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Excited kids packed the Vogue Theatre this weekend to catch matinee showings of Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups. For the full story and more photos, turn to page 2.

Photo by A. Treharne

Fernie sees reduction in alcohol related offences By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff

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Fernie Real Estate Magazine


lcohol related crimes and offences in the City of Fernie are on the decline. According to the Elk Valley RCMP’s third quarter report, there has been a 21 per cent decrease in Liquor Control Licensing Act occurrences since last year. During the months of July, August, and September, there were 30 alcohol related offences, in comparison to 38 offences during the same period in 2011. “Our provincial stats, par-

ticularly our Liquor Control Licensing Act stats, have seen a reduction,” stated Corporal Don Erichson with the Elk Valley RCMP. “It is significant because our biggest problem within the community relates to alcohol consumption and use in the downtown core, which is a function of the type of recreation based community we are.” The Elk Valley detachment has taken steps in the last few months in an effort to address the issue, including conducting regular bar walks in Fernie’s downtown area.

“Those bar walks have led to increased contacts with bar owners and managers, and they are slowly coming around to accept our expectations,” explained Erichson. “The amount of over-service that we’re seeing in the bars is coming down, which will directly reflect the decreases that we’ve seen in the liquor violations downtown.” The City of Fernie recently passed a Public Places Bylaw that regulates and prohibits public disturbances to discourage alcohol related offences and nuisances in the downtown streets. Specifically, the

bylaw prohibits fighting, public urination, and throwing objects. “We have seen an increase to date, we have written eight tickets, and we’re seeing a change in behavior after the bars close because of these types of things,” commented Erichson. “I’m very encouraged because we haven’t even got to the time of year when this bylaw is really going to be a necessary tool in our arsenal.” While the third quarter numbers reflect the effectiveness of the RCMP’s work to control alcohol related

problems within the community, Erichson noted there is one more deterrent that would make a big difference. “We have been unsuccessful in acquiring our cells, which is probably the biggest tool missing to address our problems,” he remarked. “Hopefully with the City’s help, and with sustained attempts by ourselves and upper management in the RCMP, we’re going to see those things change and we’re going to get that tool approved.”


THE FREE PRESS Thursday, November 29, 2012

Santa Pups is a hit with Fernie kids

Have a happy holiday season and remember those less fortunate

By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


All photos by A. Treharne

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he Vogue Theatre was packed with excited kids this weekend, as they all headed over to catch matinee showings of Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups. The movie was filmed in Fernie last year, and shows plenty of recognizable Fernie landmarks downtown, and on Cokato Road. The Vogue in Fernie decided to give Fernie kids a special treat, and get them into the Christmas spirit, by showing the movie on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The movie is set in a fictional town called Pinewood, and tells the tale of a town where people have lost their Christmas spirit. All ends well though, as the combined efforts of Mrs Claus, Santa’s head elf, two children and of course, the Santa Pups mean the townspeople rediscover the joy of Christmas.

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Shoppers take advantage of Fernie’s first Black Friday By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


t was a bargain lovers’ paradise in Fernie Friday, as local businesses offered some great deals as part of the community’s first Black Friday shopping event. Local businesses and the Fernie Chamber of Commerce came together to convince shoppers to stay local instead of heading across the Alberta or U.S. borders. Business owners said they had noticed more people than usual shopping Friday. "It was definitely a busy day for us," said Mark Gallup, owner of The Guide's Hut on Second Avenue. "We'll have to see what it looks like after the dust settles, but we have had a lot of interest. With all the hype about

Black Friday, people have been coming in to check out the deals and ended up buying stuff even if it's not on sale." Other businesses offered deals to shoppers. Odyssey owner, Yvonne Molle, said she saw an increase in business too. “The store was busier, and I think it was a great promotion,” she said. “The nationwide media buzz around Black Friday helped, but I think businesses should think about working together in this way more often. The high dollar and cross border shopping isn’t going to go away any time soon.” The only downside according to Molle is that people expect small businesses to keep offering deals after the sale finishes. “I had people coming in Monday asking for Black

Friday prices,” she said. “They wouldn’t do that in big stores, but they think it’s OK to ask in small businesses.” The Guide's Hut and Odyssey were just two of the Fernie outlets taking part in the event. Barkside Pets, The Guide’s Hut, Carosella, Green Petal, Freyja Lifestyle Fashion, Heaven Boutique, Boardstiff, Gear Hub, and Ghostrider Trading Company also offered Black Friday deals. Also joining in on the sale action was Loaf Bakery, Fernie Brewing Company, and The Free Press. With such a close proximity to the border and the ease of online shopping, the shop local theme is becoming more and more relevant in the City of Fernie.

Host an International Student! Add an international flavour to your home starting this February by hosting an international student studying at Fernie Secondary School. Most new students come from Germany, Brazil and Japan and will stay for one semester until June. Host families receive a tax-free allowance each month per student, and weekend/vacation coverage is available. Placements for February are arranged in December. For an information package, please contact Kim Hopkins at (250) 423-3191 or

What about Hosting 2 Students? Placements of two international students from different countries are very successful. We invite empty-nester parents or any family to consider a double placement.

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Christmas gets started in Sparwood By Jenna Jensen Contributor


esidents of Sparwood prepared for the holiday season with an afternoon full of events last week. With kids of all ages excitedly anticipating their visit with Santa, parents browsed the tables of several vendors who displayed their items in the Greenwood Mall during the Moonlight Madness Craft Sale on Thursday. At dark, residents gathered around Centennial Square for the annual tree lighting.

Danielle Degagne and her mom Sabrina take a seat next to Santa.  Photo by J. Jensen

Maegan Senycz has her very first visit with Santa. 

Photo by J. Jensen

Carbon monoxide prevention Natural gas is used safely and reliably in homes across B.C. Regular inspection and maintenance is the best way to ensure peak performance of your natural gas appliances — and to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) in the home. Since CO is colourless and odourless, you can install a CO alarm for extra peace of mind.


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Fernie to receive funds in place of property taxes The B.C. government will give the City of Fernie a $2,823 grant. By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


he City of Fernie will be receiving $2,823 from the B.C. government in place of property taxes. Grants in lieu of property taxes are given out every November as a way of reimbursing communities for services that benefited government properties, such as municipally run roads, sewers, and fire protection. Minister of Citizens’ Services and Open Government, Ben Stewart, recently announced that the B.C. government is distributing a total of $16.9 million to 64 communities across the province. Fernie is one of a few Kootenay cities to obtain funds. Cranbrook will receive $28,704 and Creston will receive $14,179. The amounts paid are based on the municipality’s tax rate, as well as the assessed value of the properties. “Grants-in-lieu provide much-needed funding for local governments, allowing them to invest extra money into meaningful projects,” explained Ben Stewart, Minister of Citizens’ Services and Open

Government. “These funds can have a huge impact on communities throughout British Columbia because they help municipalities to continue providing services residents and businesses rely on.” The Municipal Aid Act states that a grant in lieu is payable on land owned by the provincial government, such as courthouses, provincial government offices, and ambulance stations. As schools and hospitals are exempt from paying municipal property taxes, a grant in lieu is not payable on these properties. Highways, forest, parks, or land under the control, administration, or management of a Crown corporation are also excluded from compensation. Fernie will distribute a portion of the funds to the Regional District of East Kootenay. Every municipality receiving a grant gives part of the total amount to its regional district, which will go towards local services. The B.C. government has given out over $190 million as grants in lieu since 2002.

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FAR plans to open on December 1 By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


t’s almost here. As long as the weather cooperates, the opening day of Fernie Alpine Ski Resort (FAR) will be Saturday, December 1. “Mother nature is hard at work,” said Matt Mosteller, VP of Marketing and Sales at Resorts of the Canadian Rockies. “We could absolutely use more snow, as always, but we’ve had some good snowfall and it’s looking like we’re still tentatively planning to open on December 1.” 2012/2013 is shaping up to be another big season at Fernie’s ski hill. As always, FAR is putting on an event almost every weekend, with one old favourite making a comeback this winter. “For the community, I think one of the biggest events that’s near and dear to our hearts is the return

of free ski,” said Mosteller. The Jeep Junior Free Ski tournament will be making a stop in Fernie from February 21 to the 24. Mosteller added, “It’s what I call the pinnacle of free ski events in Canada, the best of the best. It also features a lot of great athletes coming up from the States for it as well.” Fernie classics like the Dummy Downhill, Cardboard Derby, PPP and season-ender Fernival will be back for another year. Keeping the residents of Fernie in mind, FAR is also working on a few new events for the season. “We’re working hard to get a private showing, or a community launch of the Kokanee movie,” said Mosteller. The promotional Kokanee movie was filmed in Fernie earlier this year. In addition, with the help of community mem-

ber Dave Ellis, Ski-Cross Canada, and the Fernie Alpine Ski Team, FAR will host a ski-cross NOR-AM Cup in the spring. While the opening day has yet to be set in stone, the crew at the hill is hard at work getting ready for another season of skiing and boarding in Fernie. “We’re preparing the snow surface, we’re getting the slopes ready to open, and mother nature should come to the party at least a few more times to provide us with a bunch of cheer,” stated Mosteller. “The most important part of it all is the community of wonderful people sharing their passion for the mountains together that always makes the ski season so special in Fernie.” For updates on opening day and the snow conditions, visit www.skifernie. com.

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Turn On Bleeder Valves As per the District of Elkford Bylaw No. 428, residents must turn ON the bleeder valves in their residences from: October 1, 2012 to May 1, 2013 Please ensure that your valves are in working condition before you turn them on. Residents are reminded to conserve water and to only turn on their valves when the risk of utility freezing is apparent. It is the residents' responsibility to ensure that their systems do not freeze. Any thawing of lines will be at the homeowner's expense. For more information please call Public Works at 250.865.4025.

Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings •Dec. 3, Committee of the Whole Zoning Bylaw Review @ 6:00 pm •Dec. 10, Regular Council Meeting @ 6:00 pm •Dec. 17, Special Council Meeting @ 6:00 pm All Regular Council and Committee Meetings are held in the Council Chambers at 816 Michel Road and are open to the public.

Urban Wildlife Management Advisory Committee

The District of Elkford is currently accepting applications from interested individuals to volunteer to serve on the newly established Urban Wildlife Management Advisory Committee. Residents of the District of Elkford are eligible to serve on this Advisory Committee. Interested individuals are invited to download a Volunteer Application form from our website ( or request one at the District Municipal Office. Please submit applications to the District of Elkford Municipal Office or email them to Closing date for applications is November 30, 2012. For more information, please contact: Bernie Van Tighem Director, Fire Rescue & Emergency Services District of Elkford 816 Michel Rd, PO Box 340, Elkford BC, V0B 1H0 Phone: 250.865.4020

Parking Bylaw Council approved Bylaw No. 735, 2012, “A Bylaw to Amend District of Elkford Traffic and Streets Bylaw No. 425, 1994” at the November 13th Council Meeting. The District is unable to deliver the best level of service when vehicles are parked on highways, roadways or lanes. The District asks you to please park your vehicle(s) in your driveway, as empty roadways allow snow plows to do a better job and ensures room for sanding equipment to cover more space. To achieve efficiencies in snow removal and to reduce unequal windrow distribution while plowing, on-street parking will be prohibited from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm, November 1 to March 31. Parking on the street during snow plowing, snow removal, snow hauling, or sanding operations is prohibited. It is an offence to push, place or throw any snow or ice upon a highway or lane. The District of Elkford will be actively working with residents to inform and ensure compliance with this new bylaw, as the intent of these changes is to increase the efficiency of snow removal within the community.


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Good news for local businesses. According to a new Ipsos Reid poll conducted on behalf of RBC, the average Canadian expects to spend $1,182 on holiday purchases. Four in five (82 per cent) of Canadians plan on giving gifts to others this holiday season. British Columbians say they think they will spend more on gifts this year than they did last year. When people are loosening the purse strings in this way, it is a good sign that things are starting to recover economically. Fifty-six per cent of people say they will be using their credit cards to buy their presents. What the poll didn’t tell us is exactly where people plan to flex their plastic. While it’s good news for the Canadian economy that people are preparing to get out and spend more than last year on Christmas items, it’s not so good if they are planning on spending it out of country, or province. The lure of internet shopping, and the valley’s proximity to the US and Alberta borders makes it especially challenging for Elk Valley businesses to persuade people to shop locally for their presents. Black Friday in Fernie was a great success, and most businesses reported being much busier than usual, shoppers keen to snap up some bargains. It was a great example of how businesses can get together to promote themselves. Why just save it for once a year? Give customers the service they can’t get over the internet or at the big box stores. Offer locals discounts, give them advice, make them feel valued and they will come back. As Mark from The Guide’s Hut noted, people coming in to his store to check out the Black Friday deals ended up buying non-sale items. The key is getting people in the store in the first place. I hope local businesses will try extra hard to catch customers’ attention this holiday season, by offering deals, choice and great customer service. In return, customers, make the local businesses your first stop for Christmas shopping. Christmas shouldn’t be a time when the priority is getting the best bang for your buck. It’s not about the amount you spend, but the thought and time that goes into it. What Christmas presents do you remember receiving? The memorable ones are rarely the big electronic gifts bought from a big box store, but the ones that were more personal, and had thought put into them. On a more practical note, buying local means it makes things much easier if you have any problems with your purchase, or if the recipient wants an exchange. Who wants to wait two weeks to get an exchange from a company in Texas when you could just pop downtown in a few minutes?

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Letters to the Editor In support of Jumbo Living in Fernie for 35 years, I have witnessed a ski resort double in size, alpine cat-skiing operations expand, new cat-skiing operations added, and other wilderness attractions built; all in harmony with our coal mining industries and

Recycling? Bin there, done that! In response to the editorial in the November 8 issue on recycling, I live in Sparwood and here it is easy enough to do the right thing. It is one of the easiest programs I have come across. We have big yellow bins that list on the outside what can go in; this includes plastics 1-6, glass goes in the adjacent bin. Doesn’t even have to be

our environment. Today, Fernie has a strong local economy, has had positive growth in our local resident population, school enrolment has increased, and entrepreneurs have migrated to Fernie to start new businesses. There is a buoyant and healthy Main Street, arts community

and local shopping. Wildlife, including grizzlies, are regularly seen on our local hiking and mountain biking trails, and the fishing in our rivers remains excellent. High alpine resorts similar to Jumbo have been successful in European towns such as Zermatt or Hintertux, Austria for

over 100 years. Perhaps all the individuals who speak against investment should remember the phrase: ‘If you are not growing then you will perish’? The Jumbo project

returns for everything they sell (they have to be sorted and bagged according to size.) The liquor store gives returns for what they sell (must be returned in original boxes or flats.) Myself, I find it easiest to collect empties and donate them to the bottle drives around town. As people may or may not know, we have a reuse centre at the transfer station in Sparwood as well.

Michael Delich Fernie

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sorted, this is all done at the sorting facility. Southeast Disposal has info on their website on exactly what items can be put in the bins. The bins are located in spots where just about everyone in town has to drive or walk by every day. So really, there is no excuse not to do it. We don’t have a bottle depot in Sparwood but if you are diligent about sorting your empties, the Overwaitea gives

will benefit our entire Rocky Mountain region.

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The Free Press has donated over a quarter million dollars in sponsorship to non profit groups in the Elk Valley in 2011 and plan to do the same in 2012.

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Yes 12% No 88% This week’s poll question: Will you spend more this year on Christmas presents than last year?

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Great idea if you have household items in decent condition you no longer need, chances are someone else in town can make use of it, for free. So you really can recycle most things in Sparwood, aside from electronics, alkaline and cell phone batteries, which can be

taken to Fernie. I do agree that there needs to be more information provided to the public on these sorts of items, many things that are getting tossed can actually be recycled somewhere, but it needs to be made easy. Tracy Kaisner Sparwood

A face in the crowd

I am responding to the Steelworkers Union letter in your paper on November 15. Unions and union reps play an important role in the employeeemployer relationship, so I understand why Alex Hanson of the United Steelworkers would be concerned if he thought good jobs were going to Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW), rather than to available B.C. workers. I’d also understand if it made sense to train up British Columbians for these specific temporary

jobs. In fact, if that were the case, I’d be upset too. However, the facts show a different story: 1. The federal government decided to allow 200 TFWs into B.C. from China because underground coal mining has all but disappeared in Canada and there are no surplus qualified underground coal miners available. 2. Underground coal mining is extremely dangerous because of methane gas and coal dust. Surface coal mine workers and underground metal mine workers are generally not trained for this unique work

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and those who are trained, are already working. 3. The 200 Chinese underground coal miners are here for 4-6 months to take a bulk sample of coal for testing. If the coal proves to be of high quality, the company may choose to invest the hundreds of millions required to build an underground coal mine. 4. There will be no new mine and no new jobs for British Columbians, and no new training opportunities, unless the company makes the decision to build the first new Canadian

underground coal mine in decades and that decision will not be made UNLESS these temporary foreign workers take the bulk sample. 5. If the company chooses to spend the hundreds of millions to build an underground coal mine, it will take two years to construct, an adequate time for Canadian workers to be trained for the opportunities. 6. It makes no sense for the tax payer to invest in years of

The Free Press asks former employees to help us celebrate 115 years! By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


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he Free Press is one of the oldest businesses in the Elk Valley, and has employed hundreds of people over the years, from reporters, to carriers, to receptionists, to ad salespeople. Every employee has helped make The Free Press a newspaper they can be proud to have worked for.

We will be celebrating our 115th birthday this year, and are calling out to everyone who has ever worked here to come and be a part of a group photo to mark the occasion. Drop by The Free Press office on December 7 at 3 p.m. for a look around, refreshments, and a chat with current staff, and to be part of Free Press history.

training until we know there will be underground coal mines to work in. Only the NDP would start training for new mines that do not exist. I respect unions and union reps, but let's have these discussions about new jobs, business and skills training from a factual basis and keep the politics out of it.

Bill Bennett MLA, Kootenay East

Did You Know? 5 oz. (150ml) Glass of 12% Wine 1.5 oz. (50ml) 40% Alcohol 12 oz. (350ml) Can of 5% Beer All have the same amount of alcohol and are considered to be one standard drink. The rate at which alcohol is absorbed and eliminated from the body is affected by the following factors: Body Size (Height) Gender (Male or Female) Food Intake Amount of Alcohol Consumed Fatigue Emotions TIME: is the only thing that will help to sober someone. Drinking water does help to re-hydrate the body, but minimizing consumption is the best way to drink safely. Give yourself a break between drinks to avoid intoxication. No alcohol is best when you need to be alert and/or or have a mental or physical illness where alcohol could interfere with your health and safety. For more information visit East Kootenay Addiction Services Society has sponsored this column. The intent of this column is to provide information and to encourage healthy choices. Free, confidential services are available to anyone dealing with their own or someone else’s substance addiction or misuse. For more information contact 250-423-4423, 1-800-644-6144 or visit

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January 7th, 2013 - May 2, 2013 Sparwood Leisure Centre is now accepting registrations for Ballet or Jazz for classes beginning the week of January 7th, 2013.

