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NDP chooses Blissett By Barry Coulter Black Press Staff


he local NDP have chosen their candidate to carry the party flag into the May 2013 provincial election. The Kootenay East Constituency Association held its nomination convention on Saturday, September 22, at the Manual Training School hall in Cranbrook. Norma Blissett of Cranbrook and Randal Macnair of Fernie were the two candidates seeking the nomination. And after the votes were tallied, Blissett came out on top — 94 votes to 13 (with one spoiled ballot). Blissett will now contest the British Columbia general election — the province's 40th — on May 14, 2013, with Bill Bennett. Bennett is the three-term MLA representing the B.C. Liberals. Blissett said the focus of the upcoming NDP campaign is reaching out to voters with the NDP message. “What we're going to be doing is reaching out to the constituents who live here — we're going to be spreading our message of positive change on the doorsteps, at public events and in the media,” she said. Blissett is a forester and a teacher and has lived in Cranbrook for the past 17 years. She is currently teaching science and math at Mt. Baker Secondary

School. She faced off for the nomination against Randal Macnair, the former Mayor of Fernie and current Fernie City Councillor. “We'd done a lot of work as far as reaching out to members,” Blissett said of the nomination campaign. “I phoned everyone, sent out brochures, I met with a number of people I didn't know before, so I was fairly confident coming in. But you never know, right?” Blissett has been politically active at the local level in Cranbrook, and will now be moving into the provincial sphere, a transition she's prepared for. “My background is in forestry and education, those are both provincial concerns,” she said. “I've worked for provincial government in Ontario. I am aware of those issues and the impact they have at the municipal level.” “It's exciting — I've been to the provincial convention, I've met with a number of the MLAs, so I feel pretty confident about being able to represent the people here at the provincial level.” Blissett told those assembled Saturday that the NDP's task was now to increase the party profile locally. “So now it starts. We've got a big task ahead of us. [The upcoming campaign is] about coming together and working together as a party.” She also thanked Macnair for his efforts.

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Bright hair for a bright cause By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


fter a successful Terry Fox run and pancake breakfast September 14, students at Isabella Dicken Elementary and Fernie Secondary raised a whopping $5,445. In an effort to raise the fundraising bar, teachers at

Isabella Dicken had challenged students to raise over $5,000 this year. If the goal was met, teachers would come to school for a day with pink hair. Taking the challenge to the next step, while the annual pancake breakfast is generally free, everyone was asked to donate $2. The money would help cover the cost of food, with the remaining amount going

towards cancer research. With a fantastic turnout of students and parents from both schools, along with the additional pancake breakfast funds, the day was a success in surpassing the original goal. Keeping to their promise, Isabella Dicken teachers came to school happily sporting bright pink hair on Friday.

Museum opens wheelchair access lift By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


he Fernie Museum is celebrating opening a handicap lift in the Second Avenue building this week. There will be a celebration tomorrow (Friday) to mark the opening of the lift, as well as the opening of an art exhibition by Fernie artist Tara Higgins. Everyone is welcome to attend at the museum between 7 and 9 p.m. “The opening of our new

handicap lift at the museum is a big deal for the museum and the community,” said Laura Nelson, President of the Fernie and District Historical Society. “We are very excited and pleased to offer this to our visitors. It’s been three years in the making!” Grace Brulotte, a young local writer who is wheelchair-bound, has been invited to take the inaugural ride in the new lift. Tara Higgins’s exhibit will be on display until the end of October.

Operation Christmas Child By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


Isabella Dicken teachers sported pink hair on Friday.

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ity of Fernie Council will declare the first week of October, Operation Christmas Child Week. The event will act as the official kick off to the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox campaign in Fernie and the Elk Valley. The local volunteer committee was successful in collecting over 5,000 boxes last fall, and this year



This notice is published pursuant to section 4 of the Recall and Initiative Act. Approval in principle has been granted on an application for an initiative petition. The petition will be issued to proponent Dana Larsen on Monday, November 19, 2012 and signature sheets must be submitted to the Chief Electoral Officer by Monday, February 18, 2013. The Title of the Initiative is: An initiative to amend the Police Act. Summary of Initiative: The initiative draft Bill entitled, “Sensible Policing Act” proposes to amend the Police Act to no longer use provincial police resources on the enforcement of current laws in relation to simple possession and use of cannabis by adults. The draft law would prohibit the use of provincial police resources for this purpose, would require police to report in detail to the Minister of Justice any actual use of resources for this purpose and why it was necessary, and require the Minister to publish that report. The Bill also proposes that the Province would call upon the Federal Government to repeal the federal prohibition on cannabis, or give British Columbia an exemption, such that British Columbia is able to tax and regulate cannabis similar to the regulation of alcohol and tobacco. As well it proposes that British Columbia shall establish a Provincial Commission to study the means and requirements necessary for the province to establish a legal and regulated model for the production and use of cannabis by adults. Last, the Bill would make non-lawful possession and use of cannabis by minors an offence similar to possession and use of alcohol.

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they’re hoping to raise the bar. “They are trying to get 6,000 boxes filled with gifts to send to needy children. I know we’ve done this in the past and I think it’s a really good thing to do,” said Fernie Mayor, Mary Giuliano. The City of Fernie was asked by the East Kootenay location of Operation Christmas Child to make the week official, and council decided unanimously to proclaim the week of October 1, Operation Christmas Child Week.

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Long rider passes through Fernie on her way home By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


here’s been an interesting traveller spotted in and around Fernie and the backcountry over the last couple of weeks. Bernice Ende, along with her team of three horses and a dog, stopped in Fernie early last week to rest up before making the final stretch of her nearly six month journey on horseback. Bernice is a long rider, embarking on rides of at least 1,000 miles or more. Her latest trek began in Montana and took her across the border into Saskatchewan, travelling as far east as Prince Albert, before heading west to Edmonton. She then turned south to pass through the Canadian Rockies for the home stretch. Home for Bernice, her dog Claire, and horses Hart, Essie Pearl, and Montana Spirit, is just a few minutes south of Eureka in Trego, Montana. Following a career teaching dance, Bernice set off on her first ride back in 2005. Not quite knowing what she’d got herself into, she admits the first trip didn’t exactly go smoothly. “You’re alone and you’re faced with situations you couldn’t even imagine, no matter how prepared

you are,” Bernice remarked. “Being out there alone at night, your horses are scared, there’s a bear that’s coming in, or you’re riding in traffic, or you can’t get through on a road. It was difficult, but by the time I did finish that ride, I realised that I was never going to go back to what I had once known as a life.” Eight years, and nearly 18,000 miles later, Bernice can’t imagine doing anything else. “The life has just captured me, it’s captured my imagination,” she said. “It’s challenging and it’s interesting, and as difficult as it is, as dirty as it is, as frustrating as it can be, I love my life as a lady long rider.” On the leg of the trip that took her through the Flathead Valley, Bernice was lucky enough to encounter a few different members of the Fernie community. After running into Conservation Officer Joe Caravetta, Jon Levesque and his family, as well as several others, Bernice found herself overwhelmed with generous contributions of food for herself, and her animal travel companions. With tired horses in need of a break, Bernice took up Francesca and Martin Hart on their offer to stay at their property in Cokato, where she spent a few days relaxing and getting to know

Fernie. “There’s this ribbon of community here,” commented Bernice. “This happens everywhere in varying degrees, but this was exceptional. People were literally feeding me and passing me on.” She went on to say, “Those basic needs of food, water, and

shelter must be met every day. Without the help of others, no matter how much money you had, you couldn’t do this.” On the trails since April, Bernice plans to make it back to her home in Trego by late October. She’ll spend the winter speaking at schools and retirement homes, as she plans her next ride. “I now

give talks, it’s how I make my living,” said Bernice. “You know it’s a very meager living, but I’m happy and very satisfied with my life, and I feel a great deal of contentment in what I do.” To follow Bernice on her journey, visit

Bernice with dog Claire and horses Hart, Essie Pearl and Montana Spirit.

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Dirt Diggler brings bumps, bruises and fun By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


Kathleen MacCormick takes on the Dirt Diggler.

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he seventh annual Dirt Diggler Fall Classic mountain bike race on Saturday saw 40 men and three women taking on 1,100 vertical downhill metres. The annual downhill race sees racers taking on one of Fernie’s most prized trails from the top of Morrissey Ridge to the valley bottom. There was a total of $4,500 in prizes up for grabs, including $1,000 in cash for the top five. Luke Stevens was the first of the men to finish, and Kathleen McCormick was the first woman.

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Luke Stevens 10m 39s Luke Nelson 10m 52s Nick Quinn 10m 54s Ross Rosengrave 11m 12s Conrad Spring 11m 19s Tom Powers 11m 21s Dave Woods 11m 27s Reg Mullet 11m 32s Derek Bird 11m 52s Steve Meyer 11m 54s

Womens First Kathleen McCormick 14m13s Second Lacie Richer 14m32s Third Lindsey Kelly 14m48s


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Students take helping hands to Kenya By Jenna Jensen Contributor


even students from Sparwood and Elkford will be heading to Kenya in the spring of 2013 to embark on the journey of a lifetime. Morgan Mudge, Kyra VonMatt, Karlie Sundstrom, Hailly Allardice, Lorraine Gold, Vanessa Davis and Taylor Syjra, are excited for the trip, and are looking forward to making a difference. The group's selfchosen slogan, "A Hand Up, Not Out," explains the purpose of their travels. The trip, led by Kerrie Purdy and organised through EF Tours in partnership with Me to We and Free The Children will be composed of an educational journey, rather than just simply a holiday, giving the girls many opportunities to help others while learning many new and valuable skills. The 11-day trip will begin with the group settling in the African village of Schule Ya Bogani in the Masai Mara area. They will spend a lot of time volunteering and assisting locals in building a school, helping with reforestation efforts, trekking with locals to get fresh water, learning the native language

and traditions and taking courses on leadership and the Swahili language. They will learn of issues that affect women and the environment, visit a wildlife sanctuary, take in stunning scenery and visit some of the local attractions and sights. The students will live in tents without electricity and be enveloped in the traditional culture of the people, making friends and lending a hand wherever they can. "I know this trip will change me," says Hailly Allardice. "I am looking forward most of all to helping people, and knowing that I have made a difference," she says. "Being able to come from a small town, and being a part of something so big is just amazing. This is something we all will carry with us for the rest of our lives," says Kyra VonMatt. The trip will cost the students over $4,000, making fundraising their primary goal leading up to departure. They are looking to raise money to cover the cost of mandatory immunizations, Kenya visas, air ambulance fees and other expenses as well as offsetting some of the costs of the trip. They have been seen out and about in the community, doing bottle drives, working at

the Teck Health and Wellness booth, creating presentations to show people what their trip is all about, seeking business sponsorship and selling custom made t-shirts to kick off their fundraising campaign. "For the girls, being involved in fundraising, the sponsorship program and creating and publicly presenting an overview of their trip has been a really great learning experience in itself," says Sherry Benko, an adult chaperone of the trip. The girls will be out in full force continuing to fundraise however they can. They welcome the public to purchase a keepsake t-shirt at any time to aid with their efforts and extend a big thank you to the community for the support they have received so far. "We will head to a place and be part of a culture we know little about. We don't know what to expect, but we are really looking forward to helping others. It really is about a hand up, and not out," says Karlie Sundstrom. For more information, to purchase a t-shirt or to make a donation please contact Sherry Benko at 250-425-2136 or Grave VonMatt at 250-425-0663.


NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN Nominations are now open for the 2012 Community & Business Excellence Awards. Nomination boxes and forms can be found at the following locations around Fernie; The Fernie Chamber of Commerce, City Hall, The Aquatic Centre, The Fernie Heritage Library, The Fernie Museum & Info Centre, The Free Press office, The Arts Station, and online at www. Nominations will remain open until Tuesday October 9th’

These girls will head to Kenya to help build a school in March. Here they are posed with a $500 donation from the East Kootenay Community Credit Union. Photo by J. Jensen

September New Releases The Truth by Michael Palin Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success by Madeline Levine The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory The Last Victim: a Novel by Karen Robards Bones are Forever by Kathy Reich Hector and the Search for Lost Time: a Novel by Francois Lelord Sentinel by Matthew Dunn A Foreign Country by Charles Cumming Buried on Avenue B: a Novel by Peter De Jonge Odd Apocalypse: an Odd Thomas Novel by Dean R. Koontz

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Fundraising for Brooke By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


trust fund has been set up, a bake sale is in the works, and the Ghostriders are on board. The

Brooke’s condition worsened, and after heading back to the hospital the doctors determined that the tumour had grown. The tumour was re-diagnosed as malignant and Brooke

at Overwaitea. Just a few short months later, Brooke and her family learned that her cancer had returned. Today, Brooke is undergoing treatment in Vancouver, where she and her mother

to open this up so people can help out,” said George Torresani, Brooke’s step-father. “We’ve been at this since basically December 19, and the expenses are getting tight now, because we’re down to one income in the house. We’ve exhausted all our avenues to try and get by.” The Fernie Ghostriders will wear pink jerseys during October, which will be auctioned off at the end of the month, with half of the proceeds

Featuring Spicy Thai Food going towards Brooke. Ghostriders President, Phil Iddon, said the team is happy to be able to give back to a family that is so involved with the Ghostriders, and the community. “[Brooke] volunteers, her brother plays music at the games, and her dad does security,” he said. “The whole family is very, very close, they all do things together. The last couple of years she’s really helped out with games, creating happy, smiling faces. She’s just a nice, young

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lady that obviously deserves better.” Iddon added, “I can’t say enough how unfortunate and how unfair some things are. It’s just a pleasure to be able to do something with the community and help out.” Coming up in November, Dawna McDowell is organising a baking table at a community craft fair. She’s opening up the table to allow members of the community to contribute baked goods to raise money

that will be split between Brooke’s trust fund, and another local family. With no financial goal set, the hope is for the community to continue to fundraise as much as they can for Brooke and her family. Anyone who would like to make a contribution to Brooke’s trust fund can visit their local CIBC branch to make a deposit, or email transfer a donation to

Changes on the horizon for OCP By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff

F Brooke Malakoff (left) with her family at last year’s Miracle Weekend.  Submitted photo

community of Fernie is coming together to help Brooke Malakoff, and her family, as she continues her battle with cancer. Brooke was originally diagnosed with a benign tumour on her lung just before Christmas last year. She was told she would need surgery and that it could be taken care of after the holidays. Shortly after the original diagnosis,

was immediately flown to Vancouver to undergo emergency surgery. Brooke’s stepfather said the doctors believed without the surgery, she would only have one week to live. Brooke lost her left lung during surgery, however the operation was successful. She was able to return home to Fernie to finish her last year of high school and go back to her job

have been on and off since May. Brooke’s stepfather and brother remain in Fernie. While the family is doing their best to help Brooke keep fighting, the people of Fernie are stepping up to help in any way they can. Cathy Maurier-Prince has opened a CIBC trust fund in Brooke’s name, giving anyone the ability to make a deposit of any amount. “She just wanted

ernie’s Official Community Plan (OCP) is receiving an update. Over the next year, the OCP will go through a revision process to make sure the community of Fernie continues to be a great place to live, work, and play. Working on the update with City of Fernie staff will be the Whistler Centre for Sustainability, a non-profit organisation that provides community sustainability planning and implementation services to local governments across B.C. Also giving their input will be the OCP advisory committee. The 15-person committee is made up of a wide spectrum of Fernie residents, two city councillors, as well as the Mayor of Fernie, Mary Giuliano.

Having met once since forming in August, the advisory committee will come together five more times, between now and November 2013, to rewrite the OCP. The committee is tasked with reviewing the existing OCP and making any changes they feel are necessary. Committee member, Councillor Willard Ripley, said the first meeting focused on outlining what the initial steps are and how the process will work. “It was more about how it’s going to be done, rather than discussing the actual items. This is where things are going to start to take off, addressing things like land use and planning issues.” The revised OCP will aim to put the City’s new long term vision, ‘Forever Fernie,’ in motion. It will take into account a number of community components

that work towards success and long-term sustainability for Fernie, including land use and development, education, housing, social development, economy, transportation, natural areas, and infrastructure. The City of Fernie will be hosting an open house at the beginning of October to give the public the chance to see what the OCP is all about, and give their feedback. October’s open house is just one of four public events that will be put on throughout the update process allowing Fernie residents to voice their opinions. The OCP Open House will be held on October 4, from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., at the Fernie Community Centre. More details on the OCP can be found at


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by Angela Treharne

Fall marks the start of hunting season in the Elk Valley. People come from all over to this area. It is prime terrain for elk hunting. Resident and outof-province hunters have figured that out. The problem is the bears have figured out the same thing. At this time of year they are frantically trying to fatten up for winter. That’s a recipe for conflict. More bear-human encounters have been occurring in the fall than at any other season in recent years. The nature of the game probably makes some of that unavoidable. But if hunters get smart about how to avoid these encounters, the number of such encounters and “close calls” can be kept to a minimum. Because hunters are often moving quietly, they are at higher risk of surprising bears while they are in the field. Bow hunters typically lure elk into range with an elk bugle or cow call. When elk hear these sounds, they approach in hopes of encountering other elk. And to increase their odds of getting within shooting range, bow hunters often disguise their odors with scents designed to make them smell like the elk. But when any grizzly in the area hears and smells what seems to be elk, the bear is also likely to show up at close range. There are a number of measures that hunters can employ to minimize their chances of a confrontation. Always carry and use bear spray as the first line of defence - even if you're carrying a gun. If you come across a bear while hunting other game, make every attempt to resolve the situation nonlethally. Shooting at a bear often kills or wounds an innocent animal, and a wounded bear may become aggressive. Once you have killed your game, remove the carcass as quickly as possible from the site and let others in the area know there is game residue present. If you have to leave a carcass over night, use a portable electric perimeter fence and make sure it is well out in the open. Approach the site very carefully when retrieving your game the next day. Do not try to shoot out the situation if a bear has taken over your kill. It is illegal to shoot a bear in defence of a game carcass. Like all backcountry enthusiasts, hunters must keep a clean camp and secure potential attractants where bears can't get at them. All hunters should make it their business to learn and practice these measures religiously. And check out our weekly hunting tips in The Free Press to stay informed of the latest regulation changes. Don’t let your hunting experience turn into tragedy. Get bear smart before heading out.



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Letters to the Editor Y2Y or bust

There is a US based initiative creeping quietly through the Canadian Rockies titled the Yukon to Yellowstone Initiative (Y2Y). Wilburforce Foundation, based out of Seattle, wants to lock away crown land from use and development from the Arctic Ocean to Yellowstone. Since 2009 they alone have doled out over 10 million to Y2Y strategy spread amongst 56 groups in US and Canada. Groups such as Wildsight, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Sierra Club of BC, Tides Canada and West Coast Environmental Law have collectively garnered millions from Wilburforce and other US foundations to push their agenda in Canada. Aside from

the relentless cries for a national park in the Flathead, they have been instrumental in restricting access, discouraging development and with their political savvy have managed to legislate their Y2Y strategy by pressuring governments. The most recent result of the relentless pressure tactics resulted in the Flathead Valley being locked away from mining and exploration. The federal government and private donors gave BC the cash needed to buy out the Flathead Valley mineral tenures and develop the Flathead Watershed Area Conservation Act to ensure the protection of this valley. Wilburforce is conspicuously absent from the list of funders for this protection agreement. The best Wildsight and the

Sierra Club could come up with is to say it’s not enough, where did the millions in grants go from Wilburforce? Y2Y is a slow creep of regulation and restriction that will ultimately lock away lands from development and use which BC resource dependent communities can ill afford. Wildsight is on record wanting at least 50 per cent of the remaining land base protected. On September 27 environmentalists, first nations and local governments will be gathered in Fernie at the Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent. Wildsight and its Y2Y partners will be front and centre with looking for ways to wedge their ideology into the political process to continue the slow and steady creep of Y2Y. The old saying give an inch take

a mile rings true with environmentalists, they can wait 10, 20 or even 50 years for their vision to come true. The Thinktwice group wants to provide a balanced perspective on issues that will affect our enjoyment, value

Cute and harmful As much as we all enjoy deer and other wildlife in and around our town, some facts remain. The Elk Valley and local areas  have experienced a massive population explosion recently with  species such as white tail, mule deer and elk. Subsequently  this will attract opportunistic  predators such as cougars, bears and wolves that are more common

and lifestyle in the Kootenays. Before deciding to support groups that are slowly restricting our local economy, values and families, Think twice.   Paul Visentin Cranbrook within town limits now, more than ever. The risk of striking one of these animals on the roadways increases  greatly. I.C.B.C. can attest to that.  Canmore, Kimberley and Cranbrook are good case studies to look at. The community needs to look beyond the cute and harmless, and realize the concern before it becomes a much  larger problem.   Klyde deGroot Fernie

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Barbecuing for BC Children’s Hospital By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


he Fernie Ghostriders were cooking up hotdogs for a cause outside Overwaitea on Friday afternoon. Sponsored by Fernie Overwaitea, members of the Ghostrider team put on the barbecue to raise funds and support the BC Children’s Hospital.

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The Fernie Skating Club will be holding Canskate and Kidcanskate Registration on Tuesday October 9th starting at 3:00pm.

KidCanskate is 3:15-3:45pm Tuesdays and Thursdays Canskate is 3:45-4:30pm Tuesdays and Thursdays Coach Marni and Coach Jenna are back!!!! For more information contact: Marni Wilson at 250 423 4614 or email her at 2.8125” x 3” Fernie Ghostriders barbecued for a cause outside Overwaitea on Friday.



DEADLINE OCTOBER 12, 2012 Application forms are now available and guidelines can be found at . • 1.800.505.8998

Fundraising proceeds went to BC Childrens Hospital.

Handing out hotdogs to Overwaitea customers.

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eople in the Elk River watershed are invited to dive into dialogue Wednesday, October 3, 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Best Western in Fernie to discuss how to collaborate on effective solutions to shape a healthy Elk River. “This event builds on the hard work of folks who attended the Watershed Dialogue May 30,” said Lee-Anne Walker, Elk River Alliance (ERA) Executive Director. Forty-four participants joined the Dialogue representing Elk Valley local governments, Ktunaxa Nation council, forest and mining industry, Fernie Nature Club, Wildsight Elk Valley branch, paddlers, service clubs, • Affidavits

fishers, and community water champions. They all waded into the current trend of community participation in water decision making. “At the end of the day a majority of the 44 folks agreed to take the next step forward: to work together to map out a watershed plan and decision-making water council,” said Walker. In response to this direction, ERA is co-hosting the October 3 Elk River Watershed Planning and Governance Workshop with Steve Litke, Senior Program Manager for the Fraser Basin Council and coordinator of ‘Rethinking Our Water Ways: A Guide to Water and Watershed Planning for BC Communities in the Face of Climate Change and Other Challenges.’ P.O. Box 1886 114 Centennial Square Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0

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Participants will learn more about community participation in decisionmaking that ensures ecological health and function as well as a robust economy in the Elk River watershed. Litke will share a range of experiences in shared water governance models and suggestions for a community driven watershed planning process and governance entity. “The Elk River is a dynamic system, and in this time of constrained government resources and pressure of increased growth and human demands, the Elk is showing signs of stress. We all depend on this river; it’s the lifeblood of our communities and is a valuable contributor to our economy. Everyone has a role to play in deciding

The organizers of the 2012 Joe Varosi Slow Pitch Challenge are happy to announce that the event raised over $3,100 for the Canadian Cancer Society. We would like to thank the following: For donations and door prizes: Fernie Overwaitea Snow Valley Sand & Gravel Fernie Brewing Company Fernie Floor & Wall Coverings Parastone Developments The Cat Rental Store The Tipple Liquor Store Jason & Donna Olesen Jordan Earl Contracting J. Rybachuk & Sons Graceland Builders Stuffco Contracting Elk River Mountain Homes

Teck Resources for the T-shirts and door prizes, Graham Chalmers & Marj Bax for their tireless work, Laurie Crockett for taking care of the Wanna Be's, Jim Paul for his huge donation of time and talent, and the Fernie Hotel & Pub for their outstanding generosity.

