicated sport volunteer for a minimum of eight years. This ceremony marks the sixth stop of 2012 for the travelling awards show, presented this year by Teck. It will be the first visit to Sparwood for Sport BC’s Community Sport Heroes Awards since the program began in 2001. Sport B.C. encourages residents of Sparwood to nominate those dedicated volunteers in the community.

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irefighters learnt about how to deal with incidents involving hazardous materials from an expert recently. Gary Gordon, a prominent Deputy Fire Chief, Emergency and Business Continuity Planner and Toxicologist was in Cranbrook August 17, 18 and 19th to share his knowledge with fire crews from Cranbrook, Fernie, Baynes Lake and Jaffray Fire Departments, as well as members from the Ministry of Environment. Cranbrook Fire and Emergency Services initiated a Hazardous Material program

approximately three years ago, at the direction of City Council. This program provides an improved local capacity to deal with many issues such as leaking chemicals, toxic atmospheres and unknown or suspected hazardous materials. The next closest hazardous materials teams to Cranbrook are located in Calgary and Vancouver.

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Around the Valley Strange but true paper chains Around the Valley is a free listing to any local service. Please send an email to or drop off a brief description of your event at The Free Press office. The Vogue Theatre is NOW DIGITAL! Starting Friday, August 31 to Thursday, September 6

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he Strange but True summer kids program in Sparwood saw lots of kids learning and having fun at

the same time. One of the highlights was attempting to create the world's largest paper chain for World Records week. Twenty-two kids succeeded in creating a 344 foot

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THIS WEEK Thursday, August 30 • 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.

Friday, August 31 • 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 250-4236218 for details. • Fernie Heritage Library storytime program. 11:15 a.m. – Noon

Saturday, September 1 • 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. • The Jaffray-Baynes Lake Farmers’ Market at the Baynes Lake Community Centre, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 2 • 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.

Monday, September 3 • 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 open for prayer, 1 to 3 p.m. at 1361 Eighth Avenue, Fernie.

Tuesday, September 4 • 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 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.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. • Fernie Options For Sexual Health Clinic: Open the first and third Tuesday of every month from 6.30 - 8.30 p.m. at Elk Valley District Hospital. Confidential drop-in clinic for comprehensive sexual health services include annual PAP exams, pregnancy testing and counselling, STI screening, subsidized birth control and education service. No appointment necessary. 250-4238274. • 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, September 5 • 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 • Sonrise Healing Rooms open for prayer, 7 to 9 p.m. at 1361 Eighth Avenue, Fernie.

NEXT WEEK Thursday, September 6 • 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. • Red Cedar Book Club for grades 4 to 7 at Fernie Heritage Library 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

• Jitney darts every Friday at Fernie Royal Canadian Legion, 7:30 p.m. Drop in and meet new people. All adults welcome. If you are interested phone the lounge at 250-423-6218 for details. • Fernie Heritage Library storytime program. 11:15 a.m. – Noon •Sparwood Legion open jam session every second Friday at 7 p.m.

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ecently, Premier Christy Clark spelled out BC’s position on heavy oil pipelines across our province. BC knows there is a market for Canadian oil in Asia. We also MLA Bill Bennett understand the need in Canada to reduce reliance on US markets by developing trade with emerging Asian markets. BC already leads Canada in developing exports of lumber and coal to Asia and led the Canadian effort to have China designate Canada as a favoured tourism destination. BC is also developing a multi-billion dollar liquified natural gas industry for export to Asia which will create thousands of new jobs. Premier Christy Clark made clear that BC is not opposed to transporting heavy oil from western Canada to our north-west coast. But we are stating clearly the principles that must guide this sort of development forward: 1. Successful completion of the formal environmental review processes. 2. World-leading marine oil spill response, prevention and recovery systems for British Columbia. 3. World-leading practices for land spill prevention, response and recovery systems for British Columbia. 4. Legal requirements regarding Aboriginal and treaty rights must be addressed and First Nations must be provided with the opportunities to benefit from these

projects. British Columbia must receive a fair share of the benefits of proposed heavy oil projects that reflect the risk borne by our citizens. With regard specifically to benefits -- all British Columbians deserve to receive benefits from an oil pipeline that reflect the risk to our natural environment. A “fair share of benefits” does not mean BC expects to take benefits some other jurisdiction is due. It is unfortunate some of the media has characterized our respectful statement as a fight over provincial royalties. BC must receive some type of financial benefit in return for BC assuming the risk of an oil pipeline. These benefits will be identified & defined thru discussions with the companies and other governments. I stand shoulder to shoulder with Christy Clark on these principles. But note: the NDP categorically oppose pipelines, without even wanting to know the results of an environmental assessment or potential benefits to tax payers. The BC Conservatives categorically support pipelines, no matter the environmental risk and cost and no matter whether BC receives any benefits. Christy Clark and our BC Liberal team have taken the time to understand all the issues and come up with a balanced position. I hope you will let me know what you think. 5.

City Council Meeting Schedule

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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

Fernie Aquatic Centre - Fall Programs 250 Pine Ave. Red Cross Standard First Aid Sept 22, 23

Will resume on Tuesday, September 4, 2012

NOTICE OF PROPOSED PROPERTY DISPOSITION (Lease) 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 #1 comprising of 734.64 square feet, with the Creative Energy Arts Factory, for a term of 8 months, commencing on September 1st, 2012. The consideration to be received by the City for the proposed Lease is the initial sum of $4,897.60 per year. This is the first of two notices, dated the 30th day of August 2012. Cam Mertz, Director of Leisure Services

Fernie Fire Rescue “Putting Our Community First”

Contact Fire Chief Shawn Ivany at 250 423-4226 for details.

GentleFit Classes Tue – Thurs – Fri 10:30 – 11:15 am Fall Red Cross Lessons are now open for registration. Call 250 423 4466 ext “0”

Brought to you by The City of Fernie

in partnership with Columbia Basin Trust’s Water Smart Initiative For more info:

You’re first in line Fall Registration Fair Don’t miss out on an easy and convenient way to register for fall and winter programs in Fernie. Come out to the Fernie Community Centre September 5th & 6th, 2012 from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM to register for City Programs like gymnastics, and swimming lessons. Community Programs include minor hockey, figure skating, dance, music, Sparks, Brownies, Guides, Pre-School Programs and much more.

To book your free table call 250.423.4466 ext 228

Check Out Our Popular Aquatic Programs Starting this Fall Ź Sept. 10: Monday/Wednesday Lesson Sets Ź Sept. 11: Tuesday/Thursday Lesson Sets Ź Sept. 22-23: Standard First Aid Course Ź Oct. 25-28: Water Safety Instructor Course Ź Sept. 28, 29, 30: Bronze Medallion Ź Oct. 19, 20, 21: Bronze Cross

Benefit From One Stop Program Registration

Fernie Fire Rescue is looking to recruit Auxiliary Firefighters.

Bronze Cross Oct 19, 20, 21

Aquatic Fitness Classes ActiveFit Class Mon - Wed – Fri 8:30 – 9:15 am

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Bronze Medallion Sept 28, 29, 30

Waterslide Monday to Friday 4:30 – 6:30 pm Saturday & Sunday 3:30 – 8:00 pm

Reduce your ‘water footprint’!

Regular Scheduled hours for City Hall

If you are physically fit, enjoy learning new and valuable life skills and want to be part of a highly skilled and dynamic emergency response team.

Fall Schedule Public & Lane Swim Times Monday through to Friday 6:30 am – 1;00 pm & 3:30 – 8:00 pm Saturdays & Sundays 2:00 – 8:00 pm

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Fernie Leisure Services Department

Where: Fernie Community Centre 901 – 6th Ave. & Hwy #3

250 Pine Ave, Fernie, BC | 250.423.4466

CITY OF FERNIE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY The City of Fernie is inviting applications to fill the permanent position of Planning Technician. The successful candidate will assist with all aspects of local government land use planning matters. Responsibilities will include responding to land use inquiries, reviewing development applications, preparing public notices, writing reports and correspondence, administering land use bylaws, reviewing subdivision applications, attending Design Review Panel, Council and other meetings as required and occasionally generating mapping and computer graphics. The City has just commenced an update to the Official Community Plan and this is an excellent opportunity to put your knowledge, energy and style into shaping the future of Fernie. This is a union position, reporting to the Director of Planning. The preferred candidate will have a technical diploma or degree in Land Use Planning, Geography, Urban Studies or related field from a recognized institution as well as two to three years experience in a local government land use or development planning environment. Familiarity with Microsoft Office and G.I.S. applications will be a

definite asset. In addition to the above qualifications, the preferred candidate will have strong interpersonal skills and will be energetic, enthusiastic, well organized and able to communicate effectively (verbally and in writing) with the public, consultants, contractors and internal staff. A valid BC Driver’s Licence is required. The current rate of pay for this position is $32.99 per hour (2011) plus benefits. The position has a Monday to Friday, 40 hour work week. Letters of interest and résumés including references are to be submitted in confidence by mail, fax or email to: Bruce Lennox, Director of Planning P.O. Box 190 501-3rd Avenue Fernie, BC V0B 1M0 Phone: (250) 423-2258 Fax: (250) 423-3034 email: Applications will be received until 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 20, 2012.