January 17, 2013 February 28, 2013 THURSDAY, December 13th, 2012 Between December 22nd and Cost: $49.00 6:30 - 8:30 pm BALLET JAZZ December 30, 2012 there are Sparwood Leisure Centre is Sparwood Sec. High School Gym Ballet is the basis of all dance Jazz is fun and upbeat using the most limited ice times available to rent. now accepting registrations for Admission by donation forms and students will work on recent and popular music hits. Jazz Cost: $50.00 per hour plus HST Gymnastics beginning January 17, Mark your calendars, come out and development of good posture and self class combines stretching, aerobic Book your time soon to avoid 2013. applaud the accomplishments of the discipline while learning technique exercise, strength, and upbeat disappointment! Parent & Tot (5:00 - 5:30 pm) Sparwood Leisure Centre Children’s and musicality. Your young dancer movement to create fun exciting A special time for parents and tots Dance Program. We have children will develop grace, fitness and self- routines. (2 yrs and under) to come and try registered in the program from ages confidence through the creativity of Mondays, January 7th - April 29th 1st time gymnastics. Come out for two up to thirteen. Both Ballet and movement. 6-8 Year Old Jazz 5:45 - 6:15 pm the opportunity to learn gymnastics Jazz presentations will be featured for Tuesdays January 8th - April 30th 8-10 Year Old Jazz 6:15 - 7:00 pm with your child in an interactive and Thursdays: 9:30 11:00 pm the children’s first recital of the year. Registration: $117.00 for Monday Mommy & Me 1:00 - 1:30 pm educational setting. Don’t miss out on this drop in program. 3-4 Year Old 1:45 - 2:15 pm classes Bring your sticks and your gear and Preschool (3:45 - 4:15pm) The-4:00 District pleased announce the 5-7 Year Old 3:30 pm of Sparwood Melcer. “This brand to resonate with our most Tuesdays,isJanuary 8th to - April 30th enjoy someallows time onour the ice. First time gymnastics for preschoolers 6-8 Year Old 4:15 - 4:45 pm 3-4 Year Old Jazz 6:00 - 6:30 pm Cost: audience $5.50 or Active Living Pass launch of its new brand and identity. “We’re now without their parents. important first — our own community.” Wednesdays January 9th – May 1st 9-13 Year Old Jazz 5:00 - 5:45 pm Kindergarten to Grade 2 (4:15 - 5:00 4-5 Year Old 6:15 - 6:45positioned pm Wednesdays, January 9th - May 1st ideally to clearly and consistently share our pm) Registration: $135.00 for Tues or 5-7 Year Old Jazz 5:45 - 6:15 pm The initial results of the branding exercise a newgymnastics. Funinclude and interactive community’s story,”Thursdays said Terry Melcer, of Wed classes January 10th - The May District 2nd Grades 3 & Up (5:45 - 6:45 pm) Oct. 18, 2012 logo, new taglines, a community website, professional 3-4 Year Old Jazz Officer. 12:30 - 1:00 pm Sparwood’s Chief Administrative Fun and interactive gymnastics. December 13, 2012 Wednesday: 3:45 - 5:00 pm Registration: $135.00 for Tue, or images, posters, trade show materials, ads, and other Thursdays: 10:45 am 11:45 am Helmets and protective equipment Wed, or Thurs classes No charge, however registration required collateral, as well as recommendations on Unlike many community brands, Sparwood’s brand has informational is required. An active outing for Regular Skate Admission or ALP not been developed primarily to increase tourism or children aged 0-5 years. Ride on how to implement the brand as the community moves toys, push/pull toys, slides and attract destination visitors. Rather, its brand development Sept. 11, 2012 - May 14, 2013 forward and begins to proactively share its story. climbers. Parents are required to Tuesdays: 9:30 am - Noon supervise their children and help is to strengthen its distinctive characteristics, demonstrate Join us for Public Skating! Recreation Centre Hall - No Charge with clean-up of mats/equipment. and on Thursdays 7:00 “We’reTuesdays not intent strictlyfrom developing as a out tourism Come with your tot and enjoy a a desire to continue to develop economic diversity, and Please bring your own water to - 8:00 pm and most Sundays from class involving crafts, songs, parent drink. community,” sayspm. Melcer. “But we are intent on 3:00 - 4:45 to continue to provide a solid foundation to increase discussions, and play time for the kids!

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Around the Valley Vote Fernie as best ski 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. Banff Mountain Film Festival

Starting Friday, November 30 to Thursday, December 6

Rise of the Guardians

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THIS WEEK Thursday, November 29

• TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Thursday night, 6:15 -7:30 p.m. in the Salvation Army building. Call Isabel, 250-423-7043. • Every Thursday 6:30 p.m onwards – fun darts at Sparwood Legion.

Friday, November 30

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

Saturday, December 1

• Fernie Legion meat draw 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. 
Fun and Entertaining, All welcome to join us. • Every Saturday meat draw and 50/50 draw at Sparwood Legion 4 - 6 p.m.

Sunday, December 2

• Alcoholics Anonymous meet at 7.30 p.m. in Fernie Anglican Church. Call 250-423-2131 for details. • LDS Family Services women’s only support group for spouses of those struggling with all addictions. Anonymous call-in group meets every Sunday 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Call toll-free 1-877-453-7266 and enter meeting number ID 2977.

Monday, December 3

• Mahjong at Seniors Drop in centre, Fernie, every Monday at 7 p.m. • Dominoes at Seniors Drop in centre, Fernie, every Monday at 1 p.m. • Fernie Chamber Orchestra meets every Monday at 7 p.m. Musicians of all abilities are welcome. For more info call Yolaine at 250-423-7825 or • Sonrise Healing Rooms open for prayer, 1 to 3 p.m. at 1361 Eighth Avenue, Fernie.

Tuesday, December 4

• Crib / Whist alternate weeks, Seniors Drop In Centre, Fernie, 7.30 p.m. • Fernie Heritage Library storytime program - ages three-five: 11:15 a.m. – Noon • Fun, crafts and lunch anytime

between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Seniors Centre in Fernie. The kitchen at the Seniors Centre is open weekly from 9 a.m, to 2 p.m Monday through Thursday. Coffee or tea, sandwiches, soup and/or dessert can be purchased. General public welcome. • Fernie Options For Sexual Health Clinic: Open the first and third Tuesday of every month from 6.30 - 8.30 p.m. at Elk Valley District Hospital. Confidential drop-in clinic for comprehensive sexual health services include annual PAP exams, pregnancy testing and counselling, STI screening, subsidized birth control and education service. No appointment necessary. 250-4238274. • Fernie Caregivers meet at Fernie Library basement, 1-3 p.m. Call Kim Hopkins for more details 250-4233191. • East Kootenay Seniors caregivers network support meeting at Fernie Heritage Library, 1 p.m. All welcome.

town in North America online votes that pit one ski town against another. In Round 1, Fernie smashed Mammoth in California, picking up 1,188 votes compared to 571. Fernie now advances to the next round against Mad River Glen and Sugarbush in Vermont, pitting Canada’s west against America’s east. In the first round, Mad River Glen and Sugarbush defeated Ogden

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ernie is entering round two in the Powder Magazine Ski Town Throwdown competition this week, after beating Mammoth in the first round. The online competition will name the best ski town in North America based on a series of

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in Utah. The competition that started with 32 ski hills is down to 16 battling for the title. Vote for Fernie in the Ski Town Throwdown today (November 29) at facebook. com/powdermag. Find the competition by clicking on the “Fernie vs Mad River Glen/ Sugarbush” link in the page banner.



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• Alcoholics Anonymous meet at 7.30 p.m. in Fernie Anglican Church. Call 250-423-2131 for details. •Cribbage, Senior’s Drop In Centre, every Wednesday, 1 p.m. •Darts, Senior’s Drop In Centre, every Wednesday, 7 p.m. • Fernie Heritage Library storytime program. 11:15 a.m. – Noon • Sonrise Healing Rooms open for prayer, 7 to 9 p.m. at 1361 Eighth Avenue, Fernie.

Thursday, December 6

• TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Thursday night, 6:15 -7:30 p.m. in the Salvation Army building. Call Isabel, 250-423-7043. • Every Thursday 6:30 p.m. onwards – fun darts at Sparwood Legion. • Fernie Elks Lodge meeting – promoting and supporting community needs. Call 250-423-7536.

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• Cribbage at Senior Drop-In Centre, Fernie, every Friday 7:30 p.m. •Sparwood Legion open jam session at 7 p.m. • Jitney darts every Friday at Fernie Royal Canadian Legion, 7:30 p.m. Drop in and meet new people. All adults welcome. If you are interested phone the lounge at 250-423-6218 for details.


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Have your IT needs met at Isosceles By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


ounded by owner Ryan Doehle back when he was a student at Fernie Secondary School, Isosceles has been meeting the technology needs of the Elk Valley since 1996. “I started Isosceles actually during high school and then did it full time when I graduated,” said Ryan. “I didn’t want to live in the city and I wanted to do computer stuff. I wanted to work for myself instead of working somewhere else, so that was the drive to stay in a small town.” Over the years, Isosceles has managed to grow from a one-man operation to a regional IT service provider with several full time staff members. From web design and hosting, to security camera systems and backup services, Isosceles is more than just a computer store. “We’ve been going for growth, you have to expand beyond just selling and fixing computers,” commented

Ryan. “You have to wire the big buildings, you have to put wireless in them, you have to do the cameras, the automation. You have to expand into other areas of technology to keep growing, because computers are getting much simpler.” With the help of Ryan’s wife and co-owner Laurel, Isosceles is doing its best to give back to the community. “We’re part of the town, we take pride in our town,” remarked Laurel. “I think on every level I try to be a part of something, like skating, hockey, kid’s schooling. Anything that I can help out, that’s my goal, because we are part of the community.” Ryan added, “In a small town it’s nice because you know everyone, I like knowing everyone, but you definitely have to be very service oriented.” The couple is also working to keep the business all in the family. “Our kids are involved, they just finished doing a radio ad, and they have little business

cards that say ‘owner’ on them,” said Ryan. “One of the guys we work with in communications is my father, and some of our employees were high school friends, so we’re definitely family and community oriented. It’s a priority for us.” With Fernie beginning to fill up as ski season approaches, Ryan and Laurel are now gearing

up for their own busy season. “Basically when all the hotels fill up in the winter, when we hit busy, resort town status, we’re busy helping out with all their needs for computers, wireless, and cameras,” Laurel explained. For more information on Isosceles and its services, visit