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its drinkable, fishable, and swimmable future,” said Walker. “We need a plan moving forward that will guide us on how to make better water decisions. “This watershed council could be a persuasive body where information about the Elk River’s key stressors and solutions to issues is shared. True collective action will happen when decision makers fulfill their role for areas in their control and demonstrate responsibility, accountability and transparency in stewardship of a healthy watershed,” said Walker. For more information and to register, please call Lee-Anne Walker at (250) 423-1682, or see

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Around the Valley Celebrate healthy rivers I 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.

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THIS WEEK Thursday, September 27

• 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. • Fernie Elks Lodge meeting – promoting and supporting community needs. Call 250-423-7536. • Red Cedar Book Club for grades 4 to 7 at Fernie Heritage Library 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. • Fernie Heritage Library after school program, ages 11 – 13, 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Interviews – with real characters from the community and wacky fake characters from our imaginations. Drop in, but some commitment to regular attendance is required.

Friday, September 28

• 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 • Fernie Heritage Library after school program, ages 9 to 12, 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Horrible Histories and Ancient Civilizations –Take a walk in the past and discover things much stranger than fiction. Preregister for this program.

Saturday, September 29

• Every Saturday meat draw and 50/50 draw at Sparwood Legion 4 to 6 p.m. • Fernie Legion meat draw 4 - 6 p.m. Fun and Entertaining. All welcome to join us. •Christ Church Anglican, Fernie, Fall Harvest Tea, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $5. Everyone welcome, come out and check the baking, preserves, sewing and much more.

Sunday, September 30

• Alcoholics Anonymous meet at 7.30 p.m. in Fernie Anglican Church. Call 250-423-2131 for details. • LDS Family Services women’s only support group for spouses of those struggling with all addictions. Anonymous call-in group meets every Sunday 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Call toll-free 1-877-453-7266 and enter meeting number ID 2977. • Sparwood Legion: Texas Hold’em poker tournaments every third Sunday at 7 p.m., limited seating, must register. For more information or to register for poker, call 250-4250081. Everyone welcome. • Elk River appreciation workshop at Christ Church Anglican, Fernie. To Register, call 250-423-6517 or email christchurchfernie@gmail. com • Potter’s Field Ministries featuring Micheal and Pam Rozell will be performing at Mountainside Church, 10 a.m. Everyone welcome! • Fernie Half Marathon


n honour of World and BC Rivers Day, the Elk River Alliance is hosting the Second Annual Swim Drink Fish Festival September 29 and 30 for community residents to learn more about the health of our water, aquatic species that depend on it and the importance of shoreline habitat. “At station 3 in James White Park, residents will learn about the Amazing Bat Project in the Elk Valley and help us paint bat boxes,” said Lee-Anne Walker, ERA Executive Director. “September 29 between 2 and 5 p.m. at the Elk River Rendezvous, people can walk, bike or paddle to three stations at the Annex Park, Coal Creek/ Elk River confluence and James White Park where handson activities and experts can answer questions about the health of the Elk River. “In the evening is the Our River Rocks Social to celebrate

the river and features River Reflections of Elk River inspired artwork.” Sunday, September 30 is the Great Elk River Shoreline Cleanup, cleaning up 40 km of the Elk River from Olsen Crossing to Elko. Register at the Annex Park at 2 p.m, adopt

a section, clean it up, and bring back your garbage. Food will be served to volunteers after the cleanup. “It takes a community to care for healthy water and leadership to inspire our direction,” said Walker.

Members of the Canyon River Raft team pitch in for the Elk River  Submitted photo

Monday, October 1

• 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 250-4237825 or • Sonrise Healing Rooms open for prayer, 1 to 3 p.m. at 1361 Eighth Avenue, Fernie.

Tuesday, October 2

• 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 425-6557 for more information. \• Fernie Heritage Library after school program, ages 6-9. 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Lego and Fairytales.

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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

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FALL PROGRAMS 250 Pine Avenue

Public Swim Times Monday through to Friday 6:30 am – 1:00 pm & 3:30 – 8:00 pm Saturdays & Sundays 2:00 – 8:00 pm Waterslide Monday to Friday 4:00 – 6:00 pm Saturday & Sunday 3:30 – 8:00 pm Starfish/Duck/Sea Turtle Parented Lessons 10:00 – 10:30 am 6:30 – 7:00 pm Aquatic Fitness Classes Active Fit Class Mon - Wed - Fri 8:30 - 9:15 am 10:30 - 11:15 am Gentle Fit Classes Tues - Thurs - Fri Bronze Medallion Sept. 28, 29, 30 Bronze Cross Oct. 19, 20, 21 WSI Course Oct. 25, 26, 27, 28 For more detailed information 250-423-4466 ext “0”

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We are updating our Official Community Plan and need everyone’s help to do it! WHEN? Thursday, October 4th, 5:00pm to 8:30pm

WHERE? Fernie Community Centre (901 6th Avenue)

WHAT? We’ve recently launched a project to update our Official Community Plan (OCP). Last revised in 2002, our OCP is one of Fernie’s most important planning documents. Not only does it guide all land use and development planning and decision making in Fernie, it also sets a long-term vision for our community and ensures that City departments are working together towards a common direction - a vital, thriving and sustainable Fernie we all want to call home.

Come learn about the Fernie OCP Update process. Help us identify the important community issues (and opportunities) our updated OCP should address. City of Fernie staff and consultants will be present to guide people through the interactive open house and answer questions. MORE INFO? For more information about this event email: Learn more about Fernie’s OCP update at – click on Official Community Plan Update.

World and BC Rivers Day 2012

The City of Fernie understands the importance and significance for the economic and recreational value of having a healthy run through our community.


In an effort to strive to encourage a greater awareness of the value of this resource for all our citizens we would like to honor World and BC Rivers Day (September 29-30, 2012) and encourage our citizens to promote stewardship of this precious resource.


The City of Fernie is now accepting applications for grant funding for the 2013 budget year. Any community groups or organizations that are interested in requesting grant funding from the City for the upcoming year and can demonstrate financial need are encouraged to submit an application. Application forms and guidelines for obtaining grant funding are available for pick-up at City Hall at 501–3rd Avenue and can also be found on our website at Completed applications can be faxed, mailed, emailed or dropped off at City Hall. The deadline for submission of completed application forms is Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Jim Hendricks Director of Financial and Computer Services Phone: (250) 423-6817 Fax: (250) 423-3034 Email:

Fernie Aquatic Centre Fall 2012 Swim Schedule September 2 to Dec 22, 2012






Public Swim 6:30 am to 1:00 pm 3:30 pm to 8:00 pm * At least one lane of the main pool is available during Public Swim for laps.* * During Public Swim times there may be shared use of the facilites due to organzied instructional programs.*

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No public swim times from1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Sat - Sun Public Swim 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Red Cross Swim Lessons Lessons Sets Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays From 9:30 am-10:00 am 10:00 am - 10:30 am 3:40 pm - 4:10 pm 4:15 pm - 4:45 pm Check for levels for each time slot 250 423 4466 ext 0

Water Fit Classes Active Fit

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Waterslide Hours Mon - Fri 4:00 - 6:00 pm Sat & Sun 3:30 -8:00 pm

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Tues/Thurs/Fri 10:30 to 11:15am

$2.50 Swim 7:30 to 8:00 pm Daily.



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d is tr i c t o f spa rwo o d Box 520, 136 Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0 Phone: 250.425.6271 | Fax: 250.425.7277 Email:


During Fire Prevention Week we are given the opportunity to tell all of our firefighters just how much they are appreciated by Council and residents of Sparwood. Sometimes they are taken for granted until we need them in an emergency and only then do we truly recognize the courage and strength they personify. We extend a heartfelt thanks to all of our skilled and qualified firefighters for their dedication, commitment to fire rescue, training, fire safety and education, and pay tribute to them during “FIRE PREVENTION WEEK”

For more information please visit our website or call 250.425.6271.

• Keep garbage in a secured shed or garage until pick up day. Never leave fish or meat remains outside or in your compost. Instead, put them in your freezer or a cold place until garbage day; • Cooking oil, grease, dairy products or fruit should never be left outside or put in your compost; • Try using lime to cut odour from your compost;

• If you have fruit trees, pick the fruit as it ripens and clean up windfalls immediately. Remove any unwanted fruit trees; and remember that • A fed bear is a dead bear – by ensuring that there are no attractants in our community the bears do not become habituated to human food sources. SPARWOOD LEISURE CENTRE   

250.425.0552    ‐   367 Pine Avenue  Facility Hours : Monday ‐ Friday   7:00 am ‐ 9:00pm  Saturday   1:00 pm ‐ 9:00 pm  Sunday   12:00 pm ‐ 7:00 pm 


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This map has been provided as general information only and is based on the District of Sparwood Firearm Regulation Bylaw No. 540. The full bylaw is available on our website at

It is that time of year again! Bears are bulking up for hibernation and eating as much food as possible. Bears have a very keen sense of smell and garbage or other food sources can easily attract bears to your property.

EARLY BIRD  SWIM  7:00 ‐10:00         

Garbage that is normally picked up on the Monday Will be picked up on Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Firearm means a device that propels a projectile by means of an explosion, compressed gas or spring and includes air guns, air rifles, air pistols, spring guns, longbows and crossbows.



There will be NO GARBAGE PICKUP ON THANKSGIVING DAY Monday, October 8, 2012

This map shows the area designated by bylaw where the discharge of a firearm is prohibited except as permitted by Firearm Regulation Bylaw No. 540.

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ON NOW AT YOUR BC CHEVROLET DEALERS. 1-800-GM-DRIVE. Chevrolet is a brand of General Motors of Canada. */†/‡/♦Offers apply to the purchase of a 2012 Silverado Ext (1SA) and 2012 Silverado Cheyenne Edition Ext (R7H) 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. †0% purchase financing offered on approved credit by Ally Financing Services for 72 months on new or 2012 Silverado Ext/Silverado Cheyenne Ext. 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 $138.89 for 72 months. Cost of borrowing is $0, total obligation is $10,000.00. ‡0.99% purchase financing offered on approved credit by Ally Financing Services for 84 months on new or 2012 Silverado Ext/2012 Silverado Cheyenne Ext. 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 $123.27 for 84 months. Cost of borrowing is $354.62, total obligation is $10,354.62. ♦$7,500 manufacturer to dealer delivery credit available on select 2012 Silverado Ext/2012 Silverado Cheyenne Ext (tax exclusive) for retail customers only. Other cash credits available on most models. tBased on GM Testing in accordance with approved Transport Canada test methods. Your actual fuel consumption may vary. +For more information visit ^ 5 year/160,000 km (whichever comes first) Powertrain Component warranty. Conditions and limitations apply. Based on most recent published competitive data available for 2012 Large Pickup segmentation. See dealer for details. ^^ Whichever comes first. Conditions and limitations apply. See dealer for details. ∞Based on current website competitive information at time of printing. ∆ $1,000 ‘GM Truck Owner Loyalty/Conquest Bonus’ incentive is a manufacturer to consumer incentive (tax inclusive). Example: $10,000 purchase price, after tax price is $11,200 ($10,000 plus $1,200 applicable taxes). After applying $1,000 bonus, after tax price is $10,200 ($880 reduced purchase price plus $120 applicable taxes), with the $1,000 credit being the $880 reduction from the purchase price and the $120 reduction in taxes which would have otherwise been payable on the full purchase price. $1,000 bonus is available only to customers who currently own a GM or Competitive Pickup Truck registered and insured (in Canada) in their name for the previous consecutive six months. The bonus may be applied towards the purchase/finance/lease of an eligible new 2012/2013 Model Year Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra, 2012 MY Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon delivered between September 1, 2012 and October 1, 2012. Only one (1) credit may be applied per eligible vehicle sale. Offer is transferable to a family member living within the same household (proof of address required). The $1000 credit includes HST/GST/QST/PST as applicable by province. Offer applies to new or demonstrator models. Dealer order or trade may be required. As part of the transaction, dealer may request documentation and may contact GM to verify eligibility. This offer may not be redeemed for cash. This offer may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives available on GM vehicles. See your local GM dealer for details. GM reserves the right to amend or terminate this offer and/or the program for any reason in whole or in part at any time without prior notice.

