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t was the perfect day for powder hounds at Fernie Alpine Resort Sunday, but for a few guests who had to be evacuated from a broken down lift, it wasn’t all endless powder runs. The Great Bear Express lift, a high speed quad, experienced a mechanical failure Sunday morning, when over half of the chairs had guests on them. After about half an hour, Fernie Alpine Resort staff began to unload the chairs using their unload evacuation plan, lowering guests one-byone on a harness attached to a rope strung over the lift cable. After a few guests were unloaded, mechanics were able to get the lift moving slowly so the rest of the guests could unload normally at the top. The lift was then closed for the rest of the day. Matt Mosteller, Vice President, Marketing and Sales at Resorts of the Canadian Rockies, said the maintenance team had been working to try to prevent a break down. “There was a failure on a friction plate which is kind of a manufacturer’s defect on these type of detachable lifts,” he said. “One of the chairs got off the line so it wouldn’t go around the bull wheel. So we had to stop the lift and fix it.” Some of the guests were left stranded for up to an hour. “We have been aggressively doing work for some time to prevent this from happening, and this is the first time it has happened," said Mosteller. Mosteller was not aware of how many guests were evacuated but said they were all offered a gift from the resort for their understanding. “You can’t place a value on people’s time but we know it was a nuisance for the guests affected and we really appreciate their great attitude,” he said. The Bear chair was back in action Monday.


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Aboriginal identity at the centre of 2013 Prix de Rome winning project

Brett MacIntyre has won $34,000 to fund an aboriginal identity architecture project. Submitted photo

By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


n architect who grew up in Fernie has received an award for his designs. Brett MacIntyre was selected by a panel of experts to win the $34,000 Prix de Rome to fund his project, Lessons from Lappland: Exploring the Indigenous Architecture of the Sami. MacIntyre will study the approaches taken by different countries towards the fostering of aboriginal cultures through architecture. His research will take him to the Arctic region of Sapmi, home to the indigenous culture of the Sami. This area covers the northern regions of Sweden, Norway, Finland and the Kola Peninsula of Russia. He plans to put together a public exhibition upon his return to Canada. “I hope to expand my own understanding to help ensure that Canada does not lose its unique First Nations heritage,” said Brett MacIntyre. “I believe it would be very beneficial to explore indigenous cultures from around the world, and to see how these groups have sought to re-assert their unique cultural identities and work with non-indigenous people to further this goal.”

The 2013 winner of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Prix de Rome in Architecture for Emerging Practitioners aims to uncover the stories that the built environment can tell about culture, as the two evolve together over time. Brett MacIntyre will bring his own aboriginal perspective to the research and is interested in applying what he learns to his future designs as an architect, working with Canada’s First Nations. “Architecture offers a way to chronicle the evolution of a people and help keep its culture alive,” said Canada Council Director and CEO, Robert Sirman. “The creativity and dedication that Brett MacIntyre brings to this forward-thinking research topic, along with his commitment to making his findings accessible to the public, set a great example for new generations of creators.” The $34,000 Prix de Rome in Architecture for Emerging Practitioners is awarded to a recent graduate of one of Canada’s eleven accredited schools of architecture who demonstrates outstanding potential. The prize winner is given the opportunity to visit significant architectural sites abroad and to intern at an architecture firm of international

stature. MacIntyre will intern with the Halifax firm Richard Kroeker Design. The firm has worked extensively with the Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia, most notably with the Pictou Landing Health Centre. MacIntyre was born in Williams Lake, B.C. and grew up in Fernie. He graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History before obtaining his Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies and Masters in Architecture from Dalhousie University in Halifax. Brett's interest in aboriginal identity and its potential for modern architecture stems from his own heritage as a member of the Haida of Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands.) Growing up he was fascinated by the art and architecture found on the Islands, which influenced much of his architectural education. In 2009 Brett received the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation PostSecondary Scholarship and the Dalhousie University Faculty of Architecture Thesis prize in 2012 for his graduate thesis Memory and Myth: Storytelling as a Design Tool for a Youth Camp in Haida Gwaii.

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Fernie may have additional burial sites outside of St. Margaret’s Cemetery

Salvador, or Ridgemont Elementary dations to the City on behalf of School,” Haarstad said. “More Cherished Memories: to acquire recently, citizens began to express proper records and database of concerns with the development at all internees, identify the missing Silver Ridge Estates.” people that could be located in any She went on to say, “Once again, of the five cemeteries within Fernie, the remains of those buried there identify unmarked graves, develop decades earlier would be disturbed. a memorial park at Silver Ridge This possibility invoked citizens to Estates to honour and respect people voice outrage concerning the dis- buried or removed from the locarespect and disregard that officials tion, and to designate the cemeteries and previous developers had con- located outside of St. Margaret’s as cerning the remains. The escalation true Heritage/Pioneer Burial Sites. They are also asking that a comof the situation prompted Cherished Memories to pursue more intense mittee be formed to begin addressing their concerns. research of the area.” Following the presentation, Mayor Through the use of maps from the City of Fernie, an AutoCAD map- Mary Giuliano thanked Haarstad ping program, and an aerial photo- and Gawryluk for their time and graph, Haarstad and Gawryluk research. “I do want people to understand have confirmed the existence of 12 years of research and findings concerning burials and cemetery boundaries were presented to what they believe to be four addi- that we are taking this very serFernie Council on Monday, including the discovery of human remains at the Silver Ridge Estates tional burial areas outside of St. iously and we definitely appreciate construction site in 2008.  Photo from The Free Press photo files Margaret’s Cemetery, and within the presence of the people here,” she City boundaries. This includes a remarked. By Nicole Liebermann with records from Holy Family the cemetery grounds. Given the amount of information HZ Free Press Staff Catholic Church, Anglican The pair also takes issue small chain link fenced cemetery at presented, mayor and council will the Silver Ridge Estates. Client: Ministry of Forests, Lands and NRO Church Archives, Knox United with the development of the Haarstad assured council they take the matter under consideration. wo community members Church, newspaper articles and Silver Ridge Estates in Fernie’s Campaign: Cougar Huntingwere Season Closure not appearing before them The topic may be brought forward believe that inaccurate obituary notices, and the Fernie Ridgemont area. Size: 4.31” x 4.197” record keeping and the Heritage Cemetery Restoration “In 2008, workers on the con- to place blame, but to ask for their at a future council meeting for further discussion. improper designation of cem- Society. They also conducted struction site of Silver Ridge help. She outlined several recommenetery boundaries has led to the walks through St. Margaret’s found four complete skelmisplacement and/or removal to authenticate the actual grave etons,” explained Haarstad. “To of hundreds of people that died sites with records. my understanding, the followand were buried in Fernie. Concerned residents packed ing process took place. After receiving calls from the Aquatic Centre for a COUGAR HUNTING SEASON CLOSURE “The developer stopped the family members searching Committee of the Whole meet- construction and notified the for burial sites of their ances- ing on Monday to see Gawryluk RCMP. Afterwards, the coroner, This notice is to advise the public the Ministry of Forests, Lands and tors, John Gawryluk and and Haarstad present their the City of Fernie, the British Natural Resource Operations has closed the cougar hunting season in Corlyn Haarstad of Cherished findings to council following 12 Columbia Consumer Protection the East Kootenay effective at midnight on January 31, 2013. Memories Funeral Services years of research. Agency, which governs all cemstarted researching internments The West Kootenay and Caribou Recovery area (Management Units “The records show that eteries in the province of B.C., in St. Margaret’s Cemetery 542 people are buried at and the Archeological Branch, 4-05 to 4-08, and 4-20) season remains open at this time. in 2000. They began gather- St. Margaret’s Cemetery,” which now oversees all involveThe closure is guided by the ministry’s regional cougar management ing data from the Fernie and explained Haarstad. “393 ment on the lots of Silver Ridge program to reduce the potential for over-harvesting of the cougar District Historical Society and people of the 935 [who died Estates surrounding the existing the City of Fernie. After com- from 1889 to 1911] have records cemetery, became involved.” population in the area. paring the two sources, they showing their cause and place The four bodies that were The closure covers the following Wildlife Management Units: discovered there were names of death in Fernie, however the found were turned over to 4-01 to 4-04, 4-21 to 4-26, 4-34 to 4-37, and 4-40. The cougar missing from the records of St. location of these people is not Cherished Memories, who held pursuit-only will remain open until February 28, 2013. Margaret’s Cemetery, as well recorded.” a graveside service and ensured as discrepancies with the B.C. Haarstad listed several prob- they received a proper burial. For more information contact the ministry’s Archives online databases. lems she and Gawryluk came “With the findings of the skelKootenay Boundary Region office at 250-489-8540. Gawryluk and Haarstad went across through their work, etons, numerous people came on to acquire records through including inaccurate record to Cherished Memories to tell the B.C. Archives of the 935 keeping, possible removal of about their recollections of the deaths in Fernie and the sur- bodies without proper author- old cemetery, which included rounding area between 1889 ity, unmarked graves, and a unplanned exhumations durand 1911. They began the pro- lack of care and maintenance to ing the construction of the C.L. cess of cross-referencing them