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Please join us: Friday, December 7, 2012 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Presentation at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, December 8, 2012 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Presentation at 10:15 a.m. At Sparwood Senior Citizen’s Drop-In Centre, 101 - 4 Avenue (Next to Lilac Terrace)


OPERATOR III PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT DATE OF INTERNAL POSTING: November 22, 2012 Written or typed applications for this position must be filed with the undersigned no later than December 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm. NATURE OF POSITION: This is a Full Time position that performs duties as an Operator III. This position encompasses a variety of general and specific labour type duties related to the maintenance of the District of Sparwood’s fleet, infra-structure, buildings, roads, parks and other facilities, as well as operating equipment under the current Operator III designation. This employee may be engaged in anything from installation, maintenance and repairs of roads, sewer and water systems, sidewalks, parks, fields, gardens and equipment. This position receives general direction and varied levels of supervision from the Director of Operations or his designate. Responsible for efficient and effective operation and must assure own safety as well as the safety of others. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: • Valid Class III Drivers License or higher with Air Brakes Endorsement (provide abstract). • Physically capable of lifting heavy weights etc. • Equipment Experience on rubber tire loader, back-hoe, track loader, dump trucks, high pressure sewer cleaner, street sweeper and plow trucks. • Grade 12 Education or equivalent. • Capable of following oral and written directions. • Able to perform duties as set out in the skills assessment for this position. Wages, benefits and conditions of employment are governed by the current 2012 collective agreement with CUPE Local 2698, Operator III – $31.18/hr. APPLY TO: Mel Bohmer Director of Operations District of Sparwood Box 1929, 477 Pine Avenue Sparwood, B.C. V0B 2G0




Many of our senior citizens and persons with disabilities find it difficult to remove the snow from their driveways in the wintertime. Please look around your neighbourhood and lend a helping hand to those who may not be able to clear their own driveways. It’s the neighbourly thing to do and one of the things that make Sparwood such a great community in which to live. At the end of the winter season the District accepts nominations from residents for their “Snow Buddy”, who will be recognized at a Council Meeting.

Does your business or residence have all water friendly lowflush toilets? If not, take advantage of Sparwood’s Toilet Rebate Replacement Program! Just follow the steps below and you will be on your way to contributing to Sparwood’s goal of reducing water use by up to 50% by 2015! 1. Purchase and Install any brand new CSA-approved, 6L or dual flush toilet(s). 2. Obtain a signature from an Attendant at the Sparwood Transfer Station confirming that you have dropped off a 13L (or greater) toilet(s) for recycling. 3. Bring Signed Application and Original Receipts to the Main Office, or the Planning Department. 4. Wait for municipality to confirm rebate. A rebate cheque of the amount you paid for the toilet(s) up to $100 per toilet, your original receipt will be sent to you within six (6) weeks. Become a Water Smart Business or Resident today! (More detail on our website at


Indie film tells Chinese artist’s story By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


he latest indie flick to play in Fernie showcases Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist and activist who was the artistic design consultant for the Bird’s Nest Stadium at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry tells the story of the artist as a key contemporary figure and how he became the runner-up for TIME Magazine’s 2011 Person of the Year. Beijing-based journalist and filmmaker, Alison Klayman, spent two years with unprecedented access to

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Ai Weiwei. The film also looks into China’s internal politics following the country’s display of promise and growth at the 2008 Olympics. Opening the 2012 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival to great critical acclaim, Fernie audiences will have the chance to see what Ai Weiwei is all about this Monday night. Playing at the Vogue Theatre at 7 p.m., tickets are available at the door and online. Arts Station Members: Adult, $9 and Youth, $8. NonMembers: Adult, $10 and Youth, $9.

The very talented performers (left to right): Janay Newton, Tiffany Sehollaardt, Shauntelle Nelson, Linden Gigliotti and Rick Miller. Submitted photo By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


ick Miller and The Fernie Friends for Friends Society hosted a musical fundraiser on Tuesday, November 20 at The Arts Station.

Ai Weiwei will play at the Vogue on Monday.

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An audience of 55 enjoyed an incredible night of music. Admission was by donation and $500 was raised.

Read about Island Lake’s history By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


book chronicling the ups and downs of one of Fernie’s best known resorts, will be launched this week. Fernie-based publisher, Oolichan Books has collaborated with Island Lake Catskiing to produce the illustrated book, ‘Bears Above the Valley,’ celebrating the history of Island Lake and the Cedar Valley. Island Lake Lodge rose to fame in the early 1990s when it became a mecca

for ski/snowboard media and pro athletes. Stars like Craig Kelly, Scot Schmidt, Mark Gallup and Jason Ford not only filmed and shot photos there, but ultimately became owners as well. 2013 will mark the 25th anniversary of catskiing at Island Lake Lodge. “Island Lake is steeped in history and great stories, it is time to document what went on there,” said internationally renowned photographer, and owner of The Guide’s Hut, Mark Gallup. ‘Bears Above the

Valley’ includes many outstanding images documenting the rich natural and snow-sporting history of Island Lake and the Cedar Valley. The book is co-authored by Mike McPhee, Mark Gallup and Lee-Anne Walker with an introduction by famed skijournalist Leslie Anthony. The book launch party is being held on Friday, November 30 at the Fernie Museum, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come celebrate local ski history.

A classic Island Lake photo taken by Mark Gallup that will be included in ‘Bears Above the Valley.’ Submitted photo


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FSS students fundraising for exchange program in Fernie. “It’s cool because in Quebec they don’t really get to experience some of the winter things we have,” she said. “They get to do some of the winter activities we get to do, and when we go there they show us around, so we get to interact with them and practise speaking more French.” Esch and another French teacher, along with a couple of parent chaperones, will spend a week with the FSS kids in Quebec at the end of February. “It’s a real eye-opener for them, because they’re quite sheltered in the valley,” remarked Esch.

Fernie Secondary School French Immersion students held a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Thursday.  Submitted photo By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


rench immersion students at Fernie Secondary School (FSS) are working hard to raise money for an exchange program with a school in Montreal. This February, 38 kids in grades seven, eight, and nine will head to Montreal. In April, they will take on the role of hosts for a group of Montreal students. FSS held a spaghetti dinner and silent auction on Thursday night to kick off the fundraising efforts. “We’re supported by the student exchange program,” explained Roxanne Esch, FSS teacher. “They

pay the airfare, which is a $20,000 bill, but then we have to host the kids from Montreal, which will probably cost us about $12,000 for the week.” Each student will stay with a billeted family, however some of the additional hosting costs include bussing and transportation, wages for substitute teachers, and lift tickets. “The kids take a leadership role in the fundraising, like our spaghetti dinner fundraiser,” said Esch. “They’re serving, they did set up, and planning of the event. We’re doing a whole bunch of fundraising activities, like magazine sales, and selling beef jerky.”

FSS’s exchange program began two years ago and this will be the second time students have the opportunity to travel across the country. “When we went the first time they took us to Parliament Hill, old Montreal, they kind of showed us the best of their world,” said Esch. “When they came here we had two days of skiing, we did avalanche awareness, a Teck tour, the Frank Slide, and showed them our world. “It was amazing, I completely underestimated the value of it.” Grade nine student, Tessa Holmes, is excited to spend time with the Montreal students not only in Quebec, but at home

Drunk driving down for a second year By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


r i t i s h Columbia’s toughened roadside penalties on drinking drivers are being credited for cutting alcoholrelated crash deaths for a second straight year. The province estimates 104 lives have been saved since the

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immediate roadside prohibition (IRP) system took effect in September 2010. That's based on a drop from an average of 114 impaired fatalities prior to the new rules to 66 in the first full year of the IRP program and 58 in the second year. Provincial government officials say the initiative has drastically changed British Columbian attitudes to drinking and getting behind the wheel. "As you drive home late at night, the car coming toward you is far less likely to be piloted by an impaired driver than at any time in recent years," Justice Minister Shirley

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Bond said. She said B.C. is so far averaging a 46 per cent drop in drunk driving fatalities – better than a target of 35 per cent set in 2010 in honour of impaired driving victim Alexa Middelaer. The roadside penalties can result in licence suspensions, vehicle impoundments and can cost drivers $600 to $4,000 in administrative penalties and remedial program costs. The new approach has also meant a major shift away from criminal prosecution of suspected impaired drivers, which consumes much police investigation and court time.

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“I’m very passionate about not just language, but also to have the chance to expose the kids to a more multicultural, bilingual, and urban experience.” Esch went on to say, “I want the kids to have an experience to be able to exercise their French, but it’s not only just a French language component, but a social component. So when they are in grade nine and are studying the battle of the Plains of Abraham, they can say they’ve been there.”

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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

Prize Draw Fernie Quality Of Life Survey

The Official Community Plan Committee invites you to attend a public prize draw for the Fernie Quality of Life Survey. Participants who completed the annual survey earned an opportunity to enter the draw and a chance to win either a 2012/2013 Individual Ski Pass to Fernie Alpine Resort or a Big Screen TV! The surveys provide value data and will be used to update the Quality of Life Index, an annual report that monitors life in Fernie. DRAW DATE: Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the Fernie Heritage Library Thank you to all participants!

