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Barnett opts to represent himself at trial By Annalee Grant Townsman Staff

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he man accused of abducting his three-year-old son elected a trial by Supreme Court Justice and jury in Cranbrook Provincial Court Monday afternoon. Robert Barnett is charged with abduction by a parent/guardian and theft over $5,000 in relation to an incident on November 16 that sparked an Amber Alert when three-year-old Alvin Barnett disappeared during a supervised visit in Fernie. The boy was then smuggled over the B.C./Montana border. Robert Barnett and the child were found the next day in Whitefish, Montana, after spending the night in an allegedly stolen vehicle. The boy was returned to Canada safe.

Barnett, wearing a black T-shirt and jeans, appeared in person before Judge Lisa Mrozinski on December 17 for arraignment and election, and advised court he was representing himself. Crown counsel Andrew Mayes said Barnett had already had a bail hearing and was to be detained pending trial. Barnett told court he had contacted over a dozen lawyers and was having difficulty finding one that would take legal aid. Both counsel Rick Strahl and Greg Sawchuk, who were in court for other matters, advised court they had conversations with Barnett, but had not taken him on as a client. Sawchuk said he had informed Barnett of the availability of legal aid and explained his options

for a trial. Mrozinski cautioned Barnett, and suggested he wait before selecting a method for trial. “I don't know that you want to do your electing today,” she said. Barnett said he wanted the matter to be moved forward as fast as possible and advised he wished to elect trial by judge and jury. “I think the Crown's case speaks for itself,” Barnett said, adding that it would be up to them to prove his innocence or guilt, and he planned to call few witnesses. Barnett also queried about an assessment order of his mental ability, but Mrozinski said he would have to collect information to the court to prove or disprove an illness. She

later said if Barnett wished to have an assessment done on himself, he would have to bring that before the next judge to hear his case. Mrozinski cautioned further about the choice to proceed without counsel, but Barnett opted to continue. “I have a right to not have a lawyer and have things go as fast as possible,” he said. Barnett also asked to waive his right to a preliminary hearing, which is held ahead of a trial to gather the information for a case and determine the permissibility of evidence at a trial, and whether there is enough evidence for a trial to be held. Mrozinski said it was certainly Barnett's right to not have a preliminary hearing, noting that it would make the matter go through the courts quicker, but said it

may not be in his best interests to not have one ahead of his trial. Barnett said he was concerned about the child at the centre of the case. “There's a three-year-old involved here,” he said. Mrozinski said that should Barnett opt to seek counsel at a later date, they may have difficulty representing him. In the end, Barnett opted for a trial by judge and jury and waived his right to a preliminary hearing. He will appear before a Supreme Court Justice in person on January 14 at 10 a.m. He did not enter a plea. Barnett, who has dual American and Canadian citizenship, returned to Canada earlier this month after initially fighting extradition from Montana.


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he Elk Valley RCMP is dealing with complaints of “hazing” at one of the secondary schools. A few weeks ago, a member of the volleyball team was subjected to an initiation into the team, commonly known as “hazing.” The RCMP said they are working with the school to try to stop this practice. “We received a call a few weeks ago and the complainant informed us that there had been an incident involving a member

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Lennox explained that the location of the property poses a potential concern. “The lot is in the one and 200 year flood plain of the Elk River,” said Lennox. “However the proposed campground use is a use that is typically found in flood plains throughout the province.” Lennox went on to say that a covenant would be registered to the property’s title to address the key issues with developing in the flood plain; the City would not be held accountable for any claims relating to damage from flooding or erosion, the roads accessing the site would be wide enough and maintained to ensure vehicles can leave quickly in the event of a major flood,

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being something that the school needs to deal with.” Sgt. Thien said the victim has not been willing to disclose information at this point. “We need the victim to disclose things to us in order for us to continue our investigations, but we can’t force him to do that. “It’s an educational process that needs to take place between the school and the parents. However, our communication with the school is ongoing. We have to handle it very carefully. These are kids we’re talking about.”

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of the volleyball team and the practice of “hazing” which we believe is some form of initiation,” said Sgt. Will Thien from the Elk Valley RCMP. Sgt. Thien said that unless the victim is prepared to disclose more information, there is not anything the police are able to do. “The practice of ‘hazing’ is, in my opinion, stupid, but from the police side of things we have to determine whether or not a criminal offence has taken place. The practice is not usually something we can charge people with and it may end up

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and RVs would be kept on their wheels so they can be removed within short notice. Another location point Lennox brought up is a wetland area at the south end of the site that currently serves as a well-used wildlife corridor for deer, birds, fish, and frogs. A report done by the Ministry of Forest, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations recognizes the area as a ‘wetland complex’ with high wildlife values. Property owner Reto Barrington said that a wildlife identification study would be done before they proceed with any development to that portion of the lot. “We will identify the area that is potentially sensitive and then we’ll send a biologist in there to tell us how sensitive it is,” commented Barrington. “The impression I got from the report was that you could have walking paths and that sort of thing in there, which could actually be an added amenity to the project.” Barrington estimated that about one third of

the property will be identified and maintained as wetland, leaving the remainder for campsites. “I’m expecting that we’ll have probably at least 20 acres that we can actually work with. On the basis of typical densities we would probably be starting with a first phase of 200 sites.” While council felt there were some potential pauses for concern with the lot itself, they were unanimous in recognizing the benefits the campground would bring to Fernie. “I think we need to keep our eye on the net benefit to the community,” remarked Councillor Willard Ripley. “Just think of all those RVs that roll through here every summer and don’t stop. “This is, to me, a brilliant idea to change that land into an RV park and campground, and bring people into the community.” The next step in the process is holding a public hearing to give residents a chance to voice their opinions on the project. The City will schedule a hearing for January.

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Chamber announces Sparwood's best decorated By Jenna Jensen Contributor

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n partnership with Black Gold Bus Lines, Lilac Terrace and Sparwood Futures Society the members of Sparwood Chamber of Commerce toured the town with Sparwood seniors taking in all of the best decorated homes. Many were in the holiday spirit and had homes beautifully adorned with lights and decorations. Winners are: Best Overall: Bob & Darlene Nickerson - 1247 Valleyview Drive Best House: 1st Place Bruce and Shelly Dingerville - 450 Mountain Ash Crescent, 2nd Place Randy and Charlotte Roberts - 126 Pine Ave, 3rd Place Mike and Deanna Chala - 1304 Wildwood Drive, 4th Place Rae & Colleen Morandini - 488 Pine Ave. Honorable Mention: Fudd & Pauline Krall Best Mobile Home: 1st Place Henry Volkman and Jennifer Egan - 113 Spardell, 2nd Place Wayne Magee and Family - 53 Spardell. Honorable Mention: Sheryl & Sam Stephenson Best Balcony: Verle Jones - Ponderosa Manor Best Business: Vantage Point - Whiskey Jack Drive Best Overall Basket: Vantage Point

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Amber Funk’s journey to recovery By Jenna Jensen Contributor

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mber Funk is on her way to recovery after the October 2011 accident that almost claimed her life. Although she still has years ahead of her to relearn even simple tasks, her body has healed well enough physically that doctors and her family will now be focused on the other aspects of her injuries.

Funk has spent much of the first year healing, spending a month in an induced coma and dealing with the repercussions of her brain injury and seizures. She is currently unable to walk and has been coping with spells of intense anger and aggression, brought on by her brain injury and frustration in being unable to understand why she is in the hospital, and why she is unable to complete many day to day activities.

"Immediately after her accident she was in Foothills Hospital in Calgary. In February, something happened and things changed. She became really aggressive, and she ended up having to be strapped down to her bed. The doctors in Calgary agreed that her recovery was not moving forward and Amber was then transferred to Kamloops where they could better deal with her anger," said Amber’s mom Teresa McGillis. Since being in Kamloops things have been looking up. Amber is being medicated for her anger and beginning to cooperate. "We were in a situation where it was the only thing we could do to get her anger under control, so Amber would participate in some physiotherapy. It is better now than it was, but this is something that will most likely affect her for the rest of her life," said McGillis. Amber's family is now waiting patiently to hear if Amber can be

transferred to Ponoka, AB where they would be able to focus on her relearning day to day activities and deal with issues that arise from her brain injury. "Ponoka will be really good for her, there they teach everything without overdoing it. She really needs to be in a place where doctors can focus specifically on her brain injury," she said. "There are times where if she doesn't see me for a while, she forgets who I am. She remembers some old friends at times, but doesn't really recall her niece and nephew so it is clear that her memory, short term especially, has been affected. The doctors tell us she may never remember the week before her accident. She doesn't remember Victor or what happened and I'm not sure when that information will be worked into her life. For now, we try to keep her friends at bay, so too much info or memoires aren't unloaded on her at once, as that could be detrimental

Amber poses for a smile in the hospital in Kamloops.  to her recovery." Despite all the trials and struggles, Amber’s mom is happy to have her daughter alive and on the road to recovery. "It's baby steps. This journey has been hard on everyone. Now, it is especially hard as Amber is so far away and I just don't have the money to see

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s a strong promoter of supporting local businesses through my role at the Chamber of Commerce my husband and I try to do as much shopping and using local trade’s people as possible. Recently the Chamber hosted a luncheon that promoted the TenPercentShift; a simple initiative that challenges us all to shift our spending and think local first. We are fortunate enough to have a diverse businesses community that offer a great range of products & services; this is only possible because ‘we’ are all prepared to support these businesses. I will be going to visit my family for Christmas and they are all receiving something Fernie!!

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Local business voted one of the best in B.C. By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff

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ernie’s own Loaf Bakery and Restaurant has been named one of the top 10 best small businesses in the province. The B.C. public has voted Loaf to be one of the finalists who will compete in the Small Business B.C. Successful You Awards (SYA). Managed by Small Business B.C., the contest is free to enter and open to all new and existing small businesses across the province. Nominations were accepted during the months of October and November, with online votes deciding the top 10 finalists in the six award categories; Best Company, Best Concept, Best Employer, Best Green Business, Best Online Marketer, and Best Community Impact. Loaf is competing for the Best Company Award, which recognizes the business that

best demonstrates exceptional leadership, along with a proven track record of growth and profitability. The artisan bakery has been open in Fernie since 2009 and has always been popular with locals and out-of-towners. Loaf has only got busier since relocating to their larger, downtown location earlier this year. Loaf was also voted Best New Business 2010 by Fernie’s Chamber of Commerce, and owner Phil Gadd was included in Forty Foodies under Forty 2012. Moving forward, Loaf will complete a detailed application and provide supporting materials to submit to a panel of judges, who will select the five finalists in each category. The top five will be announced on January 30, and the final winner will be named on February 28 in Vancouver at the Successful You Awards ceremony.