Time is running out to vote in the Fernie Community and Business Excellence Awards

By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff

here’s only a couple of weeks left to get your votes in for the 2012 Fernie Community and Business Excellence Awards. Nominations opened on September 4 and will close on October 9. There are eight categories in total to vote for, ensuring that a


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widespread range of individuals and businesses are recognised for their contributions to Fernie. The awards include citizen of the year, entrepreneur of the year, young entrepreneur of the year, outstanding customer service, Fernie business of the year, Chamber business excellence, new business of the year, and the community impact award. The nomination process is easy.



















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Simply pick up a nomination form, or download one from the Fernie Chamber of Commerce website. Make sure to tell the Chamber why you think the individual or business you’re voting for deserves recognition, and don’t forget to include the nominee’s involvement and contributions within the community. Nomination forms and boxes



are available at several locations around town, including The Arts Station, City Hall, the Fernie Heritage Library, the Fernie Museum and Info Centre, The Free Press office, and the Aquatic Centre. Once a form is complete, it can be returned by email, to, by fax, at 250-423-3811, or by mail, to 102 Highway 3, Fernie, B.C., V0B 1M5.














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The top three nominees in each category will be announced prior to this year’s awards dinner. The winner of each category will be announced at the dinner, which will be held on Thursday, October 25 at The Clubhouse Restaurant at the Fernie Golf and Country Club. Space at the dinner will be limited and reservations are required.


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Elkford appreciates volunteers

Ta r g e t e d I n i t i a t i v e f o r O l d e r W o r k e r s Job Skills Training Opportunity

By Jenna Jensen Contributor

Who is this for?

Participants must meet the following eligibility criteria: • Unemployed • Aged 55 – 64 (in some circumstances, unemployed workers aged 50 – 54 or 65 and up may also participate) • Be legally entitled to work in Canada • Require new or enhanced skills for successful integration into new employment • Live in an eligible community/region • Be ready and committed to returning to work

What will you get?

Participants may be eligible to receive: • Class-based skill development – including job searching and career planning • Funding to access training at local educational institutions/trainers • Income support for the duration of in-class training • Targeted wage subsidy for on-the-job training

When is it?

• Oct 16, 2012 to Feb 1, 2013 (14 weeks)

Funded by the Governments of Canada and British Columbia through the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers Elk Valley Area For more details, phone 250.423.4691 or 1.866.250.423.4691 or email


t was all fun and games during Elkford's Volunteer Appreciation Day. This event, which is a District supported event, has been typically ran by the Elkford Chamber, but this year, for the first time, it was ran and organised by the District of Elkford and its staff. Volunteers and their families celebrated at the Elkford Community Conference Centre with games and t-shirt prizes, a bouncy castle, music by DJ Jeff McRae and a barbecue with ice cream dessert. "We really wanted to include not only the volunteers, but their families as well," said Elkford Mayor Dean McKerracher. "When volunteers are out lending a hand, it takes time away from their families, that is why we really felt like this event should include everyone," he said. With fewer attendees than expected, Mayor McKerracher was able to chat with everyone who attended. He personally expressed his thanks to the volunteers and expressed his gratitude to all those that kept the numerous clubs and

groups running thanks to their dedicated efforts. "Elkford is really a volunteer based community. Volunteers run everything from the ski hill to the Lions Club. There is just a really great group of people who keep our community what it is today," he said. Gary Greezer has been volunteering with the Lions Club for 20 years, has also been

treasurer of the Wapiti Ski Hill Society and is also part of the 50+ Club. "Volunteers are in the background and sometimes go unnoticed. It is really nice to have an event like this. It makes us feel appreciated," he said. District of Elkford staff and council volunteered their time to make the event successful and fun for everyone.

Elkford Mayor Dean McKerracher presents longtime volunteer Gary Greezer with a t-shirt at Elkford’s Volunteer Appreciation Day.  Photo by J. Jensen

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

Concession Lease 2012-2013 The District of Elkford invites all interested individuals to submit proposals to operate the concession at the Elkford Recreation Centre for the 2012-2013 winter ice season. The concession lease requirements are: • District of Elkford Business License • Comply with Food Premises Regulations • Obtain the Operating Permit • Maintain a 7 day week operation (hours according to facility requirement) • Operation to start mid November 2012 dependent on ice usage and ending approximately March 10, 2013 The District of Elkford reserves the right to reject any or all proposals. Submit proposals by: October 12, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. local time to: District of Elkford PO Box 340, Elkford BC V0B 1H0 Fax: 250.865.4001 e-mail:

Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings • Oct. 9th • Oct. 22nd

Regular Council Meeting @ 6:00pm Regular Council Meeting @ 6:00pm

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

2013 Financial Assistance Grants The District of Elkford is now accepting applications for Financial Assistance Grant funding for the 2013 Budget Year. Any not-for-profit community groups or organizations that can demonstrate financial need and are interested in requesting financial assistance from the District for the year 2013, are encouraged to submit an application. The completed application and required documentation for the 2013 Financial Assistance Grants must be submitted by October 31, 2012. Information packages and application forms are available for pickup at the District Office, or on the website at

Let’s work together to keep Elkford Wild at heart

Bear Aware and the District of Elkford would like to urge residents and visitors to ensure they bear proof their properties and prevent conflict with bears. Please ensure that your properties are free of attractants such as garbage, dirty BBQ’s and bird feeders. Bears will typically feed on plants, berries and bugs; however, they are natural scavengers and will travel great distances to find food. There are currently several bears in town because they are able to readily access garbage from residential bins. These bears will be destroyed if this problem continues. PLEASE, do your part to help keep these bears safe and wild To report a bear sighting or problem, call 1.877.952.7277 “A fed bear is a dead bear”

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Hwy. 3 (250)423-3211 Featuring Healthy Vegetarian Dishes

Riders dominate home opener By Matt Laurin Contributor


IJHL hockey is back in the Elk Valley. After beginning the season with four-consecutive road games, the Fernie Ghostriders made their home debut on Saturday night - at the expense of the Golden Rockets. Riding the momentum of the home crowd, the Riders put on an offensive showcase in an 8 – 2 route over their division rivals. Fernie stumbled out of the gate, losing three out of their first four on the road, including a 4 – 1 loss against the Kimberley Dynamiters on Friday night. But if the homecoming is any indication of things to come, Fernie Memorial Arena will once again be one of the most feared barns in the Eddie Mountain Division. The Riders won 18 of 26 games on home

ice last season, and will look to add to this year’s total with back-to-back home games this weekend. Braeden Monk, who joined the Riders after spending the previous two seasons in Revelstoke, opened the scoring just over two minutes into the opening frame. With the Rockets serving an early penalty, Monk walked in from the point before sniping a blocker side wrist shot - one of his four points of the night. Less than four minutes later the Rockets powerplay answered back, when Brett DeFrias labeled a shot off the post before finding its way behind goaltender Chris Solecki. That was as close as things would come for Golden. Fernie took control with four goals in the second period, two coming off the stick of Brendan Burge. The 20-year-old forward

from Salmon Arm leads the team with an impressive 11 points in only five games this season. Derek Georgopoulos scored twice in the third frame, including a beautiful shorthanded goal, while R.T. Rice and newcomer Tyler Gonzales both added two assists. The Riders outshot the Rockets by an impressive 48 – 22 count, while going two for nine on the man-advantage. Fernie continues their home stand this weekend, when they host the Princeton Posse for the only time this season on Friday. On Saturday, the Riders welcome the Creston Valley Thunder Cats to town. Creston has won the last five regular season meetings between the division rivals. As always, the puck drops at 7:30 p.m. at Fernie Memorial Arena.

Derek Georgopoulos goes airborne before scoring a third period goal.

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Tips from the Conservation Officers

Section 9(1) of the BC Firearm Act

By Patricia Burley Conservation Officer


nder Section 9(1) of the Firearm Act of British Columbia it states that a person must not discharge, carry or have in the person's possession, in or on a motor vehicle, wagon, sleigh, aircraft, bicycle or other conveyance, a firearm containing live ammunition in its breech or in its magazine. For this section, "carry" means to store, or have in possession in an aircraft, boat, motor vehicle or motor vehicle trailer, whether or not the aircraft, boat or motor

vehicle is used as temporary or permanent living quarters. What this means to the hunter or camper is that they cannot have a firearm with ammunition in its breech or magazine while in or on conveyances such as an ATV, a pickup, aircraft, snowmobile or in a jet boat at any time. The only exception to this legislation is that a loaded firearm and subsequent discharge is allowed in a boat that is not under power, such as a jet boat drifting downstream with the motor turned off, a canoe on a lake under manual power, or a punt powered by an outboard with the motor inoperable and lifted out of the water. The Conservation Officer Service wishes to remind the public that if they witness or become aware of an environmental or Fish and Wildlife related infraction, to please report it by calling 1-877952-7277 (RAPP). Callers may remain anonymous if they wish and they may be eligible for a reward.

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About UBCM... with MLA Bill Bennett 1. The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) is an organization that has represented the interests of local governments in BC since 1905. The UBCM was formed to provide a common voice for local government and the annual convention continues to be the main forum for UBCM policy-making. It provides an opportunity for local governments of all sizes and from all areas of the province to come together, share their experiences and take a united position. 2. The Annual UBCM convention takes place this week, Sept. 24 – 28 in Victoria. Local governments from across the East Kootenay will have the opportunity to present their community’s highest priorities. As Minister responsible for Communities, I will have 64 meetings with local governments and deliver 10 speeches. 3. It will be a good, honest discussion with local government. Municipalities will quite understandably argue they need more money for roads, sewers, water and transit and I will be raising the issue of local government generally trying to keep their expenses down the way the province does. Bill Bennett MLA, Kootenay East

Island Lake Lodge Hunting Notification There is no hunting or off-road vehicle use on Island Lake Lodge lands out of respect for our lodge guests, and the safety of our staff working on the property and the environment. If you have any questions please contact the Island Lake office at 250-4233700. There are maps at the Island Lake office, 602A 2nd Avenue, Fernie indicating the boundaries of the property.

Please remember hunting and off-road vehicle use is prohibited on Island Lake Lodge property. This includes the power line that runs through our land.

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Seniors drop in centre reveals renovations By Jenna Jensen Contributor


ountless people trickled through the doors of the Sparwood seniors drop in centre during their open house and unveiling of the building’s renovations and upgrades. The project has been in the works since May and numerous hours of planning and construction have gone into it. With many donations and the Sparwood Seniors Society winning a $12,500 award from the East Kootenay Community Credit Union, the project was hugely supported by the community and all were excited to see the transformation. The seniors centre is not only used by seniors, many residents of Sparwood rent the space at a minimal fee for gatherings, parties and more, making this project a benefit to the entire community. Guests at the open house were all in awe and loved the new look. “We got everything we wanted done, and more," said Bunny Mercereau, president of the Sparwood Seniors Society. The building renovations included a revised entrance way and complete wheelchair accessibility, a 33 by 24 addition which will be primarily utilized as a games room, a complete kitchen upgrade and much more. Renovations have also increased the allowed building capacity from 73 to about 125 occupants. Sparwood Mayor Lois Halko and Councillor Margaret McKie were in attendance. "I can't believe the tremendous changes that have happened in less than a year. The community really responded well to this project," said Halko. "Everything is really nice, it will suit the seniors’ needs really well," commented McKie. Guests were treated to snacks, fruit, squares and punch. Draws took place during the event and live music was played by

seniors Bob Webb, Don Fisk and Phil Boytnick. The building was also fully decorated courtesy of Elk Valley Epic Party Planning and Rentals. "We really just want to thank everyone who believed in us, and supported this project. We want to encourage the younger seniors to come on out, and keep

alive what this seniors centre is all about," said Mercereau. Mercereau would also like to remind residents to come on out to the seniors centre on Mondays from 9 to noon as they are fundraising by selling fresh homemade baking and cooking.