Design Review Panel

Members will be responsible for making recommendations to the Director of Planning on the design merits of all Development Permit applications, including buildings, site development and the physical and aesthetic impact of proposed development plans in order to promote and uphold standards of design excellence. (This is a volunteer position and members participate primarily in an advisory capacity to the Planning Department.) For more details about the Design Review Panel, contact the City’s Planning Department at 250 423-6817. Email: City Hall: 250 423-6817 Fax: 250 423-3034

Notice of Intention to provide assistance under partnering agreements. Notice is hereby given that the City of Fernie intends to provide assistance to the Fernie Chamber of Commerce under the terms of a partnering agreement for the provision of municipal services, being the operation of a Visitor Information Centre at 102 Commerce Road, for a five year term commencing January 1, 2013 and ending on December 31st, 2017 providing for payment by the City to the Chamber for the services described in the agreement the sum of $6,609.97 for each month of the first year of the term, $6,742.17 for each month of the second year of the term, $6,877.01 for each month of the third year of the term, $7,014.55 for each month of the fourth year of the term and $7,154.84 for each month of the fifth year of the term. Notice is hereby given that the City of Fernie intends to provide assistance to the Fernie Chamber of Commerce under the terms of a partnering agreement for the provision of municipal services, being the operation of a Visitor Information Centre at 491 2nd Avenue, for a five year term commencing January 1, 2013 and ending on December 31st, 2017 providing for payment by the City to the Chamber for the services described in the agreement the sum of $2,571.25 for each month of the first year of the term, $2,622.68 for each month of the second year of the term, $2,675.13 for each month of the third year of the term, $2,728.63 for each month of the fourth year of the term and $2,783.20 for each month of the fifth year of the term. Complete copies of the proposed partnering agreements can be viewed at the office of the undersigned at City Hall, 501 3rd Avenue, during regular business hours. Posted at the Public Notice Posting Place(s) this the 26th day of November, 2012. Jim Hendricks Director of Financial and Computer Services / Acting CAO

Request for Proposal Leisure Services Master Plan Update The City of Fernie is seeking proposals from qualified firms to update the Leisure Services Master Plan The deadline for submissions is 4:00pm December 13, 2012.

For a copy of the Request for Proposal for Leisure Services Master Plan Update please visit the City of Fernie website For more information, please contact Cam Mertz, Director of Leisure Services at (250) 430-1766 or email

NOTE: Should any potential bidders download the above document, it is the proponents/bidders responsibility to check for Addenda’s that will be posted on our website

Request for Proposal Max Turyk Soccer Fields Redevelopment and Expansion Project The City of Fernie is seeking proposals for a site design, tendering and contract administration for the redevelopment and expansion of the Max Turyk Soccer Field site. The deadline for submissions is 4:00pm December 13, 2012.

For a copy of the Request for Proposal for Max Turyk Soccer Fields Redevelopment and Expansion Project please visit the City of Fernie website

For more information, please contact Cam Mertz, Director of Leisure Services at (250) 430-1766 or email

NOTE: Should any potential bidders download the above document, it is the proponents/bidders responsibility to check for Addenda’s that will be posted on our website.

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Public Notice – Bypass to Elk River

The City of Fernie advises area residents that due to heavy rains it is necessary to temporarily bypass treated effluent to the Elk River in order to dispose of excessive amounts of storm water in the sanitary sewer collection system. The bypass will take place November 22 to December 6, 2012 in accordance with the Ministry of Environment Operating Permit. For further information please contact City Hall at 250 423-6817. Thank you. City of Fernie

Notice of Proposed Property Disposition (Lease)

Notice is hereby given that the City of Fernie intends to dispose of an interest in land, being the entering into of a lease for the Arts Station (Lot A Pl 17655, DL 4588, LD 26), with the Fernie and District Arts Council, for a term of 5 years, commencing on January 1st, 2013. The consideration to be received by the City for the proposed Lease is the initial sum of $1.00 per year. This is the first of two notices, dated the 29th day of November 2012.

Garbage Dumpster Removal

Please be advised that the Garbage Dumpsters have been removed from the Fernie Chamber of Commerce - RV Sani-Dump site. This area will be monitored to ensure compliance with Public Places Bylaw No. 2181, 2012 which states that No Person shall, in any Public Place place, discard or deposit any litter, garbage, or other refuse in a Public Place except in a receptacle designed and intended for such use. Any Person who contravenes and is convicted of an offence pursuant to Bylaw 2181, 2012 is liable for a PENALTY OF UP TO $1,000. To register a complaint of improper discarding of garbage please contact BYLAW ENFORCEMENT at 250 423-6817. Please make sure to take your garbage to the Fernie Transfer Station located at 6000 Highway #3 (across from Home Hardware) where the following items are accepted: • household waste • tires (not larger than 25") • homeowner renovation and • auto batteries demolition • scrap metal • household yard and garden • white goods (major appliances) waste • scrap furniture • clean wood waste Fernie Transfer Station hours of operation: Mon-Fri 9:00 am-5:00 pm Sat & Sun 10:00 am-4:00 pm Closed on all statutory holidays Phone: 250 423-6477 or Contact the RDEK at: Toll free 1 888 478-7335

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The City of Fernie Curbside Recycling Program and the RDEK YELLOW BINS are available to the public and accept the following materials! • Paper – all mixed paper (such as newspaper, magazines, phone books, brochures, book, envelopes); • Cardboard – all types of cardboard. EXCEPT Cardboard covered in wax. (for example milk cartons) or soiled with food or grease (like pizza boxes) cannot be recycled and must go in the garbage!; • Tin and Aluminium Cans – food and beverage cans; rinse well! • Plastic Grocery Bags; • Household Plastics # 1 - # 6; (must be clean). NOT ACCEPTED Styrofoam, #7 plastics, unmarked plastics and plastic film, tin foil, glass.


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Chickadees, eagles, Credit union helps and finches, oh my! get Toys for Tots By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


he annual Christmas Bird Count is fast approaching, and everyone is invited to bundle up and spend the day looking for birds on December 17. As a warm up to the count, Fernie’s own Nature Bob, aka Bob Livsey, is putting on a workshop to help residents get ready to identify local birds. Taking place on Thursday, December 6, the workshop will start with an hour long stroll around the community to take a peek at some of the common bird species. Following the walk, the group will head inside the Aquatic Centre to learn more about what they saw. “I’ve got a slide presentation to show how to count birds, to explain how to identify different birds, and to let people


be reassured that they have the information they need to participate in the count,” said Livsey. “Most people already have the general knowledge of the birds that are here in the winter.” There are roughly 40 species of birds living in Fernie during the winter, including chickadees, crows, rock doves, ravens, eagles, and finches. Livsey will also talk about how to identify the less obvious species. “You’re looking at habitat and you’re looking at time of the year,” he commented. “Everybody has enough common sense that they usually have a fair amount of knowledge without even realizing it.” Livsey pointed out that bird watching experience isn’t necessary to be a part of the workshop or the count itself. He explained, “When we do the count, I divide people up so that

there will be maybe four people on a team, and one will be a good birder that knows their stuff.” The Christmas Bird Count provides important information for bird conservation. Data from past counts has been used in assessment reports that added the Western ScreechOwl, Rusty Blackbird, and Newfoundland Red Crossbill to the Species at Risk Act lists. The information gathered is also used to create the State of Canada’s Birds report. Nature Bob’s workshop will start at the Aquatic Centre at 1 p.m. on Thursday, December 6. Fernie’s Christmas Bird Count will begin at 8:30 a.m. outside the Max Turyk School on December 17. To register for either, contact Bob Livsey at naturbob@telus. net.

Thank You

he Royal Canadian Legion Br. 36 Fernie, wishes to thank The City of Fernie, RCMP, Sergeant-at-Arms F. Gentile, 2nd Lieutenant Pennock, Civilian Instructor Dan Kurschenska and PPCLI Cadet Corps, Colour Party, Piper Mike Scott, Gloria Perry, Mike Sosnowski, Jae Soon Lee, The Fernie Academy Choir, Padre Lieutenant K. McKenzie, Rev. J. Clarke, Rev. T. Freeman, Cera Atherton, Pianist B. Kosiec, Ladies Auxiliary, VFW, American Legion, Station Strings, Staff of Rocky Mountain Village, “Them Guys”, Jim Paul, KC's, 3300 Club, Fire Dep't, youth groups, schools and the general public who participated in the Remembrance Day parade and ceremonies and/or supported the Poppy Campaign. As well, we wish to thank the businesses, service clubs and individuals who, through the purchase of wreaths or by donations contributed to the Poppy Fund. Overwaitea Hempire T.D. Canada Trust Stephanie's Glass Fernie Meat Market Scotiabank Ginger Beef Womb To Grow Dr. A. M. Kahane Inc. Edge of the World Polar Peek Freshies Coffee Company Giv'Er Shirt Works Ltd. Straight Line The Cottonwood Tree Shelley Hornquist Blue Lime Fernie Auto Parts Royal LePage Kaylo Station Extra Foods Fernie Rentals M&P Roofing Stratton Plumb. & Heating Smitty's Fam. Restaurant Mirror Images Yvette Clusiault Fernie Cadet Corps 2757 Shawna & Linda Lalonde B.C. Ambulance Fernie Lions Club College of the Rockies K.C. Council 2206 3300 Club Teck The Salvation Army R.D.E.K Bill Bennett- MLA Jay's Jewellers Jim Bazillion

Fernie Stationers Dr. Soetaert C.I.B.C Mary Pisoni The Tipple Nufloors Vince Minifie C.G.A. Fernie Academy Odyssey Falkins Insurance Big Bang Bagels Barkside Pets Trillium Day Spa Commit I.D.E.S Janet Ankutowics Best Western Fernie Ford Day Auto E.K. Credit Union Isosceles Bus. Systems River City Woodworks Fas Gas Gold Star Cleaning Serv. E.K. Labour Council Fernie Curling Club Rotary Club Fernie Elks Lodge #81 The City of Fernie Fernie Ghost. Jr. Hockey Elk River Lodge 35 R.C.M.P Ladies Auxiliary Br. 36 Sand Creek Lions Club Fernie Minor Hockey David Wilks- MP Fernie Tea & Coffee House Fernie printing Company Leffler Law Office Dan Kurschenska

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ast Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC) has teamed with Toys for Tots to supply books to the children of Sparwood this holiday season. EKC is collecting new books appropriate for toddlers to teens at their Sparwood branch. The books will be distributed to the children registered in the Toys for Tots program. EKC challenges local businesses to donate one book per employee to achieve

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the goal of 100 books. Please drop off new children’s books at EKC, 124 Aspen Drive in Sparwood by December 10. EKC opened the doors of the temporary branch this time last year and the new branch in March 2012. “EKC boasts many unique attributes and strives on keeping things local. Community donations, locally elected boards, local decision making and member shares are a just a few of the things that branch members and residents of Sparwood have seen,” says branch manager Eric Johnstone.