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tarting in 2013, BC Transit will no longer offer service between the Elk Valley and the South Country. Effective on January 2, the Regional District of East Kootenay is cancelling transit service on route Number 2, South Country. The bus service ran on Thursdays only and had an average of less than one ride per hour. Corporate Spokesperson for BC Transit Maribeth Burton explained with such low ridership numbers, the cost of the service was just too high. “It was almost a taxi service for the one or two people that used the service,” remarked Burton. December 27 will be the last chance for Elk Valley and South Country residents to ride the route that begins in Fernie and includes stops in Grasmere, Baynes Lake, Jaffray, and Elko. While one bus service is slowing to a halt, transit ridership in Fernie, Sparwood, and Elkford is booming. September 2012 was the third most productive month in the history of Elk Valley transit. Burton suspects it has a lot to do with increased ridership from Fernie Academy students. “Transit service has become attractive to parents who don’t have to drive their own kids once they are old enough,” commented Burton. “Whether it’s strength in numbers, or just the right combination of kids in the right age group, certainly students going to the Academy get a lot of credit for increased ridership.” The months of September and October saw dramatic increases in the number of trips on BC Transit in the Elk Valley. In comparison to September of last year, ridership grew by 39 per cent, and the year-over-year increase in October was 25 per cent.

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Fernie loses out on being named top ski town By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff

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fter making it to the semi finals, Fernie was beaten in the last hour of voting in the semi finals of Powder Magazine’s Ski Town Throwdown online competition. Fernie has blown away competition so far to make in into the top four ski towns in north America. Fernie beat Jackson/Teton Valley, Wyoming, last week to move on to the semi finals against Bozeman, Montana. But Bozeman, home of Big Sky resort,

proved tough competition, and a tight race ended with a win for Bozeman. However, Fernie did receive a huge 4,819 votes. Bozeman received 4,980 votes. Jikke Gyorki, from Tourism Fernie, said, “We all worked very hard to try and win and we should be proud of the vote count we rounded up. It was a tense two days and it wasn't until the last 60 minutes where we ended up losing to Bozeman. “Thanks to all for fighting the fight. I almost feel like we just went through an Olympic battle!” The final is currently underway between Rossland/Nelson and Bozeman.

Individual dead following fire By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff

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fire at a Lake Koocanusa campground this weekend has resulted in a man’s death. Elk Valley RCMP received a call at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday reporting the incident. “There was a fire at one of the campsites over the weekend. Unfortunately the single occupant that was involved is deceased,” stated Sergeant Will Thien. “The coroner was at the scene, and we brought in the major crime scene investigators, and it is a suicide.” Thien said that the family of the deceased have been in contact with the police, however RCMP will not be releasing the name of the individual until the incident has been 100 per cent confirmed.

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lk Valley RCMP are calling the changes in drink driving laws a success after statistics were released that showed a drop in drunk drivers. In the Elk Valley, the number of impaired driving investigations nearly halved in 2012 compared to the previous year. Between January 1 2011 and November 29 2011, there were 109 cases, but only 59 in the same time period in 2012. “Impaired driving has definitely gone down in the Elk Valley,” said Sgt. Will Thien from the Elk Valley RCMP. “The immediate roadside prohibition (IRP)

has been a great tool to use in cracking down on offenders. The number of Immediate Roadside Prohibitions we have issued has also gone down, and not because we are not looking for offenders anymore. I really think the message is getting through to people.” Between January 1 2011 and November 29 2011, 30 IRPs were issued, but only 11 were issued in the same time period in 2012. “I think people are more aware of the IRP now and it has had a tremendous impact,” said Sgt. Thien. “However it is still an issue. We don’t want to see any impaired drivers on the roads.” Province-wide, an

estimated 104 lives have been saved since the provincial government introduced the tough new impaired driving law two years ago. In the five years before the immediate roadside prohibition program, there were an average of 114 people killed a year in alcohol-related collisions. In the first year of the program, 66 were killed in alcohol-related crashes; in the second year, 58. The reduction in deaths in those two years compared to the average is 104. Drivers who are impaired in B.C. face immediate penalties that can include impounding their vehicle, temporarily losing their licence, and fines and fees ranging from $600 to $4,000.

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Christmas, at least, according to the media, advertising, and everything else that bombards us with messages every day, is about spending time with family, having a big feast, sharing gifts and being filled with ‘Christmas cheer.’ That’s OK for everyone who has a family that fits into the mould of the ‘perfect’ family. Happy faces, laughing children, people who love you, and an abundance of cash, that is. But, guess what? Not everyone has a home from a Sears catalogue. Rather than being the happiest time of year, for many people Christmas is an unbearably lonely time. For those who don’t have family to share food and gifts with, being surrounded by images of Christmas merriment and perfect families only highlights the fact that they don’t fit the mould. Everywhere you turn, advertisements, magazines, TV and radio are all telling us we should have a family or someone special to spend Christmas with. For those who can’t be with loved ones, or do not have any, this just highlights the fact that they are alone. The fact is, for every person enjoying the Christmas that the TV, magazines and stores are telling us we should be, there is a person who is not, and who is feeling left out. There was an incident in the South Country this week that, according to the RCMP, appears to have been a suicide. Canadian statistics from helplines have shown that both the number and severity of calls by depressed persons increases every year through November and December, returning to normal volume towards the end of January. Christmas is depressing. But sometimes, all that is needed is someone to notice a person’s existence. If you know anybody who is spending Christmas alone, stop by with a card, invite them for dinner, or just knock on their door and say Merry Christmas. How good does it make you feel when a stranger smiles at you for no reason other than to show friendliness? Walking down the street, look people in the eye and smile. Make sure those who are feeling like they have nobody, know that other community members care, and they are not alone. Merry Christmas from all the staff at The Free Press: me, Dave, Bonny, Nicole, Andrea, Val and Kaitlyn.

Response to Peter Ross Peter quotes, "because they have little chance of forming the next government anyway.” He did not explain to the readers his reasons. Maybe Peter should note that in the Alberta provincial legislative there are four sitting NDP MLAs. In Saskatchewan, the NDP was the official opposition party before the 2011 election call, with 20 sitting NDP MLAs. After the election, they ended up with nine. They were not even the government in power and yet the Saskatchewan taxpayers blew them out the door. Saskatchewan is known for Tommy Douglas country, and today, Saskatchewan does not have one

sitting federal MP. In Manitoba, the NDP does hold government and in this year’s budgets, they gave the Manitoba taxpayers the highest tax increases that Manitobans have seen in 25 years. The NDP Sellinger government spends the taxpayers’ money like there is no tomorrow. In Ontario, the NDP is the third party, and holds 19 seats. The NDP was a one-term government in Ontario under Bob Rae and since then the taxpayers have put the NDP out to pasture. Quebec, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island do not have one elected provincial NDP MLA. Newfoundland has five NDP MLAs. The NDP is government in Nova Scotia and is being returned to opposition status in the spring election as Nova Scotians have

had enough. Once again, a one term government like that of Dave Barrett in B.C. and Bob Rae in Ontario. Peter seems to forget that Glen Clark was returned to government for a second time only with a three-seat majority. Peter is shooting off from the hip without thinking. Peter is a person that would not take back

a former spouse from a previous divorce to re-create the nightmare but is willing to do it with government. From 1952 to 2013, B.C. would have had 61 years of provincial governments, 48 with coalition governments and 13 with NDP governments. NDPers that voted for the Glen Clark government should note, "Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame

on me.” Peter has also not explained why he thinks the NDP will win government when in fact, they would be voted out in May of 2017. In future, Peter, maybe sort out your thoughts before commenting. A lot of us readers were not born yesterday. Joe Sawchuk, Duncan

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Letters to the Editor continued from page 6 No to Jumbo I would like to congratulate Mr. Peter Ross for his excellent letter. I too, question the complete destruction of wildlife habitat. I wonder about skiing on glaciers, especially since a recent scientific study has found that glaciers all over the world are melting at a far greater rate than formerly predicted. I think we need to protect every fresh water source, not deliberately destroy them. In November, I went to Cranbrook to take part in a demonstration opposing and condemning the pending so-called development. It was amazing to be with so many people, all who were protesting the devastation of this wondrous place. For centuries, the Ktunaxa people have considered Qat'Muk a special holy place where animals, plants and water should and are honoured and respected. Apparently, some people just call it another way to make money. I was angry before I heard that two councillors and a mayor had been appointed, then I was told that these people are being paid the grand sum of a million and a half dollars for "expenses" and they don't even need to be on site to "earn" this money. That really made me fume. This whole scheme to me, is nothing but a land grab and as far as I am concerned, if it is allowed to happen will destroy paradise and line the pockets of already rich people. That is my opinion anyway. Florence Phillips Fernie

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High winds create chaos rollovers Winds in Southern Alberta cause problems for motorists on Highway 22 and Highway 3 By Joni MacFarlane Crowsnest Pass Promoter

Southern Alberta’s infamous winds wreaked havoc on Highway 22 last week, flipping over four vehicles between Maycroft and Highway 3. Crowsnest Pass RCMP were called out on Tuesday, December 11 at 9:13 a.m. as a semi tractor-trailer flipped over near Willow Creek Road. Before the morning was over, another two semi tractor-trailers and a vehicle pulling a utility trailer had all experienced a similar fate. Crowsnest Pass RCMP reported the four rollovers occurred between between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Minor injuries to two of the truck drivers were reported but no one was transported to

hospital. RCMP said the wind made it hard for officers to stand on the side of the road to investigate and assist motorists.

was 143 km/hour, he added. Last year, a task force initiated by Alberta Transportation that included RCMP and Alberta Health

the wind tunnel near Cow Creek. An RWIS is similar to the Alberta Motor Association cameras, he said, but detects more information such as wind

“When a certain wind velocity is detected (by the RWIS), the flashing lights will come on and the message will tell drivers what the wind speed is and to use an alternate route.” Rick Lemire Maintenance Contract Inspector, Alberta Transportation

A l b e r t a Transportation’s Rick Lemire, maintenance contract inspector, told The Promoter that the problem area starts at kilometre seven and runs to kilometre 20 along Highway 22 northbound from Highway 3. The strongest wind velocity recorded along this stretch was 189 km/hour. On the morning of Dec. 11, it

Services EMS proposed a system to warn motorists – particularly truck driver – of the excessive winds along this route. According to Lemire, Alberta Transportation is in the midst of setting up such a warning system. A Road Weather Information System (RWIS) has been installed on Highway 22 at the north end of

velocity, road temperatures, maximum gust speeds and other data. Lemire said the RWIS will be connected to two digital signs consisting of flashing lights and a “dynamic” message. “When a certain wind velocity is detected (by the RWIS), the flashing lights will come on and the message will tell drivers what the

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

Holiday Hours The District Office, Community Conference Centre, Recreation Centre, Aquatic Center and Public Works will be closed December 25th and 26th, 2012 and January 1st, 2013. In case of an emergency please see the On Call Notice posted on the District of Elkford boards, go to our website at www.elkford.ca or call 250.910.4026.

Wishing you and yours a happy Holiday Season!