Norma McDougall and Marjorie Templin stand in the new bright and sunny entrance way of the building.  Photo by J. Jensen


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The evolution of RiverCity Woodworks By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


iver City Woodworks has been building custom wood products

in Fernie since 1989. From cabinetry and moldings, to interior and exterior doors, if it’s made of wood, they can create it. “We’re a solid

wood company,” said owner, Willard Ripley. “Typically woodworking companies will do a lot of work in panels, like particle board or

MDF, panel products that sort of allow you to keep the price down. That’s really our focus that keeps us a little bit special, is that we’re making things from real wood.” Ripley has worked with wood in some capacity since he went to art and design school to study furniture making. A journeyman carpenter and journeyman cabinetmaker from New Brunswick, Ripley decided to start his business in Fernie for one reason. “It’s really all about the skiing,” he remarked. “I’ve always been involved in skiing and this is like a little mecca for skiing. Once I skied in Fernie I wanted to keep doing it.” When River City

originally started, they offered a wide range of woodworking services. “We used to build houses, and we used to do a lot of other things like wood flooring,” commented Ripley. “Over the years we’ve just focused more and more on the core skills of the business, what we’re good at, which is building cabinetry, making moldings and trim components for architectural woodwork, and building doors. We really do a lot of doors, that’s a major component.” He went on to say, “We’ve added on and bought machinery and just grown the business, and we sell all over, it’s not just Fernie. This business is too big to be supported

with what goes on in Fernie. So we sell all over the East and West Kootenays.” River City ships all over the country, and has sent their products to customers as far away as Japan. Their work can be spotted around the City of Fernie, so River City created the custom wood door to City

Hall, as well as new doors and windows for the Vogue Theatre. Located just off Highway 3 in Fernie’s industrial area, the door to River City Woodworks is always open for anyone to stop by and check out what’s going on in the shop.

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Golfers are evolving and so are the courses!

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he scene: you have an important shot to make! Breathe deeply, don’t hold your golf club too tightly, and take your swing with the same rhythm as usual. When done calmly, the result is much better.

Be patient, concentrate, and don’t be distracted! It sometimes happens that other players move or talk while you’re getting ready; if that’s the case, stop and begin your preparation again; this will cause them to be quiet and you’ll be able to concentrate better on your shot. Be honest! Don’t cheat, it’s not worth it: you may perhaps improve your score by two or three shots, but you will lose your reputation. And if you manage to win a tournament by cheating, the complaints will be even bigger, and your reputation will be tarnished for a long time, if not forever. Think positive! Regardless of the obstacle in front of you,

whether it’s an enormous sand pit, a lake, or something else, think instead about the green and visualize your ball landing close to the flag. The last thing your brain will remember is the green. It’s better to tell yourself... “my ball will be near the flag”, and not... “my ball better not go in the lake”. In the latter case, there’s a good chance it’ll end up there. Try and you’ll see. Forget your bad shots... There’s nothing more negative than thinking about the bad shot you just made; chase it from your mind. Force yourself to think only about what you’re going to do and you will have a better chance to make up for your mistake. Be curious... You have problems with certain aspects of your game? Watch the strong players, examine their techniques, and above all, don’t hesitate to ask for advice from the pro, who will surely know how to help you fix your problem. Your game can only get better.

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he driving range is where beginners learn the game, where average players perfect their strokes and where professionals correct their weaknesses. It is also where golfers should spend more time. Hitting balls is certainly less enjoyable than a round of golf on your favourite course in the company of friends. However, those baskets of practice balls are sure to be beneficial when playing your next round of golf.

to the right, into the woods to the left or the sand trap in front of them. It is important, therefore, to decide on a target. Players should also take the time to relax and to concentrate on each stroke. Hitting a basket of balls is not a race against time!

Good results on the driving range do not necessarily mean that you’ll knock off ten strokes from your score card during your next round of golf. If your practice session helped to improve just one aspect of your game, it’s very positive.

At the beginning of the season, be sure to practice first with your short irons. Choose a target and try and hit some balls within a radius of ten or twenty yards. Do the same exercise with your other irons. Also plan a few sessions with your woods. Because a driving range is wide and obstacle free, players do not have to worry about hitting their balls into the lake

strokes under par.

Good results on the driving range do not necessarily mean that you’ll knock off ten strokes from your score card during your next round of golf. If your practice session helped to improve just one aspect of your game, it’s very positive.

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Blackberry Wood take on The Royal By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


lackberry Wood is returning to Fernie on September 28 to get hips shaking at The Royal. The band has visited Fernie several times these past few years, kicking up a storm at The Royal, and has played in local festivals such as Canada Day celebrations in both Kaslo and Fernie, as well as Market Day and New Year’s Day in Nelson. This tour is part of a larger set of tours to celebrate the release of their new album,  Strong Man vs. Russian Bears. The third album to be released since the band's inception on January 1, 2005, Strong Man vs. Russian Bears  reflects the pure, raw energy

of their live show more than their previous albums. "We wanted to make something that people can take home from our shows and have it really remind them of what they saw. We're really proud of our live show, we really wanted to try and capture it," said Jenny Red, the band's saxophone player since 2010. With over 400 shows under their belt both in Canada and the United Kingdom and appearances at dozens of festivals including Glastonbury Festival in Glastonbury, England, Frostbite Festival in Whitehorse, Robson Valley Music Festival and Arts Wells Festival of all things art, Blackberry Wood has been kicking up a storm almost everywhere they go. "Making a party is our goal. We like for everybody to have fun," said Red.

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Local fabric artists will The tale of an unlikely friendship leave you spinning By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


heck out the works of local weavers, spinners and felters at The Arts Station over the next month. The exhibit and sale featuring the works of The Fernie Spinners and Weavers Guild starts on Thursday with an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. and runs until October 23. The Fernie Spinners and Weavers Guild is an enthusiastic and creative group of fibre artists. They work with wool, alpaca, cotton, silk and many other fibres, which are

spun, dyed, woven, knitted and felted. The Spinners and Weavers Guild has been a part of the artisan landscape of Fernie since the mid-1980’s and with the devotion of its members the Guild has remained a consistent presence at The Arts Station. Many of the participants in the exhibition have been or currently are professional spinners, weavers and felters; others simply are attracted to the challenge and excitement of this handicraft. The common bond though is all of the spinners and weavers love designing and creating art with

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natural fibres. Many of the guild members own their own woolly sheep, llamas, alpacas, angora goats and rabbits as well as yaks allowing them to not only spin their own fibres but contribute to the rearing of the fabric source as well, ensuring a beautiful, organic finished product. For their annual show, the Guild has chosen the theme, “Wool Gathering”, suggesting that daydreamy space where artists gather ideas and designs for their fibre projects. Do not miss this amazing display of local talent and spinning virtuosity!

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he Intouchables is one of the highest grossing nonEnglish language films of all time, and tells the story of the improbable friendship between Philippe, a wealthy quadriplegic and Driss, a young offender of Senegalese descent who is hired as his live-in caregiver. Philippe, a widower living in Paris with his teenage daughter, hires Driss, a recently released ex-con, because

of his brutal straightforwardness and lack of pity. Based on a true story the Intouchables is a well-executed and thoroughly enjoyable culture-clash comedy about a friendship that transcends the social and economic divide. The movie is in French, with English subtitles, and showing at The Vogue, Fernie at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 1. Tickets: Available at the door and online Members: $9/adult; $8/youth Standard: $10/adult; $9/youth

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Jaffray puts on a quacking good fair By Anthony Dransfeld Contributor


he Jaffray  Fall Fair does not traditionally keep attendance records. If they did they certainly would have set a record this past weekend. Their motto is ‘small

community, big heart,’ and it seemed like everyone in town was involved in some way with the Fall Fair. The Red Neck Car Rally kicked off the weekend on Friday night, and was won by the team of Travis, Missy, Amy and Jason. Saturday

All smiles at the Jaffray Fall Fair.

morning the Lady Lions put on a terrific breakfast at the Jaffray Hall with tasty pancakes, farmers sausage and eggs (and it was only $5.) The Farmers Market started  up at noon with 100 exhibitors. Flippin Crepes out

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of Kimberley was a very popular spot to eat,  Jiggles The Clown was a big hit with all of the children, the kids had lots of games and a neat inflatable  castle to slide in.  The crib tournament started at 1 p.m. in the Jaffray Hall. When the dust settled it was Serious Coin out of Baynes Lake (Herb Dilts and Doug Meldrum) losing out to Fanny Hall  933 to 931. Talk about close! The Slo Pitch ball tournament was won by Shake and Bake from Jaffray. Keaton Seymour of  Shake and Bake made a stupendous catch in centre field that drew applause from both teams and the bleacher fans. The raffle for

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a load of 200-yearold Larch logs from Tee Pee Mountain (donated by Clinton Lightburn) was a very popular ticket at the Jaffray Fall Fair. The draw is next month.  Results Boys 12-year-old running race:  Gage Pastiewick of Sparwood. Girls 12-plus running race: Nikita Pastiewick of Sparwood. Girls bike race: Sydney Fahselt of Jaffray.  Boys bike race: Omael Laforrest. Mens cycle race: First - Neil Johnson, Second Travis Fahselt, Third - Brian Theilan. Ladies cycle race: Krista Damstrom. Mens 6K run: First Jason Jones. Womens 6K run: Denise Damstrom.  Senior women winner: Karen Bergman. These events drew many competitors. The

Bench Show aggregate winner was Giselle Pierce, winning all categories. 210  people enjoyed the steak supper and dance put on down at the Jaffray Hall on Saturday night. The steaks were  marinated for 24-hours and were awesome. The duck races on Sunday afternoon drew 140 quackers to Sand Creek. After a perilous journey the winning

duck won $ 200, owned by Gail Hall of Jaffray. Second place went to Marla Jones who pocketed $100 for her duck “Daffy.” Many of the volunteers started out at 5 a.m. on Saturday and did not get to their beds until 2.30 a.m. Sunday morning after cleaning the Jaffray Hall and other chores. Well done Jaffray, you put on quite a party.

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Poker tournament raises over $5,000 for prostate cancer By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


ith roughly 60 competitors, and over $5,000 raised, the first annual Phil Edwards Memorial Poker Tournament was an overwhelming success. Taking place at Rosen Lake, Lance Edwards organised the event in an effort to honour his father, while raising money for prostate cancer at the same time. “This will be an annual poker tournament in my dad’s name,” said Edwards. “It was really, really cool, and awesome to have so many Fernie people come out. The winner was a really good friend of my dad’s.” Taking home the trophy and plaque was Don Siska. Coming in second, was another Fernie local, Julie McPhee. All of the proceeds will go to Prostate Cancer Canada. The second annual Phil Edwards Memorial Poker Tournament is being Lance Edwards (right) presents poker tournament winner Don Siska planned for next fall. with a plaque and trophy. Submitted photo

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Regional District of East Kootenay Bylaw 2386

Bylaw Amendment - Fernie Rural The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering an application by Bonnie Krog to amend the Elk Valley Zoning Bylaw. If approved, the amendment will amend the zoning designation of the subject property to accommodate a two lot subdivision. The subject property is located 0.4 kms south of the City of Fernie on Cokato Road as shown on the attached map. Bylaw No. 2386 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Elk Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 829, 1990 – Amendment Bylaw No. 61, 2012 (Cokato Road / Krog)” will amend the designation of Lot 75, District Lot 4589, Kootenay District, Plan 1299 from RR-2, Rural Residential (Small Holding) Zone to RR-1, Rural Residential (Estate) Zone. A public hearing will be held at: Fernie Family Centre 521 - 4th Ave Fernie, BC Monday, October 1, 2012 at 7:00 pm The Board has delegated the holding of this hearing to the Directors for Electoral Area A and the City of Fernie. If you believe that your interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaw, you may prior to the hearing: • inspect the Bylaw and supporting information at the RDEK office in Cranbrook from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays; • mail, fax or email written submissions to the addresses/numbers shown below; or • present written and/or verbal submissions at the hearing. Submissions cannot be accepted after the public hearing. All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This notice is not an interpretation of the Bylaw. For more information, contact Tracy Van de Wiel, Planning Technician, at 250-489-0306, toll free at 1-888-478-7335, or email

PUBliC MEETinG West Fernie Dike Project Tuesday, October 2, 2012 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Royal Canadian Legion Branch #36 551 First Avenue, Fernie For more information, please contact Brian Funke at or 250-489-2791.

Elkford TransfEr sTaTion Winter Hours Begin Soon Effective Monday, October 1, 2012 the Elkford Transfer Station will be open as follows: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays



10:00am-5:00pm Closed Sundays and all Statutory Holidays These winter hours will be in effect October 1 - April 1, 2013. Contact the RDEK for more information.

fUrry rEMindEr Take a photo and submit it to to get it published and enter to win 2 free Ghostrider home game passes. Contact The Free Press and we will pick up your cash donations.