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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:

INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE ON A SELECT COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL, REVIEWING SNOW REMOVAL POLICIES The Select Committee of Council is established under Section 142 of the Community Charter. It has been formed to review the Public Works snow and ice policies or procedures. The District is seeking two (2) representatives from the public-at-large. The two (2) positions will be appointed until the work is completed, which is expected to be later this fall. Interested individuals are invited to submit a completed Volunteer Application Form available at the District Office (136 Spruce Avenue) or on the District’s website at Applications from the public-at large will be accepted at the District Office, attention Raeleen Manjak, or by email at no later than September 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm local time.


All garbage normally picked up on Monday, September 3rd will be picked up on Tuesday, September 4th 2012. PLEASE HAVE YOUR GARBAGE OUT BY 8:00 A.M.


Situated in the south east corner of BC, Sparwood is a family-friendly Rocky Mountain community nestled in the heart of BC's Elk Valley. Approximately 4,000 residents call Sparwood home. As a result of a robust mining industry (Teck Coal), Sparwood is experiencing growth pressures in residential, commercial and industrial sectors. Applications are currently being received from energetic, entrepreneurial, professional leaders for a two year (minimum of 24 hours per week) contract position, of Business Development Liaison. Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, the Business Development Liaison is responsible for facilitating and promoting economic development in Sparwood. The ideal candidate will have the ability to act strategically, in a political and community service environment. Key responsibilities: • facilitate the development of a community economic development strategy; • conduct a comprehensive business inventory survey; • establish goals and targets for business development; • assists with the implementation of strategies that support and encourage the expansion and • diversification of the existing business sector in support of continued industrial and retail growth; • prepares quarterly reports for Council on activities and initiatives; • identifies and researches grant opportunities and prepares applications; • provides input on budget preparation; • assist in the development of strategic partnerships and liaise with representatives of business, • industry and government organizations; • work with the business community and Planning and Administration staff in the implementation of • a tax revitalization program for the downtown core; • respond to inquiries and provide information about the community and assist prospective • investors in making informed decisions; • primary contact for the Invest Kootenay initiative; Qualifications: At least 5 years experience in economic development activities or relevant business experience and education; Demonstrated leadership and negotiation skills; Exceptional oral and written communication, presentation, interpersonal and customer management skills; Superior organizational planning and time management skills; This is an unbenefited, contract position with a salary range of $60,000 – 85,000. Please submit your proposal for service delivery, a cover letter and resume in confidence by 4:00 p.m. MDT September 14, 2012. Terry Melcer, Chief Administrative Officer District of Sparwood Box 520 136 Spruce Avenue Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0 Tel: 250.425.6810 email: Thanks to all who apply, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.



Equipment Operator III/Relief Certified Mechanic Public Works Department

The position of Equipment Operator III / Relief Certified Mechanic will suit an individual who is highly motivated and flexible in all areas of work. This position will be of interest to those who are looking for career advancement and the opportunity to work as part of a great public works team. This is a Full Time position that performs duties primarily as an Operator III and when called upon, this incumbent will also perform duties as a Certified Trades Mechanic for vacation relief, and on an as needed basis by the Director of Operations. The Collective Agreement rate for an Operator III is 31.18 per hour and the Certified Mechanic the rate is 33.86/hr. This position encompasses a variety of general and specific labour type duties related to the operation and maintenance of the District of Sparwood’ fleet, infra-structure, buildings, roads, parks and other facilities, as well as operating equipment under our current Operator III designation. This employee may be engaged in anything from utility installation, maintenance and repairs of roads, sewer and water systems, sidewalks, parks, fields, gardens and equipment. The preferred candidate will have a valid class 3 or higher drivers licence with airbrakes endorsement along with thorough knowledge of the methods, practices and rules of safe operation and maintenance of specified motorized equipment, and a recognized trade’s certification as an Automotive Mechanic and/ or Heavy Duty mechanic. You will have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal and a thorough knowledge of computer Microsoft Office applications as well as programs used in relation to the automotive/mechanical industry. If you are interested in joining a great municipality with a work environment that is the envy of many, send your resume in word or pdf. format by 4:00 pm, Thursday, September 6, 2012 to: Mel Bohmer Director of Operations 477 Pine Avenue, Box 520 Sparwood, B.C. V0B 2G0 e-mail: The District of Sparwood thanks all applicants for their interest but only those applicants being considered for an interview will be contacted.

NOTICE OF ALTERNATIVE APPROVAL PROCESS “PARK CLOSURE BYLAW 1097, 2012” Notice is hereby given that the District of Sparwood intends to adopt Park Closure Bylaw 1097, 2012. This bylaw would authorize the closure of park on a portion of Remainder A District Lot 9488 Kootenay District Plan EPP4884, shown on Reference Plan EPP21453. The area of park closure is shown outlined in bold on the map below. Council may adopt the bylaw unless at least 10% of electors of the District of Sparwood sign elector response forms and submit them to the District by the deadline of 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 20, 2012. If 10% of the electors sign and submit elector response forms by the deadline, Council may not proceed with the bylaw unless the bylaw receives assent of the electors in a voting proceeding. The District estimates that 280 is the total number of eligible electors who would need to submit signed elector response forms in order to prevent the District from adopting Park Closure Bylaw 1097, 2012 without assent of the electors. For the elector response form to count, it must be submitted in person, or by mail and received by the District no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 20, 2012. Original signatures are required. The elector response forms may not be returned by email or by fax. Forms are available online at, in person at the District Office, or by phone (250.425.6271). Submit forms via: 1. Mail: District of Sparwood, PO Box 520, Sparwood BC VOB 2G0 (Postmarks WILL NOT be accepted as date of submission), or 2. In person: At 136 Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, BC between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Please note that original signatures are required and elector response forms may not be returned by email or by fax. A copy of the proposed bylaw is available for viewing on the District website at, or at the District Office at 136 Spruce Avenue. For further information contact: Danny Dwyer, Director of Planning and Engineering District of Sparwood 250.425.6271


Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, 136 Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, BC, to consider a proposed amendment to the District of Sparwood “Zoning Bylaw No. 264 1981”. Applicant: District of Sparwood Property affected: 1072 Highway 3 (Lot 1 DL 4589 KD Plan EPP4105) and 1302 Highway 3 (Lot 4 DL 4589 KD Plan NEP62835) from A-1 (Agricultural Land) to M-1 (Light Industrial). Area is east of Highway 3 between the Sparwood Golf Club and the RDEK Transfer station, see map below or on our website. Council deems it appropriate to amend the Zoning Bylaw to rezone the properties detailed above to accommodate industrial development. In general terms, Bylaw 1100 cited as "Zoning Bylaw No. 264, 1981 Amendment Bylaw 1100, 2012” will rezone the following properties: • a. 1072 Highway 3 (Lot 1 DL 4589 KD Plan EPP4105) from A-1 (Agricultural Land) to M-1 (Light Industrial); and • b. 1302 Highway 3 (Lot 4 DL 4589 KD Plan NEP62835) from A-1 (Agricultural Land) to M-1(Light Industrial). All persons who believe that their interest is affected by the proposed bylaws shall be afforded a reasonable opportunity to be heard in person, by a representative, or by written submission on the matters contained within Bylaws 1100 at the Public Hearing. Written submissions may be sent to the District of Sparwood, Box 520, Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0. Electronic submissions by email should be sent to sparwood@ Please note that due to potential email issues, all submissions sent by email should be confirmed by phone at the number listed below. These submissions must be received by no later than 4:00 p.m. on September 4th, 2012 in order to ensure their availability to Council at the Public Hearing. All submissions must include your name and street address and are considered public information, pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Following the close of the Public Hearing, no further submissions or comments from the public or interested persons can be accepted by members of Council. The above Bylaws and related staff reports and background information may be inspected at the Municipal Office, 136 Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, B.C., during regular office hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. local time, Monday to Friday except Statutory Holidays from August 8, 2012 to September 4th, 2012. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Planning Department at 156 Spruce Avenue or (250) 425-6271. Dated August 13, 2012. Danny Dwyer Director of Planning and Engineering Services

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A hellish day on Heiko’s trail ends with smiles By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


ixty-six runners braved blistering temperatures to run the Heiko’s Hellish Half on Saturday. The race has runners spanning a 25 km route, along Heiko’s trail, taking in some spectacular scenery over the three sisters. Aaron Heidt of Vernon was the overall winner, beating the old record of 2:40:46 with a time of 2:33:17, 7 min 29 seconds quicker. The fastest local male was Matthew Goulden with 3:18:11, and the fastest local female was Emilie Mann with 3:23:43. Nadyia Fry of Invermere was the first female to break the 3 hour mark with 2:56:35, and finished third overall. "I'd like to thank all of the racers, volunteers, and sponsors for making Heiko's Hellish Half a success,� said organizer Ross Frazier. Things were down to the wire, but it all came together in the end. Thanks to the beautiful weather, racers finished with smiles and injury free.�

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Statutory Closure

White Bear Cubs Have Returned

Please be advised that the Municipal Office, Leisure Services and Public Works will be closed on Monday September 3, 2012 for the Labour Day Statutory Holiday. We hope you enjoy the long weekend!