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Teck is Canada’s most sustainable corporation By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


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Riders special guests on Canada AM By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


he Fernie Ghostriders were special guests on national television last Thursday, as Canada AM was shot live on location from Fernie Alpine Resort. Captain Josh McKissock presented Canada AM host Jeff Hutcheson with an official Ghostrider jersey and the Riders welcomed him and his crew to Fernie. The national CTV morning show was shooting live at the ski hill from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. The resort offered a free pancake breakfast for the crowds that showed up bright and early to be a part of the live audience. From free skiing on the Mighty Moose and zip lining, to a performance from local band Shred Kelly, there was plenty of action happening on and off camera. Prizes were given away throughout the morning, including lift tickets, a day of cat skiing, and Ghostrider captain Josh McKissock presents Canada AM host Jeff Hutcheson with an official beer prize packs. Ghostrider jersey. Submitted photo

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eck was recognized as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations for 2013 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last week. Teck was the top ranked Canadian company on the Global 100 list. “Our people live and work in the communities where we operate and they care deeply about doing the right thing for future generations,” said Don Lindsay, President and CEO. “This ranking recognizes the progress we’ve made, but we know there is more work to be done. Teck remains committed to responsible resource development and to considering people, communities and the environment, now and in the future, in every decision we make.”

Launched in 2005, the ranking of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations was recently recognized as the world’s most credible corporate sustainability ranking in a GlobeScan/ SustainAbility survey. The top 100 companies are selected from all publicly traded companies with a market capitalization over USD $2 billion. Companies were evaluated based on a range of sector-specific sustainability metrics, such as water, energy and carbon productivity, and safety performance. Teck has also been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI) for the last three years, which ranks Teck’s sustainability practices in the top 10 per cent of companies in the resource sector worldwide.

Mud, sweat, tears By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


ernie’s newest summer event is not for the faint of heart. Happening for the first time this July, Mudd, Sweat, and Tears Rockies is a 10 kilometre obstacle course mud run. Taking place at Fernie Alpine Resort the course will combine natural features already in place at the ski hill along with a series of constructed obstacles. Participants, or ‘mudders’, will find themselves crawling, climbing, swimming, carrying, and dragging themselves up, over, under, through, and around just about everything they can imagine. “The resort’s proximity to Calgary, more than 2,500 plus acres of skiable terrain, the summer mountain bike park, aerial adventure park, and the iconic setting in the Canadian Rockies provides for an endless amount of course design options,” said John Reed, with Mudd, Sweat, and Tears. Mudd, Sweat, and Tears Rockies is July 6 and 7, 2013. Registration will be open in early February.

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New passing lane for Highway 3 By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


new passing lane is in the works for Highway 3 near Sparwood. In an effort to improve safety on the well-travelled route, the passing lane will begin just west of the Highway 3 - Douglas Road intersection, and will run westbound for 1.5 kilometres. “Ensuring the safety of those who use this highway is crucial as it serves as the main route used by commercial, commuter, and tourist traffic,” said Bill Bennett, Kootenay East MLA. “This new passing lane is a vital investment in the East Kootenay.” The project was identified as a high priority during discussions with the Mayors and regional District Chairs along Highway 3, as well as the District of Sparwood. The passing lane will allow passenger vehicles to safely pass trucks as they reach posted speeds. Highway 3 provides access to Elk Valley Provincial Park, Fernie Alpine Resort, flyfishing on the Elk River, and several other regional recreational amenities. The guaranteed passing opportunity is intended not only to increase safety, but also to improve mobility and reliability for all motorists. A $6 million contract has been awarded to Kootenay company Barrie MacKay Contracting Ltd. to construct the lane. Work will start in May and is scheduled for completion by the end of September.

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Revamped and ready for renters By Nicole Liebermann Free Press Staff


parwood’s Pinecrest Apartments are in the process of a long-awaited makeover and the first phase of construction is about to be unveiled. One of the three 12-unit buildings located on Pine Avenue has received a major refresher and is ready to be rented out for February. Located in a prime location across from the schools and close to the Rec Centre, with views overlooking the Iron Rails Overpass, the apartments had deteriorated over the years, becoming an eyesore and a concern within the community. With new owners in place, a major project to turn the Pinecrest Apartments around began in the fall. “This was left unattended for four years, so we just couldn’t save half of it, we had to gut the whole thing,” said Project Manager Tim Conrad. “We’ve basically gone from the bottom up and made everything brand new.” A crew began work on the first building in September and they certainly had their work cut out for them. After revamping the building’s exterior, they went on to re-drywall, install new flooring and heating systems, paint the entire interior, and put in brand new kitchen cabinets and appliances. “What it was, and what it is now, is just night and day. It’s crazy,” remarked

The first newly renovated building of Sparwood’s Pinecrest Apartments is ready to be rented out for February. Photo by N. Liebermann

Conrad. 11 of the 12 renovated units have already been rented out for February, leaving just one more vacancy to fill. With limited rental options in Sparwood, Conrad doesn’t expect it will stay empty long. “This has got to be one of the nicest locations to rent an apartment in Sparwood. Teck’s bus stops right in front of us, and their office is just down the hill,” he said. “I honestly think that it’s going to attract long-term people that

want to stay in nicer housing. They’re not going to have to stay out of town anymore in Fernie.” He went on to say, “I think it’s really going to increase the livability of Sparwood. It’s a beautiful town and we want people to be proud of this place.” Now with the first building just days away from completion, it’s time to move on to the next. Conrad expects to have the second building complete by the beginning of April, and the third by mid-June.

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Mining in the Elk Valley is growing, with more people moving to the area to work in the sector. The problem is finding these people somewhere to live. The shortage of rental housing in the valley means the economy is only able to grow as much as the housing allows. Mine workers aren’t going to move here if they can’t find a rental unit for the duration of their contract. If we want to attract and retain workers, we need to offer them housing. Part of the reason for the low supply of rental housing is that it is more lucrative for developers to build homes and condos for the homeownership market, while they often lose money when developing rental housing. As a result of this shortage, rental housing prices are continuing to rise. As demand outstrips supply, fewer and fewer people will be able to find affordable housing. In B.C. less than 10 per cent of all new builds are for the purpose of rental. But when house prices in the Elk Valley are so high, many people don’t have an option other than renting. It is good to see an investor in Sparwood addressing this issue, with the complete restoration of the Pinecrest Apartments for rental. One of the three 12-unit buildings located on Pine Avenue has received a major refresher and is ready to be rented out for February. Before the last coat of paint was dry in the units, all but one of the apartments in the first building was rented out, showing the huge demand for rental units in the town. The investor has obviously done enough research to know how high the demand is, and that those units will never sit empty. The other two buildings will now be renovated and will no doubt be rented just as fast. Not only is this project meeting a demand for rental housing, it is also rejuvenating buildings in Sparwood that had become an eyesore. Hopefully this project will encourage further investment in rental housing in the valley, and in turn encourage long term workers to the area.