It’s that time of year again when bears will start fattening up for winter and that means they’ll be in search of food. The RDEK reminds you to dispose of your garbage properly and clean up fruit trees by removing hanging and fallen fruit. For other bear-proofing tips, visit

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CBAL helps hundreds of adult literacy learners in the region Submitted


very year throughout the Columbia Basin and Boundary regions, hundreds of our citizens work with literacy instructors and tutors to improve their reading, writing, math, English language and computer skills. These adults are seeking out CBAL (the Columbia Basin and Boundary not-forprofit literacy organisation) programs to improve their skills, knowledge and ability so they can participate more fully in their lives and communities. The program benefits and the learners' commitment are having a positive impact in towns and villages in our regions. "We work closely with libraries, schools, colleges, businesses, and other community partners to develop, promote and deliver adult literacy and learning services," said Ali Wassing, CBAL Executive Director. "The Canadian Council on Learning reported that 60 per cent of Canadians do not have the necessary literacy skills to manage their health adequately. We know the health benefits individuals and communities gain when a commitment is made to life-long learning." The Adult Literacy and Life Skills international survey

found approximately 40 per cent of Canadians need greater knowledge and skills to effectively find and use basic written information for daily work and living tasks. "Research shows us the need for increased adult literacy," said Betty Knight, CBAL Regional Program Manager, East Kootenay. "We see the effects on individuals, families and communities, and are committed to helping people change their lives through small group classes, one-to-one tutoring and services at our centres." "Our learners gain muchneeded skills in reading, writing and speaking English," said Linda Steward, Creston Community Literacy Coordinator. "They also find friendship and emotional support to combat the isolation immigrants experience. It is so rewarding to see them start with little or no English and, within a few years, be working, joining community organisations, and settling into a happy full life in our valley." Selkirk College works with CBAL and the Kootenay Family Place in Castlegar to bring high school upgrading courses to parents. "This program is such a pleasure to be part of," said Allison Alder, Chair, School of Academic Upgrading and Development, Selkirk College.

"While instructors help parents brush up on math, learn a new biology concept or polish their writing skills, they can relax knowing their children are cared for nearby. Bringing learning opportunities to people, where and when they are comfortable, is community learning at its finest." “The program gave me an opportunity to complete my schooling by providing excellent childcare, career counselling and an awesome tutor. But most importantly, I received positive encouragement to follow through with my career plans,” said Charity Barbour, a past ABE program participant. In Cranbrook, CBAL partners with College of the Rockies to offer the Young Parent Education Program. Young parents, who face multiple barriers, can complete their high school education, and, focus on learning new life, work and parenting skills. "Learners make new and sustaining friendships, support each other, and, with improved self-esteem, are empowered to move on to vocational, academic or employment opportunities when they graduate," said Katherine Hough, Cranbrook Community Literacy Coordinator. Literacy statistics affecting our communities: 26 per cent of Canadians with the lowest literacy skill levels are

unemployed. 80 per cent of those with low literacy skills earn less than $27,000 a year. 33 per cent of employers report challenges because some staff need better literacy skills. On Thursday, October 11 support literacy in your community by taking part in

Black Press and CBAL's ReachA-Reader campaign. Buy your local newspaper from a volunteer who will be out in the town. All proceeds raised will go to support literacy programs in your community. By learning together, we will grow strong together.

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Fernie Alpine Resort’s annual Summer Community Day barbecue proceeds were donated to the Fernie Mountain Bike Club. This year’s barbecue raised $250. Pictured is Thomas Dunn (FMBC) and Karen Pepper (FAR). Submitted photo

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The Free Press and the Basin for Literacy The The Fernie Ghostriders, TheColumbia Free Press andAlliance the Columbia Basinare Alliance partnering on a great new event for Fernie. for Literacy are partnering on a great new event for Fernie.

On Thursday, October 6, some of Fernie’s highest profile people will be out on the On Thursday, 11 asking the Fernie Ghostriders, CBAL and the The Free Press in staff street with our October newspaper for donations to help support literacy initiatives will community. be out on the street with ourdonation newspaper asking help support our Along with your we will givefor youdonations a copy of to your community literacy initiatives in our community. newspaper for FREE (plus there might be a few extra promos to go along with that).

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Lots of activities planned for Elk Valley Air Cadets squadron By S. L. Furedi Submitted


he Elk Valley Air Cadets are back from summer camp and ready to start a new year of exciting activities. Unlike many teen sports or groups, this one comes at little cost to parents, says Captain Murray Clow. “Uniforms are provided, trips and camp-outs are free and there’s a lot of great opportunities for those who join up,” he said. First aid, drill, range, band and gliding are some of the many skills teens can learn in the cadets, said Clow. They also focus on community involvement, civic responsibility and leadership

skills. As part of their activities, cadets take tours of museums and air force and military bases and fun nights include swimming and bowling parties or sports nights. “This is not a pre-enlistment program for the Canadian Armed Forces,” said Clow. “In fact, only one per cent of cadets go on to join the regular forces. This is a great way for teens to learn skills and enjoy activities they would never ordinarily get the chance to be involved in.” The cadets are seen at many community events throughout the year, including cenotaph duty and parade for Remembrance Day ceremonies, helping with

Canada Day, and riding the legion float in the Coal Miner Days parade. Their distinctive blue uniforms, and obvious pride in these activities, make them very visible in the community, said Clow. “They’re a great group of young people. And it’s amazing how we see them grow, through cadets, to becoming young adults anyone would be proud of.” Through the cadet corps, teens can go to cadet camps during the summer and be paid for their attendance. Also, cadet officer training and experience count towards high school credits. Ben Doratty, a sergeant with the Elk Valley squadron, attended

Advanced Aviation at the Royal Gliding School (Pacific) at the Canadian Forces base in Comox. “The course I attended was a senior camp for cadets with an interest in aviation that was three weeks long,” he said. “At Comox, we learned Ground School; that teaches things such as theory of flight, meteorology, navigation etc. We took tours of the active forces squadrons and buildings that are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.” “One of the most important things of this camp was not the friends, or the pay cheques, but the knowledge I learned that will hopefully send me to the glider scholarship next year. Overall it

was a great course and a great summer.” Sgt. Matthew Wasiewicz spent two weeks in Cold Lake at Survival Instructor Camp. “Going to camp is a worthwhile experience every year,” he said, even “skinning the rabbits was a great experience in both learning and training.” Enrolment in cadets is open to anyone ages 12 to 18 in Fernie, Hosmer, Sparwood or Elkford. Meetings are Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Sparwood Eagles Hall. For more information contact Clow at 250425-6448, or Parent Sponsoring Committee Chair Yvette Doratty at 250-425-9443.

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Bootcamp raises money for Special Olympic athlete By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


t was a workout, fundraiser, and a chance to meet Special Olympic skier Philip Mullen. Sparwood’s Living Fit Studio hosted a bootcamp September 13 in an effort to raise funds for Mullen and his family, as they prepare to head to South Korea in February for the Special Olympic Games. A skier with the Special Olympics since he was

just nine years old, Mullen is working with personal trainer, Rosa Gilmar, at Living Fit Studio to train for the 2013 games. Gilmar put on the fundraiser as a way to give people of all fitness levels the chance to meet, and work out with Mullen. All that was required was a $20 donation that will go towards travel expenses for Mullen’s parents. “I think it went really well. The numbers that we had expected showed up, and I was pleased that the weather

was really on our side. I’m really thankful for all the help that I had. There were a few girls that really helped out, and of course I’m thankful for all the support from the community,” said Gilmar. “It wasn’t just our community, there were people from Fernie and Elkford as well. It was really awesome to see that. I think it’s really cool that we can all be united in these smaller communities.” The donations added up to a total of $780, which Gilmar said is a good start to helping

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Mullen’s parents take the trip to South Korea with their son. Gilmar commented, “Over all, I was thrilled. Everyone was very generous, and I think it gave people a little taste of how we train.” Mullen will continue to train three times a week with Gilmar as he gets ready for the upcoming games. Anyone interested in donating to Mullen and his family can stop by Living Fit Studio to drop off a contribution of any amount.

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Bear Corner

Publishes October 11, 2012

Bear sightings this week By Kathy Murray Elk Valley Bear Aware


arbage cans (even empty ones) and apples continue to draw bears into Elk Valley communities. Yes, even empty garbage cans must be locked up between collection days. A garbage can (whether empty or full) is a visual cue for a bear to come and investigate. There have been an increasing number of bears breaking into B.C. homes. It all starts with garbage on the deck, under the carport, in the backyard or by a doorway and can escalate to bears walking right into your house! Bear Aware has been delivering reminders to

residents about securing attractants. Thank you to residents who have taken time out of their day to bearproof their properties and encourage and help neighbours, family and friends to participate as well. Talk to your neighbours, by working together we will all benefit from a safer and cleaner community, so will the bears.


• Bears have been reported at IDES, the golf course, Ridgemont Avenue and Lane, Mt Klaeur, Mt Minton, Mt Ingram, Second, Third and Sixth Avenue downtown and Eighth,10th and 11th Avenue in the Annex and throughout West Fernie.


• Grizzly bear reported by Highway 43

Elkford • Bears reported accessing garbage and bluff charging people on Almond St, Alpine Way and Carling Place. So far this year, half a dozen bears have been destroyed in Fernie, two destroyed and two white bears relocated in Elkford and another two destroyed in Sparwood since the spring. We still have bears accessing garbage and apples all over the Elk Valley. Lock up garbage, pick your fruit trees, feed pets indoors, manage your compost and bears will move on.

Please report all bear sightings and incidents to the Ministry of Environment 24-hour hotline at 1-877-9527277. For more information, updated bear activity and bear safety please visit bearaware. and elkvalleybearaware. or visit us on Facebook.

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Research online prior to store purchase? Make online purchases?

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CLARKE: September 24, 1937 – September 11, 2012 (74 years young) Jack E. Clarke was born September 24, 1937 in Fernie to John (Jack) and Helen (Hark) CLARKE. Most of his childhood was spent in Fernie but he also lived in Trail, Cranbrook, Crowsnest and Grasmere. He had so many happy memories and stories about his adventures and exploits with his mom and dad, young friends and cousins. When he was 11 years old, his sister Marilyn arrived, and she adored her big brother with his big smile and the mischievous twinkle in his eyes. Jack loved to catch a ride with the “mail lady” to Grasmere to help out on his Grandma Hark and Uncle Tony’s farm. This is where his interest and love of horses originated and continued throughout his life. He attended school (sometimes) in Fernie, until grade 8 when he left school to work for the Department of Highways as a scaler and weighmaster. In 1956 Jack married his forever best friend and the love of his life, Frances Smith. Over the next ten years they enjoyed the arrival of their five children, son Jackie, and daughters Debbie, Shelly, Kim and Susan. During the years Jack worked as a logging and lumber truck driver at Gold Creek, Newgate, Elko, Fernie and Galloway. He also drove low-bed, freight, fuel, gravel and various highway trucks around Western Canada and the USA. He loved truck driving and it was the life he chose. He has probably driven and had intimate knowledge of most roads in the East and West Kootenays and as far North as Grande Prairie and Slave Lake. Jack Clarke still holds the record for hauling the heaviest load of logs into the Elko Mill. He also hauled the highest load in to Galloway where he tore down the 24’ power lines at Bull River! Jack had enough stories to fill volumes about his trucking experiences. In spare time Jack and Frances operated Wigwam River Guide and Outfitters. He was the first guide and outfitter on the Wigwam River territory. With the help of his dad and son, he built a huge larch lodge, guest cabins, hay barn and corrals. It is still the original lodge that stands today. The family then built the FJ Whippletree Ranch at Morrissey, clearing the land, building a home, bunkhouse and extra-large barn. Over the years they raised everything from chickens and turkeys to pigs and calves and also a few rabbits that multiplied to about 200 and they had to be relocated! They also raised mules and horses, including draft horses. The family became good team drivers and never missed a Sandpoint Draft Horse Show. Jack remembered the names, traits and personalities of every horse he ever rode or encountered and he took great pride and joy in sharing his love and knowledge of horses with his children and others. He was always very partial to his Appaloosas. He rebuilt wagons, sleighs and horse-drawn farm equipment for use on their ranch. He also used the wagons and sleighs for hayrides at Morrissey and the Ski Hill. Jack and his family were active members of the Snow Valley Wranglers and enjoyed participating in gymkhanas, pot-luck dinners and dances. They hosted many trail rides in the back country and to his cabin in the Wigwam. Jack was a cowboy at heart and was at home sitting around a campfire or riding his horse. He also liked to do a little fishing in his “other” spare time and caught Dollys in the Wigwam and the Flathead. His best fishing was in Likely, BC with his dad and son. The three Jacks caught more fish than a low-bed could haul! The family have very fond memories of the time that Jack rented a motorhome and they