2013 Dog Licence Renewals The 2013 Dog Licence Renewals will be sent out in the next few weeks. The fee is $25.00 or $11.00 for a spayed or neutered dog licence. A late fee of $5.00 will be charged if the licence is not purchased by the end of February. New pet owners are required to purchase a licence. For new licences please bring the certificate of spaying/neutering.

Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings • January 14 General Meeting @ 6:00 pm • January 28 General Meeting @ 6:00 pm These meetings will be held in the Council Chambers at 816 Michel Road and are open to the public.

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2013 Business Licence Renewals

The 2013 Business Licence Renewals have been sent out. The Annual Business Licence fee is $100. If payment is received by January 15th, 2013, the renewal fee is reduced to $75. If you have a 2012 Business Licence and do not receive your 2013 renewal notice, please contact the District Office.

We’re on the prowl for adventurous spirits:

Manager of Planning and Development Services For more information: www.elkford.ca

wind speed is and to use an alternate route,” he said. One sign will be installed on Highway 3 at the south end of Highway 22 so drivers can continue on and use Highway 2 northbound. The other will be at the west end of Secondary Highway 533 from Nanton. Lemire said the project is currently in the design phase and sizing is being determined. They are also deciding what the wind speed should be to trigger the flashing lights and messaging, but suspects it will be around 80 km/hour. The system is expected to be in place in February or March, said Lemire.


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Around the Valley

Vandalized track stops coal train

Around the Valley is a free listing to any local service. Please send an email to editor@thefreepress.ca or drop off a brief description of your event at The Free Press office.

By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff

Banff Mountain Film Festival

Starting Friday, December 21 to Thursday, December 24

The Hobbit in 3D

Rise of the Guardians

Jan 3, 2013- Tickets on sale Nov 15 at The Guides Hut

Rated: PG 6:00 & 9:00 pm Rated: G 7:00 & 9:00 pm 2:30 pm matinee ONLY 3:00 pm matinee ONLY Matinees on Saturday & Sunday - $6.50 per person

321 2nd Avenue in Historical Downtown Fernie 250-423-7111

General

Senior

Family

$10.00

$8.00

$29.00

3D MOVIES

Child (12-)

$2.00 Extra $6.50

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coal train was damaged last month after it hit a six-foot piece of rail that had been deliberately placed across the railway

tracks. The Canadian Pacific Police Service is investigating the incident near Sparwood and is looking for anyone with information to come forward. Kevin Hrysak from Canadian Pacific said the train had been damaged as a result of the November 12 incident and was forced to make an emergency stop. “At 12:05 p.m. a CP train was required to make an emergency stop after it made contact with a

six-foot piece of rail that was placed across the tracks,” he said. “This deliberate act of mischief resulted in damage to CP equipment and railway infrastructure and temporarily halted traffic on our rail line in this region. This incident could have resulted in more serious consequences in the surrounding community and personal injury.” CP Police Service along with local law enforcement are looking for the public’s help to solve this crime and prevent these types of actions from occurring in the future. If anyone has information relating to this investigation, contact the Canadian Pacific Police Control Centre at 1-800716-9132, Elk Valley RCMP at 1-250-425-6233 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

THIS WEEK Thursday, December 20

• 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. • 4-H Community Christmas Concert (music, fun, goodies and of course, Santa) welcome all young and young at heart. Pioneer Hall ,Grasmere. 7 p.m.

Friday, December 21

• 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.

Saturday, December 22

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

Sunday, December 23

• 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. • Pageant and potluck at Christ Church Anglican, Fernie. 9:30 a.m.

Monday, December 24

• Sonrise Healing Rooms open for prayer, 1 to 3 p.m. at 1361 Eighth Avenue, Fernie. • Holy Eucharist at Christ Church Anglican, Fernie. 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 25 Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 26

• 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. • Sonrise Healing Rooms open for

prayer, 7 to 9 p.m. at 1361 Eighth Avenue, Fernie.

Thursday, December 27

• TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Thursday night, 6:15 -7:30 p.m. in the Salvation Army building. Call Isabel, 250-423-7043. • Every Thursday 6:30 p.m onwards – fun darts at Sparwood Legion. • Fernie Elks Lodge meeting – promoting and supporting community needs. Call 250-423-7536. • Red Cedar Book Club for grades 4 to 7 at Fernie Heritage Library 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

Friday, December 28

• 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. •Sparwood Legion open jam session every second Friday at 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 29

• 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 30

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

Monday, December 31

• 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 wyhames@gmail.com • Sonrise Healing Rooms open for prayer, 1 to 3 p.m. at 1361 Eighth Avenue, Fernie.

Your Hometown Sears would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Come visit us Boxing Day and check out the great deals.

Tuesday, January 1 Happy New Year!

743 2nd Ave, Fernie (250) 423-6821


City Council Meeting Schedule December 2012 2 3 4 9 10 11 16 17 18 23 24 25 30 31

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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

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

Merry Christmas! Members of the Fernie Fire Rescue Department would like to “Wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season” and remind everyone about the importance of fire safety at Christmas time. Don’t let fire ruin your holiday celebrations. Have a safe and Merry Christmas from Fernie Fire Rescue!

Season’s Greetings

Council and Staff for the City of Fernie wish everyone the best of the season. Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year! City Hall - Holiday Hours Monday, December 24 Tuesday, December 25 Wednesday, December 26 Thursday, December 27 Friday, December 28 Monday, December 31 Tuesday, January 1, 2013

8:00 – 4:00 p.m. Closed Closed 8:00 – 5:00 p.m. 8:00 – 5:00 p.m. 8:00 – 5:00 p.m. Closed

In the Case of an emergency please call the Fire Hall at 250 423.4226

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Christmas Pool Schedule

Fernie Aquatic Centre

Holiday Activities are scheduled for:

Happy Holidays

Dec 23, 2012 - Jan 5, 2013

Days of the week Date Sun Dec 23 Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri

Ph: 250-423-6817 Fx: 250-423-3034 Email: cityhall@fernie.ca Website: www.fernie.ca 501-3rd Avenue, Box 190 Fernie, British Columbia V0B 1M0

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Sat Aqua-Fit Gentle Fit

Dec 30 Dec 24

Dec 31 Dec 25

Public Swim 2 - 8 pm

Water Slide 2:30 - 8 pm

Lane Swim 2 - 8 pm

8:30 am - 3:00 pm

11 am - 3:00 pm

8:30 am - 3:00 pm

CLOSED

Jan 1

for Christmas Day, New Years

Dec 26 Jan 2

8:30 am - 8:00 pm

Dec 27

Jan 3 Dec 28

Jan 4 Dec 29

Jan 5 Dec 24, 28, 31 2012 Jan 2, 4 2013 Dec 27, 2012 Jan 3, 4 2013

& Boxing Day! 12 - 6 pm

8:30 am - 8:00 pm

8:30 am - 8:00 pm

12 - 6 pm

8:30 am - 8:00 pm

8:30 am - 8:00 pm

12 - 6 pm

8:30 am - 8:00 pm

2 - 8 pm

2:30 - 8 pm

2 - 8 pm

8:30 am - 9:15 am 10:30 am - 11:15 am

December 24 December 25 & 26 December 27 & 28 December 31

12 noon – 2:00 pm Closed 4:30 – 6:30 pm 12 noon – 2:00 pm

January 2, 2013

6:00 p.m. (POLAR BEAR SWIM) 4:30 – 6:30 pm 4:30 – 6:30 pm

January 3 January 4

Classes will be continuing throughout the holiday Classes will be continuing throughout the holiday

250-423-4466 ext “0” - New Winter & Holiday Swim & Skate Schedules online at www.fernie.ca

Fernie Memorial Arena Holiday Skating Schedule Youth Shinny Dec 27, Dec 28, Jan 2, Jan 3, Jan 4 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Adult Shinny Dec 24, Dec 27, Dec 31, Jan 2, Jan 3 8:45 am - 10:15 pm

Public Skating During the Week Dec 24, Dec 27, Dec 28, Dec 31, Jan 2, Jan 3, Jan 4 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Public Skating On the Weekends Dec 22, Dec 23, Dec 29, Dec 30 pm 2:00 pm- 3:45 pm

2013 Council Meeting Schedule Notice In accordance with section 127 of the Community Charter and City of Fernie Council Procedure Bylaw No. 1956, notice is hereby given that Council has confirmed the 2013 schedule of the dates, times and place of Regular Council meetings. The schedule is posted on the City of Fernie Public Notice Board located adjacent to the Heritage Library at 492 - 3rd Avenue, Fernie B.C. A paper copy of the schedule is available to the public at any time during regular office hours which are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except statutory holidays and is also posted on the City of Fernie website at www.fernie.ca

For Private Christmas Ice Booking please call 250 423-4466 ext 228

Council and Committee of the Whole Meeting Schedule

Holiday Garbage & Recycling Collection - Schedule Change

2nd and 4th Monday of each month (except for the month of December & Statutory Holidays) in Council Chambers at City Hall & 501-3rd Avenue. When a meeting falls on a statutory holiday, the meeting will be held on the next day City Hall is open.

The following changes will apply to the residential garbage and recycling collection schedule over the holiday season: Garbage Collection Regular Pick Up Tuesday, Dec 25 Wednesday, Dec 26 Thursday, Dec 27 Tuesday, Jan 1 Wednesday, Jan 2 Thursday, Jan 3

Revised Schedule Monday, Dec 24 no change no change Monday, Dec 31 no change no change

Recycling Collection Collection Area Collection Date Area 1 (Annex, Maintown, Dec 21 and Jan 4 Alpine Trails) Area 2 (West Fernie, Mt View Dec 28 and Jan 11 Castle Mtn, Ridgemont)

Please visit the website for the full 2013 garbage and recycle collection schedule www.fernie.ca. Fernie Transfer Station

Regular Hours: 9:00 - 5:00 pm Monday to Friday 10:00 - 4:00 pm Saturday and Sunday December 24 December 25 December 26 December 31 January 1

9:00 - 3:30 pm Closed 9:00 - 3:30 pm 9:00 - 3:30 pm Closed

Committee of the Whole Meetings are held at 10:00 a.m. Regular Council Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. JANUARY

JULY

Monday 14 | Monday 28

Monday 8 | Monday 22

Tuesday 12 | Monday 25

Monday 12 | Monday 26

Monday 11 | Monday 25

Monday 9 | Monday 23

Monday 8 | Monday 22

Tuesday 15 | Monday 28

Monday 13 | Monday 27

Tuesday 12 | Monday 25

Monday 10 | Monday 24

Monday 16

FEBRUARY MARCH APRIL MAY

JUNE

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER OCTOBER

NOVEMBER DECEMBER

The regular meeting schedule is subject to change with notice. For more information regarding Council meetings or to request to be delegation please contact: Michelle Martineau,

Director of Corporate Administration Services (T) 250.423.2231 (F) 250. 423.3034 (E) michelle.martineau@fernie.ca

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

www.sparwood.ca

HOLIDAY HOURS AND INFORMATION

The District of Sparwood Municipal Office and Engineering Office will be closed Monday, December 24, 2012 to Friday, December 28, 2012 inclusive and Tuesday, January 1, 2013. Both offices will be open for regular hours Monday, December 31, 2012. Anyone wishing to make tax or utility payments can do so by leaving a cheque in the drop box located at the front entry, or by internet payment through your financial institution.