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Letters to the Editor In response to Ryland Nelson's letter to the editor, January 17 As long time born and raised residents of the Elk Valley we take offence to the outside world continually telling us, the people of the Elk Valley, how we should be managing our affairs in our backyards. Mr. Nelson mentions Wildsight, CPAWS BC, Sierra Club BC, Y2Y, and of course The United Nations (UNESCO). We would love to know what we are doing wrong? For 100 years industry has been logging, mining, and exploring for oil and gas! The people that work in those industries have been spending their spare time skiing,

snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, ATVing, camping etc. which falls under tourism, another booming industry that plays a huge part on the land base within the Elk and Flathead valleys. So once again, what is the problem? The Elk River has high selenium. We agree, but Mr. Nelson forgets to mention that Teck Coal is currently spending a large sum of money to rectify the issue. Our concern for the Elk River would be that the three communities within the Elk Valley, and a large ski resort are discharging their chemically treated effluent into the Elk River every day of the week! Has Mr. Nelson, and his identified preservation

groups, witnessed the booming elk populations that live within those five coal mines, due to the wildlife habitat that has been created within those five mines through reclamation on old mined out areas? What about the current boom in predators? Wolves, cougars, grizzly and black bears, are at an all time high in the Elk and Flathead

valleys. Why? Lots of ungulates to eat, and good habitat to support their needs. Some people that read this letter may think we work and support mining in the Elk River corridor. Well we don't work for a coal mine, but we do indeed support responsible mining. Why? Because when done correctly it's good for fish, wildlife, and the economy!

So, at the end of the day, when all is said and done, we the people of the Elk Valley, the ones that work, play and pay taxes, should and will have the final say as to what happens in our backyards. Kent and Petovello Elko, BC.

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Letters to the Editor continued from page 6 Leash up In response to the numerous letters of late regarding off leash dogs, I would like to add another perspective, one that is from dog lover to dog lover. One of my dogs lives with a brain injury resulting from an illness. This means that his behaviour can be unpredictable. I am extremely responsible, and manage this dog with everyone’s safety as my main concern. I medicate this dog, muzzle him when I need to, I use an E-collar as back up. He has an excellent recall and is obedient. I walk in isolated areas outside of city limits, I leash up when I see another dog coming. When another dog’s owner yells that everything is OK, and that their dog is friendly, they’re missing the point! I’m not judging their dog’s behaviour, I am trying to protect their dog from a potentially dangerous situation. The number of people I encounter that do not even carry a leash shocks and concerns me. Leash rules protect us all from all kinds of incidents. A leash doesn’t always mean that your dog is badly behaved. More often your leash protects your dog from other people’s dogs. It’s not about my perception of your dog’s behaviour, please don’t be offended, it is the responsible way for me (and the many others out there with difficult dogs) to control a situation. Every dog has the potential to react in a stressful situation, yes, even your sweet-natured Fido. I have seen both sides, when I only had my reliable old girl, I hated the leash laws, I felt people were saying she was bad, and I felt there should be exceptions to rules, now I understand. Please do the right thing, when you see someone leash up, do the same. A leash can cost as little as a few dollars, but it could save everyone a lot of trouble. When dogs meet at a less excited, more controlled energy level, it is much easier to have positive interactions with other dogs. Leashes don’t have to mean we’re all social outcasts, they may just be the responsible key for everyone to enjoy what we have outside our doors in Fernie. Becca Drake Fernie

My wife and I are relatively new to Fernie, and have been enjoying its many outdoor charms, one of them being walks along the riverside pathways. We walk those paths all year round, very often with our dog. With snow now deep everywhere, a new eyesore became all too obvious. There are stretches of the trail where dog 'doo-doo' lies in gross clumps all around the travelled path and edges. Very ugly! And really unnecessary, too! C'mon dog owners of Fernie, you can do better than to turn Fernie's trails into an open dog-toilet! There are 'bag stations' at a few points on the paths, and in any case, you know you must have them with you whenever you take your pet for a walk. Let's get with it, and keep Fernie looking beautiful! And one other thing while I'm on the subject. Why would someone do the right thing and bag their dog's excretion, and then leave the bag on the ground? Makes no sense, but I've found used bags several times on our walks. So, please, people, be fully responsible, not just part-way, and put the bag in a proper garbage receptacle. All of this should be 'Citizenship 101,' not something needing to be constantly restated! John Krzyzewski Fernie

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Employment Services Centre Employment Services Hosted Every Tuesday in Sparwood!

Starting in February, the Elk Valley Employment Centre is pleased to announce that employment services will be available in Sparwood every Tuesday! Our mobile kiosk will be set up at the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce from 10am to 3pm every Tuesday. Kiosk services complements those available at our storefront in Fernie. The kiosks are hosted by qualified staff who can provide support in preparing your resume or cover letter, job searching or preparing for an interview. The kiosks include access to computers, internet, printing, and faxing. Additional services and supports are available to job seekers who are unemployed and legally eligible to work in BC.

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• 6:30am to 1:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 7:00am to 10:00am- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 8:30am to 9:15am- Aquafit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:30am to 9:30am- Gentle Fit Sparwood Leisure Centre • 8:45am to 10:15am- Shinny Hockey Fernie Memorial Arena • 9:00am to 10:30am- Indoor Walking Fernie Community Centre • 10am to 11:00 am- Aquafit Sparwood Leisure Centre • 10:15am to 11:15am- Aquafit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 12:00pm to 1:00PM- Skate & Shoot Sparwood Leisure Centre • 1:00pm- Dominoes Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 1:00pm to 3:00pm- Sonrise Healing Rooms Open for Prayers 1361 Eighth Ave. Fernie • 1:00pm to 3:00pm- Public Skating Elkford Arena • 3:30pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 6:00pm – Bridge Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 6:30pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 7:00pm to 10:00pm- Video Game Arcade Vogue Theatre • 7:00pm- Mahjong Fernie Seniors Drop in Centre • 7:00pm & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre


• 6:30am to 1:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:45am to 10:15am- Shinny Hockey Fernie Memorial Arena • 9:00am to 10:30am- Indoor Walking Fernie Community Centre • 9:30am to 10:15am- Aquafit Elkford Pool • 10:00am to 12:00pm- Ladies Shinny Elkford Arena • 10:00am to 5:00pm- Elkford Library Open to Public • 10:00am to 8:00pm- Sparwood Library Open to Public • 10:00am to 1:30pm- Crafts Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 10:30am to 11:15am- Public Skating Fernie Memorial Arena • 10:30am to 11:15am- Gentle Fit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:30am to 12:00pm- Toonie Swim Elkford Pool • 11:00am to 6:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 11:15am to 12:00pm- Storytime Fernie Library • 12:00pm to 1:00pm- Skate & Shoot Sparwood Leisure Centre • All Day Pasta at Boston Pizza • 3:30pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre

• 5:00pm- Wing Night The Pub Park Place Lodge • 6:30 pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 7:00pm to 8:00pm- Public Skating Sparwood Leisure Centre • 7:00pm to 10:00pm- Video Game Arcade Vogue Theatre • 7:00pm & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre • 7:30pm – Cribbage Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre


• 6:30am to 1:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 7:00am to 10:00am- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 8:30am to 9:15am- Aquafit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:30am to 9:30am- Gentle Fit Sparwood Leisure Centre • 8:45am to 10:15am- Shinny Hockey Fernie Memorial Arena • 9:00am to 10:30am- Indoor Walking Fernie Community Centre • 10:00am to 11:00 am- Aquafit Sparwood Leisure Centre • 10:00am to 12:00pm Public Skating Elkford Arena • 10:00am to 5:00pm- Elkford Library Open to Public • 10:00am to 5:00pm- Sparwood Library Open to Public • 10:15am to 11:15am- Aquafit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:30am to 12:00pm- Toonie Swim Elkford Pool • 11:00am to 6:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 11:15am to 12:00pm- Storytime Fernie Library • 12:00pm- Fernie Rotary Meeting Park Place Lodge • 12:00pm to 1:00pm- Skate & Shoot Sparwood Leisure Centre • 1:00pm- Cribbage Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 1:15pm to 2:30pm- Skate & Shoot Fernie Memorial Arena • 3:30pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 5:00pm to 6:00pm- Preschool Drop In Hockey, Sparwood Leisure Centre • 6:30pm to 8:00 pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 7:00pm to 9:00pm- Sonrise Healing Rooms Open for Prayers 1361 Eighth Ave. Fernie • 7:00pm to 10:00pm- Video Game Arcade Vogue Theatre • 7:00pm & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre


• 6:30am to 1:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:45am to 10:15am- Shinny Hockey Memorial Arena • 9:00am to 10:30am- Indoor Walking Fernie Community Centre