The White Bear Cubs have been around Elkford recently, particularly in the Elkford Campground and on Cariboo Drive. They have been accessing garbage. Although these animals are beautiful and interesting, it is important to remember that they are wild animals that can be potentially dangerous. Living in a rural wilderness community comes with great responsibility, as we frequently come into contact with wild animals. Properly storing or securing residential garbage and items which draw bears is a proven method for discouraging them and preventing nuisance problems around homes and neighbourhoods.

Volunteer Appreciation Days Are you a volunteer in Elkford? If you answered yes, then this invitation is for you! The District of Elkford is hosting the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Days Saturday, September 15, 2012 Elkford Community Conference Centre Barbeque, Music & Activities Please RSVP to Debbie Kliment before September 7, 2012 250.865.4010 or We encourage all volunteers to please join us for this fun afternoon!

Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings â&#x20AC;˘ Sept. 10th

Regular Council Meeting @ 6:00pm

â&#x20AC;˘ Sept. 24th

Regular Council Meeting CANCELLED

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

If there is no food source for bears to access within town, they will return to the wild. The District of Elkford would like to URGE residents to do everything possible to bear-proof their homes and yards. Please pick fruit and berries, store garbage in a secure garage, shed or outbuilding until pick-up day, place birdfeeders out of reach, use a proper compost bin and clean barbeques after use. Even if you have not had bears accessing your fruit or garbage, they may in the future if other readily accessible food sources are removed. These bears are at risk of being relocated out of the area or being destroyed, as they have become habituated to garbage, and are now posing a significant risk to humans. PLEASE, do your part to help keep these bears safe and wild. Thank you. To report a bear sighting or problem, call 1.877.952.7277 â&#x20AC;&#x153;A fed bear is a dead bearâ&#x20AC;?

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ELK VALLEY Libraries




592 - 3rd Ave. 250-423-4458

816 Michel Rd 250-865-2912

110 Pine Ave. 250-425-2299

Mon. Closed Tues.-Wed. 11am-6pm Thurs. 11am-8pm Fri. 11am-6pm Sat. 1-5pm Sun. Closed

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Fernie citizens honoured in Jubilee celebration By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


our Fernie citizens received awards for their contribution to society, in a Jubilee ceremony last week. David Wilks, Member of Parliament, Kootenay Columbia and Mayor Mary Giuliano of the City of Fernie hosted the Diamond Jubilee ceremony

to present Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals to four distinguished Fernie citizens In keeping with the tradition of honouring Her Majesty’s milestone years of service, this medal has been created to mark the 60th Anniversary of her Majesty’s accession to the throne. The medal serves to honour the contributions and achievements made by

Canadians, specifically Fernie citizens, from all sections of our society and community. Prominent Fernie residents, Mary Menduk, Fred Gietz, Heiko Socher and Frank Lento were recipients. Following the ceremony on Wednesday afternoon, there was a cutting of a symbolic cake representing Canada, outside the Fernie court house.

Friday, September 28, 2012 7:00 pm at the Park Place Lodge (Fireside Room)

• To vote on Bylaw Changes

Dave Wilks congratulates Frank Lento and his wife, Maureen.

Photo by A. Treharne

Fred Gietz and his wife, Kim.

Photo by A. Treharne

Mary Giuliano and Dave Wilks with Mary Menduk.

Photo by A. Treharne


September 9, 2012

Registration at 10:00 Walk at 11:00 Lots of fun stuff to do! Walk at shelter 3339 hwy 3/95 Pledge forms at Scotiabank and Barkside Pets!

ON NOW AT YOUR BC CHEVROLET DEALERS. 1-800-GM-DRIVE. Chevrolet is a brand of General Motors of Canada. */â&#x20AC; /â&#x20AC;Ą/xOffers apply to the purchase of a 2012 Cruze LS (R7A) equipped as described. Freight included ($1,495). License, insurance, registration, PPSA, administration fees and taxes not included. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Limited time offers which may not be combined with other offers, and are subject to change without notice. Offers apply to qualified retail customers in the BC Chevrolet Dealer Marketing Association area only. Dealer order or trade may be required. GMCL, Ally Credit or TD Financing Services may modify, extend or terminate this offer in whole or in part at any time without notice. Conditions and limitations apply. See Chevrolet dealer for details. â&#x20AC; 0% purchase financing offered on approved credit by TD Auto Finance Services for 84 months on new or demonstrator 2012 Cruze LT &LTZ. Rates from other lenders will vary. Down payment, trade and/or security deposit may be required. Monthly payment and cost of borrowing will vary depending on amount borrowed and down payment/trade. Example: $10,000 at 0% APR, the monthly payment is $119.05 for 84months. Cost of borrowing is $0, total obligation is $10,000.00. â&#x20AC; â&#x20AC; 3.49% purchase financing offered on approved credit by Ally Financing Services for 84 months on new or demonstrator 2012 Cruze LS. Rates from other lenders will vary. Down payment, trade and/or security deposit may be required. Monthly payment and cost of borrowing will vary depending on amount borrowed and down payment/trade. Example: $10,000 at 3.49% APR, the monthly payment is $135.45 for 84 months. Cost of borrowing is $1,285.65, total obligation is $11,285.65. â&#x20AC;ĄBased on a 48 month lease. Rate of 0% advertised on new or demonstrator 2012 Cruze LT & LTZ equipped as described. Annual kilometer limit of 20,000km, $0.16 per excess kilometer OAC by GM Financial. Monthly payments may vary depending on down payment/trade. Other lease options available. Example: $10,000 at 0% APR, the monthly payment is $208.33 for 48 months. Cost of borrowing is $0, total obligation is $10,000. x$1,500 manufacturer to dealer delivery credit available on select 2012 Cruze LS(tax exclusive) for retail customers only. Other cash credits available on most models. WBased on GM Testing in accordance with approved Transport Canada test methods. Your actual fuel consumption may vary. ,Š The Best Buy Seal is a registered trademark of Consumers Digest Communications, LLC, used under license. + For more information visit ÂĽBased on 2012 Upper Small segment, excluding Hybrid and Diesel powertrains. Standard 10 airbags, ABS, traction control, and StabiliTrakÂŽ. ÂĽÂĽ2012 Cruze Eco equipped with 6-speed manual transmission. Based on Natural Resources Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 Fuel Consumption Guide for the Midsize Car class. Excludes hybrid and diesel models. Your actual fuel consumption may vary. â&#x2014;&#x160;Based on retail registrations in the 12 months following launch. **Vehicle specifications and purchase price based on information on the manufacturerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website ad at time of posting for the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze LS, 2012 Hyundai Elantra L Sedan and 2012 Honda Civic LX. All models with 6-speed manual transmission (freight included, tax excluded).

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ere are a few pointers to better manage your game with what you actually know.

1. To start, choose a club to hit the ball midway between the flag and the back of the green. If you succeed in your shot, you will feel just as comfortable 15 feet behind the flag as in front of it. The advantage is that even if your shot lacks a bit of power, your ball will still fall on the green and roll to the center. You save one approach shot. 2. When the flag is positioned in the back part of the green, choose a club that is longer that your normal calculation. On the other hand, if the flag is located in the front part of the green, choose a shorter club. 3. Wind is a factor that greatly influences the trajectory of the ball. Evaluate its intensity by throwing a few blades of grass in the air.

4. A rising stance, where the left foot is higher than the right (right-handed golfer), changes the angle of contact with the ball. This physics phenomenon causes your trajectory to be higher. Choose a longer club because a 5 iron will have the trajectory of a 6 iron, for example. 5. A descending stance, where the right foot is higher than the left (right-handed golfer), can result in a lower trajectory for the ball. Choose a shorter club to obtain a respectable height. Some height is necessary to maximize the distance you want to obtain. Play your balls more from the higher foot, the right foot for a right-handed golfer. The slope is reduced so the club hits the ground before hitting the ball. 6. Never forget that even if your technique is refined, unless you choose the right club, your shots will always lack precision.