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What the Dickens By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff

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uying local is a circle. Buying something in a local store enables the shop owner to employ someone – their paycheque goes to a local financial institution – so the “bank” is able to have employees – they earn money that they can then spend back in the community. Also, when you shop local you develop a personal relationship with local merchants, they know what you like and can give you the personal service you just won’t get in a store where they don’t know you. Evelyn Cutts, Fernie Chamber of Commerce Past President

Fires, floods, and ice storms By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


he environment is constantly changing and the District of Sparwood is doing its best to adapt. Fires, floods, and ice storms are just a few of the issues Sparwood residents face that will be discussed at two climate change presentations next

weekend. District staff will host workshops on December 7 and 8 to give the community a chance to learn about what Sparwood is doing to adapt. Climate change experts will be on hand to go over details and answer questions. The public is invited to come out and hear tips on how to protect their own

property, as well as their entire neighbourhood. Input will be welcomed and those in attendance will have the chance to win prizes. The presentations will take place at the Sparwood Senior Citizens’ Drop-in Centre on Friday, December 7 from 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, December 8 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.

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t wasn’t just the kids mesmerized by the new Santa Pups movie this week. Mosley is a 15 month yellow lab who has an enormous amount of energy, but sat down quietly to watch the DVD. He gave the movie two paws up.

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he holiday season is upon us, and local musicians are getting ready to spend the month of December serenading Fernie with their favourite Christmas tunes. Fernie’s annual festival, What The Dickens, kicks off December 1 with the first of four Jingle Jams. Yolanda and Kumi from The Trinity Mountain Ensemble will perform at Beanpod Chocolate from 2 until 4 p.m. Audiences can enjoy a treat and a warm beverage as the duo gets you into the holiday spirit. Jingle Jams will take place at a different location every Friday afternoon, right up until Christmas. The Yayefal Sisters will entertain at Loaf Bakery on December 8, Sheva will perform at Freshies on December 15, and Mike and Anie Hepher will host the final jam at Ghostrider Trading Company on December 22. The Jingle Jams are just one part of an eventfilled What The Dickens festival. This year the festival will feature a number of activities happening all month long, including Clawhammer card making, the Gingerbread House Carpenter competition, Freckles Children’s Theatre, and Yule Create Art kid’s camp. There will also be musical performances by Shred Kelly, Redgirl, and the Fernie Chamber Orchestra. For more information and the full schedule, visit

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Sparwood shows support as senior boys volleyball team heads to provincials

By Jenna Jensen Contributor


tudents and staff of Sparwood Secondary School (SSS) united together in support of the senior boys volleyball team who are headed off to play at the provincial tournament held in Kelowna over the course of the week. A pep rally was held in the team’s honour, where their latest fundraiser, 'Kiss the Pig' was the most popular event for students and staff alike. This fundraiser came about as eight supportive SSS staff members and the volleyball team volunteered themselves to be nominees for the event. Over the past couple of weeks donations to the team were made in each teacher’s and player’s name. One teacher and one teammate who collected the most money had to kiss a live pig in front of the entire school. As the money was counted the lucky teacher, Mr. Larson ended


up in the hot seat, and for the good cause, gave the pig a kiss. The teammate who ended with the same fate was Vincent Templin. During the pep rally, students, along with the team, took part in an obstacle course, a fun volleyball game and other great activities. United with mullets and facial hair in support of Movember, the team has been noticed actively fundraising within the community for weeks, taking on jobs and putting on events to help with the cost of the trip to the tournament, raising almost $5,000. With morale and school support at its highest, the boys who are ranked third in the province hope to bring home a provincial win. The team extends a huge thank you to their fellow students, SSS staff and the community of Sparwood for all of their support.

(From left to right) Back row: Steven Bewski, James Wasiewicz, Chase Randell, James Johnston, Ty Hanlon, Jacob Isaacs, Kody Tanner. Front row: Vincent Templin, Blake Peebles, Koby Thibeault and Coach Derek Cimolini.  Submitted photo

The team, along with fellow students took part in an obstacle course and a fun volleyball game during the pep rally.  Photo by J. Jensen

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1. FAR was named the top ski resort in North America at the World Snow Awards in London. Other ski resorts in the running were Whistler, Banff, Vail, Aspen & Telluride. Tough competition and our own Fernie Alpine Resort came out on top! 2. The prestigious award is chosen by the top executives and ski journalists in the world. The award is considered one of the top awards any ski resort can achieve on the globe. Always good to recognize just how good we have it in our beautiful region. 3. FAR management gives the credit for this amazing recognition to the snow in Fernie, to the resorts excellent staff and also to the unique, friendly town of Fernie. Well done FAR. Well done Fernie! Bill Bennett MLA, Kootenay East

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lkford resident, Gordon Galloway is a lifelong volunteer racking up over 100 years of dedication to a combined number of organizations. At 72 Gordon still participates as chief instructor for the Canadian All Terrain Quad council of Canada Safety Institute for all terrain and utility terrain vehicles, is president of the ATV Club, and director and chair of several committees for ATV/BC. Born in Trail, the oldest of three children from parents of English and Swiss descent Gordon spent his growing up years in Fruitvale. He was a member of the Trail Air Cadets until age 18 when he became employed with Cominco as a carpentry and millwright apprentice. He met his wife Audrey from

Rossland at high school dances and after a four year courtship they married. They have a son Jim who lives with his family in Westbank and one granddaughter. Gordon transferred to Elkford when the Fording River mine was built. Both he and Audrey were employed at the River until retirement a few years ago. Gordon says he quit school but returned to get his grade 12 until finding full time work at Cominco. “I snowmobiled all my life and rode ATVs the rest,” he says of his love of sports. “I’ve had eight quads, ride 4,000 km a year, more with the snowmobile. In 1992 I rode from Tumbler Ridge to Fairbanks, Alaska with 27 others. It was cold, no groomed trails, we rode on whatever we could find. We had highway support in case of breakdown, and a bus,

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that’s how we returned home. Another trip was from Ontario to New Brunswick, seven days but those were all groomed trails.” Gordon and Audrey also enjoyed racing, spending time in Washington, Cranbrook and Trail raceways. They also drove dirt cars at Northwestern Superstock. “I had good years in the mine and smelter, spent the first 10 years in Trail, second 10 in the process plant in supervision of maintenance of shovels, drills, cranes and crushers, then in the shop supervising small groups in different areas as well as doing scheduling and injury recording that tied in with safe work procedures.” Gordon’s blue eyes light up as he speaks of work, obviously a man who enjoys challenges of all kinds. For 11 years he was owner of the Lamplighter Pub. “I had the wrong people managing it, I ended up selling it, more of a giveaway. Looking back, I don’t know if I did it right, I needed to be there more.” He reminisces about the Jamborees, “four to five days of riding, 200 quad rid-

an election has no impact,” he said. “We look at the whole operation of a municipality, the bylaws and so on, right down to the core operations… It’s not just about the elected officials.” Over 2,500 people signed the petition organized by the Crowsnest Pass Ratepayers Association after a series of events led to the resignation of many volunteer firefighters and a growing dissatisfaction with council’s financial management. Kovach and a group of delegates from the Ratepayers delivered the petition to Edmonton on Nov. 1.

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A roadside dump site at the Olson pit highway pullout beside the outhouses. 

from giving hunters a negative public image, the waste can attract pets and dangerous wildlife such as bears. Violators can be charged under the Wildlife Act for attracting dangerous wildlife (bears) to land or premises ($230-345). Hunters are reminded to properly dispose their wildlife parts in a remote area away from hiking/ biking trails, campsites, residential areas and watersheds (rivers, streams and lakes). Disposal can be completed discretely and away from people. The landfill can only be used with small

By Trish Burley Conservation Officer


he Conservation Officer Service has received numerous complaints to date regarding improper disposal of wildlife remains by hunters. Some of the complaints include animal parts being dumped in ditches, highway pullouts, near trails, on private property and near residential areas. The few hunters that do this are in violation of the Environmental Management Act: discharge, dump, discard or dispose litter ($115). Aside



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remains in a concealed garbage bag. Following a successful hunt the correct procedure for the disposal of wildlife is an important step towards the whole hunting process. If the public is aware of someone who is dumping wildlife

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parts in inappropriate areas, please let the Conservation Officer Service know by calling the Report All Poachers and Polluters hotline at (RAPP) at 1-877-952-7277.

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Dolphins make the valley proud in Calgary By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


he Elk Valley Dolphins competed at the annual Calgary Winter Club Meet on November 24 and 25, with more than 200

swimmers. All the local swimmers showed improvement and coach Marie Cosens was proud of the results. Official times will be reported soon.

Coach Marie Cosens was proud of her swimmers. Submitted photo

Back row: (left to right) Mac Dressler, Jacob Stratton, Aniessa Bowen, Maddy Burnett, Alison Howse. Front row: (left to right) Cynthia Kielpinski, Emily Stratton, Isabelle Klapp Submitted photo

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

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Minimum requirements are Grade 10 and/or assessment to acceptable level. Make an appointment with our Education Advisor for full details.

Job Opportunities The Interior Health Authority and Golden Life Management have been actively advertising for Health Care Assistants. Students from former classes have been offered employment before finishing the program. Health Care Assistants are valuable members of the health care team and receive competitive wages and job security.