• 10:00am to 8:00pm- Sparwood Library Open to Public • 10:30am to 11:15am- Public Skating Fernie Memorial Arena • 10:30am to 11:15am- Gentle Fit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:30am to 11:30 am – Sparwood Seniors Drop In Centre • 10:30am to 12:00pm- Toonie Swim Elkford Pool • 11:00am to 6:00pm- Elkford Library Open to Public • 11:00am to 8:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 12:00pm to 1:00pm- Skate & Shoot Sparwood Leisure Centre • 1:00pm to 3:00pm- Shinny Elkford Arena • 3:30pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 5:00 pm- Baby Back Ribs Night Max Restaurant • 6:00pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Elkford Pool • 6:30pm to 9:00pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 7:00pm- Drop-In Curling Fernie Curling Club • 7:00pm to 8:00pm- Public Skating Sparwood Leisure Centre • 7:00pm to 10:00pm- Video Game Arcade Vogue Theatre • 7:00pm & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre • 9:30pm-11:00pm- Adult Rec Hockey Sparwood Leisure Centre


• 6:30am to 1:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 7:00am to 10:00am- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 8:30am to 9:15 am- Aqua Blast Fernie Aquatic Centre • 8:30am to 9:30am- Gentle Fit Sparwood Leisure Centre • 8:45am to 9:30 am- Aquafit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 9:00am to 11:00am- Adult Badminton Fernie Community Centre • 9:30am to 10:15am- Aquafit Elkford Pool • 10:00am to 11:00am- Aquafit Sparwood Leisure Centre • 10:00am to 5:00pm- Sparwood Library Open to Public • 10:15am to 11:15am- Aquafit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:30am to 11:15am- Gentle Fit Fernie Aquatic Centre • 10:30am to 12:00pm- Toonie Swim Elkford Pool • 11:00am to 6:00pm- Elkford Library Open to Public • 11:00am to 6:00pm Fernie Library Open to Public • 11:15am to 12:00pm- Storytime Fernie Heritage Library • 12:00pm to 1:00pm- Skate & Shoot Sparwood Leisure Centre • 3:30pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim

Fernie Aquatic Centre • 4:00pm to 5:30pm- Free Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 6:00pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Elkford Pool • 6:30pm to 9:00pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 7:00pm to 10:00pm- Video Game Arcade Vogue Theatre • 7:00pm & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre • 7:00pm to 8:15pm- Public Skating Fernie Memorial Arena • 7:30pm- Jitney Darts Fernie Legion • 7:30pm – Cribbage Fernie Seniors Drop In Centre • 8:00pm to 9:00pm- Teen/Adult Swim Elkford Pool


• 10:00am to 5:00pm- Sparwood Library Open to Public • 12:00pm to 5:00pm- Elkford Library Open to Public • 1:00pm to 3:30pm- Public Skating Elkford Arena • 1:00pm to 5:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 2:00pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 2:00pm to 3:45pm- Public Skating Fernie Memorial Arena • 2:00pm to 5:30pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 2:30pm to 4:30pm- Public Swim Elkford Pool • 3:00pm- Movie Matinee Vogue Theatre • 4:00pm to 6:00pm- Meat Draw & 50/50 Fernie & Sparwood Legions • 4:30pm to 10:00pm- Video Game Arcade Vogue Theatre • 5:00pm- Prime Rib Night Max Restaurant Park Place Lodge • 5:30pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Elkford Pool • 6:30pm to 9:00pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 6:45pm to 8:15pm- Public Skating Fernie Memorial Arena • 7:00pm & 9:00pm- Movie Time Vogue Theatre


• 12:00pm to 2:00pm- Family Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 1:00pm to 3:30pm- Public Skating Elkford Arena • 1:00pm to 5:00pm- Fernie Library Open to Public • 1:00pm to 5:00pm- Public Swim Elkford Pool • 2:00pm to 4:30pm- Public Swim Sparwood Leisure Centre • 2:00pm to 8:00pm- Public Swim Fernie Aquatic Centre • 2:15pm to 4:00pm- Public Skating Fernie Memorial Arena • 4:30pm to 10:00pm- Video Game Arcade Vogue Theatre


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No School Friday Art Madness, The Arts Station, Fernie, 9am-noon Wildcat Curling Bonspiel, Elkford Curling Rink Fernie Ghostriders vs. Kimberley Dynamiters, Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30 pm Winter Wheezer – Island Lake/Fernie Provincial Park Sparwood Council Meeting, 7:00pm Indie Film “Chasing Ice”, Vogue Theatre, 7:00pm Parent Power Free Workshop, Fernie Chamber of Commerce, 7:00pm Family Literacy Program (Free), Hosmer Community Centre, 9:00am-11:00am English as a Second Language (Free), IDES Library, 7:00pm-9:00pm Developing Skills for Success in the Workplace (Free), Max Turyk School, 7:00-9:00pm Morgan Childs Quartet (Jazz), The Arts Station, Fernie, 8:00 pm Fernie Trails & Ski Touring Club AGM, Freshies, 7:00pm Fernie Ghostriders vs.Columbia Valley Rockies, Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30 pm Wapiti Family Fun Day, Wapiti Ski Hill, Elkford Valentine Dinner, Christ Church Anglican, Fernie, 6:00pm, Call 250-423-3150 Fernie Ghostriders vs.Kelowna Chiefs, Fernie Memorial Arena, 7:30 pm Helly Hansen Big Mountain Battle, Fernie Alpine Resort

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City Council Meeting Schedule

Fernie Mine Rescue Committee - Coordinator

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Regular Council meetings are open to the public and held at City Hall at 7:00 p.m.

The Fernie Mine Rescue Committee in conjunction with the City of Fernie is seeking an individual to take on the part time - temporary contract position of “Coordinator” for the upcoming Fernie Mine Rescue Competition to be held September 6 -7, 2013.

This position has a wage rate of $20.00 per hour and is scheduled to start on or about March 1, 2013 and end no later than September 30, 2013. We require an energetic, highly organized individual with good communications skills, computer proficiency, who is able to work with minimal supervision. Familiarity with the Biennial Fernie Mine Rescue Competition or previous experience organizing conferences or events is desired. Applicants are invited to submit a detailed resume and cover letter not later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 1, 2013 to the attention of Mr. Jim Hendricks. For more details, regarding the position please contact Mr. Hendricks at or 250 423-2223.

City of Fernie Contact Info: City Hall

Ph: 250-423-6817 Fx: 250-423-3034 Email: Website: 501-3rd Avenue, Box 190 Fernie, British Columbia V0B 1M0 Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Closed statutory holidays) After Hours Phone: 250-423-4226 Fernie Aquatic Centre 250 Pine Avenue Phone: 250-423-4466 Fernie Memorial Arena 991-6th Avenue (Highway 3) Phone: 250-423-2254

Fernie Memorial Arena Winter Public Program Schedule

Days of the Week No School Friday Friday Saturday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Saturday Sunday

For all Police, Ambulance or Fire related emergencies: Call 911

Public Skating Noon - 12:45 pm 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm

Adult Shinny

2:00 pm - 3:45 pm 2:15 pm - 4:00 pm 250-423-4666 ext 228

January 5 to March 9, 2013





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

Check Out our great selection of swimsuits and goggles

Mon & Wed Limited Space in Main Pool 4:30 - 7:00 pm Tues 4:30 - 5:30 pm RED CROSS SWIM LESSONS Lessons Sets Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 am -10:00 am 10:00 am - 10:30 am 3:40 pm - 4:10 pm 4:15 pm - 4:45 pm Check for levels for each time slot

Sat - Sun Public Swim 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm 250 423 4466 ext 0

Water Fit Classes ACTIVE FIT Mon /Wed 8:30 to 9:15 am “New” Aqua Blast Fri 8:30 to 9:15 am *Try our different and fun Water Fit workout * Gentle Fit Tues/Thurs/Fri 10:30 to 11:15 am

WATER SLIDE HOURS Mon - Fri 4:00 - 6:00 pm Sat & Sun 3:30 -8:00 pm $2.50 Swim 7:30 to 8:00 pm Daily * 250 423 4466 ext. 0

Youth Shinny 10:45 am - 11:45 am

8:45 am - 10:15 pm

Fernie Aquatic Centre Winter 2013 Swim Schedule Monday

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Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs - 2013/2014

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) is accepting project proposals for funding considerations for Columbia Basin Trust’s Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Program.