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An effective way to practice… A

training plan is built on your strengths and your weaknesses. Therefore…

• Perform the right stretching exercises before a practice session. • Swing the club a few times without hitting balls (too get some balance to the feel of the club). • Hit the first balls with the short irons, then the mid and long irons, and finish with the woods (always start with whatever is easiest to get a rhythm). • Take 2-3 minute breaks if you are not hitting well (loosen your ur muscles, relax, and refocus focus when you resume). • Work on an easy target, improving your precision with each shot. • Repeat the same movement by hitting at least 15 to 20 balls with the same club; after reaching a good success rate, choose a new target. • You can alternate clubs once you are satisfied with your shots. • Maintain a constant but not too rapid flow between each ball. ‘Speed hitters’ should place their basket a few feet away in order

to slow down their rhythm (pace). • Release your grip between each shot, your hands will relax and reduce the risk of fatigue and tension in your fingers and forearms. • Adopt a positioning routine for each swing, g in a practice session or a s game situation. • Ch Choose where you practice. R Retreat to a quiet area if you are working on a technique that requires more concentration. On the other hand, if you are trying to master a movement that you already know, choose a platform located aamong others because, as you know, a real game is in total silence. not played pl • It is actually on the practice range that you must think, reflect, observe, and determine the technique or techniques that need improvement. • The more consistent the training, the more automatic the adjustments. Only repetitive practice will get you to that level of comfort and confidence. From there, you can rely on your natural swing during the game.

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ockey players hit the ice on Monday night hoping to earn themselves a spot on this year's Fernie Ghostriders team. The Junior B hockey club held a training camp from Monday, August 27 to Wednesday, August 29 to give local and out-of-town players a chance to show what they can do.



he athletes of the BC Ski Team were once again in Fernie this week working on strength and conditioning in preparation for the winter competitions. The ladies ski team have spent the week mountain biking, hiking, and working out at the gym, as well as spending an afternoon at Tie Lake. Andrew Lambert, the head conditioning coach, has returned to Fernie for 10 straight years and said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fernie

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welcomes our team each and every year. The venues and trails are the best in British Columbia. The young ladies are exhausted at the end of training.â&#x20AC;? Nearly every ski athlete on the World Cup circuit, on all provincial teams has trained and mountain biked in Fernie in the last 10 years. Three members of the local Fernie Alpine Ski Team are with the eight member provincial team; Hallie MacLachlan, Sarah Freeman and Stephanie Gartner.

BC Ski Team member Hallie MacLachlan. Photo submitted by the BC Ski Team

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Freyja keeps Fernie fashionable By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


reyja Lifestyle Fashion is doing its best to keep Fernie locals up to date on the latest trends. Owner Chantel Souliere opened the store in 2007 and five years later Freyja has become a successful and recognized business in the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The store has definitely had an evolution,â&#x20AC;? Souliere remarked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think when it first opened we were a bit younger, a bit more junior. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost as Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve grown the store has grown and matured a bit.â&#x20AC;? Originally from Calgary, Souliere has been a resident of Fernie for eight

years. She originally moved to town to continue her work as a television producer, however after the idea to open a clothing store popped into her head everything seemed to fall into place. Souliere explained, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I opened the store because I felt that for the 25 to 45 year old kind of range there was just no market there, it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really being served.â&#x20AC;? She went on to say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The store definitely adds colour to downtown and it definitely fills a niche.â&#x20AC;? S o u l i e re is appreciative of how essential the community of Fernie is to her success and does her best to return the favour. She

has been involved in organising fundraising galas for the food bank and more recently has taken on the role as Marketing Manager for Wapiti Music Festival. Souliere commented, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do think that as much as the community supports me I want to support the community and I want to give back. I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a core value that I have and I very much recognize that my store is supported by the locals.â&#x20AC;? Coming up in October, Freyja will host a customer appreciation night featuring a wine tasting and clothing sale. With fall just around the corner, Souliere is now gearing up for her favourite and busiest time of the year.

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lmost 100 p e o p l e gathered at the Canada-U.S. border in the Flathead River Valley for the 'Flathead Feast' on Monday, August 20 to celebrate the transboundary Flathead River Valley and to call for its permanent protection. The Flathead River has dual citizenship: beginning in southern British Columbia, it flows south across the U.S. border into

Montana. Efforts to add the B.C. Flathead Valley to the adjacent Wa t e r t o n - G l a c i e r International Peace Park—a World Heritage Site and two UNESCO Biosphere Reserves - have been ongoing for decades. The Flathead Feast was the culmination of 10 days of Wildsight activities in the B.C. Flathead, including a Bioblitz, an artist retreat and artist workshop, and a celebration of a 2011 legislated ban

on mining and energy development in the B.C. Flathead. People gathered on each side of the defunct border crossing, sharing conversations and food. “While there were curries on one side and organic yak burgers on the other, everyone shared the sentiment that the Flathead is a special place that deserves permanent protection, “ said Robyn Duncan from Wildsight.

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he Women of Steel is supplying local kids in need with supplies for the coming school year. This is the second year the organization has come together to help out children in the Elk Valley and the Crowsnest Pass. The Women of Steel (WOS) is made up of Elkview Mine women. WOS co-chair, Sarah Thompson, explained, “We just have fun, we get together every other month to organise fundraisers. It’s just a good way to get our women together.” Bins were set up at Elkview mine over the summer for employees to bring in any supplies they wished to donate. The WOS also received cash donations from Teck Coal, Staples, The D and A Social Crew at Elkview mine, and the local United Steel Workers Union in Sparwood. WOS have put together about 60 backpacks full of

supplies specific to each child’s school and grade and will be distributing them to all of the schools in Fernie, Sparwood, Elkford, and the Crowsnest Pass. They’re also working with the Fernie Women’s Centre and the Sparwood Food Bank to supply packs for specific families. Thompson said making the decision to bring back the Back to School Supplies campaign for a second year was easy. “The need is overwhelming, we’ve actually had to turn some people away,” said Thompson. “Hopefully next year maybe we can get the community involved with doing some barbeques, donating some school supplies, do some more fundraisers, and I think it will continue to be a really good thing.” Thompson now has a busy week ahead of her going to each school to deliver the backpacks in time for the start of the 2012/2013 school year next week.

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Bear Corner By Kathy Murray and Sarah Smith Elk Valley Bear Aware

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here have been many black and grizzly bear sightings throughout Elk Valley campgrounds, recreational areas and communities. Remember to bear proof your property by securing garbage indoors until you dispose of it responsibly, avoid using bird feeders during bear season and manage your fruit trees, compost and other attractants. Be prepared to encounter bears if you are out hiking, biking or camping. Make noise to warn bears of your presence, watch for fresh bear signs and travel in groups in daylight. If you meet a bear, back away slowly and leave. Do not run. Give the bear space to escape.

Fernie • Bears seen on Cedar Bowl Crescent, by the golf course, behind Super 8 and by the info centre, Cemetery Bypass, What’s up Doc and Roots bike trails. Bears reported chasing dogs on Anderson Road. Barking and off

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ernie kids showed they have talent as part of the Sunday Downtown Social last week. The Children’s Talent Show was a chance for 18 kids to entertain locals and visitors with their singing, dancing and magic tricks. First

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Visual arts exhibit opens tonight By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


raham Fowler is a visual artist working in watercolour and acrylic. Enjoy Graham’s creative works of senseless love and

beauty at the opening reception tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. This opening will be an extra special event because of the addition of live music! Yolaine Hames, creator and director of the chamber orchestra in

Fernie, and Gilles Hainault, accomplished composer, musician, and choral director, will be performing live at the opening reception. The exhibit continues until September 25.

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oby Beard is no stranger to Canada. So far, she’s played more than 170 shows on Canadian soil, and is about to begin her 11th tour here, with new album in hand. “Canada is like my second home, so I’m happy to be launching my new CD in a place I’m so fond of, and among Canadian friends,” said blues and roots artist Toby. Since 2006, Toby has spent most of each year criss-crossing the globe. Her busy touring schedule means she doesn’t get to spend a lot of time home in Perth, Australia, and that’s one reason she likes Canada so much. “Canadians are so friendly and welcoming, and such good people,” she said. “They remind me a lot of Australians, and always make me feel at home. That means so much to me when I’m far away from my real home.” Toby is known for energetic, raw and feisty performances on stage, and makes an indelible impression wherever she goes. She wears her emotions, thoughts and adventures on her sleeve as clearly as the delighted

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smile she sports while playing. It's that chemistry and connection in between plenty of dancing and jumping from both sides that makes each performance so unique and unpredictable. Her music showcases insightful, honest and poignant song writing, and is an invitation to explore her mind and her soul. It tells stories across emotions and continents, yet never loses track of its Australian roots, giving it a sense of place and time. While on tour, Toby will promote her new Coming Home CD. Recorded over two nights in Perth, the live album features a mix of songs from the past 10 years. It includes various Australian musicians on guitar, double bass, ukulele, trumpet, violin, keyboard, and harmonica. Notably absent are drums, resulting in a truly intimate and acoustic experience. Toby is making a stop at the Royal Hotel in Fernie on Thursday, September 30. She will be joined by fellow Aussie Joel Plymin on saxophone and flute, Winnipegger Ivan Burke on drums/percussion, and his twin brother Eric Burke on bass.