Household Garbage Collection All garbage normally picked up on Tuesday, December 25, will be picked up on Monday, December 24 and all garbage normally picked up on Wednesday, December 26, will be picked up on Thursday, December 27. All garbage normally picked up on Tuesday, January 1, 2013, will be picked up on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. PLEASE HAVE YOUR GARBAGE SET OUT BY 8:00 A.M. There are no limits on number of garbage bags from December 17, 2012 to January 11, 2013. A reminder that cardboard is banned from the landfill site and must not be put out with your household refuse. Christmas wrapping “paper” (not foil) can be recycled. All uncontaminated cardboard must be RECYCLED. Transfer Station Operating Hours December 24, 2012 10:00 am to 3:30 pm December 25 and 26, 2012 Closed December 31, 2012 10:00 am to 3:30 pm January 1, 2013 Closed

Discarding Christmas Trees You may drop off your old Christmas trees behind Fire Hall No. 1 on Pine Avenue or behind the Sparwood Heights Fire Hall. The District will provide pick up service for those who are unable to drop them off. Leave the tree at your curb for pickup any time up to January 11, 2013. Please ensure that you have removed the tinsel before discarding tree. For further information, please contact the Public Works Department at 425-7760. For any Animal Pound Emergencies call 425-7718 From Council and Staff of the District of Sparwood Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season

NOTICE OF REGULAR COUNCIL MEETINGS FOR 2013 January 7 January 21

May 6 May 21 (Tuesday)

February 4 February 18

June 3 June 17

March 4 March 18

July 2 (Tuesday) July 15

April 2 (Tuesday) April 15

August 6 (Tuesday) August 19

September 3 (Tuesday) October 7 October 21 November 4 November 18 December 2 December 16

Items for the agenda must be received at the Municipal Office by noon on the Wednesday preceding the meeting. Anyone wishing to address Council must submit an Application to Appear Before Council, available on the District’s website, by fax or request at the front counter. All Regular Meetings commence at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Office, 136 Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, BC and are televised on Shaw Cable at 7:00 p.m. on the Wednesday following the meeting or at other times as advertised. Meetings will also be available on our website at www.sparwood.ca/councilmeetings and on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/sparwood.bc

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETINGS FOR 2013 January 28 February 25 March 25 April 29

May 27 June 24 July 29 August 26

September 30 October 28 November 25

All Committee of the Whole Meetings commence at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Office, 136 Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, BC. This schedule of Regular and Committee of the Whole meeting dates is available throughout the year on the District’s website at www.sparwood.ca and at the District Office. Raeleen Manjak Director of Corporate Services

Request for Quotation (RFQ) Number: 2013-013

Towing Services for the District of Sparwood The District of Sparwood is requesting information from interested parties for the supply of towing services within the District of Sparwood boundaries. The District of Sparwood reserves the right to waive informalities, to reject any or all RFQ’s, or to accept the RFQ deemed most favourable in the interest of the District of Sparwood. The District of Sparwood Sparwood is situated in the Rocky Mountains of south eastern BC. Our location offers a myriad of outdoor recreational opportunities, stunning vistas, and all the fresh elements naturally afforded in a spectacular mountain setting. We're a working community. We've always been involved in the mining industry, and coal is at the core of our community. But we're more than metallurgical ore; we're a group of people who are united in interests, activities and place. Sparwood was originally a collection of five coal mining communities. During the 1960's, the communities were consolidated into one area or District, called Sparwood, in homage to the history of trees harvested in the area intended for use as masts on ships. For a complete overview on our incredible Rocky Mountain mining community, download and view our Community Profile. Local Government in Sparwood Sparwood’s local government is lead by a proactive Mayor and six Councillors that work hard to explore opportunities for diversification and growth. The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is appointed by and reports to the Municipal Council. The CAO oversees the overall administration of the Municipality, its officers and employees. In addition, the CAO is charged with keeping Council up to date on corporate matters, advising Council on policy and other matters and ensuring that Council policy is implemented. The CAO also leads the senior management team and sets the overall strategic direction for short and long term administrative goals The Purpose of Issuing this RFQ is to: a) Receive quotations; and to b) Award the contract for the provision of towing services within District boundaries. Interested parties are invited to respond to this RFQ by submitting a response to the District. Responses should include ideas, information, and recommendations that could result in a clarification of the requirements, cost-saving opportunities, and the identification of potential problem areas with this initiative. RFQ Specifications: Specifically, this project is to provide towing and impound services for the District of Sparwood, as required. It is expected that this quotation will outline requirements such as; a 6 am to 4 pm availability, local impound locations and hours of operation, collection and remittance of fees, and fee structure for different types of towing services. Term: The term is for a three (3) year period. The District of Sparwood will require information as to the following services provided: • Local impound yard; • Collection of fees; • 6 am to 4 pm availability; • After hours contact information and availability;

• Fee structure for towing different types of vehicles; Respondents are requested to provide a concise and focused response to this RFQ. Responses are requested in the following format: a) Brief company or personal profile; b) Name of a key contact person, including telephone number, fax number and email address; c) Your interest in providing the services; d) Brief description of experience in the towing industry; e) From your past experience, has the District identified all the major components necessary to complete this project? If not, please provide information on other necessary components; f) Please provide a list of potential problems/risks that the District may encounter during this project; g) Please provide any ideas or suggestions about how such problems/risks should be addressed in a solicitation; h) Please provide a per type of tow rate; i) Two (2) professional references; j) Your ability to provide for back-up and substitution if you are unable to provide available towing services; k) Identification and discussion of key factors that the respondent recommends the District consider when establishing its future business requirements; and l) Other required information specific to the nature of this RFQ and deemed important by the respondent. If subsequent competitive bidding opportunities are issued, the District is under no obligation to advise any vendor responding to this RFQ. Vendors are advised to monitor the District of Sparwood website (www. sparwood.ca) for any such opportunities, which will be open to all vendors regardless of whether or not a response to this RFQ has been submitted. All responses to this RFQ become the property of the District and will be held in confidence, subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Respondents to this RFQ consent to the District incorporating any submitted ideas, concepts, approaches, or strategies into any planning, design, procurement, or contractual activities related to any aspect of the project without any obligation, liability, or consideration on the part of the District. The District will not be responsible for any costs incurred by any vendor in responding to this RFQ. Responses should be delivered by hand, regular mail, facsimile or email to the following location before 4:00 p.m. Mountain Time on January 3, 2013 and should quote RFQ Number 2013-013. District of Sparwood PO Box 520 136 Spruce Avenue Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0 Fax: 250-425-7277 Email: mbohmer@sparwood.ca OR Contact Person: Mel Bohmer Director of Operations 250-425-7760 mbohmer@sparwood.ca


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When the Ghostriders

score their 1st goal throw a teddy bear

on the ice!

Friday, December 21st

Ghostriders Home Game

Bears will be taken to the

Fernie Salvation Army!

Fernie Memorial Arena • Game Time: 7:30 pm Purchase your teddy bear at

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Have your say on proposed underground coal mine In the spirit of the season we offer you our sincerest wishes and deepest gratitude. May you have the happiest, most fun-filled holiday season ever.

Marian B. Gravelle - Notary Public & Staff Sparwood Office: 114 Centennial Square Toll Free:1-800-668-7729 Fax: 250-425-2204

Fernie Office: 78 Ridgemont Drive Phone: 250-423-2161 Fax: 250-423-6149

Job opportunity The Sparwood Golf Club requires a bookkeeper on a part-time basis starting in January 2013. The position is year round, with the majority of work during the golf season. The average number of hours is between 9 and 15 per week. Applicants must be knowledgeable with recognized accounting principles, as well as proficient with Simply Accounting Pro. Duties include, but are not limited to: payroll; accounts payable; accounts receivable; monthly bank reconciliation; cash-out reconciliation; filing of all mandatory employment related costs; and submission of all government taxes. For more information, or to apply, please contact: Rod Uhll, Manager Sparwood Golf Club 250-425-2612 rod@sparwoodgolf.com

CHRISTMAS CLOSURE

By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff

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he Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is calling on members of the public to give their opinion on whether or not they should carry out an assessment on the proposed Bingay Main Coal Project near Elkford. Centremount Coal Limited is proposing the construction, operation, and decommissioning of an open pit and underground coal mine located approximately 21 kilometres north of Elkford, in southeastern British Columbia. As proposed, the project would produce two million tonnes of metallurgical coal per year over a mine life of 20 years. As part of the strengthened and modernized Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) put in place to support the government's Responsible Resource Development Initiative, the

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency must determine whether a federal environmental assessment is required. To assist it in making its decision, the Agency is seeking comments from the public on the project and its potential effects on the environment. Written comments must be submitted by December 23 to: Bingay Main Coal Project Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency 410 - 701 West Georgia Street Vancouver BC V7Y 1C6 Telephone: 604-666-2431 Fax: 604-666-6990 Bingay@ceaa-acee.gc.ca To view a summary of the project description or for more information on the project and on the environmental assessment process, visit the Agency’s website (registry reference number 80024). The Agency will post a decision stating whether a federal environmental assessment is

required on its website. Céline Legault
, Communications Advisor at CEAA, said that if it is determined that a federal environmental assessment is required, the public will have three more opportunities to comment on this project, consistent with the transparency and public engagement elements of CEAA 2012. “Projects subject to CEAA 2012 are assessed using a science-based approach,” she said. “If the project is permitted to proceed to the next phase, this project will continue to be subject to Canada’s strong environmental laws, rigorous enforcement and follow-up, and increased fines.” The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency administers the federal environmental assessment process, which identifies the environmental effects of proposed projects and measures to address those effects, in support of sustainable development.

Library benefits from marathon

Nufloors is CLOSED: Saturday, December 22nd to Wednesday, December 26th Nufloors is OPEN: Thursday, December 27th and Friday, December 28th 9:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M. Nufloors will be CLOSED: Saturday, December 29th to Tuesday, January 1st Nufloors will re-open regular hours January 2nd If you need assistance while we are closed, please call the store at 250-423-4314 and leave your name and number We will get back to you as soon as possible to arrange an appointment Nufloors wishes everyone a Merry Christmas And the very Best in the New Year

Mary Ann Bernier, Fernie Half Marathon organizer, hands a cheque for $2,000 to Emma Dressler from the Fernie Heritage Library. Submitted photo By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff

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hildren’s programming at the Fernie Heritage Library got a boost from the Fernie Half Marathon this month with a cheque for $2,000.

For all of your personal, commercial or industrial automotive repair needs! come into elkford and check out our newly expanded parts showroom. new stock arriving daily! From bumper to bumper and the ground up come see Mountain Mechanical for all of your repair needs!

Home of the elk valley’s Most exPerienced Mechanics!