Proposals must be submitted by a registered nonprofit organization. In general, program funds are for meeting community/public needs rather than private needs. Any private sector proposal that comes forward must be sponsored by a registered non-profit organization and must clearly demonstrate community benefits. If sponsored, the application and financial report must be submitted by the registered non-profit organization on behalf of the non-registered group. Project evaluation criteria and applications forms are available from: RDEK website at;

For more information about preparing your project proposal or to have an application form mailed to you, please contact Shannon Moskal at 250 489-2791 or 1 888 478-7335 (toll free). Deadline for project submissions is 4:30 p.m. Monday, February 18, 2013 (Late applications are not eligible.) Submit Proposals to:

Regional District of East Kootenay Attn: Shannon Moskal, Community Services Manager 19 - 24th Avenue South Cranbrook, BC V1C 3H8 Facsimile: 250 489-3498 Email:

Red Cross - Water 2013 Dog Licenses Saftey Instructor are available for Fernie Aquatic Centre purchase 250 Pine Ave Feb 7,8,9,10, 2013 Thurs. & Fri. 4:30 to 8:30pm Sat. & Sun. 8:30am to 5:00pm.

Cost: $200.00 +Tax (Includes manual) Prerequisite: AWSI Call to register your spot today! 250.423.4466 ext. 0 -

To ensure a safe and speedy arrival home in the event that your dog sneaks out, drop by City hall and purchase your 2013 Dog Tag / Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm •

Neutered or Spayed

Lost Dog Tag replacement (within same year) $1.00

Intact or Unspayed

$15.00 $35.00

Pay Your Annual Utilities by February 28th and Save!

The 2013 annual Utility charges for single family dwellings and residential strata units are set out below. A 5% discount is available if the full year is paid no later than February 28, 2013. Single Family Dwelling - Fernie 2013 Annual Utilities (water/sewer/garbage) If paid by February 28, 2013

Single Family Dwelling – West Fernie 2013 Annual Utilities (water/garbage) If paid by February 28, 2013

Residential Strata Unit - Fernie 2013 Annual Utilities (water/sewer) If paid by February 28, 2013

$629.52 $598.04

SAVE $31.48

$410.04 $389.54

SAVE $20.50

$559.80 $531.81

SAVE $27.99

The 5% discount is also available for business and all other classes of Utility accounts. Please contact City Hall at 250 423.6817 or for more information.


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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:

Upcoming Meetings of Council (in Council Chambers)

Monday, February 4, 2013 Regular Council Meeting at 7:00 pm Monday, February 18, 2013 Regular Council Meeting at 7:00 pm Monday, February 25, 2013 Committee of the Whole Meeting at 7:00 pm


There will be no garbage pickup on the BC Family Day Stat Monday, February 11, 2013.

Garbage that is normally picked up on the Monday will be picked up on Tuesday, February 12, 2013.

Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs

Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs Applications are now being accepted for the 2013/14 Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs. Application forms and proposal guidelines are available at the District of Sparwood Municipal Office and on the RDEK website at under CBT. The application deadline for project proposals is 4:30 p.m. Monday, February 19, 2013.

2013 RAIN BARREL ART CONTEST & SILENT AUCTION For the 2 year in a row the District of Sparwood has partnered with the Sparwood Arts nd

Council in an effort to reduce water consumption and promote the arts.

Rain barrels are often seen as characterless and boring. We aim to transform this normally drab outdoor feature into a masterpiece for the garden and we need your help to do this!


The District of Sparwood is looking for energetic and enthusiastic individuals who will be employed for the summer by the District of Sparwood to work as summer parks and greenbelt workers beginning May 6, 2013 to September 6, 2013. The rate of pay is in accordance with CUPE Local 2698 Collective Agreement. All applications including cover letter, resume, and proof of enrolment must be received by the District of Sparwood Municipal Office on or before 4:00 pm Thursday, March 28, 2013. The ‘hat’ draw will be conducted on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. All successful applicants will be contacted following the draw. Applicants should be aware that work performance with the District of Sparwood will be considered for future employment. Only students who have been enrolled on a full time basis in high school or a post secondary institution during the 2013 Winter/Spring term and are intending to return to school in the fall are eligible for these positions. Student application forms, including the proof of enrollment, are available at the Municipal Office, 136 Spruce Avenue or at the Sparwood Recreation Department, 367 Pine Avenue or on the District website at www. Proof of enrollment form must be signed by the school Registrar’s Office. Preference will be given to post secondary students. All successful applicants will be required to have a valid driver’s license with a Class 5 or a minimum of a Class 7N or Class 7L. Applicants’ address must be the same on their Drivers License as mailing address or permanent address in Sparwood. Any eligible applications received after the close date, will be automatically put on the bottom of this list as well as any who are unable to start employment on May 6, 2013. Questions can be directed to the Sparwood Municipal Office at 250.425.6271 or be emailed to .

Work BC Employment Services Centre

Starting in February, the Elk Valley Employment Centre services will be available in Sparwood every Tuesday. The mobile kiosk will be set up the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The kiosk will be hosted by qualified staff who can provide support in preparing your resume or cover letter, job searching or preparing for an interview. For more information please contact or phone 250-423-4204 or 1-855-651-3027.

Invitations to paint or sponsor a rain barrel are now being extended to all businesses and members of the public. STEPS TO PARTICIPATE 1. Buy a Rain Barrel – Some are currently available at Alpine Lumber, right here in Sparwood! 2. Paint the Rain Barrel – Find an artist or even an employee that will paint the barrel for you. 3. Send the following information to Rose Sharma ( before April 5th: • Photo of Painted Barrel • Artist’s Name • Sponsor’s Name • Display Location – If you don’t have somewhere to display your barrel publicly, we will find a great spot for it. Once we have your information, we will send you a Silent Auction Sign-Up Sheet to display beside your barrel so you can start collecting bids right away! Bids will be collected until the end of Arts & Culture Week (April 21-27, 2013). Half of all of the money raised will go to the Sparwood Arts Council. Sparwood residents that bid on the barrel will be entered into a draw to win a great water smart prize!

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Former Crowsnest Centre site sold By Joni MacFarlane Editor, Crowsnest Pass Promoter


large construction company has been awarded the sale and contract of the former Crowsnest Centre site. Council voted unanimously on Jan. 22 to enter into a sale and construction agreement with Medican General Contractors. The municipality has not released details about the sale or the type of development, although Mayor Bruce Decoux said on CJPR Radio that he believes a hotel is planned. An appraisal of the site in July 2010 appraised the 6.26 acres of

land at $1.4 million. This was based on $225,000 per acre. Demolition costs were estimated at $673,000 with a fee of $82,000 to remove hazardous waste such as asbestos. Started in Medicine Hat as a concrete company, Medican began building single-family homes and condominiums and was one of the first builders to introduce luxury condos for seniors. They expanded across the country with completed condo developments in Quebec, Saskatchewan, B.C. and Alberta but ran into financial problems in 2010 when the combination of

a collapsed housing market and massive debt load pushed them towards bankruptcy. With unsecured creditors owed a total of $29.8 million, Medican entered into the Companies Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) in May 2010 and the court appointed a “monitor” to oversee restructure and a payment plan to creditors. A $10 million settlement was agreed to in January 2012 that allowed creditors to receive a portion of the company’s debts. Payments were to be made semiannually over a three-year period but this period can be extended if the market continues to be slow.

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According to records from the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada, debtors include contractors, newspapers, Canada Revenue Agency as well as various cities, towns and real estate development companies. Under the agreement, Medican 2012, the corporate entity that emerged from court proceedings, would contribute to a fund by continuing some projects of the former company and taking on new projects. According to regular reports by Ernst & Young, in its capacity as CCAA Monitor, Medican “continues to act in good faith and with due diligence in respect of

implementing its Plan”. Before leaving office, Crowsnest Pass former municipal council accepted a policy to adopt a development agreement that will provide 100 per cent security of the estimated construction costs for municipal and utility improvements for all applicable developments before work starts. Details of the sale such as price paid to the municipality and security arrangements were not available. Calls by The Promoter to Medican in Medicine Hat were not returned as of press time.