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f you are hoping to take advantage of a once-ina-lifetime opportunity to see Dr. Jane Goodall, Dame of the British Empire and worldrenowned primatologist and wildlife conservationist, you’ll have to act soon. The Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN) reported that over half of the tickets are now sold for her public ‘Reason for Hope’ presentation, taking place at Key City Theatre in Cranbrook on the evening of September 30. Following the presentation, Dr. Goodall will be available for a question and answer period and a book signing. CBEEN’s Executive Director commented, “Given that this is Dr. Goodall’s debut in the Kootenays and one of the most affordable ticket prices in her entire North American tour, we aren’t surprised that tickets are going so quickly.” When asked about the response he noted, “We have had quite a few very interesting inquiries including a mother in Vancouver who is making the trip for her eightyear old daughter to hear

Dr. Goodall, a teacher from Selkirk College who is hoping to bring her entire college class, a former West African game warden who now lives near Cranbrook but knew Dr. Goodall in the 70’s and a teacher from Albuquerque, New Mexico who is making the trip to hear her lifelong hero!” CBEEN is grateful for the generous support from premier sponsor, Kicking Horse Coffee, along with feature sponsors Kootenay Savings Credit Union, Columbia Basin Trust and the Black Press – East Kootenay Group. CBEEN would also like to recognize the important role of their supporting sponsors in making this event a reality including the City of Cranbrook, St. Eugene Mission Resort, Key City Theatre, Cranbrook Photo, Wildsight, Kootenay Kwik Print and Lotus Books. In addition to the public event, CBEEN has also organized for a school presentation on October 1 where Dr. Goodall will introduce her ‘Roots and Shoots’ program. A select group of grade 5 and 6 students from School Districts

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environmental educators and teachers at CBEEN’s annual ‘Voices for Sustainability’ symposium. Participants will have the exclusive opportunity to ask Dr. Goodall questions about her environmental education programs as well as discuss their development here in the Columbia Basin. For more information please go to janegoodall or email info@

City of Fernie council to ask for moratorium on liquor privatisation By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


he City of Fernie council is urging the B.C. government to put a moratorium on the privatisation of the Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB). Council is hopeful that a moratorium will allow for more discussion and public consultation on the controversial issue. Since the provincial government’s announcement in February that they were

planning on privatising the LDB distribution system there has been a growing opposition from communities across B.C. Gary Werk, Area Staff Representative for the B.C. Government and Service Employee’s Union (BCGEU), spoke to council on Monday night about the issue and its potential negative impact on the community of Fernie. “This decision was made without any business plan or consultation with workers, bar and

restaurant owners, and other licensees, committees, or the public,” said Werk. “The sale does not just affect the communities with the distribution centres, this sale will have economic and social impacts on all communities.” Werk went on to say the LDB brings in $390 million net revenue annually and that money goes towards critical public services such as health care, social services, and other community programs. He

commented, “Without sufficient provincial government resources, responsibility for these services will be downloaded to municipalities. It makes no sense to sell off a successful, revenue producing government agency to a for-profit private company.” Werk said liquor prices will increase and selection will go down. “Local businesses like bars, restaurants, and neighbourhood liquor stores in your community will likely

face increases in delivery costs that will ultimately be passed on to the consumer,” remarked Werk. “The reality is that this privatisation will cost your community. There will be direct economic costs, and indirect social and health costs.” The BCGEU also fears that if the government is allowed to privatise liquor distribution, the government retail stores will be next in line to be sold.

FERNIE LIONS ANNUAL DEMOLITION DERBY NEW LOCATION: Old Hutchinson farm N.E. FERNIE, past Fernie City yards & Fernie Ready Mix.

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RCMP REPORT Saturday, July 28 • In Sparwood at 2:41 p.m. a lost wallet was reported. • In Sparwood at 2:43 p.m. a vehicle was all over the road and driving erratically. • In Fernie at 4:07 p.m. a debit card was found and turned in. • In Fernie at 5:54 p.m. vandalism was done to a vehicle on the 400 block of Sixth Street. This incident occurred sometime overnight. • In Fernie at 5:56 p.m. a red Raleigh 10-speed bike was stolen. • In Fernie at 11:29 p.m. a tan semi with dark fenders and a B.C plate was forcing vehicles off the road. • In Fernie at 7:47 p.m. there was an intoxicated woman hanging around the area of the bike race. She was causing problems and bothering staff. Police were requested to remove her from the scene.

In Fernie at 8:02 p.m. the theft of eight lawn gnomes was reported Saturday, July 28

• In Fernie at 8:41 p.m. the B.C. ambulance requested police assistance with a violent patient. • In Fernie at 9:20 p.m. there was a possible impaired driver. The vehicle was located and the subject was given a 90-day driving prohibition. • In Sparwood at 9:59 p.m. there was a false business alarm. • In Sparwood

• In Fernie at 12:06 a.m. there was a false business alarm. • In Sparwood at 12:21 a.m. a dog was barking excessively on White Birch Crescent. • In Fernie at 3:40 a.m. a 90-day driving prohibition and 30-day vehicle impoundment was issued. • In Elkford at 8:30 a.m. there was a false business alarm. • In Elkford at 10:15 a.m. police were requested to keep the peace while belongings were retrieved. • In Elko at 11:35 a.m. a burgundy pickup was seen driving at erratic speeds. • In Grasmere at 12:20 p.m. police issued a 90-day driving prohibition and a 30-day impoundment. • In Fernie at 2:54 p.m. police assisted the ambulance with a patient. • In Fernie at 8:22 p.m. a backpack was found and turned in.

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• In Fernie at 12:46 a.m. a possible impaired driver was reported. A blue Chevy with Alberta plates was driving inconsistent speeds. • In Fernie at 1:01 a.m. three men were seen trying to steal a street sign. • In Fernie at 2:54 a.m. there was a


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false business alarm. • In Sparwood at 9:10 a.m. a wallet was found. • In Sparwood at 9:41 a.m. a lost trailer plate was reported. • In Fernie at 10:40 a.m. a wallet was found. • In Fernie at 12:43 p.m. there was a two-vehicle accident. • In Fernie at 2:54 p.m. there was a report of vandalism. • In Sparwood at 2:08 p.m. two infants were left in vehicle at a mall parking lot, unattended. • In Sparwood at 5:43 p.m. there was a break and enter reported. It is unknown if anything was missing. • In Elko at 7:29 p.m. blue Dodge pickup was reported for passing on a blind corner. • In Fernie at 8:18 p.m. there was a disturbance on the 400 block of Second Street. • In Fernie at 10:07 p.m. a suspicious vehicle was reported. • In Fernie at 10:52 p.m. men were seen throwing glass bottles off a balcony. • In Sparwood at 11:45 p.m. a wallet was found. • In Elkford at 11:45 p.m. a complainant reported they heard a single shot.

at 11:36 p.m. there was a report of loud youths causing a disturbance in the Pine Spur Drive area. • In Fernie at 11:45 p.m. a tan Dodge pickup was all over the road and driving erratically.

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• In Fernie at 11:28 a.m. there was a disturbance at Maiden Lake. • In Fernie at 11:42 a.m. complainant reported a young child was in the back of a vehicle unbuckled. The complainant reported that this is an ongoing problem.

• In Fernie at 3:30 p.m. a burgundy Grand Prix with U.S. plates was seen passing unsafely and speeding. • In Fernie at 4:39 p.m. there was a disturbance. • In Hosmer at 4:58 p.m. a lost cell phone and wallet were reported missing. • In Fernie at 9:33 p.m. cattle were reported to be on the highway. • In Sparwood at 11:01 p.m. a black Ford with B.C. plates was seen swerving on the highway.

Wednesday, August 1 • In Elkford at 12:52 a.m. a loud party was reported on Alpine Way. • In Sparwood at 3:22 a.m. there was a false business alarm. • In Grasmere at 4:19 a.m. a semi was seen swerving and driving erratically. • In Fernie at 10:54 a.m. a complainant was concerned when he saw a man walking a dog and treating it poorly, possibly abusing it. • In Sparwood at 1:22 p.m. there was a breach of court ordered conditions.

In Sparwood at 2:02 p.m. the Ministry of Children and Families requested police attendance during a visit. Wednesday, August 1

• In Grasmere at 3:28 p.m. harassment was reported. • In Sparwood at 3:39 p.m. there was

a false business alarm. • In Fernie at 4:49 p.m. there was a false residential alarm. • In Elko at 4:52 p.m. there was a possible impaired driver. The vehicle was not located. • In Baynes Lake at 9:55 p.m. threats were reported. • In Fernie at 10:51 p.m. several youths were reported to be on school premises.

• In Sparwood at 8:28 a.m. there was a false business alarm. • In Sparwood at 8:48 a.m. police attended to a residence to assist with a child custody issue.

Thursday, August 2

• In Fernie at 10:14 a.m. a lost licence plate was reported. • In Fernie at 10:23 a.m. a 16-year-old was reported missing. The youth returned home shortly after the call was received. • In Sparwood at 1:08 p.m. two vehicles, an SUV and an Audi were racing with each other on the highway. • In Sparwood at 3:40 p.m. there was a single vehicle accident. • In Elko at 5:18 p.m. there was a disturbance in a campsite. • In Fernie at 7:51 p.m. a white truck hauling a tent trailer was speeding and flashing other motorists with his high beams. • In Elkford at 9:17 p.m. there was a loud party complaint.