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Riders fall to Rockies in OT ByMatt Laurin Sports Contributor


he Fernie Ghostriders’ winning streak came to an end this week, after falling to the Columbia Valley Rockies 3 – 2 in overtime on Friday. After winning seven straight games for the second time this season, the Riders (16 – 5 – 0 – 2) still managed to pick up a single point and remain in top spot of the Eddie Mountain Division four points ahead of Kimberley. “I thought we definitely had our chances to score,” said head coach Barry Wolff. “We didn’t capitalize when we needed to. Our finish just wasn’t there.” The Riders had no shortage of chances on Friday, outshooting the Rockies 44 – 21, but could not solve goaltender Stewart Pratt. “He played well for sure,” said Wolff. “We didn’t generate enough traffic in


front of him though, and didn’t take advantages of rebounds when they were available.” Despite out chancing the Rockies, the Ghostriders played from behind most of the night. After a scoreless first period, Columbia Valley opened the scoring in the second, before Derek Georgopoulos tied the game late in the period. “There is always room for improvement. That’s our goal moving forward into December.” Barry Wolff Head Coach

James Price restored the lead for the visitors early in the third, before Patrick Webb scored with 5:47 remaining to send the game into overtime. Ryan Henderson sealed the win for the Rockies with just over a minute remaining in the extra period.

Standings as of November 28, 2012

The Ghostriders will look to get back in the win column when they begin a tough home and home series against the Rebels, beginning Friday in Castlegar. “We know that they’re one of the top teams in the league. These are the sort of games that test a team’s character,” said Wolff. Halfway through his first season back behind the Riders bench, Wolff says he is happy with his team’s progress. “We really like our make up. We have a really skilled team, and when these guys put their mind to it they can beat any of the top teams in this league.” Still, the head coach says there is work to be done. “There is always room for improvement. That’s our goal moving forward into December.” Come cheer on the Riders when they host Castlegar on Saturday night at Fernie Memorial Arena. As always, puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

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Fernie skaters head to competition Elk Valley curling results Elk Valley Superleague


STANDINGS as of November 28, 2012 Back row (left to right) Elise Richmond, Emma Nieuwesteeg, Anna Koltai, Sara Lewis, Marisa Hogg. Front row (left to right) Jody Thompson, Shaniah Richmond, Hunter Bezak, Ava Hozjan, Sonia Mende, Christy Hawley and Ashlynn Saluk. Submitted photo

By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


hese Fernie skaters will be competing at the West Kootenay Invitational in Fruitvale, B.C. on November 30 to December 2.

Fernie Skating Club is also preparing to host a mini carnival at the Fernie Memorial Arena on December 20 from 3 to 6:30 p.m. The carnival is a chance for the younger Kid Canskate and Canskaters to show off their skills.




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eek 6 in Elk Valley Superleague Curling action saw Falkin's Insurance over Alpine Lumber 10 to 5. Kal Tire had their third straight win with a 7 to 5 victory over A&B Liquor Store. Coal Valley Motor Products was handed their first loss this season losing to Sparwood Esso 8 to 6 and Elk Valley Bighorn Outfitters with steals in the eighth and ninth ends to down Manitoulin Transport 8 to 4. Elk Valley Superleague Curling is Monday nights 7 pm at the Sparwood Curling Club.

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Lantern festival lights up Fernie By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


ernie was lit up on Saturday night with about 50 lanterns in all colours and sizes. The Lantern Festival at The Arts Station was a chance for people to show off their craft work and celebrate the start of winter. The festival, themed “River on Fire,’ was rounded off with a fireworks display.

All photos by A. Treharne


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A happy holiday season to you and your family from the Elkford Chamber of Commerce!

Door prize or cash donations are gratefully accepted and can be dropped off at Falkins Insurance, East Kootenay Credit Union, Elkford Motor Inn, or the Post Office.

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We are celebrating 115 years in the Elk Valley and want to include you. Whether you delivered papers, wrote stories, worked here for a few months or for years, we want you to be a part of our 115 year celebration. On December 7th at 3pm all present and past Free Press Employees will be at The Free Press office on 2nd Ave to take a photo for the 115 year special section. Don't miss your opportunity to be a part of history in this valley. Contact Dave Hamilton (250-278-6877) or email

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Sunday, November 4

• In Fernie at 12 a.m. police attended to a domestic dispute. • In Fernie at 1:43 a.m. a complainant reported hearing a man yelling in the street. • In Fernie at 2:12 a.m. there was a disturbance due to an intoxicated individual on the street. The individual was issued a ticket for being drunk in public and released from the detachment when he was sober. • In Fernie at 4:51 a.m. a sow and three cubs were seen in the backyard of a homeowner. • In Elkford at 7:29 a.m. a theft of a vehicle was reported. Two hours later the complainant called back after finding his vehicle and apologized and reported that it had not been stolen. • In Sparwood at 9:03 a.m. a wellbeing check was made. In Sparwood at 6:40 p.m. a complainant reported someone was shining a blue light in their house.

Sunday November 4

• In Sparwood at 12:42 p.m. a hit and run incident occurred. • In Sparwood at 7:49 p.m. police attended to a domestic dispute.

Monday, November 5

• In Fernie at 1:22 p.m. there was a false residential alarm. • In Sparwood at 2:54 p.m. police assisted the Ministry of Children and Families. • In Sparwood at 8:19 p.m. there was a false panic alarm.

Tuesday, November 6

• In Sparwood at 4:49 a.m. police attended to a breach of a no contact order. The individual was arrested and is awaiting a court date. • In Sparwood at 10:11 a.m. there was a parking complaint. • In Elkford at 1:56 p.m. a lost trailer plate was reported. • In Sparwood at 2:16 p.m. a traffic hazard was reported when a dump truck was seen driving and losing some of its load. The vehicle was not located. • In Fernie at 2:48 p.m. there was a landlord and tenant dispute. • In Fernie at 4:19 p.m. there was a hit and run in a parking lot. • In Sparwood at 5:09 p.m. a possible impaired driver was reported. Police patrolled and the vehicle was not located. • In Elko at 5:26 p.m. a semi was reported to be driving without brake lights.

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• In Sparwood at 5:48 p.m. a deceased deer was seen on the highway. Mainroad was called to remove it as it was a hazard to other motorists. • In Hosmer at 10:22 p.m. an erratic driver was reported. The vehicle was not located.

Wednesday, November 7 • In Fernie at 11:02 a.m. police attended to a family dispute over a hunting incident. The investigation is ongoing. • In Sparwood at 2:19 p.m. a lost licence plate was In Sparwood at 4:39 p.m. a suicidal person was reported. Police attended and the individual was assessed. He was not suicidal, just intoxicated. Sunday November 4

reported. • In Sparwood at 10:49 p.m. a 90-day driving prohibition and a 30-day vehicle impound was given to an intoxicated driver.

Thursday, November 8

• In Elko at 2:17 a.m. four large boulders were seen on the highway. Mainroad

was called and the rocks were removed. • In Fernie at 6:40 a.m. there was a false alarm at a school. In Elkford at 1:23 p.m. mischief was done when a car was keyed at a school. A suspect has been identified and the investigation is ongoing. Thursday November 8

• In Fernie at 9:57 a.m. a driver disobeyed a school bus stop sign. The registered owner will be contacted. • In Fernie at 3:59 p.m. there was a false residential alarm. • In Sparwood at 5:45 p.m. a vehicle hit a deer. • In Sparwood at 9:12 p.m. a vehicle hit the ditch. No injuries were reported.

Friday, November 9

• In Fernie at 2:05 a.m. there was a noisy party complaint. When police arrived the homeowners were cooperative. • In Fernie at 8:53 a.m. threats were reported. This incident is still under investigation. Continued on page 30

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The Free Press has adopted a family for Christmas. Your generosity could bring joy to a family this Christmas. When you make a contribution to the hamper you will be entitled to a free classified ad to run in The Free Press.

Here are some items the family would appreciate: • Canned: soups, vegetables, fruit, tuna, salmon, meats • Pasta, pasta sauce, boxed meals – Taco kits, hamburger helper, tuna helper, etc. • Lunch foods & snacks for school, crackers (soup & snack), cookies, cereal • Peanut butter, jam, juice, coffee, tea, salt & pepper • Oranges, apples, bread, potatoes, onions, turnips, milk, butter, gravy mix, stuffing Gift ideas: For the 2 ½ year old girl: clothing size 3T, colouring supplies, puzzles, games, toys For the family: kitchen utensils & supplies You may drop your contribution off at The Free Press located at 342 2nd Avenue (across from the Vogue Theatre) in Fernie. Contributions will be accepted up until 4pm on Monday, December 17th.

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RCMP REPORT Continued from page 29

• In Fernie at 9:15 a.m. a lost licence plate decal was reported. • In Sparwood at 9:49 a.m. there was a breach of no contact conditions. The individual is in custody. • In Elkford at 10:18 a.m. there was a single vehicle accident. No injuries were reported. • In Elkford at 3:15 p.m. info on an individual using

drugs and driving was reported. In Elko at 7:04 a.m. a vehicle hit an elk. The passenger received minor injuries. Friday November 9

• In Elkford at 3:29 p.m. an aluminum dry box was stolen. This incident happened two weeks ago,

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but was reported for information. • In Fernie at 3:36 p.m. an erratic driver was reported. The vehicle was not located.

Saturday, November 10

• In Fernie at 12:10 a.m. there was a loud party complaint. This has been an ongoing issue with the homeowner. • In Fernie at 1:02 a.m. a three day driving prohibition

was issued. • In Fernie at 2:52 a.m. there was a loud party complaint. • In Sparwood at 9:08 a.m. an individual requested a wellbeing check be made on an individual. The individual was already in police custody for breach of a no contact order. • In Sparwood at 9:27 a.m. a vehicle was stolen. It was a 1973 Chevy Cheyenne pickup truck, it is green in colour and not driv-

able. It was hauled out of a compound. In Sparwood at 3:50 p.m. items were stolen from a storage locker. A Stihl chainsaw, a Forum snowboard and DC boots were stolen. This incident is still under investigation. Saturday November 10

reported harassment via text. The complainant requested a no contact order. • In Sparwood at 10:44 p.m. a shot was heard in the downtown area of Sparwood. Nothing suspicious was found and no other calls were received on this issue.