The money comes from the proceeds of the event in October. Library Director, Emma Dressler, said, “Every year the Friends of the Fernie Heritage Library are delighted to get this boost from the half marathon for children’s programming.”

Wishing all of our clients a Happy Holiday Season! From the staff at Coal Valley Motor Products

Free local pick up and delivery! Sparwood - 743 Douglas Fir

250-425-6535

Now hiring for service, parts and warehouse. Please don’t drink & drive

Elkford - 1 Front Street

250-865-4622

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he cost of curbside waste and recycling collection is about to be a little lower for Fernie residents. The recent awarding of a

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new contract with Southeast Contracting Ltd. for the removal of solid waste and recycling has resulted in a large savings for the City of Fernie. The cost is paid for by Fernie residents and covers curbside service, as well as collection of the City-owned waste and

SE SEDAN

$ 2013

WELL- EQUIPPED FOR ONLY

15,999 *

1,000

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recycling bins around town. The current fee residents pay for the service is $8.36 a month, or $100.32 a year. The annual charges are being reduced by just over $65,000 a year, making a significant difference in the regular fees.

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MANUFACTURER REBATE AND $1,700 FREIGHT & AIR TAX.

MANUFACTURER REBATE AND $1,650 FREIGHT & AIR TAX.

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“Due to the reduction in the contract, cost recovery can now be achieved at $5.81 per month, which is $69.92 a year,” explained Jim Hendricks, Director of Financial and Computer Services and Acting CAO for the City. “That’s a reduction of $30.60 per

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Regional District of East Kootenay

BYLAW 2399

Bylaw Amendment - Jaffray

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors is considering an application by Anderson Holdings Ltd. to amend the Jaffray, Tie Lake, Rosen Lake Land Use and Floodplain Management Bylaw. If approved, the amendment will change the land use designation of the subject property to facilitate a two lot subdivision. The subject property is located on Highway 3/93 in Jaffray and is shown on the attached map. Bylaw No. 2399 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Jaffray, Tie Lake, Rosen Lake Land Use and Floodplain Management Bylaw No. 1414, 1999 – Amendment Bylaw No. 19, 2012 (Jaffray / Anderson Holdings Ltd.)” will amend the land use designation of the subject property from RR-1, Rural Residential (Estate) Zone to RS-1 Single Family Residential Zone. A public hearing will be held at: Jaffray Community Hall 7375 Jaffray Village Loop Road Jaffray, BC Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 4:00 pm The Board has delegated the holding of this hearing to the Directors for Electoral Areas A and B. If you believe that your interest in property is affected by the proposed Bylaw, you may prior to the hearing: • inspect the Bylaw and supporting information at the RDEK office in Cranbrook from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays; • mail, fax or email written submissions to the addresses/numbers shown below; or • present written and/or verbal submissions at the hearing. Submissions cannot be accepted after the public hearing. All written submissions are public information pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This notice is not an interpretation of the Bylaw. For more information, contact Tracy Van de Wiel, Planning Technician, at 250-489-0306, toll free at 1-888-478-7335, or email tvandewiel@rdek.bc.ca.

RDEK Holiday Hours Fernie Transfer Station

(Regular Hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm Mon to Fri and 10:00am - 4:00pm Sat and Sun)

December 24 December 25 December 26 December 31 January 1

9:00 am to 3:30 pm Closed 9:00 am to 5:00pm 9:00 am to 3:30 pm Closed

Sparwood Transfer Station

(Regular Hours: 10:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Saturday)

December 24 December 25 & 26 December 27 to 29 December 31 January 1

10:00 am to 3:30 pm Closed 10:00 am to 5:00 pm 10:00 am to 3:30 pm Closed

Elkford Transfer Station

(Regular Hours: 9:30am - 3:30pm Tues, Thurs and Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm Saturday)

December 25 & 26 Closed December 27 to 28 9:30 am to 3:30pm December 29 10:00 am to 5:00pm January 1 Closed Back to regular winter hours effective January 3, 2013

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(Regular Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:30pm)

December 24 December 25 & 26 December 31 January 1

8:30 am - 3:00 pm Closed 8:30 am to 3:00 pm Closed

19 - 24th Avenue South, Cranbrook BC V1C 3H8 Phone: 250-489-2791 Toll Free: 1-888-478-7335 Email: info@rdek.bc.ca Website: www.rdek.bc.ca

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Teens put the spotlight on bullying By Jenna Jensen Contributor

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n a joint effort with the District Student Advisory Council and Student Voices, teens from Cranbrook to Elkford gathered together to put the spotlight on bullying. Student Voices began in 1990, when a group of dedicated students and educators saw a need for enhancing student leadership in British Columbia. The B.C. Principals’ & VicePrincipals’ Association, with the support of the Ministry of Education, assisted the group in launching a concept called BC Student Voice. Since then, the Voice has grown to represent all regions across the province. BC Student Voice has placed representatives on provincial Ministry of Education committees and represented student opinion at regional and provincial meetings and played a very important role in students getting their voices heard and influencing decisions that affect their education. With bullying at the forefront of student and school concerns, thoughts from students who are at the heart of the issue are seen to make a huge impact on what school staff, adults and parents can do to help. Information, thoughts and ideas gathered during the

student discussions will then be taken to higher levels within the BC education system as well as being heard by the Minister of Education. Leadership students from each school within School District 5 took the trip to Elkford and spent the day in discussions focused on bullying, what resources are available and what can be done to stop the epidemic of peer bullying. The overwhelming theme to the discussions were that students felt as if teachers, principals and parents could do very little to stop bullying and it was up to the students as a collective peer group to put an end it. "Eden Miller, a grade 9 student from Parkland Elementary School, said, "It really needs to be the students taking a stand to fix this.” Kieyra Harris, a grade 11 student from Mt. Baker stressed the importance of having programs in communities that involve peers. "Sometimes our parents don't really know about bullying and aren't sure what to do to help," she said. "It is obvious that bullying is everywhere. We could talk about it all we want, but we need to actually do something about it to make a difference," said Savanah Kormil, a grade 9 student from Jaffray.

Students from across the District gather together at Elkford Secondary School to discuss bullying.  Photo by J. Jensen

Students all said that peer support, and a strong peer counseling system is somewhat effective in combating bullying. "It is the peer support that is necessary," said Scott Takenaka, a grade 12 student from Elkford Secondary School. "At our school we have a group of girls and guys available for peer support. It’s completely helpful. Teachers and adults don't really make a big difference but when a student is getting bullied and they are able to come talk to other peers about the situation it helps.”

Notice of planned work Teck will be carrying out slope remediation work on Sparwood Ridge near Highway 3, 1km east of the Highway 3/43 intersection. Work is expected to begin in mid-December, if weather permits. Phase 1 will involve ground work in preparation for slope remediation, which is expected to be carried out in early 2013. During this time, heavy equipment will be operating between Highway 3 and the power line. For your safety and ours, please do not enter this area. This work will not affect highway traffic flow, but please be aware heavy equipment will be accessing the site from the Coal Discovery Centre intersection on Highway 3 in Sparwood. Further information will be advertised before Phase 2 of this project. If you have any questions, contact Nic Milligan, Manager of Community and Aboriginal Affairs, at 250 423 3335 or nic.milligan@teck.com


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For the love of dance By Jenna Jensen Contributor

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any proud parents, family members, friends and guests attended Sparwood's first ever dance recital titled 'For the Love of Dance.’ Hosted by the District of Sparwood Community and Facility Services, 65 kids between two and 13 danced the night away in perfectly organized routines taught by Sparwood's newest dance teacher, Kelly Stoffelf. The recital, held at Sparwood Secondary School saw many ballet and jazz performances by all of the dancers and special guest dancer Reagen Etue wowed the crowd. "This program was hugely popular,” said Sheri Taylor from Sparwood Recreation Department. “This is the first time we have had a dance program in Sparwood and the community absolutely loved it, so much we have even had to add on extra classes. So many people came out to the recital and all the dancers had so much fun and loved the experience." Registration is again underway for classes and the Sparwood Recreation Department is looking forward to another successful dancing year for kids in the community. Dancers put on an excellent performance at Sparwood’s first ever dance recital. 

Celebrate the holidays with the Fernie Heritage Library By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff

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he Fernie Heritage Library invites everyone out to their annual Christmas Celebration this Saturday, from 2 to 4 p.m. Adults and children are welcome and there will be activities for

all to enjoy. Come and have fun with cookie decorating, showings of The Grinch, crafts, plus a poetry writing Xmas Slam workshop for kids ages nine through 12, with Natalie Fisher and Adam Macdonald. It’s not all about the kids, adults can take

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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part in the Christmas cookie potluck starting at 3:15 p.m., and everyone can join in on the community carol sing from 3:30 to 4 p.m. The festivities will also include a few special surprises, a wacky photo booth, and of course, lot of gingerbread and cider!

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Shortbread showdown By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff

Do you have the best shortbread recipe and are dying to show it off? Here’s your chance! The second annual Shortbread Showdown is happening this Sunday, so get your oven mitts at the ready as this contest is sure to heat up! Enter a few dozen cookies and see how yours stack up. Or, if you are not blessed with baking skills, come and enjoy tasting! Cookies are displayed without bakers’ names attached so there is no favouritism. You just pay an entry fee, then get tasting. Vote by putting money in the jar in front of the tastiest cookie! All money raised will go towards the fundraising efforts for the Youth Public Art Project. Register by Friday, December 21 and drop off cookies on Sunday, December 23 at noon. The competition will be on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Arts Station, Fernie. For more information or to register call 250-423-4842 or email info@theartsstation.com.

RedGirl to Jingle Bell Rock The Arts Station By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff

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ernie favourite RedGirl will delight audiences with a free, holiday themed performance tonight. The local band will take the stage at The Arts Station as part of Fernie’s What the Dickens winter festival. Frontwoman Anie Hepher will also lead the Fernie Ukulele Orchestra in their very first performance as the opening act. The orchestra, featuring 30 young ukulele players, will play in the lobby of The Arts Station

from 7:30 p.m. until 7:50 p.m. RedGirl will get the main event started at 8 p.m. on the main stage. While everyone is welcome to come check out the Ukulele Orchestra at no cost, a ticket is required to stay for RedGirl’s show. While admission is free, there’s only a limited amount of space available. Just 90 tickets can be picked up at The Arts Station prior to the concert. Donations will be welcome, with all of the proceeds going to the Earl family, in support of two-year-old Lily Earl’s ongoing leukaemia treatment.

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Student rewarded for bicycle safety By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff

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rade one student Ruby Staples is the lucky winner of the Elk Valley RCMP’s Get Caught Being Good bicycle safety program. The Isabella Dicken Elementary School student has received a $500 gift certificate to The Guides Hut, meant to be used towards the purchase of a new bike. In conjunction with Teck Coal, Get Caught Being Good encourages and recognizes safe bicycle practices in Fernie, Sparwood, and Elkford.