• In Fernie at 1:43 a.m. there was a domestic dispute. • In Elkford at 6:18 a.m. a vehicle’s tires were slashed on Alpine Way. • In Sparwood at 7:52 a.m. there was a false business alarm. • In Baynes Lake at 9:31 a.m. there was a single vehicle accident with minor injuries. • In Elkford at 11:54 a.m. an iPhone was reported lost. • In Hosmer at 2:18 p.m. a white Ford Excursion with M.B. plates was driving dangerously. • In Sparwood at 10:16 p.m. there was a report of a fight at a liquor establishment. • In Sparwood at 10:36 p.m. a red semi flat deck was driving unsafely and tailgating other drivers.

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In Fernie at 12:31 a.m. there was a loud party on Timberline Crescent. • In Fernie at 12:44 a.m. an intoxicated man was seen wandering near the highway. • In Elkford at 3:40 a.m. gunshots were heard.

In Galloway at 9:28 p.m. cattle were reported to be on the highway. Friday, August 3

Saturday, August 4 • In Fernie at 1:30 a.m. there was a loud party complaint. • In Sparwood at 2:18 a.m. loud motorbikes were racing around the golf course area. • In Fernie at 3:04 a.m. there was a fight outside a residence. • In Sparwood

at 4:53 a.m. police attended to a dispute between neighbours. • In Sparwood at 5:57 a.m. an erratic driver was reported. • In Sparwood at 6:17 a.m. there was a false residential alarm. • In Elkford at 11:46 a.m. there was a domestic dispute. • In Fernie at 12:25 p.m. there was a two-vehicle accident. No injuries were reported. • In Sparwood at 12:33 p.m. an iPhone was reported stolen. • In Fernie at 12:35 p.m. a complainant reported quads were being driven by youths without helmets. • In Fernie at 12:43 p.m. a lost licence plate was reported. • In Fernie 2:43 p.m. harassment was reported. • In Fernie at 2:48 p.m. a vehicle hit a deer. No injuries were reported. • In Fernie at 2:48 p.m. there was a report of two people firing a rifle near a residential area. • In Hosmer at 4:09 p.m. overdue travelers were reported. During investigations they returned to their destination safely. • In Elkford at 4:32 p.m. there was a break and enter to a residence. Stereo components were stolen. • In Sparwood at 5:30 p.m. a threeday driving prohibition was issued. • In Fernie at 5:51 p.m. a missing person was reported. A call was later received reporting the individual was safe and sound.

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We’ve got good news. (Celebrating 115 years of serving the Elk Valley.) From the day we printed our very first paper — back in 1898, The Free Press has reported on events, stories and legends of the Elk Valley for over 115 years. We are one of the oldest newspapers in Canada. We have followed stories from the spectacular to the every day, we’ve printed it all, each week: our politicians’ plans, the public’s questions, main street businesses on their way up and local careers on their way down, the hottest days of summer and deepest snows of winter. We’ve followed crimes and punishments, performances and players, our hometown teams’ victories, overseas wars, Canadian news, and B.C. views. We’ve celebrated community underdogs who’ve won and mourned lost loved ones. After more than a century we’re still doing our very best to be the Elk Valley’s newspaper. Est. 1898 Your newspaper


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• In Sparwood at 6:09 a.m. an intoxicated subject was seen hanging around the downtown area. • In Fernie at 7:41 p.m. a possible impaired driver was reported. • In Fernie at 8:52 p.m. several men were seen hanging around construction machinery. The complainant was concerned they may do damage to the equipment. • In Grasmere at 10:07 p.m. a loud party at a campsite was reported. • In Baynes Lake at 11:07 p.m. a complainant reported firecrackers were being

Sunday, August 5 • In Elkford at 12:34 a.m. possible gunshots were heard. • In Fernie at 12:49 a.m. a loud party was reported. • In Elko at 2:59 a.m. there was a single vehicle accident. No injuries were reported. • In Sparwood at 10:37 a.m. there was a false residential alarm. • In Elko at 10:39 a.m. kids were reported to be racing around on dirt bikes. • In Sparwood at 11:35 a.m. an individual was seen staggering around a parking lot and entering a

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silver Chevy. • In Fernie at 12:13 p.m. a break and enter to a residence occurred. Jewellery, binoculars and a phone were stolen. • In Sparwood at 1:24 p.m. there was a theft from a vehicle. • In Fernie at 1:48 p.m. there was a false residential alarm. • In Sparwood at 2:54 p.m. there was a false residential alarm. • In Hosmer at 3:53 p.m. a tree had fallen over and crossed over the river. The complainant was concerned it was a drowning hazard to tubers. • In Sparwood at 8:09 p.m. a maroon Dodge pickup was

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seen swerving into oncoming traffic. • In Sparwood at 8:11 p.m. possible gunshots were heard. • In Elko at 9:35 p.m. a complainant reported a youth on a full sized quad was driving through his backyard. • In Baynes Lake at 10:47 p.m. a boat was found. • In Fernie at 11:15 p.m. there was a large group of people yelling and swearing in a residential area. • In Fernie at 11:18 p.m. a found wallet was turned in. • In Elko at 11:39 p.m. there was a domestic dispute.

Monday, August 6 • In Elkford at 12:47 a.m. an erratic driver in a Malibu LS with BC plates was seen driving dangerously. • In Elkford at 12:56 a.m. an individual was seen staggering and trying to get into a vehicle. • In Sparwood

In Sparwood at 5:10 a.m. a complainant called to say they heard someone in their basement. The complainant phoned back and said they checked it out and no one was there, and no police assistance was needed. Monday, August 6

at 1:15 a.m. there was a hit and run reported. • In Fernie at 10:21 a.m. threats were reported. • In Fernie at 11:34 a.m. there was a two-vehicle accident. No injuries were reported. • In Fernie at 11:46 a.m. there was a theft from a vehicle at a hotel. A Nikon D311 Camera and bag were stolen. • In Elkford at 1:28 p.m. a person on a dirt bike was driving

around erratically. • In Sparwood at 2:07 p.m. a yellow semi with two tankers was swerving all over the road. • In Baynes Lake at 2:09 p.m. at red 2006 Polaris Sportsman was stolen. • In Elkford at 3:17 p.m. a maroon Ford Expedition was speeding excessively in a playground zone. • In Elko at 3:16 p.m. a motorcyclist with Alberta plates was reported for driving erratically. • In Fernie at 3:39 p.m. a complainant reported an erratic driver almost forced him off the road. • In Elkford at 4:33 p.m. there was a single vehicle accident. No injuries were reported. • In Sparwood at 5:17 p.m. police attended to a neighbour dispute. • In Elkford at 5:28 p.m. an individual was seen slurring prior to departing in a silver Cavalier.

• In Elkford at 5:38 p.m. police were requested to remove unwanted guests. • In Fernie at 6 p.m. there was a two-vehicle accident between a car and motorcycle. The biker suffered a broken collarbone and was transported to the hospital. The driver of the vehicle was issued a violation for an unsafe lane change. • In Fernie at 9:18 p.m. there was a false business alarm. • In Sparwood at 9:31 p.m. there was a domestic dispute. • In Fernie at 9:57 p.m. a wallet was reported lost. • In Fernie at 10:41 p.m. threats were reported.

Tuesday, August 7

• In Elkford at 4:29 a.m. there was a false business alarm. • In Elkford at 4:39 a.m. there was a false business alarm. • In Fernie at 5:32 a.m. a vehicle was scratched.

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Terms of Employment: Permanent Full-time Salary $12.25 hourly, 40 hours per week Anticipated Start Date: As soon as possible Education: Completion of High School Experience: 2-3 years in the food service industry, or 1 year as a Food Service Supervisor is preferred Main Duties: Supervise and co-ordinate activities of staff who prepare and portion food, estimate and order ingredients and supplies when required, ensure food service and quality control, maintain records of stock, repairs, sales and wastage. Prepare and submit reports, establish methods to meet work schedules, train staff in job duties, sanitation and safety procedures. Ability to Supervise: 3-4 people at a time Essential Skills: Effective written and oral communication skills, experience with numeracy, working with others, problem solving, decision making, critical thinking, task planning, organizing and open to continuous learning. Must be a team player and have the ability to take charge and lead Other: Must have good previous work references Apply by Mail or in Person: Subway Fernie P.O. Box 1349 401 Highway #3 Fernie, B.C. VOB 1M0 Email: Attn: Sandy

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SHOP FOREMAN REQUIRED A division of Fernie Ford is seeking a journeyman technician to perform the duties of shop foreman in their new Elkford location. Job start date is estimated to be in October. Successful applicant will possess the following skills: t Strong leadership t Problem solving t Able to work unsupervised t Supervise 3 technicians Ford experience is an asset but not a requirement. Fernie Ford offers competitive wage and beneďŹ t packages. Please email resume to or drop off resume to Fernie Ford, 1492 Hwy #3, Fernie, B.C.