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Parade registration is under way. This years theme is Light up the Night, your parade entry should be designed with that in mind. All groups/organizations/businesses participating in the parade must forward an application to the Griz Days Committee no later than February 27th, 2013. Parade entrants must be lined up by 6:00 p.m. to be eligible for judging. Participants must line up behind the 901Fernie on 3rd Ave and 10th Street Parade starts at 6:30 p.m. sharp. SAFETY STANDARDS: 1. Alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited. 2. Parade coordinator reserves the right to reject any impaired individuals. 3. For safety reasons, absolutely no candy or other objects to be thrown from any moving vehicle. The only candy or promotional items that may be handed out, must be done so person-to-person by a walking participant along the parade route. 4. The use of fire, gas or propane devices is not permitted. 5. All parade vehicle drivers must have a valid driver’s license. 6. It is the responsibility of the float sponsor to provide adequate safety measures to secure the individuals riding on their float. 7. Adults must supervise children on parade floats. 8. Participants must not get on or off moving floats or vehicles. 9. Vehicles must not stop in the middle of the parade route, or in any way hinder the forward procession of the parade. 10. Participants are responsible for the observation of safety standards. VIOLATIONS OF ANY OF THE ABOVE GUIDELINES WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE REMOVAL FROM THE PARADE.

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The Salvation Army food bank will receive proceeds from The Most Wanted fundraiser as well as a portion of the Griz Pin sale proceeds Friends for Friends will be selling hot chocolate donated by Teck to raise money for their organization, as well they will receive a portion of the Griz Pin sale proceeds.

Griz Days Parade Registration 2013 Thank you for participating in this year’s Griz Days Parade, Saturday March 2nd, 2013 There is no entry fee to participate in the parade. All parade participants must register. Please return the registration form to the Fernie Chamber of Commerce.

Organization/Business: ______________________________________________ (please print) Contact Name: _____________________________________________________ Mailing Address: ____________________________________________________ Phone: __________________________________

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Fernie skates on to the world stage By Steve Ruskay Contributor


he Fernie Griz pond hockey team will be once again representing the community at the World Pond Hockey championships this year. Pond hockey is the way the game was meant to be played. Outside, on a frozen lake, with no boards. It is hockey at its purest. This year marks the 12th year of the World Pond Hockey Championship, held yearly in Plaster Rock, New Brunswick. This sleepy east coast town of 1,100 is always eager to be host to this monumental event, and showcase its world famous ‘east coast hospitality.’ 130 teams are selected from around the world to play for the prestigious honour of being the world’s best on the pond. On the sometimes bitterly cold ice of Roulston Lake, 20 rinks measuring 75 feet, by 150 feet, are carefully surveyed and manicured. 20 games are played simultaneously, with thousands of fans, and fellow hockey players cheering wildly. Each game consists of two 15-minute halves, with a five-

minute intermission. There are no goalies, pads, or refs. An official keeps score, and throws out a new puck every time one should vanish into the snow. Last year, the Griz finished third in pool play, narrowly missing the playoffs. Off the ice, the Griz were honoured with the ‘Nicest Team Sweater 2012’ award last year. This year’s tournament will take place from February 7 to 10, and will see more then 8,000 players, fans and media, flock to Plaster Rock. The Griz face off during the opening round against the hometown team from Plaster Rock, ‘International Harvestors’, under the lights at 7 p.m. on the night of Thursday February 7. The Griz have two games on February 8, and two more on February 9. If all goes well, playoffs begin in the early morning of February 10! To cheer on the Griz, and keep up to date on scores, stats, adventures, and standings, ‘like’ The Fernie Griz Pond Hockey Team on Facebook. For tournament information, visit www.worldpondhockey. com. Go Griz Go!

The Fernie Griz Pond hockey team is headed to the World Pond Hockey Championships in New Brunswick this February. Submitted photp

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(Celebrating 115 years of serving the Elk Valley.)

From the day we printed our very first paper — back in 1898, The Free Press has reported on events, stories and legends of the Elk Valley for over 115 years. We are one of the oldest newspapers in Canada.

We have followed stories from the spectacular to the every day, we’ve printed it all, each week: our politicians’ plans, the public’s questions, main street businesses on their way up and local careers on their way down, the hottest days of summer and deepest snows of winter. We’ve followed crimes and punishments, performances and players, our hometown teams’ victories, overseas wars, Canadian news, and B.C. views. We’ve celebrated community underdogs who’ve won and mourned lost loved ones. After more than a century we’re still doing our very best to be the Elk Valley’s newspaper. Your newspaper Est. 1898


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Judo tournament well attended By Angela Treharne Free Press Staff


e r n i e Secondary School hosted an Invitational Judo Tournament on Saturday, attended by around 100 competitors from all over the East and West Kootenays and southern Alberta. The tournament began with under nine competitors and finished with the senior fighters.

Team Results:

U 13 Competition:

Gold - Ben Gilmet Silver - Daniel McRae Bronze - Jordan Korn – Bronze

Demonstration Category:

Bronze - Mathew Allen, Alister Fyfe, Megan Hammer and Hannah Thompson Gold - Curtis Eldridge, Kara Goodman, Olivia Roberts and Kat Goodman

U 9 Competition:

Juvenile Women Divisions:

Bronze – Megan Hammer Silver - Hannah Thompson and Sidney Koevoet Gold – Anna Koevoet

Cadet Men Divisions:

Silver - Jeremy Dyer

Bronze - Cole Goodman

U 11 Competition:

Silver - Alister Fyfe and Ethan McRae

Senior Men:

Gold and silver - Mike Teetzel

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hasing Ice is the latest award winning flick to be presented by Indie Films Fernie. The recipient of best cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival and winner of the 2012 Hot Docs People’s Choice Awards will play at the Vogue Theatre on Monday night. The enlightening documentary follows a National Geographic photojournalist as he brings dramatic visual evidence of climate change in the Arctic to the attention of the world. Chasing Ice is the shocking, sobering, yet ultimately optimistic story of James Balog’s incredible journey. The film features stunning cinematography and privileged views of some never before seen areas of the Arctic, and serves as an urgent reminder that the earth is in crisis. Tickets are available online and at the door the night of the show. Tickets: Members – adult, $9, youth, $8. Non-members – adult, $10, youth, $9.

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mix of sculpture and paintings come together to create the latest dynamic exhibit on display at The Arts Station. Pat Luders and Jennifer McAuley have teamed up to produce ‘Human, Nature.’ The title of the show comes from a common theme in the two artists’ work, the importance of nature, and the impact that culture and industry have on the landscape. A sculptor who enrolled in art school mid-life, Luders was immediately drawn to sculpture because of her interest in ancient cultures and civilizations. Sculptors have used the same materials for thousands of years, and through working with clay, bronze, and wood, she feels a connection to other eras and cultures. Sculpting both classical


bronze portraits and abstract multi-media tables, Luders finds her inspiration from her natural surroundings, as well as the creativity and talents of fellow artists who record, energize, and enrich the world through arts and culture. Moving from Vancouver to the Kootenays has changed the perspective of McAuley’s paintings. Surrounded by natural beauty, she focuses on the minute details in nature, the details of a riverstone, the colours of the leaves in the fall, and the song of a bird. Primarily using oil on panel, McAuley’s paintings are a reflection of her struggle to engage with the world around her and her drive to communicate as a deeply creative person. Join the artists at The Arts Station for the opening reception of Human, Nature tonight at 7 p.m.

Causeway Bay showcases new menu were designed to fill a niche they felt Sparwood was missing with fine dining and dinner items. "The chef was inspired to create food that had an exotic and international flair, food that was fresh and fun and blended various flavours in each dish," said Joanne Wilton, Regional Manager of the Causeway Bay. "It was really time for this change, and we wanted this select group of people to be the first to try it out," she said. Over 20 guests, including Sparwood Mayor Lois Halko, Cal and Norma McDougall, Councillor Harold and Melanie Baytaluk, commended the chef and the Causeway Bay for a job well done. "We are so impressed with the food, the presentation, and the selecJoanne Wilton, Causeway Bay Regional Manager and Jodene Banquet, Manager sit next to one of the new tion of new items, it is comparable to menu items prepared by Chef Don Burton.  any fine dining restaurant there is," said Photo by J. Jensen Mayor Lois Halko. "The Causeway Bay chef, staff and banquet severs have all By Jenna Jensen made this evening impeccable, and are Contributors very highly commended," she said. "I am really amazed at the quality and he Sparwood Causeway Bay delighted special taste," said Cal McDougall. "I have been guests with a taste of items from their brand new to places where I have had duck, and it menu during an evening dinner affair recently. hasn't been the best, but the duck dish, The new menu items created by Head Chef Don Burton,

along with everything else served has been amazing," he commented. The new menu items are now available to the public. "We would like to extend a welcome to the community to come try out the new items as well as some of their old favourites," said Wilton. "We also would like to remind residents that we do banquets of all sizes and types, and are looking forward to serving you for breakfast, lunch or dinner," she said.