RCMP, along with local firefighters, spent time on the streets over the last few months looking for individuals wearing properly fitting bicycle helmets, and acting as positive role models for bicycle safety in their community. Adults and children who were found demonstrating safe bicycle practices were given the chance to enter a draw for the program’s grand prizes. Ruby has received the youth prize, while an adult will be rewarded with a gift certificate for a night’s stay at Island Lake Lodge.

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Constable Dave Trenholm with the Elk Valley RCMP and Tammy Ogden with Teck Coal present Ruby Staples with a $500 gift certificate to purchase a new bike.  Photo by N. Liebermann

Caught being good goes great By Jenna Jensen Contributor

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unning for the second year in a row, the Caught Being Good program has been a huge success in many ways. The program, which runs from May until September, was initiated after police had attended to sev-

eral unfortunate head injuries stemming from local residents falling off their bikes without wearing a helmet. "We really noticed that people biking in the backcountry, and on trails did in fact wear helmets frequently. It was the people just biking around town that didn't,” said Cpl. Don

Thank You

Hope it’s your best one yet!

Thank you to the community for its continued support in fundraising for Muscular Dystrophy and the Burn Unit. A special thank you the little boy from the Bean Pod Naoise Heavey who gave us his big bowl of tips from the day. Thank you Fernie and surrounding area! Fernie Fire Rescue

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Erichsen, who was instrumental in bringing this initiative to the valley. "We really felt like in this circumstance it would be beneficial to acknowledge positive behaviour instead of the negative, and that's where Caught Being Good began," he said. Throughout the summer months the RCMP and firefighters were seen out and about, identifying and acknowledging residents that were obeying the rules, mainly by wearing a helmet. Those caught being good were given a voucher, and entered into a draw. Early in November the draw was made for prizes, and thanks to a successful program partnership with Teck, the stakes were higher, and prizewinners were drawn for each community in the Elk Valley. The youth winners were awarded a $500 gift certificate for a new bike, and the adult winners each received a one-

night stay, including breakfast and dinner at Island Lake Lodge. "We are extremely blessed that Teck is such a generous corporate partner for this program and that we could extend it across the entire Elk Valley," said Erichsen. The youth will each be presented their award at their school, ensuring more positive exposure for the program. "Injury from riding bikes in town without a helmet was a serious public safety issue, and we have seen no reoccurrences in the last 12 months," reported Erichsen. Caught being good will resume again in 2013. The 2012 youth winners were: Benjamin Durban (Elkford), Charli Allardice (Sparwood) and Ruby Staples (Fernie). The adult winners were: Mary Haybour (Elkford), Sidharth Mehta (Sparwood) and Aaron Anderson (Fernie).

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Former Ghostrider embraces new role as father

Brendan Burge with new baby daughter Bodene Raleigh Rogal Burge. Submitted Photo ByMatt Laurin Sports Contributor

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rendan Burge knew in his heart it was the right thing to do. As the due date for his first child grew nearer, the 20-year-old forward for the Fernie Ghostriders found it increasingly difficult to focus on playing hockey. With his girlfriend Becka expecting any day, Burge found his mind wandering from the ice in Fernie to his family in Invermere.

On December 2, everything changed. Shortly after 4 a.m. Bodene Raleigh Rogal Burge entered the world – and Brendan became a father. “She’s just the cutest thing I’ve seen in my whole life,” Burge said of his new daughter. “It’s just an amazing feeling.” And while Burge has embraced his new role as a dad, it came with another tough decision – to part ways with the Fernie Ghostriders, his hockey team for the

past three seasons. Burge will play the remainder of the season with the Columbia Valley Rockies, so he can be close to his family. “Playing in Fernie in the last couple of years has been one of the better times in my hockey career. I’ve been treated better there then anywhere else in my life,” Burge said. “Things came up in my life where family became a part of it, and I have a little baby girl now. The way I look at it is family is everything, and hockey is a game.” While the decision was not an easy one, in the end it was the right thing to do. “The closer we got to her due date, the more my gut just couldn’t leave. I wanted to go back, but I didn’t,” Burge said, sounding wise beyond his years. “I felt like I had to make a decision based on my gut, and in the end it was right.” Heading into the season, Burge had every

intention of finishing his junior career with the Riders. His billets in Fernie were aware of his situation, and more than willing to help. “I know people have done it, and I probably could have done it in Fernie, but I feel like I would have wanted to be at home with them too much. I really appreciate everyone who offered to help try to make it work.” Making the decision easier for Burge, Ghostriders head coach Barry Wolff fully supported the move. And while it wasn’t easy for Wolff to part ways with his best player, it reflects on the coach’s emphasis on a family-first mentality. “It was really the best way anyone could have handled it,” Burge said. “He was very upfront and very forward, and I understand that I was a big part of the team in Fernie, but Barry was very understanding of the decision I made.” Burge said it was

an honour to play for Wolff, who even made a point to send a gift to the new family. Teammates were also supportive of Burge’s decision. “When I broke the news to them, they were so understanding. Obviously they didn’t want to see me go, which made it that much tougher, but they were all very supportive,” Burge said. “It was a really tough thing to do, but I couldn’t ask for better guys to have my back. I’ve made some of my best friends playing hockey in Fernie.” Josh McKissock, the Ghostriders captain, echoed Burge’s sentiments. “At the end of the day, hockey is just a game and family comes first,” McKissock said. “We’re all very supportive of his decision.” McKissock acknowledged that Burge’s departure leaves a hole on the roster, but said it opens the door for other players to

increase their role. “It’s something we’re definitely feeling. But guys are starting to step up, and we’ve got a lot of character on this team.” The Ghostriders had the opportunity to see their old friend, when they played the Rockies in Invermere on Tuesday. Burge admits it will

Safety is at our core Teck’s vision is everyone going home safe and healthy every day – whether you are driving home from work or making an extra special trip this Christmas. We wish you a safe and happy holiday season and a prosperous year in 2013.

be strange to play against his former teammates. But at the end of the day, he knows he made the right decision. “Looking back on it, I don’t have any regrets. I get to see my baby girl every day, be with my girlfriend, and most of all, we get to be a family the right way.”


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That’s a Wrap Paper based wrapping paper can be recycled in any of the yellow bins in the East Kootenay and in the curbside recycling programs in Fernie and Invermere. From cards and envelopes to wrapping and tissue paper, please recycle as much as possible.

Recyclable: ü Paper based gift wrap ü Cards ü Envelopes ü Gift tags ü Tissue paper ü Cardboard boxes ü Brown shipping/packaging paper

Not Recyclable û Foil based wrapping paper û Envelopes or gift tags with foil lining û Bows and Ribbons

If everyone in Canada wrapped just three gifts in reused paper or gift bags, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 hockey rinks.

Recycling Tips To find the holiday hours at RDEK transfer stations and landfills, visit

www.rdek.bc.ca

Recycling 101 The yellow bins in the RDEK and curbside programs in Fernie and Invermere take the following: ü Mixed paper – including Christmas cards and envelopes (as long as they’re not foil) ü Aluminum and tin cans – please rinse well! No aluminum foil, pie plates,etc. Only cans are accepted ü Cardboard – all types; boxes must be flattened. Cardboard covered with wax, foil or soiled with grease or food waste cannot be recycled ü Plastics – Grocery bags (garbage must be removed from grocery bags) and plastics #1 - #6 (except Styrofoam)

Plastics NOT accepted:

û Styrofoam (even though it's marked as a #6) û Unmarked plastics – if it doesn’t have a number on it, it can’t go in the bin. Often the lids are made out of different plastics than the containers, so you have to check carefully û #7 plastics

What You Need to Know About Glass

No Styrofoam

Our yellow recycling bins are often on private property and it is so important that we keep them clean. Please put all recyclables in the bin. Over the holidays, the bins see a huge increase in volume. While our contactor will be working hard to empty the bins more frequently, sometimes they will be full. If you encounter a full bin, please look for another bin in the area or come back. Never leave recyclables on or around the bins. Thank you for helping us keep our recycling areas clean!

Cranbrook: • Cranbrook Photo • Staples • The Source (in Tamarack Centre) • Kootenay Communications Kimberley: • Kimberley City Hall

Styrofoam is NOT recyclable in the East Kootenay, even though it is a type of #6. If it can't be reused, it's garbage.

Foiled Again

Please Keep it Clean

On December 25th alone, over 30 million bags of garbage will be thrown out of Canadian households.

Both alkaline and rechargeable batteries are recyclable. Drop off locations include:

The following items can be dropped off FREE OF CHARGE for recycling: üComputers – desktop and laptops üMonitors üKeyboards and Computer üMice üPrinters üTelevisions üFax Machines üScanners üDVD and VHS players üStereos and MP3 docking stations üRadios üDiscman, Walkman, MP3 players üEarphones üMicrophones üSpeakers üCable, satellite and PVR boxes üVehicle audio and video systems

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Batteries Included

Electronics recycling depots are located at the Cranbrook, Invermere and Fernie Bottle Depots. These depots are for small volumes only.

For details, visit electrorecycle.ca

These containers must be well rinsed with lids removed.

Metal lids cannot be recycled in the yellow bins. Please make sure you remove the lids before putting glass containers in the recycling bin. Metal lids can be recycled for free at Columbia Recycle in Marysville.

Electronics are often a hot holiday gift item. Old electronics that are still in good working condition can be taken to an RDEK Reuse Centre; however, if they’re no longer working, they may be able to be recycled.

Products are divided into categories including: kitchen countertop, time measurement, weight measurement, garment care, air treatment, floor care and personal care.

That means only container glass that holds food and beverages. Some examples include: ü Jam jars ü Pickle jars ü Cheez whiz jars ü Olive oil jars ü Iced tea or wine bottles

Flip Your Lid!

Electronics Recycling Expands

The Cranbrook and Fernie Depots (not Invermere) also accept more than 120 small electrical appliances, ranging in size from electric toothbrushes to countertop microwave ovens.

The glass recycling bins in the East Kootenay are for container glass ONLY.

The following are NOT accepted in the glass bins: û Dishes of any kind (clear drinking glasses, pyrex dishes, corel ware, pottery, plates, etc). No dishes! û Shower doors, windshields û Lightbulbs û Picture frame glass û Glass trinkets (like candlestick holders and tree decorations)

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Tin pie plates and foil roasting pans cannot be recycled. Consider non-disposable options or rinse & reuse them.

Fluorescent Light Recycling The LightRecycle program accepts compact fluorescent and tube fluorescent light bulbs free of charge. The recycling program is for residentially generated lights only. There are currently three LightRecycle Depots in the East Kootenay: Cranbrook Home Hardware, 1901 McPhee Road Skyway Distributors, 304 Slater Road NW Fernie Home Building Centre, 300 Manitou Road

Elk Valley: • City of Fernie • Fernie Aquatic Centre Columbia Valley: • Selkirk TV & Appliance, Invermere

Reuse Comes Before Recycle Over the holidays many people will receive gifts that will replace perfectly good older items. Instead of throwing good items away, please consider giving them away so they can be reused. There are Reuse Centres at the Cranbrook, Kimberley, Elkford, Fernie and Sparwood Transfer Stations and Columbia Valley Landfill. The Reuse Centres accept household items in good working condition. Everything in the Reuse Centres is available at no cost. Some examples of items that are accepted in the Reuse Centres include: ü Chairs ü Pictures ü Televisions ü Small dishes ü Light fixtures ü Tools Items that cannot be accepted include large appliances, tires, mattresses, automotive parts, scrap metal, wood and clothing.