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Trades, Technical

Trades, Technical


Financial Services

Ducks Unlimited Canada ( is looking for volunteers for its upcoming Fundraiser Dinner and Auctions. Have fun, meet new people, gain experience and help a great cause. If interested contact: Fred Bourcier at 778-484-5447 or email

DROWNING IN Debt? Helping Canadians 25 years. Lower payments by 30%, or cut debts 70% thru Settlements. Avoid bankruptcy! Free consultation. Toll Free 1 877-5563500


QUALITY CONTROL Person experienced with Piping & Structural Welding needed for a growing Northern Company. Competitive wages & beneďŹ ts. Please email resume to: info@torqueindustr Fax 250-775-6227 or apply online:


CRIMINAL RECORD? Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let it block employment, travel, education, professional, certiďŹ cation, adoption, property rental opportunities. For peace of mind and a free consultation call 1-800-347-2540.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIAN needed for Chrysler dealership in Nelson, BC. Must be a productive team player with a positive attitude. Hourly wages $24.00 - $30.00 depending on experience and training. Chrysler experience an asset but not required. Contact Nelson Chrysler, 250-352-5348. Resumes accepted in person, by fax: 250-352-6695 or by email Journeyman Mechanic Do you love the outdoors? OK Tire in Terrace, B.C. NOW HIRING! Excellent renumeration for successful applicant. Fax resume to (1)-250-635-5367 Attn. General Manager or Email:

VK MASON Local Union Underground Contractor is seeking experienced labor for remote camp job near Kitimat. Looking to hire immediately!



Help Wanted

Annual Family Medical as low as $50.00/yr

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Welder This indoor, shop position requires a reliable, energetic, organized individual with Journeyman qualiďŹ cations or equivalent experience. Although a minor portion of the work, the successful candidate must be able to weld cast iron and to braze. Preference given to candidates with some mechanical skills. If you have a solid employment history, with a keen desire for a successful career we would like to hear from you. We offer above average compensation and beneďŹ ts. Please forward cover letter and resume to Columbia Industries Ltd. by email to or by fax 250-425-7151

Registered Care Aides & Cooks Rocky Mountain Village - Fernie, BC

For more information visit:

Please apply by email or fax at: F: (250) 489-2673 Email:

Driver Wanted Class 1 driver wanted for local and long haul. Competitive wages. Must be able to pass drug test and enter USA. E-mail your resume to: or fax it to (250)425-7860

Health Products CASH BACK- $10 for every pound you lose. Lose weight quickly and safely and keep it off, results guaranteed! Call Herbal Magic today! 1-800854-5176.

Financial Services

512 2nd Ave., Fernie 250-423-6851

M O N E Y P ROV I D E R . C O M $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877-776-1660.

Misc. for Sale

Misc. for Sale

Fernie Exchange New & Used & Pawnbrokers 1501-9th Ave. 250-423-6625 t8FHJWFMPBOTPOQBXOBCMFJUFNTXLUPXLTt

Rnd pine table with leaf solid wood $99 - K5 long board $99 - Various fridges $249 to $599 - All warranty washers, dryers $99 to $299 - 3 older trunks various sizes $95-$150 - Sherlock Manning apt piano 60â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $795 - Good selection DVDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $4 ea. CDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $2 ea - Nice solid pine armour 7â&#x20AC;&#x2122; high, 38â&#x20AC;? wide - Good selection of Gibson acoustics 60â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to 90â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s various prices - Stack chairs $8 ea - Nite stands $45 ea - End tables $25-$45 ea - Bar Fridge white $85 - New exercise bike, still in box $225 - Good selection of new and used acoustic guitars $49 to $350 - Electric guitars $159 to $900 new and used - Lots of guitar accessories, strings, tuners, picks, mandolin strings, banjo strings, ďŹ ddles, ďŹ ddle strings, amps, microphones, cables, used trumpets, trombones, ďŹ ddles 4/4, 3/4, 1/2 new, concertina, guitar cases, soft shell, hard shell - Gorgeous 20â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dressing table, mirror and bench + matching 3 dr dresser + mirror now $700 for the set - used golf clubs + bags $50 to $125 - Bicycles used $99-$179 - Good selection of gold jewelry and collectors military bayonets, knives and swords - Some civil war memorabilia - â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;99 Buick Lesabre 161 km $3500 - â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;96 Explorer, needs trans, motor runs good, $800, tires and rims excellent.

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

The East Kootenay Supported Child Development program is looking for casual and term support workers for a variety of positions in the Elk Valley area. QualiďŹ cations: The applicant will have, as a minimum, their Early Childhood Education CertiďŹ cation and a current License to Practice (or be in process). Experience working in the ďŹ eld of child care/ early childhood development is a strong asset and preference will be given to applicants who have training, skills and/or experience working with children with a range of developmental delays and disabilities. Applicants with Education Assistant training and work experience may be accepted. Positions: All children are ages 3 to 5 years with a range of developmental delays. t Elkford: 2 preschool positions - 7.5 hrs/week each t Sparwood: 1 Family Daycare position â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4hrs/week; 1 preschool position â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 hrs/week t Fernie: 1 Family Daycare position â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10hrs/week t Jaffray: 2 preschool positions â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 hrs/week each Starting Date: September 17th Hourly Rate: Based on BCGEU collective agreement wage grid Additional Requirements: Successful criminal record screening on ďŹ le, current First Aid certiďŹ cation & membership with BCGEU Deadline for Applications: Friday, September 7th Please Note: t EKSCD is an equal opportunity employer t Applicants that are short-listed will be contacted for an interview. Submit Applications to: EKSCD Regional ofďŹ ce - Attn: Lynda Porter Phone: 250-426-4043 Toll Free: 1-866-426-4043 Mail: 20A-12th Avenue N. Cranbrook, B.C. V1C 3V7 E-mail: Fax: 250-426-4003

Household Services

A-1 FURNACE & Air Duct Cleaning. Complete Furnace/Air Duct Systems cleaned & sterilized. Locally owned & operated. 1-800-5650355 (Free estimates)

Pets & Livestock

Feed & Hay

Alfalfa, alfalfa mix or straight grass (small square bales) in Lister. Call Jay or Trish at 250428-9755 Alfalfa/Grass, small squares, $5 off ďŹ eld ASAP or $6 ďŹ rst cut. Big rounds, $75. Call (250)417-7137 Small square bales grass hay, shedded, $4/bale. Call (250)429-3530

Livestock Acreage to lease for grazing, cattle or horses. Looking for 60 head of cattle. Call for info (250)417-7137


Havanese pups, non shed, hypo allergenic, excellent companions, CKC registered, ready now (250)424-5229

Merchandise for Sale

Food Products BUTCHER SHOP

Sponsored by Community Connections Society of Southeast BC CARF Accredited-Community Services: Child & Youth Services


GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420.

Legal Services

Please contact Ashley Halden at 778-724-2500 or ashley.halden@

NOW HIRING: Columbia Industries in Sparwood, BC has an immediate need for a full time:


Site Superintendent Journeyman Carpenters Safety OfÂżcer MDG Contracting Services, a dynamic, growth-oriented general contractor is hiring Site Superintendents, Journeyman Carpenters and an Occupational Health & Safety OfÂżcer for our construction projects in the Sparwood and Elkford regions of BC. Required qualiÂżcations for these positions are: Site Superintendent: Minimum 10 years supervisory experience in commercial construction. Journeyman Carpenter: Red Seal Carpenter endorsement with minimum 5 years experience. Safety OfÂżcer: Level 3 First Aid is mandatory, Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) or Construction Safety OfÂżcer (CSO) is a deÂżnite asset. Minimum 5 years experience as a Safety OfÂżcer on commercial construction projects in BC. The positions require excellent communication, planning and organization skills, with the ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment. All positions are full time, available immediately and offer long term growth potential. Please forward resume, including certiÂżcations and credentials to

BC INSPECTED GRADED AA OR BETTER LOCALLY GROWN NATURAL BEEF Hormone Free Grass Fed/Grain Finished $100 Packages Available Quarters/Halves $2.50/lb Hanging Weight Extra Lean Hamburger $4.00/lb TARZWELL FARMS 250-428-4316 Creston

Heavy Duty Machinery

A- STEEL SHIPPING STORAGE CONTAINERS / Bridges / Equipment Wheel loaders JD 644E & 544A / 63â&#x20AC;&#x2122; & 90â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Stiff boom 5th wheel crane trucks/Excavators EX200-5 & 892D-LC / Small forklifts / F350 C/C â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cabsâ&#x20AC;?20â&#x20AC;&#x2122;40â&#x20AC;&#x2122;45â&#x20AC;&#x2122;53â&#x20AC;&#x2122; New/ Used/ Damaged /Containers Semi Trailers for Hiway & StorageCall 24 Hrs 1-866-528-7108 Delivery BC and AB

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Real Estate

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For Sale By Owner

Houses For Sale

Apt/Condo for Rent

Apt/Condo for Rent

FOR RESTLESS or cramping legs. A fast acting remedy since 1981, sleep at night, proven for 31 years. Mon-Fri 8-4 EST 1-800-765-8660

12x68 3-bdrm mobile home & 1/2 acre lot in Jaffray. Close to the school. Mobile home, addition & sundeck under covered roof. Natural gas heat. Storage shed & garage, asking $160,000. (250)429-3438


HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 STEEL BUILDINGHuge Clearance Sale! 20x24 $4,658. 25x28 $5,295. 30x40 $7,790. 32x54 $10,600. 40x58 $14,895. 47x78 $19,838. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422.