Sunday, November 11

• In Hosmer at 9:52 a.m. an individual

• In Sparwood at 1:32 a.m. a possible impaired driver was reported. The driver

was located and issued a 90 day driving prohibition and a 30 day vehicle impound. • In Fernie at 9:53 a.m. there was a false panic alarm.

Monday, November 12

• In Fernie at 12:59 p.m. there was a break and enter to a business. Alcohol was taken, and some minor damage was done to the business.

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A sincere “THANK YOU” to the people who came to our aid after our unfortunate accident at 16-mile hill south of Sparwood on Monday, Nov. 19th. The number of people who stopped and helped was amazing. Special thanks to the paramedics and hospital staff from Sparwood for their thorough expertise. Words cannot express our gratitude to Jeff(?), a volunteer from the Sparwood Fire Department, who was first on the scene and stayed with us the whole time, providing support, help and care. THANKS AGAIN!

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ANDERSON: It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of 57 year old Wendy Louise Anderson who died peacefully at home on November 16, 2012. Wendy will be dearly missed by her husband Leonard and their 3 sons: Troy (Terylene), Todd (Carmela) and Toby, her precious grandchildren: Chase, Dylan and Chloe, sisters Marlene (Dave) Lees, Rosalie (Ron) Tessman and Gloria (Jack) Rybachuk and brothers Roy (Diana) Vicic and Stanley (Sandy) Vicic as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family members. She was preceded in death by her parents Rudy and Georgina Vicic. Wendy was born in Fernie on August 26, 1955 and spent the first five years of her life living in Newgate. She loved the scenery of the Valley and spent summers enjoying her large backyard, camping with family and friends and Sunday Bingo games at her parent’s home. Wendy was a very hard worker whose family was always her #1 priority. She loved shopping trips to Kalispell with Terylene and Marlene and anything that involved her grandchildren. Wendy crocheted cozy blankets for all of her boys and their families; a beautiful treasure that will be a constant reminder of the woman who loved them so deeply. Christmas was a special time in the Anderson home, and Wendy’s warm, loving spirit will continue to be with Len, Troy, Todd and Toby. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Wendy’s memory to the Fernie Friends for Friends Society, 50 Ridgemont Drive Fernie, BC V0B 1M2. Messages of condolence may be made to the family at Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.

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THE SALVATION ARMY 741 2nd Ave., Fernie

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1622 10th Avenue, Fernie 250-423-4112 Night Church will be held at Mugshots @ 7:00pm. 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

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AfÀliated with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC)

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

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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 250-423-6517

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HIRING LOCAL DRIVERS to transport railway crews. Vehicle & training is provided. Class 4 driver’s license is required, assistance will be provided for those who require upgrade. Flexible schedule for a 24/7 operation. F/T & P/T opportunities WINTER WAGES $19.50/HR Contact Wolf Bigge:

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Help Wanted An Alberta Construction Company is hiring Dozer and Excavator Operators. Preference will be given to operators that are experienced in oilfield road and lease construction. Lodging and meals provided. The work is in the vicinity of Edson, Alberta. Alcohol & Drug testing required. Call Contour Construction at 780-723-5051.

AREA FIELD REP U-Haul Co. of B.C. is looking for an Area Field Representative in the Cranbrook area.

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Professional/ Management KURT LeRoy Trucking Ltd., of Campbell River is experiencing a 50% growth of new capital expansion over the next year with a new division on the mainland. We need a Highly Motivated experienced CGA to complete monthly cost accounting for each division. Payroll of 38-45 employee’s. Subcontractors will vary. Excellent salary and benefits. Please e-mail resume’s with driver’s abstract to or fax to 250-287-9914.

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CHILLSPOT IS The Coolest Dog Bed-A new and innovative, thermodynamically cooled dog bed, that enhances the cool tile surfaces our pets rely on during the warm weather months. HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 SNOWBLOWER John Deere, wheeled, 8 HP, 26� cut, $150. Call 250-423-4392

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Mobile Homes & Parks Clean 3 bdrm with snow roof in Fernie Mobile Home Park. Kitchen/dining room, family room & large mudroom. Includes fridge, stove, microwave, washer & dryer. Phone 250-423-3340.

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250-425-9912 COLEMAN large apartment fully furnished including kitchen utensils. No children, no pets. Wood fireplace. $600 + DD. Includes utilities. Call 403563-3097. Large new 2 bdrm condos in Sparwood. 2 full bathrooms, 6 appliances, elevator. $1250. Rick 250-425-5432

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ALPINE COURT Spacious NEW apartments 1 Bdrm - $775-month 2 & 3 Bdrm- $850 (& up)-month Includes heat, lights, & hot water

250-865-2722 Furnished 2 Bdrm condo in Elkford. 2 full bths, nice view and balcony, Covered parking, 3 appliances, Quiet building, for only responsible people, No pets, Available immediately. $1000 per month + DD includes all utilities. 403-938-6779

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ALDERWOOD PLACE Comfortable apartment units

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1-250-865-7676 FURNISHED & UNFURNISHED rentals available immediately in Sparwood or Elkford. Contact Tammie Davy at 250-425-2968 or Lindsay at 250-425-1180. On-line application available at: Sparwood furnished 1 bdrm at Mtn. Air Chalets, inc. utilities, w/deck, laundry, n/p, $750 + DD. Call 403-474-3926 or 403-616-6467.


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

2 duplexes in Sparwood. â—† Newer 3 bdrm, 1 1/2 bathrooms in Sparwood Heights. Fridge, range, washer/dryer, finished basement $1200. â—† 3 bdrm Lower Sparwood. Fridge, range, fenced yard. $1000. Rick 250-425-5432

One bedroom unfurnished apartment for rent above the ReMax office on 7th Ave. $720/month incl. heat & power. Long term tenants only & must provide references. Call Gloria at 250-423-4444.

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Scenic Downtown Elkford Alpine Court Spacious New apartments 1 Bdrm $775/mth. 2 & 3 bdrm - $850 (& up)month. Includes heat, lights & hot water 250-865-2722 Sparwood, BC Pineway Court Apartment units, close to downtown, affordable, hot water included, your new home. 1 bdrm $710/mth, 2 bdrm $800/mth 1-250-425-9912 Sparwood, B. C. Quiet + Comfortable + Affordable Golden Oak Gardens 1bdrm - $710/mth, 2 bdrm $800/mth, hot water included. Walking distance to Mall. 1- 250 - 865-2722

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Old oak 3 shelf book shelf $199. Mechanics roll away tool chests 1-13 drawer - Large storage door 1-7 drawer, both on large wheels $349 for both. 3HP Eska outboard 2 cycle - 900 watt generator $100. 4 dr dresser $49. Nice Shwinn ladies 6 sp bike $350. Small bar fridge (white) $85. Porta Potti small $49. Pet carrier medium to small $35. Small selection of snowboards no bindings 154-162 cm. Burton board + binding 225-164 cm. 3 snow blowers Tecumseh engines 6HP - 10 HP $250 to $650. Heli skis - 190 cm $175. Atomic skis downhill binding 180 cm $199. Magnetic resistance upright exercise bike (new) $225. Various stereo speakers $40 to $150 set. Very old 6 dr dresser + mirror (English, porcelain casters) hardwood gorgeous $995. Solid birch 3 dr dresser w/hutch $399. Good selection of fridges $150 - $599. Dryers $125 - $199. Lots of collectables, antiques. Good selection of guitars, electric, acoustic + accessories. Trumpets; trombones; flutes; mandolins; fiddles; amps; pictures and frames; turn tables; table + chair sets; piano (special $599). Collectors 70’s Gibson acoustic guitars. Utility trailer 12� tires. Factory made 4 1/2’ x 6’ ramp $600. 12’ aluminium boat $225.

Modular Homes 3 bdrm mobile home in Sparwood. Fridge, range, pad rent incl. $700. Rick 250-425-5432 Newer Mobile Homes in Sparwood. F, S, W & Dryer. 2 to 3 bdr. 250-425-4424 or 250-425-4646

Homes for Rent Fernie Annex, 2 bdrm, 1 $1000 + DD. N/S, pets sible, long term lease erable. Call 406-871-7333. Sparwood acreage for $1500 all appliances. 250-423-1520.

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Your community newspaper has been named the best one of its size in B.C. and the Yukon. Publisher Dave Hamilton (left) and Editor Angela Treharne (right) accepted the award at the gala event at the River Rock casino in Vancouver on Saturday. For the full story, turn to page 14. Submitted photo

Couple found safe after three day search By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff

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couple from Fort Mcleod who had been missing for three days, have been found safe after sending an emergency call for help. Police and Search and Rescue in the Elk Valley and Alberta had been searching extensively for the couple after they left for a day trip on Saturday morning and did not return. Their family and friends had not heard from them since they

left. At about 4 p.m. on Tuesday, the Elk Valley RCMP were notified of a radio transmission received from a remote area in Bow River. A woman with a European accent indicated that she and her husband’s car had become stuck, and they could not get it out. Her husband had an injured knee, but otherwise they were OK. The transmission was very broken, and no further details could be ascertained. A helicopter was dispatched to the area,

and located two people confirmed to be Jacob and Anja Oosterwijk, the missing couple. The Oosterwijks were transported to the hospital to be evaluated. Apparently, after becoming stuck, the two were able to locate a cabin with a radio, and make the call for assistance. Shortly after the transmission, and once a narrower area was determined, a police dog was able to locate the stranded vehicle. Jacob and Anja were found safe Tuesday.

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