travelled to Disneyland and points south where Jack could show his kids the “western” history of the U.S. Jack found that he loved roaming around in the motorhome and so when he retired they bought one. Jack and Frances were free spirits travelling to the Okanagan, California, Nevada, Arizona and Mexico. For a while they lived in the Baines Lake area but soon moved back to his stomping grounds in Fernie. Jack was lucky to be spoiled by the women in his family! His mother, sister, wife and daughters thought “he walked on water” and ironically his initials were J.C. Jack loved his family and was proud of them. He had a genuine interest in their lives and activities. His grandkids were very special to him. He never missed a family gathering and was always looking forward to the next one, where he would “tell more stories”. There will never be another you. Jack lost many people in his lifetime that he missed dearly but the tragic loss of his son Jack Jr. in 2010 was a devastating blow to him and his family. Probably one of Jack’s best remembered attributes was his enthusiastic ability to “tell a story”. He was an avid storyteller and historian and if there was anything you wanted to know from “way back when”, just ask Jack. He remembered so many interesting details about people that crossed his path or places he lived, or worked or visited. He had a knack for turning a difficult situation into a funny story. He always had a story to tell. Hopefully we will continue to tell his stories, keeping some of the “color and personality” he delivered with them. Jack had friends from many trails in life – childhood friends and cousins, fellow truckers, cowboy partners, snowbird travellers, coffee buddies, his Trinity Lodge neighbours, and his friends at dialysis. Jack seemed to remember everyone that he met along the way. He was always ready and willing to take a drive “somewhere” – maybe the coffee shop, Eureka, Blairmore, Kalispell, the Okanagan, the Flathead, Wigwam or “just a drive”. Jack loved life (and dogs, horses, trucks, Johnny Cash, John Wayne & western movies, friends and family) and tried to live it to the fullest right to the end. And, he “did it his way”. So, Jack Clarke, you were bigger than life, and your strong spirit will live in our hearts forever. “Who’s going to fill your boots?” Happy trails to you until we meet again. Jack was predeceased by his son Jackie, and his parents John (Jack) and Helen Clarke. Jack is survived by his loving family: wife Frances, sister Marilyn (Lorne) Earl, his daughters: Debbie (Dave) Warner, Shelly (Phil) Bradshaw, Kim (Cam) McDonald, and Susan (Gary) Dixon. His grandchildren: Erin, Marlee (Preston), Jamie, Lindsay (Chad), Cody (Staci), John Ross (Caitlin), Katie, Colter (Jan), Skye, Becka (Clint) and Clayton, great grandchildren: Lee, Lane, Aspen, Dylan, Kinslee, Benny, Ayla, and Kade as well as many special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.


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Zellstoff Celgar LP is North America’s newest and largest softwood Kraft pulp mill, located in Castlegar B.C. Celgar is part of Mercer International, which also owns and operates two world class softwood mills in Germany. All three mills continue to invest in their core assets and investigate new revenue streams in the emerging bio-economy to further improve their long term viability. About the Job t Responsible for Direct Charges (Materials) t Evaluation and selection of suppliers t Prepare comparison of bids and develop strategies to ensure economic efficiency t Set-up, monitor and expedite Purchase Orders t Develop relationships to our internal customers and preferred suppliers t Ensure compliance to, and involvement with our Purchasing Guidelines and Company Safety Program What we expect t Highly motivated, detail-oriented individual with good organization skills t A post-secondary certificate in purchasing, preferably SCMP or PMAC and minimum of three years of purchasing experience t A post-secondary degree in Mechanical Engineering would be an asset t Strong work ethics and negotiation skills t Knowledge of logistics t Team player who is able to relate / communicate well with people at all levels t Good computer skills, such as in MS Office. Skills in Avantis PRO, our ERP-system, would be an asset What you can expect t A collegial work environment with up to date technology t A collaborative team of professionals t A learning environment – we are working together to be the best t Affordable housing and incomparable family and recreational orientated lifestyle t A competitive pay, benefit, pension package and relocation assistance

For the discerning professional looking to make a difference, this is a rare opportunity! If you want to live in one of the most desirable places in Canada, then you will want to know more about Zellstoff Celgar! Go to Want to know about Castlegar & the Kootenays? Go to Think you can make a difference? Then send your resume to: by October 12th, 2012. We thank all applicants. Only those whose candidacy best suits our needs will be contacted. Working together to be the best for our communities, our environment… our future!


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Help Wanted An accounting controller (maternity leave) one year contract - we are looking for an individual with a very high level of integrity, honesty and accuracy. Responsibilities: Maintain an accurate record of day-to-day accounting and reporting, completion and submission of monthly financial statements, record and process payroll, retain accurate bank records and reconciliation, maintain accounts receivable and accounts payable, Qualifications and experience: a diploma or bachelors degree preferably in business, 3 plus years of experience in the accounting field, excellent computer skills, effectively able to review and analyze financial data, extremely organized, detail oriented and able to multi-task and management and supervision experience. Please email or fax resume to Julie Mac Phee fax 250-423-9291.

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(formerly Fernie Baptist Church) 1622 10th Avenue, Fernie 250-423-4112 New Summer Schedule: Sunday Service 9:30 am Contact Pastor Shawn Barden

ST. MICHAEL’S PARISH Centennial Square, Sparwood

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

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

cell 250-417-5016

Pastor David Morton cell 250-417-5017 or 1-866-426-7564


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Services: Sunday 10:30 am Wednesday Bible Study: 6:47 pm Everyone Welcome

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UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT A&W Fernie is seeking

FULL TIME & PART TIME Food Counter Attendant & Kitchen Helper For shift work including days, evenings, nights, weekends and split shifts. t Wages vary depending upon experience, performance & availability. $ 10.50 - $ 12.50/hour plus benefits for long term employees. t Training will be provided both on site and online. t We offer flexible hours and willing to work around with school activities. Apply in person with resume & reference at A&W Fernie or email your resume at

THE PARASTONE GROUP OF COMPANIES Position available – Bookkeeper/Financial Manager We are seeking candidates to fill a full-time bookkeeping/financial manager position of our group of companies consisting of construction, property development, commercial rental and property management activities in a range of corporations located and operating principally in the Fernie/Elk Valley region. Our accounting systems are both Simply Accounting and Timberline software based systems and therefore a demonstrated mastery of Simply Accounting and a history of working within other software platforms while performing bookkeeping and financial management services is required. The successful candidate will have the above stated skills and will have proven experience in full charge bookkeeping including general ledger, payroll, accounts receivable and accounts payable management. Experience in construction related industries would be a definite asset as well as experience with construction project accounting. Candidates should possess verifiable academic background including but limited to enrolment in a professional accounting course of studies or university/college accounting training. The position requires the successful candidate to provide data input through several corporate general ledgers, provide high level management of the various accounting systems and inter-corporate activity as well as provide high quality reporting and assistance to senior management. This position is available immediately and will include competitive remuneration and related benefits. Please forward written resumes to the following no later than September 30, 2012: Mr. Bruce Hryciuk FCGA Hryciuk Gallinger 203 – 1113 Baker Street Cranbrook, BC V1C 1A7 Fax: 250-489-1893 Email:

Pastor: Rev. R.G. (Ross) Powell


Sunday Worship & Children’s Ministry ...10:30 am Wed; Fellowship & Bible Study...7 pm Friday Youth Group...7 pm Pastor Dennis Williamson Ofce 250-423-4114 Res. 250-423-4102

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HOLY FAMILY PARISH 521 4th Avenue, Fernie

Parish Ofce 250-423-6127

Mass: Tues. & Wed. 9:00 am Saturday 5:00 pm Sunday 9:00 am Confessions: Before 5:00 pm Mass on Saturday or by appointment Father Bart Van Roijen

CHRIST CHURCH ANGLICAN 591 4th Avenue, Fernie

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Christ Church Anglican Fernie

Sunday Service

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Sunday Service & School 9:30 am BAS Wednesday Service

10:00 am

The Rev Trevor Freeman, Parish Priest

342 2nd Avenue


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AUTOMATED TANK Manufacturing Inc. is looking for Welders. Due to a huge expansion to our plant located in Kitscoty, Alberta, 20 km west of Lloydminster. We have openings for 10-3rd Year Apprentices or Journeyperson Welders. We offer best wage in industry. 3rd Year Apprentice $28-$30/hour, Journeyperson $32-$35/hour, higher with tank experience. Profit sharing bonus plus manufacturing bonus incentive. Full insurance package 100% paid by company. Good working environment. Join a winning team. Call Basil or Blaine at: (office)780-846-2231; (fax)780846-2241 or send resume to Keep your feet on the ground in a safe welding environment through inhole manufacturing process. No scaffolding or elevated work platform.

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Alfalfa, alfalfa mix or straight grass (small square bales) in Lister. Call Jay or Trish at 250428-9755

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Private Coin Collector Buying Collections, Accumulations, Olympic Gold & Silver Coins + Chad: 250-863-3082 in Town Wanted to buy older video camera, must take 8mm cassettes. 403-443-1164 (Golden area)

Real Estate FULLY furnished, 2 bdrm, 2 bathroom newer condo at Lake Windermere Pointe, outdoor pool, 2 hot tubs, exercise room in amenities building, 2 minute walk to beach, close to shopping, restaurants. One underground parking stall. No pets, non smoking unit. Call Sandi 403-888-5318. Email

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AT # 5 - 492 ARROW ROAD, INVERMERE, B.C. (by airport) Sat, September 29, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. SHARP! Complete liquidation of all showroom displays, appliances and interior decorating items as well as their office and lunch room fixtures and displays. All showroom items are new and were used for display only! Also up for sale are all shop contents, such as molding, side panels and cabinet doors, tools and misc. as well as 1 TCM forklift, 1992 Chevy 3500HD Cube Van and 1997 GMC 4WD pickup w/canopy. FOR COMPLETE LISTING AND PICTURES GO TO Sale conducted by HIGH COUNTRY AUCTIONS, Invermere, B.C., 250-341-5316. COMPLETE LIQUIDATION



AT # 5 - 492 ARROW ROAD, INVERMERE, B.C. (by airport) Sat, September 29, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. SHARP! Complete liquidation of all showroom displays, appliances and interior decorating items as well as their office and lunch room fixtures and displays. All showroom items are new and were used for display only! Also up for sale are all shop contents, such as molding, side panels and cabinet doors, tools and misc. as well as 1 TCM forklift, 1992 Chevy 3500HD Cube Van and 1997 GMC 4WD pickup w/canopy. FOR COMPLETE LISTING AND PICTURES GO TO Sale conducted by HIGH COUNTRY AUCTIONS, Invermere, B.C., 250-341-5316.

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and located two people left. Jacob and on confirmed to be misAt about 4 p.m. Anja Oosterwijk, the Tuesday, the Elk Valley sing couple. of a couple from Fort RCMP were notified The Oosterwijks were received to the hosMcleod who had radio transmission area in Bow transported been missing for from a remote pital to be evaluated. been River. A woman with a after becomthree days, have an European accent indicated Apparently, the two were found safe after sending ing stuck, that she and her husband’s able to locate a cabin with emergency call for help. stuck, and call Police and Search and car had become it out. a radio, and make the and they could not get after Rescue in the Elk Valley an for assistance. Shortly Her husband had once Alberta had been searching the transmission, and knee, but otherwise was deterarea extensively for the couple injured narrower a day they were OK. The transa police dog was after they left for a was very broken, mined, locate the stranded trip on Saturday morning mission details could able to and did not return. Their and no further A helicopter vehicle. not be ascertained. family and friends had area, them since they was dispatched to the Crime reports - Pages heard from 16, 24 and 30 By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff

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THE FREE PRESS Thursday, September 27, 2012

Avarie’s Happy Heart Scavenger Hunt

RCMP REPORT Saturday, September 1

• In Fernie at 4:19 p.m. a silver truck with B.C. plates was seen passing unsafely. • In Fernie at 4:28 p.m. there was a theft of artificial stone bricks from a residence. • In Elkford at 8:16 p.m. a loud party on Alder Street was reported.