Private Coin Collector Buying Collections, Silver Coins etc. Available now: 250-863-3082

Real Estate Apt/Condos for Sale 2-bdrm condo, Shannon Heights, completely renovated, close to Hospital & College, asking $149,900. (250)489-5602

Commercial/ Industrial Property Elkford, BC. Two fully viced industrial park lots, with Quanset building, with office complex. (250)427-6199

◆ Hillcrest: log home, 2 bdrms plus full basement partially developed, double car garage, $349,000.

Houses For Sale

◆ Coleman: 3 bdrms, double attached garage, $329,000.

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◆ Blairmore: 2 bdrms plus full walk-out basement ready for development, double attached garage, $297,000.


Misc. Wanted

serone one Call

Apt/Condo for Rent

512 2nd Ave., Fernie 250-423-6851 EXECUTIVE HOME on 1.43 acres of landscape extraordinaire in Golden, BC. Quality finishing throughout, lg kitchen w/island and ceramic floors & counters, nook w/walk-outs to huge wraparound decks, 2 gas fireplaces and a wood stove, hot tub, sauna, pond, waterfall, flowers, rock gardens, 4 bay 2 level garage w/bonus rm, paved drive, fenced yard, finished walk-out 2 bdr suite w/heated floors, private well. $575,000. Inquiries:

Apt/Condo for Rent

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


◆ Bellevue: 6 bdrms, double attached garage, separate 30’X40’ shop, 2.33 acres in town, paved to front door, all municipal utilities, $489,900.

Call John for these and many other good buying opportunities. John Pundyk: 403-562-8830 Royal LePage South Country Real Estate Services Ltd. Why rent or pay pad lease when you can own your home and land and build equity? ◆ Coleman ◆ Blairmore ◆ Coleman ◆ Blairmore ◆ Coleman ◆ Coleman ◆ Blairmore ◆ Frank ◆ Coleman ◆ Blairmore ◆ Coleman ◆ Blairmore

$139,900 $149,000 $153,000 $174,900 $179,700 $189,900 $214,900 $239,000 $279,000 $279,000 $294,900 $297,000

Call John for these and many other good buying opportunities. John Pundyk: 403-562-8830 Royal LePage South Country Real Estate Services Ltd.

Mobile Homes & Parks

RV Sites 1491-5th Ave, Fernie Located beside the hospital and behind the Best Western

For more information call


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AVORADO RESORT. Beautiful waterfront RV Resort. New Sites For Sale ($63,900). All season, full amenities, clubhouse & beach access. Co-op Resort w/Lifetime Ownership! Call 250-228-3586. Beautiful Treed & Spacious RV sites in prime recreation area. No hook-up fees. No buy in. Just annual lease that includes all utilities & firewood. 50 minute drive from Cranbrook. call (250)424-5403 or visit

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

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

2-bdrm condo, Ponderosa Manor, Sparwood. Insuite laundry, $850/mth + power + 1 month DD, n/s, n/p, n/parties, avail immed, (250)426-0227 Leave message CRANBROOK, 2-bdrm F/S, quiet, on-site laundry, near park & downtown, n/p, n/s, n/parties, responsible adults. Avail immed. (250)420-1823 Fernie Townhouse for Sept. 1. 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath, all appliances, garage. Utilities not included. N/P, N/S Ref/credit check required. Prefer 1 yr. lease. Call 250-423-7062 or 250-423-0716.

Auto Financing

BEAUTIFUL NEWER HOUSE FOR RENT IN THE SLOCAN LAKE AREA. AVAILABLE OCT 1st • 4 Bedroom-2 Bath on 2 Acres • Red Mtn. Road above SILVERTON w/ Valhalla views + quiet privacy • N/S , Open to keeping animals • 10 min. drive to Slocan Lake and Village amenities • Storage, treehouses, good access all year round • Minimum 1 Yr Lease • W/D Hookups, F/S plus Earth -Woodstove • $1250 negotiable with proper care of house, land + gardens • References Required • Secure Income Essential • Serious Inquiries Only Call: 250-362-7681 or Mobile 250-231-2174 Email: monikas_2010@

1 Bdrm - $775-month

Includes heat, lights, & hot water

Homes for Rent 4-bdrm, 2-bath home in beautiful Baynes Lake. 5-appl, woodstove, gated 1/4 of acre, 1 block from lake, 5 min to Koocanusa, $1000/mth. DD + utilities, references required (250)423-3292

Spacious NEW apartments

Walking Distance to Mall


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

Want to Rent

FURNISHED & UNFURNISHED rentals available immediately in Sparwood or Elkford. Contact Tammie Davy at 250-425-2968 or Lindsay at 250-425-1180. On-line application available at: elkvalley

3-4 bdrm fully furnished house from Dec. to Apr. in the Annex or Downtown area. Contact Dave 250-423-4622 ext. 103

Live in scenic & peaceful Elkford - Alderwood Place Comfortable apartment units 1 bdrm - $775/mth, 2 & 3 bdrm $850 (& up) - month. Includes: covered parking, sauna, heat, lights & hot water 1-250-8657676

Auto Accessories/Parts

Scenic Downtown Elkford Alpine Court Spacious New apartments 1 Bdrm $775/mth. 2 & 3 bdrm - $850 (& up)month. Includes heat, lights & hot water 250-865-2722



WHITE HIGH canopy for 2005 GMC/Chev long box. Ex. cond. $500 250-428-7985

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Sparwood, BC Pineway Court Apartment units, close to downtown, affordable, hot water included, your new home. 1 bdrm $710/mth, 2 bdrm $800/mth 1-250-425-9912



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2001 Ford Taurus exc. condition. 139,000km, new tires, $4800 obo. Call 250-425-2412 or 5038. GREEN 1999 Chevrolet Lumina for sale. $1500 or O.B.O. Car is in good condition, has new brakes and comes with a set of winter tires. Please call 250-427-5629 if you are interested.


1994 Harley Springer soft tail, 19,000 km, airbrushed wolf on tank, custom covers, good cond, reduced $8000. Call (250)428-5640 email for pics

Off Road Vehicles

QUAD for sale! 2008 Kawasaki brute force 750 4X4 fuel injected with 26” mud lite XTR tires, 3000 lb warn winch, Quadtrax box with seat. 1260km asking $6000 OBO. Call Tony @ 250-433-7747 in Sparwood.


18’ 5th Wheel Prowler Travel Trailer. Call 250-423-7454 (Fernie). 2011 ARCTIC FOX 29.5ft 5th wheel, 2 lg slides, 4 season, 2 - 80 watt solar panels, extended frame w/lg aluminum storage box $34,000 immaculate cond. Call Marvin 250-4284260

Sport Utility Vehicle

2008 Jeep Patriot LX SUV, fully loaded plus! 89,5000 km, 5-spd manual, white, inc 4 winter tires, $15,499. 1 (250)489-5047

Sparwood, B. C. Quiet + Comfortable + Affordable Golden Oak Gardens 1bdrm - $710/mth, 2 bdrm $800/mth, hot water included. Walking distance to Mall. 1- 250 - 865-2722

Trucks & Vans

1979 CHEV 3/4 ton 4x4 454 4 spd, daily driver $2000 250428-7985




Scenic Downtown Elkford

2 bedroom:$800-month

RETIRE IN Beautiful Southern BC, Brand New Park. Affordable Housing. COPPER RIDGE. Manufactured Home Park, New Home Sales. Keremeos, BC. Ask us about our Free Rent option! Please cal 250-462-7055.

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Mobile Homes & Pads

Boats MUST SELL!! 1992 16ft Vanguard open-bow ski boat. 85HP Yamaha motor. Lots of extras, fish finder, tow ropes, knee board, tube, air pump. First reasonable offer takes it. Asking $3000./obo (250)417-5813

SPARWOOD MOBILE for rent airtight stove 250-423-1520

Modular Homes $59,000. Older, renovated 1,600 sq.ft. mobile home with log addition. 4 bdrm, mud room, 2 living rooms, inc. a blue cast iron gas fireplace with brick work. 7 appliances, fenced yard, large deck, small shed, vehicle canopy. Sparwood, Lodge Pole Tr. Court. 250-425-7841.

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OH DOGS RESCUE AND ADOPTION has 4 dogs ready for their forever homes. All are young females, spayed, shots up to date, and good with kids and other dogs. The adoption price is $200

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