If each person reused two feet of ribbon this Christmas it would save 61,000 kms of ribbon.

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That’s a Wrap Paper based wrapping paper can be recycled in any of the yellow bins in the East Kootenay and in the curbside recycling programs in Fernie and Invermere. From cards and envelopes to wrapping and tissue paper, please recycle as much as possible.

Recyclable: ü Paper based gift wrap ü Cards ü Envelopes ü Gift tags ü Tissue paper ü Cardboard boxes ü Brown shipping/packaging paper

Not Recyclable û Foil based wrapping paper û Envelopes or gift tags with foil lining û Bows and Ribbons

If everyone in Canada wrapped just three gifts in reused paper or gift bags, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 hockey rinks.

Recycling Tips To find the holiday hours at RDEK transfer stations and landfills, visit

www.rdek.bc.ca

Recycling 101 The yellow bins in the RDEK and curbside programs in Fernie and Invermere take the following: ü Mixed paper – including Christmas cards and envelopes (as long as they’re not foil) ü Aluminum and tin cans – please rinse well! No aluminum foil, pie plates,etc. Only cans are accepted ü Cardboard – all types; boxes must be flattened. Cardboard covered with wax, foil or soiled with grease or food waste cannot be recycled ü Plastics – Grocery bags (garbage must be removed from grocery bags) and plastics #1 - #6 (except Styrofoam)

Plastics NOT accepted:

û Styrofoam (even though it's marked as a #6) û Unmarked plastics – if it doesn’t have a number on it, it can’t go in the bin. Often the lids are made out of different plastics than the containers, so you have to check carefully û #7 plastics

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Our yellow recycling bins are often on private property and it is so important that we keep them clean. Please put all recyclables in the bin. Over the holidays, the bins see a huge increase in volume. While our contactor will be working hard to empty the bins more frequently, sometimes they will be full. If you encounter a full bin, please look for another bin in the area or come back. Never leave recyclables on or around the bins. Thank you for helping us keep our recycling areas clean!

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Styrofoam is NOT recyclable in the East Kootenay, even though it is a type of #6. If it can't be reused, it's garbage.

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On December 25th alone, over 30 million bags of garbage will be thrown out of Canadian households.

Both alkaline and rechargeable batteries are recyclable. Drop off locations include:

The following items can be dropped off FREE OF CHARGE for recycling: üComputers – desktop and laptops üMonitors üKeyboards and Computer üMice üPrinters üTelevisions üFax Machines üScanners üDVD and VHS players üStereos and MP3 docking stations üRadios üDiscman, Walkman, MP3 players üEarphones üMicrophones üSpeakers üCable, satellite and PVR boxes üVehicle audio and video systems

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Batteries Included

Electronics recycling depots are located at the Cranbrook, Invermere and Fernie Bottle Depots. These depots are for small volumes only.

For details, visit electrorecycle.ca

These containers must be well rinsed with lids removed.

Metal lids cannot be recycled in the yellow bins. Please make sure you remove the lids before putting glass containers in the recycling bin. Metal lids can be recycled for free at Columbia Recycle in Marysville.

Electronics are often a hot holiday gift item. Old electronics that are still in good working condition can be taken to an RDEK Reuse Centre; however, if they’re no longer working, they may be able to be recycled.

Products are divided into categories including: kitchen countertop, time measurement, weight measurement, garment care, air treatment, floor care and personal care.

That means only container glass that holds food and beverages. Some examples include: ü Jam jars ü Pickle jars ü Cheez whiz jars ü Olive oil jars ü Iced tea or wine bottles

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The Cranbrook and Fernie Depots (not Invermere) also accept more than 120 small electrical appliances, ranging in size from electric toothbrushes to countertop microwave ovens.

The glass recycling bins in the East Kootenay are for container glass ONLY.

The following are NOT accepted in the glass bins: û Dishes of any kind (clear drinking glasses, pyrex dishes, corel ware, pottery, plates, etc). No dishes! û Shower doors, windshields û Lightbulbs û Picture frame glass û Glass trinkets (like candlestick holders and tree decorations)

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Tin pie plates and foil roasting pans cannot be recycled. Consider non-disposable options or rinse & reuse them.

Fluorescent Light Recycling The LightRecycle program accepts compact fluorescent and tube fluorescent light bulbs free of charge. The recycling program is for residentially generated lights only. There are currently three LightRecycle Depots in the East Kootenay: Cranbrook Home Hardware, 1901 McPhee Road Skyway Distributors, 304 Slater Road NW Fernie Home Building Centre, 300 Manitou Road

Elk Valley: • City of Fernie • Fernie Aquatic Centre Columbia Valley: • Selkirk TV & Appliance, Invermere

Reuse Comes Before Recycle Over the holidays many people will receive gifts that will replace perfectly good older items. Instead of throwing good items away, please consider giving them away so they can be reused. There are Reuse Centres at the Cranbrook, Kimberley, Elkford, Fernie and Sparwood Transfer Stations and Columbia Valley Landfill. The Reuse Centres accept household items in good working condition. Everything in the Reuse Centres is available at no cost. Some examples of items that are accepted in the Reuse Centres include: ü Chairs ü Pictures ü Televisions ü Small dishes ü Light fixtures ü Tools Items that cannot be accepted include large appliances, tires, mattresses, automotive parts, scrap metal, wood and clothing.

If each person reused two feet of ribbon this Christmas it would save 61,000 kms of ribbon.

For more infor mation contact the RDEK at 250-489-2791 or 1-888-478-7335


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Riders slide into second FAST skier makes tracks The captain led the way offensively for the Riders, scoring a goal and adding three assists. He now has 24 points in 20 games fter nearly a month on top of the this season. Eddie Mountain Division, the “Any time you can contribute offensively Ghostriders slipped into second to help the team get the W it’s nice. The place this weekend after losing 4 – 0 in other guys around me played really well, Golden on Thursday. so I can’t take all the credit,” McKissock The Riders (18 – 8 – 1 – 2) quickly said. responded with a 6 – 5 overtime win The Riders almost let it slip away. Dylan at home over the Summerland Steam on Rota’s powerplay goal with four minutes Friday, but the Rockets now hold a two- remaining looked as though it would point lead heading into a crucial stretch of hold up as the game winner, until Steve divisional games. Semenoff scored for the Steam with only “There were definitely some lapses five seconds left to send the game into throughout the game, but I thought for overtime. the most part we played pretty well,” said Derek Georgopoulos played hero for Riders captain Josh McKissock, following the Ghostriders, scoring with just over a Friday’s win. “It’s definitely a big two minute left in double-overtime. points for us this time of year.” Head coach Barry Wolff was happy with his team’s resilience. “That was a good character win for us. They just kept battling and that will be really important for us down the road,” Wolff said. as of December 19, 2012 Only three points separate the top teams in the Eddie, although the DIVISION: Kootenay Conference: Eddie Mountain Riders have several games in hand on Team GP W L T OTL Pts both the Rockets and the Kimberley Fernie Ghostriders 30 19 8 1 2 41 Dynamiters. Golden Rockets 33 19 11 1 2 41 Kimberley Dynamiters 34 19 15 0 0 38 With four games against the rival Columbia Valley Rockies 35 12 20 0 3 27 Dynamiters before the New Year, Creston Valley Thunder Cats 32 11 17 0 4 26 including a home and home series DIVISION: Kootenay Conference: Neil Murdoch beginning this weekend in Fernie, the Team GP W L T OTL Pts Ghostriders will look to regain top Nelson Leafs 32 24 6 1 1 50 spot in the division. Castlegar Rebels 33 20 7 5 1 46 Before setting their sights on Beaver Valley Nitehawks 33 20 11 1 1 42 Kimberley, the Ghostriders head to Spokane Braves 32 12 18 1 1 26 Invermere on Tuesday to play the Grand Forks Border Bruins 35 5 28 0 2 12 Columbia Valley Rockies. DIVISION: Okanagan/Shuswap Conference: Doug Birks “This game is huge for us. Invermere Team GP W L T OTL Pts beat us in overtime last time we Sicamous Eagles 31 20 5 2 4 46 played them, so it’s a payback game North Okanagan Knights 33 20 10 1 2 43 for us,” Wolff said. Revelstoke Grizzlies 32 16 12 3 1 36 The Riders next home game goes Kamloops Storm 36 13 17 2 4 32 Chase Heat 34 7 23 3 1 18 Friday, when they host the Nitros in one of the most anticipated games of DIVISION: Okanagan/Shuswap Conference: Okanagan Team GP W L T OTL Pts the year. “We’re going to get to know them Princeton Posse 32 20 11 0 1 41 a lot here in the next few weeks. It’s Kelowna Chiefs 33 20 12 1 0 41 Osoyoos Coyotes 33 18 14 0 1 37 important we start by winning the Summerland Steam 33 15 16 0 2 32 one at home.” Penticton Lakers 32 8 22 0 2 18 As always, puck drops at 7:30 p.m. By Matt Laurin Sports Contributor

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Fernie Alpine Ski Team skier has taken top Canadian honours at a downhill race in Colorado, representing the Women’s BC Ski

Team. Sarah Freeman of Pincher Creek, Alberta finished in fifth place at the Copper Mountain Nor-Am downhill earlier this month. "I definitely would have been ecstatic with a podium finish today, but I'm happy with fifth after not finishing the previous day,” she said. “I knew I had a good approach yesterday, so I went for the same thing today. I lost time when I had to make a bit of a saving maneuver near the bottom, which is not the fastest thing to do in downhill. It could have been a mental thing because it was in the same section where I missed the gate yesterday. I'm getting closer to where I know I can FAST athlete Sarah Freeman. Submitted photo be."

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Charley Field, Hallie MacLachlan, Sarah Freeman, Emma King and Sarah Elliot from the Women’s BC Ski Team. Submitted photo

Sarah Freeman FAST athlete and Women’s B.C. Ski Team member, Sarah Freeman of Pincher Creek, Alberta finished in fifth place at the Copper Mountain NorAm downhill earlier this month.