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Golden Bear Track and Field results By Ritch Braun Passtrak


ive Passtrak athletes attended the Golden Bear Track and Field Meet at the University of Alberta in Edmonton on January 19 and 20. They competed in a total of 27 events where they produced 12 lifetime best performances, set three new Passtrak club records and earned three medals for their efforts. Mosese Ratudradra completed six events in the Peewee boys category and produced four new personal bests. His long jump improved by 14 cm out to 2.39 metres. His shotput improved by almost a full metre to earn him a fourth place finish with a distance of 6.35 metres. He had his best medicine ball throw ever as well with a 4.53 metre toss for second place. He also cleared 80 cm in the high jump for

the first time. Elena Tkachuk had six events as well and was in the Peewee girls age group. This was her first time participating in jumping and throwing events. Her best finishes were in the medicine ball throw where she tossed it 4.41 metres for sixth place and in the shotput where she placed fifth with a 5.13 metre result. She also ran the fastest 60 metre sprint of her life by dipping under the 11 second mark for the first time, finishing in 10.79 seconds. Zion Ratudradra is in the Bantam boys group. He tied his best ever high jump result at 1.30 metres for sixth place and ran the fastest 60 metre hurdles race of his life by cutting over a full second off his previous time. His time was 12.29 seconds which placed him eighth. Alisi Ratudradra has moved up to the Midget age group where she came up with four personal best results for her

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efforts. She ran the 200 metres in 28.20 seconds for eighth place, a personal best and a new Passtrak club record. In the 300 metres she moved up to fifth place by finishing the race in 45.41 seconds, which again was a personal best as well as a new Passtrak club record. In the long jump she improved to 4.54 metres which was good enough for fourth place and lastly she improved to 8.29 metres in the shotput for a third place finish. Josh Schulz represented the club in the Youth Boys division. He ran the fastest 60 metre race of his life in 8.28 seconds. He then tied the club record in the high jump with a clearance of 1.65 metres which also earned him a silver medal. Passtrak’s next scheduled competition is at the University of Calgary on January 27.

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I want to be a mini-Griz because when you are mini Griz there are so many exciting things to do. All through the day there are fun and challenging events. One of the events is the Slalom racing which is turning, twisting, jerking your body around the poles and going down the hill with all your speed and power you can get trying to beat your opponents. One of the other events is the milk chugalugging contest which is guzzling the milk down so fast it makes you dizzy. Then there is the costume contest, getting to dress up and see all the other Griz costumes. There are so many other interesting and enjoyable events to partake in all day long.

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he Fernie Ghostriders beat the Creston Valley Thunder Cats 4 – 2 on Friday, before losing a 5 - 4 heartbreaker to the Kimberley Dynamiters on Saturday night in Fernie. Slow starts continue to haunt the Riders, who once again fell behind early in both games. “It just comes down to getting on our game plan right away, and not waiting to see what comes at us,” said Riders captain Josh McKissock. “It’s nice to know we can come back at any time during games, but we have to get off to a better start.” Creston scored twice in the first four minutes, while holding Fernie scoreless through 40 minutes. That’s when the Riders special teams took over. With the Thunder Cats in penalty trouble early in the third, the Riders powerplay exploded for three goals in less than four minutes. McKissock opened the scoring on a nice feed from defenseman Matt Carr, who found the captain wide open at the side of the net.

Tain Prentice Tain Prentice took to Nordic skiing like a duck to water at the Nordic Society’s ski race on Saturday.

“I just picked up a rebound and I knew that Kisser would be on the backside. We’ve been practising that play, so I just fed it to him and he buried a onetimer,” Carr said. Carr would find the scoresheet less than two minutes later, unleashing a bomb from the point. “I saw an opening on the left side and ended up getting up a slapshot nice and high, and it went in. It’s nice to get on the board in a game like that.” Twenty-six seconds later, McKissock jumped on a rebound to give the Riders their first lead of the night. Tyler Gonzalez added an insurance marker with just over three minutes to play, on a nice rush with Joel Burgess. On Saturday, the Riders once again spotted the visitors an early lead. Brett Luker scored a shorthanded goal just as Will Lightfoot finished serving a holding minor. Anthony Gardner responded immediately for the home team, scoring two even strength goals, before Carr scored his 10th goal of the season on a late powerplay. The Riders, who twice held a two-

goal lead, had several chances to put the game away in overtime, but it was Isaac Schracher who played hero for the Dynamiters, scoring with only 40 seconds remaining. Heading into the final month of the regular season, the Ghostriders (28 – 12 – 1 – 3) hold a two-point lead over the Golden Rockets. With only eight games to play, and six against division rivals, the Riders have the opportunity to win their fourth consecutive Eddie Mountain Division title. McKissock, who won a KIJHL championship with the Revelstoke Grizzlies, knows how important it is to play good hockey down the stretch. “You definitely want your A-game going into playoffs. We want to send a message to all the teams in our division, and be on top of our game heading into the most important time of year,” said the captain. The Riders will have the opportunity to send that message this weekend, when they head to Creston on Friday before once again hosting Kimberley on Saturday. As always, puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

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RCMP REPORT Friday, January 4

• In Sparwood at 11:27 a.m. a stolen licence plate was reported. • In Sparwood at 3:48 p.m. police executed a drug search warrant with the Cranbrook Drug Unit. One person was

arrested and will be facing trafficking charges and will appear in court. • In Fernie at 4:32 p.m. counterfeit currency was reported. Members attended and looked at the money and it did not appear to be counterfeit.

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• In Hosmer at 5:04 p.m. an erratic driver was reported. Police patrolled and the vehicle was not located.

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• In Fernie at 1:02 a.m. one man was arrested for being drunk in public.






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“In Fernie at 2:50 a.m. there was a single vehicle accident when a vehicle hit an elk on the road.” Saturday January 5

• In Sparwood at 9:55 a.m. a Petro - Canada fuel card was stolen from an unlocked vehicle. The file is still ongoing. • In Elkford at 1:19 p.m. threats were reported. The file is still ongoing and the situation is being monitored. • In Elkford at 5:14 p.m. police assisted an individual who was upset after hitting an animal. • In Sparwood at 6:42 p.m. a suspicious vehicle was seen parked in a residential area. Upon police arrival the vehicle was gone. • In Elkford at 7:40 p.m. a possible impaired driver was reported. No plate was obtained and the vehicle was not located. • In Fernie at 9:18 p.m. a suicidal

person was reported. Police spoke to the individual and the person was not suicidal.

Sunday, January 6

• In Elkford at 12 a.m. a complainant reported a driver did doughnuts in front of their house. No licence plate was obtained. The vehicle was not located. • In Elkford at 12:06 a.m. there was a single vehicle accident involving the vehicle that was doing doughnuts. One of the four occupants was ejected from the vehicle. All were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver was given a three-day driving prohibition. • In Fernie at 12:42 a.m. police issued a 90-day driving prohibition and a 30-day vehicle impoundment during a roadside stop. • In Fernie at 1:48 a.m. a loud party complaint was made. A warning was given and the music was turned down. • In Hosmer at 2:21 a.m. a suicidal person was reported. The person was not suicidal, but was intoxicated.

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• In Elkford at 6:56 p.m. a complainant reported that someone was watching them play in the snow.