Sunday, September 2

Bring your family for a walk and big scavenger hunt, starting/ending at Lion’s Park with BBQ and fun to follow! Please bring one camera/team. $50/Team of 5 Participants $10/Individual Participant Saturday, September 29th 1:00 pm Lion’s Park Contact Sarah Ryckman for pledge forms or inquiries 250-910-3930 “The Heart and Stroke Foundation is very close to our hearts because Avarie suffered a stroke at the time of birth. To celebrate her recovery Avarie and her family would like to invite you to join us to raise awareness and money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation” Avarie’s Mom Sarah

• In Fernie at 3:20 a.m. a loud party was reported. • In Fernie at 4:03 a.m. police were asked to assist B.C. ambulance with a patient. • In Sparwood at 8:50 a.m. police were required to keep the peace while belongings were retrieved. • In Fernie at 11:34 a.m. an erratic driver in a Ford long box pickup was driving all over the road. • In Fernie at 12:15 p.m. there was a report of a stolen utility trailer. • In Fernie at 3:44 p.m. an intoxicated woman was seen on

Don't Forget Fernie Rotary Weekly Meetings Wednesdays at 12:00 Noon at the

Park Place Lodge 742 Highway 3 • Fernie

- Crime in the Elk Valley

Railway Avenue. • In Fernie at 5:14 p.m. a group of intoxicated men were on the Fernie golf course and causing a disturbance. • In Fernie at 5:45 p.m. a 90-day driving prohibition was issued. • In Fernie at 6:16 p.m. an intoxicated man was seen on Pine Avenue. • In Sparwood at 6:21 p.m. a small black car was reported for driving erratically. • In Fernie at 6:57 p.m. threats were reported. • In Fernie at 8:09 p.m. a Dodge pickup was seen swerving and driving at excessive speeds. • In Fernie at 9:13 p.m. there was a domestic dispute. • In Fernie at 9:31 p.m. police attended to a wellbeing check. All was fine. • In Fernie at 9:30 p.m. there were several intoxicated people hanging around a liquor store. • In Fernie at 11:57 p.m. there was a loud party complaint on Timberline Crescent.

Monday, September 3

• In Fernie at 12:09 a.m. there was a fight at a liquor establishment. • In Sparwood at 1:52 a.m. an unwanted guest needed to be removed from a residence. • In Fernie at 1:51 a.m. police attended to a disturbance at a liquor establishment. • In Hosmer at 12:20 p.m. a missing person was reported. While police were making inquiries the subject was located

In Fernie at 4:27 a.m. a complainant reported his vehicle was spray painted overnight.

at 5:06 p.m. police received a call from a woman advising her husband sent a nonemergency transmittal from his SPOT device. The man was located and he had locked himself out of his vehicle leaving himself stranded. • In Elkford at 5:40 p.m. a black bear was seen on Fording Drive. • In Fernie at 6:45 p.m. a white Ford was seen speeding through a park. • In Fernie at 9:32 p.m. there was a false business alarm. • In Fernie at 9:32 p.m. a complainant reported a possible impaired driver. • In Galloway at 11:08 p.m. a vehicle hit a deer. No injuries were reported.

Tuesday, September 4

Wednesday, September 5

and all was fine. • In Elkford at 1:35 p.m. a caller requested police advice on a family matter. • In Fernie at 1:36 p.m. a lost cell phone was reported. • In Fernie at 1:43 a lost licence was reported. • In Fernie at 1:59 p.m. a bike was found.

Tuesday, September 4

• In Sparwood at 1:35 a.m. a silver Ford with B.C. plates was reported for swerving and speeding.

• In Fernie at 8:53 a.m. an abandoned vehicle was reported. • In Fernie at 8:55 a.m. there was a two-vehicle accident. No injuries were reported. • In Fernie at 8:56 a.m. a rock was thrown through a garage window. • In Fernie at 11:17 a.m. an erratic driver was seen in the high school parking lot. • In Elkford at 12:24 p.m. threats were reported. • In Elkford at 12:29 p.m. harassment was reported. • In Fernie at 1 p.m. a vicious dog was reported. • In Baynes Lake at 3:14 p.m. a vehicle hit a deer. No injuries were reported. • In Grasmere

• In Fernie at 5:52 a.m. a driver was passing on double solids and speeding. • In Elkford at 8:55 a.m. a wallet was found. • In Sparwood at 11:24 a.m. a wellbeing check was made when a business owner reported an employee had been missing for two days. Further investigations showed that the employee had cashed several business cheques worth thousands of dollars. This is now a fraud investigation. • In Sparwood at 1:59 p.m. a disturbance was reported. • In Baynes Lake at 3:27 p.m. a vicious dog was reported. • In Fernie at 4:45 p.m. a stolen licence plate was reported.

Continued on page 31


League curling begins the week of October 15! Semi-Annual General Meeting Oct 1st 7:00pm Curling Lounge Registration Oct 1, 2,3 7:00-9:00pm Curling Lounge Beginner Curling Clinic (2 days)* Oct 11 & 12 5:30-8:30pm Curling Rink * The club can supply equipment if needed, just show up! Contact Ken McHargue @ 250 865-7677 for more info

We have a league for everyone; Little Rookies, Ladies, Mens, Mixed and 4x4. Want to curl but don’t have a team? Call Marianne @ 250 865-2180 or come to Registration Night and we’ll help you find one!


- Crime in the Elk Valley Continued from page 30

• In Sparwood at 9:44 p.m. an individual with a shopping cart was walking along Highway 3.

Thursday, September 6

• In Fernie at 1:10 a.m. an assault was reported. • In Fernie at 9:14 a.m. there was a two-vehicle accident. No injuries were reported. • In Sparwood at 11:04 a.m. a complainant reported a tree had fallen onto a Hydro line. • In Elkford at 1:51 p.m. a Honda water pump and hose were stolen from a business. • In Fernie at 2:03 p.m. an irate person was at a local business. Police attendance was requested. • In Fernie at 3:04 p.m. a wallet was turned in. • In Hosmer at 5:28 p.m. vehicles were seen speeding through a construction zone. • In Sparwood at 7:58 p.m. harassment was reported. • In Fernie at 8:57 p.m. a complainant reported a large dog was on the loose. • In Fernie at 11:16 p.m. there was a fight outside a liquor establishment.

Friday, September 7

• In Fernie at 1:04 a.m. a possible impaired driver was reported. • In Fernie at 3:16 a.m. an assault was reported. • In Fernie at 11:11 a.m. there was a two-vehicle accident. No injuries were reported. • In Fernie at 2:10 p.m. police were requested to assist with a patient at the hospital. • In Sparwood at 3:17 p.m. an abandoned vehicle was reported. • In Galloway at 4:39 p.m. police were requested to keep the peace while belongings were retrieved. • In Elko at 6:12 p.m. a red semi was forcing drivers off the road. • In Sparwood at 6:16 p.m. a silver Mercedes with Alberta plates was passing on

double solid lines. • In Sparwood at 6:18 p.m. several motorbikes were travelling at excessive speeds. • In Elko at 9:32 p.m. a maroon car was driving very slowly and becoming a traffic hazard. • In Elkford at 9:53 p.m. there was a loud party complaint on Corbin Road. • In Elkford at 9:56 p.m. police were requested to keep the peace. • In Elkford at 10:57 p.m. a 90-day driving prohibition and a 30-day vehicle impoundment was issued. • In Sparwood at 10:55 p.m. a vehicle hit a bear. • In Sparwood at 11:33 p.m. a person was reported to be lying in a parking lot. When police arrived the individual was gone. • In Fernie at 11:55 p.m. a 90-day driving prohibition and a 30-day vehicle impoundment was issued.

Saturday, September 8

• In Sparwood at 2:43 a.m. there was a domestic dispute. • In Fernie at 2:56 a.m. a missing person was reported. The person was located safe and sound shortly after the call was made. • In Elkford at 7:34 a.m. there was a single vehicle in the ditch. No one was around the scene. • In Sparwood at 8:23 a.m. there was a breach of court ordered conditions. • In Fernie at 1 p.m. an older white car was seen speeding and passing unsafely. • In Fernie at 3:48 p.m. a man was refusing to leave a business. • In Fernie at 5:18 p.m. a missing person was reported. The subject had returned home safe and sound. • In Sparwood at 6:32 p.m. a group of intoxicated people were causing a disturbance at a restaurant. • In Sparwood at 8:50 p.m. a driver was reported for being possibly intoxicated.

THE FREE PRESS Thursday, September 27, 2012

Thank you for being part of the picture

Back Row L-R: Stephanie Selby (daughter - cancer supporter), Sue Selby (breast cancer survivor) Cranbrook, BC • Marsha Plant (cancer supporter), Julie Giles (breast cancer survivor), Judy Dickson (breast cancer supporter) Creston , BC • Elva Keiver (breast cancer survivor & supporter) Heather Morissette (breast cancer survivor & supporter) Kimberley, BC • Front Row L-R: Sheila Tutty (breast cancer survivor), Stuart Tutty (cancer supporter) Invermere, BC • Lisey Lalonde (breast cancer survivor), Jason Romani (husband - breast cancer supporter) Golden, BC • Evelyn Cutts (cancer survivor), Susan Schmitz (sister - breast cancer supporter Fernie, BC

... your “Clear View” made history The East Kootenay Foundation for Health’s “Clear View” goal was to raise $1 million to purchase a new Digital Stereotactic Mammography Unit for the East Kootenay Regional Hospital. The goal was to do it in two years but thanks to people, organizations, businesses, corporations and service clubs from throughout the East Kootenay you made history by making it happen one year ahead of schedule. The outpouring of support and financial donations means that the East Kootenay Regional Hospital and its Diagnostic Imaging Department has become a center of excellence in breast cancer screening.

cancer diagnosis have the best in breast cancer care available right here in the East Kootenays. East Kootenay Foundation for Health is proud of this accomplishment but it is you who made it happen.

Thank You!

The ability to triumph began with you and thanks to your overwhelming support, families and friends across the region who may be facing a breast

For further information or to make a donation please contact us at:

T: 1.877.489.6481

The new digital stereotactic mammography unit



THE FREE PRESS Thursday, September 27, 2012


presents the 2nd Annual...

Elk River

Swim, Drink, Fish Festival (part of BC and World Rivers Day)

Celebrate the healthy waters of the Elk River and demonstrate community care for this ribbon of life.

Saturday, September 29th “Elk River Rendezvous”

2 - 5pm. (Register 2pm at Annex Park) North Fernie Bridge to Riverside Fun for all ages. Show up with a boat to travel down the Elk River - a canoe, kayak or dory will do OR ride your bike/ walk the trails along the Elk River and visit 3 stations at Annex Park, Coal Creek confluence and James White Park. Discover more about Elk River water quality, aquatic critters and river riparian ecology with local experts.

“Our River Rocks” 6:30pm - Location TBA

Join us for dinner and a fun evening celebrating the Elk River at 6:30pm. Advance tickets available for $20 per person. Vegetarian and meat option available.

Sunday, September 30th “Great Elk River Shoreline Cleanup ” 2 - 4 pm - Meet at Annex Pond

Meet at Annex Park at 2pm. Teams will be formed and sent out to different sections for clean up. Gloves, bags and carpooling provided. Please wear work clothes and good footwear. Volunteer appreciation BBQ at 4pm. Prizes will be awarded for craziest found object, largest garbage item collected etc.

Sponsored by:

For More Information Contact: Lee-Anne Walker, ERA Executive Director (250) 423-3322 or drop by our office at 891 2nd Avenue in Fernie. Sponsored by the Elk River Alliance, a program of Wildsight Elk Valley Branch

The Free Press, September 27, 2012  

September 27, 2012 edition of the The Free Press

The Free Press, September 27, 2012  

September 27, 2012 edition of the The Free Press