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The 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship tournament is keeping Canadian hockey fans happy during a holiday season without the NHL By Matt Laurin Sports Contributor

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hile Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr remain determined to cement the NHL’s reputation as the biggest joke in professional sports, even they can’t cancel Christmas. As redundant updates from the NHL lockout fall further into oblivion, this year’s World Junior Hockey Championship has created a buzz amongst hockey purists across the country. “It’s the best time of year. This is what Christmas is to me.” Those were the sentiments of Ed Quinn, a hockey fan who came out to catch a glimpse of Team Canada’s national junior team, during last week’s selection camp in Calgary. The three-day camp featured the best young hockey players that our country has to offer. Thirty-six young men, ranging from 17 to 19 years old, competed for a chance to represent Canada when the annual tournament begins on Boxing Day, in Ufa, Russia. With the final roster now set, the emphasis now shifts to the arduous task of bringing home a gold medal, something Canada has

been unable to do since 2009. This year’s lockout should help. Thanks to the incompetence of the NHL, several players who would otherwise be playing for their professional teams will have the opportunity to play in this year’s tournament. Of the notable players taking part, there is no bigger name than Ryan Nugent Hopkins. The 2011 first overall pick of the Edmonton Oilers will captain Team Canada, and is one of many players

O’Brien, who recently lost his job, was getting players’ signatures for two Canada jerseys that he plans on giving to his sons for Christmas. Because of the tournament’s location, most of Canada’s preliminary games will be played during the middle of the night. For fans like O’Brien, that won’t stop them from taking in the action. “I’ll be staying up all night if I have to,” O’Brien said, adding that the kids will be allowed to stay up as

“We’ve got some of the best junior players that were in the NHL, now being able to play in this tournament. I mean, Nugent Hopkins. What can you even say?” Peter O’Brien Junior Hockey Fan

who would not be taking part in this tournament if there was an NHL season. All week in Calgary, eager fans lined up to meet the future superstars. “We’ve got some of the best junior players that were in the NHL, now being able to play in this tournament,” Peter O’Brien, a junior hockey fan, said after the final practice on Saturday. “I mean, Nugent Hopkins. What can you even say?”

well over the holidays. If there was one thing clear from the selection camp, it is that Canadians are hungry to watch international hockey. At Tuesday’s Red vs. White game in Calgary, it was standing room only. Outside the doors of the arena sat a growing pile of food, donated as admission to catch a glimpse of this year’s junior team. Here are five storylines to watch this year in Ufa, Russia: 1) T e a m Canada’s head coach Steve Spott has built this team around speed, which was evident when Tom Wilson was cut from the team on Thursday. Wilson, a first round pick by the Washington Capitals, is your prototypical

power forward, and many were surprised when he was cut. Can Canada keep up with the speed of the Russians and Swedes on the big ice?

2) Thanks to a recent rule change, Canada is set to bring three goaltenders to Russia. Youngster Jake Paterson will be the odd man out, while Jordan Binnington and Malcolm Subban will vie for time in net for Canada. Subban plays on international size ice for his junior team in Belleville, and has experience playing in Russia. Whether that will be enough to earn him the starting job is yet to be seen.

3) Two 17-yearold players, Nathan Mackinnon and Jonathan Drouin, beat out older talent at camp. How will Spott utilize the youngsters, and how will they fare on the world stage?

4) Spott may have opted for speed and finesse, but that’s not to say Canada can’t play the physical game. Boone Jenner, Anthony Camara and Brett Ritchie all have enough sandpaper in their games to make life tough on opponents. How much of a shutdown role will they play?

5) D u r i n g two previous lockouts, Team Canada has excelled at the World Junior Hockey Championships, going unbeaten and winning two gold medals. Will that trend continue in 2013?

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newly formed association is bringing Fernie’s Francophones together. Association Francophone des Rocheuses du Sud (AFRoS), translates to Francophone Association of the Southern Rockies, and is working to promote French education and culture in the Elk Valley. “The reason to form the society was twofold, partly to help get more French education here, and also to have a hub for Francophones in the East Kootenays,” said Heather Kerr, with AFRoS. “We started this association here in Fernie because we wanted to build a Francophone community in this area, but our mandate theoretically extends to the wider East Kootenay region.” The non-profit association incorporated just last spring and is lobbying for a Francophone school in Fernie. Kerr explained that School District 93, B.C.’s Francophone school district, requires a group of 10 eligible students within a threeyear age span to start up a school. There have been several attempts in the past, and a group of parents did come close in 2008. “In September 2008 in Fernie they did have the 10 students, but one family

at the last minute decided on a change of plans and withdrew their registration, and so then the school district withdrew it’s funding,” said Kerr. “There were a lot of people who were really disappointed and that had done a lot of rallying. “So there was definitely a need recognized at that point to build a more cohesive Francophone community in the Elk Valley and South Country, and help get the word out.” Now with AFRoS getting roughly 45 families on board, they’ve started up communications with School District 93 once more. Kerr commented, “We’ve identified more than 10 eligible students for a K1-2 class starting in September 2014, so it’s looking really promising in terms of numbers.” A representative from the school district is coming to Fernie in January to meet with AFRoS and further discuss the possibility of a Francophone school. In the meantime, AFRoS is making sure members meet often with regular preschool story-time gatherings. Parents get together for a chat, while the kids have a chance to listen to stories and do crafts, all while speaking and learning French. “The little ones are able to hear other people, including people their

size, speak French,” remarked Kerr. “It’s also for them to improve their French language and vocabulary. I think for preschool aged children too, it’s all about social development and literacy development.” She went on to say, “For the parents who go it’s also a bit of community building so that we see each other regularly. For those of us who are wanting a Francophone school, you get to know the other parents who might actually be your child’s classmate’s parents.” Anyone interested in learning more information about AFRoS can visit their website at www. afros.ca, or email francofernie@ gmail.com.

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Reasoner a climate scientist and geologist spoke of climate change, warming temperatures and the massive impact they are having on the globe.

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Santa you are the best. Love Cass Dear Santa, I want video games and a DVD player and a laptop and a remote control boat and a million dollars. Love Ryan Dear Santa, How are you Santa? I want Skylander Pilot. Love Brandon

The Fernie Academy From Shaila Gulyas’ grade one class: Dear Santa, How are the reindeer? Please can I have walkie talkies for Christmas. Love Rylee Dear Santa, This is my Christmas list. I hope your reindeer are doing good. For my Christmas list I want an Easy Bake Oven and candee house. HoHo. Love Charlotte

Dear Santa, How many elves do you have? Santa how are you? I have been good. Santa I want you to come to my house. Santa I hope you will have fun. Love Jayda Dear Santa, How many elves to you have? I want Skylanders Giant and its sworm. I have been good. Love Jackson

Dear Santa, How are you? How are your elves? I have been a good girl. Love Georgia Dear Santa, I want a moe stuffee and a meme stuffee. Sparcalx high heel Toms. How do the reindeer fly? You are the best. I’ve been good. Santa I love you. Love Ruby

Dear Santa, I would like lego for Christmas. Do you like egg nog? Love Tomas Dear Santa, How are you? How many elves do you have? I have been a good girl. Love Emma Dear Santa, How are you? How many reindeer? I will give you cookies and milk. I have been good.

Dear Santa, How many elves do you have? How many reindeer do you have? I would like for Christmas an easy bake oven and a doctor kit with a cast in it and a phone and a necklace. I have been a good girl over the year. Love Fiona Dear Santa, I want cars. How many elves do you have? 100? How many reindeers do you have? Zorain Dear Santa, Do you have yetis

instead of elves? I want world of warcraft. How many reindeer do you have? I have been good. Nico Dear Santa, How are you? I wish I could have a remote control snow cat. HoHoHoHo. How much snow do you have in the North Pole? Love Luke Dear Santa, One of my favourite activities is sledding. When I go sledding first I get dressed for winter. Next I make a big snow mountain with my sisters. Mommy and Daddy join in. Then we all slide down the big hill together. Wheeeee! L o v e Benjamin Dear Santa, I wish I had an iPod. I wish I had a billion bucks. I wish I had a computer. I wish

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Dear Santa, I have been good. How are you? How much snow do you get in the North Pole? I will give you cookies and milk and nine carrots for the reindeer. I want squnkies and new pj’s and Polly Pockets and some surprises. Love Holly

Dear Santa, How are you? How many elves? How many deers? Do you have a Christmas tree? Do you celebrate Christmas? I have been good. Love Libby

Dear Santa, For Christmas I would like car sets, angry birds, Mario Kart, coca cola, train, air hockey, walkie talkies, a watch, legos. I have been good. Love Arvo

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n Tuesday, December 4, residents of the Tom Uphill Manor, family members and guests from New Horizons and Veneto were treated to a delicious Christmas tea buffet dinner with prizes, music and good company. Resident Ruth Hopkins played Santa as she had individuals choose names from a bucket for prizes under the tree while lively carols played in the background and seasonal decorations added to the festivities.

Tom Uphill Manor residents enjoy a Christmas buffet. Photos by Mary Giuliano.

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he Vogue Theatre has made a sizeable donation to the Fernie Women’s Resource Centre based on Santa Pups ticket sales. The Vogue held two matinee showings of Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups on November 24 and 25. Tickets were sold for $6.50, with a portion of the pro-

ceeds promised to the Women’s Resource Centre. The Disney movie was filmed in Fernie last fall and features several downtown locations, as well as a few locals appearing as extras. Anticipation to see the town on the big screen was high and the screenings were a success, with Fernie residents filling 400 seats over the weekend. Theatre owners Dennis and Roxana Djonlich were able

to donate $1,100 from the ticket sales to the centre. “That’s a substantial donation for us,” remarked Lauren Fox, outreach worker with the Fernie Women’s Resource Centre. “Sometimes I think people think they need to make a huge donation to make a difference, but something like this is so important for us.” At this point, Fox doesn’t know what the money will go towards,

but she said donations are generally used for extras the centre doesn’t receive funding for. “In the past there’s been different activities or different little things that we can do or see a need in the community for. When we’re not able to afford those directly through funding from the provincial and federal governments, then we use donations.” Fox added, “It’s never used for anything like wages, it’s always

for things above and beyond what we’re normally able to do.” “There’s lots of different ways we can get creative, and we always use the money towards things that are going to benefit the community and the clients we’re serving in ways we couldn’t otherwise.” Some of the possibilities include snacks, special activities, and grocery vouchers.

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

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

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1. Call toll free to 1-855-806-6854 and leave a message.

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The College of the Rockies, Fernie Campus – 342 3rd Avenue

2. Send an email: feedbackteckcoal@teck.com

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The Fernie Chamber of Commerce and Business Information Centre – 102 Commerce

Teck Sparwood Office – 609 Douglas Fir Road

Fernie Secondary School – 102 Fairway Drive

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The Fernie Academy – 451 2nd Avenue

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The Municipality of the Crowsnest Pass Town Office – 8502 19th Avenue, Coleman

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3. Complete a Feedback Submission form which can be found at various locations supplied with locked drop boxes for the completed forms. These forms and boxes can be found at: Elkford, BC The District of Elkford Office Building – 816 Michel Road Chauncey Ridge Food Mart Mall – 2200 Balmer Drive

St. Mary’s Band Office – 7470 Mission Road, Cranbrook

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6. If your feedback is submitted anonymously, it will still be investigated and the response will be advertised in local newspapers. If you have any questions, please contact Sharon at 250-425-3343, toll-free 1-855806-6854 or feedbackteckcoal@teck.com


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