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• In Fernie at 12:23 a.m. a domestic disturbance was reported at a workplace. Both parties separated for the evening. • In Sparwood at 1:03 p.m. a complainant reported his vehicle window was broken while it was parked in a parking lot. • In Hosmer at 3:38 p.m. a single vehicle rollover occurred. No injuries were reported. • In Sparwood at 5:32 p.m. a suicidal man was reported. Police searched for the individual and he was located. The man was taken to the hospital for further assessment.

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“In Elkford at 5:16 p.m. an erratic driver was reported. Police patrolled and the vehicle was located. The individual had vision issues.”

A vehicle descriptor was given, but the suspect vehicle was not located. • In Fernie at 6:56 p.m. a fight was reported between six or seven people. One person was spoken to and was given a verbal warning. • In Sparwood at 7:46 p.m. a dead deer was reported to be on the highway and causing a hazard to other motorists.

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• In Fernie at 4:26 a.m. a loud party complaint was made. The party was quiet upon police arrival. • In Fernie at 7:45 a.m. an erratic driver was reported. The vehicle was not located. • In Fernie at 9:56 a.m. a theft of a snowboard was reported. It is a white and black Burton with black skulls and bindings. • In Fernie at 2:40 p.m. a wellbeing check was made. The individual was fine.

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Obituaries BARBARA MARY HAASE (NEE AINSLEY): 1933 - 2013 It is with deep sadness that we announce her passing on January 20, 2013 at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton, AB. She was a grandmother, mom, aunt, sister and a friend. She will be lovingly remembered and always missed, forever in our hearts. “Burn what is left of me and scatter the ashes to the winds to help the flowers grow. If you must bury something let it be my faults, my weaknesses and my prejudice against my fellow man. Give my sins to the devil. Give my soul to God. If by chance, you wish to remember me, do it with a kind deed or word to someone who needs you. If you do all I have asked, I will live forever.� Robert H. Test A service celebrating her life was held on January 24, 2013 in Leduc, AB. Her remains will be laid to eternal rest in Calgary, AB and Sparwood, BC. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the local Alzheimer’s society in her honour.

SPETA, KURT NOVEMBER 21, 1950 – JANUARY 14, 2013 Kurt Speta of Calgary passed away on January 14, 2013 at the age of 62 years while on vacation in Kiev, Ukraine. Kurt was born in Frankfurt Germany to William and Johanna Speta. He graduated Malaspina College in Nanaimo, B.C. as a Heavy Duty mechanic and later became a master mechanic. Kurt was very respected in his field of work which became mining management. He lived in many places but eventually grew some roots in Fernie, B.C. Later in life he travelled a lot splitting his time between homes in Calgary, Alberta and Ghana, Africa. He lived most of his life through his children and enjoyed his grandchildren. He was known for helping others almost to a fault, whether it be career wise, financially or other. Kurt will be deeply missed. Kurt is survived by his children Dustin (Cindy), Katrina, Billy, John David and Jaden; grandchildren Lissenia, Jacob, Samuel, Miley and Lily. He is also survived by brothers, Kelly, Tom, Ernie, Bill, Ron and Bob; sisters Janey and Carol. Kurt was predeceased by his parents William and Johanna Speta. Those wishing to pay their respects did so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Airdrie Funeral Home (300 Towerlane Drive, Airdrie, Alberta) on Friday, January 25, 2013 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Funeral Services was held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Airdrie Funeral Home (300 Towerlane Drive, Airdrie, Alberta) on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 11:00a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www. In living memory of Kurt Speta, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Airdrie Funeral Home, 300 TOWERLANE DRIVE, AIRDRIE, AB. Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.








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Corps Officer: Lt. Kyla McKenzie

Fernie Office 250-423-4661 Fx 250-423-4668

201 2nd Avenue, Fernie Sunday Service 10:00 am Sunday School 10:00 am Nursery Available UCW Women’s Group 1st Tues each month 7:00 pm Clergy: Jane Clarke D.L.M. 250-423-6010 YOU’RE WELCOME AT KNOX

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(formerly Fernie Baptist Church)

1622 10th Avenue, Fernie 250-423-4112 Night Church will be held at Mugshots @ 7:00pm. Sunday Service, 10:00am. Contact Pastor Shawn Barden

ST. MICHAEL’S PARISH Centennial Square, Sparwood

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

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

cell 250-417-5016 Pastor David Morton cell 250-417-5017 or 1-866-426-7564


10:30 am

Everyone Welcome

For more information call: 250-423-3516

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250-425-7787 Affiliated with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC) Services: Sunday 10:30 am Wednesday Bible Study: 6:47 pm Everyone Welcome Pastor: Rev. R.G. (Ross) Powell


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

HOLY FAMILY PARISH Catholic Church 521 4th Avenue, Fernie

Parish Office 250-423-6127 Masses:

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

CHRIST CHURCH ANGLICAN 591 4th Avenue, Fernie 250-423-6517 Christ Church Anglican Fernie

Sunday Service

8:30 am BCP

Sunday Service & School 9:30 am BAS Wednesday Service

10:00 am

The Rev Trevor Freeman, Parish Priest

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Career Opportunities

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Career Opportunities

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

Fax: (403)504-8664 Journeyman HD mechanic required for oilfield construction company. Duties will include servicing, maintenance and overhaul of our equipment. The job will be predominately shop work , but with a portion of your time spent in the field. A mechanics truck will be supplied for you. The job is based in Edson, Alberta. Call Lloyd at 780-723-5051. Thinking of a Real Estate career for Sparwood & Elkford? Call Rick at Remax 250-425-5432

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JOURNEYMAN TECHNICIAN REQUIRED Fernie Ford Sales is seeking a Journeyman Technician in our new Elkford location. The applicants must have: t Strong leadership t Problem solving skills t The ability to work in a team environment keep organized & multi task.

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Real Estate Acreage for Sale One acre lot for sale in Erickson, BC (3km east of Creston). Gentle sloping corner lot with established apple trees. Water on property. Beautiful view. Asking $145,000. Contact 250-423-6044.

Apt/Condos for Sale LUXURY Condo in Abbotsford..14th Floor. Wrap around South E/W view spans 270*. 3 BR. 3 Bath. 3 Balc 2475 Sq.Ft. spacious Beauty PH style., 604-807-5341- $589,000

Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent Well kept 2 bedroom Condo for rent in Sparwood Heights Includes fridge, stove, washer/dryer, storage area, use of exercise room & sauna. No Smoking, No Pets. Available Immediately $925 furnished Plus utilities. Heat included. Call 250-423-3598

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Please be advised that there will be increased industrial road traffic on forest roads in the East Kootenay Region where harvesting and road building operations are being conducted. If you are travelling on any forest road, you could encounter traffic at anytime of the day including weekends. Travellers are reminded to drive with caution. Forest roads are radio assisted not radio controlled so please drive accordingly. The public should drive defensively and expect the unexpected. Drivers should follow the “3C’s� when driving on forest roads. Use courtesy, common sense and concentration. Thanks you for your cooperation.

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Furnished 2 Bdrm condo in Elkford. 2 full bths, nice view and balcony, Covered parking, 3 appliances, Quiet building, for only responsible people, No pets, Available immediately. $950 per month + DD includes all utilities. 403-938-6779 SPARWOOD: 2 bdrm, fridge, range, heat & lights. $850. Call Rick 250-425-5432.

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

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

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It was in this shack but no station office. of starting operation all the equipment was so, with the intention shed had been that that was happening, and business. The or freight all the materials unpacked, the cases were Press a newspaper type set for same built. When out of a tent, The Free had laid and the first Free Press is still in the and equipment he was born. Free Press. G.G lot, on Second Avenue. to ordered finally arrived, it The the In August 1898 Mr. It was also home to he Free Press is one He then went east in Fernie. for thrown out of the train editor and his family plant and stock was of the oldest business Henderson arrived dumped into two feet town didn’t buy the in the quite a few weeks, to build a first and in Fernie. Almost as Although the as hotel of snow. much back then, necessary newspaper and job Free dead of winter, soon as people were settling look like The first home of The to Mr. Henderson had a hunch class was hard in the area and starting printing office, returning Press was in a 12 foot x accommodation early days want- that it was going to grow the of the build the town, they shack, to come by in amazing, late in November 12 foot rough board Fernie. of ed a community newspaper into somethingbrother Mr. same year. present in in the rear of the news, so he and his to spread the local The railway was then else R.L. Henderson bought a lot events and everything

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